Sunday, August 31, 2014

10 extra-base hits

Holy cow as Harry Carey would say. The good guys set a record today for AT and T Park -- most extra-base hits with 10.

THAT is the kind of record I can get behind.

With 6 straight wins, Dare I say that these guys are playing like the team that went 42-21 at the start of the season? Yes.

John Shea's report for the Chron. -- 

It started with another strong start by Madison Bumgarner and ended with new long reliever Tim Lincecum pitching two innings. Through it all, the Giants, young and not-so-young, collected 16 hits, including 10 for extra bases, their most in the 15-year history of their ballpark.
Hunter Pence had four hits, including a triple and two doubles. Pablo Sandoval missed by a double hitting for a cycle. A day before September callups are eligible for duty, rookie Andrew Susac had three hits and three RBIs, and fellow rookie Joe Panik hit a double and two-run triple.
During the 6-1 homestand, the rotation posted a 1.06 ERA. Bumgarner gave up one run on five hits in six innings, not quite as good as his previous start, a one-hit shutout, but it followed a pattern.
A review:
Tuesday, Bumgarner pitched seven perfect innings en route to a one-hit shutout.
Wednesday, Tim Hudson opened with four hitless innings and lasted eight, giving up one run on four hits.
Thursday, Yusmeiro Petit retired his first seven men to break a major-league record for consecutive batters retired (46) and gave up one run on four hits in six innings.
Friday, Ryan Vogelsong went seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits.
Saturday, Jake Peavy carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and wound up giving up one hit over 7 2/3.
Sunday, it was Bumgarner’s turn again. He gave up a run in the first tinning on two singles and a double-play grounder, and the Brewers didn’t score again until Martin Maldanado homered off George Kontos in the seventh.
Lincecum gave up a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth and two runs in the ninth.
Sandoval hit a stand-up triple in the second and scored on Susac’s double, hit an RBI single in a three-run third and hit a two-run homer that one-hopped into McCovey Cove. He then walked and flied out.
Sandoval is hitting .413 in his past 12 games and is taking advantage of his contract drive. With his well-chronicled weight loss and improved conditioning, he remains solid in all facets of the game, including defense. The third baseman has one error in 83 games.
Let September begin.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The rotation minus Tim Lincecum

Hudson, Bumgarner, Petit, Peavy, Vogelsong. The Giants just have won 5 in a row since removing Tim Lincecum from the rotation. Peavy carried a no-hitter into the 8th tonight for a glorious 3-1 vic and the dodgers lost.

Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti sure have a knack for handling pitchers. Here's from John Shea's story in the SF Chron -- 

Peavy threw 7 1/3 hitless innings before yielding a broken-bat single to Milwaukee's Mark Reynolds, and he walked off the field one batter later to a huge China Basin ovation from fans who appreciated the 33-year-old's historic outing.
The Giants finished off a 3-1 victory over the Brewers to run their winning streak to five, another highlight to a pitching-rich homestand. In Peavy's 7 2/3 innings, he struck out eight and walked three.
The previous longest hitless stint of Peavy's career? Aug. 2, in his second start as a Giant. He threw 6 1/3 perfect innings at New York in a 4-2 loss.
His performance Saturday wasn't perfect, but his defense was. Shortstop Brandon Crawford not only ranged deep in the hole at short to throw out Aramis Ramirez in the fifth, but he began an unlikely double play to end the seventh. Scooter Gennett seemed to have broken the no-hit bid with a grounder up the middle, but Crawford came out of nowhere to dive for it and, in one gymnastically splendid motion, flipped the ball to Joe Panik, who turned two.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval backhanded Khris Davis' grounder in the eighth and just about threw him out from the Giants' dugout.
Jeremy Affeldt replaced Peavy, faced one batter (Rickie Weeks), yielded a hit and exited. Sergio Romo struck out Carlos Gomez on three pitches to finish the eighth, and Santiago Casilla gave up a run in the ninth.

Friday, August 29, 2014

4-game winning streak

and the good guys are now 4 games out. They were 5 games out at the same point in 2010

They got 20 hits tonight. Posey had 5 and Panik had 4. Gregor Blanco had 3 walks and a homer -- kind of a Barry Bonds imitation, per Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. 

