Sunday, August 28, 2016

Game Wrap 8/28/2016: Giants 13 Braves 4

The Giants set a franchise offensive record, that's both New York and San Francisco, with 4 HR's and 4 Triples in one game.  Considering some of the offensive players to play for the franchise and the nature of the current ballpark, that's quite an achievement.  The offensive explosion gave Madison Bumgarner more than enough run support in a runaway win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .277.  Span achieved a personal best for HR's in a season.  He's hitting .343 for the month of August and .331 since the All-Star Break.  He is also slugging .520 in August.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 3B(9).  BA= .278.  Crawford leads active Giants players with 31 career triples.  Crawford came into the game hitting .192 over his last 7 games, .250 over his last 15 and .261 over his last 30.  With the 3 hits, he's now 8 for his last 17 over 4 games.  He seems to like batting cleanup!

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .277.  Belt shook off a stiff neck that kept him from starting the last game, to run out one of the team's 4 triples in this one.

Jarrett Parker- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .254.  Parker got in on the triples party.

Joe Panik- 3 for 5, 2 HR(10), SF.  BA= .251.  Huge game for Panik, the first multi-homer game of his MLB career with 5 RBI's.  Panik came into the game hitting .340 over his last 15 games with 3 dingers.  Those numbers will be a lot higher in tomorrow's stat page.

Eduardo Nunez- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(14).  BA= .285.  In addition to the offense, Nunez turned in a dazzling defensive performance at 3B.  One play in particular, a backhanded stab waaaay behind 3B on a ball the took a big hop and forced him to reach up in the air for while fully extended parallel to the ground, then get up and throw in one motion all the way from about 15 feet behind 3B to nail the runner.  That play is in the running for most difficult play at 3B I've seen from a Giants 3B which is saying something after Sandoval and Duffy have played the position.

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.49.  You could see that Bumgarner's command was just a bit off, but he ended up with a QS and a much needed W.


The Dodgers are hanging tough and scratched out a 1-0 win over the Cubs so the Giants remain 2 games behind the Hated Ones in the NL West.  They did gain a game over the Cardinals in the race for the first Wild Card playoff berth so are now 2.5 games ahead of the Redbirds and 3 games ahead of the Pirates for the second spot.


The Giants now get a home day off before starting a midweek 2 game series against the D'Backs with Johnny Cueto facing Zack Greinke.

1 comment:

  1. Could have used some of these runs a day or two before...