Thursday, June 15, 2017

Game Wrap 6/15/2017: Rockies 10 Giants 9

This was a Coors Field special as the Giants rallied from a 9-1 deficit to tie the game in the top of the 9'th inning only to lose it in the bottom of the 9'th.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 6, SB(1).  BA= .261.  Hard to believe this was Span's first SB of the season.

Buster Posey C- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .356.  Buster's MVP caliber season continues.  He came up lame after hitting the dinger in the 7'th and left the game with a sore ankle.

Ty Blach PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .190.  Blach was brought in as a PH and singled to drive in a run and later scored.

Brandon Crawford SS- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .254.  Crawford's 3-run dinger got the Giants to 9-8 in the 8'th inning.

Austin Slater LF/3B- 4 for 5.  BA= .405.  The Austin Slater hit machine keeps pounding them out.  He played 3B for the first time in his professional career after Nunez pulled up with a gimpy hammy.  Aaron Hill and Kelby had already been used as PH.

Matt Moore LHP- 3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 6.00.  How can you have enough stuff to get 7 of 9 outs by K and still give up 11 hits?  Most of those hits were line drives too, so it wasn't all just BABIP luck.


Jeff Samardzija tries to even the series tomorrow evening facing Antonio Senzatela.


  1. Slater is making the decision to not start him earlier stupider the more he plays. In a 9 inning game, 20 different Giant players stepped in the batters box. That is crazy.

    1. Not sure what decision you are referring to there, Erik.

    2. Not really. There was reason to give Parker and Williamson a chance before Slater.

    3. The decision by starting retreads like Ruggiano, Marrero, Morse, Calixte, and Hernandez over a prospect with upside. I actually am a fan of Morse, as a pitch hitter, and I hope Calixte may actually work out. But you yourself posted earlier this season that it would be good for the Giants future if Arroyo and Williamson received a lot of at bats. Why would the same not apply to Slater. Not every front office is perfect, but could they have not known the ability of their own prospects? Especially compared to the players they have been playing in LF? Its only been a small sample size, but Slater has shown that he is a productive hitter and his upside is huge compared to the retreads that have been playing there this season.

    4. I believe the Giants have managed Slater's development appropriately.

    5. As do I. They gave Slater 100 or so games at AAA through 2016-17 to try to be sure that he could stick in LF rather than be a bench-sitter, and to give more experienced prospects, Parker and Mac, a chance. To fill the OF otherwise, they employed Hernandez, who had a 103 OPS+ for them in 2017; Morse (I th

    6. thought and think, as has proved true), and two vet perhapses (Marrero, Ruggiano) who clearly were place-holders. When the alternatives failed, by performance or injury or both, and Slater looked as though he might stick, based m his 100+ games at AAA, he came up, made some adjustments, and has stuck. Seems rational to me.

    7. Should read, "Morse, either a silly bit of sentimentality or a cynical marketing ploy, as I thought at the time and think now, so he has proved to have been"

  2. Doc, any thoughts on why Bochy chose to go with Strickland again instead of Melancon to close? There is some speculation that Melancon is nursing an injury that no one is talking about.

    1. I suspect Melancon is not fully healthy.

  3. I'm not sure that Austin could have moved up faster. The Giants were trying out his skill sets and they tried him at 2B, SS, CF and both corners in the minors.

    And, honestly, he moved fairly quick. Drafted in 0214 after a full college season he did some Rookie & Short season. Started at A+ and moved to AA in 2015. Started in AA then moved up to AAA in 2016. Started 2017 in AAA and is now in the majors. Lots of players who are considered elite talents don't make it that fast.

  4. Maybe start Slater a little earlier in the lineup? I understand not pressuring the kid, but there is an advantage for the team to bunch guys who are hitting.
    "They" said, after SF tied the game and before Span was thrown out at the plate, if the Giants go ahead in the 9th, Melancon; if it's tied, Strickland....
    How about Kelby at 3rd? What a concept! Play the best players!
    Apropos of nothing:
    Giants are 20-35 in Posey starts, 6-7 when he doesn't.
    Giants are 9-13 in Hundley starts. He's hitting .259 as a starter, he's 1-10 pinch-hitting.
    Giants are 3-8 in Hill starts. He's hitting .135 as a starter, he's 4-14 pinch-hitting with 2 walks, 2 doubles, and 5 RBIs

  5. This is written in the 7th inning of game 2 with the Rockies: can it get any worse?
    And what in the heck is Hill doing in the lineup anyway?
    Bochy may be turning off his players faster than the fans!
    Why tune in? Watching the Giants now is worse than game 4 of the Cubs series. There is absolutely nothing to see here!