Thursday, July 30, 2015

Welcome to the Orange and Black, Mike Leake

The Giants have a 2-month rental on Mike Leake, trading away a top prospect with past injury problems (Kerry Mella) and a slugger who can't seem to his MLB pitching (Adam Duvall).

Duvall went 14-for-73 last season in the bigs.

Leake has a 7.7 WAR in 6 seasons, with 3.0 of that in a 2013 season where he went 14-7.

Here's the mlb.com story --


ARLINGTON -- Bent on improving their starting rotation, the Giants obtained right-hander Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds late Thursday night for two Minor Leaguers, right-hander Keury Mella and infielder Adam Duvall.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans tried fruitlessly to acquire Cole Hamels from Philadelphia or David Price from Detroit, All-Star left-handers who were considered the two premier starters among the pitchers considered available before Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline. Evans said that Hamels waived his no-trade clause to make a deal involving San Francisco possible, but the Phillies reached a tentative agreement with Texas instead. The Giants lacked the Major League-ready starters Detroit wanted in exchange for Price, who went to Toronto for three Minor League left-handers.
But the Giants found their fit with Leake, who's 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 21 starts.
"I feel like we've got more depth that will give us a good chance to win, day in and day out," Evans said.
Skeptics might claim that Leake, 27, isn't a significant upgrade over most Giants starters, such as Matt Cain, Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy. San Francisco's starters are 10-2 with a 3.35 ERA in the team's last 15 games but have averaged approximately six innings per outing.
By contrast, Leake worked eight innings in three of his last four starts, winning all of them and recording an 0.60 ERA in that span.
"We've been in touch with Cincinnati about Leake since Day One," Evans said.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

26-8 with Pence

and 30-37 without him.

That's what the Sacramento Bee reported after today's glorious 5-0 vic over Milwaukee

Actually, much of the story had to do with Jake Peavy ....

 
While the Giants were leaving open the possibility Wednesday of still making a splash – perhaps even a large one – before the non-waiver trade deadline, their current 25-man complement remained one of the hottest teams in baseball thanks in part to their two biggest deadline acquisitions of the past three years.
Jake Peavy pitched six scoreless innings and Hunter Pence had two key defensive plays and the tiebreaking hit in the Giants’ 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants finished their six-game homestand with a 5-1 record, and have won 13 of their past 15 games, with Wednesday’s win moving them into a temporary tie for first place in the National League West with the Dodgers, who had a night game against the A’s.
Amid speculation that the Giants could try to add another front-line starter such as the Phillies’ Cole Hamels or the Tigers’ David Price, the veteran Peavy had arguably his best outing since coming off the disabled list at the beginning of July, scattering four hits over his first scoreless outing of the season.
Since returning from the DL, Peavy has a 2.84 ERA and has completed at least six innings in all five starts with the Giants winning his past three. Wednesday’s game was scoreless in the sixth when the Brewers singled twice with two outs to bring up Ryan Braun. Peavy got ahead of Braun and, on his 91st pitch, threw a hard cutter for a swinging third strike.
“I think today was my best day as far as stamina goes,” Peavy said. “I felt like I was at the same place in the sixth as I was in the first. … It’s nice to be able to reach back and have a swing-and-miss pitch there when you really need it against an elite player in the league.”
Peavy said he and Braun have “had our share of battles” through the years, but Peavy has won most of them. The sixth-inning strikeout made Braun 2 for 17 lifetime against the Giants’ right-hander.
“I wanted to get him out there in a bad way,” Peavy said, grinning. “I’ll tell you that.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/mlb/san-francisco-giants/article29503786.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blanco, Pence and Gray

What ????

Those were the three players of the game named by Jon Miller, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper tonight after a dispiriting 5-2 loss to the Brew Crew. Matt Cain wasn't very good though Kruk thought he got better in the 5th and 6th.

Anyhow, Miller listed Blanco for getting two hits in two at bats. Krukow listed Pence for getting a double off the RF wall that led to the one rally of the night in the 7th and Kuiper listed Sonny Grey for shutting out the Dodgers.

