An outrageous explosion of offense last night in Colorado was led by five hits and three home runs by Alex Dickerson, but filled with scoring opportunities the Giants capitalized on, as they were 11 for 26 with RISP and left nine on base.
When the dust had settled, the Giants had 27 hits and scored in every frame except the ninth, while Dickerson finished with 16 total bases (three homers and two doubles), tying the Giants’ franchise record set by Willie Mays on April 30, 1961, at Milwaukee, (then the Braves).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Dickerson is the 15th player in MLB history, and only the 12th since 1901, to have five extra-base hits in a game. Wow!
Watched it down at Momo’s with Josh and Scott and Justin and a gang of fans and we were just blown away. This was the game I was worried about. I wondered in advance whether Gausman could get through five innings. For his part Gausman was excellent for three. He had complete control of the change-up and was cruising, when suddenly he missed and gave up a HR in the 3rd to Hampson.
Gaussman’s change-up location wasn’t the same after that first homer. He relied heavily on the fastball and his location on the heater was very good, but it was clear he was uncomfortable throwing the change-up for fear of misplacing it. He made it to the fifth when Hampson would go on to homer AGAIN off Gausman – had his number.
The Giants made most of that irrelevant as they just hammered Rockies starter Jon Gray for SEVEN earned runs, but still the question mark that is Kevin Gausman got some detailed data in response from the outing. He is good for three or four innings but if he he gets a little shook, the change-up is suceptible to bad placement. In the modern game that can be made to fit into a platoon start pretty easily. Especialy if the Giants offense is productive.
Logan Webb is on the mound today. He’s 2-3 with a 4.35 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 31 innings in which he has 30 Ks but has also given up 30 HRs. It’s an important outing for Webb who was rocked by the Bums in the first game of the 7-inning doubleheader last week. The one they won 7-0. The Nemesis scored 5 earned runs off Webb in just 3 and two-thirds innings. And they weren’t the LA-traditional solo shots … they were spray hitting singles and doubles. It was ugly.
Hopefully, the 23-year-old righty has a better start today at noon.
Lineup: Yaz, Solano, Longoria, Flores, Ruf, Dickerson, Bart, Robertson and Dubon.
New Giants infielder Daniel Robertson, batting 8th, had his debut last night and hit a single and scored a run.
Let’s Go Giants!
If we beat the Rox today we are .500 on the season, what a wild crawl to .500 ball.