Sunday, May 28, 2017

Game Wrap 5/27/2017: Giants 6 Braves 3

Ty Blach was sensational for 7 innings of shutout ball before faltering in the 8'th.  Fortunately, and unlike for Matt Cain the night before, the Giants offense gave him a 5 run cushion and they held on for the Win.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(10), BB, SB(2).  BA= .242.  I've been thinking about writing a post on what drives me crazy about Belt's swing.  Maybe I better not.  He's on a pace to hit 30 HR's on the season.

Nick Hundley C- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .253.  After hitting just .192 in April, Hundley is hitting .355 in May.  I wonder if any contenders are looking for catching help?

Ty Blach LHP- 2 for 3.  BA= .214.  Blach has shown a consistent ability to help himself at the plate.

Ty Blach LHP- 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 3.83.  Blach has 4 QS in a row and 5 QS out of his last 6 starts.  He's gone at least 7 IP in each of those 5 QS's.  As a reader commented, if you take out his 1 Disaster Start and 1 Disaster Relief Appearance, he has allowed 10 ER in 45.1 IP,  for a 1.99 ERA.


With the Win, the Giants cut their deficit in the NL West to 11 games behind the leading Rockies but they also remain 9.5 games out in the Wild Card race.


Johhny Cueto tries for a series Win today facing knuckleballer RA Dickey.


  1. I like the Dickey story. It's one of my favorite baseball stories of all time as plucky, fringy guy (with a birth defect in his pitching arm no less) carves out a major league career and eventually wins a Cy Young. With all that said, I hope he goes down in flames today...

    It's a strange year when the #6 pitchers on your roster is the guy giving you the best shot to win week-after-week. I just hope he doesn't get bitten by the dinger-bug like Cueto and Samardzija... I'll take his 3.5K/9 over a 11K/9 and a bunch of dingers...

    1. Blach definitely has a Heston 2015 vibe.

  2. Belt almost had another, but inciarte made a leaping catch at the wall. Not sure it would have gone, but it was close.

  3. Bochy is locked into Buster batting 4, maybe it's what Buster wants but with the present state of the "hitters" available to follow, it means that he will be walked if there is any threat and pitched to only when necessary.
    Batting him 4 with no one behind him is a failing strategy.
    The best power threat on the team IS BRANDON BELT, and his career numbers, although limited, are best batting 4!
    Maximize the opportunity: Span, Panik, and Núñez have the same and "best" OBP on the team. Depending on LH/RH pitcher and health, bat two of them in the top slot, then Posey, Belt, and ??? -- probably Crawford or the odd man out from the top 2 choice, or maybe Mac!
    Aaron Hill, fresh off his rehab, continued his slide, but what the heck, the Giants won. If he can regain the past, he's great trade bait. And then there's "Homer" Hundley! Bat him against any weak pitcher! A real trade deadline chip!
    Núñez banged into the wall again on a NO-CHANCE drive! Keep him healthy, Boch, if he gets to .290+, he's worth a fairly good prospect! Get some real OFers with some up-side, there are many in the system if Kelby and Calixte are included with Slater and Slade.