Sunday, May 24, 2015

Game Wrap 5/23/2015 Game 2: Rockies 5 Giants 3

Whether it was the law of averages catching up or fatigue from a ridiculously long day or both, the winning streak came to an end in Game 2 of the doubleheader.  The Giants made some loud outs and played some sloppy baseball which all contributed to the loss.  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 1 for 4.  BA= .288.  Aoki's single should have driven in 2 runs, but a sloppy slide by McGehee as the trailing runner got him thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning and took away an opportunity for Aoki to score from 2B on a possible subsequent hit.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .301.  Crawford had a couple of line outs as did Brandon Belt, who ended the game 0 for 3 with a BB.  Crawford should get a rest today, but I'll bet he talks himself into the lineup again.

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 4.  BA= .270.  Blanco is a talented player and might be the best 4'th OF in all of baseball, but he can make some really bad decisions on the field.   He tagged up at 2B on a long flyball out to CF which did not appreciably increase his chances of scoring on a base hit, then came in standing up and got thrown out for the 3'rd out of the inning.  Maybe Roberto Kelly gave the slide sign too late or maybe Blanco didn't see it or maybe Kelly assumed Blanco would be sliding?  In his postgame comments, Bochy put the blame squarely on Blanco, both for running and for not sliding.

Casey McGehee- 2 for 4.  BA= .200.  Good to see 2 hits from McGehee, but when he slid home with what looked like the tying run, he was initially called safe by the ump, but kept his front foot in the air and the replay clearly showed him being tagged out before his left knee hit the plate.

Yusmeiro Petit- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.  Petit did a decent job as a spot starter.  I mean, going 6 innings in that ballpark is a feat in itself for any pitcher and I don't think Petit had gone longer than 3 innings prior.  Add in the interminable waiting through 2 rain delays and he did his job.  It might have turned out better had the Giants been successful in turning a 3-6-3 DP just prior to the HR.  I'm not sure if Belt double clutched on the first throw because he had to wait for someone to cover the 2B bag, or if it was just a hesitation, but if he had been able to unload the throw immediately, they would have gotten the runner on the return throw.  Just one more example of how little things can make a huge difference in a game.  Fortunately, the Giants have done way more of those little things right than wrong over the past 5 seasons.

The doubleheader split dropped the Giants 0.5 games further behind the NL West leading Dodgers who blanked the Pathetic Padres 2-0.  The Giants deficit is now 2 games.  They trail the Cubs, who beat the D'Backs 9-6, by percentage points in the race for the first Wild Card playoff spot, and they lead the slumping Mets for the second spot by 1 game.

Tim Hudson tries to pitch another great game in Coors Field after breaking the spell in his last start.  He will face Chad Bettis who was a second round draft pick a few years ago, but has struggle to break into the majors.  Bettis' last start was a QS, though.

Game Wrap 5/23/2015 Game 1: Giants 10 Rockies 8

Once again, the Giants built a big lead then had to hang on in Coors Field.  Every player in the starting lineup, including the SP, got at least 1 hit either scored a run or drove one in.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 3 for 4, HBP.  BA= .303.  Panik was a line drive machine all day and a vacuum at 2B.  I think it's fairly safe to put Panik into the success column for Giants first round draft picks.  Remember all those snickers on draft day a few years back?  Oh, and Keith Law can go to Hades.  Utililty player at best?  LOL!

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .320.  Belt is hitting everything on the nose right now, even the outs.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 5.  BA= .310.  Pence is more than an inspirational addition to the lineup.  No accident the Giants scoring got a big boost upon his return.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .303.  When you look at Crawford's swing from the CF camera angle, it looks like he is swinging a tennis racket with a two fisted backhand.  I'm sure the bat feels like it's that big to him.  It's just like he's taking tennis practice and swatting balls from the machine.  People like Baggs and Fleming are starting to call him the best shortstop in baseball.  They may well be right.  He might also be the best SS in Giants history.  I'll definitely say best SS the Giants have had in my lifetime and go back before Chris Speier.

Chris Heston- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K, GO/AO= 12/1.  ERA= 4.33.  At one point, Heston looked like he was settling into a nice rhythm of groundball outs which also kept his pitch count down.  Then the Rockies started hitting dingers.  It's just a really, really tough park for sinker ball pitchers.  Fortunately, the Giants had a big lead and were able to hang on.

