Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The big boys step up

Madison Bumgarner beat Clayton Kershaw, thanks to great pitching and 2 RBIs from Buster and a save from Santiago Casilla. The dodgers  had their disgusting 8-game win streak at chavez latrine ended. 

These 3 guys are a big part of why the Giants have won three World Series. 

Read the mlb.com story and see that Kershaw is no longer the unbeatable guy.....
LOS ANGELES -- In a rematch of last week's ace showdown, Buster Posey homered and drove in both runs as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner edged the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
After his double no-decision duel with Kershaw last week in San Francisco, Bumgarner (2-1) allowed one run on five hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. Going seven innings for the first time this year, Kershaw (1-2) allowed both runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Both have 3.73 ERAs. Santiago Casilla earned his sixth save. The loss snapped the Dodgers' home win streak at eight.
The only Dodgers run scored in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice grounder by Howie Kendrick after Jimmy Rollins singled and callup Kiké Hernandez doubled off the glove of Giants center fielder Angel Pagan. Hernandez, representing the tying run, was erased in a rundown trying to advance to third on Kendrick's grounder. Hernandez also singled and struck out twice in his Dodgers debut after arriving from Oklahoma City during batting practice.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bumgarner bears down: Bumgarner thrived very simply, by stopping rallies before they started. Only three Dodgers reached scoring position against him.
Not like Kershaw: The fourth-inning home run by Posey was the fourth allowed by Kershaw this season in his fifth start. In 2014, Kershaw didn't allow his fourth home run until his eighth start and allowed only nine in 29 starts.

Terrible Tim, Crummy Casey

Giants Win got to see the disgusting dodgers buttkick the Giants tonight, 8-3. Hector Sanchez finally got a decent that helped keep a 3-run rally going in the 4th but it was a pretty awful game other than that. JC Parsons at Raising (Matt) Cain recaps far better than I could ...


In a battle of #5 starters, the doggers prevailed, 8-3, and took the first game of the series.  Their lame starting pitcher, Anderson, couldn't get through the fifth but he looked masterful compared to a ridiculously struggling Tim Lincecum.  The fallen ace went a feeble 4 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 walks and was lucky to only give up 4 runs.  Nothing he threw seemed to fool the blue goo and they often jumped on his first pitch.  It was clearly Tim's weakest start so far, best forgotten, yet I fear that won't happen soon.  Well, at least 5 days.

Their new CF, Jocko Something, put on a bit of a show with a great catch and a big homer.  Gee, I guess we have the pleasure of watching that for a decade or so...

McGehee took another 0-4 with a couple strikeouts. He is hitting .173 so far. Matt Duffy is looking better every day.

MadBum vs. Kershaw, Round 2 tomorrow.  I like our chances, MadBum seems to get even tougher on the road. I think I could come up with some good examples of that if I really tried.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Extra magic at Coors

Coors Field has usually been a nightmare for the Giants, as Henry Schulman puts it in a fine recap for the SF Chron -- 

 
DENVER — Sunday marks 20 years since the first game at Coors Field. All the biggies from the 1995 team will be here: Larry Walker, Dante Bichette and Ellis Burks, to name a few.
The Giants will show up, too, maybe with a blowtorch, a jackhammer and forged demolition orders.
The Giants have had many miserable memories at this yard. Even their successes, such as Saturday night’s 5-4, 11-inning victory, feel like root canals.
“Anytime you go into extra innings in this park, you’re never comfortable,” Tim Hudson said after Santiago Casilla’s blown save in the ninth cost the starter his first career victory at Coors.
“When you have a one-run lead here, it feels like a tie ballgame. You don’t want to go into extra innings against this club. They’ve got a good lineup, and this is the best hitters’ park in the league. That’s a bad combination. It was good to get the win,” the Giants’ first in five games against the Rockies this year.
Nori Aoki slid home with the winning run on Joe Panik’s one-out safety squeeze in the 11th.
Panik was freelancing. He recalled hitting a groundball the last time he faced pitcher Brooks Brown and did not want to end the inning with a double play. So he pushed a bunt to the right side, a bit too hard, forcing Aoki to beat a quick throw from first baseman Justin Morneau.
“I’ve laid down better, but Nori is a fast runner,” Panik said.
How about Aoki’s night? The leadoff hitter scored the winning run after drawing his career-best fourth walk and advancing on a Matt Duffy sacrifice and Angel Pagan’s fourth hit, a single.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Casey GIDP

Casey McGehee led MLB last year in grounding into DPs with 31. He's already in pursuit of that number and has a good shot at breaking Jim Rice's record of 36.

