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Best Win of the Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 13, 2014

Like most of you, I’m still living off the high of that game last night. Easily my favorite game of the year. It wasn’t just a W, it was an *in your face* win. It was an clear announcement that this isn’t over yet. And getting a win to start the series might take off any pressure that would have been on had we lost and been forced to beat Grienke and Kershaw to take the series….

It’s really amazing. No Belt. No Morse. No problem. This September run is so different from 2010 and 2012 but it has a great feel to it.

Can’t wait to watch the rest of the month unfold…..

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  1. zumiee said, on September 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    It’s been a wonderfully strange season so far. There just hasn’t been another SF Giants season like it. Maybe back in the NY years there was something to compare to it.

  2. zumiee said, on September 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I had one request of the Giants at the beginning of the season: keep pressure on the Dodgers all season, and let’s find out what character the Dodgers are made of this season. We know what character the Giants are made of. The Giants just keep grinding away, in an old-school kind of way. The LA Times column that Paul posted on the last thread alluded to that. Other teams respect the kind of grinders that the Giants are. It’s the way baseball teams are supposed to approach the game.

  3. zumiee said, on September 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’m heading to Berkeley today; we’re going to be seeing the great singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson in concert at one of our favorite venues: the Freight and Salvage. Along with all the other usual pleasant things about Berkeley- cool bookstores, cool places to eat, cool vibes in general.
    Have a great time watching the game, folks. I’ll catch it on the DVR when I get home.
    Here’s some trivia about Eliza: her father was the singer/songwriter Terry Gilkyson, who wrote the song “Bare Necessities” for the Disney animated film “Jungle Book.”

    • DJLoo said, on September 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Have a pleasant evening, zumiee. It’s difficult to avoid hearing scores these days when you record a game and don’t want to know. They seem to pop up everywhere…

      • DJLoo said, on September 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        BTW, I have never heard of one single thing you just wrote except for Berkeley, which I will always associate with “The Graduate”. I knew I was getting older when Mrs. Robinson started looking better to me than the daughter…

    • chipower9 said, on September 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Enjoy, Zum. We saw the Avett Brothers at the Memorial in Sacramento last night. They have really stepped it up a notch. They have a female fiddle player who could front a show on her own (fantastic on the fiddle and her vocals are awesome to boot). They also had a full-time keyboard player (Hammond B3 and piano). Just the sound, performance, everything was a cut above. Truly one of the best I have seen in some time. I was wondering if you guys might be catching them at the Greek tonight. Anyway, enjoy.

  4. Alleykat said, on September 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    10 straight wins at ATT, Hudson vs Grienke, another great matchup, best time of the year right now!
    Score early, burn some more Dogpile arms,and we will be tied for 1st!!
    Hudson will be fired up along with a Rockin crowd!
    Giants grinding baseball prevails!
    Man I love this pennant drive right now!

  5. snarkk said, on September 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Good thing about last night was the Doghairs burned a few arms early, and thanks to the Undertaker, only Gutierrez got used, and he looked like maybe he found a little mojo. All Giant arms in the Pen have at least 2 days rest on ’em, which is good, since Huddy’s been a little dicey of late around the 5th. If they can take this one tonight, it’s momentum time…

    • Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      great point. And Bochy is going to have to avoid leaving him in too long, something he’s done a few times already in the second half of the season

      • chipower9 said, on September 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        I agree. It was either Hudson’s last start or one of the last few where Bochy didn’t pull him quickly enough, and it cost them runs. For as much credit as he gets for managing a pitching staff, he has had a few swings and misses lately.

  6. James said, on September 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Pickin’ on those Blues

    • chipower9 said, on September 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      I remember listening to these guys in the 70s. While they didn’t win the mass appeal of the Allman Brothers and others, I really liked them. I believe they were on the Capricorn label along with the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie and Cowboy (these are the bands I recall and that I listened to regularly back then). What a blast from the past. Thanks .

