Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Game Wrap 5/23/2017: Cubs 4 Giants 1

Johnny Cueto gave up 3 dingers that drove in all 4 of the Cubs runs and the Giants offense failed to sustain an attack against Jon Lester as the Cubs cruised to an easy win.  Key Lines:

Johnny Cueto RHP-  6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K's, 3 HR.  ERA= 4.64.  Well, you can't blame it on BABIP, because dingers are BIPs!  If there are 3 true outcomes in baseball, Cueto did great with 2 of them and terrible with the other.  What does that mean?  I don't know, I don't know!

Jon Lester LHP(Cubs)- 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 3.19.  Where to start?  The top 3 batters in the Giants lineup went a combined 0 for 11.  Nope, not gonna score a lot of runs with that!  Not with Gorkys Hernandez and Justin Ruggiano in the same lineup.  Lester is tough against any lineup.  Against this Giants lineup, he's Cy Young.


With the Loss, the 4'th place Giants fell 10 games behind the NL West leading Rockies.


Matt Moore tries to give the Giants a chance for a series win tomorrow facing Kyle Hendricks.


  1. Hernandez needs to go back to Sacramento and see if he can reset his swing to last year. Maybe his defense will return to par also if he isn't worried about flailing at the plate.
    However bright Arroyo's future, he's not ready for the 2 slot. If Núñez is in the lineup, he's a better choice (at this time).
    Belt seems to have quit looking for the walk, just 1 in his last 30 PAs. He's brought his BA up (and power) but he's not getting on base as often. Lester has been tough this year on LHB, much more than overall in his career.
    A faster runner than Crawford might have scored on Núñez's hit. My thoughts with Hernandez and Cueto following, Brandon might as well have been out at the plate than languish at 3rd. He didn't get a jump, watching to see if the ball was going to fall, and when it did could only get to 3rd. He would have been criticized if he had been doubled off 2nd, but situationally, with the lineup as it is, he should have run all the way.
    2-4 RISP looks better than it was since one was the Núñez hit, all 4 ABs were in the 5th when the Giants might have rattled Lester. Sure would have liked to see Arroyo up rather than Hernandez.
    Still, can't give up 3 HRs and expect to win unless Giants get 3 (solos) of their own.
    My crusade for Slater and Heathcott continues: what is there to lose?

  2. I don't want to cut off my nose to spite my face, butttttt!
    After Cueto's earlier in the spring comments about wanting to finish his career in the American league.
    Please do Johnny!

    Richard In Winnipeg