Game 80 Preview: The Birth of the Hwang Dynasty

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Greek Giant

Tonight’s game: Rockies(47-32 ) Vs Giants (28-51) at Willie Mays Field, 7:15 PM
Jeff Hoffman (4-1, 4.29) Vs Matt Cain (3-7, 5.54)

The Giants have called up Jae Gyun Hwang. He will presumably replace Ryder Jones at third base in tomorrow’s game. Tonight Ryder gets a chance to go 5-5 and drive in the winning run.

Five Questions

  1. What is Matt Cain’s place in the rotation when MadBum returns?
  2. Should MadBum be put on ice this season?
  3. Does Buster have a chance two win the MVP?
  4. Is Brandon Belt coming out of his funk?
  5. Will Christian Arroyo make it back to the Giants in 2017?
  • Bapah

    Tonight is the MLB.TV
    Free Game of the Day.

  • earlytimes

    YE

    • 610nm

      yippee?

      • earlytimes

        cat walked across my keyboard but i like olde eng

        • Foothills A-rye-o

          Early Times English

  • 610nm

    1. Isn’t the other Matt the worst of the SP?
    2. Bumgarner will see limited duty, to assess his shoulder before 2018.
    3. An MVP seldom comes from a team as bad as ours. He will get votes!
    4. I sure hope so, certainly more so than the other Brandon’s bat.
    5. yes, Boyo will be back in September. bonus question: who plays 3B for most of the rest of the year? Nunez, who isn’t traded, with Hwang as his backup.

    • 610nm

      #2, encore: to convince Bumgarner to sit down in September, they may have to offer him the primary PH job.

  • earlytimes

    Nol can’t figure Cain out. just .148

  • Thrill22

    Nice play Jones.

  • Matthew

    Best play of that young man’s MLB career

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Big Country Mike with “Comment Gold”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwang_(Korean_surname)

  • Surf Maui

    Maybe Cain’s haircut will get him some outs

  • Keep me posted on the Giants. I’m watching the Gators trying to win their first ever College World Series.

    • Surf Maui

      Missed one of Crawfords best plays ever

      • crap!

        • Surf Maui

          Look at the video highlights

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      First ever? You’d think by now…

      Bring in Faedo to close?

  • buyselltrade

    1. Hopefully over.
    2. No
    3.Only if the Giants claw their way to #2 WC, in other words No.
    4. Brandon Belt is Brandon Belt, expect his AVG and OBP to improve ovedr the course of the remaining season.
    5. Yes

  • earlytimes

    1 depends on ty and Tyler
    2 no. get him back on the horse
    3 none
    4 He’s a streaky one
    5 Yes. Right after they trade Panik. (Jk)

  • Surf Maui

    That was one of the great plays ever!!!

  • Hoona

    BCraw has been a defensive wizard in this series

    • Surf Maui

      Definitely makes the highlight reel

  • Matthew

    He is MyForeverGuy

    • Lunch_Box

      As long as Paula Abdul is Forever Your Girl.

    • Surf Maui

      Evans was quoted as saying that he was one of three untouchables with Posey and MadBum

      • Lunch_Box

        Bobby E. hasn’t watched “The Untouchables” tv series or movie. There’s supposed to be 4 Untouchables.

      • MadBum may be untouchable but is he unsignable? They need to get rolling and secure his Giantness

  • Hoona

    Sit down Trevor and rewind the tape

    • Matthew

      If he does, he’ll still be mad…that looked like a ball

      • Hoona

        Eh, that’s too bad then 😛

  • Lunch_Box

    Feels like this game is going by fast or just me?

  • Surf Maui

    One win and Finnerty’s more crowded tonight

  • RobDeer

    Is it a jinx if I predict a no-hitter for Hoffman? Or a reverse jinx?

    • Matthew

      No chance…Ryder is going Triples Alley to lead off the 3rd

      • RobDeer

        He’s gonna sprint out to Triples Alley? Gonna be hard to hit after that.

        • Matthew

          Aren’t we Mr. Literal Druggie LOSER all the sudden.

