Essentially, this game was the platonic ideal of the San Francisco Giants vs. Tim Hudson. Giants hitters swung early, swung often, and swung at trailing sinkers that promptly meandered back out to the Braves infielders. I think at one point Jason Heyward pulled a lawn chair out to the field and had a mojito. Madison Bumgarner, meanwhile, was pretty excellent, giving up an unearned run thanks to a Pablo Sandoval error (on a tough play, it must be said) and two solo home runs. Home runs are a thing the Braves produce with regularity, as even pitchers of MadBum’s quality occasionally lay one out over the plate. It seems churlish to complain about the Giants’ lack of HR power the day after that circus last night, but heck, there’s a reason we all freaked out for the dinger parade. It doesn’t happen. Continue reading
Matt Cain, though not perfect like he was in his last start against the Astros, pitched one pretty good game today.
6.1 innings pitched, striking out six, giving up only one earned run, two runs total, and one walk. Not shabby at all. Although, he did have that one error that wasn’t nice to look at. But, still, not a terrible outing.
But then, there’s Emmanuel Burriss, he of the .210/.272/.218 line. He’s also the proud owner of a — get this — .008 ISO.
And that’s just this season. His career ISO is now at .027.
Now, I don’t exactly expect much from Burriss, but his numbers aren’t too encouraging. I would hope for at least a .030 ISO on the season or career-wise, but he just doesn’t seem like he’s got that in him.
There’s also his .224 wOBA on the season.
So, he can’t hit, he can’t bunt, he fields like there’s going to be lots of pasta diving happening. His base running has a lot to be desired. Yet he’s still on the bench, most likely because he’s out of options. For inexplicable reasons, it’s like Hinshaw 2.0.
That narrative’s gonna be annoying for a while.
On the bright side, this also happened today:
Thank you, Padres, for doing your job. Giants fans salute you today.
So, let’s see. This is my first recap in a week or so (thanks, vacation), and this is what you give me to work with, Giants? Sheesh.
I barely remember that Madison Bumgarner started this game. But as far as anyone’s concerned, he be beastin’ and throwin’ baseballs to win. Of course, Bruce Bochy had to go and do that thing where he leaves starters in when they shouldn’t be pitching and a reliever should be in. Then Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer to tie the game. That was sucky. But Bumgarner was still awesome.
Buster Posey hit a three-run bomb — and I mean it was absolutely crushed — in the first inning and that put the Giants on the board. Offense, y’all! You would’ve thought that they could actually have a decent offense in the game since they drew walks and hit with RISP, but then. Continue reading
Coming into tonight, Madison Bumgarner had a streak of winning in his last 8 starts at home, dating back to August 9, 2011. By the end of the game, the streak was broken.
The Giants lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals, who didn’t even need to deploy Carlos Beltran and his barking knee to beat the home team. The team continues to be mystified by runners in scoring position, going 2-for-11 in such situations. Maybe Bam-Bam needs to have guys stand on base during batting practice, since obviously the guys have no idea how to hit in games when presented with extra guys standing around out there.
How to summarize the Giants batters tonight? Maybe something like this:
This includes two strike-outs each for Charlie Culberson, Brandon Crawford, Nate Schierholtz and Emmanuel Burriss. Yikes. Continue reading
Madison Bumgarner made his first start against the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader tonight. And it was a good one. The Giants completed the doubleheader sweep with a score of 6-1.
For the second time today, the Giants came out swinging in the first inning. CF Gregor Blanco led off with a single, followed by a towering Pandamode HR from Pablo Sandoval for two runs. Nate Schierholtz continued his day’s hot streak with a triple*, followed by a sac fly from Hector Sanchez for another run.
*Nate would finish the game 3 for 5, and 6 for 10 for the day.
Of note, Sandoval extended his season-starting hit streak to 16, tying Willie Mays’ team record set in 1960. The Panda also has the longest current hit streak in the majors.
