Sunday, August 13, 2017

Game Wrap 8/12/2017: Nationals 3 Giants 1

The Giants had to wait until 10:00 PM local time to start a series that was supposed to to start 27 hours earlier due to awful weather in Washington DC.  It had still not completely stopped raining when the grounds crew got the swamp drained enough to get started.  The Giants scored first on Joe Panik's HR, the Nationals scored 2 in the bottom of the first to take the lead, and Bryce Harper suffered a nasty looking knee injury when he slipped on a wet first base bag while trying to win a foot race with Ryder Jones to the base.  After that, this one was a real snoozer as Edwin Jackson worked his usual hex on the Giants lineup to waste QS from Jeff Samardzija.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .264.  Panik, the second batter in the lineup, got a fastball up and over the plate in the first inning.  He turned on it and drove it several rows into the RF stands for his 7'th roundtripper.  All of the Giants 8 position players in the lineup reached base and 7 had hits, but they were scattered so Panik's dinger ended up as the only run they scored.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 H.  ERA= 4.74.  Pretty much a microcosm of Shark's season here.  Hittable early to fall behind, strong K and BB numbers, poor run support and another L on the pitching line.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 4.15.  Giants stated plan is to ease Melancon back into the closing role.   He got a scoreless inning under his belt here.


Weather permitting, the Giants close out the 3-game series with a day-night DH with Chris Stratton facing AJ Cole in the afternoon game with Matt Moore taking on Max Scherzer in the nightcap.


  1. Harper's injury shows why playing baseball in the rain can be dangerous. His cleat hit the top of the bag at full speed and slid off the far side into the ground. The bend of the leg/knee was difficult to watch. That's a whole lot of money and future in an unnecessary game. Wet balls, wet bases, and 96 mph pitches make for a hazardous game.
    The injury must have been excruciating -- I don't remember seeing a grown man writhing and flopping around like Harper did!

  2. Apropos of virtually nothing:
    Player 2017 BA Career Diff
    Tim Federowicz .000 .193 -193
    Drew Stubbs .091 .242 -151
    Aaron Hill .132 .266 -134
    Conor Gillaspie .163 .251 -88
    Mike Morse .194 .274 -80
    Chris Marrero .132 .209 -77
    Pablo Sandoval .220 .286 -66
    Mac Williamson .156 .210 -54
    Kelby Tomlinson .245 .285 -40
    Justin Ruggiano .217 .256 -39
    Hunter Pence .251 .282 -31
    Brandon Belt .241 .268 -27
    Brando Crawford .232 .249 -17
    Denard Span .266 .283 -17
    Joe Panik .264 .276 -12
    Jarrett Parker .264 .271 -7
    Buster Posey .321 .308 +13
    Orlando Calixte .172 .156 +16
    Nick Hundley .271 .251 +20
    G Hernandez .256 .232 +24
    Eduardo Nunez .308 .282 +26