Which do you want first, the bad news or the bad news? Here is the first bad news: The Giants lost to the Milwaukee Brewers and a very tough Corbin Burnes 3-1 last night in a game that was not as close as the score indicated, from one perspective. What made matters worse was Corbin Burnes’s rbi single to make it a 2-0 game in the top of the second. I could make the claim the Giants had a few chances here and there. I could also mention they had some good at bats with hard hit outs but frankly that’s loser talk in baseball.
The other bad news is that Alex Wood tested positive for Covid-19 and is feeling “very bad” according to Giant skipper Gabe Kapler. We hope Wood recovers and does not have to be hospitalized but it does appear his bout with the virus is serious.
Johnny Cueto was scratched from his start since he was exposed to a Covid-19 positive person on a recent trip to the Dominican. Cueto will be on the Covid IL and may get the nod to start tonight.
Tommy LaStella was also scratched from the game with what was described as “tightness in his left side”. At least they did not use the word “discomfort”!
Kris Bryant returned from a game off with some back tightness and promptly had two hits on a night when the Giants were basically stymied by a very powerful Brewers pitching staff from starter to closer.
The bottom line is they just shut us down. We weren’t able to get anything going.”
Brandon Belt had two hits and BCraw had an RBI knock. Brewers starter Corbin Burnes pitches six innings of four hit ball giving up one run with nine strikeouts and zero walks. Josh Hader got the save despite surrendering a leadoff double to Kris Bryant. If you are keeping score at home that’s one run and eleven hits in total for the Giants in the last two games.
The Giants made this a bullpen game and had to scramble with the Johnny Cueto news. This meant they used seven bullpen arms in a nine-inning game, which to me is simply ridiculous. But, because they basically had a bullpen game the day before with Anthony Desclafani’s very short and ineffective 3 inning outing their pen was taxed to the max. The bottom line is the Giant pitching staff is in trouble for the next six games to be played in six days against arguably two of the top teams in the Milwaukeeans and the Hollywoodians. What I am trying to say… is the GIANTS NEED A STARTING PITCHER TO GO AT LEAST SEVEN INNINGS in a game for the first time since Matt Cain was on the team.
On the bright side Jarlin Garcia went 3 2/3 innings and pitched a shutout in his outing last night. Cool.
Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention that the team down south that shall go unnamed beat the Braves and is now 1.5 games behind our San Francisco base-ballers.
The Giants Across the Web
Andrew Baggarly has an interesting story in The Athletic on the futility of Giants pitchers at the plate.
I LOOOOVE this story in the New York Times on the different handshakes given by Ron Wotus.
Game 2 of the four-game series with the Brewers takes place tonight. For the Brewers it will be Brandon Woodruff. For the Giants it may be Cueto. No word yet on whether or not Ryan Vogelsong will come out of retirement to make a spot start. Game time is 6:45 PM at Willie Mays Field.