The San Francisco Giants’ six-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
On a hot, sunny, sweaty afternoon in Missouri’s eyes, rookie Jacob Jones replayed the bout against Dakota Hudson. Jeunesse set numbers similar to his May 8 start, going 5.2 runs, allowing him to earn 2 runs over six strokes with 1 walk and 3 strokes. He didn’t have the best feel from his slider, but he retained control of the counters with his early Count diver. He didn’t dominate the hitters, but he ate the roles and kept the Giants in the game, which were included in the qualifications favorites when San Francisco posted the job for a deep spin, a starting point.
The Cardinals hit a back-to-back double in the second half and then adopted a solo home lead by Tommy Edman in the fifth who was barely flanked by Luis Gonzalez’s glove lacing in the right field.
On day seven, the cards consolidated their lead on a double-sided Paul Goldschmidt fly ball that landed next to Austin Slater in a deep center after losing it completely in the sun. Nolan Arenado followed with a more honest duo to the left that brought in Goldschmidt.
The Giants hit the ball well most of the time, creating scoring opportunities, but they couldn’t capitalize on any of them. One of their biggest opportunities came in the fifth: a growing threat turned into a rug pulled from under by one of the greatest catchers of all time.
The Giants were down 1-0 with the frontrunners (Jock Pederson) and third (Joey Bart) knocking out twice.
Mike Jastrzemsky was awake. Yaz has been hitting the ball pretty well since returning from COVID-IL. He got a big RBI double last night and put in some pretty good flips earlier in the game with nothing to show for it. In general, the Giants racket hit the ball well against Dakota Hudson – right in the Cardinal’s defense. The hit was possible – even after Yaz was behind on the 0-2 count.
On the third court of batting, Pederson attempted to steal second before Yaz missed out on the field. Pederson, who had been cautious on the base track after a thigh injury, slowly returned to the first reading of the signs passed on to him by third base coach Mark Hallberg. At first, Antoine Richardson put his hand over his mouth and whispered something in Pederson’s ear. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing questionable – but Yadir Molina was watching.
After Dakota Hudson was on the hill, Molina, the Cardinals’ longtime hunter, signaled to the field and stood behind the house board. He moved the fastball 93 mph toward second to freeze Pederson twenty feet off base, regressing hard to first in an effort to delay the inevitable and generate a chance to break Bart home and possibly score. did not work.
I see the logic in the initial run and run call. He puts the green light into the action, giving Pedersen a good jump and a chance to score if Yaz is able to put the ball into the gap or corner of the field. He might be pressing Yaz a bit to swing, but his K-rate is the lowest in a while, when he makes contact, his average exit speed is in the top 4% in the league, and putting the sprinter in motion could open a hole in the defense he could exploit.
I love this step and love it in this case. The error came when the Giants tried it again after showing their hand.
There is a reason why Yadier Molina has been able to play 19 seasons in the major leagues in the most physically demanding position in the game. sees everything. It’s the Eye of Sauron and no one simply does that theft The second base with him behind the plate. Continuing a game of hit-and-run after a mistake is as foolish as Frodo and Sam thinking they can only knock on the Black Gate and walk to Mordor.
It was funny watching the replay on the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast. Javy Lopez recounts how Yadier Molina between pitches literally steals the mark before our eyes, watching the banner carried from the bench to Hallberg in third to Pederson again at the start.
Most of the time, you don’t need a telescope, video camera, or trash can to steal signals, you just need to know where to look. Do Molina. He always does. He saw that the play was still going on, shrugged his shoulders, told everyone in the middle of the Cardinals’ field, and pulled the Cardinals out of their mid-game dilemma.
Swinging away from the hitter is invaluable in baseball. Molina did it with Mike Jastrzymski and the Giants on Saturday and might have won the match.
P.S. If you need a recovery after a loss…