Before getting too upset at Santiago Casilla for blowing the game and allowing three runs in two minutes, remember that Buster Posey left the game because of a head injury. He passed his concussion test, but the words "Buster Posey" and "head injury" should never be in the same sentence.
That's the real concern. Buster Posey left the game because of a head injury. The Marlins Death Fog strikes again. How can you outrun that which has no physical form?
And now let's talk about the horrific ninth-inning loss.
Santiago Casilla didn't allow a run in June. Remember that before you pick up that phone or leave that Internet comment. He's allowed a run in just six of his 35 outings this year, and two of the games in which he allowed a run were Giants wins.
You're emotional, sure. You're a fan, you have the right to be. I flipped over my mattress, bedspring and all, after the home run. The poor cat knows better than to watch baseball with me, but I think he learned his lesson. The cat, not Casilla. It's okay, if not required, to be completely disgusted with the ending of that game. It's okay to be angry with the pitcher who threw those dumb pitches.
Still, Santiago Casilla is, maybe, the 31st-biggest problem with the Giants' roster right now.
THESE GAMES CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, YOU KNOW.
There's no reason to draw grand conclusions about Casilla's talent because of 11 pitches.
SOME OF THOSE PITCHES WERE REALLY BAD, I'LL GIVE YOU THAT.
He's now 20 for 24 in save opportunities, which is almost a dead average conversion rate for a closer.
STILL, GOLLY, THAT WAS ROUGH TO WATCH.
Golly and gee-willikers, indeed. I mean, what, are we supposed to dissect each and every pitch? Oh, right, we probably are. Here's the first hit, a single up the middle:
That's a 92-mph fastball, closer to the corner than the middle of the plate. Christian Yelich hit it right up the middle. It was a good at-bat, and the real sin was the 2-2 pitch being a low fastball that wasn't going to tempt anyone. He gets his swinging strikes almost exclusively on offspeed pitches, and he certainly doesn't get a lot of whiffs with low four-seamers.
Still, if Yelich had swung at the 2-2 pitch and chopped it to second, well, we might not be here. That's how capricious this silly game is. As is, Casilla gets a 4 on the blame-o-meter for that hit.
The next batter was Adeiny Hechavarria, and here was his at-bat:
That's a wild swing-through on the second pitch, a fastball, so Casilla threw another fastball out of the zone, and Hechavarria bit. Unfortunately, he fisted one out into the outfield because, ha ha ha, this is the sport you decided to spend your time on. The Giants will win a game because of a similar hit, possibly within the week.
Can't give Casilla more than a 2 on the blame-o-meter for that hit, though. The only reason it isn't a "1" is because the fastball isn't so great that he can blow hitters away with it. Add a point because he isn't Craig Kimbrel. That's probably safe to do with every score from the blame-o-meter.
Okay, let's see the last batter.
You know, I was leading this whole bit into this pitch, at which point the blame-o-meter was going to fall into the bathtub and electrocute us all. Except ... that's not the worst pitch. It's in the middle, not a corner, but it was relatively down, and he needed to get in the strike zone after the awful first-pitch breaking ball. Missing with the 1-0 pitch would have really hosed him with a potential 2-0 pitch, and he didn't throw it right down the middle.
Still, that's basically the middle of the plate to a lot of left-handers. I'll go with a solid 8 because a) he fell behind in the count to the winning run and b) I want blood.
We've all seen closers pitch much, much worse. That doesn't make you feel better, sure, but ...
Yeah, I have no idea why I'm defending Casilla after that game. Don't give up three-run dingers in two-run games, you dork.
The worst part is that the Marlins played like complete fools for most of the game. Middle relievers were screwing up like they were thinking about an oven they left on. Justin Bour, the eventual hero, looked like a wacky foreign exchange student playing first base for the first time in a feel-good baseball movie. The Giants had 14 hits, four of them for extra bases, and struck out just three times. The last time all three of those things happened in a Giants loss was in 2008.
Of the last 20 times the Giants lost after getting at least 14 hits and four extra-base hits, seven of them were at Coors Field. This was a Coors Field kind of loss, except it was played in a pitcher's park, with the other team not playing especially well.
Posey said he hasn't had many bad tips this year but that one caught him on the chin. Thinks he can play tomorrow. No headaches, dizziness.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 2, 2015
That's okay, think happy thoughts. There's a game in, like, two hours, so go get 'em, and at least Buster Posey seems fine.
The last walkoff dinger for the Giants:
Felt like you needed a pick-me-up.
Matt Cain is facing Jose Fernandez tomorrow. If that sentence doesn't make you feel good about baseball, even after a loss like that, I'm not sure if you're approaching this the right way.