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Greek Giant

Phillies Come to Town Bearing Gifts

The Giants beat the Phillies on Memorial Day by a score of 8-4 but it was a game that felt much closer and that win came with the cost of another bad Blake Snell start and the loss of LaMonte Wade Jr to injury. Wade injured either his knee or hamstring with an awkward slide and perhaps an awkward sprint to second base during his double in the bottom of the fifth inning. He was lifted for a pinch hitter and helped off the field. It’s no secret that LaMonte has been the Giants MVP so far this season so any loss of playing time for him is a huge issue for the Giants. The team is expected to reveal more about the prognosis today.

This was a game between the team with the best record and best line up in baseball (Phillies) and one of the hottest teams (Giants). It was full of intrigue but the most shocking thing about it was the sloppy play. There was an error by Matt Chapman on a more-or-less routine play. There were four errors committed by the Phillies, three by the third baseman Brohm and one by Whit Merrifield. Those were all big plays in that they extended rallies or scored runs for the hometown heroes. Of the eight runs the Giants scored three were unearned but that count should have been higher. Officially Brohm only had two errors but he missed a grounder that was scored a hit. That too was an error but the official scorer was either a relative or felt sorry for the Phillies third baseman. Either way you slice it spelled a gift for the Giants.

We will take it.

The Bottom of the Order Comes Through

There were big hits by Patrick Bailey, who wen 2-3 with an RBI; Estrada, Wisely and Ramos. The story for the Giants may have been that the bottom third of the order in the form of Yaz, Ramos and Wisely went 5-11 with six runs driven in. It’s now official. Since Ramos and Matos have been playing every day the Giants are scoring runs in bunches, and winning a ton. In fact with that win yesterday the Giants have now won 9 of their past 11 games.
Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of Twitter:

Most of the hits and the runs came off Phillies starter Taijuan Walker, who has a poor career record at Willie Mays Field. It seems to me that the visiting teams beginning long road teams rarely play well in their first game. It happened to the Giants in PIttsburgh and it happened to the Phils yesterday. Someone needs to do a study on this and why teams have a hard time adjusting.

Blake Snell’s Outing

Blake Snell started for the Giants and actually had very good stuff. His curveball was majestic and contributing to the seven strikeouts in his four innings of work that saw him allow five hits and four runs, three of which were earned. He also had two walks. He was pitching effectively up in the zone with his fastball but the problem is that Phillies are a good high fastball hitting team and Snell was victimized by Realmuto with a double and by Schwarber with a booming homer. I’ve said enough about Snell’s season so I don’t want to pile on other than to say, believe it or not with this outing he lowered his ERA to 10.42! The problem is not just the lack of consistency or effectiveness regarding Snell. It’s also the toll his lack of innings is taking on the bullpen.

Randy Rodriguez and the Giants Bullpen Come Through

Yesterday’s heroes were also the Giants Bullpen, the goats in Sunday’s annoying loss to the Mets. Randy Rodriguez is emerging into a full-on superstar and pitched two shutout innings and lowering his ERA to 1.76. Oh, and by the way he earned his first Major League win in the process. He looked impressive again. He was followed by Eric Miller and Ryan Walker who each pitched a shutout inning. Camilo Doval earned the save with a clean ninth inning.

 

With the win the Giants are now 27-28.

Tonight’s Game

Game two of the series is set for 6:45 PM with Zack Wheeler on the mound for Philadelphia. The Giants have not yet announced a starter but I think it will be Mason Black because Bob Melvin and Farhan Zaidi read Together We’re Giants and they know how I feel about “Openers.”