Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tim Hudson = Greg Maddux

That's the premise of Andrew Baggarly's story for CSNBay Area, at least. Hard to argue with it! Here's part of it -- 

Hudson was one strike away from a complete game Wednesday night, which would’ve been his first in almost two years. His 89th pitch ended up splashing in McCovey Cove, courtesy of Yasmani Grandal. So Hudson wiped his bald brow, acknowledged a standing ovation, listened to a little frenetic Mexican Banda music and watched Sergio Romo get the last ground ball to finish up a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres Wednesday night.
Romo closed out more than Hudson’s win and a series victory. He also pulled the sandbag on a 17-11 record through April – the Giants’ plumpest victory total before May 1 since the 2003 team, which won 100 regular-season games.
The Giants rotation was up and down in April. The starters have just eight victories. Hudson owns half of those. He stabilized the starting five when they were struggling to pitch deep into games. And once they began to pitch better, Hudson carried the momentum.
He is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA, a 31-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45.2 innings and an NL-low average of 12.46 pitches per inning. His pitch-by inning totals Wednesday night: eight, 10, 12, 10, 11, nine, nine, 12 and eight.
He’s Maddux redux. And he's the Giants' April MVP.
“I have no idea what that would be like,” said Posey, asked if he could imagine catching Maddux. “I have no idea how to compare that. I just know I love it.
“It’s fun for the defense. It’s fun for the offense. You’re back in the dugout so quick. It’s the type of rhythm you want in the game.”

Maddux had a WAR of 104.6 over his 23 seasons. He won 4 straight Cy Youngs starting in 1992.

96-66 as Petit comes up BIG

So that's why you have a long man. The Giants had a laffer last night after Matt Cain cut himself. Strange days indeed.

It left them 16-11 which equates out to 96-66; they've got one-sixth of the season done. Looking pretty decent so far.

Chris Haft of wrote this --  "I'm prepared for it at any time," Petit (2-1) said of his 45th career start. "Even if it's one moment before the game."
Petit, who didn't walk a batter and faced just two over the minimum, went to a three-ball count twice in the game and threw a first-pitch strike to 15 of 20 batters.
"He's the perfect guy for the situation," Giants' relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt said. "That's his makeup. He threw four innings in Colorado and saved the bullpen. Tonight he went above and beyond the call of duty."

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Another walk-off Sunday in SF

Two weeks ago, Brandon Crawford had a splash hit walk-off in the 10th; today, it was Brandon Hicks with a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th. It's a little unique that the Giants have three starting infielders named Brandon.

The Giants are now 15-10, which translates out to 98-64. Of course, it helps to have had Cleveland in town for three.

Vogelsong pitched 7 shutout innings. That's the team's number 5 pitcher. Mike Krukow said on the postgame that it was no accident -- 16 swing and misses. 

The story notes that Vogey's ERA at the start of the game was 7.71. Here's hoping today was not a fluke.

Yasiel Puig is a dingbat

He's a very strange guy, given the defection from Cuba that was done through a drug cartel, if the recent stories are true.

So last night in the 8th, the Dodgers went up 6-2 as Puig hit a ground-rule double with an out. Juan Uribe flied out to center and Dee Gordon came home after tagging at 3rd.

Puig decided to tag at second and go to third and got thrown out. The umps ruled that Gordon had not touched home before Puig made his out so the 7th run didn't count. What a dingbat. With two outs, why do you need to be on third?

The Rox scored and had the tie run up in the 9th, thanks partly to another gag performance by Brian Wilson, who walked two before being pulled.

None of Puig's brain-dead playing gets mentioned in the's coverage. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gregor Blanco's day today

The Giants were down 3-0 in the fifth with the bases loaded and Bochy sent up Gregor Blanco to pinch hit despite a 3-for-30 season so far. Base hit to get the Giants on the board. Pagan drove in a run with a sac fly to get the score to 3-2; Blanco then stole second. He then beat the throw home on Pence's short single to right. 

