Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dumbass Dee Gordon

Once a Dodgers, always a dumbass

What do you expect from an ex-Dodger? Dumbass Dee Gordon suspended for 80 games. Here is the story 

LOS ANGELES -- Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion and a two-time All-Star, has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games for a violation of the league's drug policy.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball levied the suspension without pay after Gordon tested positive for "exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," MLB said in a written statement released after 1 a.m. ET on Friday.
The announcement came minutes after the Marlins defeated the Dodgers, 5-3, completing a four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.
"Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team," Marlins president David Samson said, "and we all love him, and we support him.
"That said, I do not like, or condone, what he did. He's an important member of this organization and will be for many years to come. It's a huge, huge disappointment. To the kids, to our fans, to his teammates, and to everyone in our organization, who works hard every single day, to put a product on the field and off the field that all Miamians will be proud of."
Gordon, an All-Star the past two seasons, won the National League batting title in 2015, when he posted a .333 average with a league-best 205 hits and 58 steals. He also led the NL with 64 steals in '14, before the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins.
Gordon was off to a slower start this season, batting .266/.289/.340 with six steals through 21 games. However, his RBI single in the seventh inning on Thursday tied the score at 2-2 and knocked Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda out of the game.
Gordon, who turned 28 on April 22, is the son of former big league pitcher Tom Gordon and was a fourth-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2008 Draft. In January, the Marlins signed him to a new contract that was due to pay him $50 million through 2020, with a $14 million club option for '21.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"I love this guy"

That was Mike Krukow on the postgame tonight talking about Johnny Cueto winning his 100th game via a 1-0 shutout.

It was the first 1-0 vic in more than a year since April 9, 2015 -- also against the Padres in a 12-inning marathon.

"He was carving up the strike zone" is what Krukow said.

He's also the 13th Dominican pitcher to win 100 games. Juan Marichal leads the list at 243.

Here's the coverage --


SAN FRANCISCO -- Denard Span broke an offensive logjam Tuesday night with a fifth-inning RBI double as the San Francisco Giants handed a superb Johnny Cueto his 100th career victory with a 1-0 decision over the San Diego Padres.
Reaching triple digits would have made this a memorable game for Cueto (4-1) under any circumstance. But he put a little something extra in it by striking out 11 in his 13th career complete game and seventh shutout. Cueto yielded seven hits and stranded four runners in scoring position.
But he needed at least one run, and Span provided it by drilling a 3-1 pitch off the right-field wall to score Brandon Crawford from second base. Span, an offseason free-agent acquisition along with Cueto, is batting .563 (9-for-16) with runners in scoring position. This was the lone lapse by Padres starter James Shields, who allowed three hits in seven innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Big pitches to a big hitter: Cueto directly challenged the Padres, as demonstrated by his approach to Matt Kemp. Cueto struck out Kemp with a runner on third base and one out in the first inning, then fanned the ex-Dodger again in the fourth with a runner on first base.
Can't find their way home: On three occasions, the Padres put a runner on third base with one out, but they came away empty-handed all three times -- including a frustrating sequence in the fourth. With men on the corners and one out, Melvin Upton Jr. was thrown out stealing. Derek Norris followed by hitting a deep fly ball that would have plated a run, but instead qualified as the third out.

Friday, April 22, 2016

"That's part of the game"

That was what Johnny Cueto said yesterday after losing his first game as a Giant. He had left what was supposed to be a sinker up in the zone and Yasmany Tomas clobbered it. The recap doesn't mention that he had started the lone Giant rally with a walk.

I like this guy so far.

From the site --

Tomas untied it when he hit a 3-2 pitch from Johnny Cueto over the wall in left-center. Cueto (3-1) took the loss but pitched well in scattering eight hits over seven innings. The two RBI hits he allowed to Goldschmidt included a grounder down the line at third and a bloop single to right.
"That's part of the game," Cueto said. "I was trying to throw a sinker [to Tomas] but the ball just stayed up."

Sunday, April 17, 2016


I've been in the midst of cleaning up the blog roll on the site, getting rid of links that no longer work. Sorry that it took me this long to do that

Cueto goes 3-0

OK, so one of the wins came after he gave up 5 in the top of the first but he was stellar last night. I like him so far.

Nice post by Henry Schulman of the SF Chron --


LOS ANGELES — Johnny Cueto has gotten to know fellow Dominican Santiago Casilla well. They dressed close by in the clubhouse in spring training and have become fast friends.
“Thank God I’m here. I’m happy we’re on the same team,” Cueto said after Casilla saved a 4-3 Giants victory Saturday night by getting Joc Pederson to foul out and pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig to hit a lazy fly to left with Yasmani Grandal at third base and a sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium howling.
The Giants are equally happy that Cueto is on their team.
He has been their best starter and moved to 3-0 with his second consecutive victory against the Dodgers. This was his best game.

Friday, April 15, 2016

A lost night at Chez Latrine

The Giants managed to score 3 runs off Clayton Kershaw but Kelby Tomlinson was awful at shortstop. His awfulness rubbed off on Panik.

