Sunday, May 14, 2017

Game Wrap 5/14/2017: Giants 8 Reds 3

The Giants offense scored early and often to back a QS from Jeff Samardzija.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, SF.  BA= .278.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(7), BB.  BA= .221.  Don't think Belt is becoming a 3-true outcomes hitter?  48% of his PA's have resulted in either a walk, K or HR.  Remember Adam Dunn?  He was the quintessential 3-true outcomes guy and he averaged 50% over the course of his career.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .370.  For comparison, Buster's W+K+HR is 25% of his PA's.  Not a 3-true outcomes player.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.  Crawford has scuffled a bit at the plate since coming off the DL. Hopefully he's getting his timing back.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4, 2 SB(9).  BA= .254.  Good game here, but Nunez needs to head to the bench as soon as the Giants get a real LF.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.26.  Once again, Shark's K/BB looks much more dominant than the rest of his line.  Giants pitchers have a 2.31 ERA over their past 8 games starting with Sunday, May 7 against the Reds.


With the Win, the Giants remain 9 games behind the Rockies in the NL West, but climb out of last place as the Padres slip to 10 games off the pace.


The Dodgers come to town for a 3 game series with Matt Cain facing off against Brandon McCarthy in Game 1 tomorrow evening.


  1. Hwang goes deep again! Maybe he's ready to play LF.

  2. Three in a row was nice. But there's still a big hole to be dug out of...

  3. Some very good defense again. Nice snags in the outfield by Hernandez and Nunez(?!?). Ruggiano had a miscommunication error that made me do a double take, still the fielding was real solid again. Aggressive base running. Need to see more of that. It may be too late, but its sure is nice to see the Giants winning again ( Sweep!). That said.... Lets go Giants! Beat L.A.!

  4. Perhaps Eduardo has looked into the crystal ball and sees a cloudy future -- he seems to be picking up his game.
    In any event, Kelby and he make 2 "utility" players that can play middle infield, RHB's to sub the 3 lefties.

  5. "Too late"?!? It's the middle of May! They are 6.5 games out of the 2nd wild card! You guys are killing me.

    1. I posted it may be too late. Pence is hurt again. Who really knows when MadBum comes back. How long Span lasts until he gets hurt again. Until this series pitching has been very inconsistent and the Giants lineup couldn't put together more than 2 or 3 runs a game. Its not like the Reds are world beaters either.

  6. DrB,

    What is your read on Shark? I watched the game yesterday and at times he is unhittable with tons of swing and miss, then its like he loses concentration and the ball leaks over the middle and the hitters never seem to miss his mistakes. Someone that throws mid 90's with movement should not be hit as hard as he does any ideas why he has not broke out to be the pitcher the Giants thought he could be?