  7. chipower9 said, on September 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Sorry I missed the game last night, but we saw one hell of a concert. After dinner we walked across to the auditorium, and score was 4-0 in the first. I was pumped. Checked the score later during the show…last I saw was 4-0 in the 4th. Then I saw the final after the concert. Must have been a hell of a game. Great was to start the series. Get a win tonight and put some serious pressure on the bumbinos.

  8. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Biggest start as a Giant for Hudson. I know W-L record means very little these days, but still: Hudson started off 7-2, and now he’s 9-10. Most of his starts have been decent at best. He did miss that 3-game sweep in late July so it’s been awhile since he’s faced the Bums. Against Greinke, though, I have a feeling decent won’t cut it. We need a big-time start from Huddy tonight to get this division tied up.

    • Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      both these pitchers are gamers so a tight game is something I expect. But who knows, I didn’t expect Ryu to get bounced after 1 inning so I guess anything could happen. But hey, win today and they go into tomorrow as the loosest fucking team EVER to face Clayton Kershaw. let’s do it.

  9. Nipper said, on September 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Morse is a sack of shit. Yeah he hits well now and then ……..then onto the DL His bod doesn’t like to move too fast.

    • Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      He’s just too yoked out. Looks great to the ladies but he doesn’t have a body built for 162….

      • willedav said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        Sure, but nobody plays 162 any more except for Pence.

        Dang it! flipping Panik with another soft fly out to CF with Pagan on base.
        I’m sorry, but for a *heady* kid, it’s bad baseball…esp when you are down 4-0.

    • James said, on September 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Bruce doesn’t usually hedge his bets this way:

      “Such lovely contrast — and perhaps an indication of nothing.”

      In other words, character only matters, if the winners happen to have it.

  10. blade3colorado said, on September 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Sending good thoughts to the Giants from Siem Reap. I didn’t check scores, ESPN baseball results, etc., on yesterday’s game. Instead, I came here and read all the outstanding Flapper posts. I KNEW FROM THE TONE AND TENOR OF THE COMMENTS, THAT WE KICKED DODGER ASS! ‘Nuff Said . . . Go Giants!

    New post on my blog . . . http://aroundtheworldwithblade.wordpress.com/category/cambodia/

    • Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      you’ve got the blog humming again, rad. I’ll check it out after the game. Hope you’re good my man, thinking about you and stay safe…..

      • blade3colorado said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Ty Flavor . . . Good luck on the NFL games today. Know you’re going to bring home some winners.

  11. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Start warming up Timmy?

  12. Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Maybe it’s jut me, but I fucking love seeing Timmy go down there in the first inning. Playoff game atmosphere. let’s see what he’s got. 3-0 is nothing. We’ve been scoring more than 3 for 6 weeks…..

  13. Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I mean, fuck it, just a weird inning. It’s the first inning though. Focus up and get ’em back……

  14. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Typical dogshit choke job by an ex-Braves pitcher. Reminds me of Glavine with the Mets getting lit up the Marlins on the final day of ’07 and a playoff spot on the line.

  15. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    No, Kuip, that’s not going to be close.

  16. snarkk said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Uh, Pagan left his head in the clubhouse, looks like in the first. Go back and get it…

  17. James said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Pancho bit the dust, It’s time for Lefty to split.

  18. willedav said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Simple 2 or 3 hopper to right side by Panik, Pagan walks home on Posey hit, it’s 4-1 with 1 out rest of middle order sticks coming up.
    That’s 3 games in a row I’ve seen the same stuff out of 2 hole and I don’t like it.

  19. salty said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    What a fucked up first. Get Hudson outta there asap.

  20. James said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Pagan, Panik? The runner should not have been sent down by 4.

  21. unca_chuck said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Yeah, flan has to wear that.

