SF Giants Broke My Heart in San Francisco

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We’ve lost a lot of games this season. Tuesday night’s loss broke my heart.

Not just because it was a close game. We’ve lost a bunch of one-run games already. The loss was heartbreaking because several Giants missteps, mishaps or mistakes combined to bring us the loss.

The big bright spot was Brandon Crawford‘s home run following Buster Posey‘s walk for a two run homer. The Giants were already on the board with a run scored in the second when Buster Posey singled and scored after Gorkys Hernandez bounced an infield hit over the Brewers’ pitcher’s head.

We had a one-run lead after six innings with Jeff Samardzija on the mound. He had a great outing–going six innings–and allowing two runs, one earned, six hits, two walks and four strike outs.

Samardzija’s game ended early, after throwing just 89 pitches. His early departure wasn’t the reason we lost the game, but I’m not sure it helped. Albert Suarez pitched in relief and gave up two runs in the seventh.

While you can’t pin the loss on Suarez alone, giving up two runs didn’t do us any good. Add to that the strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play in the first, the missed catch error by Gorkys in the fourth, Nick Hundley getting thrown out at home for the third out in the eighth, Kelby Tomlinson‘s caught stealing in the ninth, and you have all the makings of a real disaster. With that in mind, a one-run loss isn’t so bad, is it?

The final score was: Giants 3, Brewers 4

Although we dropped below .400 again, we’re still holding at #28. Who could ask for anything more?

Toni Cecchetti

22 August 2017

 

 

SF Giants Win Again!

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Back in the saddle, also known as the win column. It’s nice to be back.

Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brew Crew was a pitcher’s duel, with our rookie, Chris Stratton, throwing for the Giants. He was awesome. He pitched around an error, faced the meat of the Brewer’s lineup with runners on, and he emerged unscathed.

Stratton pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits and two walks. He struck out one batter. Nice outing.

Matt Cain, Mark Melancon and Sam Dyson each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, preserving the shutout.

The Giants put a couple of runs on the board in the fourth inning when Jarrett Parker led-off the inning with a walk and Hunter Pence reached on a force attempt, missed catch error. Brandon Crawford hit a double scoring Parker and Pence scored on Nick Hundley‘s groundout.

The final score was: Giants 2, Brewers 0

We can get it done. I know we can. Not this year. Not even if we won every game we have left–35–because we were already mathematically eliminated. But this month has been a Giants month. We’re 11 and 9 for August. That’s two games over .500. By September we should be back in tip-top shape. Maybe some of the guys will sign up for winter ball to keep the momentum going. Nah, they should rest up. Spring will be here before we know it.

Next year, we’re going to do so much winning, we’ll be tired of winning.

Still hanging at #28.

Toni Cecchetti

21 August 2017

 

SF Giants-OMG and WTF?

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I didn’t get this published Saturday, so I added it to Sunday…

The Giants game Saturday night was a mixed-bag of “OMG” and “WTF?”. I had high hopes the OMGs would outnumber the WTFs, and it was close, but no cigar.

Denard Span kicked off the scoring in the first when the Phillies literally kicked around the ball he sent to triples alley. He wound up with an inside the park home run.

The Phillies tied it up in the second and pulled ahead in the third, courtesy of a three-run homer hit by the kid from Sacramento–local boy Rhys Hoskins makes good–who spent his entire salary on tickets for friends and family to watch him play.

The Giants and Phillies ended up with a tied game until the sixth, when the Phillies took the lead with a seven run inning. The Giants were sunk. For a few minutes. Then the Giants came roaring back in the ninth with five runs. If we’d had just another inning or two…but you know the saying about “if”. I’ll give you a hint: it involves my aunt and mentions my uncle. You know, “if my aunt had…” oh, I don’t need to spell it out for you.

The final score was: Giants 9, Phillies 12

Sunday’s game wasn’t more of the same–but it came pretty close. It was another OMG and WTF? game, just on a smaller scale.  The Phillies scored first, but the Giants tied it up and scored the go ahead run, keeping the lead until the eighth. Madison Bumgarner pitched great for six innings and held the Phillies to one run, four hits, one walk. He struck out seven.

parker.posey 0820Mark Melancon pitched a clean seventh–I loved the Parker Posey out at home, didn’t you?

Hunter Strickland pitched the eighth and gave up three runs and six hits. He struck out two. The Phillies scored another run in the ninth and the Giants didn’t score again.

The final score was: Giants 2, Phillies 5

We don’t play the Phillies again this year, but I’m willing to bet next year some Phillies batter is going to get drilled for the hit by pitch Posey took in the eighth. All I can say is it’s a good thing Strickland was already done for the day, he was probably all set to mix it up after his outing.

We were over .400. Even with Saturday night’s loss to the Phillies we were hanging on without a net at precisely .400, but after Sunday’s game we’re back to a .397 win percentage. We’re still at #28 and holding. #GoGiants

Toni Cecchetti

20 August 2017

 

SF Giants-who were those guys?

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The offense was on fire. Matt Moore was almost lights out. These are the guys we’ve been waiting on forever.

I know they’re not necessarily here to stay–we’ve been down this road before–but that’s exactly my point. It’s happening again and again. Lately there seems to be a shorter wait between agains.

If you look up our stats on www.baseball-reference.com, you will see that our second half is much improved over our first half. Our W-L% is .455 so far in the second half. We finished the first half with a 378. Right now our overall win percentage is–drum roll, please–.403%. Yay! We broke .400.

