Thursday, September 21, 2017

Three in a row

 That was a fine game yesterday -- a 4-0 thrashing of the Rox, putting their postseason hopes in doubt.

Only the third 3-game winning streak of 2017; the 4th shutout of the year; and the 122nd homer of the year (21 behind the Pirates at 29th in the MLB) by Crawford.

Joe Panik has been hot lately and has a .291 average. Just set a record with 34 hits against the Rox in a season.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Adios, Ryan Vogelsong

The Giants may have one of the worst records in the majors this year but they excel at honoring past performers. Today, they honored Ryan Vogelsong, who managed to elevate his career from 2011 to 2014 -- particularly during the 2012 playoffs, when he won the must-wing sixth game of the NLCS and then winning Game 3 of the World Series. 

He had four starts in the 2012 postseason and went 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA.

Mike Krukow has pointed out that Vogelsong started seven postseason games and the Giants won all seven.

As I write this, Ryder Jones just grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. How symbolic of 2017 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Buster is the MVP (of the Giants)

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Welcome to the Giants, Tim Federowicz

A thoroughly disappointing game today as Madison Bumgarner got hammered to leave the Giants at 54-85. They need to win at least nine games of the last 23 to avoid losing 100. I'm not sure why this is important to me but I don't want them to lose 100. 

There was one nice moment -- Tim Federowicz, who's spent the season in the minors, came up in the 8th and homered, his first as a Giant. It was his 6th in the bigs and his first since 2014.

Here's the story --

SAN FRANCISCO -- On an uncharacteristically warm weekend in the Bay Area, the Cardinals' power and offense showed once again why they're among the most potent in the Majors. With three of their top sluggers out of the lineup, the Cards hit a trio of homers and topped the Giants, 7-3, on Sunday at AT&T Park.
They would have had a fourth, too, if not for a defensive gem by San Francisco center fielder Gorkys Hernandez to rob Tommy Pham in the first.
Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez hit home runs in the fourth, the seventh time this season the Cards have had consecutive hitters go deep. Rookie Harrison Bader joined the power display, going deep off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the sixth.
The victory vaulted the Cardinals to three games behind the Rockies, who lost to the D-backs on Sunday, for the second National League Wild Card spot, and six games behind the Cubs in the NL Central hunt.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver (4-1) continued his hot August tear, limiting the Giants to two runs and four hits over seven innings.
Bumgarner (3-7) retired the first 11 batters he saw, but he allowed three home runs for only the second time since the 2016 season began. Pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz hit a home run in the eighth in his first at-bat since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stratton and Cain

Chris Stratton had a great start and Matt Cain gave up 8 runs in the 8th in Phoenix. An ugly victory for the Snakes. Here's the recap from Raising Matt Cain

AZ 11  SF 0
Chris Stratton had another excellent start but the Giants were both shut out and swept by the Diamondbacks. It was a close game until the 8th when Matt Cain (2/3 IP, 8 R) had perhaps his worst appearance ever. If not the worst, then close, and that's saying a lot considering he's been in the bigs since 2005 and has logged over 2000 innings. But that's not really important. For all his career accomplishments in orange-and-black Matt Cain is not a part of the future. It makes me sad to say that but it happens to all players, and he leaves behind an outstanding body of work. The only thing we can be interested in at this point in this wretched season is next season and the season after that, etc. The present is intolerable; the future has a chance to be better. Chris Stratton is showing some major-league moxie and I'm excited by that. Even if his ceiling is only as a fifth-starter (and it may not be), the Giants still need choices for that role, and he's serving notice that he should be in the mix. Good for him. Let's see more guys bang on the door and say "put me in coach, I'm ready to play."

Next stop is San Diego tomorrow night. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball.


Monday, August 21, 2017

First home shutout of they year

A great game in a year that's seen too few of them -- the Giants got their firsts home shutout of the year.

Giants are now 51-76

Here is the top of the story  --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Stratton employed a different strategy to achieve a similar result Monday night at AT&T Park, where he delivered six innings to propel the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Brewers, San Francisco's first home shutout of the season.
Stratton (2-2) limited the Brewers to four hits while striking out only one batter. In his previous start Aug. 13 at Washington, the right-hander amassed 10 strikeouts while working 6 2/3 shutout innings. Stratton, who allowed only three runners to reach scoring position Monday, extended his streak of scoreless innings to 12 2/3 -- the longest by a Giants rookie since Chris Heston amassed 16 1/3 in July 2015.
Brewers starter Zach Davies (14-7) also lasted six innings and essentially matched Stratton. Davies lapsed only in the fourth inning, when Brandon Crawford doubled home a run and Nick Hundley's groundout scored another. The outcome dropped the Brewers 2 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the National League Central and 3 1/2 games behind the D-backs for the second NL Wild Card slot.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Defense vs. trickery: The Brewers unsuccessfully tried to bedevil the Giants on the basepaths in the fourth inning. With two outs and Stephen Vogt on first base, Orlando Arcia singled to right field and took a wide turn around first base. As shortstop Brandon Crawford began to run Arcia back to first, Vogt, who had advanced to third, broke for home. Ryder Jones, who had taken a relay from Crawford, made a perfect throw home to retire Vogt.
Not quite art: Arcia remained a central figure in the bottom of the fourth, darting up the middle and executing a 360-degree slide as he snared Hunter Pence's grounder. But second baseman Neil Walker couldn't barehand Arcia's relay. That gave the Giants runners on first and second with nobody out as they proceeded to score twice.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Over in the first inning

Damn, I hate the Marlins and their stupid stadium and their stupid owner.

Matt Cain pitched today so I thought I would post the recap from Zo at Raising Matt Cain - 

 Mark is off in the desert, staring at the sky.  In Miami, the Giants proved themselves incapable of beating the Marlins today, losing 2 of 3 behind Matt Cain.  They are 1 - 5 against Miami this year.  Today's score was 8 - 1.  If you only had a little time today, you heard all you need to about this game.  It was over in the 1st inning.  Miami scored 4 and that was 2 more than they needed.  The Giants pushed 1 across in the 3rd, assisted by a throwing error, no rbi was awarded.  Cain lasted 4 innings, gave up 5 runs, only 2 of which were earned due to sloppy defense.  The first inning saw a catcher's interference (Hundley, not Buster) and an error by Crawford.  After Matt exited, Alberto Suarez gave up 3 more runs in 3 innings, then Josh Osich gave up 1 hit but no runs in the 8th.   Osich cannot complain about not getting chances.  25 year old Jose Urena pitched for the Marlins, he picked up his 11th win in 5 innings of work.  Giancarlo Stanton did not hit a home run.
I thought it was important to win this game.   After their miserable showing in Los Angeles in late July, they split with the A's, then beat Arizona and the Cubs each 2 of 3.  Then they went to Washington.  Well, Washington is a very good club, but Miami is not (much better than the Giants, but that's not saying much).  If they were to play anything like what they were supposed to be capable of this year, it would have been good to get back to winning a series.  And they would have breached that .400 barrier.  They didn't do that.  So now, 4 games against Philadelphia in our own stadium.  Anyone know what the over-under is on a split?

Did you know?  Matt Cain struck out 7 today.  He is now within 17 strikeouts of Tim Lincecum's Giant totals.  Tim is 4th on the all time leaders list for strikeouts, behind Christy Mathewson, Juan Marichal and Amos Rusie.   Considering that he has been left for dead by the press, I'd like to see him pick up those K's.  It would at least be something in this stinkpot of a year.