Tonight's GIPD was painful as it came in the 8th with two on and no outs and the Giants trailing 6-4. Belt had singled and Justin Maxwell had walked. McGehee swung at the first pitch -- rally (and game) over.

I'm betting that Bruce Bochy is thinking about starting Matt Duffy at third.

Here's a list from Baseball Reference of the single-season leaders. You'll notice that most of the players were pretty good, except for our Casey --

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NICE JOB, US GOVERNMENT

 Way to waste millions of dollars!

The U.S. Court of Appeal has overturned Barry Bonds' conviction for obstruction of justice in a 10-1 rruling. Here's part from the SF Chron:


Bonds’ answer “says absolutely nothing pertinent to the subject of the grand jury’s investigation” and could not have diverted prosecutors or influenced the decision on whether to indict anyone, Judge Alex Kozinski said in an opinion joined by four other judges. If Bonds’ answer was unclear, Kozinski said, it was up to the prosecutor to clarify it.

A “truthful but evasive or misleading statement” cannot be considered obstruction of justice, Judge N. Randy Smith said in a separate opinion joined by three colleagues.


So whatever happened to the dingbat Jeff Novitzky who led this witch hunt against Bonds? He's working for the UFC. I can't think of an organization that's done more to degrade modern life. 

Go to hell, Jeff.

Back to back walkoffs by the Good Guys

 The Los Angeles Times, which should know better, ranked the Giants 30th out of  30 teams in their Sunday ranking with the  snarky comment on the order of "What's that smell from McCovey Cove?"

Eat it, LA Times. Eat it raw.

There was some real clutch by the good guys and some gagging by the Evil Ones.MC O'Conner at  Raising (Matt) Cain has  a fine recap -- 

 When Howie Kendrick made that full-extension leaping grab of Justin Maxwell's line drive with two outs in the 8th and the bases loaded I thought that was it for the Giants. Down 2-1, though, they rallied again in the bottom half as Casey McGehee singled to lead things off and Brandon Crawford smoked a triple to score pinch-runner Matt Duffy. With a runner on 3rd and no outs, it looked like the Giants might walk off with the win but LA closer Pedro Baez righted the ship and sent the game to extras. Santiago Casilla appeared ready to give it away in the 10th but struck out Adrian Gonzalez with two outs and the bases loaded to keep the tie. That was tense! In the bottom of the 10th, Maxwell got another chance to be the hero and he roped a no-doubt winner down the left field line to end it, scoring Angel Pagan. The team would not quit and kept scratching out chances and they finally paid off with a sensational come-from-behind victory.
Great work from starter Ryan Vogelsong who allowed two solo shots in six innings, retiring the last ten batters he faced. The 'pen kept it scoreless for the final four frames while LA's crew gave up two. With struggling FNG McGehee getting a big hit and struggling Vogie pitching well it was a good day for the ballclub. Did I mention the great Giants bullpen? A series sweep of the high-flying Dodgers was the perfect antidote to an otherwise ugly homestand. Now 7-10 after four wins in five games, the last two walk-offs, the home squad gets the thrill of a trip to Colorado for a weekend series. That place is goofy. Weird baseball happens there. They just played a 2-1 game--the Rockies beat the Padres today at Coors. What are they thinking?

Terrific afternoon of baseball for Giants fans and like I said just what was needed after the losing streak. Let's hope the 'mo' continues to flow.

GO GIANTS!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

dodgers gag again

Well that was tasty!

Hey, dodger fans -- how'd you like the way the most expensive team in baseball choked tonight?

Maybe the dodger management should hold off on printing playoff tickets. 

