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Mid-Game Thread!

Posted in Uncategorized by unca_chuck on July 9, 2014

Can the Giants hold the lead? Cain is barely able to hold the lead! 

Top of the 7th . . .

 

 

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  1. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    How exciting! Sort of like those cliffhanger serial movies from the 1930’s.

  2. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Yes! No! Crawfish is nearly as lost as Blanco.

  3. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Wow. I’lltake it.

    Rather be lucky than good.

  4. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    How strange.
    Craw bunts, makes the defense make a play, and the defense screws it up. Now two runners on.
    Bochy, please take note of what just happened…

  5. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    A’s have a half dozen guys that can pitch hit. Us? Nada.

  6. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Bleehhhhh.

  7. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Ya know, that’s inexcusable. Sorry. Cain HAS to get that bunt down to get runners onto 2nd and 3rd. If you want to get run support, then help your damnself…

    • wswins said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      did you see the stat that said he hasn’t had a sac bunt since sept 2013..incred

    • chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Would be a prime place (in a game he did not start) to pinch hit Blanco…you know, so he can lay down a bunt.

  8. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Pence!
    Gettin’ it done…

  9. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Hey! Pence! There you go. Belt for one more.

  10. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    A’s look like us last night.

  11. Cristin said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Ever wonder what a beetle feels like when he gets flipped on his back and can’t turn over?
    Vogt knows.

    • chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Never thought of it in that light…hmmm…

  12. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Ball 4. Fuck.

  13. pawliekokonuts said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    G’night, you knuckleheads question mark. (Tip of the cap to Tedspe, Ferret, Mrmr, and a host of others who’ve not been here in a while.)

    • Cristin said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Siri??

      • blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Welcome back Cristin . . . Long time no see.

    • unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Don;t worry. We’ll hold down the fort . . . Bring one home tonight.

    • snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Wheretheheck is Ted?
      I need a dose of stream of consciousness…

  14. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    FUCK Belt!, too…

  15. Macdog said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    In this bizarro space-time continuum, the last Giants run still counts?

  16. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    That was his pitch right there. Come on Pablo!

  17. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks, A’s.
    A wild pitch rally!…

  18. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    There you go . . . God knows we need a giftie.

  19. Macdog said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Wild pitch, O’Yeah!

  20. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Nice. We will beat them with wild pitches.

  21. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    A bit outside.

  22. Macdog said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Is that the Giants’ first 1-2-3 inning this series?

  23. chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Can Cain hold the lead? Actually, outside of Madison, most of the starters have been on of late. Question is, can the bullpen hold the lead…

  24. chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Will be interesting to see how Romo does here.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Looking good, eh? The reports of his demise were premature IMO.

      • chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        What, the guy has his first significant slump and he’s done? I don’t think so, either.

  25. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Good to see Romo getting a little mojo back. He should still have a very short leash, IMO, until proven otherwise repeatedly…

    • stickman said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Confidence booster for Sergio, anyway. Maybe he’s safe when the lead is three runs. Still not ready to trust him in close games. Step at a time.

  26. chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Agree. But certainly a move in the right direction. Something on which to build. Okay…time to close this mother out. Let’s see Casilla smoke his old team.

  27. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Got to love the crowd giving Romo the standing O after his inning.

  28. stickman said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Nice to see both Crawdaddy and the Rook each going two for four and getting pieces of the action. Our SS can sure use those four days next week for a bit of a break and Panik just boosted his stock with the immanent return of Scutaro. If Bochy is wise he will keep Joe as his regular 2B with Scoots maybe getting the odd start but mainly being a reliable bat off the bench, a mentor for his probable replacement and a general feel good guy in the clubhouse.

  29. snarkk said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Remember, Casilla was out for a month with that hammy. He should be fresh and good to go for a long time this season…

  30. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Ballgame!!! Nice. Cain gets #2 . . .

  31. chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Fuck yeah! Ballgame! Only needed 8 pitches! Get the split tomorrow as Hudson faces his old club.

  32. wswins said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    congrats…nice to see the ball bounce our way tonight….

  33. blade3colorado said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    String a half dozen of these MOFOs in a row and I’ll be a fanatic again. ‘Nite all . . .