The pitching continues to shine --

Vogelsong (9-8) faced plenty of threats in the Brewers lineup but his biggest challenge might have been staying loose during lengthy home halves of innings.

The Giants gave Vogelsong a 3-0 lead, and have scored eight runs for him in the first inning over his past two starts. He gave one back when Jonathan Lucroy doubled high off the right field wall in the second inning and scored on a ground out.
But the Brewers managed just one more run, when Lyle Overbay hit a leadoff single in the fifth and scored in a sacrifice fly.
Vogelsong worked with Andrew Susac in the seventh inning and dispatched the Brewers quickly to end an efficient, 96-pitch night. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of his last 12 starts.
Bullpen report
George Kontos pitched the final two innings. Perhaps Bruce Bochy really is saving Tim Lincecum for leveraged situations?


Thursday, August 28, 2014

3-game winning streak

OK, it's just the Rox, but still. It's been too damn long since we've seen a decent stretch of ball from the Orange and Black. In this case, it took Tim's demotion to the pen....

They've started to get superb pitching as Yusmeiro Petit set a record with 46 consecutive outs yesterday  . Here's part of the SF Chron's report --

Petit's streak began with a Grady Sizemore comebacker to end the fifth inning of his previous start, July 22 at Philadelphia, in place of Matt Cain.
He then retired 37 more in six relief appearances against the Dodgers, Pirates, Brewers, Royals, Cubs and Nationals before he was tapped to start Thursday.
Petit said he was not as nervous in the third inning against the Rockies as he was in the ninth inning of his near-perfecto against the Diamondbacks.
Petit rarely gets rattled, which makes him a good candidate for a difficult job. He has to be ready in a few minutes when asked to enter a game as the long reliever, yet also prepared for the very different job of spot starting, which he has done seven times.
Asked if he likes his job, Petit did not hesitate before saying yes.
"I know it's not very easy to every pitcher," he said, "but I try to make it easy for myself because I know I can help the team if I am able to start and relieve."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The superb start

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey = 3-0 one-hit complete game. Zo at Raising (Matt) Cain says it better than I could --

Madison Bumgarner was superb tonight.  He was almost perfect.  He faced 28 Colorado batters, and only one of them got a hit.  He had a perfect game through 7 innings, gave up only 1 hit, walked none and struck out 13.

Madison was economical with his pitches, throwing less than 11 per inning through the first 7.  He threw 103 pitches in total, and 80 of them were strikes.  He had seventeen 0 - 2 counts on the Colorado batters.  Think about that for a minute.  In 17 of the 27 outs allotted in a game, Colorado batters had 1 strike to work with.  His 13 strikeouts was a career high, and he leads the National League in double-digit strikeout games.  When Justin Morneau hit a double to lead off the eighth and break up the perfect game and no hitter, Madison responded by striking out the next three Rockie batters.

Buster Posey carried the offense on his broad shoulders.  He hit 2 home runs, the first with Hunter Pence on base, for the Giants 3 runs.  It was his first multiple home run game.  Gregor Blanco made several important catches, including a spectacular at-the-wall snag in the first.  As the radio spots say,  Mr. Bochy is a genius for starting Gregor in left field tonight.

This was a fantastic performance.  I wish I felt that it was the start of something big, but I have soured too much on this team in the past few days.  To elaborate on that seems churlish.  Madison Bumgarner is 25 years old.  Buster Posey is 27. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Doug Eddings = Satan?

I hate umpires who can't call a consistent game. Doug Eddings had such an erratic game tonight that Bruce Bochy actually got himself thrown out to keep Posey from getting thrown out.

I'm sick and tired of reading about what a great commissioner Bud Selig has been. Let's see -- cancelled the World Series in 1994; made the All-Star Game into a joke; lets the umps be totally out of control. Guys like Joe West, Angel Hernandez, CJ Buckner, and of course, that idiot Eric Gregg. 

Eddings has a massive and inconsistent strike zone. I Typed in "doug eddings sucks" into google -- here are some of the results --

-- Doug Eddings will Straight Fuck you up.    

And this one on the huzzah board.-- 

Doug Eddings-Not only makes horrible calls (especially behind the plate, where his strike zone has always been highly flexible), but he is one of those insufferable umpires with a habit of making himself the story. He seems to relish confrontation with players and coaches, and appears to go out of his way to ramp up every confrontation.