You know, it's comforting to know that with a big game on the line, the dodgers just don't have what it takes -- again.  Here's the mlb.com recap --


SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's bases-loaded sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie Wednesday night and lifted the San Francisco Giants to their second straight victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a 3-2 decision.
With the score knotted, Buster Posey began San Francisco's winning rally with a one-out single off Chris Hatcher, who grazed Justin Maxwell with his next pitch. The ball also struck catcher A.J. Ellis on the right hand, forcing him to leave the game. With the left-handed-batting Brandon Belt due up, lefty J.P. Howell relieved Hatcher. Belt's single to left loaded the bases for Panik, whom the Dodgers tried to counter by employing a five-man infield. Panik rendered the strategy moot with his first-pitch drive to medium-deep right-center field, scoring pinch-runner Gregor Blanco.
The anticipated pitching matchup between left-handed aces Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants ended in a virtual standoff, as the score was tied, 2-2, by the time both left the game. Kershaw surrendered only three hits, struck out nine in six innings and lapsed only in the third inning, when the Giants scored both of their runs off him. Bumgarner protected that lead until the seventh, when Alex Guerrero clobbered a pinch-hit, two-run homer.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bumgarner's bunt: Getting a bunt down against Kershaw isn't easy, given the hop on his fastball and the break of his curveball. But Bumgarner sacrificed successfully in the third inning, putting the Giants in position to score twice.

How did that taste, dodger fans?

dodger fans were getting even more obnoxious than usual about a 7-game winning streak that blessedly ended last night. 

Tim Lincecum was back in fine form. And now MadBum pitches tonight. BEAT LA

Here are the first paragraphs of the mlb.com story --

 
The San Francisco Giants received six solid innings from Tim Lincecum and scratched together enough offense to emerge with a 6-2 victory Tuesday night over the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers, halting the National League West leaders' seven-game winning streak.
Lincecum yielded one run and five hits in six innings while outclassing Los Angeles starter Brett Anderson, who surrendered four of the Giants' runs and nine hits in four innings.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chris Heston!!!!

That's almost all there is to say. 

Heston -- who was an emergency starter for the third game of the year, then pitched well in Monday's home opener -- looks like the real deal. He's 2-1. The rest of the staff is 3-8.

What a relief. A 4-9 record is so much easier to take than a 3-10 record. Here's the first paragraphs of the mlb.com story --


Receiving impressive pitching from Chris Heston and brief but effective flurries of offense, the San Francisco Giants snapped their eight-game losing streak Saturday by subduing the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1.
The first defending World Series champions to drop their first five home games, the Giants finally emerged victorious at AT&T Park with sufficient backing for Heston, who yielded five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Joe Panik lined a first-inning RBI single, Buster Posey contributed a two-out, run-scoring single in the third inning and Brandon Crawford added a two-run homer in the fourth.
One night after amassing 18 hits, the D-backs moved only two runners into scoring position against Heston. This victimized Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa, who displayed his usual array of hard stuff while surrendering all of San Francisco's runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

8-game losing streak

When the Giants are doing badly, I look backward. 

I actually remember the last 8-game loss streak  back in 2007.

The Giants went from 30-34 to 30-42; they finally won a game on national TV against the Yanks in 13 on a Saturday.

Eight years later, the following Yankees are still active -- Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano, and Alex Rodriguez. None of the Giants are still in the bigs, They have signed Kevin Correia to a minor league deal; Frandsen was cut by Nats and Nate Schierholz is playing for the Hiroshima Carp.

Anyhow, the Giants went 4 years between 2005 and 2008 with losing records, including 71-91 in 2007.

According to Baseball Reference, 22-year-old Matt Cain had the highest WAR  with 4.6, followed by 42-year-old Barry Bonds at 3.4

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If it can go wrong, it will

Man, maybe I should have been more concerned when the Giants lost all those games in March.

They are in one of the worst slumps ever -- although it's not THAT horrible, because they are in every game (except for the 10-2 buttkick last Saturday). An ugly seven-game losing streak.

Let's see -- there was some clutch hitting by Joe Panik, Brandon Crwaford and Matt Duffy tonight.

