SF Giants spring is in the air

02-25-matt-cainSomething’s in the air and I’ve pinpointed where it is. I don’t know what it is, but it’s hovering around my bedroom.

Let me explain.

I had a lot of trouble when attempting to listen to yesterday’s game on the radio. It was on a Groundhog Day loop. My app wasn’t recording the action right either. I was in my room for the entire game.

Today, I had the living room all to myself. I left the TV off and kick-started my WiFi to listen in while Jon Miller and Sean Estes delivered the action. They were great and they didn’t repeat themselves. Not once. But my app was stuck with the first two Cubs hitters in the first. Weird.

I diligently recorded the action on my scorecard from the radio broadcast alone. It’s tough. If you miss a name, an ump’s call or who did what to whom, you can’t rewind. You can’t press pause. We live in a reviewable world, but the radio isn’t review-friendly.

Along about the fourth inning, other people invaded my space. So I picked up all my devices and moved to my room. That’s when Jon and Sean started repeating themselves. I told my husband “honey, there’s something weird happening in our room.” I won’t repeat what he said. The good news is my app started working. I went with it. Silence is golden.

We played the “World Series Champion” Cubs. Matt Cain was on the mound, and much like Madison Bumgarner yesterday, Cain got his work in. He pitched two innings and gave up two runs–one earned. Mark Melancon made his Giants debut and turned in a three up-three down inning. Ty Blach followed with two innings–allowing four hits and one run to score after facing 10 hitters.

The Giants held off scoring until the fifth inning. Michael Morse drew a walk and a pinch-runner, Aaron Hill–former Blue Jay, DBack, Red Sox–hit a single and Justin Ruggiano–a veteran of too many teams to mention–hit a ground rule double, scoring Morse’s pinch runner, Austin Slater–a Giants 2014 draft pick.

Eduardo Nunez–there’s a name I’ve heard–ground out, scoring Hill in the process and Kelby Tomlinson–I know him too! Clark Kent–hit an RBI single scoring Ruggiano. The Giants tied it up.

George Kontos pitched a shut down top of the sixth. The Giants scored four more runs in the bottom of the inning after Orlando Calixte singled, Tim Federowicz–former Dodger/Cub–drew a walk and Slater–who remained in the game after pinch running for Morse–singled, scoring Calixte. Our Korean prospect, Jae-gyun Hwang hit a three-run homer to cap it off.

The Giants scored again in the eighth when Ryder Jones–one of our 2013 draftees–hit a single and with Kyle Blanks–a 2015 FA signing who’s been playing in Sacramento–at the plate, Jones advanced to third base on wild pitches. Jones scored on Blanks sac fly.

The final score was: Giants 8, Cubs 6

It sounds to me like the kids are showing some baseball savvy and if they keep it up, manager Bruce Bochy is going to have a tough time picking and choosing when it comes time to break camp. Let’s all plead with the baseball gods to make it the toughest challenge of the year.

The Giants play the Reds again tomorrow, this time at Cincinnati’s spring home, Goodyear Ballpark. Game time is 12:05 pm with Matt Moore on the mound for the Giants.

If I don’t have better luck with my WiFi tomorrow, I’ll head for he nearest high ground and put up an antenna. I’m gonna need more tinfoil.

 

Toni Cecchetti

25 February 2017

 

 

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