Saturday, June 14, 2008

"I could totally do that"

As the Giants offense went down with barely a whimper tonight -- six silly singles -- I'm sure many fans thought, "Well, I could totally do that." Wasting yet another fine game by Matt Cain, who's been a bit wobbly this year but delivered yet another quality start that was largely unnoticed as Oakland cruised to a 4-0 victory. Randy Winn had a decent game with 2 hits and 2 of the team's 3 walks; Rich Aurilia went 2-for-2 after replacing John Bowker. Durham, Bengie, Omar, Bowker and Castillo all had oh-fers and Bengie grounded into two DPs. The Giants have scored 278 runs so far -- fewer than any other team except the Nats, Mariners and Padres.

Here's the bottom of the 9th -- pretty much summing up the Giants season:

H Street relieved K Foulke.
R Winn walked.
B Molina grounded into double play, third to second to first, R Winn out at second.
A Rowand singled to left.
R Aurilia singled to shallow center, A Rowand to second.
J Castillo grounded into fielder's choice to third, A Rowand out at third

Also, can we please stop this insane baserunning? Fred Lewis managed to get thrown out trying to steal second tonight. That means the team now has 57 SBs and 24 caught-stealings -- third-highest in MLB. The percentage is so far under the requisite 75% that the team would be scoring more runs IF NO ONE TRIED TO STEAL AT ALL. Thanks a lot, Bruce Bochy!

And in case you're wondering why more and more fans are calling Bochy "Bonehead" and similar tags, M.C. O'Conner at Raising (Matt) Cain had a few well-chosen words for Bochy's decision to send Cain out in the 8th with 104 pitches already thrown -- Rubbin' salt, Bru, rubbin' salt in the festering sore that is Matt Cain's rotten luck. Why leave Matt in to pitch the 8th? He'd thrown 104 pitches and whiffed 11 fookin' guys in 7 studly innings, and was naturally on the hook for a Loss. Rotten luck he had to face Harden. Rotten luck the Giants can't score runs. Why make it worse, Bonehead? Two runs allowed wasn't good enough for you? Matt has struggled with consistency and control all season, he goes out there and gives you an ass-kickin' start, so what do you do? Send him out to pitch an inning YOU KNOW HE WON'T FINISH?? That's why you have relief pitchers, Bonehead. (And don't give me crap about batting orders and lineup spots and all that, that's why you have a bench.) The man did the job. Take the ball, sit him down and tell him "nice work, kid, do it again next time."

As usual, I've saved the decent news for last -- the Dodgers were again humiliated in Detroit, 12-7.


Blogger M.C. O'Connor said...

T'anks for the plug Big D, man was I depressed after last night! But today I'm feeling good about Cain's effort. Let's hope we get more of those. You'd think we'd, just by chance, win SOME of them.

3:01 PM  

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