    🙂

  34. chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Casilla (sans the swinging arm) reminds me of Beck the way he sets up to pitch. Nice win. Fuck the fucking fuck A’s.

  35. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Whatever his fix was, Cain has looked a lot better lately.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

      On the post-game last night they said he has made some minor adjustments. Outside of Bum’s last few starts, the starters are looking pretty decent. We just need to boys to score some runs for them. Nice to see the long ball again last night.

  36. Macdog said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Win #2 for Matty, win #50 for the Giants, and percentage points in first place. Now that’s a good night’s work.

  37. unca_chuck said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Shit we got win 40 about 6 weeks ago.

  38. chipower9 said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    G’night Flappers.

  39. stickman said, on July 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Finally Fifty. Been a long time a brewin. Another monkey off the back. Back in First. Scutaro back in time for the Snakes. Hicks to the sticks? Cain a winner and Casilla a spinner. Contributions all over the lineup. Bullpen solid. A win tomorrow would be absolutely huge.

  40. salty said, on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Ironically its Bum they gotta get straightened out. Sucked 4 of his last 5.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Yep. I just commented on that. Outside of him, the starters by and large have had quality starts.

  41. willedav said, on July 10, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Giants have as many wins as everyone in league except Brewers and are tied for first again…warts and all.
    Hey if you want to revel in doom, go read csn philly. Those guys really deserve it–last place, tremendous revenue and expenditures, aging high salaried players and useless kids, ruben amaro jr., yada yada. Where have they been since Howard struck out and SF bounced them out of the playoffs?

    Pawlie, I’ve been most vociferous critic of Amy, and I’ll explain why. As Flav said, she just not interesting. I feel it’s an unnecessary interruption of K and K to have to listen to her 4 times every broadcast. Nice enough gal, but utter waste of time.

    My bigger beef is with CSN and why they allow all the self promotion of the brand. Why do I need to follow her on twitter and hear about it endlessly? Why all the cutesy named interviews on their website with players wives and Posey? If I wanted to know why Cain gives up so many HRs, I could find analysis of that on fangraphs or another site—pitch, location, count, L/R, home/away, etc. Is she gonna ask Posey that, or why Romo has struggled so much lately?

    Full disclosure, I don’t watch any of pre or post game noise, don’t listen to KNBR except during games or maybe 15 minutes drive time max. And that goes for any and all other sports too. Other than Tom Tolbert, I don’t think any of others are worth listening too, including Papa Laskey Estes et al. Game time I’ll listen/watch but when it is over, I’m gone.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 10, 2014 at 6:58 am

      fair enough

      • blade3colorado said, on July 10, 2014 at 7:08 am

        Actually, I could give a rat’s ass about Amy. She gets the heat, but as Willie alluded to, it is the industry big wigs in all the major sports that are propagating this trend to put a twit in front of the camera. However, Amy does the female species no favors when she knowingly degrades herself by taking this job. In effect, she says to the world, “I am an air head and I will use my looks to get ahead. I will take the money and run. I could care less about women’s liberation.” In short, her and other women like her, are sell outs. They denigrate themselves for money. Might as well be a prostitute.

      • unca_chuck said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

        .

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I’ve interacted with AmyG at the yard and she’s really not very nice. I wasn’t harassing her or hitting on her or anything. Just saying hello and got total ass face in return. That said, pawlie, I appreciate and agree with your comments about the criticisms of her being unnecessarily vulgar and sexist.

  42. willedav said, on July 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Hopefully enough with deification of the A’s and Giants fans can get off the ledge. Cain wins, pen including Romo throw no hit shut out innings, Giants ruin a guy they haven’t seen in 3 yrs, yada yada.

    The A’s I feel are playing way over their heads. They have a couple guys in LU with over .900 OPS in Vogt and Norris. Vogt is hitting .366…I don’t think that is sustainable.
    3 of their 4 IF guys are hitting less than .240 including all star Donaldson. Imo he is example of coming back to earth that could befall a number of their hitters. Even Moss and Cespedes aren’t above .260 though with pop.
    A’s are tops in runs scored and in walks and OB, middle of pack in BA and slugging. Last night 5 hits 2 walks and less than stellar defense. Posey cut down Crisp stealing ruining their above 80% rate for SBs.
    Their pitching is also tops in league for ERA and near top in many other categories…right now. They have many young guys on staff and newcomers to league. It’s only July and long way to go. Long way to go before pennants/parades.

