Well…

Going into this series, on the losing streak we were riding, against a division leader and last season World Series contender, I was praying to at least win won game.  So the fact that we won the series should be making me happy, and it is for the most part, but man that last game was a heart breaker! 

We beat them with Sánchez and Wellemeyer starting, but not Lincecum?  Oh the…well not irony, but… heart break!  Said it twice. 

Don’t know who to blame really.  Want to blame someone, but who? 

I was following the game on MLB.com’s cool “Game Day” digital thing while following posts on Twitter.  Man were they hating Bochy!  Everyone was blaming Bochy for taking Lincecum out in the 9th.  We were winning at that point.  Timmy had only given up three hits and two runs in 9 innings, we were ahead!  How dare Bochy take the freak out and replace him with Wilson!  They got two hits off him and that’s how they took over the game and we lost.

brucebochy.jpg Well yeah, I guess you could argue that, but I think Lincecum was tired.  He got lucky with Dobbs and he walked Victorino.  Utley and Howard were coming up.  I could see why Bochy would want a fresh arm to finish off the game. 

Of course, it kind of reminded me of the last Dodgers game where Bochy replaced Zito, who seemed to be doing just fine, with Romo because Ramirez was coming up, and then Ramirez ending up hitting the game winning home run.  So…maybe Bochy should put more faith in his starters? 

But hell, he gave Tim eight innings.  That’s a lot.  And Wilson had given up zero runs in his last seven games, so it’s not like Bochy picked a sucky replacement.  Just an unlucky one.  I hear Werth is good, so y’know…he’s bound to hit regardless of how good a pitcher he faces.

We had the game, we only need two outs, the Phillies just rallied or got lucky and fought us off.  It could have happened to Lincecum too, and then everyone would be bitching that Bochy should have replaced Lincecum in the last inning with someone fresh.

damnedifyoudodont.jpgIt’s just one of those things.  I can’t find myself blaming anyone in particular. 

Then the game went to what seemed like the longest set of extra innings every.  We tied in the 10th, and got eeked out by one in the eleventh.  Bummer. 

The other Twitter bitch fest was geared towards Euginio Velez.  I guess he should have caught that ball.  Didn’t seem that easy to me though.  I mean, he hit the wall for crying out loud.  Maybe Romo should have been able to strike out Valdez in the first place, seeing as the guy’s only had two hits in his last six games.

And here’s another thing, summed up quite nicely by my favorite Twitter quote of the evening:

“Only the Giants could get 17 hits and not win a game on extra innings.” – @artsyfartsyalex

Totally!  How come it takes us 2.83 hits to get a run and the other team 1.14?  What’s better?  Shooting 200 arrows at a target and getting three bullseyes or shooting four arrows at a target and getting three bulleyes?  The latter of course, duh! 

hitthetarget.jpgPeople say our team can’t hit.  Oh we can hit.  We just can’t score! 

But there’s more blaming again. Really we had the game in the 9th, and the Phillies just took it from us.  Good on ya Phillies.  We take your first place standing, you take ours. 

Let’s move on…to the Rockies!

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Two for Tuesday Against Phillies

Okay, I borrowed that line from an MLB.com headline.  Shame.  But we won the series!  Now how about a sweep?  Seems likely since Lincecum is on the mound tonight, but ya never know.

One lesson the Phillies hopefully learned yesterday (or didn’t learn so that they keep losing) is that if you hit the ball anywhere near Schierholtz, do not go for the double, he will get you.  Both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley found out the hard way that they were being too dang greedy.

mrgreedy.JPGSpeaking of Chase Utley though, got to hand it to him and Castro for that amazing double play.  Hate to see it, of course, but it was pretty entertaining.

castroutleydoubleplay.jpgTwelve hits, six RBIs and two home runs from the Giants, so their hitting seems to be getting better.  I especially like the RBIs, because it seems like we’ve been missing opportunities to get players on the plate home.

idhitit.jpgWellemeyer (who’s name I can never spell without looking up) got his first win this season by pitching seven innings with only three hits and two runs.  And here I was worried that the Phillies were facing us with Wellemeyer and Sánchez as starters, but they both did great!

toddwellemeyer.jpgI’m finding it weird to watch the Giants play the Phillies, because not six months ago, I was on the edge of my seat rooting for the Phillies to beat the Yankees.  I toyed with naming my kid Chase Lee, for crying out loud!  Mostly still the same guys, but now I want them to lose, though I still find myself appreciating some of their talent, more so than I have other teams we’ve faced.  I wouldn’t mind seeing Chase Utley get his 1,000th hit tonight, even though that means he got a hit off us, which I don’t want. Oh the dilemma!

onthefence.jpgNaw, I like the Phillies, but I want the sweep.  Just temporary crazy talk on my part!  We’re back to tied for first with the Padres (man those guys won’t go away) and we just knocked the Phillies down to second place behind the Mets, which just can’t make sense to anyone, but man is it satisfying.

standings20100428.jpgMaintain!  Maintain!  Maintain!