  22. Phlabloxxxl said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    So, Timmy is Bochy’s Chris Perez?

    • unca_chuck said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Sure. And you are Tommy Lasorda’s fluffer

  23. Rooster said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Little different feel to this one.

  24. unca_chuck said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Hudddisaster

  25. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    The good news is there’s no other pitchers named Tim on the staff.

  26. unca_chuck said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Looks like Keyshawn vs Petit to decide this.

  27. snarkk said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Did Lincecum even warm up?…

    • James said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I really don’t think it matters.

  28. paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The matchup for this game was intriguing: Greinke (I think) has never lost to the G’s, while Hudson is hungry for a World Series ring. Thought he might pitch like he was pitching early in the season. Uphill battle now….

  29. paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Yikes. I remember reading some sportswriter talking about the Liston-Clay fight in the early ’60s. He said he had barely sat down ringside when Liston hit the canvas and was done. Sheesh, my morning coffee hasn’t even gotten cold yet! Big difference, though: Liston never got up. G’s still have a bunch of innings left…

    • willedav said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      You know man that was a joke I heard from old comic Slappy White.
      “last time those two got together they almost had a fight.”
      “Guy in the front row told me,’ Liston sat down before I did’.”

  30. willedav said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    F-ing finally. Greinke almost got up twice already.
    Wonder how long Bochy lets Tim go, to see if he can get settled in and leave everyone else unused (except for Junior)?

  31. snarkk said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Giants playing like they left their game in the City after last night’s tilt. Hey, what a story it will be, that comeback, I mean…

  32. snarkk said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Giants are smart. They took a lot of time getting LA out, so Greinke would get cold…

  33. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Can we all just go join Zumie at that Phish concert in Berkeley?

  34. Rooster said, on September 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    455 career starts for Hudson – this is his shortest.

    • Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Brutal.
      And Lincecum might be the final option out of the bullpen at this point. 17 mil doesn’t buy what it once did.

      • willedav said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Exhibit B being Andre Ethier.

  35. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Not that it matters, but the thought occurred to me that Craw should’ve just gone to 1st and get Gordon out and let Greinke go to 2nd, since Gordon was going to steal 2nd off Timmy anyway.

  36. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    On a positive note, dinner tonight at Casa SanDawg was pretty epic:
    Miller High Life (several–longneck bottles)
    Surf n Turf featuring:
    Small piece of marinated Thresher Shark
    Bacon wrapped filet of beef (im a well done guy, so i grill the bacon piece off to the side and then butterfly the filet before cooking through)
    Rice
    Salad

    Hot as heck down here. 89 in the house RIGHT NOW! (giving the AC a break today) Kicking it on the back patio.

    Go Giants! survive this mess and shock the world tomorrow.

    • James said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Where/how do you get Thresher Shark nowadays?

  37. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    My local butcher shop has it from time to time. “Valley Farms Market”
    Uh oh, is it not PC to eat Thresher Shark? Its my favorite.

    • James said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      I love eating it, don’t give a shit if it’s PC or not, just jealous cuz I can’t get it. You used to be able to buy it at *Safeway* for next to nothing . . . .

  38. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    And now the score matches that of the football game I’m watching (Rutgers-Penn St.).

  39. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Good lord this is ugly

  40. paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Wow. And we were quite pleased with 9-0 last night as a major smackdown…. Really would love to see the boys come back a bit here….

    • Rooster said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      “Best win of the Year” to “Worst loss of the Year” in the span of two games?

      • Flavor said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        9-0 to 11-0. It’s just two games of bullshit.

      • wswins said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        I think it could be safe for you to go out to dinner now

  41. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    If they bring Kickham into this grease fire, the worst may be yet to come.

    • James said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Nothing can be worse than the reminder that Timmy should not even be on the roster.

  42. snarkk said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I think Lincecum on/off any playoff roster has been decided.
    Gnite Flappers…

  43. eddacker said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Alas, Poor Freak! I knew him, Cy: a fellow of infinite delivery, of most excellent stuff: he hath borne this team on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! even from the pen he rims at it.

