Thursday, April 27, 2017

Giants Fail in Finale

LA 5  SF 1
After a couple of poor outings Matt Moore returned to form and pitched impressively against the Dodgers this afternoon in San Francisco. He threw 104 pitches over seven innings and yielded just one run on a solo shot by, you guessed it, Corey Seager. His finest moment was his final two hitters in the 7th, whiffing them both with the go-ahead run on third base. It was 1-1 when he left and both George Kontos and Mark Melancon put up scoreless frames but Cory Gearrin, Steven Okert, and Hunter Strickland combined to ruin the top of the 10th and the Dodgers ran away with it.

The Giants really needed a series win, they've had only one so far this season. They lost 3 of 4 in Arizona to open things, then lost 2 of 3 in San Diego before coming home and winning 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks. They followed that by losing 3 of 4 to the Rockies and then went on the road and split two in Kansas City and got swept in three games in Colorado. So, yeah, winning a goddamn series had some urgency. Unfortunately they just did not have enough offense to make that happen. It's a scarily bad lineup so far, the lack of scoring (77 runs in 23 games!) is pathetic. You can't win when the hitting is this poor. It's a shame to waste the good pitching. And to see the bullpen collapse--again--just as it seemed they were getting it together is discouraging as well.

Phenom Christian Arroyo continues to be blessed by the gods, he had two hits including the game-tying RBI in the 6th. Keep on rockin', kid, you are the best thing that's happened in this wretched month!

San Diego comes to town for three. GO GIANTS!



Zo said...

See also nomisnala's comment on this game but posted under The Smile Returns.

I would add that relief doesn't much matter if you don't have any offense. The way it is now, the relief and starting pitching have to nearly be perfect for them to get a win. 77 runs in 23 games? Here is another way to look at it: The Giants scored more than 2 runs in only 14 of their 23 games. In their first 8 games they scored 37. That includes their only 2 games in a row that they have won (April 9 in San Diego and April 10 vs the dbacks at home). They scored 2 or less in 9 games, and only 36 in their last 15.

Zo said...

Sorry, that doesn't add up. See what happens when the Giants suck?

nomisnala said...

these great hitters that are hitting way over 300, like Posey, has to come through vs. the dodgers with men on base. hitting into double plays. We are better off when this guy leads off an inning. Since some time last year he seems to tense up in the clutch compared to other times. Other teams will have a late game situation, and some 220 hitter coming up. and he will take a low outside pitch, stick the darn bat out, and get a hit to right field. I know the numbers have not been run here. but this seems to happen a lot, and the results show in the runs scored. I want to Thank Michael Morse for his home run the other night. Let us hope that the momentum just skipped a game.

nomisnala said...

That is why probably not getting a real left fielder, especially after Parker got hurt, was a dangerous move.