One Down Against Phillies

See?  My charts were right.  The Phillies DO like to give up runs in the first inning.  Seems like we did everything right this game.  Started off strong, actually got some RBIs and some hits from DeRosa and Huff, who were signed on to y’know…hit.  And Pablo got one in and Whiteside!  What a game he had, eh?  RBI double and the only homer of the game.  Sweet. 

As far as pitching goes, we wrecked the Phillies’ “Lincecum” Roy Halladay’s 4-0 record, which is pretty satisfying, and also a relief since he was probably the biggest thing to be scared of about the Phillies.  Got that over with!   Sánchez eeked out a decent performance, but he was done after five innings, allowing 12 on base but only 4 hits (figure that one out). I love this pic of Werth after he was struck out with bases loaded:

jasonwerth.jpgAll-in-all a better win than I thought we’d have, as the Phillies are a powerhouse team.  But to paraphrase my favorite saying from Pulp Fiction’s The Wolf into a G-Rating, “Let’s not go start patting each other on the backs just yet.”  Still got two more games to go and the Phillies are going to be using yesterday as inspiration to hustle even harder today. Watch out!

Two Out of Three Against the Red Robins

Didn’t sweep ’em, but at least we won another series.  Still trailing behind San Diego though, but soooo close.  But now we’re up against the Phillies who, like the Cardinals, are number one in their division, plus they did that whole “making it to the World Series last year” thing.  And Sánchez and Wellemeyer are pitching the first two games, and they haven’t been so hot.  So…scary! 

But there’s me being pessimistic again.  You can do it guys!  They ain’t got nothing!  (Actually, more on this in another post, me thinks.)

Don’t have much to say about the Cardinals, other than:

HATE orange jersey Friday, or whatever it’s called.  I’m using the word HATE here.  I love their current uniforms, why are we screwing ’em up on Fridays? 

orangejersey.jpgLOVE that our pitchers strike out the greatest baseball player of all time, past, present, future, blah blah blah.  (Well except for that one home run, but let’s not dwell on that.)

albertpujols.jpgWe still can’t hit.  In game two, I think both our runs were results of Cardinal errors.  Lucky us.  We also seem to miss out on a lot of RBI opportunities.  On the flip side, our pitchers are so good, no one can hit off us either.  Makes for some very low scoring, close games.  We’re not going to see a 20-zip Giants game anytime soon. 

strikeouts.jpgAll-in-all, nice to take a series again.  Would have preferred a sweep, of course, but the Cardinals are a tough team, so two out of three is all you can ask for.  Now let’s do the same against the Phillies!

P.S.  The Kid and I were watching last night’s game and she looked at me and said, “Who are those guys?  The Red Robins?”  Adorable!

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Arbitrary

Not sure what to write about lately.  The big news, other than Sánchez hitting 200, is that the Giants and Lincecum avoided arbitration and finally settled on a deal.  For the one person out there who hasn’t already heard about this, the deal is $8 million in 2010, $13 million in 2011 and a $1 million signing bonus to be awarded each season.

So…yeah okay.  While I’ve been following the “drama” I never really thought for a second that the two parties couldn’t come up with an agreement of some kind.  I think everyone was going crazy and overreacting a tad that the Giants dared to haggle with their superstar, but I personally think it’s their job to get the most bang for their buck, like any other business.  I’m glad they ultimately avoided arbitration.  I think Tim could have got more, but then again a $7,350,000 raise ain’t nothing to sneeze at! 

In random news, I’ve been recording CSN as a replacement for Hot Stove on the MLB Network, and it’s actually working out better.  Other than missing out on the exclusive Bob Costas interview type stuff, CSN only talks about local stuff, so I can catch up with everything in about 15 minutes before I head to work. 

In even more news that isn’t really news because it’s about me, The Girl got me a Giants sweatshirt for my birthday.  Cool eh?

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Lastly…pitchers and catchers report today!