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Rainbow Bombs > Warning Track Power

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2015

Games like last night’s sort of write their own thread the next day.

Welcome back Under Pants and we have scored 21 runs in the last 2 games. What I don’t get is this: The balls they hit off Voggy died at the warning track (except for Bruce). Same thing the game before v Lincecum. And yet we’re sending rainbow bombs well into the bleachers. How are the Giants hitters, supposedly worse than the vaunted Cincinnati offense, laying such prodigious wood? Especially when you consider that Lincecum and Voggy are “totally done”, at least according to Flappers far and wide……

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  1. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    If Casilla gets this save, he’s going to have to earn it…

  2. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, Casilla gets it done.
    Ks the side out to end it. Awesome effort…

  3. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Casillllllllll-ya later!

  4. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Casilla was brilliant, Romo too for that one big out.

  5. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Whew!

  6. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Wow what a wild game!!
    Casilla nails it down 9 pitches 9 strikes 3 punch outs! Great road trip, bring on the Doghairs Tuesday with momentum!!

  7. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    OK, back to the 4-3 nail-biter games.
    Hey, when you win 3 outta 4 in a bandbox like that, with your offense getting into 5th gear, it’s groovy…

  8. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    How do you spell “relief”? C L O S E R. Nine pitches, 9 strikes, 3 K’s, ballgame.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      The other day, guys were mentioning Tyler Walker.
      Anybody else remember Sweaty striking out the side in the bottom 9th (I think it was bottom 9th) in Detroit 7 or 8 years ago during the dark period — on 9 pitches. It was pretty awesome. Just like today by Casilla…

      • Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Baggs just tweeted: Casilla had the first immaculate inning (9 pitches, 3 strikeouts) by a Giant since Trevor Wilson in 1992. Via STATS Inc.

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        I think that’s wrong. I wrote to him on his blog. I would swear that Sweaty did it in Detroit; but I wouldn’t bet a bottle of Scotch on it…, well, good Scotch anyway… 😉

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        OK, just found this on wiki re: 2005. I was close:
        “On June 17, in a game against the Detroit Tigers, Walker made history by becoming the first pitcher to record a save (since the save rule became an official stat in 1969) by entering a game with the bases loaded with nobody out and proceeding to strike out all three batters he faced without allowing a run to score.”
        From baseball reference, Sweaty made 13 pitches, got the 9 strikes on 5 swing&miss, and 4 fouls. Still a pretty dang good performance, arguably better than 9 straight strikes under the circumstances…

  9. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Getting more and more concerned about Affeldt. Of his 30 pitches today exactly half went for strikes. Dude seems to be in a major league funk. Wondering if Bochy will ease him into the slop-man role, or at least not in the last 3 innings. Certainly not the 8th. There is help in the pipeline. Several teams out there might offer up something good hoping to resurrect a lefty RP with a good track record. May happen.

    • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Given how much rope Bochy has been giving McGehee with his mediocre history, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Affeldt, with his championship pedigree, will get plenty of chances to work things out.

  10. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Clips all but toast. Looks like Dubs-Rockets for the conference final!

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Unless somebody gets hurt on the Dubs, that should be a near guarantee to get to the Finals…

  11. djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Affeldt’s in the final year of his contract at $ 5 million.
    Probably the second greatest lefty reliever in SF history behind Lavelle.

    • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Haha, Gary Lavelle one of my all-time G’s.

  12. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Hoping the Sherpas can make a comeback and overtake the Bums this afternoon.

  13. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    With his paltry 2 hits, Hunter Pence’s BA plummets to a measly .500.

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Hi, girlz. Been offline. Spent the weekend in Saratoga Springs with my new *friend* [she is Magnus’s favorite size, too]; stayed right across from the track. I’ve never been there while the ponies are in town. Astronomical prices. And crowded. Great weekend for the Gigantes!

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Ahh haa! So, you’re already blowing the $8.95 I spent on your “Seeing the Signs: spirituality of the ordinary” book last week. Now I know why all you writers and artists are starving.

    • djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Did you ride the carousel? I always do.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        Syracuse’s mega-mall, stupidly called Destiny USA, was formerly Carousel Center. It still features a loving restored carousel from 1906 or so. I love to ride it.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Well I hear you went up to Saratoga,
      And your horse naturally won…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

        Blade, yes this “starving” artist indulged his indulgences. Loo, I saw a Carousel somewhere but did not ride it. Is it in the track? They wouldn’t let us in, but we watched a steeplechase event across the street. Lots of square-jawed WASPs. Some weekend to be there. Skidmore graduation and old-cars show. Snarkk: good line, but no horses to bet on. Sweet-looking grandstand, though, from the look of things.

  15. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Off topic . . . I just read this SJ Mercury article about mayors, city managers, and council men (women) being compensated astronomical sums to run podunk little places like Clayton ($296K), Sunnyvale ($543K), Cotati ($446K), and Monte Sereno – which has 9 fucking city employees total ($235K). WTF? Your frickin’ governor Moon Beam only gets $213K.

    Read it and weep . . . http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/ci_28131799/city-managers-highly-paid-regardless-city-size-raising?source=JBarTicker

    No wonder you guys are going broke. Hilarious.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      City manager — the Javi Lopez of public employees…

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      The whole Moon Beam gloss is tired. This latest version of Brown has been good for CA imo. As far as city managers salaries go I agree with you. Having moved back to CA from NV I get that the cost of living is high but ultimately they’re public servants and shouldn’t expect this type of compensation. Really it’s the pensions that are the big drag though. I mean WTF? In what other area can you expect such a payout after your working life? It’s shamefull really. The mayor of San Jose has taken on the issue but I haven’t looked into what if anything has been the result.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        Actually Dirt, I like him and said that “affectionately.” I know people did not like him in his first go-around as governor (I did even back then) and they used the term derisively toward him. However now – they like him. Chill bro . . . 🙂

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        It’s the raiding of the public treasury by public employees. I’m all for supporting police, fire and related. But, seriously, this elevating them to the pedestal of “first responders” who get outrageous pensions has to stop, and it started big time after 9/11. Now, the cops are shooting people left and right in this country, and nothing ever happens, unless they just happen to be caught on somebody’s video. I wonder what punishment that cop in S. Carolina will get for shooting that guy in the back 8 times Running Away from him, then planting the taser next to the guy’s body? The number of cop actions on youtube that show them abusing people all over the country is incredible. Even then, they rarely get punished for outrageous violations of civil rights, usually based on anti drug actions, which if you or I engaged in, we would be tossed in the Pen for a longggg time, and sued for everything we own. If you don’t want to risk your life in a job, then don’t take that job. BTW, there are plenty of jobs ahead of the police and firefighters on the danger scale — you can look it up. More commercial fishermen are killed every year than cops and firefighters — what pensions do they get? Don’t get me started on BART workers. The corruption, feather bedding, and nepotism on getting jobs in that thing is astounding. They can strike BART and shut down the Bay Area, but NYC subway workers and Chicago and Portland transit workers can’t do that. WTF?…

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        blade, I know. Just giving you shit.

        snarkk, I come from a family of cops and it was also my field of study in school. That said, I agree it is ridiculous. It is well past time that we rethink our approach to law enforcement in this country. Don’t even get me started on the military glamorization. I hope those of you on this board that have served don’t take that wrong. I just think the MIC is out of control. Speaking of which, I wonder if Pagan gets paid for those salutes? lulz.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm

        What is MIC? Off topic again . . . Just read about 9 motorcycle gang members from 3 different bike gangs getting killed in a Waco, Texas shootout. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/17/us/texas-shooting/index.html

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        Eisenhower was so right, in his final speech as president. He called it, the military industrial complex.
        The gov’t now will not touch the defense budget, it’s never big enough. The Congress forces the Pentagon to take military crap hardware even it doesn’t want…

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        Ahh.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        Yeah, snarkk. When I was in Reno I wrote/developed bids for weapons systems to deliver to various agencies. Company called SNC. The money flying around was mind boggling.

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Yep, now our tax dollars are even paying MLB to be patriotic so we can be inundated with saluting and forced flag waving at the ballparks…

      • xoot said, on May 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        City managers in Calif. are usually the people who get things done despite the political selling out that preoccupies most of the elected officials. A good City Manager and a good mayor always clash. Robert Bobb and Jerry Brown in Oakland made a classic example. They were both terrific at their jobs. There was only room for one at the top. Bobb moved on, very easily. I’ve seen a smaller version of Bobb move from city to city about every 5 or 6 years–that’s how long it took for the city councils to fire him for ignoring the them. But he always left behind an improved city and a core group of exceedingly talented city employees that he found and hired. Of course, he also generated a fair number of lawsuits . . . .