Here's MC O'Conner from Raising Matt Cain--

 Matt Cain encountered a determined foe tonight as it looked like the Brewers had a plan against the big righty. He gave up eight hits and four runs in his six innings of work, and they were all kinds of hits: opposite-field doubles, grounders through the hole, blasts off the wall, etc. Milwaukee was led by that paragon of peskines Gerardo Parra, and got a big start from the flamethrowing Wily Peralta. It wasn't the Giants night and their sparkling six-game win streak comes to an end. The final was 5-2 but it never felt that close. The Brewers get their first win against the Giants this season. The Dodgers lead stays at a half game as they were shut out at home 2-0 by Sonny Gray and the Athletics.
Jake Peavy tomorrow afternoon. Go Giants!
--M.C.

Chris Heston wins his 11th

This guy ought to be getting some serious Rookie of the Year consideration. 

Raising Matt Cain has a nice recap -- 


Chris Heston put his infield to work tonight and they delivered of course, turning three double plays. Brandon Crawford put the hurt into one for the game-breaking bomb, and the 'pen did the rest for another Giants win. They gained a half game on the idle Dodgers with the 4-2 victory. Hest-o was neat-o again, and just like our man carmot said he is up there with the league's elites. What a treat to watch--did you see those two strikeouts in the 7th? BCraw also walked later and scored on a clutch pinch-double by Gregor Blanco to earn hitter's honors for the evening. Blanco was batting for Heston. Hunter Strickland looked deadly in the 8th, and Sergio Romo took the 9th, giving the regular man a break.

Matt Cain tomorrow. Go Giants!

--M.C.


This from the mlb.com site --


"He's just been unbelievable to watch this year," third baseman Matt Duffy said of Heston. "[He's been] huge for us [after] not making the club Opening Day and thrust into a start right away. He's been good by anybody's standards, I think, let alone the situation that he started out with."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thanks, Jake Smolinski!

This games shows why front offices are reluctant to put rookies in games.

The Giants swept Oakland today, 4-3, with a nice 2-run HR by Duffy in the first and stout work by the pen in relieving Tim Hudson. 

But the strangest play of all came in the top of the 9th. 

Jake Smolinski, who's been on the Oakland roster for a few games, pinch hit for Ike Davis and got a walk. Casilla was not looking sharp. Lawrie singled and Phegley struck out as Casilla finally started to get command.

This guy has less than 200 ABs in the bigs and exactly one stolen base.

Then Smolinski took off for third on the first pitch and Posey gunned him down. Lawrie stayed at first -- because he obviously didn't know that Smolinski was going.

Then Casilla struck out Semien to give the good guys a sweep.

What a bonehead play. This is why I don't like the stolen base as a strategy. When it doesn't work, it's deadly.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bumgarner's 9th

He hit the 9th homer of his career today in a glorious 2-1 vic over Oakland.

If he hits another 30, he'll break Wes Ferrell's career record....


Here's part of the mlb.com story --


SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner recognized a fastball from Chris Bassitt, kept his hands inside the baseball and let the bat do the work.
The ball sailed over the head of A's left fielder Mark Canha and into the outfield bleachers to give the Giants their first run in a 2-1 win over the A's on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Bumgarner worked the count to 3-2 before sending the seventh pitch of the at-bat into the left-field seats.
"I fouled the previous pitch off my knee," Bumgarner said. "So I just tried to stay inside [the next one] a little more and was able to make the adjustment and hit it pretty good."
The home run was Bumgarner's third of the season and the ninth of his career. No other pitcher in baseball has more than one home run this year.
The left-hander became the first opposing pitcher to go deep against the Athletics since the Orioles' Dave McNally homered off Ken Holtzman in 1972, one year before the American League adopted the designated hitter position.

Matt Duffy outperforms the Panda

 He has a 2.9 WAR so far this year. Sandoval is -0.4 according to Baseball Rerfernce though he was 3.4 last year

The Giants 3B has been a better player than anyone expected, according to Owen Watson at Just a Bit Outside.