To me, the worst  was the bases loaded at bat that Aoki had in the 9th where he kept swinging at sliders that were miles away from being strikes. But that's just me. Belt has been worthless.

Hurry back, Hunter!

and LET'S GO GIANTS!!!!

Get well soon, Hunter!

 If you don't score, you ain't gonna win

With a 3-7 record, this should be obvious. Lincecum gave up a 3-run homer before the Giants even got to bat tonight.

The Giants front office should have no doubt that team is woefully short in the offensive department, thanks to Hunter Pence's broken arm and the presence of bench players like Gregor Blanco in the starting lineup. 

The Giants have scored the following number of runs in the 6-game losing streak -- 0, 2, 4, 0, 1, 2.

Matt Duffy hit his first MLB homer tonight. That was about it for the Orange and Black offense. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Arte Moreno = Crybaby

Angels owner Arte Moreno has been whining to the LA press about how doggone unfair it is that he can't just kick Josh Hamilton off the team for a drug relapse. Under the collective bargaining agreement, if a player reports that he's abused drugs, that precludes being a violation.

Moreno decided when he signed Hamilton that he'd include language that superseded the CBA -- an incredibly illegal action. An arbitrator has sided the MLBPA, meaning the Moreno's going to have to eat all $75 mil plus that he still owes Josh.

Hey, Arte -- people come to Anaheim to see you. They come to see the players. And what player is going to want to sign with Angels now that you've shown your open contempt for a player WHO YOU SIGNED and for the MLBPA.

the Angels are 0-6 this year and I would venture that some of that is due to the crappy morale and atmosphere that Moreno has created. I hope they lose every damn game they play except for the ones against the Dodgers.

By the way, Arte-- would you please stop embarrassing yourself by calling the team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? What a joke you are

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Alan Fowlkes?

You can count yourself a real Giants fan if you know that Alan Fowlkes was even a Giant.

It turns out that Chris Heston's fine work in Arizona on Wednesday - 6 innings, 2 ER -- has earned him the starting pitcher slot tomorrow. Chris Haft's sotry from mlb.com says that Heston is the first rookie to start a home opener in 33 years. Alan Fowlkes was the last one.

Alan made 15 starts for the 1982 Giants and had a 4-2 record and a 5.19 ERA and 21 starts.  He never pitched for the big club again, was released in 1985 and pitched two games for the Angels.

That 1982 club was the one that was most famous for keeping the Dodgers out of the postseason, thanks to a 3-run Joe Morgan homer on the last day of the season. the Giants finished at 79-83.

Alan won his first game in that home opener, a 3-2 vic over Montefusco and the Padres. The key blow was a two-run Reggie Smith double in the 3rd.


Friday, April 10, 2015

The Cy guy is back

Giants 1, Padres 0 in 12

I'm sure that Padre fans must think that however far in they brought the fences at Petco, they didn't bring them in enough.

12 innings of shutout ball. Looks like the Dads are having a tough time dealing with the hype.

Anyhow, here's the mlb.com story --

  Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell's RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning lifted the Giants to a 1-0 victory over the Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.
With one out in the inning, Brandon Crawford reached base and advanced to second when shortstop Clint Barmes was charged with an error on a ball hit to shallow left field. That set the stage for Maxwell's heroics, a hard-hit single to center field off Padres reliever Nick Vincent. More >
San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson had a funky line, but it worked for him. He walked five in 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits. The Giants turned three of their four double plays behind him.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Heston!!!!

A big big vic tonight for the Good Guys. The first inning went atrociously as the Giants loaded the bases with one out, only to have McGehee and Maxwell leave them that way. 

Then Chris Heston hit the first batter, then threw the ball into right field. The next batter hit a grounder that scored the first run.

It got much better after that - a 2-run rally in the second on back-to-back doubles by Aoki and Duffy,plus Heston retiring 10 straight.

My guess is that Heston will pitch the home opener on Monday


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Cubs owners = losers

This is why the Cubs are a joke. Always have been and apparently always will be.

David Schoenfeld of ESPN makes the very sensible poinr that the Cubs have decided not to field their best team now just so they can retain control of Kris Bryant in 2021. 