    • sandog said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Gold!

    • Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Shakespeare on the Flap!

  44. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    If Pence is going to have ABs like that, then Bochy might as well take him out, too.

  45. paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Jenkins, in his most recent column, is quite sure that there’s no question Timmy will be on the post-season roster. We all saw them keep Zito off 4 years ago, but Timmy? Rationally it might make sense, but I’m not sure management would pull that trigger…..

  46. Rooster said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    When Greinke is flipping his bat, you know the game is out of hand.

  47. James said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    A new definition of piling on.

  48. Macdog said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Yes, it can get worse.

  49. eddacker said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    The 2014 season is a tale of two teams, both with the same uniform and players. Now the script has been repeated in two games. Over the top and under the bus. We shut them out, we scored a bunch, we have the power hitting pitcher. It was heady times my friend; stay hopeful.

  50. Phlabloxxxl said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  51. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I have a sick feeling that I may have a family member at this game.
    I also worry that Unca Chuck and his son may be in attendance as well.
    Please keep them all in your thoughts.

  52. SanDawg said, on September 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Good News! I have text message conversation that Little San Dawg is NOT and was NOT in attendance tonight. He did say that he is being forced to watch at the restaurant where he works, an experience he compares to “Some sort of twisted Clockwork Orange reenactment.”

    • paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      That’s funny. Sort of. We must be able to laugh about these kinds of things.. 🙂

  53. James said, on September 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    The hidden story: SF on the verge of being shut out for the 14th time.

    • paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Is that a lot? I don’t even know what the league average would be about that….

      • James said, on September 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        It’s a fair number, Paul, but, just in case, it wasn’t supposed to be a serious post. Depending on how things go over the next couple weeks, I reserve the right to retroactively shift my intention. 🙂

      • paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        Fair enough. I knew you weren’t being totally serious. but I was still interested in the statistical wonder of being not only clobbered but also shut out and clobbered… 🙂

  54. paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Well, in the end, I guess Henry summed it up best: “Taken together, the first two games of the Big Series settled nothing aside from proving that both teams have the capacity to blow out and get blown out.”….

  55. blade3colorado said, on September 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    You know shit is bad, when the Cambodian waiter serving you Lak chicken, comments, “How about them Dodgers?”

    • paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Oh, that’s just low…… :-p

      • blade3colorado said, on September 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        LOL

  56. paulinasia said, on September 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Steve, probably nobody else here but us chickens…. 🙂

  57. snarkk said, on September 14, 2014 at 12:33 am

    At least the other wild card competitors look like they all lost…

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  59. Nipper said, on September 14, 2014 at 5:22 am

    BLEEP DODGER BLUE! They had to pile on.

  60. Phlabloxxxl said, on September 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

    So, when does Timmeh rejoin the rotation? Or will it be Little Big Head?

  61. tedspe said, on September 14, 2014 at 8:28 am

    How do you spell shelack?

  62. snarkk said, on September 14, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Rather lose by two TDs and a field goal than 2-1…

  63. unca_chuck said, on September 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Nope, didn’t go to the game last night. Thankfully. My sister did go Friday night. She had a blast.

    Petit needs a game for the ages today. Have we scored more than 2 off of Kershaw?

  64. unca_chuck said, on September 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

    And here’s to Carlps Hyde rushing for 160 today.

  65. salty said, on September 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

    LATimes quoted Kershaw saying he was having trouble not looking ahead to this start. And with good reason. Lifetime era at phone park….0.69.

    • James said, on September 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

      The Giants seem well set up for shut out number 15. Hey, on the bright side, maybe someone other than WillieD, me, and the Ladies will start missing Mike Morse.

