Giants-Rangers Game 1: First Down

The Giants add another pitcher’s pelt to their wall next to Jimenez, Latos, Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels.  Here’s Cliff Lee’s new post-season stats:

Rk Series Date Tm Opp Rslt H R BB SO HR
1 2009 NLDS g1 Oct 7 PHI COL W,5-1 6 1 0 5 0
2 2009 NLDS g4 Oct 12 PHI @ COL W,5-4 5 3 3 5 0
3 2009 NLCS g3 Oct 18 PHI LAD W,11-0 3 0 0 10 0
4 2009 WS g1 Oct 28 PHI @ NYY W,6-1 6 1 0 10 0
5 2009 WS g5 Nov 2 PHI NYY W,8-6 7 5 3 3 0
2010 Postseason Series Tm Opp Rslt H R BB SO HR
6 2010 ALDS g1 Oct 6 TEX @ TBR W,5-1 5 1 0 10 1
7 2010 ALDS g5 Oct 12 TEX @ TBR W,5-1 6 1 0 11 0
8 2010 ALCS g3 Oct 18 TEX @ NYY W,8-0 2 0 1 13 0
9 2010 WS g1 Oct 27 TEX @ SFG L,7-11 8 7 1 7 0
48 19 8 74 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2010.
That “L” on the last row? That’s the Giants.  Not only does nobody think the Giants are going to win this series, absolutely nobody saw them defeating Lee, especially in an 11-7 game.  The Giants don’t have offense, what was that about?
Even I’m somewhat baffled.  I’m not sure what any of it means.  I would have preferred that the Giants kept the 8-2 score they had in the 5th, that makes more sense to me.  The Giants strength all season has been their ability to keep runs at bay.  So it concerns me that after Lincecum leaves the game the bullpen gives up 5 more runs in 4 innings.  Yes, the Giants scored 11 runs and took the win, but can they do that all the time?  Are they going to have to?  They’ve only scored double digits fourteen times this season. 
On the other hand, I’ve heard the Rangers are pretty good about not giving up runs too, especially Cliff “third greatest post-season pitcher of all time” Lee, and yet they gave up 11.  So I really have no idea what to make of this game.  Maybe it was a fluke for both teams. 
I would like to think that the Rangers 3 runs in the 9th were mostly because Bochy didn’t put in Wilson right away, per usual, and I would like to think that the reason he did that was because the Giants were far enough ahead that he wanted to save Wilson and give other closers a chance to see some action.  Of course, it didn’t work out for Ramirez or Affeldt and Wilson ended up coming in anyway, but maybe those last 3 runs were “freebies” or something.  
Another “battle of the great pitchers of all time” hype that didn’t live up to itself.  Despite giving up more runs, Lee tied Lincecum in the hits department, dominated him in strikeouts and ultimately ended up with a slightly better ERA, even though he pitched one less inning.  But obviously, given the amount of runs in the game, neither star pitcher gave his best performance and the media was once again sad.
The tack-on offense was just amazing last night.  Consider that the Rangers had 8 hits off Lincecum but only generated 4 runs, while the Giants had 8 hits off Lee and generated 7 runs.  The singles and double just kept coming, and it always seem like it was when there were two outs.  Freddie Sanchez made World Series history by hitting three doubles in one game, generating three RBIs.  Posey, Schierholtz, Ross, Huff and Ishikawa all got to contribute RBIs and Juan UUUU-Ribe once again batted one out of the park with two on base.  God I love that guy.  He doesn’t always hit, but when he hits it’s always good.
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Aside from the lame Fox announcers, two things I hated about last night’s presentation: 1) They completely skipped the opening pitch by Giants hall-of-famers in favor of focusing on two igits in the press box who, by their own admission later in the game, don’t know what they’re talking about.  How come I had to watch them instead of watching Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal and Willie McCovey?  I don’t even know what they said.  Who cares what they said!  2) Didn’t get to see whether or not the crowd cheered when they announced Bengie Molina.  That was a discussion around the bay area all week, as to whether that would happen.  I heard on the radio this morning that they did in fact cheer his name, and I’m glad for it. I love the Bengie, even if he’s in the wrong colors.  
Speaking of Bengie, his latest blog entry is full of warm-hearted goodness.  My favorite bit:
The first time I was up, I wished Posey luck and he wished me luck. Then I looked out at Lincecum and touched the bill of my cap, and he touched his in response.
 
I had as special a relationship with Timmy as I have had with any pitcher. Maybe because he was so young when I began catching him and I became a mentor to him. We have texted since I was traded but I had not seen him or talked to him in person until the game yesterday. I had heard he had said really nice things about me to the press.
 
