Man post-post season is ridiculously boring, isn’t it? Even Jane Heller has been reduced to move reviewing. There could be news if someone would actually do something, but so far there’s just unanswered questions, like…
Who knows what this Bumgarner guy is going to do? That’s what I was thinking going into this anyway. I like the guy, but he hasn’t been ridiculously dominate or anything, and this is the World Series, and the potential tie-winning game for the Rangers. So what’s he going to do? How about this?
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I am completely confused as to what’s going on. This is not Giants baseball as I have come to know it. 20 runs in two games? Not that I’m complaining, mind you, it’s kind of nice actually. Is this what games are like for other fans? Lots of runs, great defense, no torture? I could get used to it, but on the other hand, the pessimist in me is waiting for the other shoe to drop.
- O’Day now pitching, strikes out Torres. One out.
- Freddy Sanchez up, strikes out. Two out.
- Buster Posey, single to second base. Still two out.
- O’Day replaced by Derek Holland. Nate Schierholtz walks. Buster to 2B. Still two out.
- Cody Ross walks, Posey to 3B, Scheirholtz to 2B. Bases loaded. Still two out.
- Aubrey Huff WALKS. Posey scores. Scheirholtz to 3B. Ross to 2B. Still two out. SFG: 3, TEX: 0.
- Holland out, Lowe in. Walks Juan Uribe. Scheriholtz scores. Ross to 3B. Huff to 2B. Still two out. SFG: 4, TEX: 0.
- Renteria singles to LF, Ross and Huff score. Still two out. SFG: 6, TEX: 0.
- Lowe out, Kirkman in. Aaron Rowand triples to RF, Uribe and Renteria score. Still two out. SFG: 8, TEX: 0.
- Andres Torres doubles to LF, Rowand scores. Still two out. SFG: 9, TEX: 0.
- Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging. Three out.
The Texas bullpen just died or something. Giants score 7 runs in one inning, two from walks. It was like one of those cake walks at the community fair, where everyone is just walking around in circles waiting for the music to stop. It finally stopped after 7 runs. Of course, as I said above, only 1 run was needed to win this game, so the 8th inning was just icing, but an icing that certainly boosted confidence and hopefully sucked some life out of Texas. I guarantee you there will be a pitchers meeting before Game 3.
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|2010||NLCS g3||Oct 19||SFG||PHI||W,3-0||GS-7||7.0||2||0||0||3||5||0||0.00|
|2010||WS g2||Oct 28||SFG||TEX||W,9-0||GS-8||7.2||4||0||0||2||2||0||0.00|
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Yesterday’s Game 4 was the opposite of Game 3, lackluster pitching, stellar offense and horribly torturous.
I’ve decided statistics mean nothing. They’re fun and all, and god knows I’m somewhat hooked on them now, read them, post them, do more with them than I ever thought I would when I first started this blog…but yeah they mean nothing. With each and ever game, you never know. You can pretend to know, but you never know. You can look at the Cubs, just as a for instance, and notice they are 17 games back, 5th in their division, with a win-loss record of 48-67 and say to yourself, “ppfffftt…easy series!” And then they come into town and make you struggle like you’ve never struggled before!
Giants ultimately take the four game series with a 3-1 record, but MAN! were the Cubs tougher than I thought they would be. They made the Giants earn every freaking win. There was no easy game. Everything involved that “skin of their teeth” expression. A win is a win, and we did good, but I am so glad those guys are going home. And it makes me wonder: are we slumping again or did they just happen to bring their A++++ game?