      • willedav said, on September 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

        Wasn’t that long ago any LU with Blanco in it brought instant dislike and there were some here who never wanted to see him on field again. Ishi is a nice story, but you are only getting so much out of him.
        I like Susac in there with Posey at 1b.
        Should still be warm day at ATT…maybe someone in SF uni with RH pop not named Morse takes advantage.

      • James said, on September 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

        Yeah, definitely want to see Susac today.

        “Me, WillieD and the Ladies” That could be a tune Jake and Tim sing one day, a complex tale of two cowboys lost in SE Asia.

  66. willedav said, on September 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Also gotta hope Petit and Co. can keep Puig Kemp and Hanley in the yard.
    F-G column on Puig re: what’s wrong with his swing? punched numbers on his up/down season. While it never answered the question, did note he’s not using whole field near as much and getting more pull happy with more ground outs to left side.
    Miller said Friday Puig is batting only .239 vs. LHP vs. .305 vs. RHP, which he added to with couple more hits last night.

  67. blade3colorado said, on September 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

    New post on my blog . . .http://aroundtheworldwithblade.wordpress.com/category/miscellaneous-travel/

    Good night all . . . Hopefully, when I wake up, the Giants will have won against Kershaw and the dogs. Stranger things have happened. Go Giants!

  68. Nipper said, on September 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Morse MIA. I would hate to be in a foxhole with this guy. Kershaw is due for a bad start. Well one can hope.

    • James said, on September 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

      They have beaten up on a string of good pitchers coming into their starts against SF on hot streaks. Of course, Kershaw is on a perpetual hot streak.

      I wonder what the specific metaphorical baseball equivalent to a foxhole is.

    • Phlabloxxxl said, on September 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

      This may make Flappers uneasy: https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/511209266750189568

      • zumiee said, on September 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        We get it, Einstein. Kershaw is good.

  69. salty said, on September 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Nothing short of Jeff Gilhooie will stop him…

  70. twinfan1 said, on September 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    *Look at it like this: at least it isn’t stroke play

    * Hudson is now about where was reasonably expected of him in the first place.

    *Can’t beat Kershaw? If one thinks that, one doesn’t know baseball.

    *Kickham’s future, if he has one up here, is as a loogy. He has the stuff, it has to be brain lock.

    * Lose the excuses for Pagan if you have some- he’s not a good outfielder. The sun got lost in between his ears.

    *I had the wife pretend that she had a baseball and to pretend she hit me with a 99 MPH pretend fast ball. Hurt like hell.

    *Petit is a cool customer and he lives on the black. If he stays there we should be in pretty good shape.

    * I’m not in favor of throwing at guys but if it’s going to be done, do it before they do and do it right- you want the warnings issued before the retaliation comes. That’s from “Hitting Guys 101” AKA “How to Get Kershaw Out and Chris Perez In”

  71. zumiee said, on September 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    “Wasn’t that long ago any LU with Blanco in it brought instant dislike and there were some here who never wanted to see him on field again.”

    Bochy started him at lead-off for over a month, and Blanco was doing badly at it. I think the frustration was as much with Bochy. If Bochy had batted Pence at lead-off a month earlier, like some of us were calling for, that surely would have given the Giants a few extra wins. Well, that’s my opinion, anyway. And that would have the Giants right at first place right now.

  72. zumiee said, on September 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    One of the disturbing things about last night’s game is, if the Giants make the divisional round of the playoffs, then what’s the rotation? If the Giants have to burn up Bum in the 1-game playoff, and they win it, then who starts the next game? Peavy? And then who? Maybe Bum will have to pitch on short rest in the playoffs at some point. But teams really don’t like to do that anymore.

  73. zumiee said, on September 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    How do Dodger fans explain Kershaw’s playoff record of 1-3, with a 4.23 ERA?

  74. Macdog said, on September 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Hey, a zero!

  75. Flavor said, on September 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    new thread

  76. Macdog said, on September 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Gift-wrapping a couple of runs when facing Kershaw is no way to win a division.


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