Friday, June 16, 2017

Game Wrap 6/16/2017: Rockies 10 Giants 8

It was another wild and frustrating Coors Field Special as the Giants and Jeff Samardzija built a 5-1 lead only to see it evaporate in an offensive onslaught by the Rockies.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 5, 3B, HR(4).  BA= .265.  Span is slashing .333/.385/.500 so far in June.

Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR(4).  BA= .267.   Panik is 6 for 13 in 3 games since coming back from a thumb sprain.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4.  BA= .242.  Pence's BA hit a nadir of .228 on June 10.  Since then he's gone 7 for 19.

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .400.  Slater seems to have solved the LF problem, at least for the time being.  Now the Giants have to figure out the rest of the roster.

Jeff Samarzija RHP- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .103.  Shark's blast was the longest HR of the statcast era by a pitcher.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.81.  Shark's dinger gave him and the Giants a 5-1 lead in the top of the 5'th inning.  Maybe he was still thinking about the HR when he gave up a 5-spot in the bottom of the 5'th?


Matt Cain tries to get the Giants on the wining side of the series ledger tomorrow facing Lefty Kyle Freeland.


  1. Coors field is a place I've always wanted to see so I scheduled a trip out here when the schedule came out. It does not disappoint! This a beautiful complex. I just wish I could have seen some beautiful defense in RF. I'm telling you, Hunter Pence looked absolutely lost tonight. It was unbelievable! No one will convince me that he's alright physically. He appears to still be nursing that leg injury. But besides that, he was just not as sharp as a player with his outfield experience should have been.

    The homerun Samardzuja hit was crushed! It was the longest homerun by a pitcher in the Statcast era.

    Looking forward to some day baseball tomorrow. I'm hoping to get to see Tomlinson play since they're throwing a leftie. It will probably be his last start before going back to Sac when Gillespie returns :-(

    1. Thanks for sharing that and for still finding joy in the game when your team is not going well.

      You may well be right about Pence. I'm not sure why the Giants would run any player out there who is not 100% at this point. Do whatever it takes and however long it takes to get them fully healthy, even if that isn't until next season.

  2. I guessing that Samardzija is going to rub that home run in Bumgarner's nose...

    Hunter Pence at 0.0 fWAR. A lot of that has to do, I think, with the problems he's going on with his legs. Pence, in the past, used to be one of the better infield-single hitters in MLB. Now he's decidedly mediocre down there with guys whose legs are going or have gone. And his WRC is abysmal at 0.66.

    Slater. He is now tied with Span with the 2nd highest fWAR score of all Giants OFers. Nunez is listed at #1. But Nunez's positives in fWAR have likely come more from his 3rd base play than his LF play so perhaps it's fairer to say he's tied for #1. Slater is also tied for 5th in fWAR on the team AND he is #1 in WRC for position players, even ahead of Posey (though I doubt it lasts considering the tiny sample).

  3. SFGate says Giants are "becoming historically bad"!
    You think?
    Kinda wonder why Giants don't want to play Kelby.
    Historically bad! Hill has the lowest BA on the team with 50 or more ABs.
    If the Giants do as Bochy seems to prefer, and add veteran Gillaspie, Hill will be ahead of him.
    Looking at all the "FAILS" the Giants have tried this year, Ruggiano actually looks good at .217 and a pair of homers which ties him with Bumgarner and Hundley for 9th on the team.
    Hernandez's hit last night edged him over the Mendoza Line which doesn't include Morse, Arroyo, Hill, Mac, Calixte, Parker, Gillaspie, Marrero, Stubbs, Federowicz, and all the pitchers except Bum.
    Pence has looked bad in the field for both Colorado games. Besides his legs, he's misjudged a couple fly balls. It's hard to say anything good about the Giants' OF, except, although it means nothing, Slater is the only OFer without an error. Funny how things turn out: at this point with a limited sample size, LF looks better than CF or RF! Again sample size is small but Slater is the only active Giant OFer with a dWAR better than -0.1
    93 games left, lose 57 (winning just under 40%) and the record will be 62-100, tied with 1985 (a Krukow year & Kuiper went 3-5) for most losses in Giants franchise history.
    So SFGate may be right.

  4. Saturday wrap: Rockies got hits with RISP, 2 outs, and Giants didn't
    So! what's new?