Sunday, April 8, 2018

Game Wrap 4/8/2018: Dodgers 2 Giants 1

The Giants and Dodgers went into extra innings again today, but this time the Dodgers came out on top.  Key Lines:

Evan Longoria 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .138.  Longoria's bat came to life against Kershaw of all pitchers, but he didn't get much help from his teammates.

Hunter Pence LF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .241.  Pence scored the Giants only run after a line drive leadoff single in the 8'th.  Kelby bunted for a basehit to put runners at first and second which brought Buster to the plate as a PH.

Buster Posey PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .308.  Posey was clutch again today as he delivered the PH RBI.

Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K. ERA= 4.11.  Blach went mano-a-mano with The Mighty Kershaw once again and once again more than held his own.  This line is kind of ugly, and there were several line drive outs, so the BABIP gods were friendly to Blach today.  We'll take that.  Too bad Giants hitters couldn't push across 1 more run in the first 9 innings.


The Loss dropped the Giants record to 4-4 2.5 games behind the D'Backs who topped the Cardinals 4-1.  The Rockies also lost to the Braves so they remain tied with the Giants for 2'nd place in the NL West with a 5-5 record.  The Dodgers improved to 3-6 and are 4 games off the pace while the Padres lost to Houston 4-1 to drop their record to 2-8, 5.5 games back.


Speaking of the D'Backs, they come to AT&T Park for a 3 game set starting tomorrow with Derek Holland facing Zack Godley in game 1.  Chris Haft of reports that a source close to Tyler Beede says he will be called up to start either Game 2 or Game 3 of this series vs the D'Backs which would be his MLB debut.


  1. Too bad they blew a few scoring opportunities, Gorkys base running blunder ran them out of an inning that could have had Cutch coming up with 2 runners on. Jackson unable to bunt 2 runners over in the 8th, and Belt taking strike 3 with the tying run at 2nd. Belt said later fans would have been mad if he swung at that pitch.. That pitch was too close to take, and Belt should have tried to foul it off, until he got a pitch he could handle. Didn't he watch Cutch the night before? Giants didn't execute little things which led to the loss. Oh well, get the Dbacks tomorrow!


  2. I thought Jackson's AB in the 8th was a triple face plant. First of all, it's a RHP so why not bat Blanco, second of all why can't a leadoff hitter get a bunt down given two pitches to do it, and third of all why not try and bunt again instead of grounding into a DP. That was the rally killer -- and brings Belt up with 2 outs instead of 1, he does what he does and THAT'S THE BALL GAME friends. But they are at .500 which is the goal until Bumgarner and Samardjiza are back in the rotation, isn't it?

  3. There is good arm chair managing and not so good arm chair managing. I think many of the comments above are spot on. Good stuff. I hate to use the term "little things," but manufacturing wins often requires doing the little things.

  4. Blach: Kudo's to Blach, and the Giants defense, for working out of that bases-loaded jam. I thought for sure the Giants were going to be giving up some runs on that.

    4-4: After loosing Bumgarner and Samardzija, I'm not unhappy with that record. And that's despite the fact I think we let at least one winnable get away.