On the upside, it looks like Jake Peavey threw a fine game -- even with 4 errors, the Rox only scored 3.

LET'S GO GIANTS

"I really screwed us over"

That's Tim Lincecum, who knows a thing or 3 about must-win games. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area is writing about a possible banishment to the pen -- which imploded today, giving up 11 runs in less than 3 innings.Fortunately, the Dodgers also got hammered, 11-3, by the Mets. Here's the key part about Tim -- 


Lincecum’s six-run, four-walk performance over 2 2/3 innings in Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Nationals was the second shortest start out of 246 in his major league career. In his last six starts, he has a 9.49 ERA and a super-sized 2.27 WHIP that includes 41 hits allowed in 24 2/3 innings.
Lincecum called his start Saturday “horses***” and that he “I kind of screwed us over. I mean, I really screwed us over.”
Said Bochy: “Timmy takes it so hard. He feels like he’s letting everybody down and puts added pressure on himself. Everybdoy does. You play for your teammates, your fans, your family. But Timmy’s taking it extremely hard.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cheating Cubs deserve to lose

I'm still steamed over the Cubs ground crew having deliberately screwed up the field on Tuesday night. I don't believe for a second that they didn't try do so.

If Bud Selig had any guts -- which he doesn't -- he would have required the Cubs to forfeit. So the game got finished with a tainted 2-1 Cubs "victory" on Thursday, then the Giants won the rubber match, 5-3.

I guess Bruce Bochy is a far better sport than I am per the SF Chronicle. Since the Cubs don't play the dodgers are this year, I hope they lose every game. Screw the no-class Cubs.

"They got it right," Bochy said of MLB's decision. "Again, I complimented everybody, including the Cubs' organization. It's over now. They ended up winning, but all you wanted was a chance, and we had that, and now it's over."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Here's why the Cubs are a joke

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tim Lincecum's 10th win

Tim Lincecum opened the game today by not getting any of the first 4 batters out. At that point, I got out of my car and stopped listening.

The only thing that had gone right?  Fortunately, Andrew Susac threw out the batter, Ben Revere, who had singled. Tim finally got his act together, let in another run in the third and was out of there after 5.

It was the 65th win for the team to go along with 58 losses. What looked like a disastrous weekend yesterday -- until the 6th inning -- turned out OK.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I blame Tim Flannery

There was plenty of blame to go around tonight for a discouraging 5-3 loss to the Phils

Flannery's send of Sandoval was the worst. He was out by 30 feet to end the 8th inning. Absolutely reeked of desperation.




Friday, August 15, 2014

"The dog days will end now" - Angel Pagan

I hope he's right. He got the big hit  Wednesday after when Tyler Flowers didn't give Gregor Blanco a clear lane to the plate.

Take that, Scott Cousins.

Here's from the Chron's recap --

"Oh my God," Blanco said. "That was awesome. I was saying to everybody, 'Whatever it takes to win a ballgame.' We won the game, and everybody is happy about it."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was the opposite of happy. He bolted out of the dugout in a rage because he lost a similar review on Posey the night before. He was quickly ejected.
After Quintana walked Joaquin Arias to load the bases, Pagan flipped a single off reliever Ronald Belisario into short left that gave the Giants a 3-1 lead, his first RBIs since his return from a back injury last week.
The Giants caught a break, and Pagan ran with it. Question is, how far will the Giants run with it?
"We'll be fine," Pagan said. "I think the dog days will end right now."

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to 2010?

That's what I thought of today while listening to the depressing sweep by the KC Royals, leaving them at 62-55 and 4 and half behind the Dodgers

In 2010, they were 64-50 and 2 games behind the Padres. They went 28-20 the rest of the way and won on the last day of the season.

