I suspect that this will not be the last Giants 1-0 game this season. They have the pitching to limit opposing teams to a pass or less, and they have the insult that makes it easy for opposing pitchers to keep them on one run or less. They will not win all of their 1-0 games, but they won tonight.
They used a runaway Rockies offensive, and Jeff Samardzija had his best game since 2017. Kevin Pillar, since Monday hit the favorite of Giant his third home run in the last four games. Buster Posey reached the base three times. Joe Panik prevented the front-runner with this dive hook reached the ninth place.
It was much appreciated for a 1-0 game, and most of it was Jeff Samardzija.
His speed might be lower, but he thrived on the edges of the zone. It helped that he and Posey were able to expand the attack zone, but he had to hit his spots.
Rockies hitter could connect with his slider while knocking on a quarter of the missiles. In total, Samardzija brought 13 strokes on 41 swings. In the show, Dave Flemming compared Samardzija's swing and miss numbers with Jacob deGrom, giving you an idea of how good Samardzija was tonight.
I'm not sure Samardzija will ever be back in the mid-nineties, but after tonight he may not have to. It is still too early, but Statcast has been tracking how he has thrown fewer blanks and more routers, and at least tonight, the router has worked wonderfully. Rockies hitter have brought three of his cutter into the game, and the exit speed was at 58.5 MPH maximum.
Samardzija ended the night with seven failures, a walk and three strokes over seven goalless innings. His ERA is 1.62 after his first three starts. Let's say that's deGromesque, too. Could send him the same Cy Young, BBWAA.
Kevin Pillar scored four goals in his last four games. He drove in 10 races with these hits. This efficiency is unknown. Before his Grand Slam on Monday, Pillar did not have a single bashit this season. Now he has four in four days and is tied for team leadership in Homer's. His third thing was also a good one.
This is not Pete Alonso or Rowdy Tellez territory, but a 414-foot bomb is not something to sneeze at.
You have to give the Giants only two of them games, but Pillar has been the only offensive post in the last two days. His solo homer was the only loss of yesterday's defeat to the Padres, and his solo homer was the only run of the game today.
The Giants had fewer options tonight than last night. Belt led with a double from fourth position, but was stranded. Pablo Sandoval led the second with a duel –
The Giants made some noise in the eighth, but were derailed by a phantom foul against Brandon Belt. The runners could have come second and third with no one. I can not say that things looked exactly that way, but maybe Harrison Musgrave would have done something else at 3: 2. Maybe Belt goes instead. When the infield is drafted, Crawfords Grounder may get through and he continues his hit series.
The Giants have scored in the first inning yet. When the Giants came into play, they had only scored two goals in the first inning, doubling them tonight. Maybe the giants could have run over the plate if Steven Duggar had not been kicked out. He chose a good place to try to steal – a breaking ball in the dirt – he just did not get a good jump. By the time Duggar picked up, Jon Gray was already on his way home. Even then Tony Wolters needed a perfect throw to get him.
There is another team that has not made a run in the first frame. Can you imagine who it is?
It's the Rockies! The Rockies have played most of their games at Coors Field, and they have Nolan Arenado and possibly Trevor Story for the first time with an AB and still have not scored a run. If you can not score early, this can happen.
In 47 innings and counting, the Rockies have not held a lead – their longest slide since 2008. They last played a game in Tampa when Chris Iannetta in the 11th against the rays, 1: 0.
– Nick Groke (@nickgroke) April 12, 2019
That was after the second inning. Without Daniel Murphy and David Dahl the offense of the Rockies is much worse than the Giants. Yes, they have Arenado and Story. Charlie Blackmon is still pretty good. That's about it. Half of their starters are substitutes or worse, and that's before you go to the bank.
It's good for the Giants, because maybe this year they actually win a game at Coors Field, but the Rockies had the best chance of thwarting the Dodgers I do not know if they'll even approach if Raimel Tapia comes second.
I mentioned that earlier, but Crawford's 11-hit strike series ended tonight. If you did not realize that Crawford was in a hit series, it's probably because this was the kind of hit series he used to do 1: 4 every day. People noticed Pillar's hit series because that helped the Giants win somehow. Still, hitting blows is fun, and it was hidden before it really blossomed. Fare you well, blow by blow.