  43. willedav said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Most interesting about baseball is just how fortunes for teams (and players) can change so much in a short period. The teams that waxed Giants like rox and reds fell apart immediately afterward.
    Brewers got swept by lowly phils and have lost 8 of last 10. Now Cards are 2 back, Reds 2 and a half and Pirates 4 and a half. Another 10 like that Mil could be 4th.
    A’s won 6 in a row at home but still have worse home record than Angels who are only 3 and a half back.
    KC took over first briefly after 10 game win streak but now trail Tigers by 4 and a half. Detroit swept A’s at home and now took 2 of 3 from LA too, beating Greinke last night.
    Balt retakes first from Jays on heels of 7-3 last 10.

    We all know hitters go into peaks and valleys, hot streaks and slumps. Just part of baseball…not how far you fall it’s what you do to climb out of it. Like to see getaway W today and Giants slap D-bax around on weekend before AS break/tedium. Off days on Flap usually quite interesting!

  44. Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Fair enough on Amy G and most of the other talking heads, both male and female, but I do enjoy watching the pre- and post-game on occasion. I don’t think any of them are terrible. I think Estes knows pitching and shares his insight in this regards. I also enjoy it when Laskey and Blue are on. KNBR – same for me. I don’t listen much, and agree, Tolbert is the only one worth listening to (and I am not that into basketball).
    WillieD – re: your comment about the A’s playing above their heads. Could be. But as you point out, they are pretty damned productive in a number of categories, and when you talk about playing above your heads, well I have said many times I think our Giants were doing that to some degree for the first two months of the season. Regardless, I think the A’s are a damned good club whether or not they are playing over their heads.
    And I have tried not to doom too much and have said a number of times that if they get everyone healthy, and the boys add some consistency in producing, they can win some games. I think it will be a battle down to the wire between us and the bums (who I don’t anticipate fading/going anywhere).
    Okay – Hudson against his old club today. Get a win and split the season series. This would be a huge win going into the final series before the break.

  45. Nipper said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Day game. Good win last night. A good effort and hopefully a win is required today.

  46. unca_chuck said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Blade, there’s a bit of difference between whoring and being a local color girl for a baseball team, eh?

    Do you watch games w/your GF/wife? My wife watches sometimes. At least for the first 4-5 innings. That is who they are pandering to. If it was all about ERA+, WHIP, OPS and such, 2/3 of the women that are even remotely interested for a few innings would split.Plus it’s eye candy for the guys. Blame Jayne Kennedy.

    I’ve started listening to the Game (95.7 FM) with Bucher, Towny, and Huff. Pretty decent stuff, but when Panda wasn’t hitting, they were all over him. Especially Huff. I’m thinking, shit dude, you tanked for 1.5 seasons at $11 mill per, you have no truck calling Panda out for a slow start. And the jizzing all over Buster by Huff during his equally slow start was vomit-inducing.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Yeah, Gail will watch with me fairly regularly, but I don’t think she pays a lot of attention to Amy or any other female more than a male commentator. She just started watching back in 2010, so is still learning the game. If someone (male or female) makes a good point about taking an extra base, or making a good cut-off throw, or any other thing that is potentially important in the balance of the game, I will pause the tube and explain to her “why” the comment and importance of the play. It helps her see that baseball can be a very deep game with a whole lot more going on than appears on the surface. It’s fun when you see the light go on, and it is cool that she enjoys learning more about the game.

      Funny you mention Huff, as it was him in 2010 (in a game in which he hit two homers) that really got Gail interested. He had hit his first dinger, and came up and she says “what’s the chance a guy hits a 2nd home” and called the shot (watch Huff homer again). He did and the proverbial hook was set. From that point Huff was her boy, and she had the bug that is Giant’s baseball.

  47. unca_chuck said, on July 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Shit, my wife has put up with me and sports for going on 27 years now. She has 3 brothers and a football obsessed dad, so she knows her stuff. That being said she does like some of the Amy stuff, and actually met her last year at a game with my daughters. The same daughters that were able to crash game 7 of the NLCS in 2012. She asked Amy “Did you get a ring?” Amy said No. She said “That isn’t fair!” I have a a pic somewhere of the both of them.