  16. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This week’s Panik update from Poughkeepsie: http://tinyurl.com/lqqgtl3

  17. Flavor said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oakland A’s, worst record in baseball, 13-26

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Beane finally went too far. He had a team ready to go deep into the playoffs, then sold off Cespedes, and cratered it. Finished the job by dismantling the team this past offseason, and now it’s just a compilation of guys, not a team. Being an A’s fan is the ultimate in just rooting for laundry…

      • willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        Mm, I don’t think dumping Cespedes did as much damage as reported. He is NOT a good OF despite terrific arm, and is about as disciplined a hitter as Sandoval.
        Losing the pitching he acquired Samardzj-what ev and Lester hurt him along with injuries. Dumping off Russell to the Cubs and winding up with Semien at SS not a good move either, and his pen has been the shits.
        Norris and Moss were productive hitters too; so far his LU hasn’t really gelled. But he has chips to deal if he wants to go that way and I don’t think anyone is counting out the A’s…Stros aren’t winning the AL West.

      • willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        And I’m not defending him, I can’t stand the guy. He had good players but they didn’t win. Everyone who goes there knows the drill—you aren’t getting a deal like you would with the Giants, and we’ve all complained about how Sabes has rewarded guys with overpay contracts.
        Beane does have a history of making deals that seem to strengthen NL West teams too (Carlos Gonzalez, Andre Ethier yada yada). If he dumps a guy like Kazmir to LA or the Pads that would suck.

    • xoot said, on May 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      There are a few die hard a’s fans in the Oakland office where I work. On Fridays one guy occasionally wears an expensive a’s green home jersey–and the back panel is pure green, no number, no name.

  18. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    TWO over .500 at 20-18. After the dismal start and being without Pence till yesterday this is huge. Needless to say that offense will not continue at 212 degrees F. Nevertheless, the confidence is there now and the Belt-Pence-Crawford core is currently amped. Now its Buster who is up and down ~ mostly down today. Yet, the team scored 9 times without quite hitting on all cylinders consistently.

    Last couple Dodger series were kinda David and Goliath affairs going into them, but this one has the earmarks of a heavyweight Championship fight. Close observers now realize that the World Champs are good and maybe also that LA has been hitting a tad over their collective heads. With Bumgarner two up on Kershaw that contest will have the eyes and ears of all serious baseball fans ~ particularly on the Left Coast.

    Again, the win was huge. Instead of losing the lead ~ and the game~ and sliding back to .500, the Giants fly home on a high note, having won 4 of six in what could have been one tough road trip. Overconfidence is not likely to lead to the LaBumbos demise this time. In fact they may be slightly intimidated. Giants are about the only team around who have bettered them to date ~ at least in the NL West. LA will discover that the easy wins over teams in their division will cease through the core summer months. So far the road has not been particularly kind to them. Meanwhile, there are a lot of smiles and maybe a few shit-eating grins on a certain jet scooching from Cincinnati to the City by the Bay.

  19. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I think out of all the good stuff that’s been happening with the team lately, I’m most stoked about Crawford’s hot start. He’s been playing Gold Glove defense all season, plus he’s driving in runs with clutch hits and some pop thrown in for good measure. Hope he can keep it up.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Like I said, his bat has unexpectedly played the role of the 3rd base bat. If we had a 3rd base bat, not a sieve and DP machine, the offense would really be in shape. McDP has about 2 weeks left to prove he belongs, IMO…

      • djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        I think they’ll upgrade 3B by the deadline no matter what Giggles does from here on…

  20. James said, on May 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    God is playing a truly cruel joke on Billiy Beane. Last year the A’s won 11 fewer games than their run differential projects to, which is pretty hard to do. He sacks the players and a new crew is already 6 games down.

    • Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      In 2006, they finished 8 games ahead of W-L projection, so even that silly Pythagorean thing evens out.

      • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        The fact that it evens out is why it’s not at all silly 🙂

      • zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      • zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm

        🙂

      • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

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