I'll just add that they might not have scored many runs in this game were it not for Rockies SP Jordan Lyles spraining his left big toe about the 3'rd inning.  The trainer kept coming out to check on him, but with the DH, I'm sure they felt they needed the innings out of him if at all possible.  He still had velocity, but couldn't follow through on the toe which led to elevation of his pitches.  It also affected a wild pickoff throw to 1B that allowed Brandon Crawford to score from 3B.  You could see him keeping the front of his foot elevated on that throw.

Hunter Strickland- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Wow!  Strickland has been working on some things!  Since we last saw him in the postseason, he's added a nice two seamer, a cutter and improved his changeup.  Of course, we've seen him look dominant before, only to give up another dinger, but he did look like a much improved pitcher yesterday  Those 2 shutout innings were huge and may well have been the difference in the game right there.  Gotta think we'll see him back again before the summer is over and it will be to stay.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Pac 12 Draft Prospects

Thought I would try something a bit different here and look at players from different college baseball conferences who might be draft prospects.  These will include potential first round prospects as well as players who may be taken down in the draft or not drafted at all.  The Giants always seem to draft their share of Pac 12 and players from other west coast conferences so we'll start there.  I don't know how many of these I will get to before the draft, which is coming right up, but we'll do as many was we can.

UCLA:

Kevin Kramer, 3B, RS Jr. B-L, T-R. 6'0", 194 lbs.  .329/.430/.475, 5 HR, 31 BB, 32 K, 227 AB.

Ty Moore, OF, Sr. B-L, T-R.  6'0", 190 lbs.  .350/.425/.485, 5 HR, 17 K, 24 BB, 213 AB.

James Kaprielian, RHP, Jr.  6'4", 200 lbs.  9-4, 1.94, 92.2 IP, 27 BB, 105 K.  Potential mid-late first rounder who has raised his stock late in the college season.  9 innings of no-hit ball in one game.

Grant Watson, LHP, Sr.  6'0", 181 lbs.  8-4, 2.02, 84.2 IP, 18 BB, 54 K.  Finesse lefty with decent stuff.  

David Berg, RHP, Sr.  6'0", 194 bls.  6-1, 0.79, 57 IP, 5 BB, 54 K, 12 Saves.  I don't have a scouting report on his stuff, but dominating numbers as a college closer.

Cody Poteet, RHP, Jr. 6'1", 188 lbs.  6-1, 2.62, 65.1 IP, 25 BB, 62 K.  Smallish RHP who has had a decent college career. 

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Oregon State:

Andrew Moore, RHP, Jr.  6'0", 185 lbs.  5-1, 1.70, 68.2 IP, 14 BB, 56 K.  For some reason I was only able to bring up Pac 12 stats for 2015.  I'm thinking rounds 4-10?

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Cal:

Devin Pearson, OF, Jr.  B-R, T-R.  5'11", 205 lbs.  .370/.431/.602, 4 HR, 6 BB, 17 K, 108 AB.

Chris Paul, INF/OF, Jr.  B-R, T-R.  6'3", 210 lbs.  .335/.418/.555, 8 HR, 23 BB, 35 K, 173 AB.

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Arizona State:

Johnny Sewald, OF, Jr.  B-L, T-R.  6'0", 160 lbs.  .328/.441/.400, 20 SB, 30 BB, 27 K, 11 HBP.  

Ryan Burr, RHP, Jr.  6'4", 224 lbs.  6'4", 224 lbs.  8-2, 2.90, 40.1 IP, 21 BB, 68 K, 13 Saves.   Has been discussed as a potential supplemental first rounder.

Ryan Kellogg, LHP, Jr.  6'5", 225 lbs.  8-1, 3.45, 101.2 IP, 17 BB, 78 K.  Giants love big lefties.  Kellogg has been a starter for ASU for at least 2 seasons.

Brett Lilek, LHP, Jr.  6'4", 194 lbs.  4-2, 3.10, 72.2 IP, 33 BB, 62 K.  

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USC:

Dante Flores, IF, Sr.  B-L, T-R,  5'10", 185 lbs.   .317/.410/.450, 4 HR, 28 BB, 27 K, 189 AB.

Bobby Stahel, OF, B-R, T-R.  5'10", 190 lbs.  .377/.414/.516, 3 HR, 9 SB, 12 BB, 26 K, 218 AB.

Garrett Stubbs, Catcher, Sr. B-L, T-R.  5'10", 165 lbs.  .335/.404/.425, 1 HR, 19 SB, 23 BB, 26 K, 200 AB.  I wonder if we'll see a trend toward smaller catchers with the new anti-collision rules?

