Sunday, April 13, 2014

Splash hit number 64!

Brandon Crawford ended the game in the bottom of the 10th on the second pitch of the inning. Eat it, Rox

I keep thinking that perhaps some of the instruction that Crawford got from Barry Bonds aka Mr. Splash Hit may have paid off.

Chris Haft of notes that Sandoval's HR would have also been a splash hit if it had not hit a flagpole on its way to the water. 

All in all, a great day at the yard. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

No 9th inning magic today

Outside of superb pitching there really wasn't much magical today at the park as the Good Guys lost a very winnable game, 1-0.

The final batter was Hector Sanchez, which took me back to last August 15 -- when Hector hit a 3-run pinch HR with two out and two strikes in the 9th in DC for a 4-3 vic.

I couldn't help but think, "He's done it before; he'll do it again!"

Alas, it was not to be.

Not since Shawn Estes

That's how long it's been since a Giants pitcher hit a grand slam, notes Chris Haft of --

In his first at-bat, Bumgarner brought fans out of their seats as he lifted one high in the air to left field, sending Carlos Gonzalez to the warning track for a long sacrifice fly that scored Brandon Crawford from third base. The next inning, Bumgarner hit a no-doubt shot to the left-field bleachers on the first pitch he saw, clearing the loaded bases and giving himself a nice 6-3 lead.
"I'm just thankful to run into something and score some runs for us," Bumgarner said. "It's a good ballclub they got, all the talent they got. They've really got some good hitters in there and good pitching."
It marked the first grand slam by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes did the deed on May 24, 2000. With his five-RBI night, Bumgarner has driven in more runs than San Francisco regulars Pablo Sandoval (four) and Hunter Pence (three) have all season.
Upon learning of his production compared to the two key Giants sluggers, Bumgarner laughed.
"I hadn't really thought about it," Bumgarner said. "I'm sure it won't last long."

The game in 2000 was an 18-0 whipping of the Expos. The Giants were still 3 games under .500 at that point ...

Marvin Benard CF-LF-RF 4 1 1 0

   Felipe Crespo RF 0 0 0 1

Bill Mueller 3B 3 2 1 0

   Ramon Martinez 2B 2 0 1 1

Barry Bonds LF 3 3 3 3

   Calvin Murray CF 3 2 2 0

Jeff Kent 2B 3 3 1 1

   Russ Davis 3B 1 0 1 0

J.T. Snow 1B 4 2 3 5

   Armando Rios 1B 0 0 0 0

Ellis Burks RF 3 1 0 1

   Terrell Lowery LF 1 1 1 1

Bobby Estalella C 5 1 1 0

Rich Aurilia SS 5 1 1 0

Shawn Estes P 4 1 2 5

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sandoval slumping

Thursday, April 10, 2014

At least the dodgers lost

They gagged in the 10th at chavez latrine. What a beauty. Nothing to take the sting out of a bad Giants loss like a dodgers loss

Puig came up as pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and no one out and struck out looking. Way to go, hot shot

Lincecum lost the game three batters in by giving up a 3-run shot to Paul Goldschmuck. How about just giving him 4 wide ones?

Here's part of Chris Haft's recap for --  Goldschmidt, who owns a career .542 batting average (13-for-24) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs off Lincecum, didn't merely hit an ordinary home run. After Lincecum yielded Gerardo Parra's triple and walked Martin Prado to start the game, Goldschmidt drove a 1-1 fastball into the right-field arcade -- an area reached by relatively few right-handed batters. It was only the 22nd opposite-field homer hit by a visiting right-handed batter since AT&T Park opened in 2000.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I wish I'd been there!

