Greek Giant

The key to yesterday’s 7-2 loss to the RangersĀ  for the Giants in Arlington was the bottom of the first inning. After Keaton Winn hit Marcus Semien in the head with his first pitch things got worse. That was a scary moment for Semien as the 96 MPH fastball missed the slugger’s face by an inch or two and caromed off the helmet’s side. Thankfully he was fine but Winn appeared a little rattled as he would allow a walk and a single to the next two batters to set up bases loaded with nobody out. Winn would strike out Nathaniel Lowe and Ezequiel Duran to make it bases loaded, two outs and dreams (for Giants fans) of a shutout inning. But it was not to be as Wyatt Langford drove in two runs with a first pitch hard single up the middle. The Rangers then stole the third run of the game when Langford stole second, beat the the throw and Garcia took off for home and just beat the throw. It was 3-0 and suddenly the thoughts of a series sweep seemed a bit in vain for the Giants.

The Rangers added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning when Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer over the left field wall down the line in an act of sweet revenge that even I was impressed with. The blast came on a Winn curveball that did not curve or ball enough. Semien’s still go it, ladies and gents! That made it 5-0 and I began searching for entertainment alternatives on this Sunday.

Patrick Bailey singled in a run in the top of the third inning and was followed by a Yaz homer in the top of the fourth inning to make the game a little more interesting at 5-2 with Nathan Eovaldi, the Rangers ace suddenly seeming vulnerable. But those would be the only two runs Nathan would give up in his seven innings of work and the Rangers would get two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to more or less put the game away. Eovaldi and the Rangers two relievers would end up limiting the Giants to five hits on the day. From the get-go, that first inning was the key and Keaton Winn was not able to dig himself out of the hole he created.

But taking two of three in Texas against this club is a win for the Giants who are looking to get back on track after an ass-kicking by the Yankees in San Francisco.

The loss dropped Keaton Winn to a record of 3-7 and ERA of 6.94. Is it me or is Keaton Winn the best pitcher in baseball approach an ERA in the 7s? It seems he deserves better and needs to limit damage more in his starts, particularly from wildness. This was his first start since May 14th when he left the game due to forearm issues. It could be a case of rust and/or nerves. One expects better in his next start.

The loss dropped the Giants to 32-34, 8.5 games behind the Dodgers who just took two of three from the Yankees in the Bronx this weekend.

Injuries and Roster Moves

Matt Chapman was scratched from the line up before the game due to what was described as “hamstring cramps.” He is the Giants iron man this year, missing only is second game of the season. Bob Melvin said he was “banged up”, which is baseball parlance for “he needs a break”.

Tyler Fitzgerald was sent down to Sacramento to make room for Keaton Winn’s spot on the roster. It’s a bit of a shame since Fitz was looking very good at short after Casey Schmitt’s horrific game a few days ago. The Giants are now 15-20 on the road this year, which is not very good folks.

Tonight’s Game

The Giants return home to host the Astros at 6:45 PM at Willie Mays Field. The pitching matchup is listed as Arrighetti versus Harrison.