Sunday, May 28, 2017

Game Wrap 5/28/2017: Giants 7 Braves 1

The Giants took advantage of walks and errant throws to build a 7-0 lead after 3 innings which was more than enough support for Johnny Cueto and the bullpen.  Key Lines:

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .283.  Nunez had a 12 game hit streak broken yesterday.  He came right back with 2 hits in this one.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 4.  BA= .266.  Crawford drove in 1 run in the first inning on a groundout and 2 more in the second inning on a bases-loaded 2-out single.

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .244.  Panik had the only XBH for the Giants. His triple to lead off the 2'nd inning started a 4-run rally.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 0 for 0, SF, Sac.  BA= .050.  As you can see, Johnny is not much of a hitter, but he can handle the bat.  He helped himself with great situational hitting in this one.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.37.  Johnny was able to cruise in this one, although 106 pitches in 6 innings is a lot.  He has 7 Quality Starts out of 11 although his prior 2 had been non-QS.

Bullpen:  3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  This was Morris' 9'th consecutive appearance without allowing a run.  Osich looked a bit shaky after giving up a broken bat single and walking the next batter to lead off the 8'th but he struck out the next batter and got a crisp GIDP to end the inning.  Gearrin worked an uneventful 9'th and has been solid all season.


If you are looking for a ray of hope, this was the Giants 4'th series win out of their last 5.  The Giants remain 11 games behind the NL West leading Rockies and 9.5 games behind in the Wild Card race.


The Giants go right into their next series against the Nationals with Matt Moore facing Tanner Roark.


  1. What significance are these three games with the Nationals?
    If the Giants lose 2, well, they don't have Bumgarner, they don't have Pence, there's a hole in the OF, what do you expect?
    If they win two, sey hey, this team is quietly putting it together, don't give up yet. And a sweep? Who's kidding whom, that ain't happening!
    However get swept, and we're marching with Chopin.

  2. Roark is having a scuffling season. MOore has pitched very well in the heavy-air of AT&T that gives his breaking pitches more movement (2.57 ERA at home). So I think there's some hope.

  3. Lest we rejoice too much over this gratifying series win, yesterday's win was more a case of give-away than take-away.
    Dickey's wildness -- the knuckler cuts all ways: hard to hit, hard to control, hard to catch - and Atlanta's errors (one by Dickey), gave the Giants opportunities in the first three innings and to their credit they accepted the gifts.
    But the fun-and-games ended resoundingly with Cueto's none outs sacrifice fly in the 3rd followed by 23 more batters consecutively retired to end the game on a very flat note!
    The Braves actually outhit the Giants.
    Cueto was gutsy when he needed to be, and Osich brought back bad memories to start the 8th putting the first two batters on base before facing Kemp (K) and Adams (DP). All's well that ends well.
    Building a 7-0 lead is a winning strategy-- keep doing it!
    Ruggiano, Morse, and Hernandez all made steps toward Mendoza, but Gorkys was the only one in the right direction! 3 batting slots at .208 and below and a pinch hitter at .206 does not instill fear. Let's hope the Nationals study the Giants and arrive with "irrational exuberance" and excessive overconfidence.

  4. Oops, 18 in a row, innings 3-8,