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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rockies Sweep SF, Take Back 1st Place

It started off with one of Tim Lincecum's wildest starts of his big league career, and little help from the bullpen, in an ugly 7-4 loss, dropping his record to 3-4. Game 2 started out well, but finished up in very much the same fashion, as the Giants dropped both games of the 2-game set to Colorado, and their possession of first place in the NL West.

You could tell early on in Monday night's game that it was going to be an interesting one. Tim Lincecum was all over the place early, walking guys, and getting tattooed like Lincecum rarely does when he did come into the zone, just because he was always behind in the count. He walked 6 guys and threw a ball into center field when trying to turn a double play. He allowed 9 hits (2 HR, albeit 1 one was F9 anywhere else) while not even making it out of the 6th inning. It was an outing you'll rarely see the 27 year-old right hander make, and It'll occupy his mind until he laces them up next this week in LA. And it was finally a game in which you really couldn't blame the offense. Although they came up with a few big hits, Nate Schierholtz's 3-run blast to right along with Andres Torres solo job to dead center, you expect 4 runs to be enough for your ace to work with, but the Rockies rallied, as they so often do, in their home ballpark for the late inning victory. Speaking of Torres, that guy has been a godsend since returning from the DL, and hopefully he's just what they need to help kick-start the sputtering offense.

Game 2 started out a lot like game one did, with the Giants jumping out to an early lead, except for this time, Jonathan Sanchez was absolutely dealing (up until that 8th inning). Through the first 7, Sanchez allowed just 3 hits, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts, his one mistake being a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki, but outside of that, he was the Jonathan Sanchez we all expect to see when he takes, tough to hit. But then the 8th inning rolls around and he ran into a little bit of trouble. He allowed 2 quick singles to Spilboroughs and Iannetta and I think right then and there is when his concentration drifted, cause the next batter laid down a bunt and Sanchez, trying to get the lead runner, threw the ball into center field, which ended up opening the flood gates in a 4-run Rockie inning. I know it's hindsight now and I was only just thinking about it at the time, but after the 2 quick singles in the 8th, I began to think that was it for Sanchez. Problem is, the Giants had nobody ready in the bullpen yet, and Boch couldn't make a move right then and there. The only lefty who Boch has any kind of confidence in right now out of the pen is Javier Lopez, and he's been getting a lot of work. He had to get the call, and he wasn't himself either, allowing a few hits and a run.

On Deck: So now the Giants are down a game to the Rockies in the standings, and it's only mid-May, so it really means nothing in the long scheme of things, but there are some issues I'm a little worried about as the team heads to LA for Part. 2 of their mid-week mini-series. First off, the LH bullpen situation is starting to become a problem. Santiago Cassilla (albeit a righty) is close to being ready, and when he comes back, he has to take Dan Runzler's spot. Bochy should not be using the Lefty vs. Lefty as a priority, at least until the 7th or 8th inning of really close games, but you cannot over-work Lopez. They need to start looking at RH relievers who have success at getting lefties out, and use them vs. left-handed pitching when Lopez is out and Affeldt struggling. Again, another reason to bring Zito back in relief!
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  • At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Jerry Owens said…

    OK, time to make a trade. I really don't see anything changing drastically where the Giants Offense will all the sudden start scoring.

    Maybe wait until Pablo comes back, but it just looks like the guys who came up big last year: Huff, Posey, SS poition, Ross etc.... are just not doing yet this year.

  • At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Jason Billingsley said…

    Sucks, Sanchez and Lince are both 3-4 and both have great era's.... The Giants offense blows, pardon my language.

    I say time for Brandon Belt, Take 2. Huff needs to sit a while I think!

  • At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like Boch's lineup for wednesday, just w/o Rowand in center.. If Torres was out there, that would be the A-lineup right now I think.

  • At 8:13 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    DeRosa's fragility makes me wonder if the Giants even made him take a physical before signing him last winter?

    I'll have a post with much more than that on the situation, but the Giants continue to drop like flies!

    Other than that, good to see them have some success in the 4th vs. Kershaw, just still waiting for that big multi-RBI hit.

  • At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Charles Van Gundun said…

    Heck, DeRosa is having the worst luck in this world. Says he's finally healthy this week and is finally getting consistent time at thrid, then this happens.

    I feel for the guy, and hope it's just a 15-day DL thing at worst.

    Even in that case, who do they call up, Rohlinger? That guy stinks vs. big league pitching?

    Can Belt Play third?

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    Don't know about Belt over at third, though I do know Huff has played at 3rd base more than any other position in his career, and Schierholtz was drafted as an infielder/3rd basemen I beleive.

    But looking back at his fielding numbers at third, and you see why they moved Nate to right field.

    Huff though, could be an interesting option should Belt keep terrorizing AAA pitching and until Panda comes back (which is looking like mid-late June).

  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger Steve said…

    Bochy needs to play the rookies right now. Why so short on the pitchers, but long on the geezers? get some hitting in there and we'll win more. Period.

  • At 7:57 PM, Blogger Steve said…

    De Rosa is done. Tejada is done. Burrel is done. Rowand is probably done. Huff might be, but not ready to give up on him yet. If Huff starts trying to hit to left, I'll feel better about him, and so will he.

    Start Crawford and Belt both at short and 1st until they prove they CAN'T do it.

    fontenot should be playing more until Panda returns, and let's hope Freddy doesn't get hurt, but Burris can do the job too. Get some sticks in the lineup that make the opposing pitchers at least think a little.

    I love Bochy, but c'mon man!


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