The stories behind Crawford and Panik’s breakouts have already been chronicled: through a few swing changes and pulling more fly balls, both Giants middle infielders have increased their power production by leaps and bounds this season. However, it's not terribly surprising these two are putting it together, as one (Panik) was a highly-regarded prospect, and the other (Crawford) was a very good college player.
The same cannot be said of Matt Duffy. An 18th-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Long Beach State, Duffy tallied a total of 501 college at-bats, but never hitting a homer. Over parts of three years in the minors between 2012-14, Duffy hit 13 homers in 1,087 plate appearances: that's a minor-league home run rate of one every 84 plate appearances. Houston's Jose Altuve hit a home run, on average, every 77 plate appearances between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, so Duffy homered in the minors at a rate just below what Jose Altuve has for the past two seasons. Duffy was productive in other ways, however, showing doubles power and a nice balance of patience and limited strikeouts.
Then 2015 rolled around, and the 24-year-old forced himself into an everyday role over Casey McGehee by hitting everything in sight. Duffy had eight homers in the first half of the season, performing 27 percent better than the average major-league hitter (while also barely showing his stolen-base ability). His average fly ball and home run distance currently sits at 297 feet, ranking 34th in the majors -- just behind Andrew McCutchen. That power explosion, coupled with Duffy's above average defensive work (something he was known for dating back to his college days), have put him in very good company among rookies in 2015.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Justice Dept. finally ends hopeless pursuit of Barry Bonds

That's the headline in a blog called Above the Law: Redline

That was our tax dollars at work. My reaction is the same way I feel when I see cops ticketing people for jaywalking. As in "Don't you have better things to do?" The answer is "no -- I have the power  to do whatever I feel like."

Here's part --

After more than a decade of wasted tax dollars in the name of “justice” the government has officially dropped its case against the embattled slugger. Yesterday, the federal government informed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that it would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that reversed Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction.
As Kevin Draper aptly summarized earlier this year:

Twelve years after his testimony in the BALCO case, eight years after he was indicted by a grand jury for perjury and obstruction of justice for that testimony, and four years after he was convicted of a single obstruction of justice charge, the federal government’s case against Barry Bonds has been revealed to be the farce we knew it was all along. . .
The case against Bonds was flimsy, stupid, and a massive waste of millions of taxpayer dollars from the beginning. The federal government tried to charge Bonds with as many as 15 counts, had that reduced to four, and won conviction on a single obstruction of justice charge. He was convicted, essentially, of giving a rambling answer to that grand jury back in December 2003.

The Old Reliable may be back

Matt Cain went 6 today and struck out 6 in a glorious 7-1 vic in San Diego. 

Here's MC O'Connor's recap at Raising Matt Cain -

 Matt Cain made a 3-2 mistake in the 2nd to Jed Gyorko and he jerked it out for a 1-0 lead. Padres starter James Shields looked like he might make that stand up for an old-fahioned Caining but the boys wore him down and he was pulled after five. Perhaps manager Pat Murphy didn't like the 96-pitch total, or had more faith in his 'pen, but it seemed weird since Shields had only allowed three hits, three walks and no runs. Regardless, it worked out well for the Giants as reliever Marcos Mateo gave up a solo shot to Brandon Belt in the 6th that tied up the game. Belt looked like he'd taken call strike three the pitch before, and Mateo had turned toward the home dugout, but the umpire said "ball three" and he had to throw another one. This one Belt belted to end his homer drought. In the 7th the Giants benefited from another friendly call that saved Matt Duffy from his fourth strikeout and he walked to set it up for Buster Posey who, naturally, delivered the game-breaking double. The margins between defeat and victory are small.

The Giants padded things with three more in the 8th off Dale Thayer to make it 7-1 and that's how it finished. Cain went six, with five hits and one walk allowed, and six strikeouts, a strong effort overall especially in a rubber match against a pesky division foe. The Giants now have a winning record against the Padres and a winning record for the month of July. They won five of six on the road trip and open a six-game homestand Friday with the first of three against Oakland.

Everyone in the lineup today had at least one hit, except Cain, and Justin Maxwell added a pinch-hit from the pitcher's spot in the 8th inning. Six different guys scored a run. Jeremy Affeldt is back, he looked a little ragged, but it's good to see him out there. Nori Aoki joins the team in San Francisco. Let's get the whole band back together for the stretch run, eh?

GO GIANTS!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Heston's 10th win

He's the first Giants rookie to get 10 wins since Matt Cain in 2006, per the SF Chronicle.