Speaking of the Cubs, their logo stirs me for some reason. I have a Cubs memory that I cannot remember. It is maddening. Something about their logo and my childhood. But I can’t remember. All I can remember is that I can’t remember something I’m supposed to remember. Perhaps…I think…MAYBE…I had a Cubs hat when I was a kid. Why did I have a Cubs hat though? As I’ve said before, I didn’t grow up in a sports obsessed family. I didn’t grow up in a family that came from Chicago either. Why would I have had a Cubs hat? It makes no sense, and yet I cannot shake the vague recollection that it’s true anyway. And even if it is true, and I am recalling correctly, why do I care or remember it at all? Why does it affect me so? I wasn’t a hat person, I’ve never been a hat person. Why do I have such fond almost-memories of a Cubs hat? What happened with that hat? I do not care about the Cubs, I don’t follow the team, I don’t care about its roster or standings, and yet…they have those hats…
So, we’re back to 2.5 games behind and we’re finally going to face the Padres again, the scary, consistently number 1 team in the NL West. They destroyed us before, but so did everybody else, and we have been issuing much payback since post-All-Star break. Can we do the same with the Friars? Our bullpen is tired, Andres Torres didn’t get his break yesterday, Jonathan Sánchez is inexplicably talking smack and I can’t say that I’m not worried. This next series feels like the true test as to whether we’re playoff worthy.
More Star Wars? Yeesh.
Kudos to Matt Cain for paying back the Dodgers by making the D-Backs suffer. Eight innings, allowing zero runs and only three hits with nine strikeouts, earning his eighth win of the season.
And then Wilson follows him up by finishing them off in the ninth and earning his 27th save. No hits, no runs, no loading bases; weird but perfect outing for Wilson.
Andres Torres was on fire both offensively and defensively, slamming one out of the park in the third inning off of Rodrigo Lopez, and then at the bottom of the same inning, he prevents Chris Young from doing they same with a great snag off the wall. (Get out your magnifying glass, because no one takes pictures of the good stuff!)
Fairly straight forward game, which was a nice breather from the twists and turns of the last series. So um…yep! Don’t know what else to say about it. Let’s do that three more times!
Craziest game I’ve ever witnessed (not that I’ve witnessed many)! First off, it was 5-1 Dodgers by the third inning, and yet I was somehow not freaked out. Not that I was cocky enough to think we had it in the bag, but I knew we’d score more runs. First half of the season, we would have stayed at one run, but not this new team.
But that’s not even what was crazy. Here’s what was crazy:
Lincecum’s Wild Pitch
He was having another control issue day. Only made it to the fourth inning. His comeback after the All-Star game apparently didn’t last, oh well. But he throws a pitch that is so completely out of control, it flies over his head and he can’t even figure out where it went! You gotta see it to believe it!
Back and Forth Drilling
I’m thoroughly confused as to what even happened at this point, but here’s what I think happened:
- Tim Lincecum beams Matt Kemp. Retaliation for Vincente Padilla breaking Aaron Rowan’s face in April? Tim says it was an accident and lack of control. (Given the aforementioned wild pitch, I tend to believe him. After all, Matt Kemp didn’t break Rowan’s face). Kemp kind of veers towards Lincecum, not really looking at him or say anything, but still to the point where umpire Adrian Johnson steps between the two, escorting Kemp to first base, after which both benches are warned not to escalate anything.
- One inning later, Bautista makes Russell Martin duck and cover, Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer cries foul apparently too loudly and gets ejected. Meanwhile, Martin jogs close to the mound and snarls some nastiness at Bautista. It’s on!
- Seventh inning now, and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw strikes Rowand with the first pitch. Everyone goes nuts except Rowan, who takes it like a pro and heads to first base. Both Kershaw and manager Joe Torre are ejected, I assume because of the “no retaliation” warning?
In other words, your typical Dodgers/Giants game?
Rally by Technicality
So now it’s 5-4 Dodgers, top of the 9th, 1 out , bases loaded, and my favorite oddity of the night occurs. Assistant manager Don Mattingly approaches the mound to talk to his peeps, as managers often do when things are close, but unlike most managers, he leaves and then comes back for some additional thoughts. And Bochy gets him.
Apparently there’s this rule 8:06 that “prohibits managers or coaches visiting the mound from supplementing
their visits by making a U-turn. If they do so, the pitcher must be
removed.” So the Dodgers are forced to bring in a pitcher cold and the Giants score two more runs, thanks to Torres and Posey. So kids, bitch about Bochy if you want, he won that game.
Thanks to some rule breaking in our favor, we took the series! It’d be nice to finish them off with a sweep tonight, but a series win in Dodger Town ain’t nothing to sneeze at!