Sunday, May 1, 2016

An Ace Steps Up

The San Francisco Giants shook off their 2 losses in New York, the first horrible, the second merely a defeat, and won the finale today by the impressive score of 6 - 1 behind Madison Bumgarner.  Noah Syndergaard, for the Mets, throws hella hard.  His sliders average 92 mph.  The Giants managed 8 hits though, led by Hunter Pence with a 4th inning 2-run homer and a 6th inning single that scored Matt Duffy.   Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan picked up rbi, and Buster Posey added an 8-inning solo home run for the 6th run.  Angel's rbi hurt, though, as he seems to have a slight left hammie strain.  Joe Panik was out with a slight groin strain.

The Giants needed an ace, and Madison was it.  He stepped up with a great game against Syndergaard, the ace of a very strong Mets' pitching staff.  Madison had control of his fastball, which seemed to be the root of his early season problems.  He gave us 112 pitches and 6 innings, struck out 7, walked 3 and allowed 6 hits.  Those hits were spread out well enough so that he held the Mets scoreless.  Derek Law followed him in the 7th, gave up the Mets's sole run in 2 hits and got 0 outs.  Javier Lopez had one of his classic 1 pitch, 1 out appearances, followed by Cory Gearrin (1 inning), Josh Osich (2/3 inning) and Santiago Casilla (1 inning).  Madison's era is falling, now at 3.03.

The Giants are now a .500 team.  That puts them in 1st place, at least temporarily.  The Giants have played 26 games.  Here is how it has gone, series by series:
Won 2/3 a
Won 3/4 h
Lost 2/3 a
Lost 2/3 a
Got Swept 4/4 h
Won 2/3 h
Swept 3/3 h
Lost 2/3 a
So, 5 for 7, then 2 for 10, then 5 for 6 before this Mets series.  Pitching needs to improve.  Matt, Jake and relief.  Also, Vin Mazzaro is now in the Giants' pen, Mike Broadway has been sent down.


M.C. O'Connor said...

Fuckin' A, Maddy was the Bomb!!

And the lineup did a great job against Syndergaard. Made him work. Created some chances, annoyed him with long PAs and pesky baseruning, just your basic Giants put-it-in-play and run like hell kinda offense. Hit it hard, hope for the best. Love it. That dude is a stud pitcher. Beating a guy like that is exciting!

M.C. O'Connor said...

Timmy's showcase is Friday.

campanari said...

Still in first place, now solely so, after the first Cincinnati game; and tied for third in the NL as to record over the last ten games. If our no. 2 ace--given his contract, not to mention his earring, the Ace of Diamonds (with farmer Bumgarner as the Ace of Spades)--Cueto, was a flop for one gruesome inning, he and the bullpen were sterling for eight innings out of the nine.

As to Lincecum's showcase, I hope he ends up with a job he loves, with the Marlners or the Angels . . .

nomisnala said...

There is still an outside chance that Lincecum could still end up a giant.