Sunday, July 31, 2016

Game Wrap 7/31/2016: Giants 3 Nationals 1

Matt Cain pitched 5 inning of no-hit ball and the Giants offense took advantage of poor fielding by the Nationals.  The bullpen hung on for W.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 1 for 5.  BA= .282.  Pagan had the only 2 RBI's on the day for the Giants.  I guess he gets credit for the RBI on a muffed force play at 2B when Trea Turner's backhand shovel toss went awry.  Had it been on target, Pagan would likely have been doubled up, ending the inning, so the RBI is charitable.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .290.  Buster did not figure in the scoring, but looked good at the plate driving balls to every part of the park.

Conor Gillaspie- Gillaspie hit one about as far from a defensive player as it is possible to hit it, a drive that just kept going and rolling to the base of the R-CF wall.  Conor cruised into 3B standing up.  He later scored the first run on the Turner muff at 2B.

Madison Bumgarner- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .179.  Everybody had a laugh then Boch used Bummy as a PH for Matt Cain in the bottom of the 5'th inning.  Bumgarner responded by blasting one off the bricks in RF for a double.  Boch then sent Shark in to PR for Bummy and he later scored on a throwing error by Anthony Rendon.

Denard Span- 1 for 1, 3B.  BA= .257.  Span has been sitting with a contusion on his leg.  Bochy sent him up as a PH to lead off the 7'th inning.  Span hit a sharp grounder up the middle that just kept rolling to the CF wall and he strolled into 3B, then scored on a soft flyball single by Pagan.

Matt Cain- 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.53.  Cain had great looking stuff.  He struggled with command of the FB, especially in the first 2 innings, but he was his old unhittable self up in the zone.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(24).  ERA= 3.18.  Casilla was overpowering in this Save Op.

The Dodgers crushed the D'Backs 14-3 so the Giants remain 2 games ahead of the Bad Guys in the NL West.


The Giants have a travel day before taking on the Phillies in the first leg of a 3-series roadie to Philly, Washington and Miami.


  1. what bochy did with maddy and the shark was pure genius. too bad he was upstaged by what maddon did
    would really love it if the giants were to face the cubbies in the nlcs
    the game is supposed to be fun. maddon and bochy have a gift at doing that.
    its stretch run time and the skipper has gotta find ways to keeping his guys loose, when their bodies are starting to fall apart from the grind

  2. Does anyone know what the double steal with 2 outs and Posey at bat was all about?
    We are at the game and everyone around us were mystified.

    1. I believe the consensus is that the runners were on their own and it probably was not a good decision by either runner, but less good by Pagan who was probably surprised when Nunez took off, had a moment of confusion when he may have thought he missed a sign and got a late jump.