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Blake Snell finally made his Giants debut in last night’s 8-1 loss against the Washington Nationals at Willie Mays Field. He pitched three innings and allowed three runs, two of which scored because of poor Giants infield defense. Snell gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three. In fact his stuff was quite good, reaching 96 up in the zone. He had a very good changeup too. However two walks and pitching behind several times in the count would render his evening a short one. Snell threw 72 pitches in those three innings of work. Ideally you want your pitcher to go five innings with that number of tosses.

Here are some Snell highlights.

The two plays i mentioned? Well one was  bouncing ball with the infield in that was hit to first baseman Wilmer Flores. Flores was able to corral it but fell on his backside and could not get a strong or accurate toss to Snell covering at first, albeit perhaps a tad slowly. A run scored. If LaMonte Wade Jr. is playing first base that’s an out and one run less in a tight game early on. Another National scored when Patrick Bailey missed the tag on a close play at the plate on a throw from first base. The runner juuuust slid by and the Nationals scored their third run after the Giants took a one-run lead scoring in the bottom of the first after a Lee single and a Wade double. Lee scored when the Nationals second baseman Garcia Jr could not hold on to a throw that might have thrown out Wade.

Lipscomb was fantastic for the Nationals. He is a rookie and he destroyed the Giants with three key hits, an RBI and a run scored. He’s dynamic and fun to watch.

The game was decided once Snell left and the Giants relief corps of Miller, Roup and Tang gave up five runs amongst them. To add insult to injury Taylor Rogers walked in a run in the top of the ninth to make it 8-1 Washington.

The Bright Spots

I really enjoy watching Jung Hoo Lee. He is a fine all-around player. Last night he threw a runner out at third and went 2-3 with a walk. He is exciting and a player that adds life and spark to the Giants in the line up and on the field. Blake Snell is a pitcher I have followed since his rookie days with Tampa Bay. I think his debut was promising and once he irons out his kinks and cleans up his rust (insert cliche) he will be a dominant starter for the Giants. I expect him to have a monster season.

The Not-So-Bright Spots

The Giants have a ton of issues in their bullpen, especially in middle relief. When Blake Snell exited with the Giants losing 3-1 the game was still winnable, until it wasn’t…

When Wilmer Flores is on the field the Giants defense is weaker.

Patrick Bailey is having issues defensively. What was supposed to be his strength is not right now. Last night he had a throwing error and missed a tag on a crucial play at the plate. It needs to be addressed.

Tonight’s Game

Tonight’s game takes place at 6:45 PM at Willie Mays Field. It’s Josiah Gray for Washington against Kyle Harrison for the Giants.