Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Post-Game 133 Thread: 9 To 5


I know our recent history with the Diamondbacks has been testy of late, with us swimming in their pool after clinching the division, and them hitting our players with pitches and breaking collarbones. But it's hard not to feel a little Fonda about the Snakes after watching last night's 9-to-5 victory. What began as a competitive game, punctuated by a two-run HR from Matt Kemp in the first, coupled with a two-RBI single by Ender Inciarte in the second to tie the game, ended up being a rout in the fourth inning. 11 Dodgers game to the plate in the fourth inning, notching three walks, five consecutive singles (Carl Crawford, Justin Turner, A.J. Ellis, Roberto Hernandez, and Dee Gordon), and two successful Dodger challenges along the way. It was all takin' and no givin': Dodgers turned a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 lead, Parton the seas with that onslaught.

This allowed Roberto Hernandez (6.0 dicey IP, with 3 ER, 2 BB and 3 Ks) to register the win, but not after the Dodgers dug into the bullpen's bot Tomlin-ing on Brandon League (who was ineffective: 0.1 IP and 2 H, 1 ER and 1 BB; I swear, sometimes that man is out to get me) before having Jamey Wright close the eighth and Pedro Baez allow one run but finish the Snakes off in the ninth. (J.P. Howell also pitched a scoreless seventh inning, with 1 K.)

The Giants beat the Rockies, albeit imperfectly, so the lead stays at five games with 29 to play (31 for SF). I suppose I should be freaking out about how anything can happen in this divisional race, but when late-season pickup Hernandez is winning games for us, I'm staying pretty Cole, man. I mean, it's enough to drive you crazy if you let it.


Fred's Brim said...

this is why Saxy is the best

Fred's Brim said...

what the hell are we going to do with this bullpen. It's only Kenley and 85% of JP at this point. Nobody else is trustworthy down there

Hideo Nomo said...

"You watch too many movies, Sax!"

Fred's Brim said...

FB's Reliever Trustworthiness™ Standings:
Kenley 99%
JP 85%
Wilson 75%
Wright 74%
League 72%
Baez 67%
Frias 65%

Baez and Frias might actually be a better option than some of the others but they haven't been able to show much other than in mop-up work. Either way, we need more guys in the 80s and 90s. Moving Correia to the pen when HJR comes back does not do that. I think he'd start at 71%

Dusty Baker said...

I was feeling salty when I woke up, then saw this PGT. Feeling much better now.

Dusty Baker said...

Wright may be under 74% lately, but over the season that's probably accurate.

Fred's Brim said...

@Dusty - these standings are meant to be a current status, like if you had to go to the pen tonight, who are my guys and who can sit in the bullpen and shove a rosin bag up their ass because they aren't seeing a major league mound anytime in the near future?
Wright has definitely been trending towards the rosin bag end of that spectrum. George Sherrill, circa 2010, would have had a 36%

Dusty Baker said...

I'm likely biased by seeing Wright in person recently when he gave up about 37 runs in 2/3 of an inning of work.

spank said...

Are we back on boobs?

Steve Sax said...

This GT theme was a lot easier to craft at 6am