Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2 - 1 Again

Giants against doggers.  Another 2 - 1 game.  This time, the good guys lose. To Kershaw.  He's a very good pitcher.  Lacking Madison Bumgarner, we threw youngster Ty Blach against him.   Remember last year, when Ty Blach was a stud against Kershaw at the end of the season?  Ty Blach was a stud against Kershaw tonight. 

Ty's line:  5 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 2 K.  He did what he could to keep the doggers in check.   Kershaw gave up 6 hits, one of them was a double to Ty Blach.  Ty Blach scored, for the Giants only run of the game.  He now has 3 hits against Clayton Kershaw.  That is the most by any pitcher not named Bumgarner.  Kershaw's line: 7 IP, 6 hits, 1 BB, 7 K.  Brandon Crawford might be hurt, he pulled up with a groin tightness in 8th rounding first after singling Buster Posey to third to produce a great, yet unrealized, chance for the Giants to score.  They had a few of those.

Some other thoughts. 1)  If Buster Posey is behind the plate, the game goes into the 5th inning tied.  Yeah, the throw was low, but it also wasn't scooped out.  Buster does that.   2) Christian Arroyo, batting second, got a hit.  Off of Clayton Kershaw.  His first major league hit.  How may people would like to say they got a hit in a major league baseball game off of Clayton Kershaw, even if they never got to play major league baseball again?  I'd say at least 240,000,000.  3)  The Giants played tough.  That's nice.  It would be nicer to play tough and come up with a W.  4)  Ty Blach has the capability of being a starting pitcher in the major leagues.

6 comments:

M.C. O'Connor said...

I suppose it's too much to ask that the Giants get a fucking extra base hit with men on base. Other teams do it. It does actually happen in the game of baseball. The Giants must not practice that play. They should.

Nice effort by the rook. Let's see so more of that.

Zo said...

Also - there were a number of poor ball - strike calls. It seemed as though the Giants were victimized more often than rewarded by these calls.

Jon Parsons said...

I must disagree with the throw home and blaming Hundley. That was a bad throw from BCraw, it wasn't low, it bounced and there is no catcher that can handle that throw and put a tag on. I was very disappointed that we didn't turn that DP, it would have been totally cool and it did make the difference. But that is on Crawford, not Hundley.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Robot umps. I used to be indifferent, even hostile to the idea. Now it just seems stupid not to use technology. Every broadcast has the little strike zone chart. Miller and Flemm constantly refer to the computerized zone. I have a lot of respect for the umps who are embracing the feedback and trying to get better, but there's a limit to human perception. Balls and strikes don't need "interpretation."

M.C. O'Connor said...

And the winning run scored because of good baserunning. BCraw was forced to make a perfect throw after the pivot and it just short-hopped Hundley. Sometimes you have to give the other guy credit for being aggressive and making it happen. Most throws aren't perfect, even from a guy as good as BCraw, and they took advantage of that miniscule opening. I'll bet he scores more often than not if you run that play multiple times--BCraw was not in an ideal position to make a perfect throw, and it was too close at the plate for anything but one right on the money.

nomisnala said...

giants need to hit better in the clutch. Kershaw did not have his best stuff. But with that being said, and I am really not trying to whine here, but just state it as I saw it. Several times when the giants had opportunities, and Kershaw in the stretch, suddenly Kershaw got a new strike zone, and we found our hitters now batting behind in the count on pitches that were not in the strike zone. Seemed as if everytime Clayton got into a little bit of trouble he got the expanded strike zone. Looked as if Bochy was going to have a deadly arrhythmia after one of those calls. Even in the last inning, K.J. got some calls too. One can say he earned it by reputation, that is C.K. but I had hoped that a lot of that went away when Atlanta stopped their national broadcasts of games with Tom 4 foot strike zone Glavine, and his buddy Mr. Maddox, who was indeed always around the corner of the plate.