Sunday, May 15, 2016

Five in a Row

 5-3 win Sat in AZ
& 2-1 win today
The Giants get some payback against the Diamondbacks and even up the season series with a sweet four-game sweep in the desert: 4-2, 3-1, 5-3, and 2-1. That's some Giants baseball right there! Check out the staters' run: MB 6-2/3, 1R; JC 7, 2R, JS 8, 1R; JP 6, 1R; MC 7, 1R. That's right, the team just got 13 IP and 2 R--and two team wins--from the bottom end the ro', the struggling former studs Jake Peavy and Matt Cain. Both pitched well enough to win, which is just what happened. The Giants relied once again on their superb fielding to back the solid pitching. The bullpen is still shaky (get well soon George Kontos), but five wins in a row is tonic enough for that. Since the 17-run disaster against the Rockies ten days ago, Giants pitchers have allowed 25 runs in the ten games since. The team went 7-3, the three losses were 2-0, 3-1, and 4-0. It took two shutouts and an epic hitting funk otherwise the Giants could have done even better! It's particularly satisfying to see both Peavy and Cain get good results. Let's hope they keep it going.

Big hits were also the theme in Arizona. Chase Field is supposed to be a hitter-friendly park and the Giants needed to counter their GIDP-fetish with some long balls. Joe Panik was the Big Stick against Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller both, earning MuscleMan Honors for the series. Way to go, Joe! Hunter Pence got his 200th career bomb off Patrick Corbin in the next game, and Trevor Brown launched one today off Rubby De La Rosa. The GI- portion of GIDP is pretty specific about ground balls, seems like fly balls are the necessary palliative. At least in homer-friendly parks!

Giants have a travel day tomorrow for a three-game set in San Diego. After that they are home for a weekend series with the high-flying Chicago Cubs.



Zo said...

If you haven't seen the final play, it will soon be all over the intertubes. Runners at first and third, one out. Slow ground ball, Panik feeds to Craw, Craw throws low, Belt stretches and scoops. Runner called out at second, safe at first, run scores, game tied at 2 each. Bochy appeals. Replay shows Belt clearly was on the bag and the throw beat the runner by plenty. Rather than wait for another appeal on the play at second, the umpires go ahead and review it. Wendelstadt puts down the headphones, points at second, signals safe, then points at first, signals out. The guy with the headphones says something to Wendelstadt, he quickly points to second, signals out, then first, signals out, then second again, signals out again, then first again, signals out again. Brain freeze, I guess. Anyway, double play, game over.

If the back end of the rotation can put together more games like these, it will be huge.

M.C. O'Connor said...

That's exactly what happened. You described it perfectly. Giants made a hell of a play, there. Good thing they got replay!!!

M.C. O'Connor said...

Latest Timmy rumor says a possible deal with Angels.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Now they are saying it's a done deal pending a physical.

Wow. Timmy back in the game. Timmy in Anaheim. Très weird, man.

Ron said...

Envisioning him as a White Sock was difficult, but I could get there. Imagining him as an Angel is flat wretched ... yuck. Well, at least he'll get to hang out with the consensus greatest Player in MLB History (but not make the Playoffs).

nomisnala said...

Timmy and Pujols. Goldschmidt was hoping Timmy would be back in the N.L. west and not with the D backs. The way he pitches in San Diego, surprised they did not sign him.