Friday, February 23, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 2/23/2018: Brewers 6 Giants 5

The Brewcrew scored 6 unearned runs to overcome what was otherwise an encouraging start to the Giants Cactus League campaign.  Key Lines:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .333.  Duggar drove in 2 runs with a ringing double into the RF corner in his second AB of the game.  Nice start in his drive to win the starting CF job on Opening Day.

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .333.  Pablo starts the spring where he left off 2017, with a dinger, although this one was not a walkoff dinger.

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .333.  Nick Hundley looks like he's ready to have another solid season as Buster Posey's backup catcher.

Ty Blach LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, GO/AO= 3/1.  ERA= 0.00.  Blach came out strong, keeping the ball on the ground and getting 2 K's in his second inning of work.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Suarez K'd the side in the 3'rd inning. His second inning of work was a bit rougher as the leadoff batter singled.  He erased that runner with a GIDP.  The next 2 batters singled but he got out of it with a flyball out to LF.

The Giants 6 errors were all committed by guys who are not likely to make the 25 man roster.


Fantasy Alert:  The Tampa Bay Rays received devastating news that their top pitching prospect, Brent Honeywell, who experienced forearm pain after throwing 10 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, tore his UCL and will require Tommy John Surgery.


  1. Good things: "young" guys Blach, Duggar, Slater
    Improbables: 3 guys trying to make the team get hits and errors
    Bad omens: Pence scratched with a stiff neck, Jones requiring an MRI on a hammy
    WTF: a 4th guy trying to make the team pitching the 9th, getting 2 Ks but taking the loss thanks to a hit and an error
    Other take-aways: the "Younger" Madison giving up 4 hits and a walk in 2/3's of an inning but an error makes all the runs unearned, the Tylers walking 2 each in an inning of work, Parker with 2 Ks and a 2B hit
    Doc: on a medical issue, you may have addressed this before, but Melancon's "injury" was literally a dead arm -- is this serious:

    1. That is an interesting article. I am no orthopedist, but it sounds like this was a variation of a condition called compartment syndrome where the muscles become so enlarged from repeated usage, that they start to exert pressure on structures around them and also get restricted by their own muscle sheath. It sounds like in this case the pronator muscle was was being squeezed so hard, it was constriction the blood flow and the muscle cells were starving for blood and oxygen. If that is not corrected, the muscle can die.

      I have never heard of this particular situation before and I think it is probably unusual. I think it is impossible to know how much, if any, permanent damage was done. I would also say that in my experience with non-sports related surgery, the body is never completely normal again after a surgery. The proof is in what function the patient ends up with. Hopefully in Melancon's case, it's close to 100%, but I would be very cautious in prognosticating a full return to prior function.

  2. Baggarly's Tweet: "Bochy was impressed by Mac Williamson, who singled up the middle and parked one. Williamson has altered his swing quite a bit, lowered his hands. Expected to be a work in progress.

    5:32 PM - Feb 24, 2018"

    1. I believe Mac has an option left, so it would be nice to seem him stay healthy, get at bats, and force his way up from AAA.