Friday, May 11, 2018

Game Wrap 5/11/2018: Pirates 11 Giants 2

It's a bit tough to know where to start discussing a game like this.  An old problem of leaving runners on base reared its ugly head, but it might not have mattered because the pitching was atrocious.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco LF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .273.  We can't blame this one on Gregor Blanco batting leadoff as he did his job.  It is laughable that he was on base 3 of 5 PA's and did not figure in any scoring.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 5.  BA= .248.  Cutch got a heartwarming ovation from the fans and the Pirates pitcher got boo'd for almost hitting him with a pitch.  Cutch left 6 runners stranded.  Giants batters failed to drive in a total of 31 runners.  That is mind-boggling!  Their leadoff hitter reached base in 6 of the 9 innings.  Only 1 scored.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K.  ERA= 4.57.  Reality may be starting to sink in for some of the Giants younger pitchers.  Bobby might want to look up Scott Feldman's number in his rolodex(I don't think anyone keeps rolodex's anymore, but you get the idea).

Jose Valdez RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 18.00.  I remember an old saying from playground days:  "The faster they come in, the faster they go out."  Valdez has a big fastball, but apparently not much else and Josh Bell turned one around for a monster shot into the bushes in front of the Batter's Eye in CF.  This was not Valdez' MLB debut as he has pitched for the Angels, Tigers and Padres without a lot of success.


The other members of the NL West Division are still playing at this writing, so the impact of this game on the standings is still in flux. At this moment, the Giants are 6 games behind the division leading D'Backs.


Jeff Samardzija tries to be the Stopper tomorrow evening facing Chad Kuhl.


  1. giants could be staring at a seven game losing streak heading back and the schedule doesn't get any better after the reds. larry baer could have to make some very difficult decisions soon.

  2. Add 14 more K's -- where are the HRs that go with more Ks?
    The other half of the outfield odd couple got a 2-out single to drive in the only runs, but otherwise left 5 runners.
    Is this an oddity: in the 5 consecutive losses, the SP was tagged with the L in every game -- once through the rotation and every member gets a loss, and that followed once through the rotation (only 4 games because Shark was skipped) and all 4 starters got the W!
    Giants 19-20 record would lead the AL Central!
    Still a chance for a .500 road trip...

  3. The way I butcher my own writing on message boards, blogs and Twitter is amusing since I took seven English & Writing courses in college and got six A's and an A-... So let me try again...

    Right now I'm in the 'If you don't HAVE something nice to say...' mode. :)

    1. Don't know if it's the problem here, but auto-correct is a SOB.

  4. Tony Watson picked an excellent time to melt down, this horrendous flop has gotten to just about everyone!
    If the Giants hadn't "found" a 60-day DL slot for their prized Rule 5 pick (Julian Fernandez), would they be able to carry him in the over-worked BP amid all the injuries? The Tigers are using their pick nearly exclusively as a pinch runner and are being squeezed while not thinking about contending.