Sunday, May 29, 2016

Buster Buster

A pair of 3-run homers ... THAT'S how you win in Denver, where no lead is ever truly safe. So much so that Bruce Bochy brought in Santiago Casilla with a 5-run lead in the ninth.

Here's the top of the story --

  Buster Posey's second three-run homer of the game keyed a six-run eighth inning as the Giants won for the 14th time in their last 16 games, 10-5, over the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday afternoon.
Posey, who homered in the first inning off Rockies starter Eddie Butler, flipped the game to the Giants in the eighth with his seventh homer of the season -- off Carlos Estevez, after Joe Panik and Matt Duffy had singled. Jarrett Parker added an RBI single and Gregor Blanco singled in two runs as the Rockies needed three pitchers to complete the inning.
The Giants' eight hits in the eighth were their most in any inning since they had eight in the top of the third on Aug. 17, 2012, at San Diego.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thanks, Padres!!!

My word -- the Giants have swept the Padres three times this year for a 9-0 record against them.

Jake Peavy pitched well with one earned run into the 7th after a disgraceful performance against the Cubs on Friday night. Here's Grant Bisbee of McCovey Chronicles --

Before you use the "Whatever, it was the Padres" excuse as a way to minimize Jake Peavy's start, please note that you certainly didn't use the "Oh, he's fine; the Cubs are just that good" excuse in his last start. Seems unfair to pick and choose your excuses.
Still, it's not time to run through the streets, ringing doorbells and telling your neighbors that Peavy is back. There probably isn't ever a great time to do that, even if it's true, but certainly don't do it right now. That doesn't mean you shouldn't consider this start a positive development. Here, I'll start:
That looked like the Jake Peavy from last year.
At least, the results did. We had such modest expectations before the season started, and his good outings were always supposed to look like this. He worked quickly and was economical with his pitches, just like he was in his best starts last year. He limited the free passes, but he also limited the 450-foot meatballs, just like he did in his best starts last year.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Six in a row

An easy 5-1 victory tonight at Petco in San Diego -- the Giants have won six in a row now.

The last 6-gamer came in late July, when Chris Heston won his 11th in a 4-3 vic over the Brewers. He would only win one more game.

They were 55-44 at that point and would have wound up at 90-72 -- good enough to make it to the postseason. Instead, they would up at 84-78

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Peavy returns

Jake Peavy finally had a great game tonight -- 6 innings, 1 run. It was the Giants 4th win in a row.

it's about damn time. He's in the second year of a 2-year deal that pays $24 million.

Here's the recap-

PHOENIX -- Buster Posey's two-out, bases-loaded, two-run, ground-rule double off D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson in the top of the ninth gave the Giants a 5-3 victory Saturday at Chase Field as they took the first three games of a four-game series that ends here Sunday.
The Giants finally saw the Jake Peavy of old as the veteran right-hander three-hit the D-backs on one run for six innings in his best start of the 2016 season. But the bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead.
Peavy battled Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. Hunter Pence had the big blow off him, a two-run homer in the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Giants a two-run lead
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Panik again: Joe Panik had his sixth RBI of the series when he singled home Denard Span in the top of the first inning off Corbin. Span opened the game with a triple. Panik had a two-run homer off Zack Greinke on Thursday night and a three-run shot off Shelby Miller on Friday night to account for all the Giants' runs in a 3-1 win.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Bad luck Mothers Day

Hope you had a good Mothers Day. Some of my favorite Giants fans are also moms.