Per --

Giants middle infielders Kelby Tomlinson and Joe Panik booted double-play grounders, resulting in a four-run fourth inning, with Hernandez doubling in two runs and former Giant Charlie Culberson singling home a pair. Culberson singled in his third run in the sixth after Tomlinson's second error of the game.
Making the most: Culberson's second RBI hit chased Bumgarner. In his only other start this year, also in a game Bumgarner started, Culberson had the game-winning double in the 10th inning last Saturday in San Francisco. Both times he started at shortstop in place of Corey Seager.
 Disappointing defense: The Giants entered Friday having committed just four errors in 10 games while ranking fifth in the National League with a .989 fielding percentage. They ruined that in the fourth inning, squandering two opportunities for inning-ending double plays. Tomlinson played Ellis' grounder off his glove and the usually reliable Panik made a poor attempt to shovel the ball to second base on Kershaw's grounder.

Romo on the DL

What a lousy day. The dodgers won, the Giants got hammered again at Coors and Romo went on the DL with a flexor strain.

Here's the story --

DENVER -- Giants reliever Sergio Romo was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain in his right elbow on Thursday. Romo will not throw for at least two weeks.
The club will make a corresponding roster move before Friday's series opener against the Dodgers.
"He needs a couple weeks without throwing," manager Bruce Bochy said after Thursday's 11-6 loss to the Rockies in the rubber game at Coors Field. "He's going to be down for awhile. I can't tell you how long."
Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner confirmed the timetable, noting that they'll evaluate Romo after the initial two-week period of inactivity.
Romo left the team before Thursday's game to return to San Francisco for tests on his elbow. He had been fine on Tuesday, but started to feel discomfort in the elbow when playing catch before Wednesday's game against the Rockies.
This is the same injury that cost Matt Cain 94 games on the DL during the 2015 campaign, but Romo's return won't necessarily take as long.
"I guess it depends on how bad it is," Cain said. "For me, it was three weeks to let the flexor heal, so no throwing. And I had to start back over to throw and find ways to get your pitch count back up. It's almost like a whole offseason again, because I was getting the pitch count back to 100 where it needed to be.
"Being a starter it's definitely different. Let's hope that his is not nearly as long of a timetable as mine was."
The situation makes the Giants' decision to start the season with 13 pitchers, including eight in the bullpen, seem prescient.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Trevor Brown???

Monday, April 11, 2016

What a first week

Friday, April 08, 2016

Welcome to San Francisco

That was a pretty fine game tonight - two homers and a 3-2 vic in the 10th over the dodgers.

Maybe there is really something to this even year thing

Anyhow, that's one of the wildest 8th innings ever. Here's the story 

SAN FRANCISCO - Rookie Ross Stripling, who had never pitched above Double-A, was removed after throwing 7 1/3 no-hit innings in his Major League debut for the Dodgers on Friday night, and all he had to show for it was a no-decision as Brandon Crawford homered off Joe Blanton leading off the bottom of the 10th for a 3-2 Giants win..
Stripling was lifted by manager Dave Roberts after walking Angel Pagan with his 100th pitch and replaced by Chris Hatcher to a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd at AT&T Park. The first batter Hatcher faced, Trevor Brown, homered on a 3-1 fastball to tie the game. Before the inning was over, Roberts was ejected by plate umpire Jeff Kellogg for arguing balls and strikes.
The only player in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in his debut is Bumpus Jones, who did it for Cincinnati on Oct. 15, 1892.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Now that's how to start a season -- crushing the Brew Crew at Miller Park. I wonder if my old pal Bud Selig was in attendance.

Madison Bumgarner gutted out 5 innings with a fever, according to --

MILWAUKEE -- Madison Bumgarner was under the weather, but the rest of the Giants appeared healthy, strong and right on schedule.
Denard Span and Matt Duffy each homered and combined for nine RBIs as the Giants overcame Bumgarner's shaky start for a 12-3 win Monday over the Brewers on Opening Day at Miller Park. Having won the World Series in each of the past three even-numbered years, the 2016 season was off to an auspicious start for San Francisco.
Bumgarner walked home a run in the first inning and surrendered solo home runs to Brewers infielders Scooter Gennett in the second and Jonathan Villar in the third.
"Sometimes, days like today are more rewarding than when you go out there with your best stuff," said Bumgarner, who began feeling weakened by chills and a fever Saturday night.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Cory Gearrin in the Orange and Black

 The latest from --

The Giants are going with 13 pitchers and a 4-man bench of Gregor Blanco, Trevor Brown, Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza, who a homer in yesterday's game in Oakland. Matt Cain looked decent -- not great but decent.

Cory Gearrin is something of an unknown here in the pen, though he pitched 7 games with the Orange and Black in September and was damn good except for one game.

He was with ATL between 2011 and 2013 and then came up last year with the Orange and Black and was pretty much lights out.

Golden Gate Sports said a month ago that he'd make the team.

Friday, April 01, 2016

A 3-0 Victory

Very nice vic over Oakland tonight -- made me wonder when the last 3-0 home win was.

The answer - July 7, 2015. The only 3-0 win for the Orange and Black last year.

It was Matt Cain's first of two wins last year.

Jake Peavy won tonight's game. Here's part of story --

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a game that bore an uncanny resemblance to Thursday's, the San Francisco Giants outlasted the Oakland A's, 3-0, on Friday as the exhibition Bay Bridge Series continued.
Jake Peavy permitted Oakland two hits in five innings, following Jeff Samardzija's five-inning one-hitter the night before in San Francisco's 3-1 triumph. Peavy downplayed his own excellence.