Friday, July 31, 2020

Extra in extras

SD 12  SF 7
The Giants got a look at the new extra-inning rules last night but things didn't work out too well. Somehow Tyler Rogers gave up six runs in the top of the 10th. I'm still not sure how that happened, it seemed too quick yet there were no homers in the frame. That spoiled a great fightback by the home squad who were down 6-1 in the 7th but tied it in the 8th. The lads should have taken the lead then but they stranded Yaz at third (he'd tripled in the tying run) with no outs. Wilmer Flores led off the 9th with a hit but it was to no avail and the Padres broke it open in the 10th. The Giants had 11 hits and 7 walks and probably should have scored more runs in regulation. They had four homers on Wednesday and none last night.

Kapler made a boo-boo in the 10th as well, pulling Rogers after a mound visit by pitching coach Andrew Bailey and bringing in Rico Garcia. Under the rules, a pitcher has to face one more batter after the visit. Rogers had come off the field and had to go back out. Garcia finished the frame. Kap pulled a boner in Philly with a pitching switch in his first stint as a manager, so he's going to wear that tag for a while. Fortunately it didn't make a difference as the Padres had already piled on Rogers.

I was impressed by the team's ability to come from behind. It was not a good game for the pitching staff. Tonight's game is at 6:10 PDT. The Rangers come to town and are throwing lefty Mike Minor. The Giants are TBD.

Go Giants!



JC Parsons said...

Solano and Yaz put on another show. They are red hot and look like they have swings that will stay consistent.

The Kapler error is absolutely inexcusable and actually hard to believe that a bench full of major leaguers would let it happen. There are only a few restrictions that a manager has when it comes to substituting, which is the single biggest influence a manager has on the outcome. Sure it probably didn’t matter, although it most likely led to a couple more runs, but as Kruk said it was embarrassing. This team does not need any help in the embarrassing department. I doubt Kapler will ever manage a meaningful Giants game in his career so I guess we can all just let that worry go...having a mediocre manager is the way down on the list of problems,eh?

M.C. O'Connor said...

It's embarrassing for Kapler, not for me. If Krukow is embarrassed for the organization or something, that's his deal. I think Larry Baer let everyone off the hook on the embarrassment-meter.

If I were Kap I'd delegate more of that. His focus is player development. FZ made it clear that's why he's there. Kap's well-known intensity and meticulousness is both his strength and his weakness. He can't do everything, even if he thinks he can.

Everybody fucks up. I don't really give a shit about that. It's how they deal with it and move on is what matters to me. I see you've consigned the Giants to "meaningless" for the foreseeable future. Well, OK. If you can enjoy the game that way, more power to you.

I'm excited to see what new entity emerges from the ashes of the previous team. Almost everyone is gone, it's almost a whole new crew. I think it is going to be a really meaningful ride. This season, well, it could blow apart any second, and it was weird to start with, so whatever we get is a bonus.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Logan Webb gets the start. Coonrod goes on the IL (10 days) and Sam Selman replaces him.

nomisnala said...

Giants really need to tighten up their defense. Seems to me they could have another win or two if their defense was just a little bit better.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Yes. I suspect they just have not played together enough. And with all the shifts and position changes the "new-ness" is really showing. But I feel good about things. They will get there.