Man, these games..........
3 - 2, Giants lose in 10.
I'm not one to believe in or comment on baseball gods, or horsehide kismet, or whatever. You can do that if you want. My philosophy is simple. I want the Giants to crush the doggers, every time they meet. Every time.
So, I am not happy. The Giants were up against a very tough pitcher*, Clayton Kershaw and they managed to get to hit two home runs. That was worth 2 runs and it could have been enough, but it wasn't. A walk, a single, and a hit batter by Santiago Casilla put Adrian Gonzalez at the plate with 1 out. A double play ball.....was botched on a wet infield by Kelby Tomlinson to allow a run. LA then scored in the 10th on two doubles.
Madison Bumgarner was on the hill and he gave us 6 very good innings. He pitched himself in and out of trouble, and LA's first run came in the 3rd. Madison gave up 3 singles and then hit Van Slyke for a run. Well, kind of hit, more like sort of barely touched. Not Van Slyke exactly, his uniform. Bruce Bochy made a case that the batter has to at least try to get out of the way, but that is not something that is appeal-able. So Madison gave up the 1 run, 6 hits, struck out 8, and walked only 1 in 102 pitches. Casilla blew the save opportunity, Kontos got the loss. Madison Bumgarner hit a home run - off of Clayton Kershaw! So did Ehire Adrianza! Those were 2 of only 4 hits Kershaw allowed in 8. He struck out 5, walked 1 and threw 91 pitches. You could say that Madison outpitched Kershaw - while he was in the game. But he could not match his innings.
* A note here: the wisdom spewed out by the media was that the doggers had "questions about their rotation." So far, their starters have given up 8 runs in 39.1 innings (6 starts). That includes the 5 given up by Wood to the Giants after he blanked them for 4 and the 1 earned by Stripling because he walked the hitter in front of Trevor Brown. Come on Giants, LA started the year with 10 guys on the DL. 10! Make hay while the sun shines!
To end this post on a lighter note, let's count the Giants who have hit home runs:
Matt Duffy (2)
Brandon Crawford (2)