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 MLB.com 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.
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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)

39-48

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