Friday, July 20, 2018

Game Wrap 7/20/2018: Giants 5 A's 1

Solo dingers by Ryder Jones and Pablo Sandoval were the big hits to back a Quality Start by Young Dereck Rodriguez as the Giants started the second have strong out of the gate.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .262.  A strong second half by Cutch would go a long way toward the Giants making the postseason.

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .256.  With Brandon Belt on Paternity Leave, Pabs slides over to 1B with Ryder Jones taking 3B.  Pabs has a big game with a HR to RF and a double in the top of the 9'th on a pitch that was up and out of the strike zone.  He was left stranded after the double.

Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.  Ryder Jones has been quietly having a strong season for Sacramento.  He's getting a look for a few games with Belt out.  His HR put the Giants ahead for good 2-1 and was a monster shot down the line that clanged off the RF foul pole.

Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.72.  Young Dereck was brilliant again with his 6'th QS out of 9.  He's had 2 other non-starting appearances.  One of several very pleasant surprises for Giants fans this season.


Despit the Win, the Giants remained in 4'th place, 4 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who topped the Brewers 6-4.  The D'Backs and Rockies are 1 and 2.5 games behind the Dodgers respectively pending the outcome of their game.


Madison Bumgarner tries to secure a series win tomorrow evening against Trevor Cahill.


  1. Start the "second half" with a win!
    Better than 2016!
    Before getting too euphoric, through 7 innings, Giants had 3 runs on 4 hits, including 2 bases empty HRs.
    To complete the half-empty part, leadoff double in 9th was not advanced.
    It was a great win without the Giants "best" hitter and against a long-time nemesis.
    Kids come through again, including nice Hanson bunt in 9th to put runners on 2nd and 3rd AND BOTH SCORED!
    Moronta: 2 batters, 5 strikes, 2 outs -- tying run at the plate twice!
    Maybe even better with Williamson as DH?
    Bumgarner and Cueto for the weekend -- how sweep it would be!
    Going with son to Sunday's game wearing an ORANGE SF hat picked up on a HOT day in Scottsdale a couple years ago.

  2. Jones looks like he beefed up some and he crushed that ball. Giants have given him couple of shots at the major league level, tells me they are interested in seeing what he can do sooner than later.

    Billy Baseball

    1. Ryder Jones was drafted at 18 yo June 6, 2013 out of high school, advanced to A ball in his first full year, then A+ and AA in consecutive years before being promoted to AAA at 22, then to the majors shortly after his 23rd birthday.
      That he didn't set the National League on fire in his first bite of the apple might mean he was advanced too fast.
      Had the Giants not gone as far as they could to be in the mix this year signing All Star Longoria to play 3rd base, Jones well could have been the starting 3B this year at 23 yo.
      Now blocked by that questionable trade, who knows what lies ahead for him, but if Longoria continues his .225/.256/.367 against RHP, there's a place for Jones if it's not blocked by the 8-position switchhitting 31-yo Sandoval (.256/.323/.425).
      Time is probably on Ryder's side and maybe the Giants can pay someone to take Longoria.

  3. Jones: His 429' HR tied for 40th as longest Giants HR in the Statcast era. The longest (Statcast era) was Belt's 475'smash in 2015. Williamson has the longest of 2018 at 464'. Austin Slater, of all people, has the third longest at 461' which he hit in 2017. Samardzija leads all pitchers at 446'.

    Moronta: On the year he's faced 167 batters and given up a .140 BA with just 2 doubles and 2 HRs. And he's done some amazing work in high leverage situations. Twice last night. And before the All-Star break he save Bumgarner's bases-loaded, no-out mess without giving up a run... If it weren't for Tony Watson, Ray Black and Will Smith I'd say he should be the closer now... But those three have also been lights out. Plus Melancon is rounding into form and the 'worst' reliever we have is Dyson and he's good as long as he doesn't close! It's a good problem to have... :)

    Add in Pablo and his league-leading 0.00 ERA, this may be the strongest bullpen we've had since Peak Core Four.

    D-Rod: Wow. He's really nailing it. I couldn't be happier with the luck that got him to us...

    1. D-Rod is payback for Joe Nathan trade. Same team - Twins and each pitcher was a converted position player.

    2. It'll probably have to wait until the offseason, but I really want to do a post on the Giants greatest Dumpster Dives. Young Dereck is rapidly climbing up that list!

    3. I like Rodriguez, but it is still way early to place him too high on a list like that...

      Casilla (kinda)
      Ross (picked up off waivers)
      Strickland (picked up off waivers, even though he spent about 4 years in the minors)
      Huff (kinda)

      But yes, a very long, impressive list...

    4. All I said is he is climbing fast.