Three batters -- four runs. The Giants are now 14-10, which equates out to 92-70.

Fleming said on the broadcast before the hit that the Giants had only gotten 4 hits in 29 bases loaded ABs -- including Bumgarner's grand slam and a Vogelsong hit, so this one was BIG

Posey, who's been slumping, hit his 5th homer the next inning to leave the score at 5-3.

The second Bob Uecker statue

This is about as brilliant as baseball marketing gets. The new statue is behind a pillar in one of the worst seats at Miller Park.

Here's part of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's coverage --

The event was staged for Bob Uecker, one of the funniest men on the planet, but Robin Yount got off the best one-liner of the day.
Gazing into the empty stands at Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer said, "This is unbelievable. Fifty thousand empty seats. What a ceremony."
The stands indeed were empty Friday afternoon but the focal point was on the field, where selected guests, family and media gathered for the unveiling of the second statue of Uecker at the ballpark. And when the moment came to drop the curtain, the focus shifted to the very top of Miller Park, in Section 422, under the pivot of the retractable roof.
That Terrace Level area already had been dubbed the "Uecker Seats," and his sitting statue, a colorized bronze tribute with an adjacent empty seat, was not only in the last row but behind one of the support girders for the roof. Yep, an obstructed view if there ever was one.
"They had to make sure it was the worst seat," Uecker said with a smile.

Friday, April 25, 2014

"That's a remarkable swing by Morse"

Dave Fleming was blown away by Michael Morse's 6th homer tonight, travelling over 420 feet to right center on a cold windy rainy night.

"That's what the Giants had in mind when they signed him. You see very few right handed batters who can hit to that part of the park," he said. Something like that, anyhow.

All in all, a big night for the two major additions to the team -- Morse and Tim Hudson, who held Cleveland to a single run and won his 3rd game. Both had health issues last year, It sure doesn't seem like a problem this year so far.

A fine day, indeed. Even Sandoval got a triple. And the Dodgers lost in extras.And the Giants signed Travis Ishikawa, who got a key walk in the 2010 NLDS rally in game 4.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Brian Wilson time bomb explodes

He came into a 3-3 tie in the ninth at chavez latrine tonight and let the Phils score 4 big ones while only getting one out. The Phils closer Jonathan Papalbon closed out a scoreless 9th.

I believe that Wilson is injured. Again. The dodgers lucked out with him last season, taking a gamble on a strange guy with 2 Tommy John surgeries.

He's also been plenty obnoxious since he became a dodger.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hector and Wednesdays

Not the greatest headline but it sums up how I felt about today's game in Colorado. Hector Sanchez delivered a walk-off single in the 12th a week ago (it was about 12:15 am) and then hit a grand slam in the 11th today late in the Denver afternoon. That's seriously clutch and shows that the guy is in pretty fine shape after catching all innings...

They had scored 11 runs in the last 6 games, then got 12 today. Michael Morse had 2 homers and said this after the game --  "Like I've said before, we have such a good offense," Morse said. "We needed something to ignite us. I think that was today."

Let's hope he's right. Some nice reporting by Henry Schulman of the SF Chron --

When Sanchez hit an 11th-inning grand slam to deliver the Giants a 12-10 victory in Wednesday's classic Coors Field slugfest - the Giants hit six home runs, two by Sanchez - his legs were cramping after catching a game that lasted 4 hours, 26 minutes.
Sanchez was running out of squats, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval were out of the game and, well, "emergency catcher Yusmeiro Petit" does not have a great ring to it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

dodgers gag in extras again

Forget it, Jake. It's Denver

....or "embarrassing" as Ryan Vogelsong put it. Hoping it was just a Colorado abberation. 

