Sunday, April 1, 2018

Game Wrap 4/1/2018: Dodgers 9 Giants 0

The Giants pitching staff fell apart in the later innings of this game after it became apparent that the offense was so cold it had frozen over.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .308.  Buster keeps pumping out the hits and he even made an opportunistic steal of 3B when the game was still close.  He needs some help in the lineup, though.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .231.  Belt hit a ball that traveled farther than Cody Belllinger's HR.  It's just that Belts ball went to dead CF and was caught, while Bellinger's was to straightaway LF and bounced off the padding on top of the wall for a dinger.  That's pretty much a microcosm of the last 2 games.

Chris Stratton RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.06.  Stratton probably deserved better.  he allowed just 1 run through 5 innings and it was scored when Corey Seager strolled home while the Giants were unsuccessfully trying to catch Yasiel Puig between 1B and 2B.  Then, after giving up 2 doubles to the first 3 batters of the 6'th inning, Josh Osich brought his gas can to the mound and allowed Stratton's inherited runner to score plus 2 more and the game was essentially over.

Roberto Gomez RHP- 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB,  BB, 1 K.  ERA= 36.00.  Gomez looked sharp in the 7'th allowing just 1 baserunner.  He came back out for the 8'th and it was like the Dodgers must have picked up something and told their batters what to look for because Gomez was still throwing hard, but he was not fooling anybody.  The Dodgers teed off for 4 consecutive hits and they were not bloopers.


The loss dropped the Giants record to 2-2 and into a second place tie with the Dodgers, 0.5 games behind the D'Backs who took Easter Sunday off.  The Rockies and Padres were also idle at 1-2 and 0-3 respectively.

The Giants get a day to come home and regroup before their Home Opener on Tuesday against the Mariners with Ty Blach getting the start facing LHP Marco Gonzalez.


  1. Sad to say, but McCutchen and Longoria seemed to be the rally killers this series. Each being very unclutch in critical situations. Hopefully they can right their ships before Tuesday. Each is incredibly important this season.

  2. Good thing I went to the movies with the wife. Missing that dog of a game was a blessing in disguise. And while we're only 4 games in, and the Dodgers have good pitching, I'm not thrilled with the offense:

    We have three rally killers:

    Jackson - 0.083
    McCutchen - 0.063
    Longoria - 0.000

    Two who are not helping as much as needed:

    Belt - .231 (but at least he's gotten hits in all but one game).
    Crawford - .214

    One of two guys in the doldrums at anyone time is something you can over-come. But five of eight... That's not going to work.

  3. Really not sure how Gomez even made the team, the Giants really bought into spring training stats this year. I don't have high hopes for a guy that had a 1.42 WHIP in AAA, no matter how hard he throws

    1. You might want to look up Gomez' second half AAA stats from last year. 1-4, 2.22, 48.2 IP, 13 BB, 44 K, GO/AO= 1.50, WHIP= 1.13. I'd give him a little more rope in low leverage situations myself.

  4. Doc, What's your take on Longoria, McCutchen, and Jackson being a combined 2-43? Beat reporters seem to think that they are putting too much pressure on themselves, but that seems strange since they are all veteran guys.

    1. it is hard for me to wrap my head around 2 - 43 - epically bad - probably an anomaly three bats asleep at same time

    2. Probably mostly sample size noise, but the longer it goes on, the more concerning it gets.

  5. Just wanted to throw this out..According to The Richmond Flying Squirrel Home Pager..Here is the Preliminary (whatever that means!) Opening Day Roster for them.....As has been rumored, VBeede and DUGGAR are not on it.....Some interesting things...Will try and see Shaun Anderson and Garret WIlliams.....a Ray Black sighting....Thought Cyr might make Sac...Good place for GARCIA as C to work with Anderson and Williams..OF is very uninspiring..all the top guys (Duggar, Williamsosn, Slater are in Sac)


    Full 2018 Preliminary Flying Squirrels Roster:


    Anderson, Shaun
    Black, Ray
    Connolly, Michael
    Cyr, Tyler
    Gage, Matt
    Halstead, Ryan
    Johnson, Jordan
    Knight, Dusten
    McCasland, Jake
    Simpson, Will
    Slania, Dan
    Taylor, Cory
    Williams, Garrett


    Garcia, Aramis
    Freeman, Ronnie


    Arenado, Jonah
    Castillo, Ali
    Dobson, Dillon
    Howard, Ryan
    Sands, Jerry


    Carbonell, Daniel
    Davis, Dylan
    Jebavy, Ronnie
    Lipka, Matt
    Rodriguez, Luigi

    1. There’s things to like about Davis and Jebavy.

    2. If Jebavy's D was good enough to push Duggar to rf, he will at least have a cup of coffee in the majors. Besides him and Davis, there is just filler that can move around the needs of Sac and SJ.

    3. Interesting, because Jebavy was originally slated for Sacramento.

  6. McCutcheon
    Andrew Jackson

    MAL - Bad, Very Bad

    Unless this Trio of Frozen Bats turns it around these three players May once again set back the market for Free Agent players aged 30 Plus.

    So far - an unprecedented Face Plant !

    1. Unprecedented except for just remember 2017 in general. Gotta worry that Bobby Evans may be in for the biggest faceplant of all if the 'veteran' Giants are only going to score 0.5 runs a game.

    2. Let’s not get too crazy here. It’s 4 games. Sticks out because it is the start of the season and these guys are new in town.

      And Dodger pitching is a thing. If you’ve got Rich Hill (He’s 38, so being over 30 isn’t an MLB death sentence necessarily. He got a ver nice contract not that long ago) as your #4, that’s a solid rotation.

      Let’s give them a couple of weeks before we declare these guys DOA.

    3. Couple of games, couple of weeks, it's like these people have never watched baseball regularly for very long! Last year, it would have been Joe Panik that people were panicked about, as he did not hit all that well early on, but then he figured it out and hit great the rest of the year, making up for the poor start and ending with nice batting line.

      Unprecedented? Basically every year you find players that start out cold for FOUR games!

      And it's Austin Jackson. Andrew hasn't been around for over 170 years now, unless that's what you are talking about...

  7. MLB line score by game LOB:
    McCut 2 1 4 4 = 11
    Longo 3 1 3 2 = 9
    Belt 2 1 1 2 = 6
    Craw 4 0 1 2 = 6
    Posey 1 3 1 0 = 5
    Pence 0 0 1 2 = 3
    RBIs for players not named Panik: 0
    2 - 2 thanks to some great pitching (and 2 games of D) and Panik.
    Give this LU a couple games at home against the Not Dodgers, and think about it?
    Following 2 with the Mariners are 6 games against LA and AZ which hitting like the first 4 can bury the Giants no matter what pitching heroics save some shutouts!