Thursday, May 25, 2017

Game Wrap 5/24/2017: Giants 5 Cubs 4

Mac Williamson's 2-run dinger off Wade Davis was too little, too late to salvage a game that left the Giants asking a lot of what if questions.  What if Mac had charged a ball harder and prevented a runner from going first to 3'rd who eventually scored?  What if George Kontos had not thrown away a sac bunt attempt for an unearned run?  What if the bullpen had not allowed an add-on Cubs run in the 8'th? Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .255.  Span scored and drove in the Giants second run with his 3'rd dinger.  He did not reach base in his other 4 AB's.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .244.  The Giants failed to bring Belt home after reaching base 3 times.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .266.  Crawford got the Giants on the scoreboard in the 2'nd inning with a leadoff double, took 3'rd on Nunez' bunt single and scored on a FC by Christian Arroyo.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .277.  Nunez and Belt both had 2 hits, but Nunez' bunt single advanced Crawford to 3B to set up one score and later singled to set up Mac's 2 run dinger in the 9'th.

Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .182.  Mac battled one of the better closers in the game for 12 pitches including 7 fouled 2-strike pitches before depositing the ball in the RF basket.  He was second guessing himself on an earlier OF play in which he thought he could have prevented a runner from reaching 3B had he charged the ball more aggressively.  I'll give Mac props just for bringing it up.  It shows he's thinking about his whole game and not just trying to hit dingers.

Matt Moore LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.28.  The K's and BB's tell you he was not at his best, but gotta be frustrated that most of the damage was off the bat of Anthony Rizzo, a LH batter who hit 2 solo dingers.


The Loss dropped the Giants 11 games off the pace in the NL West and 7.5 games out of the Wild Card race.


Jeff Samardzija tries to salvage a series tie against his old team facing RHP Eddie Butler this afternoon.


  1. Players make mistakes, but what kills me is when umpires make mistakes. That last pitch of the game should have been called a ball not a strike. Panik should have gone to first base on a walk instead of it being a called strike and ending the game. Would the Giants have rallied to win? Who knows. Have the Giants benefited in the past from bad call from a umpire? Without question they have. But this is another example of why I think the game should go with an automated strike zone.

  2. That was about the best lineup the Giants can put on the field given what they have available on the active roster. They did put runners on base, but was only able to push one across the plate when the Cubs chose not to contest a 1st and 3rd, no out situation. Without the 9th inning dinger, a 5-2 score is more representative of this frustrating game.
    It wasn't as if the Giants didn't get runners on base for Posey and Crawford. Buster left a runner on first and a runner on 2nd in his first 2 ABs, then in the 8th, he was walked on 4 waste pitches pushing the tying runs into scoring position. Craw had 2 pretty good pitches to hit, but didn't.
    A winning team might have found a way to get some of the 6 runners their #4 & 5 guys in the lineup left on base but this team has not found a way to win very often.
    Ding-ding-ding: there's still time!

  3. It appears that LHP Brad Hand is on the trading block. The Giants should at least inquire because they have a crying need for a LH setup man. Not crazy about trading more prospects, but he has 2 years remaining on his contract after 2017.


    1. The 2 extra years are key as there is probably no point in upgrading for 2017. With Will Smith likely back for most of 2018 and all of 2019, they would make a very nice double lefty combo if the Giants are to regroup become competitive for the postseason again.

  4. Earth to Boch (et al): THIS isn't working!