          • RobDeer

            All of a sudden?

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Don’t hassle The Hoff

    • livfreerdi

      No, but his ERA isn’t nearly high enough to pull that off

  • Wonder if Connors back spams are still aching him from carrying the Giants partially thru the post season last year.

    • Lunch_Box

      Can’t be then his shoulders would have been injured as well

      • Maybe the thought of having to carry the Giants this season since no one else has gave him back spasms.

    • Hoona

      Must be why MadBum is out this long for carrying the Giants through the playoffs in 2014. The dirt bike incident was a lie.

      • Post of the Month!

      • Never have seen a pic of the dirt bike.

        • Hoona

          MadBum only rides horses

          • Damn. That’s true. Somebody really working a cover up. You’d think they woulda been smart enough to say he fell off a horse.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Tight spot, Greek

    • The Gators are the new torture team. This is a tense game!

  • Surf Maui

    Cain gives Blackman the stank eye for running into him

    • Bapah

      Blackmon ran a little too inside to be an accident

    • Lunch_Box

      Next time, Cain needs to hide a razor in his glove and shave Blackmon’s ridiculous beard if he runs into him again.

    • Matthew

      Blackmon gave Cain the stank beard

      • Sgbssfg

        I think I that beard has s permanent stank.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Marty Lurie probably on edge of seat with Greek

    • Lunch_Box

      I can see that: Lurie always sounds irritable.

      • Matthew

        He has irritable vowel syndrome

  • Sgbssfg

    Gorked.

  • Atta babe Gorkys.

  • Hoona

    Hell of a bunt on a low breaking ball

  • RobDeer

    I forgot to take into account the Gorkys Factor when predicting Hoffman’s no-no.

    • Lunch_Box

      Uh-oh. That’s an unwritten rule to try to break up a no-no with a bunt.

      • Matthew

        That was Cainer…Gorkys crushed a seed past that hack at 3rd

        • Lunch_Box

          How’s that hack’s brother playing in the G’s organization though?

          • Matthew

            Footy will get right on it

    • Matthew

      TO is gonna blame Gorkys for the Giants not getting the first pick in the 2018 draft pretty soon

      • The Oracle

        No, but I look forward to how happy you’ll be if they start winning meaningless games that give them no benefit.

        • Matthew

          they are so pleased you continue to be such a great fan! Way to stick with them! Go Giants! Atta babe

          • The Oracle

            It’s true that I don’t have the emotional involvement you have, but I bet you agonized over the losses that brought them Lincecum, Bumgarner and Posey, and desperately wished that they had done better.

          • Surf Maui

            Perhaps– but he certainly wasnt rooting for the losses

          • The Oracle

            I’m sure he wasn’t, but it’s a good thing they happened.

          • Matthew

            You sure claim to know a lot about the rest of us. Sorry I enjoy wins so much.

            Ummm. I didn’t “agonize” nor was I “desperate”. Generally speaking, I would hazard a guess that I’m happier than most…and it appears , happier than you….at least more congenial.

          • The Oracle

            Maybe you are, but you seem get pretty angry about baseball. I doubt you’re happier than I am, but I’m sure you’re more congenial, except when you’re swearing at people and calling them names.

          • Matthew

            Pretty much!

      • Gorkys approaching scapegoat status.

        • The Oracle

          He’s a symptom, not a cause.

  • earlytimes

    Gorkys Span combo

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    SPAN! He can hit.

    • Yes. He can. 2.84 times out of 10 ABs he can hit the ball for a hit. Not bad for a batter.

  • Atta babe Span.

  • Surf Maui

    Hernandez closing in on Belt’s batting average

    • Eric Ritz

      Essentially the same hitter then, right?

      • Surf Maui

        No, but after a horrible start Hernandez has hit almost 350 in the month of June

        • Eric Ritz

          But if the number doesn’t actually mean anything in the comparison…why compare?