Another nightmare night in the Mile High City. Ryan Vogelsong was all kinds of awful, per the SF Chron's game story -- 

The Giants allowed five home runs at Coors for the first time since the park opened in 1995, rather surprising given the thin air.
The situation was not too dire when Ryan Vogelsong's shortest start with the Giants ended after he retired four hitters and allowed five runs on three homers. After all, manager Bruce Bochy had eight relievers.
The dire part arrived in the third inning when long reliever David Huff legged out his first big-league hit, a moment of hilarity that turned to despair when he strained his left quadriceps on his 90-foot dash and had to exit before throwing another pitch. Huff seems headed to the disabled list.
What saved the Giants was having another long man. Yusmeiro Petit threw Bochy a lifeline by pitching four innings and getting through the sixth. Jean Machi and Juan Gutierrez added an inning apiece, leaving the bullpen in decent shape for two more games at Coors.
Still, the bullpen worked way too many innings for Vogelsong's liking. No starter likes to force his relievers to go 6 2/3 .
"I'm definitely not happy about it," Vogelsong said. "It's embarrassing, really."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"I've never sat on top of the plate" - Buster Posey

It took 3 years for MLB owners to figure out that allowing psychotic dingbats like Scott Cousins to maim catchers was not such a good idea.

Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle notes that the rule change came into play in today's 4-3 vic over the Padres. Here's the key part -- 

Like any workplace, the ballpark is filled with sounds of griping. There has been plenty over new rules this season that have added instant-replay challenges and attempted to end unnecessary home-plate collisions.
There is no griping from the Giants camp. Manager Bruce Bochy has won three of his four replay challenges, and Buster Posey has proven very adept at standing in front of the plate and applying swipe tags that have befuddled some catchers around the majors who are used to blocking the plate and do not mind getting slammed.
Both rules came together in one sweet moment for the Giants in Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Padres, which ended a three-game losing streak.
After a previously anemic offense took a 4-0 lead on Posey's two-run homer in the first inning and Angel Pagan's two-run single in the second, the Padres loaded the bases with two outs against Tim Lincecum in the third.
Chase Headley smashed a ball past first base into the right-field corner. Will Venable and Seth Smith scored easily, and Xavier Nady, coming around from first, was ruled safe as well, apparently beating superb relays by Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt.
The scoreboard said 4-3 Giants with a runner on third and two outs. Lincecum seemed to be in deep trouble.
However, Bochy immediately popped out of the dugout and challenged the safe call on Nady. The umpires in New York needed only 88 seconds to overturn it after replays clearly showed Posey's swipe tag on Nady's back before Nady brushed the plate with his back leg.
A Padres run came off the board in what became a one-run victory. Plus, the inning was over with Headley stranded at third.
"I've said I like replay, and that changed the game today," Bochy said. "I've been on the other side before replay when that's cost us a game."
"I've said I like replay, and that changed the game today," Bochy said. "I've been on the other side before replay when that's cost us a game."
Bochy knew he was going to challenge as soon as he left the dugout because he had a clear view of a tag that Posey announced he had felt. But Bochy waited until Shawon Dunston confirmed it from video central inside the clubhouse.
Posey's tag was perfect. He took Belt's throw in front of the plate and wheeled around to his left to tag Nady, who attempted a hook slide even though he had a clear path to the plate.
Some catchers have been slow to adapt. Posey and all Giants catchers have adapted ever since the club ordered them not to block the plate after Posey's ghastly injury in 2011.
"I don't know if we have a leg up or not," Posey said. "But I've never sat on top of the plate any time in my career. I haven't had to make any adjustments."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I hate 3-game losing streaks, so bring back Barry

That's what the good guys have now. I'd bring back Barry Bonds myself.When the Giants were clobbering the ball, it was within memory of his week in Scottsdale. It couldn't hurt!

Dammit. No one is hitting.

