Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Giants Sweep Padres

13-9 win in SF
I said I wanted "a big, thumping, sweeping kind of win" and the Giants certainly delivered, smacking 16 hits and scoring 13 runs. Jeff Samardzija looked good, then bad, then good, then not-so-good and lasted only 5-2/3 after yielding five runs. Steven Okert gave up a 3-run homer to Wil Myers in the 7th to make a 13-5 laugher a 13-8 not-as-funny, but that was a minor blip. The lineup went after Andrew Cashner and the Padres bullpen full bore, scoring in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, and Matt Duffy all had three hits. Belt drove in five on a homer short of a cycle. What do you call it when someone hits a single, a double, and a triple in the same game? A Triplet? The Holy Trinity? Le Tricolore? A Hit Trick? Help me out.

The Shark was not as sharp as last time but he finishes his first month with his new club having logged 32-2/3 IP over five starts, allowing 14 runs on 31 hits (3 HR) and 10 walks while striking out 26 (134 TBF).  He gets awarded a W today and so his record is 3-1, the team is 3-2 in the five games. I like what we've seen despite the ups-and-downs. He's workmanlike, not flashy, tough, not overpowering. If he can log lots of quality innings--rack up mound time with the team in striking distance--he's doing his job and that should translate into wins. FanGraphs rates him at a 3.62 FIP, which puts him in the "solid starter" pack, which is what we expected. A little more consistency from the big righty would be nice, it seems like he cruises and looks unhittable and then suddenly he is very hittable, but it's a pretty small sample. I'm betting that over the long haul the Giants will get lots of value from this guy. He got another hit and RBI today, too! The other Shark, El Tiburón Blanco, came off the bench and delivered a hit and RBI in the 6th, then made a great catch in the 8th.

The team is off tomorrow and then off to the Big Apple for a showdown with the Mets.




Brother Bob said...

Belt is claiming a cycle because his sac fly to right center
would have been a homer anywhere else.
I'm thinking I got to witness the low point of the year, at the game I attended. At least I'm hoping things never get that bad again.

carmot said...

Hey y'all! Yeah, and about that...

From Elias Sports Bureau: Duffy, Belt, Pence each rapped out three hits including a triple in the Giants' 13-9 win over the Padres at AT&T Park. It was the first time in 87 years that three Giants players had at least three hits and one triple in a game. On June 15, 1929, Hall-of-Famers Travis Jackson, Freddi Lindstrom, and Edd Roush each did that in a 20-15, 14-inning win at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

SF scored 13 times without the benefit of a home run. Five of the last six times that the Giants have scored more than a dozen runs in a home game without hitting a homer have come against the Padres (wins by scores of 15-4 in 1972, 14-7 in 1997, 15-11 in 2003, and 13-8 in 2015).

Psyhed about Cueto's 100th win. Samardzija doing some fine work, and 2 more ribeyes? Oh, yes please. It's good to be above .500. Tough stretch upcoming: 13 away games and only 7 at home over the next 21 days. Go Giants! Dream big...

M.C. O'Connor said...

Very cool--I hadn't realized it was three guys, three hits, three triples.

Still dreamin'!!

Ron said...

Yes, but another run-fest against the Padres was by far the coolest. Mark, you & I went to a day game on June 23, 1986* (I was so excited on the Monday after we took 1st place during a doubleheader sweep of Houston, that I couldn't work, so I took the rest of the day off). We won, 18-1, & Mike Woodard & Mike LaCoss both hit their first career HR's, both off of 1B/OF Dane Iorg, who was a garbage-time Emergency Pitcher for SD.

Here is the box score:

Note that LaCoss was the only Giants' hitter with more than 2 RBI's (he had 4, because he also had a 2B off of Padres' Starter LaMarr Hoyt). The SD lineup featured many notables, such as Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey, Graig Nettles, & John Kruk, plus future Giants Bruce Bochy, Tim Flannery, & Terry Kennedy & future Giants' silly Broadcast Team member, Bip Roberts (didn't he play the 'Amy G' role for a few Seasons?). Of all of these players, Flannery was the only one who got a hit.

Given that over 47,000 saw us take first place in the Sunday DH, attendance on a Monday afternoon was a disappointing 10,604. Another stat that always amazes me is that, despite the fact that this was by far the biggest blowout I have ever seen in person, it was not even the biggest blowout on that date. The Phillies beat the Cubs, 19-1, that same evening.

My future Mother-in-Law turned 60 on that date - in a few weeks, we will celebrating her 90th Birthday with her in Mexico!

M.C. O'Connor said...

Yeah I remember listening to LaCoss on the post-game interview and he joked about Dane Iorg being "an old friend of mine" and implied that he'd grooved one for him to hit. I once saw the Giants LOSE 17-2 to the Cardinals. I was in HS, it was '75 or '76, they still had 'turf at the 'Stick and of course those fabulous double-knit unis, I think St. Louis was in that creepy powder blue road color (instead of gray) that looked like PJs.