          • Matthew

            Just because he’s been a hot button. The guy is a 5th OF but some folks act like he’s the root cause of the plague

          • Eric Ritz

            Does anyone think he’s the cause of this plague? I thought we all just thought he’s a guy who doesn’t look like he belongs in MLB. I mean, it’s neat he’s had a nice two weeks, but…

          • Matthew

            Like I said, he’s a 5th outfielder. He gets WAY too much play on here, and a couple folks are obsessed about his roster spot. It’s kind of entertaining to those of us who wish him some success.

          • The Oracle

            And the fact that he is the 5th outfielder is a symptom of the Giants’ talent problem.

          • Matthew

            A GORKYS POST!!!!!

          • The Oracle

            Well, that is what this thread was about.

          • livfreerdi

            I thought it was because he represents horrible evaluations by the FO. Not his fault, but they needed OFers and yet they still had Gorkys on the team.

    • The Oracle

      But only about 200 points short on the OPS.

      • Matthew

        This is KILLING you!

        • The Oracle

          Why would it be? First, it’s baseball, which isn’t going to kill me under any circumstances. Second, he’s still Gorkys Hernandez, a guy wonreally shouldn’t be playing in the big leagues.

          • Matthew

            You go, Buddy! Keep posting about Gorkys Hernandez! That’s the key to this season!!!

          • The Oracle

            Didn’t I respond to someone else’s comment about him?

          • Matthew

            Of course you did! Because you simply must when it involves GORKYS!!!!!

    • He’s definitely in the ballpark.

  • Sgbssfg

    Cain’s future, designated bunter?

    • livfreerdi

      Hey … dont discard anyone who can do something well at this point!

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    I like how Panik’s swing is looking.

  • Lunch_Box

    Let’s add some more runs, please!

  • Lunch_Box

    Is Hwang available to pinch hit or is he on his way during the game?

  • Surf Maui

    There’s no way that Ramos looks 17.

    • Hoona

      Definitely looks and acts more mature than Puig, who is about 8 years older than him

      • Surf Maui

        He is built

        • Hoona

          Speaks a pretty fluent English too. Doesn’t need a translator to answer questions.

          • Efrain

            WTH hell does that have to do with the way plays?

            Careful now…

          • Matthew

            Did you Race Beeper go off again, E?

          • Hoona

            It doesn’t, I wasn’t talking about that

          • Efrain

            Well it’s funny in its placement after a Puig comment. As if one thing makes the other a better person, almost implying that those who speak English are “better”

          • The Oracle

            You need to work on your reading comprehension.

          • Efrain

            It was unnecessary and you know it. To speak of a players need for translator or not. It would be the same for any player from Japan, Korea, whatever.

            First of all Ramos was drafted out of a JC. That should tell anyone that he has to know some working English right? Common sense?

          • The Oracle

            Definitely. Hoona is an obvious racist. You should put his name down in your book. Which volume are you on?

          • Efrain

            Volume 1 is called “Oracle”, the rest is in the works

          • Hoona

            All right no, the Puig comparison was made not because Puig doesn’t speak English but because Heliot Ramos had been compared to Puig, who has the reputation of being a troublemaker.

            Probably should’ve added that Heliot was a well-spoken young man. I wasn’t implying whatever you’re trying to accuse me of. The way Ramos handled the media duties was professional, and mature beyond his age and being able to speak the language of the league he plays in definitely adds to that impression.

            It’s not a knock on any other player who doesn’t speaks the language.

          • Efrain

            To me it’s just insensitive when someone not of color write “he’s so well spoken” without knowing the true background of the players. Comes off as insensitive.

            Puig and Ramos have completely different backgrounds. one was born to poverty in Cuba where English is not necessarily taught or available to the masses. Plus there is that whole fascist country thing where people cannot travel abroad.

            If you are speaking of Ramos, he is from PR, an America territory where English is more readily available in schools and many people have immediate family members in the states that visit.

  • I wish we could drive up Hoffmans pitch count.

    • Lunch_Box

      Next half inning hopefully.

  • Surf Maui

    Angel Pagan with the ice bucket

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Congrats El Greco!

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      And Marty

    • Matthew

      The did it for Tebow!

