SF Giants snoozed

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You know the old saying “you snooze, you lose?” Friday night’s Giants game was a snooze fest. I bet I’m not the only one who gave my eyes a rest. For four innings.

I didn’t see the Braves score their two runs. I fell asleep in the top of the sixth–I recorded the first two at-bats on my scoresheet, but after that bupkiss. I could have watched the encore performance that aired in the middle of the night, since my circadian rhythm’s master closck is now working like an alarm clock that’s been smashed against a wall. I decided to write this instead.

But for those who don’t know, the final score was: Giants 0, Braves 2

I know we are struggling. It will work out. I have faith. I expressed concern because I think the Kid might get sent back down. In retrospect, I think I’d rather see Christian Arroyo back in the minors bashing baseballs than losing heart in the bigs. His confidence could suffer and he needs to learn how to work out of a slump. He doesn’t need to do that on a world stage. If he gets sent back down, I hope he doesn’t stay down for long. He’s still a great spark.

We need an outfielder. And pitching. Consistent pitching. Although after looking at the box score from Friday’s game, I’d have to say Matt Cain did a great job and his relief—Bryan Morris and George Kontos—pitched scoreless innings. The pitchers held the game within reach. Only thing we needed was a bat. Or two.

But you’re Giants fans. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. We have to keep believing. And try to stay awake.

Toni Cecchetti

25 May 2017

SF Giants Homeward Bound

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It will be good to have the boys back in town. Chicago turned out to be NOT really our kind of town. I don’t know if the game Thursday was the result of residual resentment from the blown call Wednesday night, but the Giants couldn’t get anything going. Even the Kid was flustered.

Christian Arroyo debuted April 24th and got his batting average up to .278 by May 2nd. But these past four games he’s gone 0 for 16 and has fallen below the Mendoza line. I’m starting to worry. I don’t want to see him sent back down.

The Giants scored one run. Denard Span opened up the game with a double and scored on Brandon Belt‘s double. After that the Giants had some hits here and there, Jeff Samardzija even hit a double with one out in the fifth, advanced to third on a wild pitch and still couldn’t get anyone to bring him home. They were hitting the ball, but almost every time they found leather.

Speaking of Samardzija, he pitched a decent game. He allowed three runs—all three were solo home runs, six hits, one walk–the first walk he’s given up since April 28th–and he struck out eight.

Josh Osich pitched to the Cubs in the eighth–and wild–inning. He allowed two runs–one earned–three hits, zero walks and he struck out two. It was the wild pitch that killed him–not to mention Buster’s throwing error–and allowed the runs to score.

The final score was Giants 1, Cubs 5

I’ve had just about enough of this road trip. Time for the guys to come home, recharge and reboot. We always have tomorrow—it’s Orange Friday and Fireworks Night. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Toni Cecchetti

25 May 2017

SF Giants lose on BS call

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Here’s your warning. Remove the children from the room. Cover your eyes if you are offended by off-color language. This is going to be an R-rated rant. Or MC-17, or whatever the fu∗k warning they use nowadays. It won’t be X-rated, obviously, or I wouldn’t have used the ∗ instead of the c in the F-bomb I dropped in the previous sentence.

Whatever happened leading up to the finish of the Cubs/Giants game Wednesday is whatever happened. Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson changed the strike zone more times throughout the game than a teenage girl changes outfits trying to decide what to wear on a Friday night.

But the 3-2 pitch to Joe Panik that was called a strike to end the game?  That was total, complete, and utter BULLSHIT.  Unbelievable.

BULLSHIT. BULLSHIT. BULLSHIT.

I had to get that out of my system. Because it was bullshit.

I’m not saying it kept the Giants from winning. We will never know. What we do know is the game should never have ended on that BULLSHIT terrible call.

Sorry, still had some residual BS to dump.

The Giants played catch-up the the last few innings of the game.. The good news is—they almost made it.

The Giants owned the first few innings. Brandon Crawford opened up the second inning with a double and scored when Christian Arroyo ground into a force out. Denard Span led-off the third with a home run. And if scoring a run wasn’t enough, he won the heart of every mother in Giants fandom when he looked up after he got back to the dugout and said “I love you, Mom” direct to camera. You didn’t need to be a lip reader to get his message.

The Giants had the lead for a couple of innings, but the Cubs tied it up in the fourth and pulled ahead in the fifth.

The Giants started a comeback rally in the ninth when Eduardo Nunez hit a single and scored on Mac Williamson‘s two-run home run. The Giants solo dinger streak is over. I ain’t mad at them.  Now the they can go on a multi-run HR hitting streak.

The final score was: Giants 4, Cubs 5

I apologize if you were offended by my language. People who know me well can tell you I’ve said much worse, and before breakfast even. Hell, I’ve even said worse in church. And it’s still standing. So am I.

Here’s to umpires who need can’t see. May they all get their eyes examined. Or their heads.

Toni Cecchetti

24 May 2017

SF Giants rain delay didn’t go our way

cueto 05.23This time the rain delay kept the game from starting for an hour and 5 minutes. We had some good luck with rain delays in St. Louis—but Chicago? Not so much. Of course it’s just one game. And it was bound to happen.

The Cubs went deep a few times before the Giants managed to dip their toes in the pool. Johnny Cueto pitched ok, but he made some mistakes and the Cubs charged him premium prices. He gave up four runs–three were home runs–five hits and one walk, He struck out eight.

