Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Game Wrap 7/31/2018: Giants 3 Padres 2(10 Innings)

The Giants won their 3'rd game in a row and 2'nd in a row in extra innings behind another Quality Start from Young Dereck Rodriguez and just enough offense.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 4, HR(11), BB.  BA= .258.  Cutch was the subject of trade rumors but the Giants ended up keeping him around, at least for now.  Maybe gaining 2 games on the Dodgers over the past 2 days had something to do with that?  Anyway, Cutch followed up his 4 times on base night with a solo HR which temporarily gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the 5'th inning.

Evan Longoria 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.  Longoria tripled to lead off the 10'th inning and scored the winning run on Brandon Crawford's 2-out single.  Longo came back from the DL just in time as the Giants face a whole slew of LHP's coming up.

Austin Slater 1B- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .305.  Slater continues to be an OBP machine sporting a .440 on the season and .500 with a .350 BA over his last 7 games.  Short Sample Size, of course.

Brandon Crawford 2 for 5.  BA= .285.  Crawford's bat is coming to live as he is 5 for 16 over his last 3 games.

Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.59.  This was Young Dereck's 6'th Quality Start in a row with 3 innings of shutout relief work tucked into the middle of that.  Is he the ace of the staff right now?  I might have to officially retire the Young Dereck nickname and go to DRod!

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(6).  ERA- 1.31.  Smith got the W last night because the game was tied when he entered it.  Today he got the Save as he entered with a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 10'th.  I'd say right now he is firmly entrenched as the Giants Closer.


The Dodgers lost to the BrewCrew 1-0 while the D'Backs blanked the Rangers 6-0 and the Rockies topped the Cardinals 5-3.  That leaves the D'Backs in first place by 0.5 games over the Rockies who lead the Dodgers by percentage points.  The Giants are now 5 games behind the D'Backs for the division lead and have made up 2.5 games with their 3 consecutive Wins.


The Giants get a travel day all the way to Phoenix, AZ for a 4 game set with the D'Backs which could be a pivotal series.  Madison Bumgarner tries to get them off to a winning start on Thursday night facing Zack Greinke.


  1. Slater is becoming the Ben Zobrist of the Giants. I mean that in a good way. You can plug him in anywhere but SS, and he'll give you quality play and good ABs.

  2. Medically speaking, how many innings do you think the Giants will try to get out of Suarez and Rodriguez this year?
    They each have ~10 starts left in the season. Suarez has 123 IPs and Rodriguez 116 for the year (majors & minors), likely to get 60 more +/- (180-190) if they're not shut down.
    And, LOL, what IF they make the post season? Assuming Bumgarner does his thing and wins the WC 1-0, that could be 2 more starts for one or both the "kids"!
    Would the Giants do that?

  3. In the category AT&T is not a hitters paradise, Austin Jackson is slashing .500/.556/.875/1.431 for the Mets in 2 games, 9 PAs.
    On his BaseballReference page he's wearing a SF hat and a big grin.
    He even hit a 9th inning HR last night to bring NY to within 3 TDs of the Nats.