Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cheating Cubs deserve to lose

I'm still steamed over the Cubs ground crew having deliberately screwed up the field on Tuesday night. I don't believe for a second that they didn't try do so.

If Bud Selig had any guts -- which he doesn't -- he would have required the Cubs to forfeit. So the game got finished with a tainted 2-1 Cubs "victory" on Thursday, then the Giants won the rubber match, 5-3.

I guess Bruce Bochy is a far better sport than I am per the SF Chronicle. Since the Cubs don't play the dodgers are this year, I hope they lose every game. Screw the no-class Cubs.

"They got it right," Bochy said of MLB's decision. "Again, I complimented everybody, including the Cubs' organization. It's over now. They ended up winning, but all you wanted was a chance, and we had that, and now it's over."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Here's why the Cubs are a joke

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tim Lincecum's 10th win

Tim Lincecum opened the game today by not getting any of the first 4 batters out. At that point, I got out of my car and stopped listening.

The only thing that had gone right?  Fortunately, Andrew Susac threw out the batter, Ben Revere, who had singled. Tim finally got his act together, let in another run in the third and was out of there after 5.

It was the 65th win for the team to go along with 58 losses. What looked like a disastrous weekend yesterday -- until the 6th inning -- turned out OK.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I blame Tim Flannery

There was plenty of blame to go around tonight for a discouraging 5-3 loss to the Phils

Flannery's send of Sandoval was the worst. He was out by 30 feet to end the 8th inning. Absolutely reeked of desperation.

Friday, August 15, 2014

"The dog days will end now" - Angel Pagan

I hope he's right. He got the big hit  Wednesday after when Tyler Flowers didn't give Gregor Blanco a clear lane to the plate.

Take that, Scott Cousins.

Here's from the Chron's recap --

"Oh my God," Blanco said. "That was awesome. I was saying to everybody, 'Whatever it takes to win a ballgame.' We won the game, and everybody is happy about it."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was the opposite of happy. He bolted out of the dugout in a rage because he lost a similar review on Posey the night before. He was quickly ejected.
After Quintana walked Joaquin Arias to load the bases, Pagan flipped a single off reliever Ronald Belisario into short left that gave the Giants a 3-1 lead, his first RBIs since his return from a back injury last week.
The Giants caught a break, and Pagan ran with it. Question is, how far will the Giants run with it?
"We'll be fine," Pagan said. "I think the dog days will end right now."

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to 2010?

That's what I thought of today while listening to the depressing sweep by the KC Royals, leaving them at 62-55 and 4 and half behind the Dodgers

In 2010, they were 64-50 and 2 games behind the Padres. They went 28-20 the rest of the way and won on the last day of the season.

On Aug 10, 2010, they lost 8-6 to the Cubs with the lineup -- 

Andres Torres CF 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 .287 .370

Edgar Renteria SS 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278 .342

   Emmanuel Burriss 2B 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 .500 .500

Aubrey Huff RF 4 1 0 0 1 0 5 .300 .393

Buster Posey C 5 1 2 2 0 0 5 .341 .388

Pat Burrell LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .257 .351

Pablo Sandoval 3B 5 0 3 1 0 0 5 .268 .325

Juan Uribe 2B-SS 5 1 2 0 0 2 5 .255 .320

Travis Ishikawa 1B 5 0 1 1 0 0 5 .298 .348

Tim Lincecum P 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .094 .111

   Nate Schierholtz PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .244 .313

   Santiago Casilla P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

   Aaron Rowand PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .247 .303

   Guillermo Mota P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

   Freddy Sanchez PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .257 .317

   Ramon Ramirez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Brandon Belt = Mike Matheny?

Among the more depressing developments in a season that's had plenty of them for us Giants fans is the multiple times that Brandon Belt has wound up on the DL. As noted in the SF Chron's game story, he's back on there for 7 days due to the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago.

I'm glad that MLB is taking concussions seriously. Mike Matheny, who was a pretty solid defensive catcher, played his last game in the MLB after getting concussed in a Giants uni back on May 31, 2006. Let's hope that Belt can come back soon!

Mike had a fine 2005 for the Orange and Black -- here's the Wikipedia entry about his Giants career ...

Matheny signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on December 13, 2004. The next season, he displayed a rare power surge, amassing career-highs with 13 home runs, 34 doubles, a .406 slugging percentage and 59 runs batted in (RBIs). Matheny continued his defensive excellence, compiling a team-record .999 fielding percentage and leading National League catchers with 13 double plays, 77 assists and 39 would-be base-stealers caught stealing, earning his fourth Gold Glove.[1][2] He also took home the Willie Mac Award that year, accorded annually to a San Francisco Giant for spirit and leadership.[19]
Matheny landed on the disabled list on May 31, 2006 after a series of foul balls caromed off his mask, resulting in a serious concussion.[20] In July, the Giants announced that he would not return for the remainder of the season and that his career status was in doubt.'s Giants beat writer, Rich Draper, articulated that Matheny's career was likely over due to continued struggles with post-concussion syndrome.[21]