Saturday, July 28, 2018

Game Wrap 7/28/2018: Brewers 7 Giants 1

It's usually in retrospect that you can identify when a team hits rock bottom.  I don't know if this game was rock bottom for the Giants, but it seems like a darn good candidate.  The Giants were way out of this one by the time they came to bat in the bottom of the 2'nd inning.  They were dominated in every facet of the game and a pitcher they need for a successful second half, looked broken.  Key Lines:

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 3, HR(9).  BA= .255.  Nick Hundley has been a bright spot for the Giants the last 2 seasons.  Tonight he got the Giants first hit of the game off Jhoulys Chacin.  The only problem with that is it came in the 6'th inning with the score 6-0.  It was the only run the Giants came close to scoring all night.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.23.  It was not an encouraging start for Cueto.  His FB topped out at 89 MPH and looked so weak Kruk and Kuip felt constrained to comment on it and to link it to his time on the DL and the medical opinion to not do Tommy John surgery.  I would be no shock at all if we read tomorrow that Cueto is back on the DL and headed for more tests and medical opinions.  I'll just say this,  if he has a bad UCL, I would vote for TJ ASAP to try to salvage the final years of the contract.  While TJ is no sure thing, the track record of pitchers who undergo it is way better than the ones who try to avoid it or delay it.

Ty Blach LHP- 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 8/0.  ERA= 4.48.  Pretty much what you expect from Ty Blach.  He's a contact pitcher who lives and dies by the laws of BABIP.

Ray Black RHP- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.  Black looked as dominant as ever.  He cannot hold a runner to save his life, though, and that cost him an inherited runner scored.


The Loss dropped the Giants 7.5 games off the pace in the NL West and 6 games behind in the Wild Card race.  It's getting late, folks, really late!


Andrew Suarez tries to be the Stopper tomorrow against Junior Guerra.


  1. Time to pull the plug - get whatever top 100 prospect you can for Cutch and Dyson while you still can - feed the farm and start shaping up 2019 as the year of the homegrown player in SF. So sad to see Johnny C breaking down.

  2. That well known Giants fan site with live game chatting has fans posting Tank GIF's... I thought lastyear was the last year I would have to see those GIF's. The mood is black over there and the word is "Sell."

  3. “I keep telling you guys and keep telling myself I’m fine, but in reality, I’m not.” - Johnny Cueto

    Sounds like he’s meeting with doctors tomorrow. This is a sad, sad story about a guy who’s been so good and so fun to watch.

  4. Cueto: During the post-game interview he admitted his elbow is still messed up. I suspect he's headed to the 60-day and will be getting TJ surgery soon.

    Sell: When you come into the season with four fielding holes, a messed-up bullpen and multiple question marks in your rotation... And you have to stay under the CBT which you're so close to going over... You're not going to fix it in one year and be competitive. What you are going to do is prolong mediocrity as you keep trying to bandage a fundamentally flawed team.

    And me, this team really has a 1970s feel about it. Some really good pieces... But as a team.... They were a 3rd/4th place team just about every year.

    1. You can patch a leaking tire and get by for a while, but when the patches begin to leak, you're lost!

  5. Poor Bruce had urged thise Veteran Bats to get it going that he time was "Now" and thise bats turn limp again. Yup he is as disgusted as we are.

  6. 2018: In Hundley's 36 starts as C, Giants are 12-24.
    Just SSS or is it his "pitcher skills" or does he have terrible batting days in 2 of 3 games:
    In wins: .404/.452/.842
    In losses: .170/.202/.280

    To reprise a favorite nursery rhyme:
    There was a catcher guy, who wore his mask quite high
    Right in the middle of his forehead
    When he was good, he was very very good
    And when he was bad he was horrid.

    With apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  7. Instead of your ever-insightful comments on yesterday's game, I half expected this:


  8. cueto likely heads to the 60-day dl, stratton slides back into the rotation, and the giants should purchase the contract of tyler rogers