Friday, May 19, 2017

Game Wrap 5/19/2017: Giants 6 Cardinals 5

The Giants offense woke up in the 7'th inning and stayed awake through the end  of the game as they came from behind twice to take an exciting win on the road.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF= 2 for 5.   BA= .274.  Span is swinging a hot bat hitting .382 in his 7 games since coming off the DL.

Brandon Belt 1B- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .243.  Belt got away from his 3-true outcomes tendencies in this game to score 3 singles.

Brandon Crawford SS- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .276.  Crawford had 1 of 2 XBH's for the Giants.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4, 2B, Sac.  BA= .268.  OK, I was wrong.  I said that Nunez needed to go to the bench because he can't play LF.  After he hit just .250 in April Nunez is hitting .295 in May, and is 9 for 24(.375) over his last 6 games.  Oh, and Nunez drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double off the CF wall in the top of the 9'th inning.

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .222.  Arroyo has been scuffling at the plate, but got it going tonight.

Matt Moore LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.37.  Not a great line but a QS.  He gave the Giants a chance to win.

Steven Okert LHP- 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.00.  Okert has allowed 0 runs in 12 appearances and multiple runs in 3 appearances.  He's allowed 1 run in just 1 appearance.  This was not  entirely his fault as the 2 runners he put on base scored in Dexter Fowler's 3-run dinger off George Kontos, but if you are a reliever, you can't come into a game and put the first two batters you see on base.

Bryan Morris RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.66.  Morris seems to be a stabilizing influence on the bullpen.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(7).  ERA= 2.31.  Melancon put a runner on base but ended the game on a GIDP.


With the Win, the Giants put some more distance between themselves and the last place Padres, but remain 9 games behind the NL West leading Rockies and 6.5 games out of the Wild Card race.


Jeff Samardzija faces Carlos Martinez in the second game of the series tomorrow.


  1. You weren't wrong, Nunez is still a mediocre defender in LF. Looking at FanGraphs, he has the worst defensive metrics of anyone who has played LF for the Giants this year. (Tomlinson, FWIW, is tied with Parker for the best.)

    And I don't see it changing. Couldn't tell on live TV, but watching the highlights this AM... He misplayed a fairly routine flyball by Molina by taking the wrong angle and coming in too shallow. So Moore got tagged with an earned run that should have been an out. Now, he's not the worst in MLB. I mean, let us face it, LF is where crappy fielders go to field. But he's not a good defender and you were not wrong about his defense.

  2. I think Núñez is better (by a lot) than Morse or Burrell, and maybe as good as Belt when he was first trotted out there.
    I doubt if he's begging to be played in the OF -- give him some credit for being a gamer. And he's .333 last 8 games.
    Let's try Panik or Arroyo out there, see how they do.