Monday, June 9, 2008

6.1 8 1 1 6

Matt didn't make it out of the 7th, giving up hits to batters number 25 and 26. 107 pitches. 6 groundouts, 5 flyouts. 1 walk, 6 strikeouts. NO HOME RUNS. Yabu got the DP ball Cain couldn't, and preserved the chance for a win. Matt was tough and effective against a poor team in a hot, humid ballpark. It would have been nice to see him get through the 7th, but the 6th seemed to wear him out. It took 12 pitches to strike out Flores with 2 out and 2 on to end it. He was effectively done at that point. He did his job, and deserved the W. M.C. has had two glaring problems so far: walks and homers. I can't complain about one and zero.

The bullpen and our fielders tried to give it away. Bengie: the good, the bad, the ugly, all in one ballplayer. Throws guys out, throws it away. Swings at atrocious pitches and makes a lot of outs, swings at atrocious pitches and gets a lot of big hits. ¡El Gamerino Gordito! The guy is FIFTH in all of baseball in BA. Bengie's sending Buster Posey an "I ain't through yet, kid" message. (BTW, Buster Posey's Seminoles beat Conor Gillaspie's Shockers to go through to the CWS.)

BIG, BIG effort by Wilson to save the game for Cain. Matt needs some more of that good luck. Can you believe we have won 7 in a row on the road?


Anonymous said...

Brother Bob:
I think it's a sign of the apocalypse when Ziro and Cain get back-to-back wins.

obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

Homeruns are really a function of flyballs and random luck (except perhaps in Colorado, Texas, and probably Philadelphia), so I think the much better indication of Cain's performance is his number of walks - one - and his K/BB ratio, which was 6:1.

I hope Gillaspie doesn't hold it against Posey when they are playing together on the same team (hopefully Salem-Keizer this season!!! Sign! Sign! SIGN THEM FAST!!!). But nice showcase of our new prospects, eh?

Anonymous said...

Brother Bob:
I waited in vain for Jon's Lincecum report, so I'll do it for him:
Same Old Same Old Tim
Seven shutout innings, yadda yadda... okay, whatever. More excellence, leads the world in quality starts, etc.
One thing I want to write about is the last play of the game. Good throw from Lewis, "He's out!" Taschner goes wild, but no, the ball's sitting there on the grass, not in Molina's mitt, game over, Rockies win. Oh my god. But it was wonderful anyway, wasn't it? I love baseball.
Which brings us to today's game. Sanchez stinks up the joint, but it's a typical Coors Field day and the Giants offense goes off, so Bochy can afford to leave Sanchez out to finish the fifth, and he barely does, and he ends up with a W. So now Sanchez actually has a better team win record than Wonderboy, even though there's no dispute who the better pitcher is. Sometimes it's better to be lucky. Oh, and did you catch what Sanchez did at the plate? FP called him "Babe Sanchez." Ya gotta love it.