Heston is a big reason why the Giants are contending. They are now at 50-44. Here's part of Henry Schulman's coverage --


For five innings, rookie Chris Heston propagated his bid to throw a second no-hitter. He pitched into the eighth and allowed his lone hit to Melvin Upton Jr. leading off the sixth, a broken-bat single.
Heston became the first Giants rookie to reach double-digit wins since Matt Cain in 2006 and provided that elusive and much-needed extended outing to save the bullpen.
Unlike his no-hitter in New York on June 9, Heston’s pitch count would have been a factor had he continued his bid late into the game.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the Upton hit spared him a tough decision. However, pressed on whether he would have pulled Heston on pitch count with a no-no intact, Bochy harked back to Tim Lincecum’s big night at Petco Park two seasons ago and said, “I let Timmy throw 148 pitches here. What do you think I would have done?”
No Giant has thrown two no-hitters in one season, and Heston would have been lying had he denied thinking about it.
“It creeps in your mind,” he said, “but I was trying to focus on executing and getting outs. The more you don’t think about those things, the more chance you have of something like that happening.”
Just as special for the Giants was their power show.
The Giants clubbed three home runs, which they had done only five times in their first 107 games at Petco Park. Just as significant, the Giants finally solved Odrisamer Despaigne, a pitcher who had owned them.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Six in a row, ho, ho, ho

A week and a half ago, the Giants were 43-43. Then they swept the Phils and the Dbacks...
Henry Schulman of the SF Chron got a good remark from Bumgarner ..... 

PHOENIX — Madison Bumgarner was a barrel of laughs Sunday.
Asked about the the staff’s approach to Paul Goldschmidt, who had two hits, Bumgarner joked that his apparently was “to make good pitches and get two strikes, then throw one down the middle.” Also, in Yogi-esque fashion, Bumgarner said, “Whatever he’s looking for, you’ve got to throw it somewhere else. That’s how you pitch him.”
Funny comes easily amid a six-game winning streak, which the Giants achieved with a 2-1 victory.

Hector Sanchez back in the Orange and Black

This guy has been around for awhile. MLB.com says he's been called up due to Susac going on the DL

He's made over 600 plate appearances over the last 5 seasons in the show 

He went 1 for 11 in the 2012 postseason.

He's hit a total of 9 HRs in the MLB, including a memorable shot during the 2013 season against the Nats.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fun, fun, fun

Few things are as much fun as winning after midnight on the road.

It was a seriously clutch night for Ryan Vogelsong -- who pitched a perfect 11th, dropped down a perfect bunt in the 12th and closed down the Dbacks in the bottom of the inning. A great win. 

MLB.com's recap is pretty dry but I forgive them -- it was around 1 am in Phoenix when this got written...

PHOENIX -- The Giants scored on a D-backs error in the top of the 12th inning to pull out a 6-5 win on Friday night at Chase Field in a game that lasted 5 hours, 11 minutes.
Giants reliever Ryan Vogelsong, who earned the win, dropped down a perfect bunt for an infield single to load the bases against D-backs reliever Randall Delgado with one out in the 12th. Angel Pagan followed with a grounder to D-backs shortstop Cliff Pennington, who tried to go home for the force out but his throw sailed past catcher Welington Castillo and allowed the winning run to score.
Neither starter factored in the decision and were both long gone when the game was decided. D-backs starter Robbie Ray gave up a season-high eight hits, but held the Giants to just two runs in five innings and notched a career-high eight strikeouts. Giants starter Matt Cain allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thanks for nothing, Clayton Kershaw

The Dodgers were pretty horrible in tonight's All-Star game. Zack Greinke gave up the first run to Mike Trout  on a homer. Clayton Kershaw gave up the next two. Joc Pederson went O-for-2. Way to go, Dodger losers.


All-Star Game losing pitcher: Clayton Kershaw.

That means the AL has home field advantage in the World Series.

Games 3, 4 and 5 (if needed) will be held (hopefully) at AT&T Park on Octorber 30, October 31 and November 1

Sunday, July 12, 2015

3-game win streak for the Orange and Black

 I'd maintain that the top suprise so far this year is Chris Heston, who won his 9th today. The Giants are now 46-43.

