Giants-Phillies Game 2: One Off

Yesterday was weird.  

We were supposed to go to the local pumpkin patch around the time of the game.  But then it started raining so we didn’t go.  Serendipitously I had gotten around to cleaning the rain gutters and cleaning out the side yard the day before.  
My wife decided to go shopping earlier that afternoon and took her daughter, leaving me alone with the baby for the first time in his existence.  It was a fairly lackluster event as he slept through the whole thing, but I didn’t shower or get dressed thinking at any minute he would wake up.  
In lieu of going to the pumpkin patch, my wife invited her mother and nieces over to hang at our house.  So the game is about to start, it’s raining outside, I haven’t got ready for the day, and there’s three little girls running around screaming and a baby boy whining and pulling on my arm while the wife and mother-in-law intelligently hide in the kitchen. 
Off to a good start (sarcasm).
Game starts and the Phillies score a run in the first inning.  I use the term “run” loosely as no running was necessary.  Sanchez loaded the bases and then walked somebody home.  Granted the scoring pitch should have been strike 3, but that doesn’t matter because A) the same botched call happened to the Phillies in game 1 and that’s what karma is all about and B) Fontenot’s error throwing to 1st base combined with Sanchez’s pension for walking people is what got them to having such a tight margin of error.  
Off to a good start (sarcasm).
Then in the 4th, three Giants stand around looking like morons as a pop fly falls at their feet in front of home plate.  Fontenot was again credited with an error, but I think Sanchez should have had that one.  He was there already, and he didn’t even look like he was saying anything.  COMMUNICATION people!  
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At this point I’m about as interested in watching this game as the Giants are in playing it.
But then in the 5th, Cody Ross gets up to bat.  At this point, the annoying announcers (that are so lame, my wife at one point shouted from the safety of her hiding place and asked me if I was watching football – yes it sounded like I was watching football because they are that lame) started talking to some elderly Phillies gentleman, who was probably the manager but maybe the pitching coach or something, asking him about what they were putting in place to counter Cody Ross and they show Cody Ross hitting a home run.  But it wasn’t a home run from Game 1 like I thought, it was a home run happening NOW.  I think the announcers thought it was a clip too, because mid question they finally said, “Oh hey, he hit a home run!” It was awesome.  Cody Ross is like Kryptonite for Philadelphia.  
So now it’s tied up. Much better.  The kids aren’t as annoying anymore.  
But it didn’t last because in answer the Phillies scored another one in the same inning.  Yippee.
During the 6th, dinner comes and goes and so do the visitors.  I wait for the wife to straighten up a little bit and then I pass the baby off to her with the excuse that I need to do the dishes.  I tell her the TV is hers but I feel done with this game.  I’m tired, I’m smelly, I’m dying for some piece and quiet and I just wasn’t in the mood to watch the game anymore, even though it was still close and could have gone either way at that point.
So I go do the dishes, as promised, slapping on my head phones and listening to Why Is This News? as they break down the LCS and explain to me why the Phillies and Yankees will be going to the World Series again.  After dishes, I decide to go take a shower and while stripping down in my room (picture it!) I flip on the game again, only to see that now it is no longer any man’s game, as some how 4 runs were scored off the Giants’ bullpen in the 7th.  
Perfect end really. Whatever.
I shower and go to bed.  The baby, who normally sleeps until at least 5am, decides to get up at 1am, 3am and 6am and for some reason I couldn’t get back to sleep after his initial 1am outburst.  I could blame it on me mulling over the loss, but really I wasn’t thinking about baseball. I have no idea what was keeping me up.  I watched Near Dark again.  Good flick, could be better.
So now I’m tired and we’re 1-1.  I’m not especially worried.  It seemed unlikely the Giants would get the first 2 right off the bat. I’m glad they got at least one game in Philadelphia and now they’re coming home. Hopefully that gives the offense and pitching staff a boost.  That’s how home field advantage works, right?  

Happy All-Star Break

The Giants complete their longest (distance-wise anyway) road tour with much success.  Only 4 games behind (still in fourth place though – bummer) with a 7-4 victory!  I definitely thought it was going to be worse, but I guess seven game losing streaks gives me bouts of pessimism. 

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Not to make this a Buster Posey blog, but Buster Posey Buster Posey Buster Posey.  The guy had a great road trip!  His numbers were ridiculous.  Was it a fluke, or is he making the All-Star team next year?  Hoping for the latter.

