Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Game Wrap 6/29/2016: A's 7 Giants 1

This was another nightmare game for the Giants in what is turning out to be a nightmare series against the A's.  A series of errors, miscues, injuries and missed opportunities in the 3'rd and 4'th innings set the outcome of the game.  Key Lines:

Mac Wiliamson- 0 for 2 2 BB.  BA= .233.  It was a rough night for Big Mac.  Jake Peavy was looking good while putting the A's hitters in his popcorn popper until 1 out in the 3'rd inning.  Marcus Semien hit yet another pop up into shallow RF.  Mac came rushing in while Ramiro Pena went out.  They collided and got tangled up with Pena sustaining a left leg injury that eventually forced him from the game.  The ball rolled toward the RF line as Semien circled the bases ending up at 3B.  Later in the same inning, Mac leaped for a ball hit over the RF wall by Jed Lowrie, had the ball in the webbing of his glove only to have it roll out and fall on the wrong side for a HR.  And what is it with OF gloves not grasping the ball?  Same thing happened to Pagan in LF earlier in the season.

Mac had a chance to redeem himself in the top of the 4'th inning.  With 1 out and the bases loaded, he worked the count to 3-2 and got the pitch he wanted, belt high, inside half.  He yanked it and it looked like it had a chance until it hooked late and ended up about 20 feet left of the foul pole.  On the next pitch, he grounded into a DP.  Oh, and he caused another DP earlier when he overslid 2B in violation of the new 2B rules.

So, rough night for Mac, but I did like the process of his AB in the 4'th inning.  If he can work a pitch count like that, good things will eventually come of it.

Ramiro Pena- 0 for 1.  BA= .400.  Pena suffered an injury on the above described play.  He stayed in the game initially, but came out in the 5'th inning for PH Conor Gillaspie.  He'll be out 5-7 days so he's going to have to go on the DL to make room for another callup.  That is going to create 40 man roster problems because the only way they got Tejada on the roster was to call up Chris Heston then put him on the 60 day DL which will give him both more MLB service time and an extra $100 K on the season.

Ruben Tejada- 0 for 4.  BA= .158.  I have to say I am not sure why they called up Tejada over Grant Green or Rando Moreno in the first place.  Not only did he go 0 for 4 in this game, but he hotdogged a basket catch in foul territory only to drop the ball for an error.  Man, if it were up to me, he'd be released immediately after the game and call up both Green and Moreno!

Angel Pagan- 0 for 3.  BA= .295.  Pagan has mostly fielded LF pretty well this year.  Tonight, he was having trouble catching up to balls and catching balls.  I didn't see it, but after he fumbled a ball that turned a single by Billy Burns into a double, Jake Peavy reportedly went nuts on the mound.  Pagan came out of the game for Jarrett Parker later.

Jake Peavy- 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.44.  As I said earlier, Peavy was cruising in the 3'rd inning when the collision between Ramiro Pena and Mac Williamson turned an out into a 3 base error.  Peavy seemed to completely lose his rhythm and mojo.  He ended up throwing 40 pitches in the inning and probably should have come out after that.


The Loss left the Giants 6 games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys lost to the BrewCrew 7-0.


Madison Bumgarner takes the mound tomorrow against Rookie Dillon Overton.  Bumgarner also gets to hit for himself instead of a DH.


  1. I swear, when it rains bad things for the Giants, it pours bad things for the Giants. We got swept by the A's! Panik is on the concussion DL. Duffy is on the DL and was scuffling at the plate (had rock solid defense though) all season with some serious BABIP (.282) issues I'm not sure of the cause. Pence hasn't even started injury rehab. Posey spent most of the season not exactly being Posey at the plate. The bullpen is really struggling at times.

    But it's not all bad. In fact there's a lot of good:

    Belt has been fantastic. His SO% is down. He's getting walks. He's hitting for power and average.
    Crawford is playing as well as ever.
    Pagan has thrived in moving to LF. He's playing the best defense he's done in years. In fact I even voted for him for the All-Star team based on his strong defense (for a LFer) and solid contact hitting.
    Posey does seem to be picking it up with the bat and I'm thinking he's going to have a very good second-half. Plus he's clearly the best catcher in baseball at this point.
    Tomlinson continues to be a solid role-player/bench-option. His defense, according to FanGraphs, has picked up over last year and he's hitting reasonably well.
    Parker has cut his SOs way down and has the second highest OBP of any Giant. And his ISO is .199, good enough for second on the team.
    Trevor Brown has been a treasure. I don't even think about Susac, something I did fairly often when Sanchez was Posey's back-up.
    Gillespie is doing a good job and may have earned himself a bench-spot at the least.

    And, despite getting owned by the A's this series, they're still one of the best teams in MLB.

  2. One more bright spot...we beat the A's in Game 4 behind Bum, Buster & Brandon!