The Giants have now won 4 of five since Hunter Pence returned last Tuesday. Here's the top of  Carl Steward's story for the Merc-News -- 


Rookie right-hander Chris Heston allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings and backup catcher Andrew Susac slammed a three-run fourth-inning homer as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 at AT&T Park to complete a three-game sweep entering the All-Star break.
Heston (9-5) opened the game with six shutout innings and got the first two outs of the seventh before running into trouble, allowing two straight singles and then a double to the Phillies' Cody Asche. Another rookie, left-hander Josh Osich, struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Francoeur to end that threat, added a scoreless eighth, and Santiago Casilla recorded his 23rd save in the ninth, even though he allowed a run.
 The Giants banged out 11 more hits -- giving them 46 for the three-game series -- and scored all of their runs in the fourth. Brandon Crawford drove home Buster Posey with the first run, then Susac, who had been 2 for his previous 27, launched his third homer of the year over the center field wall against Philadelphia starter and loser Chad Billingsley (1-3).

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lucius Fox in the Orange and Black

Old news, I know. He's 18 but sounds as if he's going to be ready for the Show in another year or two.

Per the Merc-News -- 
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Fox is viewed as a shortstop, but his speed could translate to him playing the outfield. The Giants’ current middle infield is occupied by a pair of young All-Stars in 28-year-old Brandon Crawford and 24-year-old Joe Panik.
“I can play any position on the field, honestly,” Fox said. “Whatever helps the organization win or helps the team win, I’ll do whatever.”
Make no mistake though, Fox views himself as an infielder, calling Jose Reyes and Robinson Cano his biggest influences.
“I feel like I can bring the same energy and I can change the game with my speed the way Jose Reyes does,” Fox said.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he’s excited to watch him play, which he’ll get a chance to do when Fox participates in instructional league this fall.
“Our scouts are ranting and raving about him,” Bochy said. “His athleticism, his bat, his defense, everything.”

Grand slam number 5

Hunter Pence hit his fifth career grand slam. It was the Giants fifth slam of the season 

It was night in which fans are thinking "Can't they save a few runs for those 2-1games?"

Well, maybe it means that having Pence back is going to make a difference. They are 14-7 in games he's played.

Here's the top of the mlb.com story --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence's grand slam Friday night helped the San Francisco Giants propel Cole Hamels to one of the worst defeats of his career as the reigning World Series champions routed the Philadelphia Phillies, 15-2.
The Giants, who broke their AT&T Park record with 22 hits and set a season high in runs, established a 2015 best with eight runs in the fourth inning, as seven consecutive batters reached base with one out before Pence launched a 1-1 fastball onto the right-field arcade.
"It was time for us to break out at some point," said manager Bruce Bochy, whose Giants scored 13 runs in their previous seven games and had 22 hits in the preceding four games. "It looked like the day off [Thursday] helped the guys."

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Giants start one-game win streak

Man, that was a brutal 7-game loss streak that ended tonight with Matt Cain pitching and Hunter Pence returning after a month out.

Mike Krukow, who knows a thing or two about pitching, gushed during the postgame about how magnificent Matt was.

M.J. O'Connor at Raising (Matt) Cain had a fine recap

 Things went a little better for Matt Cain this time around as the big righty managed six scoreless with only two hits allowed and seven whiffs. He got some help from surprise starter Hunter Pence who contributed a sterling defensive sequence in the 6th to get Curtis Granderson at home to preserve the shutout. That's the league-leading thirteenth, by the way. The 'pen gave up two hits and two walks in the final three but kept the score sheet clean. Giants had ten hits, all singles, and were helped by sloppy fielding from the Mets. Pence delivered a clutch hit to go along with his clutch catch-and-throw, and Gregor Blanco and Joe Panik had five hits and all three runs scored between them.

The Giants end the losing streak, finally, after seven games. The Dodgers lose in Philadelphia and lead the West by four games. The gap was only half a game on June 20th, but 5-10 tailspin took care of that. Jake Peavy gets the start tomorrow afternoon. Let's hope he shows the same form he had last time out.

GO GIANTS!

--M.C.


p.s. On the pre-game Papa asked Laskey for his 'key to the game' and he said "Hunter Pence." When Vida got the same question, he said "Matt Cain."

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Ryan Lollis in the Orange and Black

I stumbled into watching the 9th inning of today's blowout loss to the Nats, who hammered Bumgarner early and often.

