Another terrific start from Matt Cain, a bullpen meltdown, and some questionable moves all cascade into a loss. It almost sounds like the average Giants game doesn’t it? The Giants drop the final game in the 2 game series to the Rockies in dramatic fashion 5-3.
Once again Matt Cain looked awesome and received little support from the rest of the team. Cain finished the frustrating night with a line of (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR). Cain has just been ridiculous to start this season throwing 20 innings, striking out 17, and only giving up 8 hits! While I was looking up Cain’s stats I had to laugh at ESPN’s projected season totals for Matt.
Projected – 32 G, 216 IP, 86 H, 43 R, 22 HR, 97 BB, 184 SO, 0 W, 11 L, 0.85 WHIP, .123 BAA, 1.80 ERA
Sadly, I can almost see this type of line developing over the course of a full year.
The other side of this game is a little more hard to look at. Can you tell when the bullpen came in? Watching Steve Finely hit a homer was hard, real hard. Steve Finely’s official motto should be….“Great for every other NL West team but the Giants”.
Lefty makes some solid points about some odd moves by Bochy tonight. The biggest head-scratcher that I encountered was leaving Roberts in to start off the 9th to face a tough lefty and Rockies closer Fuentes. Roberts struggles to hit lefties and Fuentes ate him up. I would have preferred to see Niekro take that AB.
Bochy also pinch hit Eliezer Alfonzo for Correia in the 9th. Wait, what? Alfonzo has zero plate discipline, he K’d by the way, and whats the point of carrying Sweeney if he can’t PH? Sweeney struggles against lefties but I would take him over Pedro-lite. Also, if you aren’t going to PH Niekro for Roberts, then why not use him right then?
A tough loss that really should have been Matt Cain’s first win of the year. Kid has pitched out of his mind for the 3rd straight game.
- Another dominat outing for a one Tim Lincecum. Making his 3rd start in Fresno against Tacoma Tim looked fantastic. In a mean twist of fate, Brian Wilson blew the save in the 9th denying Lincecum of a win. He’s yet to give up a run in AAA. His final line was, (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 0 HR)