Date ▴ Tm Opp AB R H HR RBI BA
Jul 1 SFG @ COL 4 2 2 1 1 .297
Jul 2 SFG @ COL 3 0 2 0 0 .308
Jul 3 SFG @ COL 2 1 0 0 0 .302
Jul 4 SFG @ COL 4 0 1 0 0 .300
Jul 5 SFG @ MIL 4 2 2 1 1 .307
Jul 6 SFG @ MIL 3 0 1 0 1 .308
Jul 7 SFG @ MIL 4 3 4 2 6 .331
Jul 8 SFG @ MIL 4 1 2 1 1 .336
Jul 9 SFG @ WSN 4 0 1 0 0 .333
Jul 10 SFG @ WSN 5 2 4 1 3 .351
Jul 11 SFG @ WSN 3 1 1 0 2 .350
SFG 40 12 20 6 15 .500
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/14/2010.

In fact, the 7 wins were pretty much all batting, as the pitching was nothing to really brag about.  Lincecum and Bumgarner got their win, but otherwise it was the offense doing most of the bailing.  It’s a crazy focus shift.  It was all about pitching for me before this month, now all of a sudden, it’s the Posey, Huff and Ishikawa show.  Gotta say, killer hitting is pretty fun!

ishikawaslam.jpgI skipped the All-Star game.  I was out, but even so, I can’t say I was overly excited about it.  It’s kind of like when half the Sharks when to the Olympics, and that was the Olympics, this is just the All-Star game.  Lincecum didn’t end up pitching, but according to The Stew, he was the only guy signing balls before the game.  And anyway, that means he gets to start against the Mets tomorrow, which is more interesting to me.

timmyautographs.jpgIt is pretty cool that the National League finally broke their 1996 on up losing streak, though. Also cool that Brian Wilson got the opportunity to keep their lead by throwing a perfect 8th inning.  Go Brian!  Maybe they should swap out the Panda caps for Rooster hats?

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Pimping the Stew

I peruse the Big League Stew often, trying and failing mostly to keep up with the 10-20 posts Kevin Kaduk manages to push out daily.  Today though, he had four Giants related posts in a row (which is better than his usual average of zero), so I thought I’d share.  Yes, I’m just linking to another blog, how lame:

Desert Drive: Sandoval Pandamonium sweeping Giants country

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Analysis of Sandoval’s batting “technique” aka “swing at everything.”  Bonus video of Aubrey Huff singing Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” 

Spring Snapshot: Led by Tiny Tim, Giants making playoff push

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Spring Training snapshot of the Giants.  Apparently will be doing this for every team.  Maybe already started and I haven’t been paying attention?

Photo: Gaylord Perry ‘lobbies’ Bud Selig to repeal spitball ban

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Gaylord Perry wants the see spitballs again. 

Giants legend Willie McCovey talks Panda, Dodgers and his Cove

mccoveythoughts.jpgWillie McCovey’s thoughts on the current state of his former team.

Thumb Twiddling

Not much to write about again. 

I’ve been listening to KNBR (that’s right, I listen to a sports station – my younger self would be shocked) and they talk about the Giants a lot, especially the recent purchases of DeRosa and Huff.  They aren’t especially impressed. 

I’ve also been reading Big League Stew on Yahoo, which has been trying to collect a list of blogs by team, and though they haven’t covered the Giants yet, some links have directed me to Giants blogs anyway, who also talk about the purchases of DeRosa and Huff.  They also aren’t impressed. 

Here’s some quotes:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: in an effort to improve their
offense, the Giants have signed an aging hitter on the decline to a
multi-year contract. I’m in!

That was about DeRosa.  Here’s one about Huff:

So let’s review: the Giants have signed a 33-year-old DH, coming off
one of the worst seasons of his career, and whose defense is suspect at
best, to be their likely every day first baseman. Ehhhhhhh… alright.

Same guy wrote both of those quotes, I think.  Cynical and sarcastic, but probably on the nose.  And now the Giants are apparently bringing Monlina back, who they didn’t want but are now going to keep because the person they did want turns out not to be ready for the Big Leagues. 

Awesome lineup!  Save some money and buy Damon. He’s still available, isn’t he?

On another note, maybe I’ll go to this?

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