What a great home opener! Brandon Belt, Michael Morse, Buster and Brandon Crawford delivered the key hits and Tim Hudson continued to make Brian Sabean look like a genius

I was last at the opener for the 2010 season. I'm just going to offer Chris Haft's fine story for the Giants site. If you're a Giants fan, it should make you feel pretty damn good --

 The Giants' offense gained a little legitimacy Tuesday.
They entered their home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks leading the Major Leagues in homers and ranking third in the National League in scoring. But playing at AT&T Park threated to stifle the Giants' impressive offense. It happened last year, when they finished next-to-last in the league in homers and 12th in scoring at home.
But under sunny skies and an atmosphere reeking of optimism, the Giants maintained their robust production in a 7-3 victory as Brandon Belt lashed a two-run homer and each of the first seven Giants in the batting order hit safely or scored.
This provided ample support for Giants starter Tim Hudson, who defeated Arizona for the second time in a week. Hudson, who limited the D-backs to three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings last Wednesday, made his first Giants home appearance and worked eight innings, the most by a San Francisco starter this season.
Befitting their 6-2 record, the Giants started fast. Angel Pagan, the Giants' first batter at AT&T Park in 2014, drew a walk before Belt drove a 2-1 pitch to the right-field seats. Belt became the first Giant to amass five homers in the team's first eight games since Jose Cruz Jr. in 2003.
After Arizona halved the difference with a second-inning run, the Giants began pulling away by adding three runs in the third. After Pagan doubled and Belt singled, Buster Posey hit an RBI single and Michael Morse added a two-out, two-run single.
Paul Goldschmidt's double, Martin Prado's single and Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly for Arizona narrowed the difference to 5-2 in the fourth. Then the Giants struck again in the fifth, scoring twice with two outs -- a specialty of theirs this season. Hunter Pence walked and Morse doubled to prolong the inning. Pence stole second base to set up Brandon Crawford's two-run single.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Thanks, Miguel!

Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury-News gives credit to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera for Sandoval's 3-run homer -

Sandoval broke open the game with a three-run shot in the fifth, and Posey followed with a solo blast.
Each homer brought a new round of positive vibes -- "good mojo," as Pence put it -- for the Giants. Morse has driven in a run in four straight, and given the trajectory of Saturday's blast, he looks well on his way to obliterating last season's total of five homers from Giants left fielders.
With Saturday's homer, Sandoval tied his 2013 total from the right side of the plate. Sandoval worked with Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in the offseason, hoping to fix his approach against left-handers. So far, the Giants are pleased.
"It seems like he shortened things up, he's not overswinging," Bochy said. "He's strong enough that if he hits it good (from the right side), it's going to go out."

Saturday, April 05, 2014

4-game win streak!

Another glorious vic at Chavez latrine! Puig picked off base. 3-run jack by the Panda. Bumgarner dominating til the 7th.

As Andrew Baggarly asks for CSNBay Area: "Just what did Barry Bonds tell them during spring training?" They've all been mashing.They've scored 38 runs in 6 games! Here's what Baggarly wrote -- 

 The Giants have hit nine home runs in six games. Last season, it took them 16 games to hit that many. And Posey’s two homers on this road trip match the two he hit after the All-Star break last season.

Actually, the Giants played pretty well the last time they were in LA after losing the first game of a September series, then winning another against the Mets. That was this team's last 4-game win streak.

Oakland A's management embarrasses itself

Demoralizing the dodgers

Ok, so it was just one game. But the dodgers may remember this one a bit more if they fall short of making the postseason.

In short, it was a glorious day for dodger haters.

It was a home opener at chavez latrine. Yasiel "Bonehead" Puig got benched for showing up late. The Giants scored 6 runs before the Dodgers even got to bat. And the Giants used their worst starting pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong, who drove in 2 runs.

Henry Schulman's story for the SF Chron notes that Angel Pagan has now driven in 7 runs in 5 games. 

The over-rated Dee Gordon lost a pop fly in the sun. Hanley Ramirez got caught stealing in a replay challenge in the 7th. Another meathead dodger.

How did that taste, dodger fans???

Mmmmm-mmmmm, good! The LA Times story blames Ryu the starter and lousy fielding. I would maintain that having your young star not show up on time messed up what little chemistry the dodgers may have.