Sunday, June 26, 2016

Game Wrap 6/25/2016: Phillies 3 Giants 2

The Phillies scored all 3 of their runs in the 7'th inning off Madison Bumgarner, who appeared to be tiring.  Meanwhile, the Giants offense hit into all kinds of bad BABIP luck and came up short in trying to pick up their ace pitcher.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.99.  The Phillies got 3 of their 5 hits in the pivotal 7'th inning, the last being a 2 run line drive HR to dead CF by Cameron Rupp that was crushed.  I have to say, watching Bumgarner pitch on TV, I suspected something like that was about to happen.  He appeared to be tiring quickly in the 7'th, elevating his pitches and with less zip to them.  He threw 107 pitches in this one which is not a lot for him, but per substitute beat writer Jerry McDonald of Giants Extra, he has now thrown over 100 pitches in 12 consecutive games, the longest such string in the majors.

Jeremy Hellickson(Phillies)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.27.  Give Hellickson credit.  He had excellent command of at least 3 pitches and mixed them well.  He did seems to have some strike zone help from the umpire(probably equal on both teams).  Let's talk about luck, though.  In the official boxscore, the Giants were credited with 4 line outs to the OF, 1 of which resulted in a DP.  They also had 5 official flyouts, at least one of which carried to the LF warning track.  So yeah, luck works both ways and it was not on the Giants side in this game.


With the Loss, the Giants remained 7 games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys lost to the Pirates again, 6-1.


Johnny Cueto goes for the series win this afternoon facing Aaron Nola.


  1. In the past 17 games... (Start of Bosox homestand after dropping 2 of 3 in St Louis)... Extra inning loss to Boston, loss to Kershaw by a run we could have snagged, and 2 losses by 1 run pitched by our ace. 13-4 with all 4 being essentially 1 run games where the bats didn't wake up/some bad bounces.

    Bumgarner looked filthy, and then made 3 bad pitches. Baseball!

  2. This shows how tough it is to pitch in tight games when 1 pitch can turn a game around, often too late to counter.
    The bullpen should get credit for contributing so much to the excellent 1-run record. Of the 9 losses (by a run) the relievers lost 5, Bum 3 and Cain 1. Madison has not been helped by BABIP.
    There is no margin of error and to be sharp every pitch is impossible.
    Nothing helps a pitcher as much as insurance runs.