The Giants Slump Continues. Losing Streak is now 6 games after 11-3 loss to Rockies
After facing some tough pitching staffs in the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals one can understand the Giants offensive funk in some of their games in their recent streak. They traveled to Colorado after getting swept in three straight to the LA Dodgers and fell 11-3 to the Rockies. San Francisco got good starting pitching in the Dodgers series but Game 1 in Colorado was not. The Giants hitters on Thursday had just six hits all game.
The veteran right hander was tagged with the loss for San Francisco as he allowed seven earned runs in the loss and could go no longer than three innings in the game. Vogelsong is taxing the Giants bullpen. In his past three starts he lasted 3, 4 2/3rds and 3 1/3rd innings losing all three games.
Twins Three Game Win Streak Ends on Thursday
Minnesota dropped a 6-4 decision to the Chicago White Sox. The team has won three straight series and that includes wins against playoff contenders in the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching has been shaky the past three of four games for the Twins as they have surrendered five runs or greater. The Twins are just 1 ½ games in the standings behind the Texas Rangers for the final playoff spot in the American League.
The 22 year old DH was given a day off with a hamstring issue. Sano, a rookie has impressed early as the Dominican Republic product has hit .294 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs. His slugging percentage is an impressive .617. The ironic part of his power numbers is that they were accumulated in just 52 games played. That’s less than a third of a season. That is a clip of over 45 homers and 126 RBIs in a full 162 game season.
The 28 year old second basemen for the Twins have produced some very good power numbers for his positon. Dozier has 26 home runs and 68 RBIs on the year.
Kansas City Royals Magic Number Now 17 with 15-7 victory against Detroit.
The Kansas City Royals has now moved to 31 games over .500 after their win on Thursday against the Tigers. It is now two straight wins and five wins over their past seven games. It has been double digit run production for KC in their past two games against the Tigers.
The Royals centerfielder ran his hit streak to 11 games after his consecutive two hit game in this series on Thursday. His batting average is now up to .315.
The KC first basemen have been blistering hot. He is coming off a three hit night on Thursday. He has multiple hits in three of his past five games. Hosmer’s batting average has risen up to .312.
The Royals DH was red hot in the Tigers series. He produced multiple hits in all three games. He had four hits with four RBIs on Thursday. Morales went 8 for 14 in the three game series. Kendrys Morales has eight RBIs over his past three games for a total of 98 for the regular season.
Dodger’s Bullpen Blows Huge Dodger Comeback
The LA Dodgers ruined a huge opportunity to take a 7 ½ game lead in the standings over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West with a 10-7 loss on Wednesday to the San Diego Padres. LA was down 4-0 early the rallied with two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Starter Mat Latos was hit with all four runs and had another short outing. With the Giants losing earlier in the night LA had a shot of extending their lead in the NL West race. Heading into Thursday the Dodger bullpen had an ERA over 5. LA used six relievers with four giving up at least one run.
It was another bad outing for Dodger starter. He has given up four runs or greater in three of his past four starts. He has not pitched more than 4 2/3rd innings in his past four starts.