Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Game Wrap 5/17/2016: Giants 5 Padres 1

Brandon Crawford drove in all 5 runs and Madison Bumgarner was dominant as the Giants cruised to an easy win, their 6'th in a row.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .311.  Belt had a good game, but the big news was a bunch of players used their day off yesterday to visit the SD Zoo.  They all posed in front of the Giraffe enclosure and the giraffe had his head on Belt's shoulder.  I guess he really is the baby Giraffe!

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4.  BA= .299.  Pence can beat you in so many ways.  Getting on base led to 2 runs, but one of them was a direct result of his speed as he easily beat the throw home, scoring from 1B on Crawford's double to the RF wall.  Not every baserunner does that.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(5), SF.  BA= .257.  Crawford was hitting 7'th in front of Madison Bumgarner.  The game was effectively over after Crawford's HR off a high fastball that may not have even been a strike.  The ball carried over the CF fence which is no easy feat in that park, even with the shortened fences.  I know the Sabers scoff at the idea of lineup protection, but the Padres seemed to almost be more afraid of pitching to Bumgarner than to Crawford in this game.  Oh, and how great is it that the 5, 6 and 7 hitters in the lineup went a combined 7 for 11?

Madison Bumgarner- 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 2.45.  The lone run was a leadoff HR by Matt Kemp in the 9'th inning.  Bumgarner has really hit his stride and now has 6 QS's in a row with a 1.71 ERA with 50 K's and 11 BB's in 42.2 IP in that span.


With the Win, the Giants remained 1.5 games ahead of the Rockies and Dodgers in first place in the NL West.  The Rockies topped the Cardinals 3-1 while the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-1 behind Clayton Kershaw.  The D'Backs beat the Yankees to remain 4.5 games behind in 4'th place while the Padres slipped 5.5 games behind in last place with the Loss.


Johnny Cueto tries to keep the winning streak alive tonight facing Drew Pomeranz who has been pitching quite well of late.

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