Thursday, June 23, 2016

Game Wrap 6/23/2016: Giants 5 Pirates 3

Joe Panik drove in 3 runs with a bases-clearing triple and Mac Williamson had a breakout game including a mammoth HR while Albert Suarez and the bullpen held the Pirates offense in check.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .259.  Panik hit just .188 on the 7 game road trip, but made the most of it with 10 RBI's and 5 Runs scored.  He had 4 game-winning hits on the trip which did not include this 3 run triple.

Mac Williamson RF- 3 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .243.  Mac has been on base 7 of 9 PA since his most recent callup.  He drove in Panik from 3B on a single and then hit a mammoth HR with an exit velocity of 108 MPH.  No disrespect to Jarrett Parker, but I think it's only a matter of time before Mac is the Giants starting LF and for a long time.  It's downright scary to think of what this lineup could do with Big Mac's power added to the mix.

Ramiro Pena- 2 for 4.  BA= .471.  Pena spelled Crawford on getaway day and got 2 more hits.

Jarrett Parker- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .273.  Parker continues to make significant contributions.  I see him as more of a 4'th OF in the future.

Albert Suarez- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.68.  Suarez has been amazingly consistent. In 4 starts, he has gone 5 IP with 3 R, 6.1 IP with 3 R, 2 ER, 4.2 IP with 3 R and 5 IP with 3 R, 2 ER.  He also has a relief appearance with 3 R in 5 IP and another with 2 R in 4.2 IP.  You can't have a rotation of his type of pitcher, but as a 5'th starter, it's good enough, at least until Cain can get back healthy.

Bullpen- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  Another shutdown job by the bullpen with 4 pitchers contributing, Kontos, Strickland, Gearrin and Casilla with Casilla earning his 16'th Save and striking out the side in the 9'th inning.


The Giants complete a 7 game road trip with a 6-1 record.  They have won 11 of their last 12 games.  The Giants also have as many Wins as the Cubs although the Cubbies have 3 fewer losses.  The Giants also gain 0.5 games on the Dodgers in the NL West and now lead the division by 6 games.


I am sure the flight home was a happy one.  The Giants start a weekend home series against the Phillies with Jake Peavy facing Zack Eflin.


  1. I think it is highly likely that Suarez throws significantly more innings than Cain this season. Further, Suarez will have a better ERA, a lower WHIP, strike out more hitters and win more games. Matt Cain has been a great Giant. He was a true workhorse, but the arm is not responding, and now he has chronic hamstring trouble.

    1. Not saying you are wrong about the innings, but Cain's arm was doing just fine for about 4 games prior to the hammy strain.

    2. Yeah Scott, it's clear as day that Cain's problems are now not the arm. He's got a case of the Pagans as I call it. Without legs pitchers have nothing. Suarez proves there is no other system in MLB that scouts and builds up a pitcher better than ours.

      Dr B. I feel everyone is falling in love too much with MacWill (he'll get a nickname soon enough). I get that people love power but I still feel that Parker is the better player. Day to day Parker is more of the player this team needs which is gap-to-gap. Since our yard is so hard to hit bombs yet 2B & triples more prominent, Parker seems to more fit for AT&T hitting. Both guys need to get better at defense but Parker to me has more sneaky power and can jack them just as easy as MacWill.

    3. Righthanded power plays better in AT&R plus the rest of the lineup is lefty heavy. I also believe Mac's power ceiling is higher(30+ HR/season) vs Parker's(about 20 HR/season). Mac strikes out a lot but his K rate is about 10% less than Parker's which to mean gives him a higher BA ceiling too.