Ryan Lollis made his MLB debut today and went 0-for-4, including a called strike 3 in the 9th. He did hit a couple of line drives, however, and he's been hitting .358 in the minors this year.

They tried another guy in the OF a few weeks ago -- Jarrett Parker, who went 1-for-9 with 5 Ks.

The front office DFAd Ishikawa to bring this guy up. Perhaps he'll be this year's Joe Panik. Here's the story from yesterday's SF Chron...


WASHINGTON — Rarely do 37th-round draft picks reach the majors after seven seasons in the minors. They usually resign themselves to other careers and hang up their spikes.
Ryan Lollis, the Giants’ newest outfielder, is an exception. Why?
“Grit, grinding, all that good stuff. That’s the kind of guy I am,” Lollis said as he donned a big-league jersey for the first time Friday at age 28.

Dodgers also lose, 2-1

Some enjoyment from another 2-1 loss up close -- this one doled out to the dodgers by the Mets. Yasiel Puig, who is looking massively over-rated, looked particularly bad striking out in the 8th.

Here's part of mlb.com's story -- Please note that Clayton Kershaw did not get a win. Eat it, Clayton. Eat it raw....


LOS ANGELES -- The Mets still aren't scoring particularly often, but on Friday night, at least, they managed to score enough. Kevin Plawecki hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, lifting the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on a night that saw Noah Syndergaard hold one of the National League's best offenses to two hits in six innings.
The Mets never led until the ninth, when they parlayed a bloop double, an infield single and Plawecki's sacrifice fly into their second run. They still scored two or fewer runs for the 12th time in 14 games, but won for the fifth time during that stretch.
Syndergaard delivered a quality start at Dodger Stadium, holding Los Angeles to two hits -- one of them an Adrian Gonzalez solo homer -- and two walks over six innings. But the rookie received a no-decision thanks in large part to the efforts of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who recovered from a shaky first few innings to retire 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Kershaw lasted seven innings, striking out seven and allowing one run.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

I hate the Marlins more than I can say

Blame Scott Cousins and that stupid stadium and their stupid owner.

Raising (Matt) Cain does a nice job of recapping the nightmare through MC O"Connor -- 

The Marlins hit three three-run home runs in the series and won all three games. Rookie Justin Bour feasted on Giants pitching and notched the death blow in today's game off Matt Cain mere hours after his dramatic walk-off against Santiago Casilla last night. I'm happy the Giants are leaving Miami. I'm happy Matt Cain is alive and well. Only time will tell if he is pain-free and cured of his physical maladies. He looked a lot like Matt Cain despite the lousy outcome in his comeback from surgery. He hit 91 mph on the radar gun and looked good at the end of the 4th inning inducing a double play to end a threat. He unfortunately got hammered in the 5th with the long balls from pitcher Jose Fernandez (who hits like MadBum and was making a comeback from surgery as well) and the aforementioned Bour. I could live with the fat one to Fernandez, sometimes you have to bring the gas and see what the guy can do with it. The pitch to Bour was a clear mistake, missing the inside target and right over the middle of the plate. I would have happily walked the lefty there and pitched to the righty Marcell Ozuna with the bases loaded and a chance for a DP. And I thought Rags told Cain to pitch around Bour, but he didn't execute. Clearly that pitch was meant to be a ball and in on the hands--they got him that way on a pop-up in the previous at-bat.
Bit of a disappointment this morning after all the anticipation of Matty's return. Buster Posey hit another home run and Gregor Blanco launched a massive bomb (off Fernandez) as well. I thought the Giants looked good against the flame-throwing phenom, at least the lefties did, Panik, Crawford, and Belt all notching hits. But it was a crappy series, especially with the spectacular blown save last night. They should have come out of that game with a win, and they had a real shot today jumping out to an early lead. A rusty Matt Cain with a few command issues (four walks in his five innings) is still Matt Cain. If he is indeed healthy again I am sure he will start to string together lots of quality innings.

One thing I've learned watching this club is that they are resilient. This three-game tailspin is ugly, but they have a short collective memory and don't let poor performances cast a pall over their next game or series. Jake Peavy makes his own comeback tomorrow in D.C.

GO GIANTS!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Stick is gone