Friday, July 1, 2016

Game Wrap 6/30/2016: Giants 12 A's 6

Madison Bumgarner became the first starting pitcher to hit for himself in a DH game since Ken Brett in 1974, and he ignited a 6 run rally in the 3'rd inning with a screaming double over the head of CF Billy Burns.  The Giants cruised to a win despite an off night on the mound for the big guy.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .253.  Span went 4 for 13 with 3 BB's in the series.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .300.  When the first 2 guys in your lineup get on base 8 times in 12 PA's, you should score some runs.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .300.  After Bumgarner's leadoff double in the 3'rd, Span walked and Pagan hit a bloop single to LF.  Belt hit a long, low drive to left-center that skipped over the fence holding him to 2 RBI's on the hit.

Buster Posey- 2 for 6, HR(9).  BA= .288.  Buster followed Belt's ground rule double with a bomb just to the left of straightaway CF.  There's a high wall behind the fence there and ball never came into camera view.  Buster his hitting .400 over his last 7 games, .357 over his last 15 and .322 over his last 30.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 4, HR(7), BB.  BA= .276.  Crawford backed up Busters dinger with one of his own.  Crawford is another guy whose average is on the move.  .400 over his last 7 games, .309 over his last 15 and .308 over his last 30.

Grant Green- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.  Both of Green's hits were poke jobs, but hey, at least he was making himself a tough out.  Green was originally drafted by the A's in the first round.

Madison Bumgarner- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .182.  Only Bummy!  He made Bochy's decision to forgo the DH look genius with that leadoff double in the 3'rd.  That it started a big rally may not have been a coincidence.  I'm guessing having the pitcher bat in a DH game then take you for a hard double is something you might have on your mind as you face the next few batters.

Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.20.  Bummy was a bit rough in the final inning of his last start and he was clearly not at the top of his game in this one.  Is his hitting starting to get in the way of his pitching?  Maybe getting left out of the HR Derby is a blessing in disguise?


The Win kept the Giants 6 games ahead of the Dodgers who beat the BrewCrew 8-1 in the NL West.


The Giants now travel to Arizona where Johnny Cueto starts off the series facing Shelby Miller.


Grant Green got the call to replace the injured Ramiro Pena at 2B while Joe Panik is on the concussion DL.  Chris Stratton was optioned back to Sacramento and Jake Smith was DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster.

1 comment:

  1. Glad the Giants took the last game. It really is kind of crazy making when your team is beating good teams and losing to MLB riff-raff.

    Kershaw is on the DL. The Dodgers traded with Atlanta and picked up Bud Norris as a replacement.