Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Game Wrap 7/30/2018: Giants 5 Padres 3(12 Innings)

The Giants squandered a 3-run lead to go into extra innings but salvaged a win when Gorkys Hernandez homered in the 12'th and they tacked on an insurance run.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 3 for 5, HBP.  BA= .258.  Cutch did not get credit for a R or RBI, but his single in the 12'th advanced Kelby Tomlinson to 3B to set up the insurance run.   He may have polished up his trade value with a nice night at the plate from the leadoff spot in the lineup.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 6.  BA= .291.  Ironically it was a flyball forceout that gave Buster his RBI in the 12'th.  Buster is 9 for 18 over his last 4 games and has his July BA up to .293.  Oh, and Bochy is putting his top 2 OBP guys at the top of the order regardless of SB's?  What a concept!

Chase d'Arnaud 2B- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .282.  d'Arnaud muscled up and crushed one into the second deck of the milling company down the 3B line to drive in 3 in the 2'nd inning.  That would be the Giants last scoring until the 12'th.  d'Arnaud has 3 dingers in just 39 AB's since his callup.  He was lifted in a double switch in the 6'th.  As Vin Scully would say, "go figure!"

Gorkys Hernandez LF- 1 for 5, HR(13).  BA= .268.  Gorkys' second dinger in 2 games broke the tie in the 12'th.  Despite the 2 dingers, he is hitting just .150 over his last 7 games.

Derek Holland LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.90.  Holland had a Holland Start.  Bochy lifted him for Reyes Moronta with 0 outs in the 6'th after he allowed a walk to Eric Hosmer with a string of RH batters due up.  Holland seemed surprised when he saw Boch coming to get him, but it turned out to be a good move as Moronta was lights out.

Bullpen- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K's.  Reyes Moronta just keeps getting more dominant with each appearance.  He completely shut down the Padres for 2 innings in this one.  I have to say I was a bit disgusted when I saw Mark Melancon warming up for the 8'th inning.  He threw some good pitches but is just too hittable for high leverage innings at this point. Sure enough, he gave up the lead.  Ray Black went 1.2 shutout innings and Will Smith got the W with 1.1 dominant innings in which he struck out all 4 batters he faced.


Dodgers, D'Backs and Rockies all lost so the Giants are now 5.5 games behind the Bad Guys in 4'th place in the NL West and 5 games behind in the Wild Card race.  Hope this does not dissuade them from trading Cutch if they can get a good return.


Today is Trade Deadline day.  Rumors have the Giants willing to trade Andrew McCutchen with the Indians, Phillies and Yankees reportedly interested.  Cutch is a FA after the season.  The Giants do not want to be stuck with an accepted QO at $18 M for next year so they are not going to get a draft pick for him.  They need to trade him if they can get any decent prospect in return.  Personally I have my heart set on RHP Deivi Garcia, a Yankees farmhand who struck out 12 Augusta Greenjackets last week and has 209 K's in 147.2 IP so far in his minor league career.

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