Henry Schulman's recap -- The Giants have their first three-game losing streak of 2014, and it’s all on an offense that has gone into hibernation.
For the first time since September, 2011, the Giants have gone three consecutive games without scoring as many as two runs. They have scored once in each of the past three games, including Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
The Giants were looking at a third straight 2-1 loss until pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia squeezed home Will Venable in the eighth inning. The Giants’ streak of one-run games ended at eight.
Tim Hudson had been the lucky charm of the rotation. The Giants had won his first three starts, all after losses.
But Hudson committed the cardinal sin these days of allowing two runs, in seven innings, enough to doom the Giants to their second series loss of the season.
Hudson set a franchise record in the fifth when he completed 28 innings to start the season without a walk. The previous record-holder was Hooks Wiltse in 1913. His actual inning streak cannot be determined because of incomplete record-keeping, but it was no more than 28.
Hudson also became the second major-league pitcher in the past 80 seasons to begin a season without walking a batter in four starts of at least seven innings. The other was the Yankees’ Tiny Bonham in 1944.
Left-hander Eric Stults, who entered wit ha 5.52 ERA, held the Giants to three hits in six innings, one a long Michael Morse home run.

"Wasted a superb performance"

Who in the world could that be about? Matt Cain, that's who. 

The upside is that the pitching has been fine; the historical perspective is that the Giants have now had 8 straight one-run decisions and gone 4-4.

Here's the Chris Haft story on Giants site --

 The Giants wasted Matt Cain's superb performance Friday night by mustering four hits in eight innings off right-hander Tyson Ross in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.
The Padres nicked Cain for their first run in the first inning. Chris Denorfia tripled to right-center field and scored as the final pitch on a walk drawn by Jedd Gyorko eluded catcher Hector Sanchez for a passed ball.
Cain proceeded to retire 16 of the next 18 batters he faced, including 11 in a row between the third and sixth innings.
The Giants generated their closest semblance to a scoring threat in the seventh inning, which began with Pablo Sandoval's single and Hunter Pence's walk. Ross escaped by inducing Sanchez's double-play grounder and Brandon Crawford's low line drive directly to shortstop Everth Cabrera.
San Diego added an important insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Yasmani Grandal's solo homer for a 2-0 lead.
San Francisco runners reached second base on three other occasions but advanced no farther until Brandon Belt's home run in the top of the ninth.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Seven in a row for the Orange and Black

What in the world am I talking about? 

Steve Kroner of the SF Chronicle files a solid game coverage story, noting that the 2014 Giants, like the 1910 Giants, have gone through seven straight one-run games. 

Some pretty fine writing here --

So after the Giants dropped a 2-1 decision to the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon, you almost expected to see the ghosts of manager John McGraw, pitcher Christy Mathewson and outfielder Fred Snodgrass hovering over AT&T Park, watching the seagulls perform their postgame ritual.
McGraw, Mathewson and Snodgrass were part of the 1910 New York Giants. That was the last team in franchise history to have a longer streak of one-run games than the 2014 San Francisco Giants put together over the final seven games of their just-completed nine-game homestand.
The 1910 N.Y. Giants played eight straight one-run games in August. The 2014 S.F. Giants managed to win four of those seven games, and they took two of three from Los Angeles despite going 5-for-30 with runners in scoring position.
Their lone hit in eight RISP at-bats Thursday was Ehire Adrianza's RBI single with two outs in the ninth. Adrianza's third hit of the day left the Giants with the potential tying and winning runs at second and first, respectively.
Kenley Jansen stranded those runners and picked up his fifth save by getting pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford to fly to left.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pitching, pitching, pitching

Tonight's 2-1 vic over the dodgers was one of the best of the young season and it showed that Ryan Vogelsong still has some life in him.