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles blames bad fortune for the Rox 2-0 shutout of the good guys today

 The team you were rooting for couldn't do the specific things you were rooting for.
However, even when you tally up the offenses of the offense, there is absolutely no way that the Giants should have been shut out. They weren't that inept. In the first four innings, they had all sorts of great at-bats. Heck, let's catalog them because we don't like feeling good about ourselves:
  • Bot. 1, Gregor Blanco singles the other way
  • Bot. 1, Blanco steals second
  • Bot. 1, Joe Panik hits a line drive to left
  • Bot. 2, Brandon Belt lines a single to right
  • Bot. 2, Hunter Pence drills a ball 410 feet to right
  • Bot. 3, Panik hits a grounder hard up the middle
  • Bot. 3, Matt Duffy hits a ball 360 feet to left
  • Bot. 4, Belt walks
  • Bot. 4, Pence singles off the pitcher
No runs. The fifth and sixth innings were quiet, but the rest of the game was filled with the same thing. If the Giants cut and paste some of those events into the seventh, eighth, or ninth innings, they might still be playing. Instead, every check swing seemed to go against them. Every borderline call seemed to go for the Rockies at the worst possible time. Every good swing produced a foul straight back, not a line drive for a hit.
The Rockies scored one of their two runs on a doink, a hit against the shift, and a doink. The Giants couldn't even get hits on their hard-hit balls, not if there were runners in scoring position.
That's not to say the Rockies didn't deserve their two runs, or that the Giants should have won 6-2. This was just the kind of game that reminded you just how annoying productive lineups can be. We think of a good offense in terms of runs scored, and that's understandable. A team that scores five runs per game is a Good Offense, and that's the end of that discussion.
Except, those five runs don't come with a roll of the dice at the beginning of the game. They accumulate. Good takes become good walks; good eyes become good pitches to hit; good pitches to hit become singles; other good pitches to hit become extra-base hits; great swings become home runs. And so on. Except they have to be strung all together. A team could hit .400 for the season without scoring a single run. The Giants looked like that hypothetical team on Sunday.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Happy birthday, Willie Mays

The Greatest Giant of Them All turned 85 today and saw the Giants come back from 4 down for a glorious 6-4 vic.

Here's the recap -- 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner found his form after giving up four second-inning runs, and Brandon Crawford's three-run homer and Matt Duffy's fifth-inning triple keyed a 6-4 Giants victory at AT&T Park on Friday night.
Crawford's fourth homer of the season in the bottom of the second killed the Rockies' momentum after a big inning. Duffy tripled in a run in the fifth and scored on Hunter Pence's two-out single to give the Giants the lead. Meanwhile, Bumgarner didn't let a Rockies runner past first base the rest of his outing. He finished with 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, as his work helped settle the Giants after two straight losses.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Tim Lincecum coming back?

Monday, May 02, 2016

Vin Mazzaro?

Man, I didn't even know he was a Giant. Turns out that he won the game tonight as part of a 9-6 vic in Cincy.

He got the last out of the 6th and the first out of the 7th.

It turns out that he was signed as a free agent in January. It was his 24th career win. The Giants are his fifth team in the bigs in eight years.

Welcome to the Giants, Vin!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

That's an ace

Madison Bumgarner won his third game of the year today in New York in a 6-1 vic after the Giants had lost the first two games to the Mets.

They are now 13-13. Here's the top of's story 

  Scuffling throughout the second half of April, and in particular on the road, the Giants made sure not to leave Flushing without a parting gift. Madison Bumgarner outpitched Noah Syndergaard on Sunday, Hunter Pence clubbed a two-run homer and the Giants snapped the Mets' eight-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory of their own at Citi Field.
Hardly dominant, Bumgarner was plenty good enough against a Mets team resting some of its top left-handed bats on a rainy afternoon. The Giants lefty stranded runners in scoring position in the first, third and sixth innings, bedeviling a Mets lineup stocked with seven right-handed batters.
Said Bumgarner, who has complained about his balky pitching mechanics, "It didn't feel like I was 100 percent where I would like to be, but it's really close."
Syndergaard was unable to navigate trouble with quite the same success. His issues curbing the running game resurfaced via a troika of Giants stolen bases, though the biggest blow against Syndergaard was Pence's two-run, opposite-field home run in the fourth.