Saturday, July 27, 2019

The unreal Giants

Sorry for the lack of postings as the Giants became a different team in July. Last night's game was typical per the story:

SAN DIEGO -- During the Giants’ implausible rise in less than a month from last-place outsiders to Wild Card contenders, there has been a constant: Turn the ball over to the bullpen, and something good is likely to happen.
There’s a fair chance that good thing will come from a Panda.
As the bullpen delivered five scoreless innings Friday night at Petco Park, Pablo Sandoval blasted his second extra-inning home run in a span of three games, lifting the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Padres in 11 innings.
• Box score
Sandoval, who had a walk-off homer in the 13th against the Cubs on Tuesday, hit a two-out homer off rookie left-hander Logan Allen on a 1-2 count.
“I got a good pitch to hit, fastball up,” Sandoval said. “I put a good swing on it.”
Said manager Bruce Bochy: “Pablo, with two out and nobody on, it doesn’t get any bigger than what he did.”
The Giants have had plenty of big moments during their rise to contention. They are 7-0 in extra-inning games since the All-Star break, and the drama is becoming a regular occurrence. Six of those extra-inning victories have come in the past 10 games. The Giants are the first team in the live-ball era to win six extra-inning games in a 10-game span, according to research by STATS.
“That tells me we have a great bullpen,” said Jeff Samardzija, who handled the first six innings Friday. “To win extra-inning games, you have to be throwing up zeros with guys who aren’t starters. ... They’ve been so efficient, just so solid with their work that they’ve made these extra-inning games be not too taxing on them.”

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Giants coming on (a bit)


Madison Bumgarner goes tonight against St. Louis with the Giants nine games under. Is this his final game in the Orange and Black?