The Giants hit the ground running, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. The best part was when Denard Span hit a single and Hunter Pence followed with a double. Jarrett Parker came to the plate and hit a double scoring Span and Pence–it was like déjà vu all over again–they ran to home plate in tandem again, but like they were on different bikes this time. Not so close. Pablo Sandoval‘s base hit scored Parker.

Matt Moore went on to pitch seven shut out innings. He gave up two hits, two runs, four walks and four strike outs. He left in the seventh with two Phillies on base and two outs to go. His baserunners scored after he came out of the game, but they were his responsibility. He put together a good outing.

The Giants scored again in the second—Hunter Pence knocked one out of the park. They scored in the third too after Pablo drew a walk, and then Brandon Crawford hit a big fly into the left centerfield bleachers. He needed that.

The bats stayed quiet until the eighth after the Phillies scored a couple of runs, the Giants took them right back and then some. The Panda singled, BCraw doubled and Kelby Tomilinson hit a single, scoring Sandoval and advancing BCraw to third. Carlos Moncrief reached on a fielder’s choice-throwing error that got BCraw and Kelby home and Moncrief to second. Denard Span hit a single scoring Moncrief.

The final score was: Giants 10, Phillies 2

The Giants–even though they are not having a newsworthy season–made big news, good news even—they are the first team in the MLB to reach 11,000 wins. Congrats to the entire franchise and its history.

Still hanging at #28, but we broke .400 after this game. Way to go #Giants!

Toni Cecchetti

18 August 2017

SF Giants There’s No Place Like Home

Span.Pence 08.17Although it’s not always the case for the Giants, it certainly was Thursday night.

The Giants’ offense got off to a good start with two runs in the third. Kelby Tomlinson kicked it off with a lead-off double. Following two outs, Hunter Pence hit a single scoring Kelby and Jarrett Parker drew a walk. Buster Posey‘s single scored Hunter.

The Phillies scored a run in the fifth, but we had a one-run lead and tacked a few more runs on in the fifth when Denard Span hit a single, Hunter drew a walk and Jarrett Parker hit a double that brought Span and Hunter home in a dead heat so close together they looked like they were riding a bicycle built for two. It was pretty funny. The guys in the booth said if Buster Posey had given the signal to slide, it would have looked like synchronized swimming at home plate. Parker scored on Brandon Crawford‘s single.

The Phillies scored three more in the sixth and we were back to the one-run game. Samardzija got out of the jam with a grounder that the guys used to turn a double play and a strike out. At the end of his day, here was Samardzija’s line: six innings pitched, four runs–two were home runs, eight hits, one walk and six strike outs. Mark Melancon, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson each pitched a scoreless inning.

The final score was: Giants 5, Phillies 4

It was a nice night, a good game and proof positive there really is no place like home.

#28 and still holding.

SF Giants-Life’s a Beach

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Time to go home. On Wednesday the Marlins rolled up the Welcome Mat the Giants used Tuesday night to clean the fish scales off their cleats.

As for Wednesday’s game, watch out for that first inning. It was a doozy. Combine catcher interference, a freak missed catch, and an error with a ball hit to No Man’s Land, and you have the formula for disaster. AKA a four-run inning. Each action standing alone wouldn’t do much damage, but falling one right after the other like they did, and—ouch. It’s gonna leave a mark.

The good news for Matt Cain is three of the runs scored on that unholy mess were unearned. The bad news is they all count toward the big “L”.

The Giants put a run on the board in the third inning by cobbling together enough singles and an error to score a run. With two outs, Jarrett Parker singled, Pablo Sandoval followed with another single and Brandon Crawford reached on an error, scoring Parker. That was the extent of the Giants rally.

The Marlins continued to score and Matt Cain left after pitching four innings, which, according to the guys, is typical for a spot start. He allowed five runs–two were earned–five hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Albert Suarez worked three innings and allowed three runs, four hits, three walks and struck out one. Josh Osich finished things off with a scoreless inning.

The final score was: Giants 1, Marlins 8

I know I’m probably the only casual fan paying such close attention, but I’ve had my eye on our win percentage these last few weeks. You can tell because I keep you updated on our current place in the MLB. The reason I’m watching is because I’m obsessed with seeing our win percentage rise above .400. Only three teams still live in the 300’s. The Phillies, the White Sox and the Giants. After Tuesday’s win,  we were at .397. We were close. We were so close. But that’s baseball.

.400—because it’s good to have a goal.

#28 and holding, but there are still Wednesday games to play.

Toni Cecchetti

16 August 2017

SF Giants Gone Fishing

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The Giants second game in the series against the Marlins was much better than the first. The guys got some rest and this time they were ready for the Fish.

The Marlins drew first blood, but the Giants scored early and scored often. Kelby Tomlinson led-off the third with a single and scored when Denard Span sent a squeaker over the fence that looked like Giancarlo Stanton caught it in his glove. But he didn’t.

Ryder Jones led-off the fifth with a double and scored when Madison Bumgarner helped his own cause with an RBI single. The Giants put up a crooked number in the seventh with Kelby’s lead-off base hit, Carlos Moncrief‘s single scoring Kelby followed by Span’s single scoring Moncrief and Hunter Pence‘s double that plated Span.

The Giants continued to add on with Ryder’s solo home run in the eighth. Two runs scored in the ninth, starting with Gorkys Hernandez‘s and Span’s back-2-back singles, and ending with Span stealing third and reaching home on a throwing error. That’s called making the most of what you’ve got.

The final score was: Giants 9, Marlins 4

Tomorrow brings two of my favorite things at the same time—baseball and breakfast.

#28 and sill holding.

Toni Cecchetti

15 August 2017