    • Thanks!

  • Matthew

    This is when Cainer tends to give up gut punch hits

    • Matthew

      Atta babe

  • Hoona

    Great effort by Cain. Tack on

  • Matthew

    HOW ABOUT CAIN?!?!?

    These guys aren’t chopped pancreas

  • Matthew

    That was not quite an MVP effort…

  • Hoona

    Love the bunts tonight

    • Matthew

      Livefree is doing backflips-of-joy!

    • Surf Maui

      Bunting in that situation was not a good play– though it put the runner in scoring position, the runner was Cain and no sure thing he scores from second on a Panik hit. Better to take your chances on a Span extra base hit

      • Hoona

        I see your point. At the very least, it extended the inning and forced Hoffman to throw more pitches

  • The Oracle

    The most at bats without a hit to start a career by a position player is 35, set by Vic Harris in 1972. The most at bats without a hit by a position player who never got a hit is 23, set by the Cardinals’ Mike Potter in 76-77 and tied by the Indians’ Larry Littleton in 1981…so Jones still has some breathing room.

    • Hoona

      Nunez is coming to his rescue on Friday

    • 2holehitting

      I remember Vic Harris. He played CF for the Cubs in a game at Atlanta he had like 15 to 20 putouts catching everything out that way

  • Matthew

    Dang… that left a mark.

    • Surf Maui

      Not smart walking Arenado

      • Matthew

        Nor flopping that curve into the Hit The Eff Outta Me Zone

        • Surf Maui

          Arenado cost an extra run.

          • Matthew

            Wait…I think someone told us we’re supposed to be happy when they’re losing. Some draft pick logic or something.

          • Surf Maui

            That is the definition of defying logic

          • Surf Maui

            We should all be ecstatic this season then

      • Eleuthero

        You’re right. Reynolds is a .300 hitter with 19 HR. He’s every bit the threat that Arenado is. Arenado has 4 fewer HR and a .292 average. Seems like the IBB decision was based on Arenado’s past G bashing.

        • Surf Maui

          Just a free extra baserunner

        • earlytimes

          And he came in hitting just .148 4/27 against Cain, albeit 2 of those hits were hrs.

        • livfreerdi

          Never has been. He’s always been a wind turbine. He’s a product of Coors again. 360 point OPS gap home and away.

          • Peter Johnson

            270 career Homers !

  • Surf Maui

    Cain is toast

  • Hoona

    Limit the damage to 3 Cain. No walks

  • Lunch_Box

    Cain left in there one inning too long.

    • Andres The Forever Giant

      IA, he should always be five-and-dive, IF he’s even effective to that point!

  • crawnik
    • TheSincere

      Cain makes the goofiest, creepiest pitch faces. I think he played Leatherface.

  • earlytimes

    Ry has handled 3rd well.

  • PicoJim

    I wonder if there is a stat that shows what a pitcher does the following inning after getting a hit.

  • Hoona

    There you go Belt

  • Hoona

    Jones is due. This would be a good spot to record a hit

    • Hoona

      He’s not ready for the big stage yet

      • Matthew

        Not a strike

        • Hoona

          Bit too close to take for my taste.

          • Matthew

            It was literally a foot outside. No one swings at that

          • Hoona

            Was it that bad? Maybe I just didn’t get a good look at it

  • Surf Maui

    Now the Arenado walk really galling me

  • Matthew

    Not remotely close to being a strike. He only had about 5 of those calls that inning

  • Surf Maui

    At least Arroyo had some big hits before the league caught up to him

    • Bapah

      That last three pitch sequence tells me Ryder isn’t ready. He’ll be back in Sacto soon.

      • Surf Maui

        John Myhill would have him batting third to boost his confidence

    • Peter Johnson

      You love to put down young players trying to help your team, front runner, you love Million dollar players, and pick on players making the minimum

      • Surf Maui

        Actually I prefer putting down morons. Do you know any?

        • Peter Johnson

          You are the only one !

