Saturday, June 24, 2017

Game Wrap 6/23/2027: Mets 11 Giants 4

The Giants were coming off a road trip that ended when they arrived at SFO at 5:00 AM game day.  That may be why Buster Posey and Hunter Pence were not in the starting lineup.  With Eduardo Nunez hitting the DL and Conor Gillaspie getting the call to replace him, Bruce Bochy sent out what some might call a forfeit lineup.  But it was SP Ty Blach who travelled back to SF a day ahead of the team who didn't seem ready to play.  When the Mets, who were swept in 4 games in LA, ran up a 6 spot in the second inning, this game was over.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .281.  Span is one of two Giants offensive players to perform significantly above preseason fWAR projections in the first half.  His leadoff single in the first inning led to the Giants first run.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.  Panik is performing at preseason projections.

Brandon "Sparky" Belt- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .227.  Belt hustled after a pop up down the RF line in he first inning, then threw a seed to 2B to nail Asdrubel Cabrera who was trying to stretch it into a double.  He then came up in the bottom of the inning and stroked a double into the RF corner to drive in Span to temporarily tie the game.  Maybe that slightly snarky nickname Javier Lopez hung on him from the broadcast booth on the road trip provided a "spark"?

Speaking of….Lopez took to calling Buster Posey "Gerald" and I'm not sure how much longer Lopez is going to be welcome in the Giants clubhouse if he keeps coming up with these nicknames!  LOL!

Austin Slater LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.  One of the hits was an IF squibber that contributed to the 3-run rally in the 6'th inning.  The the other was a lined double to LF in the 4'th inning that went for naught.

Gorkys Hernandez RF- 1 for 4.  BA= .213.  Hernandez' soft single with the bases loaded in the 6'th inning drove in a pair of runs but he also GIDP'd.  Overall, Hernandez has performed significantly below preseason projections.

Ty Blach LHP- 3 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.86.  There was the bloop by Cabrera in the first inning and maybe another 3B might have speared Seth Lugo's double down the LF line in the second but the Mets mostly roasted the ball off Blach for the first 2 innings.  Blach stayed in to pitch a scoreless 3'rd inning, but the game was over by the middle of the second inning.


Johnny Cueto tries to get the Giants into the Win column tonight facing the Mets best pitcher, Jake DeGrom.

1 comment:

  1. It was the 2 wins in the last 10, team BA .250, Mets against the 1 win in the last 10, team BA .242, Giants, but with Cespedes, Cabrerea, Flores, Conforto, and Duda getting 3 hits each and Granderson adding 2, 20 hits usually beats 8, and Gillaspie, Hundley, Hernandez, and Hill were no match.
    What's beginning to worry me (and who am I anyway), will the Giants be ready for 2018, which, after all, is an even year?
    Are these slumps just part of the odd-year or are they part of the future?
    Seriously, this is NOT a good team, and are the return of Bumgarner, Smith, and and and someone else, is it enough to right this sinking ship?
    Other than Pence and Span who are playing out the string for next year, this is a team of 30-and-under who looks very old!