Favorite moment from today’s 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals:
I think it’s the 5th or 6th and the Giants are stringing together a modest rally that never came to fruition. Durham has just walked to bring the leading run to the plate with 2 outs. I’m watching FSN Bay Area and of course between hitters they are doing the usual “panning the crowd for cute kids / fans / etc.” deal that they seem to do so well. Earlier in the game the cameras caught a young group of kids sitting together. The cameraman decides to cut back to the group of kids to find one of the young girls unwrapping a homemade sign she brought to the park. Keep in mind this young girl is 12 years old at the very oldest. She finally gets her “Go Giants!” sign unwrapped and holds it up triumphantly. Krukow notices the sign and in all his infinite wisdom cracks, “She’s a future slump buster“. I know it was a harmless statement by Kruk but I couldn’t help but laughing.
Misch looked good again but not great. Scattering 8 H’s over 5.1 innings while giving up 3 ER’s. Correia chipped in with 2 scoreless innings of work and the rest of the bullpen did well too, throwing up a collective zero. Rajai Davis keeps on making a good impression, he went 3-4 on the day that included a bunt single and 2 SB’s.
Some questionable moves in the game by Boch. First inning, Roberts at 3rd and Omar at first, Klesko is at the dish with 1 out. Bochy calls a double steal, the Nat’s catcher throws down to 2nd but the throw is a tad off line. Omar is safe but Felipe Lopez fires home to nail an awkward-sliding Dave Roberts. Roberts ends up getting injured and pulled out of the game. If Roberts is out for a extended period of time I’m assuming Rajai Davis will get the starts in CF.
I can understand with the sputtering offense Bochy wants to be aggressive and fire things up, but I don’t like that call. Klesko is at the plate with a 3-1 count against a Hanrahan who was having trouble finding the zone early on. Why not let your cleanup hitter swing the bat? The Giants end up loading the bases in the first without scoring. That was the theme for the day, the Giants stranded 12 base runners in the game.
Frandsen continues to look brutal, hitting into a double play and going 0-4. Frandsen is a career (.328/.393/.459) hitter in the minor leages. I just can’t get a read on the guy. I didn’t expect him to rake right away in the bigs but I also didn’t expect him to hit this bad. He’s barely above the Mendoza line with a (.215/.277/.278) line. Every time he makes contact this year it looks weak and everything seems to be on the ground. I can’t remember the last time I saw him hit a hard line drive. This year Fransden has a GB% of 56.2%, that’s not good. Almost everything he’s hitting is staying on the ground, and as a result is easier to turn into a out for the defense.
The other bigs news of the day was the trade between the Giants and Dodgers, the first deal between both teams in 22 years. The Giants sent Mark “Professional Hitter” Sweeney to the Dodgers for a PTBNL. I can see why the Dodgers would want Sweeney, he’s been hitting well lately from the bench, but I don’t get why they traded away Wilson Betemit in the first place. I would definitely take Betemit over both Sweeney and Scott Proctor. Dan Ortmeier was called back up to fill the roster spot lost by Sweeney.