Timmy Robinson, OF, B-R, T-R.  6'1", 225 lbs.  .291/.383/.412, 4 HR, 19 SB, 27 BB, 36 K, 199 AB.

AJ Ramirez, OF.  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 190 lbs.  .273/.329/.503, 8 HR, 8 SB, 9 BB, 58 K, 183 AB.

Kyle Twomey, LHP, Jr.  6'3", 175 lbs.  7-2, 2.77, 81.1 IP, 31 BB, 63 K.  

Tyler Colbert, LHP.  6'3", 195 lbs.  3-2, 2.83, 60.1 IP, 24 BB, 59 K.  

Kyle Davis , RHP.  6'0", 200 lbs.  3-1, 3.72, 38.2 IP, 13 BB, 37 K.  

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Oregon:

Mitchell Tolman, INF.  Jr.  B-L, T-R.  6'0", 190 lbs.  .332/.467/.488, 3 HR, 10 SB, 41 BB, 34 K, 205 AB.

Garrett Cleavenger, LHP.  6'0", 220 lbs.  4-2, 1.75, 36 IP, 16 BB, 63 K, 9 Saves.  Lefty closer with a tremendous K rate.

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Washington:  

Austin Rei, Catcher.  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 183 lbs.  .346/.454/.691, 6 HR, 10 BB, 27 K, 81 AB.

Brandon Choate, RHP, Sr.  6'4", 223 lbs.  1-3, 2.36, 49.2 IP, 25 BB, 57 K.

Tyler Davis, RHP, Sr. 5'10", 182 lbs.  7-6, 3.21, 106.2 IP, 26 BB, 88 K.

Trey Rellings, RHP. 6'2", 200 lbs.  3-4, 2.10, 68.2 IP, 11 BB, 51 K. 

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Kevin Newman, SS, Jr.  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 183 lbs.  .365/.422/.475, 1 HR, 22 SB, 20 BB, 14 K, 219 AB.  Possible late first rounder.

Riley Moore, Catcher, Sr.  B-L, T-R.   6'3", 190 lbs.  .305/.399/.425, 3 HR, 32 BB, 36 K, 200 AB.  I remember when he was a HS catching prospect.  His college career never really took off.  

Scott Kingery, 2B, Jr.  B-R, T-R.  5'11", 175 lbs.  .393/.424/.568, 5 HR, 11 SB, 9 BB, 17 K, 229 AB.  Possible supplemental first round prospect.  

Tyger Talley, RHP, Jr.  6'2", 230 lbs.  5-1, 3.56, 60.2 IP, 18 BB, 49 K. 

Cody Hamlin, RHP, Jr.  6'3", 188 lbs.  6-3, 4.14, 95.2 IP, 12 BB, 54 K.  

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Washington St:

Ian Sagdal, OF, B-L, T-R.  6'1", 175 lbs.  .311/.402/.518, 6 HR, 13 SB, 28 BB, 45 K, 193 AB.

Sam Treice, RHP, Sr.  6'2", 210 lbs.  5-0, 2.81, 48 IP, 22 BB, 56 K.  

Joe Pistorese, LHP, Sr.  6'2", 177 lbs.  8-4, 2.34, 96.1 IP, 21 BB, 60 K's.  

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Utah:

Duke Brock, RHP.  6'2", 200 lbs.  2-5, 3.95, 43.1 IP, 15 BB, 43 K, 4 Saves.

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Stanford had a terrible season.  I don't see any likely draft candidates just perusing their roster and stat sheet.  Maybe Marcus Brakeman or Cal Quantrill, but they were both injured and will likely return to school.

Down on the Farm: 5/22/2015

AAA  Memphis Redbirds came from behind with 4 runs in the final 2 innings to beat the Sacramento River Cats 8-6:

Adam Duvall(1B)- 2 for 5, HR(12).  BA= .321.
Travis Ishikawa(LF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .302.
Hector Sanchez(Catcher)- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .400.
Kevin Correia(RHP)-  6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.40.

