Saturday, August 20, 2016

Game Wrap 8/19/2016: Giants 8 Mets 1

The Giants broke open close game late with a total of 7 runs in the 7'th and 8'th innings.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 4 for 5.  BA= .273.  Span has 7 hits in his last 2 games and his season numbers are steadily working their way to his career average.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.  Pagan extends his hit streak to 17, 2 short of the longest in MLB this season.  He is hitting .352 in that span.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .278.  Belt is hitting .223 over his last 3 games.  He hit another ball hard that Cespedes caught at the warning track in left-CF so maybe Belt was seeing the ball better?

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .275.  The double was a pop-up that the Mets misplayed, but Pence never stopped running full speed and was on 2B when the ball dropped.  He also ran a long way to make a sprawling catch of a ball headed up triples alley and threw out a runner at home although the assist was due more to a baserunning mistake by the opposing rookie pitcher.  Anyway, with 4 hits in his last 2 games, maybe Pence is heating up?

Eduardo Nunez- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.  Nunez started the go-ahead rally in the 7'th with a loud double to left-CF.   He also made a nice diving stop and throw-out from behind 3B on defense.

Joe Panik- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .245.  Panik seemed to be in the middle of everything as he scored 3 runs including the first one for the Giants in the game.  He reached on a key throwing error by Asdrubal Cabrera in the 8'th to extend the big rally.  Kruk and Kuip commented that Panik was moving around a lot better in the field too.

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 1.  BA= .333.  Nice piece of managing by Bochy here.  In the 8'th inning with the game still tied and the pitcher's spot coming up, Boch had Conor Gillaspie swinging a bat in the on-deck circle, but as Terry Collins waited to bring in LHP Jerry Blevins, Boch pulled Gillaspie back and announced Gregor Blanco.  Then, once Blevins was in the game, Boch pulled Blanco for Adrianza who, as a switch-hitter, could bat RH against the lefty.  Adrianza had a tremendous AB punching one through the right side to drive in the go-ahead run.  Span followed with another RBI single for a 3-1 lead.  Meanwhile, Bochy still had Gillaspie available for PH duties in the 8'th inning.

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .262.  Gillaspie finally got his turn to PH in the 8'th and he capped the scoring with a 2-run blast into the arcade in RF.

Johnny Cueto- 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/4.  ERA= 2.90.  Cueto had his full bag of tricks working and held the Mets at bay while the Giants tried to solve the rookie pitcher they were facing.  The Giants rally in the bottom of the 7'th gave the Cueto the decision and put his W-L at 14-3.  It was the first time Bumgarner and Cueto have won B2B since June 30/July 1.  Their next starts will be against the Dodgers next week.


The Dodgers were crushed by the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 so the Giants regain sole possession of first place by 0.5 games.


Matt Moore takes the mound today against VETERAN Bartolo Colon.

1 comment:

  1. Listened to a good interview with Brian Sabean on the TK (Tim Kawakami) show.. They spoke candidly on a variety of subjects about the team.. I was encouraged to hear about the Giants minor league pitching depth (Beede, Andrew Suarez, Gregorio were mentioned specifically), which made Bickford expendable. The shocking thing was he said they have several pitchers rated higher then Bickford in their system!