Giants Post-Game Notes Sept. 17th
The Giants beat the Rockies 2-1 tonight and have now won 13 of their last 19 games. The Giants lead the NL West now by 8 games over the Dodgers and the all important Magic Number now also sits at 8 games. Tonight was the Giants Major League leading 29th one-run victory of the year.
Madison Bumgarner became the first left-handed pitcher to win 15 games in a season for the Giants since Shawn Estes in 2000. Bumgarner went 6 innings giving up 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 6. The 5 walks from Bumgarner were a career-high. Bumgarner thought his mechanics were the worst they have been all season.
“[My mechanics] were way off compared to when I’m usually on and feeling good,” Bumgarner said. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily one thing but I’m going to get a closer look at it the next couple of days and try to figure it out and get back on track.”
See what else Madison Bumgarner thought about his performance tonight vs. the Rockies
Brandon Crawford was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and a run scored tonight. Crawford’s triple hit off the very top of the wall and bounced back into play. The play was eerily reminiscent of Ian Kinsler’s near home run in the 2010 World Series, up to the where along the fence line the ball hit. Crawford also made an incredible defensive play going deep into the hole at short and making a long throw to nab the runner at first. When asked about his hits, Crawford believed he had his homerun stroke with him tonight.
“Both of them off the bat I thought might be out,” Crawford said. “But you never know here. Got about as close as you can without hitting a home run.”
See what Crawford had to say about his overall performance tonight.
Bruce Bochy was impressed by his club’s ability to hang in and win games even when not everything is clicking. The Giants continue to win and Bruce Bochy keeps pushing the right buttons to keep the machine rolling. Santiago Casilla found himself back in the batter box tonight, he grounded out to 2nd. After finishing out the 8th inning, Bochy chose to have Casilla hit so he could have him face the right-handed hitting Chris Nelson before bringing in Lopez knowing that some tough lefties were likely to bat later in the inning. Bruce Bochy continued to take advantage of his deeper bullpen tonight using 3 different pitchers to finish the 9th inning. Sergio Romo ultimately earned his 12th save of the year by striking out Jason Giambi, the only hitter Romo faced in the game.
Bochy has refused to talk about the playoffs until his team finally clinches a berth, but he did talk about the excitement of playing these type of games in September.
“It’s what you talk about, you hope for in spring training and here we are,” Bochy said. “These are very exciting games. Of course you can feel it from the crowd. But we have baseball left and you have to come out here every day and be on your toes.”
See what else Bochy said about his team’s performance tonight.