    I don’t profess to care either way, but the reasoning behind it certainly makes sense.

    I mean, it’s just like the t-shirt cannons, the mascot, the slide, cable car races, and all the rest of the ancillary bullshit. The die-hard fans will always be there. It’s the casual fan they are entertaining and trying to keep.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Yeah, my ex was more a football fan (Packer – she and her parents were all born in Wisconsin), but she liked Giants baseball, too.

      Sports to Gail was Grand Prix Dressage and canine agility. She really has no interest in football, but has come to like baseball quite a bit. It is all good.

  48. Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I know it has been discussed a bit, but here is one more indication that the Giants will activate Scutaro come Friday (or Saturday). Also, Pagan is to return to baseball activities today and the team is hopeful he will return before months-end.

    http://tinyurl.com/op2vdg3

  49. Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Pretty amazing that our team has won only 8 of the last 28, yet they are tied with the bumbinos atop the NL West. A testiment to the importance of that hot start.

  50. Bozo said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Amy G? Huh? Must be a slow day here.

    So Is Romo only going to pitch in games that Posey catches? A relief pitcher with a personal catcher might be tough to do, but if I’m Boch, I’d be thinking about it.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Yeah, that would be tough. I know he did well in the closer role until recently but I think Romo is really best suited to the 8th inning. Being able to go Affeldt to Romo and then hard throwing Casilla is the ideal set up.I think it was you who mentioned the other day how the A’s knocked Casilla out of the role previously so it was good to see him do well last night.

      • Bozo said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Not sure who brought up the A’s and Casilla, but it wasn’t me. Yeah I don’t mind Romo in the setup role, as long as Posey is doing the catching.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

      lqtm – yep…when Amy G becomes the center point of discussion, you know things are slow.

      How did you weather the storm last week? Hoping you did not get hit too hard.

      • Bozo said, on July 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

        Thanks for asking Chi, but it really wasn’t all that bad.
        Strong winds but not much else. A couple of old windows that I knew needed replacing sprung a couple of leaks, but we were up so caught them before they became a real problem. And for our little village, it wasn’t that bad. Nobody was hurt and minimal damages . We did lose power for awhile but we didn’t have any flooding here (not sure why), I know Nags Head and Hatteras Island had some flooding, oh and Manteo did too, but downtown Manteo floods during a heavy rain. We even went out Friday night to Nags Head Pier to watch the fireworks show (OK, hurricane is done let’s go watch someones shoot off explosives on a wooden pier, yee haw). Everybody I talked to said they felt pretty lucky, me, I just felt tired.

  51. Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Interesting juggling of the line-up. At least Blanco is at the bottom of the order….

    1. Hunter Pence — RF
    2. Brandon Crawford — SS
    3. Pablo Sandoval — 3B
    4. Buster Posey — C
    5. Michael Morse — LF
    6. Brandon Belt — 1B
    7. Brandon Hicks — 2B
    8. Gregor Blanco — CF
    9. RHP Tim Hudson (7-5, 2.53 ERA)

  52. Chipower9 said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Here is Hick’s chance to make a case for himself when the Scoots move comes Friday or Saturday. I figure it is him or Panik who goes. I would cut loose Arias but it ain’t happening. Between those two, I would like to see Panik stick, even though he would get to play every day in Fresno. Hick’s ship has sailed IMO.

  53. willedav said, on July 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Bottom end bench guy reshuffling too. Adrianza up, Perez down. With Scut up tmw, signs point to Hicks going back down…guess that’s why Bochy giving him start vs. LHP Kazmir today. That does make SF overloaded with IF again.

    I watched Pence make a great running grab week ago in RCF and it confirmed thinking he could play CF. According to Baggs Colvin could play there in a pinch. But with Perez down and Pagan unlikely to rejoin club for a while, Giants appear to be stuck with blanco, who just seems to be getting worse with more ABs.

    I’d stick Pence in CF and let him get used to it. Angles a lot easier to play from that vantage point as opposed to RF where he has been. Would you take a flyer on Ben Revere or try to add corner OF?

  54. unca_chuck said, on July 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I was hoping they would move Crawford up as he’s been getting shit for pitches for a while and he’s been fishing for them badly. Maybe some fastballs will help him out.


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