Thursday, June 05, 2014

Back to 1962

The Giants got an easy 6-1 vic today on a getaway day in Cincy, leaving them at 39-21 -- that's the best 60-game mark since the 1962 team that was 40-20 at the same point. The Giants are on a pace to go 105-57; the 1962 team won 103 games.

That was some team -- four Hall of Famers in Cepeda, Mays, McCovey and Marichal. A rotation of Marichal, Jack Sanford, Billy Pierce and Billy O'Dell. Stu Miller in the pen. Went to 7 games against a Yankee team that had won every AL pennant since 1947 except for 3 years, along with 9 World Series. 

Will we look back the same way on Bumgarner, Posey, Pence, Sandoval, Cain, Romo and Crawford?

Bumgarner has now won 6 in a row.Nice coverage by Chris Haft of mlb.com --

Bumgarner (8-3), National League Pitcher of the Month in May, shut down the Reds after a stressful first inning. He finished his eight-inning workshift by retiring 23 of the last 24 he faced.
"He pitched like it was still May," Crawford said.
The 24-year-old left-hander has a 1.91 ERA over his last seven starts. He gave up hits to two of the first three batters he faced, including Todd Frazier's solo home run, before settling in.
"He was hitting all his spots," Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton said of Bumgarner. "Of course, it could have been both ways; we could have hit better. But I feel like he did a great job today of mixing up his pitches and hitting his spots."
"What a job he did," Bochy said.
Bumgarner even gave Reds fans something to cheer about. When Cincinnati reliever J.J. Hoover got two strikes on Bumgarner in the eighth inning, what had been a quiet crowd came to its feet. Hoover eventually fanned Bumgarner, the 11th strikeout of the day for Cincinnati pitchers -- the number needed for a local restaurant chain to give out free pizza to ticketholders.

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