The Cubs scored all their runs by the fourth inning. The Giants scored a run in the fifth when Buster Posey led off with a double and scored on  Brandon Crawford‘s double.

The final score was: Giants 1, Cubs 4

We have two games left to play at Wrigley. Right now we’re tied for the series with a win each. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. I’m keeping the faith.

Toni Cecchetti

23 May 2017

SF Giants Chicago may be our kind of town

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It sure looked that way for the first seven innings of Monday night’s ballgame at Wrigley Field.

First of all, Joe Panik set the tone with a lead-off home run in the top of the first.  We were off to a great start. The Giants scored two runs in the third—Gorkys Hernandez led-off with a walk and scored on Panik’s double. Panik scored when Brandon Belt hit a single. They scored another run in the fourth after Eduardo Nunez led-off with a base hit and scored when Justin Ruggiano followed with a double. Belt led-off the fifth with a solo home run and Ruggiano did the same in the eighth.

Ty Blach was amazing. He pitched seven scoreless, got a little tired in the eighth, but the Giants had enough cushion to soften the blow. Blach gave up three runs–one was a homerun–eight hits and NO walks. He struck out three.

Blach became the hero of the game for his defense in the sixth. The Cubs’ centerfielder hit a bloop to right for a base hit. Joe Panik and Brandon Belt chased the ball into the outfield where Justin Ruggiano fielded it on the hop. The Cubs’ hitter–seeing no one covering the bases, decided to take second. What he didn’t count on was Blach coming behind him to cover first. Ruggiano air mailed the ball to Blach, who threw to Brandon Crawford at second, who tagged the runner out.

The Cubs scored four runs in the eighth, tightening the Giants’ lead, and it was starting to feel like Game 4 of the NLDS when the Giants went into the ninth with a three-run lead. The Cubs scored four runs and we were done. But we got out of the eighth with a two-run lead and closer Mark Melancon was able to get the save and end this game with a win.

The final score was: Giants 6, Cubs 4

One of the great defensive plays of the game–one that kept the Cubs from scoring early–came in the third when the Cubs baserunner at first took off for second. Buster Posey gunned him down with a perfect strike to Panik who held out his glove to catch the ball and tag the runner out as he tried to slide by. The next batter hit a triple, so Posey and Panik’s perfect pick-off play prevented a run.

One thing I’d like to ask, and I’m afraid to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I’m going to anyway—where did all these solo home run hitters come from?

I like their style.

Toni Cecchetti

22 May 2017

SF Giants here comes the sun

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The Giants luck dried up along with the rain, but like I said earlier in the week—it isn’t easy to sweep.

It wasn’t Matt Cain‘s best outing, but it seems he has a sketchy past in Busch Stadium. I hoped his new incarnation would get him through, and it looked like he would be ok in the first inning, but the second inning was tough and four runs scored. He pitched five and ⅓, allowed seven runs–one was a home run–nine hits, three walks and one strike out.

The Giants scored one run in the fourth when Joe Panik singled and Christian Arroyo drove him home with an RBI double. They scored again in the eighth when Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back jacks.

The final score was: Giants 3, Cardinals 8

We joked about the rain bringing the Giants luck, but the Giants are making their own luck. And they’re looking good.

So now it’s on to Chicago to face the world champion Cubs. That’s ok—we know all about what it takes to be the world champions. The Giants have been there. Three times in the last seven years. We ain’t afraid of no baby bears.

Toni Cecchetti

21 May 2017

SF Giants it’s raining wins

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It’s raining wins, hallelujah, it’s raining wins.

I didn’t do a write up for Friday’s game. Going scoreless six innings, down by two, then scoring three runs in the seventh, only to have a rain delay called with two outs and the bases loaded–they were really ducks on the pond in that weather–I was a wreck. After the 46 minute rain delay, Brandon Crawford flied out to left ending the inning.

When the Cardinals came to the plate, they took back the three runs,  I was deflated. But the Giants rallied–scoring one run in the eighth and two in the ninth–finishing it up with a one-run lead. I was instantly elated. I went through more emotional upheaval than a teenager in those nine innings.

The final score was: Giants 6, St. Louis 5

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Saturday’s game was another story altogether. Scoreless game, extra innings–you gotta love free baseball!–and of course, the ubiquitous rain delay. Would someone in St. Louis please work on the weather machine?

The rain delay–42 minutes this time–was called before either team scored. Both teams were scoreless until the 13th.

Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back-to-back singles, loading the bases. The Kid–Christian Arroyo–came through with a two-run double that scored Posey and Crawford. Nick Hundley hit a sac fly scoring Nunez.

Mark Melancon got the save. He allowed one run to score in the bottom of the 13th, but shut the Cardinals down before they could score any more.

The final score was: Giants 3, Cardinals 1

Jeff Samardzija didn’t get the win officially for Saturday”s game, but there can be no doubt, the Giants don’t get the win without his lights out performance over eight shut out innings. Ok, he gave up a few hits, but nothing with teeth. And how about when he gunned down Yadier Molina when Molina tried to steal second? Great heads up play by Brandon Crawford who put the tag on the Cardinals’ catcher.

Speaking of great plays—my favorite was in the ninth, when the Cardinals first baseman hit a double to left and decided to challenge Nunez by turning it into a triple. I think he underestimated Nunez’s arm a bit because Nunez air mailed the ball to Arroyo who applied the tag on the sliding runner before he could touch the bag.

I know we’re not counting, but that’s two for the road.

Toni Cecchetti

20 May 2017