Sunday, August 28, 2016

Game Wrap 8/27/2016: Braves 3 Giants 1

Brandon Crawford and Matt Kemp traded home runs, except Kemp's came with 2 runners on base.  That was the difference in the ballgame as another wave in injuries swept through the Giants clubhouse.  Pence was still out with his sore hammy.  Jake Peavy was a late scratch, although it seems Suarez was notified he would be starting the previous day.  Brandon Belt came down with a stiff neck. Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(12).  BA= .274.  Crawford played up to the cleanup spot he found himself in, but got no support from the rest of the lineup.

Albert Suarez- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.35.  Suarez was great through one turn through the lineup, then the wheels came off.  He just seems to be a 1 turn trough the lineup kind of pitcher.  Once the rosters are expanded, maybe Bochy could try lining up 2 or 3 pitchers for the 5'th spot in the rotation with the plan that none will go pitch to more than 9 or 10 batters?

Mike Foltynewicz(Braves)- 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 12/1.  ERA= 4.30.  I don't know what happens to Folty against other teams, but my goodness!  He had great looking stuff in this game!  FB 95-98 MPH with command of the corners and an excellent changeup and good curveball to back it up. If he can stay healthy, he's an emerging pitcher.  Breakout candidate for next season!


The Loss, couple with the Dodgers 3-2 win over the Cubs dropped the Giants 2 games behind the NL West leaders.  The Giants remain 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals for the first Wild Card spot and 3 games ahead of the Marlins and Pirates for the second.


Madison Bumgarner tries for a series win today facing Aaron Blair.  We'll see if the Giants lineup can make Blair look like Cy Young too.

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