Giants Lose Season Series to Cards 3 – 4; Logan Webb Rolls On, Jakob Junis Continues to Impress, and Carlos Rodón Lays an Egg on National TV

The Giants rolled into St. Louis hot, were chilled to zilch by a shutout and then lost a laugher, as they fell to the Cardinals two games to one and lost the season series.

It was announced Friday morning that the Giants dealt Mauricio Dubón to Houston for rookie catcher Mike Papierski. I like Dubón and wish him well, but he had a terrible start to this season and I hope the last few outings are more indicative of what he is capable of for the Astros. It is good to have Honduras represented in major league baseball.

After sweeping the Rockies, the vets beat up the Cards’ Jordan Hicks in support of Logan Webb in game one. Evan Longoria picked up his first two RBIs, Curt Casali homered in two more, Mike Yastrzemski added a couple and Brandon Crawford had an RBI single. Logan Webb went six solid and the ‘pen held. We got to see Donovan Walton in his first action as a Giant. He played 2B sufficiently and hit a double.

Giants 8, Cardinals 2

In game two, the Giants offense was silenced by the Cards’ Dakota Hudson – who held them scoreless for five – and an impenetrable Cardinal bullpen, that featured the triple-digit mph hurling Ryan Helsley. Jakob Junis was solid as a starter, giving up just two runs over five and two-thirds, but John Brebbia fell apart again, giving up two more. Doval was good in the eighth.

Cardinals 4, Giants 0

The final game was ludicrous. The rubber match and deciding game of the season series with the St. Louis Cardinals was the featured national game, on the ESPN Sunday night broadcast. We were bringing Cy Young candidate Carlos Rodón and his smoking hot four-seam fastball.

It just wasn’t Rodón’s night. It was a shame it had to happen with everybody watching and talking about him and his fastball. It is a different kind of pressure, the national broadcast. That said, the national attention brought an excellent piece about Rodón’s fastball on the Giants site. They call it the most dominating pitch in baseball. Hmmm maybe the Cardinals read it. Check it out here.

The Cards jumped on Carlos immediately – single and a homer to start the game. It got worse. As AP put it: “Rodón allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. He had given up just seven earned runs over his previous six starts this season. Every St. Louis starter had a hit by the sixth inning. Pujols was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. He scored twice and drove in a run.”

Yadier Molina, meanwhile, ended his regular season playing career against the San Francisco Giants by hammering a homer and driving in four runs, and by becoming, with Adam Wainwright, the winningest starting battery in baseball history. Again from AP:

“Wainwright and Molina broke the major league mark with their 203rd victory as a starting battery. They passed Warren Spahn and Del Crandall, who amassed 202 wins for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves from 1949-63.”

Down 15 – 2, the Giants did not want to use relievers in a pointless contest and handed the ball to rookie right fielder Luis Gonzalez to end the eighth and pitch the ninth. That was fun. Luis was throwing 43mph eephus loopers into the zone. Yet, Gonzalez was good – only gave up one hit. Then it got funner. The Cards sent out Albert Pujols to pitch the ninth!

The circus was full on. Pujols gave up a walk and three hits – home runs to Luis Gonzalez and Joey Bart for four earned runs. Albert Pujols now has a season ERA of 36.00.

Cardinals 15, Giants 6

totally ridiculous ending to a ludicrous game on national television.

It’s off to Colorado.

Let’s go Giants! Pound the Rox!

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