Saturday, May 7, 2016

Game Wrap 5/6/2016: Giants 6 Rockies 4

Things were not looking good when the Rockies took advantage of some batted ball luck to put up a 4-spot in the 3'rd inning, but that was all the scoring they managed and Brandon Crawford led a Giants comeback with a 3-run dinger in the bottom of the inning.  Key Lines:

Matt Duffy- 2 for 4, 3B(2), SB(3).  BA= .263.  The Giants lead MLB in triples with 13, 2 ahead of the Cardinals and D'Backs.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .320.  Brandon Belt's full slash line so far this season:  .320/.444/.540, 19% BB, 14% K.  Want a nice comp to that?  Here's Joey Votto's slash from last season which was one of his best:  .314/.459/.541, 20.6% BB, 19.4% K.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .255.  Crawford is tied with Buster Posey for the team fWAR lead at 1.2.  That's also good for a tie for #3 among all MLB SS's.

Madison Bumgarner- 7.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K.  BA= .314.  A bloop, a bleeder and an error by Joe Panik cost Bumgarner 1 big inning.  He was dominant the rest of the game.  He seems to be still improving his game.  Here is a progression of his K/9's since his rookie year of 2010:  6.97, 8.40, 8.25, 8.90, 9.07, 9.65, 11.51(2016).  Kruk and Kuip talked about how he is getting tremendous location and movement on the inside corner to RH batters.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 1.54.  Casilla has blown a couple of Saves but his stuff was dominant to the point of unhittability in this game.  4 great pitches with great command:  FB, cutter, curve and changeup.  The curveball in particular seems to have a tighter spin and break with great location.


The Win gets the Giants back over .500 at 16-15.  The Dodgers lost to the BJ's and are in a second place tie with the Rockies, 1 game behind.  The Padres and D'Backs both won to stay 2.5 and 3 games back respectively in 4'th and 5'th place in the NL West.


Johnny Cueto takes the mound in an afternoon game today facing hard throwing Jon Gray.


Willie Mays turned 85 years old yesterday and gave a rousing pregame pep talk that drew comparisons to Hunter Pence's oratory.  He was also honored by the city with his own #24 Cable Car and with a video speech by the POTUS.  Willie appeared to be in as good health as I've seen him in several years.

1 comment:

  1. A 'bad' game by Bumgarner is still one of the best in MLB. The guy's a stud and it makes the flailing around of Cain and Peavy all that more frustrating.

    At this point I'm like 'sign Timmy.' Long-relief then, in June when he's built up some stamina and control, put him the rotation and bump Cain or Peavy unless they turn it around like the '51 Giants.