Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Game Wrap 6/12/2016: Giants 11 Brewers 5

The Giants offense wore down the BrewCrew with a relentless barrage of basehits to win this one going away.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 3 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .262.  Span celebrated finally facing a RH SP by leading off the Giants half of the first inning with a HR into the RF arcade.  He collected 2 more hits on the night.

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .266.  Panik followed Span's leadoff HR with a standup triple on a drive the probably traveled at least 415 feet in the air to Triples Alley.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, BB, SF.  BA= .300.  When the rest of the offense is clicking, Belt's high average/high OBP approach fits right in keeping the line moving.  He had one of 3 SF's for the Giants in this game.

Buster Posey- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .257.  Posey winced on a half swing foul off to the right, but the hand was feeling well enough to hit a line drive double to LF in the 3'rd inning.

Matt Duffy- 3 for 4, SF.  BA= .247.  Duffy is spraying hits around again although one of them was a swinging bunt that was part of a very strange 4 run rally in the 7'th inning.  With 2 outs, Belt blooped a single down the LF line.  Posey hit a hard grounder that Gennett made a diving stop on, but couldn't get a throw off in time.  Duffy loaded the bases with his dribbler then Crawford hit a soft flyball single to CF to drive in 2.  Parker walked to reload the bases and Blanco grounded a single through the right side to drive in 2 more.  The BABIP gods were smiling on the Giants that inning.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, SF.  BA= .267.  Crawford made a sensational defensive play that had the Brewers TV crew buzzing.  with a runner on 2B, a ball was hit up the middle.  Crawford was shifted toward 2B but still had to move left to field it.  The runner broke for 3B on the ball hit behind him, but Crawford came up spinning and throwing to 3B where Duffy made yet another of his spectacular swipe tags.  The play actually wasn't even close!

Jarrett Parker- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .189.  Parker had a rough night in LF as the Brewers kept scorching the ball right at him and there seemed to be more carry than usual to left.  At least 3 times, Parker appeared to misjudge the ball taking a step in on 2 balls over his head and overrunning another one in the corner.  One of the balls just blew over his head for a double, but he managed to catch the other two while looking a bit lost out there.  Parker also had a rough time at the plate with Kerwin Dantley's continuously evolving strike zone which had both teams barking at him all night.

Matt Cain- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.34.  Cain also had trouble with Dantley's strike zone. On one pitch in particular, a belt high FB over the middle of the plate, he turned around and mouthed the word "wow" as he walked to the back of the mound.  An inning later, Dantley called a strike on a Giants hitter on a pitch in the same spot, but about 4 inches higher in the zone.

Albert Suarez- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K's.  ERA= 3.33.  Suarez, who filled in for Cain admirably while Cainer was on the DL was on his regular start day so was ready to go several innings.  Good thing too, as Cain couldn't get out of the 4'th inning after throwing 89 pitches.  Between the two of them, they pitched 7.1 innings.  Maybe they can be tandem starters?


The Win extended the Giants lead in the NL West to 6 games over the Dodgers who lost to the D'Backs and Zack Greinke 3-2.


Madison Bumgarner takes the ball for Game 2 tonight facing Matt Garza who is coming off the DL to make his first start of the season.


  1. Nice to see the Giants offense wake up and really pound the ball. I hope this win gives the bats some more confidence going forward. I just happened to see that Adam Duvall just hit his 18th home run for Cincinnati this year. I was just curious what your take on that is, Doc? Was he just not given enough of a chance here in SF?

    1. Duvall had his chances in SF. He found a great situation in Cincinnati.

      1. The Giants are competing for championships. Cincinnati is rebuilding. They could afford to be patient.

      2. Covering LF in Cincinnati is not the same as covering LF in SF. Cincy's OF better fits Duvall's skill set.

    2. I wonder... Do you think the park is *especially* helping his HR rate? Or are his homers "no-doubters".

    3. Still, I'm happy to see Adam doing well, as it is with any former-Giant/prospect. I thought the Leake trade was OK then and so it's still OK in my book. And hopefully it shows the Giants are willing to trade actual talent - not just injured guys and waiting-to-fails.

    4. I have not see a spray chart of Duvall's HR's. He's a strong kid, so I assume he's hit his share of no doubters. It's no secret that Great American Ballpark is one of the more HR friendly parks in baseball while AT&T is one of the most suppressing. Don't forget the Giants have to play 20 additional games each year in Dodger Stadium, Petco Park and in Oakland which are not exactly bandboxes.

  2. And then Cainer back to the DL.