On Aug 10, 2010, they lost 8-6 to the Cubs with the lineup -- 

Andres Torres CF 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 .287 .370











Edgar Renteria SS 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278 .342











   Emmanuel Burriss 2B 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 .500 .500











Aubrey Huff RF 4 1 0 0 1 0 5 .300 .393











Buster Posey C 5 1 2 2 0 0 5 .341 .388











Pat Burrell LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .257 .351











Pablo Sandoval 3B 5 0 3 1 0 0 5 .268 .325











Juan Uribe 2B-SS 5 1 2 0 0 2 5 .255 .320











Travis Ishikawa 1B 5 0 1 1 0 0 5 .298 .348











Tim Lincecum P 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .094 .111











   Nate Schierholtz PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .244 .313











   Santiago Casilla P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0













   Aaron Rowand PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .247 .303











   Guillermo Mota P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0













   Freddy Sanchez PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .257 .317











   Ramon Ramirez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Brandon Belt = Mike Matheny?

Among the more depressing developments in a season that's had plenty of them for us Giants fans is the multiple times that Brandon Belt has wound up on the DL. As noted in the SF Chron's game story, he's back on there for 7 days due to the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago.

I'm glad that MLB is taking concussions seriously. Mike Matheny, who was a pretty solid defensive catcher, played his last game in the MLB after getting concussed in a Giants uni back on May 31, 2006. Let's hope that Belt can come back soon!

Mike had a fine 2005 for the Orange and Black -- here's the Wikipedia entry about his Giants career ...

Matheny signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on December 13, 2004. The next season, he displayed a rare power surge, amassing career-highs with 13 home runs, 34 doubles, a .406 slugging percentage and 59 runs batted in (RBIs). Matheny continued his defensive excellence, compiling a team-record .999 fielding percentage and leading National League catchers with 13 double plays, 77 assists and 39 would-be base-stealers caught stealing, earning his fourth Gold Glove.[1][2] He also took home the Willie Mac Award that year, accorded annually to a San Francisco Giant for spirit and leadership.[19]
Matheny landed on the disabled list on May 31, 2006 after a series of foul balls caromed off his mask, resulting in a serious concussion.[20] In July, the Giants announced that he would not return for the remainder of the season and that his career status was in doubt. MLB.com's Giants beat writer, Rich Draper, articulated that Matheny's career was likely over due to continued struggles with post-concussion syndrome.[21]

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sandoval's 14th HR

Monday, August 04, 2014

The Real Super Monday

San Francisco 4
NY Mets 3

LA Angels 5
LA Dodgers 0

Mondays are kind of lousy but this one turned out pretty well.

The always comprehensive McCovey Chronicles noted that Pablo Sandoval was the star today with fine defense and three of the 4 RBIs, including the 9th inning game winner. It also pointed out that ESPN named Pablo as the defensive player of the month  

That's damn impressive. McCovey Chronicles has a nice sarcastic touch today --  The Giants have won 3 of 4 to start off a 10-game road trip. They are 32-21 for the season away from AT&T Park. Before this trip began, 7-5 in their previous 12 road games. In other words, they have been a lot better on the road than at home this season. I have no idea why that is, but I think the only logical conclusion is that they hate playing in San Francisco in front of a packed house and prefer the quiet confines of empty stadiums against not-great teams. Yes, that is the only logical conclusion. However, I propose that the Giants should win games both on the road *and at home* in order to contend for a playoff spot.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The real Super Sunday

Readers of Giants Win may know that I don't care very much about football so it's fitting for me to call today a Super Sunday, not the first Sunday in February.

SF GIANTS 9, NY METS 0

CHICAGO CUBS 7, LA DODGERS 3

What a thing of beauty.

Madison Bumgarner threw his second career shutout -- 95 pitches, 74 strikes. Pence broke out of of a 4-for-38 slump. Brandon Belt is back and homered. Jarrett Parker is back in the minors. Here's some from Henry Schulman's game story for the SF Chron --


With one out in the third inning, after Brandon Crawford’s leadoff single, Pence hit a laser off a fence just beyond the left-field wall for his 14th of the season. Pence was in a 4-for-38 slump.
Belt’s fourth-inning homer felt like it was in the air for a fortnight  before it landed just beyond the right-field fence at the foul pole. His 11th gave the Giants a 3-0 lead.
When Posey followed Pence’s fifth-inning double with a two-out double, and Pablo Sandoval hit a scoring single, the rout was on at 6-0.
Bumgarner started the three-run fifth with a single and walked ahead of the Posey homer in the seventh.

