Saturday, October 1, 2016

Game Wrap 10/1/2016: Giants 3 Dodgers 0

Rookie LHP Ty Blach had a sensational game to outpitch Clayton Kershaw in the heat of a pennant race and added 2 hits at the plate for good measure.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 3, HR(12), BB.  BA= .273.  Pagan achieved a new personal best for HR's in a season with 12.  The HR came in the 5'th inning off Clayton Kershaw to break a scoreless tie.  He then started a 2-run rally in the 7'th with a single to RF.  On a hit and run play, Crawford hit a ball that caromed off Kershaw and was then thrown away by Justin Turner down the the RF line which allowed Pagan to score and Crawford to end up at 3B.  Gordon Beckham then brought Crawford home with a sac fly to deep CF.

Ty Blach- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB,  6 K's, GO/AO= 13/2.  ERA= 1.06.  Blach pitched with both enthusiasm and control.  He commanded a FB that ran 90-92 MPH to both sides of the plate and mixed it with a sharp slider and a solid changeup.  He repeatedly froze Dodger batters and induced consistently weak contact.  He was never in any serious trouble the entire 8 innings allowing just 4 baserunners.  Oh, and he got to singles to RF off Clayton Kershaw to boot.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.73.  It was a 3 run lead, but it was agains the Dodgers and in a huge game.  Romo had an easy inning.  He seems to be a lot more comfortable against LH batters than I ever remember him being.  His K of Corey Seager for the final out was most impressive.


The Win, coupled with wins by the Mets and Cardinals left the Giants eliminated from the first Wild Card playoff spot, which goes to the Mets.  They remain 1 game ahead of the Cardinals with 1 game to play.  If they win tomorrow, they play true Mets in the Wild Card game in New York.  Ditto if the Cardinals lose tomorrow.  If the Giants lose and the Cardinals win, they would play a Play-In game in St Louis on Monday, Oct 3.  The NL West Champion Dodgers were eliminated from home-field advantage in the NLDS against the Nationals.


Matt Moore gets the ball tomorrow facing Kenta Maeda. 


  1. It's pretty sweet when you've up from the minors, pitch a very strong game (winning) during a play-off berth race and get to top it off by hitting your first MLB hit off one of the greatest pitchers of his generation -- Clayton Kershaw. Hopefully he'll have many more 'great days' like this for the Giants because we need more pitching.

  2. All I can think is wow his stuff looked good. Then I think of a MadBum-Cueto-Moore-Shark-Blach rotation next season and I can't seem to get the smile off my face.