Thursday, September 1, 2016

Game Wrap 9/1/2016: Cubs 5 Giants 4

Jeff Samardzija only lasted 4 innings and the bullpen could not make a 1 run lead stand up for 5 innings.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .284.  The Big Fella seems to be finding his groove which is a very good thing for the Giants.  His first inning HR got the Giants off to a quick 2-run lead which only lasted until the bottom of the inning.

Jeff Samardzija- 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.06.   It's one thing to be shaky in the first inning.  Lots of good to great pitchers have first inning issues.  It's another to only complete 4 innings in a start.  It's just tough to expect a bullpen to protect a 1 run lead for 5 innings.  Not gonna happen often.


The Loss drops the Giants to 2 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers.  The Giants lead the Cardinals in the race for the first Wild Card spot by 1.5 games and lead the Mets for the second Wild Card spot by 3.5 games.


Albert Suarez gets the start tomorrow facing Jon Lester.  I think there is a good chance we see Ty Blach somewhere in that game.


  1. The 7th inning was almost a heartbreaker. When Smith struck out Rizzo I thought the Giants would get the win. Then he folded under the pressure and loaded up the bases with some horrible pitches. Must be nice to have some game changing pop in the lineup to intimidate a pitcher.

  2. I thought watching the 1st inning, the Shark was going to explode. He was super frustrated to say the least. He has great stuff, definitely an ongoing project for the Giants Pitcher Whisperer's!
    Not expecting much from Suarez. Do agree and hope you are right about Blach getting into the game.
    Richard in Winnipeg