When he came up to bat for the first time, I stood and told him, “I want you to know that hits or no hits, win or lose, you’re my boy.”

“Hey, Be-Mo, I love you.”

Then we both got to work.

Awesome.  

Game 1 is in the bag.  Cliff Lee defeated.  The Giants are 1-0.  We’re still making the media scratch their heads in bewilderment.  Keep it up!  

GO GIANTS!


WORLD SERIES WIN COUNTER
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Short but Sweet

I’m moving.  Things are busy. I’m behind in posting.  But…

sweeptheleg.jpgAgainst the Dodgers!  In LA!  WOO HOO!  Since the All-Star break, we’ve won 4 series and tied 2 (because again, they make stupid even numbered series for some reason).  Of the 4 wins, the Giants swept two in their division, the D-Backs and Dodgers.  And tied Colorado, because Ubaldo is still too good.  We had the most hits in July (Giants? Hitting?  Insanity!), we’re one game behind first place in the NL West and lead by two games in the Wild Card race.  Playoffs is in the air and it’s good to be a Giants fan.

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Brew Ha Ha!

So can we like play the Brewers ever day? 

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GOD we needed that!  A four game winning sweep.  And it wasn’t even torturous like so many Giants wins.  I don’t even have to talk about awesome pitching today, because there was HITTING to be talked about!  50 hits to be exact, 34 RBIs, 36 runs, EIGHT homers!  Was I watching the right team? 

imposter.jpgGame 3 was by far my favorite.  Right off the bat, home runs by Torres, Huff and Posey in the first inning.  THE FIRST INNING.  Three home runs in the first inning apparently hasn’t happened for the Giants since Bonds, Kent and Burks in 1999.

homerunners.jpgThen in the 4th, they load the bases.  Big deal, they load the bases all the time.  They also leave hitters stranded all the time.  But NOPE! everybody gets in.  Then they load the bases again.  And…GRAND SLAM by Posey for his second home run in the game, and first major league career grand slam. 

grandslambyposey.jpgIt was definitely Posey’s weekend.  9 hits, 9 RBIs, 6 runs and 4 home runs, in four games.  I’ve said it before, but I’m repetitive: you can’t be named Buster Posey and not be a good baseball player.  Forget skill and hard work, it’s the name.  His parents were geniuses.  (Unless they liked football or something.)  In 2083, there will be documentaries interviewing old, denture wearing dudes who can’t stop talking about what a great ballplayer Buster Posey was.  “He had it all!”  It just sounds right.  Buster Posey. 
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cliffleetraded.jpgAnywho, we face the media circus tonight.  Strasburg!  Say that with a heavy German accent.  Sounds scary, right?  Bit worried of course, but I’m also feeling cocky after a four game winning streak and the fact that we did alright against Jimenez.  Besides he’s only one guy and one game.  We’ve got a 2-1 record against the Nationals this year and 225-207 all time.  We’ll be alright.

liljinx.jpgStill in 4th place, but only 5 games behind now.  Crawling our way back up!

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 SDP 50 35 .588 W 1
2 COL 47 38 .553 3.0 W 4
3 LAD 47 38 .553 3.0 W 1
4 SFG 45 40 .529 5.0 W 4
5 ARI 33 53 .384 17.5 W 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/9/2010.

Rocky Weekend

Hey kids!  Now you too can own a genuine authentic 4th of July MLB cap worn by the San Francisco Giants on the weekend they got slaughtered by Colorado!

4thofjulycap.jpgWent 1-3 against Colorado.  At least the streak got broken.  And what the heck?  The only game they won was the game where Ubaldo Jiminez was pitching?  That dude practically had a negative ERA and yet somehow the Giants scored 11 runs that game.  They rarely get 11 hits, forget about 11 runs!  Look at what they did to him!

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA
2010 26 COL NL 14 1 .933 2.27
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Generated 7/6/2010.

HA!  He’s got a 2-something ERA now.  What a loser.  Actually, that’s still pretty ridiculous.  How the heck did they hit off that guy?  Huff is awesome.  I love Huff, he’s my favorite “new” guy, even though all these guys are new to me.  I thought it was going to be DeRosa, but look where that went?  Nowhere.  So yay Huff.  I don’t care if Googling you is kind of scary, you’re awesome. 

aubreyhuff.jpgSpeaking of awesome, congrats to Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson for making the All-Star Team!  Lincecum has been in a slump, but he and his long hair are still popular thanks to his back-to-back Cy Youngs, so hardly a surprise.  And Wilson is awesome pretty much always, mohawk and all.  Hey!  They both have weird hair.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Hey kids!  Don’t forget to buy your 2010 authentic All-Star gear!

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