Travis' rehab stint is going to be up soon, not sure exactly when, but soon.  1B and LF are probably the 2 positions where the Giants have the least need, but his LH bat off the bench would be a nice add.  With Duffy appearing to be taking control of the starting 3B job, do the Giants really need Casey McGehee?  Joaquin Arias has pretty much disappeared from the field.  With Adrianza playing well for Sacramento I'm not sure the Giants need Arias for depth preservation even if he gets claimed by another team, which is doubtful. And, does Duvall ever get another shot?  Again, not sure what the Giants will do, but it would seem like Arias might be the most expendable at this point.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Bowie Baysox 5-4:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 3 for 5, BB.  BA= .320.
Devin Harris(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .283.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .268.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(7).  ERA= 1.96.

So, who is Rando Moreno?  He is a 22 year old(turns 23 yo on 6/6) switch-hitting SS out of the Dominican Republic.  This is his 5'th pro season.  He spent the first two year in the DSL where he struggled in his first pro season but improved to a .267 BA in his second season.  He then hit .344 between the AZL and Augusta in 2013 and looked like a very promising prospect at age 20/21.  Last year, he struggled mightily to a .202 BA between Augusta and San Jose, so his assignment to AA Richmond was surprising to say the least.  Was the assignment due to organizational need, or did the Giants know something about him that did not show up in last year's numbers?   At this point, his numbers are looking a lot more like 2013 and he is putting up some very prospecty looking numbers!

Ricky Oropesa is hitting .351 over his last 10 games and .360 for the month of May.  Stay hot, Ricky!

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High A  San Jose Giants edged out the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-5:

Hunter Cole(LF)- 3 for 4, BB,  BA= .346.
Ty Ross(Catcher)- 2 for 4.  BA= .214.
Brandon Bednar(SS)- 2 for 4.  BA= .202.
Jake Peavy(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 1 H 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.72.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= 2.41.

Ty Ross is hitting .360 over his last 7 games with 4 2-hit games in that span.  Jake Peavy's rehab gets off to a strong start.  He will move up to Sacramento for his next appearance.  Jeff Soptic has allowed just 1 BB against 11 K's in 8.1 IP over his last 4 appearances.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Asheville Tourists 7-6:

Cristian Paulino(LF)- 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SB(8).  BA= .324.
Travious Relaford(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B, Sac.  BA= .258.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 1 for 2, 3B, SF.  BA= .192.
Nick Gonzalez(LHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 7 K's. ERA= 5.73.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.71.

Peripherals look good for Gonzalez.  Paulino has shown flashes of being a 5-tool prospect in the past.  He needs to keep this up for a full season to get some traction on his career.

Game Wrap 5/22/2015: Giants 11 Rockies 8

The Giants outlasted the Reeling Rockies in a marathon game made longer by a lengthy Rain Delay in the bottom of the 9'th inning.  Every player in the Giants starting lineup, including Ryan Vogelsong got on base at east once and scored at least 1 run, so Key Lines will not include everybody who contributed:

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .311.  Buster is on one of his prolonged hot streaks.  He has a 14 game hit streak if you don't count one game where he drew a walk as a PH.  He is hitting .366 for the month of May.  He has reached base in every game he has appeared in for the month.  He has just 2 appearances in the month without a base hit, one of which was the game where he drew a walk as a PH and was not charged with an AB.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .317.  OK, this is the Brandon Belt we've all been waiting for since he tore up the minor leagues in 2010.  If he stays healthy, this could be his breakout year!  The dinger was crushed and landed in the upper deck down the RF line.  Estimated distance, 475 ft.!  Oh, and have I said that being able to slot his left-handed bat between Posey and Pence fronted by the switch-hitting Pagan and backed by the left-handed Crawford makes this a killer lineup!

Matt Duffy- 3 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .301.  OK, forget about depth preservation.  I officially don't think Matt Duffy is going anywhere and may well be in the process of taking over the starting 3B job.  He may not quite have the arm to make the throw to first from behind the bag, but he has a lot more range than McGehee and hits a whole lot more than  either McGehee or Arias.  I don't know who's going to be the odd man out between Ishikawa, Arias and McGehee, but I'm pretty sure Matt Duffy  is here to stay.  Matt Duffy!

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.60.  Vogey did what I've always said you have to do in Coors Field.  Throw fastballs to all 4 quadrants of the strike zone, especially the upper half.  Forget avoiding dingers by keeping the ball on the ground.  Sinkers don't sink and breaking balls don't break in Coors.  You have to pound the zone with the FB, move it around to different locations, and don't be afraid to give up a solo HR here and there.  As Kruk said, Vogey put on a clinic on how to pitch with the fastball.  It doesn't have to go mid 90's or above, but it does have to have something on it and it absolutely has to command the entire strike zone.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(11).  ERA= 1.47.  Casilla came into the game after Affeldt had given up 5 straight hits separated by a long rain delay and shut off the spigot.  He did give up a double to Ben Paulson which Pence played perfectly off the wall to hold it to just 1 inherited run driven in.  Casilla then calmly struck out Hundley to finally end it.  

