Saturday, July 15, 2017

Game Wrap 7/15/2017: Padres 5. Giants 3

Hector Sanchez hit a walkoff 2-run dinger in the bottom of the 9'th inning to spoil a strong comeback start by Madison Bumgarner.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4.  BA= .248.  Pence came through with a bases-loaded 2-RBI single in the top of the first inning to give the Giants an early lead.

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .277.  After the Padres took a 1 run lead on HR's by Matt Szczur and Jabari Blash, Panik tied it with a solo shot down the RF line to the shallowest part of Petco Park, a small short porch that extends about 30 ft into the RF corner.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA=.  3.18.  Not Bumgarner's best performance but a solid QS that proved he is fully recovered from his shoulder injury suffered in the fateful dirt biking accident.  Whew!  That could have been a whole lot worse!


Jeff Samardzija tries for a series win tomorrow afternoon facing Trevor Cahill.


  1. Though I only got to watch the first four innings, it was a good start all things considered.

  2. Sometimes nothin' said is 'nuff said.
    That probably applies to Gerrin and especially Okert in the 9th. The only out they got was a sacrifice bunt!

    Haven't we complained about the Giants needing to play guys batting below Mendoza?

    The Padres won last night starting a trio of them: Blash (.152 at gametime), Sanchez (.155 at gametime) and Szczur (.188 at gametime), plus Aybar batting .235, having been below .200 into June.

    Is it possible that San Diego is better than San Fran? Pads are 5 games in front of the Giants and are 5-2 head-to-head.

    Is suggesting that the Giants will rebound in 2018 any more realistic than the Padres rebounding?

    The Phillies won the NL East 5 years in a row, with consecutive World Series appearances, and a Championship in 2008. Four years after winning 102 games in 2011, they lost 99, beating Miami in the last game of the season to avoid 100 losses.

    This happens to teams, and we don't think it will happen with the Giants, but ...

    1. I am not sure if you are implying I think the Giants can stand pat and everything will be OK, but I've never said that. I believe about 50% of their collapse is due to bad luck but that means 50% is due to other factors. I have said over and over that with the increase in power numbers around the league, they need to find more power, particularly out of 3B and LF. That is short term. Long term, they need to draft more and better pitching and draft hitters with more athleticism and power. They also need to do a better job of signing and developing international talent.

      I don't think they need to burn the ship down to the waterline but they also cannot just stand pat.

    2. No, no, definitely not implying that you said "stand pat" -- you have been adament that you believe it is fixable, AND how to fix it.
      You have a better handle on these things than I -- I am a cynic, not a pessimist, and thoroughly appalled about losing to San Diego (not yesterday but for the season) with a payroll twice as large -- San Diego!
      Before this year's disaster we might have borrowed from the immortal Bill Terry (... are they still in the league?...) meaning, of course, the Padres not the Dodgers as Terry meant.
      I threw in Philadelphia because that was a mighty fall from 2011 to 2015 with a star-studded cast, although the ragged edges were beginning to show. Ruiz, Rollins, and Utley were 32, Howard 31, Ibanez 39, Polanco 35, Victorio 30 -- Pence at 28 was the only regular under 30. Howard, injured on the final out of the losing effort in the NLDS, would only play 71 games and be a non-factor the next year. Their senior pitchers from 2011, Halladay and Lee, missed starts in 2012. The youngest -- their Bumgarner -- Cole Hamels led with 31 starts.
      Since the 94-win 2012, the Giants have not won even 90 games in a season, will have a losing record 2 of the last 5 seasons, and 2015 was only 3 over an 81-win .500 season.
      It will be difficult to fix the power-gap, the outfield will only be marginally better at best, the rotation improved with Bumgarner but what else, and everyone a year older.
      Even a 25-win improvement might not make the playoffs.
      Standing pat is not an option.
      IMO, the BABIP gods will have to be appeased mightily to be a contender next year.

    3. next season could be feast or famine, if things don't go any better next year, they will have no choice but, to hold a fire sale. it also could make bochy a lame duck in 2019 and clear the way for a potential house cleaning.

  3. Lot a rumors flying today. Nunez to the Red Sox. Samardzija to the Astros.

    1. Hope the Astros aren't watching today's game!