Friday, July 20, 2012

Giants @ Braves: Game 3 Recap

I hate mid-week day games, even when we win. It ruins my TV watching experience when I get home because the game has already been played while I was at work. Selfish, I know, but I'm a hardcore fan, and I want to get the full experience daily. Regardless, we ended up squeezing out a 3-2 victory on only 3 hits. I wasn't sure it was possible to win a game with only 3 hits before, but we found a way. Frankly, I'm struggling to think of another time where anybody has won a game on three hits or less this season. Hmm, let's fire up the Commodore 64 here at work and see. Looks like the Oakland A's back on June 27th who won a 2-1 game on 2 hits. Wow. That had to be miserable to watch.

MVP of the game was Tim Hudson. He went 7.1 innings, 8 hits, 2 runs, and worked in and out of trouble all game to maintain our lead. He's the wily vet we need on the mound when our team can't hit worth a damn. Several instances show why Hudson has the instinct to "manage failure" that Leo Mazzone used to talk about. It's not about always being dominate on the mound, it's about managing the runners when you aren't as dominant to keep the game in check. Top of the 5th, Huddy had a runner on second and 2 out. He got the groundout by Blanco to get out of the inning. Top of the 6th, 2 on and 1 out, Hudson gets two straight outs from Sandoval and Pagan. It was a case of Huddy giving up runners, and then stranding them in the key innings. Hudson is nearing 100 innings on the year, even with some time out of the lineup, and he's sporting an 8-4 record with a 3.70 ERA.

The downside was our lineup. Prado, Diaz, Janish, Uggla, and Heyward all went hitless. Bourn got a triple, Freeman and Ross both hit homers. So, the hits we did get were huge, but we're not going very far on only 3 hits in a game. We were also lucky that Janish reached on an error so that Bourn's triple plated him for the second run. HOWEVER, after every series I like to take a look at who's hitting on the week. There's a reason we're so offensively weak over the last 7 days.

Bourn, Prado, Heyward, Uggla, Janish, and Diaz are all batting under .230 on the week. The only guys who were hot on the week were Freddie and Rossy, and they are the only reason we won the game yesterday. It's got to change today as we head up to Washington for a 4 game series, including a day/night double header. I'd really love for this weekend to be about watching great baseball while keeping up with the British Open, so the Braves need to hold up their end of the bargain. Also, can somebody go into the dugout and find out which prior girlfriend has the voodoo doll of Dan Uggla? Because she's screwing up my year.

Go Braves!

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