Hating to lose

I'm looking at the SF Chronicle's recap of the aggravated look on Jake Peavy's face as yesterday game evaporated into a tough loss during the 7th -- a good reminder of no matter how tough it is for us fans to takem it's much tougher on the guys in uniform.. ..in this case, having a decent defender in left might have kept Peavy on track.....

"I've got to make better pitches," Peavy said after falling to 0-2 as a Giant. "That's all there is to it. It's just frustrating because I felt we had a chance to win that game. I know I could have done more."
Yes, Daniel Murphy's one-out drive in the seventh was smoked, but chances are Peavy's perfect game would have remained intact had Gregor Blanco been the left fielder.
Michael Morse was still out there, even though he made the final out in the top of the inning, and misplayed the ball, which sailed over his head for a double. Morse initially took a step in and moved laterally.
 

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Your new San Francisco Giants

Welcome Matt Duffy, Jarrett Parker, Andrew Susac; welcome back Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa. Hasta la vista Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin. Matt Cain is out for the year. Jake Peavy makes his second Giants start today...


Jeremy Affeldt L-L 6'4" 225 Jun 6, 1979
40 Madison Bumgarner R-L 6'5" 235 Aug 1, 1989
46 Santiago Casilla R-R 6'0" 210 Jul 25, 1980
57 Juan Gutierrez R-R 6'3" 245 Jul 14, 1983
17 Tim Hudson R-R 6'1" 175 Jul 14, 1975
55 Tim Lincecum L-R 5'11" 170 Jun 15, 1984
49 Javier Lopez L-L 6'4" 220 Jul 11, 1977
63 Jean Machi R-R 6'0" 255 Feb 1, 1982
43 Jake Peavy R-R 6'1" 195 May 31, 1981
52 Yusmeiro Petit R-R 6'1" 250 Nov 22, 1984
54 Sergio Romo R-R 5'10" 185 Mar 4, 1983
32 Ryan Vogelsong R-R 6'4" 215 Jul 22, 1977
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
28 Buster Posey R-R 6'1" 215 Mar 27, 1987
34 Andrew Susac R-R 6'1" 215 Mar 22, 1990
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
13 Joaquin Arias R-R 6'1" 165 Sep 21, 1984
35 Brandon Crawford L-R 6'2" 215 Jan 21, 1987
50 Matt Duffy R-R 6'2" 170 Jan 15, 1991
45 Travis Ishikawa L-L 6'3" 220 Sep 24, 1983
12 Joe Panik L-R 6'1" 190 Oct 30, 1990
48 Pablo Sandoval S-R 5'11" 245 Aug 11, 1986
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
7 Gregor Blanco L-L 5'11" 175 Dec 24, 1983
38 Michael Morse R-R 6'5" 245 Mar 22, 1982
47 Jarrett Parker L-L 6'4" 210 Jan 1, 1989
8 Hunter Pence R-R 6'4" 220 Apr 13, 1983
2 Juan Perez R-R 5'11" 185 Nov 13, 1986

With all that going on, Ryan Vogelsong threw a masterful two-hitter against the Mets. Only 102 pitches as Zo at Raising (Matt) Cain notes in his post -- 

That is all the pitches that it took Ryan Vogelsong to get his first 9 inning complete game of his career.  In 2011, he threw a 6 inning, rain-shortened complete game against the Cubs.

This is about as inspirational a win as the Giants could have hoped for, and if they can be sparked by a gritty performance, this has to qualify.  The game went by quickly - 2:06 because both the Giants and the Mets often closed out their bats in only a few pitches.  However, the Giants threw 5 runs up and the Mets managed 1 on Lucas Duda's solo home run.  Ryan Vogelsong gave up 2 - count 'em - 2 hits in 9 innings, the first in the 6th, and the second, Duda's home run, in the 8th.  Ryan only gave up 1 BB.  Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence both tripled, in the same inning!  Matt Duffy at second, a call up from AA Richmond, got a hit and an rbi in his first ML game.  Lucas Duda, whose real name is Octavia Devon Duda (you can see why he goes by Lucas) is a Metropolitan favorite and  the leading home run hitter on the Mets.  Should he serve his entire career with the Mets, they might honor him with a special ceremony, O. D, Duda Day.