Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Game Wrap 7/26/2016: Giants 9 Reds 7

It was 65 degrees with the wind blowing out to CF at gametime, which counts as the annual Cincinnati Heatwave in SF, and balls were once again flying out of the yard.  The Giants were able to keep the line moving enough to build a 9-4 lead and held on for the win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .257.  Span is hitting .344 over his last 7 games and .273 over his last 15.

Mac Williamson- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .267.  Bochy had enough confidence in Mac to bat him 3'rd in the lineup against the LHP and Mac produced.  He's hitting .427 over his last 7 games, .316 over his last 15 and .284 over his last 30.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .289.  Buster is 5 for 9 in his last 3 games.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .275.  Crawford scuffled on the road trip, but seems to have found his stroke again.

Ramiro Pena- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .306.  Not sure the Giants want to send Pena anywhere when Tomlinson and Adrianza are done with rehab games.

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 1.  BA= .248.  Gillaspie might be on the bubble as he has hit just .152 over his last 15 games.

Matt Cain- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .100.  Cainer's blast was a 3 run dinger.  Giants don't win the game without it!

Matt Cain- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.95.  Still some goferitis, but better than his last start.  Remember Cain was pitching pretty well after a slow start to the season before he pulled the hammy.  I could see him pitching well down the stretch if he can just stay healthy.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.00.  These were the first runs Romo has allowed since coming off the DL on July 4.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(22).  ERA= 3.35.  Good thing Casilla was working with a 3 run lead.  Giants need a shutdown closer.  Not sure who fits that bill.  Jeffress and Will Smith from Milwaukee might be the best bet.


The Dodgers topped the Rays 3-2 so the Giants remain 2.5 games ahead in the NL West.


Madison Bumgarner tries for a series win today facing Dan Straily in an afternoon game.


  1. while it was warm during the day (it hit 75 in sf yesterday...a heatwave) by game time the fog was rolling in and the air was heavy. even with the wind blowing out, i dont understand how balls were flying.
    is it possible that giants pitchers are tipping their pitches? they have been giving up a lot of dingers and dont seem to be fooling many batters
    im very concerned with the sp and rp right now.
    even with pence ready to make his return, giants just dont have the fire power to win most of these offensive battles...

  2. Pena is the best of the 3 IF fill-ins. He started HOT but .185 last 7, .249 last 15.
    Adrianza was 3 for 10 with 1 HR in 8 games with SF and ripped at SJ and has held his own at Sac.
    Kelby can outrun everyone on the team.
    Even Pena's days are numbered, he'll be gone when Panik is ready.

  3. Both Cain and Romo can be HR prone when they go into their funks plus the guys that hit them are legit power threats so I don't think they are tipping pitches. In fact, most of the starting pitchers are HR prone with the exception of Mad Bum and Cueto and our bullpen can be bit too with the long ball. I think that is why the Giants wanted a game changer type of addition to the staff, and not just another arm.

    If we get healthy with the position players, I would focus on the pitching, especially a true shut down bullpen arm, whatever that may look like.

    Billy Baseball