Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Game Wrap 6/7/2016: Red Sox 5 Giants 3

With Buster Posey a late scratch from the lineup due to a nerve irritation in his thumb, the Giants were without their 2 best hitters.  Albert Suarez had a QS and Jarrett Parker homered but the Bosox scored an unearned run to tie in the 7'th and went on to win in extra innings.  Key Lines:

Jarrett Parker- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .233.  Parker's second dinger in as many days.  We know he can hit them in bunches.

Albert Suarez-  6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 13/3.  ERA= 3.09.  Suarez was a groundball machine in this one and might have won had catcher Trevor Brown not thrown the ball away on a SB by Jackie Bradley which allowed Bradley to get to 3B with one out from where he scored on a groundout.

Santiago Casilla- 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.74.  Bochy tried to get 2 innings out of Casilla and Casilla wasn't up to it giving up the winning runs in the 10'th inning.


The Dodgers topped the Rockies 4-3 to cut the Giants lead in the NL West to 3 games.


Madison Bumgarner faces David Price in a marquee matchup tonight trying to win a split for the Giants in this 2 game interleague series.  The Giants will likely again be without Buster Posey in the lineup.


  1. Given that hitting is cyclical with short cycles (weeks) and long (seasons), is there any glimmer of hope that this severe hitting funk that is nearly throughout the lineup will end this year?
    The team batting average is down to .254 with Belt the only healthy regular being above .269, with 5 below .250! Buster is down to .257 -- you've been suspicious that there's been a problem there.
    Tragic that the Giants get their pitching more or less together and the expected hitting barrage disappears.
    Not to be negative, but good major leaguers do have bad years and this is looking like nearly a lineup of them.
    Say it ain't so (Joe)! Please.

    1. It's an old saw, but hitting is contagious and so are slumps. Good BABIP luck lasted almost a full season last year for Matt Duffy. Bad BABIP luck may well do the same this year. I don't think Buster as been 100% physically since he fouled a ball off his foot early in the season. I don't necessarily think it's still the foot. Some of the Beats have reported seeing him hobble around stooped over in the clubhouse before games with ice packs strapped to his back. Now we learn of a nerve irritation in his thumb, not for the first time in his career(BTW, I think that is the same injury that wrecked a full season for Ryan Braun and led him to have some sort of freezing procedure to kill the nerve.).

      On top of all that, Hunter Pence, who makes the entire lineup better when he's in it, is completely out for at least 2 months.

      So yeah, it could be long season for the offense.

  2. It's a funny old season. Last year the Giants hit well, pitched poor (but had an excellent bullpen). This year, not hitting so well, the starters are (mostly) pitching well, especially the Two-Ace combo of Bumgarner & Cueto and the bullpen has been, well, not so hot...