The Giants scored another 2 runs in the 4th inning, when Blanco’s fly ball to LF went into Jason Bay’s glove, but then right back out as Bay fell over, scoring Brett Pill and Emmanuel Burriss. When I was an assistant coach for my girls t-ball teams, I always told the kids that when the ball goes in the glove, you close the glove. Or, as we put it: “When the fish goes in the mouth, the croc snaps its jaws shut.” AND THAT’S WHY YOU DO THAT, JASON BAY. Continue reading
Tim Lincecum got out of jams and got the win. Struck out eight, which is fabulous, but also walked five, which is eh.
Emmanuel Burriss and Brandon Crawford turned a slick double play that made Jon Miller speechless.
Buster Posey hit a bomb that was awesome, and so did Nate Schierholtz.
Bruce Bochy pulled another odd double switch. So I don’t know. It shouldn’t be surprising anymore at this point, but oh well.
Game two starts soon.
Back when I first started drafting a recap for this game, here’s how it started:
Ryan Vogelsong went a solid six innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, and striking out eight, including a fantastic mow-down of the Mets 3-4-5 after a leadoff double to Daniel Murphy. With the game tied at 1-1 in the seventh, Manny Burriss (somehow!) on second, and Mets sinkerballer Mike Pelfrey beginning to reach the upper bounds of his pitch count, Vogelsong was removed from the game for Brandon Belt. Belt fought off a couple of tough pitches and came through with a single to score Burriss. A bullpen conglomeration of Daniel Otero, Javier Lopez, and an extremely well-rested Santiago Casilla closed out the game, giving the Giants a hard-fought 2-1 win against a resurgent Mets squad.
At least, that’s how things went in my own private universe. Continue reading
Tonight, the Giants are facing the Phillies at AT&T Park. Tim Lincecum faces Roy Halladay, which is going to be the EPSN pitching duel of the day.
Tomorrow, Joe Blanton faces Madison Bumgarner. This one is going to be a matchup for the cupcakes and for the cows.
On Wednesday, Cliff Lee goes up against Matthew Thomas Cain. That might be another ESPN pitching duel of the day right there, too.
The recent rivalry between the two teams has been one for the blogosphere as of late. However, Jonathan Sanchez is now with the Royals and Eli Whiteside is hopping in Fresno.
And then the Phillies are 4-5 and Chase Utley is on the DL. But they have that centerfielder that no one outside Philly really likes to like. So who knows what’s gonna happen? It doesn’t seem like it’s gonna be an outcome without turmoil or anything.
Of course, it’d be nice if the Giants sweep the series, but at this point, a win is good. Setting the bar low so anything more exceeds expectations.
Today’s Giants lineup after the jump. Continue reading
The Giants played an uneventful game that resulted in a loss, which isn’t fun. They got BABIP’d hard and the home plate umpire was in on the narrative that involves clownshoes.
Andrew McCutchen’s friends were actually impressive, to the delight of the one dude in the field level seat wearing a Sidney Crosby jersey. And maybe a couple more, but I couldn’t really see them, so maybe they’re ninjas.
Buster Posey wasn’t having it and Brandon Crawford applied the tag on the face. That was funny. And then the offense couldn’t muster more than one run against the Pirates. That’s not funny.
The Giants left nine on base, which is a sad number since they were saying there was a chance. Then there was no chance and Emmanuel Burriss wasn’t able to win the game on a walkoff catcher’s interference bunt.
Then Burris had to go. So there’s an Instagram photo of the park from today.
The Giants play the Phillies at home tomorrow. The clownshoes are waiting with the big red nose.
So the first thing I have to say is that that was an incredibly Giants way to win. Emmanuel Burriss probably should have been out, and then Pablo Sandoval should have struck out after sending a home run foul by feet, and Aubrey Huff should have been Aubrey Huff. But hey, catcher defense is prized for a reason, and I have this totally incorrect idea about Rod Barajas ruining the Giants’ collective day last year, so I’ll take it. A win! Hoorah! We’re .500! Continue reading