After a strong seven innings from Chad Gaudin, the Giants foiled victory in eighth, giving up three runs to the Dodgers, who would never relinquish the lead. Though the defeat is shared among players and coaches alike, it’s hard not to point the finger at Bruce Bochy and question what’s going on in that enormous head of his.
Do you remember those times Bochy was lauded for seemingly making all the right decision? The 2010 World Series is an obvious example. Maybe the 2012 Series, as well. In those times, he is Bochy the tinkerer — a deity, to be sure, and one that uses his soothsaying powers for good.
Most recently, he’s been Bochy the blunderer. This latest home series against the Dodgers, Bochy’s blundering was in full affect, especially in today’s 4-1 loss.
— The whole batting out of turn “snafu” strikes me as a blunder.
— The Buster Posey at first base habit is nasty and needs to be broken. Case and point: Posey’s crucial error in the ninth.
In all, Posey hasn’t been bad at first base. Quite the contrary, actually, Posey’s UZR/150 is just a tenth of a point less than Brandon Belt’s. Still, I have to think Belt doesn’t commit an error there. Maybe it doesn’t matter in the long run, but Posey at first means he’s not behind the plate.
— I like Guillermo Quiroz as much as the next guy — I especially enjoy the gusto of his slides. But what role did he play in Sergio Romo throwing 12 sliders in a 22 pitch-outing — eight of which were intentional balls? More to the point, what role did he play in this:
That’s six straight sliders thrown to professional hitters. I can’t believe this is the norm for a pitcher, who on the season has thrown his slider only 45.3% of time — his fastball (38.5%), cutter (9.8%), and change-up (6.4%) comprise his full battery of pitches.
All of this begs the question, if Posey is behind the plate there, does Romo vary his pitches?
Ultimately, however, I’m not ready to throw in the towel — I’ll be curious to see if Larry Krueger is tomorrow, though. The season is young — well, I guess it’s not that young. If the season were a lifetime, the Giants would be mired in a horrible mid-life crisis right now, which may not be all that grotesque an analogy. The lineup is confused and panicked, as far as I can tell. If Marco Scutaro comes back from the All Star Game with hair plugs, we’re in deep trouble.
Post-Ending Bullet Points
— Chad Gaudin, we share in your celebration of Chad Gaudin.
— Since May 14th, Pablo Sandoval has only two extra base hits and one home run.
— Sergio Romo has not looked great in high leverage situations. Including today’s game Romo has given up three doubles, two home runs, six walks, and ten earned runs in such situations. Not to mention this locker-room out burst.
Romo blew off the media. “Only want to talk to me when I do (poorly)? Can’t be human in this clubhouse.”
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 7, 2013
Yikes. If the Giants are going to be successful, they’ll need a better performance from their closer, on and off the field.
— This was pretty cool, I guess.