          • Surf Maui

            Now my feelings are hurt

  • Peter Johnson

    Casilla with his 14th save for the A’s tonight

    • Matthew

      Thank God Lamb is in the NL!!

      • Surf Maui

        Casilla is the Adam Duvall of closers

        • Peter Johnson

          He is not that good, Duvall hit his 20th double and his 17th HR tonight, hitting .281 with 52 RBI , with a .548 SLG% this year .

        • The Oracle

          Unlike Duvall, Casilla’s numbers aren’t very good.

  • Matthew

    Sincere getting ready to pinch hit

  • Hoona

    Great stuff Okert.

  • Matthew

    My hip flexor feel like rusted Edsel doors.

    • Surf Maui

      So does my shoulder– repair on Thursday

      • Matthew

        How long you gonna be in a sling?

        • Surf Maui

          4-6 weeks. Surfing by December unless something else breaks. Im running out of parts to fix

          • Matthew

            You should get a surgical volume discount

          • Surf Maui

            I asked

          • Surf Maui

            You wondered why Medicare is going under?

          • Matthew

            The Surfnami

          • Surf Maui

            Not too much surfing lately

          • Andres The Forever Giant

            As Desi said as Ricky, “take it teazy”! 🙂

  • Hoffman settled and dug into a low pitch count groove. Giants need to bust that up.

  • Hoona

    Kontos warming up in the pen and probably gets the meat of the order in the 8th. Here we go again.

  • Atta babe Slater.

  • Matthew

    Ty Minaj pinch running

    • Surf Maui

      Steal. It will catch them by surprise

    • just peachy.

      I see what you did there

  • Hoona

    Same pitch that was called a strike on Jones.

    • Surf Maui

      Pitch to Jones was worse

      • Matthew

        Yup…by a few inches. That was an absurd ring job

        • Surf Maui

          Rookies get no respect

          • Peter Johnson

            From you are the umps .

  • Surf Maui

    Gotta cone back. We are in danger of giving back the game that we picked up on the Dodgers last night.

    • The Oracle

      They have a chance to pick up a game on the Phillies.

  • Hoona

    Rewind the tape Nolan

  • Hoona

    Nice Kontos. Huge shutdown inning

  • earlytimes

    Get em now. Jones with the big hit.

    • Surf Maui

      That would be nice– grand slam

      • earlytimes

        Lefty coming in. He won’t hit.

        • Surf Maui

          Only Tomlinson or Hundley left on the Bench

  • Hoona

    Atta boy Craw

  • Matthew

    The Aaron Hill Memorial At Bat

    C’mon, kid

    • Matthew

      Atta babe

  • Hoona

    KELBY!!

    • Surf Maui

      Rang the Bell at Finnertys

  • earlytimes

    KT has the knack.

    • buyselltrade

      Another good day for Kelby Tomlinson aficionados.

  • Hoona

    That WP changes everythinggg. Get one in the air Gork!

    • Hoona

      Never mind

      • Matthew

        Hundley… but don’t say it. You and Rob are on a non-Vegas roll

        • Hoona

          Damn..

  • Matthew

    No it wasn’t , Mike. It was Ottovino

    • Peter Johnson

      Correct . Krukow diving me crazy like usual, loving the umpires strike zone, because he thinks he is still pitching , so wants every call for either pitcher, and Kuiper as a former hitter, never argues about the strike zone, what a joke .

  • pacman68

    Come on Giants!!!

  • pacman68

    I just tuned in. Who struck out?

  • 12xu

    Giants could really use a wild pitch here…

  • Kramerica

    2017 Giants. When you need a run you have Gorkys followed by Hundley. Nice.

    • Peter Johnson

      They got lucky they scored, KT hits the ball so soft he is the king of the wando, I was hoping no fly ball because no way he hits it deep enough for a SF .

  • Hoona

    That is not an easy play. Good leather KT

  • Com’on Joe.

  • pacman68

    Why is Gorky still on this team. Get rid of him. Please!!!

    • earlytimes

      Original thinking.

      • pacman68

        No seriously.

