Saturday, July 04, 2015

Ryan Lollis in the Orange and Black

I stumbled into watching the 9th inning of today's blowout loss to the Nats, who hammered Bumgarner early and often.

Ryan Lollis made his MLB debut today and went 0-for-4, including a called strike 3 in the 9th. He did hit a couple of line drives, however, and he's been hitting .358 in the minors this year.

They tried another guy in the OF a few weeks ago -- Jarrett Parker, who went 1-for-9 with 5 Ks.

The front office DFAd Ishikawa to bring this guy up. Perhaps he'll be this year's Joe Panik. Here's the story from yesterday's SF Chron...

WASHINGTON — Rarely do 37th-round draft picks reach the majors after seven seasons in the minors. They usually resign themselves to other careers and hang up their spikes.
Ryan Lollis, the Giants’ newest outfielder, is an exception. Why?
“Grit, grinding, all that good stuff. That’s the kind of guy I am,” Lollis said as he donned a big-league jersey for the first time Friday at age 28.

Dodgers also lose, 2-1

Some enjoyment from another 2-1 loss up close -- this one doled out to the dodgers by the Mets. Yasiel Puig, who is looking massively over-rated, looked particularly bad striking out in the 8th.

Here's part of's story -- Please note that Clayton Kershaw did not get a win. Eat it, Clayton. Eat it raw....

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets still aren't scoring particularly often, but on Friday night, at least, they managed to score enough. Kevin Plawecki hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, lifting the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on a night that saw Noah Syndergaard hold one of the National League's best offenses to two hits in six innings.
The Mets never led until the ninth, when they parlayed a bloop double, an infield single and Plawecki's sacrifice fly into their second run. They still scored two or fewer runs for the 12th time in 14 games, but won for the fifth time during that stretch.
Syndergaard delivered a quality start at Dodger Stadium, holding Los Angeles to two hits -- one of them an Adrian Gonzalez solo homer -- and two walks over six innings. But the rookie received a no-decision thanks in large part to the efforts of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who recovered from a shaky first few innings to retire 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Kershaw lasted seven innings, striking out seven and allowing one run.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

I hate the Marlins more than I can say

Blame Scott Cousins and that stupid stadium and their stupid owner.

Raising (Matt) Cain does a nice job of recapping the nightmare through MC O"Connor -- 

The Marlins hit three three-run home runs in the series and won all three games. Rookie Justin Bour feasted on Giants pitching and notched the death blow in today's game off Matt Cain mere hours after his dramatic walk-off against Santiago Casilla last night. I'm happy the Giants are leaving Miami. I'm happy Matt Cain is alive and well. Only time will tell if he is pain-free and cured of his physical maladies. He looked a lot like Matt Cain despite the lousy outcome in his comeback from surgery. He hit 91 mph on the radar gun and looked good at the end of the 4th inning inducing a double play to end a threat. He unfortunately got hammered in the 5th with the long balls from pitcher Jose Fernandez (who hits like MadBum and was making a comeback from surgery as well) and the aforementioned Bour. I could live with the fat one to Fernandez, sometimes you have to bring the gas and see what the guy can do with it. The pitch to Bour was a clear mistake, missing the inside target and right over the middle of the plate. I would have happily walked the lefty there and pitched to the righty Marcell Ozuna with the bases loaded and a chance for a DP. And I thought Rags told Cain to pitch around Bour, but he didn't execute. Clearly that pitch was meant to be a ball and in on the hands--they got him that way on a pop-up in the previous at-bat.
Bit of a disappointment this morning after all the anticipation of Matty's return. Buster Posey hit another home run and Gregor Blanco launched a massive bomb (off Fernandez) as well. I thought the Giants looked good against the flame-throwing phenom, at least the lefties did, Panik, Crawford, and Belt all notching hits. But it was a crappy series, especially with the spectacular blown save last night. They should have come out of that game with a win, and they had a real shot today jumping out to an early lead. A rusty Matt Cain with a few command issues (four walks in his five innings) is still Matt Cain. If he is indeed healthy again I am sure he will start to string together lots of quality innings.

One thing I've learned watching this club is that they are resilient. This three-game tailspin is ugly, but they have a short collective memory and don't let poor performances cast a pall over their next game or series. Jake Peavy makes his own comeback tomorrow in D.C.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Stick is gone

Monday, June 29, 2015

History in the making

Madison Bumgarner has become the third youngest Giants pitcher to get 1,000 strikeouts.

Per --  At 25 years and 331 days old, Bumgarner became the third-youngest Giants pitcher to strike out 1,000 batters behind Amos Rusie (21 years old in 1893) and Christy Mathewson (25 years, 12 days old in 1905).

You can call yourself a true baseball buff if you know that the Giants traded Rusie -- who'd been out of baseball for two years due to problems from being hit in the head and personal problems -- in 1900 to the Reds for Mathewson, who was just a rookie at that point.

Mathewson was one of the five five players selected for the Hall of Fame along with Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. He was only one who wasn't alive for the induction in 1936, as he'd inhaled poison gas during World War I.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Buster for MVP

Sunday, June 21, 2015

What happened to Tim?

A very succinct "End of Tim" post from the guys at Raising (Matt) Cain -- 

It was the shortest outing of his career but it felt plenty long to me.  Tim Lincecum lasted a paltry 1 1/3 innings and picked up a well deserved loss as the doggers avoided the sweep and stayed in first with an easy 10-2 victory.  The highly vaulted LA offense broke out on a Father's Day matchup that is best forgotten but may well have long term ramifications. 

Lincecum sure did not give his father much of a present (1.1 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts).  To be fair, Tim did look very good TO THE FIRST TWO BATTERS and then it all fell apart. Wild pitches, fat 0-2 pitches, basically pitches that he had no idea where they were going.  I'm not a pitching coach but I'm pretty sure that is not a good thing.  Considering two starters are likely to return this week, I can not conceive of a worse time for Tim to lay such a turd.  In what universe can we possibly leave Tim in the starting rotation now?  Granted Petit looked just as bad tonight (3.2 innings, 5 runs on 4 homers!) but Vogie, Heston and Hudson have all been sharp.  We just have too many starters for Lincecum to stay. However, we also have too much bullpen depth to find a place for Tim too. I mean do we really think that Tim can handle the current Strickland role? And we send down Strickland just because he has options left? I suppose Petit may have played himself out of a bigger role with the batting practice that he threw tonight. So Tim can take over the garbage/long role....except what about Vogelsong?  So many questions, so few answers.

I do not truly believe that the Age of Tim is over, even though I used the provocative title.  But I do think it is safe to say we are entering another era in the amazing career of Tim Lincecum. Is this the beginning of the end....or another exciting new role? What do you think?

Saturday, June 20, 2015


The Giants are now 8-2 against the dodgers this year

Heston now has 7 wins

Puig struck out end the game

Buster hit a grand slam and stole a base...

Here's's recap partially -

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Grand mistake: Bolsinger got ahead, 0-2, on Posey in the top of the third but couldn't put him away. A cutter just missed the plate to even the count at 2-2 and after Posey fouled off a pitch, Bolsinger hung a curveball over the middle of the plate that Posey put into the Dodgers' bullpen for a grand slam.
"I was able to see some pitches in that at-bat," Posey said. "Fortunately, I got a pitch that stayed up."
Said Bolsinger, "I think I got a little too lazy with that curveball and just kind of served it up to him. Maybe I could've thrown another pitch, but I wanted to go with my strength."