How are you supposed to feel if you're a Cubs fan?

It's a  contemptuous attitude towards fans, treating as if they're a bunch of suckers. I hope the Cubs lose every game unless theyre playing the dodgers. Here's the end of the column -

This is a triumph of numbers and reason. Mostly, that's a good thing. It's made baseball teams better and front offices smarter. But what about the entire picture? There's no way to measure things like clubhouse morale or spirit. But people -- and players -- do care about the environment they're asked to work and succeed in. Imagine your workplace in which management has something that will help everyone succeed better but won't implement it because it is worried about money six years down the road. How would that go over?
As my colleague, Christina Kahrl, put it, you're banking on the future while borrowing from the present. This ensures the Cubs will keep Bryant for 2021, and he should be enormously valuable for the Cubs that year; but maybe it makes it less likely he's with the Cubs in 2022, 2023, 2024 and beyond.
It's interesting from another standpoint. Front offices like the Cubs', Dodgers' or Oakland A's will sweat over not just the 25th man on the roster as much as the starting nine but the 37th and 38th man. They work countless hours trying to build the best team possible, to find every minute advantage possible; and yet, the Cubs have decided to delay their best product on the field, at least for a few weeks.
At their fabulous new spring training complex in Mesa, Ariona, the Cubs were selling $63 T-shirts.
But they've sold out their fans on this one. Kris Bryant should start the season in the majors, 2021 be damned.

Dodgers gag in the clutch

A wonderful game at Chavez Latrine, where the dodger pen imploded and gave up 6 runs in the last 3 innings.

That eased the sting of a horrific start by Vogelsong in Phoenix. You give up two 3-run bombs -- you're not going to win.

Back to the dodgers -- the one question mark has been the pen. Listening to the game as I was stuck in a terrible traffic jam, you could feel the palpable disgust by annnouncers Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday. Charlie may have been drunk -- he kept referring to yesterday afternoon's game as "last night." What a Dumas. 

Brandon Belt banged himself up in Phoenix and had to be taken out of the game. So that's Cain, Belt and Ishikawa who can't play now.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

RIP Lon Simmons

Giants fans have been blessed by having outstanding broadcasters since the team came to San Francisco. Lon Simmons was one of the best, particularly at describing plays where a lot was going on.

He was also pretty good at player interviews. I remember him interviewing Juan Marichal, who would usually say something in his heavily accented English, "Well, Lon, I feel real good." 



Saturday, April 04, 2015

Barry Bonds: An Appreciation

Grant Bisbee of McCovey Chronicles has a long column about Barry Bonds. There's some terrific writing, particularly about 1993 and a homer in 1995 --

Instead, Bonds saves the city of San Francisco. This isn’t hyperbole. Without Bonds, San Francisco sinks into the shadow world. The place becomes a windy morass that’s completely bereft of baseball and the culture that comes with it. Without baseball, San Francisco becomes a place filled with Guy Fieri restaurants and neon signs. Boondock Saints 2 plays in every movie house forever, and the classiest thing to appear in the War Memorial Opera House is a Le Pétomane cover act. Without Bonds, the city is ruined.
Bonds saves it all.
Well, the rich people who bought the team did first, but Bonds helps the healing. Here’s the first thing Bonds does in his new (old) home.
The Tampa Bay Giants were ghoulish enough to make 5-year-old children cry, but they were almost certainly about to exist. There was a baseball game in San Francisco, though, and the best player in baseball hit a home run in that very game. Barry Bonds will get a standing ovation in San Francisco if he stops the World Series, stands on home plate, and eats a live pigeon. If you want to know why, start with the Tampa Bay Giants team that wasn’t.
Here’s Bonds in 1995, launching a game-winning home run in the ninth inning against the Padres. It was a meaningless, meaningful homer into the bowels of a place that’ll be ash and cinder in less than a year. Neither team won the World Series. Neither team made the playoffs. Neither team meant a damned thing. No one cared. Except I cared. It was real to me, dammit. It was real to me.
On a personal level, it was one of the most meaningful home runs in my life. I don’t know when my casual fandom morphed into an obsessive fandom, but this one home run was in the middle of it. Bonds hit it off Trevor Hoffman, who will make the Hall of Fame before him, even if that’s a glitch, an error in the code, something the techs will be by to fix in the morning.
The home run was everything you hope for when you go to a baseball game, and later that night, I went into a video store with my friends, all still buzzing. We see a kid from our high school, ask him if he’s a Giants fan.
“Not this year, I’m not.”
The Giants aren’t good in 1995, you see, so he checked out early. I want to scream, “But they have Barry Bonds.” I should have made a scene. Pulled the fire alarm, jammed the Apollo 13 display into the door so no one could get out. You’re telling me you don’t realize what Barry Bonds is, what you’re missing?