As for Affeldt, I am going to give him a Mulligan on this one.  The first 3 hits he gave up were in a driving rainstorm.  The 3rd one would likely have been a DP ball if not for the rain as it as a hard, but fairly routine grounder that skidded past Duffy.  The last 2 hits were after he came back out to the mound after the long rain delay.  We'll chalk it up to the demons and ghosts of Coors Field.

The Win enabled the Giants to keep pace, 1.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers.  It also gained them a 0.5 game lead for the first Wild Card playoff spot as both the Cubs and Mets lost.  The Dangerous D'Backs topped the Cubs to move into 3'rd place in the NL West, 5 games off the pace.  The Pathetic Padres lost to the Dodgers 2-1 to slip into 4'th place, 6 games of the pace while the Reeling Rockies sank further into last place, 9 games behind.

The Giants and Rockies now play a split doubleheader today, a regularly scheduled game and a makeup of a previous rainout.  There is still a threat of rain, so no guarantees they get both of them in.  Christ Heston starts the first game facing Jordan Lyles while Yusmeiro Petit starts the evening game facing David Hale.  Both teams get to carry an extra player on the active roster for the doubleheader.  The Giants have called up Hunter Strickland to be an extra arm in the bullpen.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Down on the Farm: 5/21/2015

AAA  Memphis Redbirds defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-2:

Darren Ford(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .291.
Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .338.
Robert Coello(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.44.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.89.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.66.

It's not looking like there will be a need in the Giants bullpen anytime soon, but Okert and Strickland seem ready to help whenever needed.  Stay hot, Ehire Adrianza!

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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High A  San Jose Giants topped the Modesto Nuts 3-2 in 10 innings:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .272.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .217.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.35.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.88.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.00.

Black got credit for the W.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the Asheville Tourists 6-0:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 4, SB(16).  BA= .325.
Seth Harrison(DH)- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(6).  BA= .253.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Fargas returns from the DL.

Game Wrap 5/21/2015: Giants 4 Dodgers 0

Not only did Madison Bumgarner out pitch Clayton Kershaw for the 3'rd time this season, but he also took him deep for a HR that gave the Giants the first run of the game.  In the process, the Giants completed sweep of the Hated Ones, and how sweet it is!  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .297.  Aoki got on base 3 times but did not figure in the scoring.  I still think the Giants best lineup is a 1,2,3 of Aoki, Panik, Pagan, but that's just me.  I do think Aoki needed a rest a few games ago, but seems like he's rejuvenated now.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .325.  Another fine game for Pagan.  I noticed that Fangraphs still has him listed as a negative defender, but that catch he made in last night's game was about as good as it gets.  He made it look fairly easy too!

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4.  BA= .300.  Pence has added a new dimension to this offense.  When the Giants can put 3 on-base guys in the top 3 slots and push the Posey/Pence/Belt triumvirate all down a slot then back them up with Brandon Crawford.  Well, that is a serious lineup!  Maybe one of the top 10 in all of baseball!

Madison Bumgarner- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .105.  Bummy likes to air it out on the first pitch and Kershaw hung a fastball out over the plate.  Gone!!  Man, that had to hurt on Kershaw's end!  First HR by an opposing pitcher off of Kershaw in is career so far.

Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.84.  Between the last postseason and these 3 H2H's with Kershaw, I think you have to say Bumgarner is the best right now.  If you had one game you had to win right now, and you can choose any pitcher in MLB to start, think you have to pick Bummy.  Oh, and these matchups between Bummy and Kershaw?  I was around for Marichal vs Koufax and this is every bit as good, maybe better!

This was the first time the Giants have swept the Dodgers in back-to-back home series since 1961.  The Giants also have the best record in MLB since April 21.

The Win cut the Dodgers lead over the Giants in the NL West to just 1.5 games.  The Giants remain 0.5 games behind in the race for the second Wild Card slot as the Cubs and Mets both won today.

The Giants now travel to Colorado to take on the Rockies in a  4 game Memorial Day weekend series with Ryan Vogelsong facing Kyle Kendrick in game 1 tomorrow evening.