Sunday, September 22, 2013

Little Things Go Giants Way

Reader Romano sent me an email yesterday saying today's Yusmeiro Petit vs. Andy Pettitte matchup would feature "small" ball. Certainly a lot of little things worked out in the Giants favor, but all the scoring was the result of extra-base hits. Rookie Ehire Adrianza tied things up with a solo shot (his first big-league bomb) in the 6th after Mark Reynolds had hit a solo homer in the 3rd. It stayed 1-1 until the 8th when two doubles--one by Pablo Sandoval and one by Tony Abreu--gave the Giants a 2-1 lead. It looked for all the world that Santiago Casilla would give it back in the bottom of the inning, but a baserunning mistake by Zoilo Almonte saved a run, and a fine throw by Juan Perez to nail Robinson Cano at the plate saved another. In all, Casilla gave up three hits, but two putouts by Hector Sanchez kept the Yanks from scoring. Almonte, with no outs, broke for home on a grounder to Nick Noonan at third and was out by 20 feet. Cano, who had doubled, stayed at second base on the play. He then tried to score with two outs on a single to left. He was clearly out on the bang-bang play to end the inning. It was a nice piece of teamwork from the two youngsters.

Petit pitched another fine game, strengthening his bid to be the fifth man in 2014. After a walk and a bloop hit with one out in the bottom of the 7th, Javier Lopez was summoned in relief. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, but Lopez got two strikeouts to save the day and was rewarded with the win after the Giants scored in the top of the 8th. (I sure hope the Giants keep that guy around.) Pettitte only allowed two hits in his seven-plus, but was charged with both runs and got tagged with the loss. New York is now four back in the Wild Card with six to play, and stand a good chance of missing the post-season for only the second time in 19 years.

The San Francisco squad comes home for their final six, facing West winners Los Angeles on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and fellow also-rans San Diego for the weekend. "Pass the Padres" is my new rallying cry.




M.C. O'Connor said...

If you missed it, there was a tweet from Baggarly where he calls Perez, Adrianza, Noonan, and Abreu "The Four Horseman of the Anonymous."

Brother Bob said...

You Gotta Like These Kids

nomisnala said...

Perez has saved several games with his arm. He is an assist machine. Would like to see him get used to major league pitching, to see if he can adjust and give consistent good ABs verses the good pitchers. I also would like to see if he plays everyday, if Pill can hit major league pitching.

M.C. O'Connor said...

He's got five full seasons in the minors--this is his break. The defense, as you say, is game-saving quality.

.279/.318/.429 in 612 games and 2499 PA. Not exactly eye-popping, but it could translate into a 4th/5th OF role. He was born in the DR, raised in the Bronx, some college ball in Oklahoma, drafted (13th round) in 2008, started his career in the Sally League in 2009. Well-seasoned, well-traveled, not a kid at 26. Maybe just coming into his own?

November 13th birthday, same as me, gotta like that!!

nomisnala said...

Cain now goes 8-10, kind of lost the sharpness to his pitches in the 5th and 6th inning. But for once they could have scored for him. Ryu got an outside corner with the pitch coming in that was further outside than Cain got with his pitch moving out. In final AB for Sandoval, a called strike on him which was seriously worse than several pitches which Cain threw that were called balls. After Cain got his ERA down below 4, he turned around and raised it back up to 4.00. He is 33 in the league in ERA, and 15th in Whip. which probably makes him a middle number 2 or 3 pitcher this year.