Posey homers behind Cain's solid spring finale

That's the headline us Giants fans want to see two days before the season starts. Here's Chris Halft's recap for mlb.com -- 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey's first homer of the spring combined with stifling pitching Friday night to give the Giants a 4-0 victory over the Oakland A's.
San Francisco, which lost its previous five spring games against the A's, limited them to four hits.
"Really, it was just a bad game for us overall," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We've been swinging the bats, we've been playing great defense, we've been getting good pitching. We just didn't play a very good game today."

Posey opened the scoring with a three-run, first-inning homer off A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. Posey's drive to straightaway center field was preceded by a pair of Oakland fielding errors, as shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Eric Sogard bobbled grounders. Those miscues made all of the runs unearned.
"That's a situation where I've got to pick up my defense," said Graveman, who finished the spring with a 0.36 ERA in six starts. "They're battling out there for me. Two tough plays. ... It's somewhere I've got to make a pitch to Posey. I can't do that, I can't give that up. That's on me. I've got to find a way to get another ground ball."
Giants starter Matt Cain blanked Oakland on three hits through four innings. An elevated pitch count of 79 hastened Cain's removal. The right-hander made his first appearance at AT&T Park since his final outing of 2014 -- a six-inning Interleague victory over Oakland last July 9. About a month later, Cain underwent surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow.
"That felt really good to get back in this whole atmosphere," Cain said.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Matt Duffy makes the Opening Day roster

That's what a couple of pros are saying -- Andrew Baggarly of the Merc News and Eric Gilmore of mlb.com

Here's Andrew --
Bochy telegraphed that Duffy would make the club however the roster shook out, praising the 24-year-old rookie after a spring in which he hit .385 with three home runs – including an impressive shot Wednesday off Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
“What a spring he’s had,” Bochy said of Duffy. “This kid, you just love his at-bats and the way he fights up there. He’s done what you want from a young kid – come in here and force the issue. We’ll have something to announce here soon, real quick.”
Bochy said Ishikawa’s back was among the reasons the Giants wanted to “check off the box” of playing Brandon Belt in left field. Even with Justin Maxwell on the club, the Giants don’t have a true fifth outfielder on the roster. Ishikawa, at least, could’ve gone to left field in a double-switch. It was his position in the postseason last October, obviously.

Here's Gilmore --

Duffy, ranked as the Giants' No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, hit a team-high .382 in the Cactus League and also led the Giants with 15 RBIs. He had three home runs, matching Joe Panik and Brandon Belt for the team lead.
"I don't know what else he could do," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's nothing else. This series won't matter as far what happens to Matt Duffy. What a terrific spring this kid's had. Wherever we've put him, he's done a good job, and as far as swinging the bat. He done what you're hoping all these guys do, young players, force the issue. He certainly has done that."
That was Duffy's No. 1 goal.
"My goal wasn't to put pressure on myself to make the team or do anything like that," Duffy said. "It was just to make the decision as hard as possible by playing my game the best way I can. So I was happy that I felt like I was able to do that."

Here's me --

He was decent during the season going 16 for 60, scored a big run in the NLCS and clutched up in Game 4 of the World Series. In the bottom of the 3rd, after Vogey had given up 3 runs, Duffy pinch hit for Machi (who'd been brought in to get the last out) and singled. He went to second on a groundout and scored on Buster's single.