He made the Dodgers look silly tonight. Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle recaps --


Normalcy must have returned to AT&T Park because manager Bruce Bochy is joking again about the stress these close games are placing on his heart, which, like the rest of him, turned 59 on Wednesday.
All those home runs in the first week were fun, but they were not Giants baseball, which is predicated on the manner of pitching the team displayed in its third and latest turn through the rotation.
The starting five had a 2.97 ERA after Ryan Vogelsong righted himself and allowed one run over six-plus innings in a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers, which clinched a winning homestand and the Giants' second series victory this season against their ancient rivals.
The 10-5 Giants went 4-1 during the rotation's third turn, all one-run games, all the victories enhanced by a bullpen that has a 0.63 ERA over the first eight games of the homestand. It ends Thursday with Madison Bumgarner on the mound.
Bochy offered a familiar thought when asked what the spate of one-run games has done for his boys.
"It gives you a lot of gray hairs," he said. "I guess that's what it does for us. That's our strength. It's been like that for years. It's good for the guys to know that every play, every pitch, counts. We're in a stretch where we're playing a lot of one-run games, and the guys have done a good job."
The pitching has had to step up because the offense has stepped down some from its heady start. Bochy fielded a lineup with three hitters below .200, none of them Vogelsong.
The Giants scored the winning run in the seventh inning when Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had left-hander J.P. Howell walk .183 hitter Hunter Pence to face .172 hitter Pablo Sandoval.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hector Sanchez again

The big hit came at 12:15 am at ATT Park thanks to the backup catcher

It was such a tight game that I hardly left my seat in Section 315.

How did that taste, dodger fans? mmmmmmm

"I was hungry," he told the San Franciso Chronicle.  

The Giants were out of reserve infielders, outfielders and catchers and down to their final reliever. But they still had Hector Sanchez.
In a game that started on Jackie Robinson Day and ended on Bruce Bochy's birthday — 14 minutes past midnight — Sanchez hit a two-out single off Brandon League in the 12th inning to beat the Dodgers 3-2 before a lively crowd at China Basin.
The Giants struggled in most of their important at-bats, going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position before Sanchez's at-bat and 0-for-5 with the bases loaded.
The final rally began on Brandon Crawford's one-out single. He took second on a groundout and third on a wild pitch before Sanchez won it, his sharp grounder glancing off second baseman Justin Turner's glove.
"I was hungry," Sanchez said after the 4-hour, 54-minute game – he also expressed concern about getting his daughter to school on time.
It was his fourth career walk-off hit.
"It's a long game, and we used almost all our players," Sanchez said. "In extra innings, you have to get the victory no matter what."

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. 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Belt jokes that he'll hit 74 HRs

When you're going good, it's easy to kid around. Belt is on fire. He's got 3 HRs in the first 4 games 

Belt and Pagan have been belting, as the Chronicle's Henry Schulman points in his game story after the glorious 8-5 vic --

Several Giants accomplished a lot in Phoenix.
Pagan went 8-for-19 with inspired defense. In the eighth inning Thursday, which began with Arizona leading 5-3, Pagan stepped in with two outs and two on after a Hector Sanchez RBI double and Michael Morse's pinch single, which tied the game.
Pagan jacked Will Harris' first-pitch fastball into the pool area in right-center for his first homer of the year, the Giants' sixth of the series and an 8-5 lead.
Seven innings earlier, Brandon Belt had taken Bronson Arroyo deep for his third homer in the first four games. The only other San Francisco players to do that were Willie Mays (three times), Barry Bonds and Kevin Mitchell - all Most Valuable Players.
"Pretty cool," Belt said. With his nicely developing sense of humor, he added, "I'm looking to beat all their home run records. I said going into the season I was going to hit 74 home runs. I'm sticking with that right now."

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Welcome, Tim Hudson

That was the real deal in Phoenix tonight from Tim Hudson. Great pitching almost always beats good hitting.

Here's the key part of Chris Haft's game story -- easy to write tonight:

Tim Hudson graced the Giants with the magic he has sustained for 15 years, working 7 2/3 innings Wednesday night in San Francisco's 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The oldest member of the Giants' starting rotation set an impressive example for his counterparts. Hudson retired the first nine D-backs he faced and ultimately allowed three hits while walking none. Of the 103 pitches he threw, 74 were strikes, an impressive ratio.
Hudson did allow a pair of doubles, but the D-backs went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Hudson collected his 206th career victory, nudging him ahead of Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia for the lead among active pitchers.