Monday, June 06, 2016

The ones that got away

The Giants starting pitching gave away two leads in St. Louis .... and I'm wondering why Jake Peavy is still starting

Peavy had been OK in his last two starts but in hindsight, he should have been pulled at the first sign f trouble tonight. He's often no damn good after the first or second time through the lineup.

Here's the top of the recap -

Since playing .500 on the road is perfectly acceptable in baseball, the Giants should return home satisfied with the 5-5 record they built on their three-city, 10-game trip, which ended with Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.
But surrendering leads here of four runs (Saturday) and two runs (Sunday) forced the Giants to focus on their overall success and not on the victories that eluded them.
Sunday's defeat, of course, resulted from St. Louis' four-run surge in the sixth inning.
"We couldn't find a way to stop the bleeding there," starter Jake Peavy said.
Peavy shouldered the blame as he dissected his confrontations with each of the three hitters he faced to start the sixth. The first, Matt Carpenter, doubled on an 0-2 changeup.
"The pitch to Carpenter was where we wanted it," Peavy said. "He just pushed his bat out. It was almost on the ground. I don't know how to combat that."
Aledmys Diaz followed with an RBI double on a 1-2 curveball that Peavy considered a mistake.
"Obviously, I would have loved to have that breaking ball back to Diaz," he said.
Matt Holliday then walked on a 3-2 pitch that barely skirted the strike zone. Throughout the at-bat, Peavy teased Holliday with similar deliveries, refusing to give the slugger the fat strike he wanted even after falling behind on the count.
"You can't throw the ball over the plate and give up the lead," Peavy said.



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