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Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles blames bad fortune for the Rox 2-0 shutout of the good guys today
The team you were rooting for couldn't do the specific things you were rooting for.
However, even when you tally up
the offenses of the offense, there is absolutely no way that the Giants
should have been shut out. They weren't that inept. In the
first four innings, they had all sorts of great at-bats. Heck, let's
catalog them because we don't like feeling good about ourselves:
- Bot. 1, Gregor Blanco singles the other way
- Bot. 1, Blanco steals second
- Bot. 1, Joe Panik hits a line drive to left
- Bot. 2, Brandon Belt lines a single to right
- Bot. 2, Hunter Pence drills a ball 410 feet to right
- Bot. 3, Panik hits a grounder hard up the middle
- Bot. 3, Matt Duffy hits a ball 360 feet to left
- Bot. 4, Belt walks
- Bot. 4, Pence singles off the pitcher
No runs. The fifth and sixth
innings were quiet, but the rest of the game was filled with the same
thing. If the Giants cut and paste some of those events into the
seventh, eighth, or ninth innings, they might still be playing. Instead,
every check swing seemed to go against them. Every borderline call
seemed to go for the Rockies at the worst possible time. Every good
swing produced a foul straight back, not a line drive for a hit.
The Rockies scored one of their
two runs on a doink, a hit against the shift, and a doink. The Giants
couldn't even get hits on their hard-hit balls, not if there were
runners in scoring position.
That's not to say the Rockies
didn't deserve their two runs, or that the Giants should have won 6-2.
This was just the kind of game that reminded you just how annoying
productive lineups can be. We think of a good offense in terms of runs
scored, and that's understandable. A team that scores five runs per game
is a Good Offense, and that's the end of that discussion.
Except, those five runs don't
come with a roll of the dice at the beginning of the game. They
accumulate. Good takes become good walks; good eyes become good pitches
to hit; good pitches to hit become singles; other good pitches to hit
become extra-base hits; great swings become home runs. And so on. Except
they have to be strung all together. A team could hit .400 for the
season without scoring a single run. The Giants looked like that
hypothetical team on Sunday.