  • Peter Johnson

    Melancon only threw 14 pitches and he can not go another inning, what a joke , after not throwing much all Month .

  • The Oracle

    The battle of the bad bullpens.

    • Peter Johnson

      Melancon throws 14 pitches to the bottom of the order, and is out of the game , What is that !

      • The Oracle

        It’s Bochy.

  • Hoona

    Osich, I swear…

    • Peter Johnson

      Why is he in the game !

      • Hoona

        2 LHB back to back

        • Peter Johnson

          You have a closer that has hardly pitched all year, and only threw 14 Pitches last inning , keep him in the game vs top of the order !

          • Hoona

            You’re right, but I don’t really disagree with Bochy’s decision either.

          • Peter Johnson

            Why ? you a fan boy !

          • Hoona

            Because Osich was up 1-2 on Tapia and just threw pitches that were way out of the zone. That’s not Bochy’s fault

          • Peter Johnson

            Osich has never had control , and makes the league minimum !

        • The Oracle

          He’s the third highest paid closer in the game. They didn’t sign him to be a specialist.

  • The Oracle

    Flemming, who is usually very honest, is talking on the radio about how excited the Giants are about picking up Dyson. I’m wondering why.

    • Hoona

      That’s why

    • Sgbssfg

      That’s why. A decent reliever, and possible replacement if they get a great offer for Melanco n

    • Peter Johnson

      Dyson has great stuff, and the Giants got him for nothing, you looking to much at his ERA this year .

      • The Oracle

        And his hits allowed, home runs allowed and WHIP.

        • Peter Johnson

          Most of his career he has been good, something must have been bothering him at the start of the season , Maybe the WBC wore him out,ha, ha, .

  • Atta babe Dyson.

  • Hoona

    Bullpen’s doing work

  • pacman68

    Dyson is a steal.

  • pacman68

    Wow!! That was a good play.

  • Andres The Forever Giant

    Bustah ain’t having it! 🙂

  • Atta babe Buster.

  • Hoona

    Brandon to Brandon to Brandon DP!!

  • Sweet DP. Now let’s send this home and get Dyson a W.

  • Gorkys hit the ball hard. Dang shame it couldn’t drop.

    • Hoona

      Would’ve been a triple, just a great play by Blackmon

      • Yeah. Hate to give Blackmon credit for that, but don’t have a choice.

    • Peter Johnson

      Hit it over the fence, then you do not have to worry about luck .

      • True. A little more weight room for Gorkys and next time it’s over the fence.

      • pacman68

        Gorky will probably never play Major league baseball agsin once he’s finally put out of his misery and DFA. He’s a classic Giant has been in a long line of expired milk.

  • Hoona

    Bustah!

  • The great throwing arm of Buster Posey is on full display tonight.

  • Com’on Joe Panik!!!

  • Hoona

    Geez…

  • pacman68

    Come on Giants!!!

  • Hoona

    This might be the inning Rockies cash in.

    • Hoona

      Arenado bunt?? I’ll take that lol

    • Peter Johnson

      Giants only used Melancon 1 inning, so now all the other relievers have to pitch more than 1 inning to make up for it .

      • Hoona

        No, so far only Gearrin has been stretched out for more than one inning. No one else

        • Peter Johnson

          Dyson

          • Hoona

            Oh yeah him too.

          • Moooooooooose

            In other words, not ALL the others.

      • earlytimes

        Dont think he’s 100% the way they have been using him

  • Hoona

    Enough with the borderline strike calls ump..

  • Moooooooooose

    I just got in, do the Giants have anyone but Crick left? Besides another starter?

    • Hoona

      Just Crick. Looks like Gearrin is coming out for another inning of work though.

      • Hoona

        Oh Strickland too.

      • Peter Johnson

        The great Bochy, my closer only use for 14 pitches, these other guys go until they break down .

        • Moooooooooose

          Who broke down?

          • Peter Johnson

            Gearrin has had arm problems his whole career, and Bochy uses him 3 innings, well see in a few days .

          • Moooooooooose

            So now all of a sudden winning the game isn’t so important! Why the big change, PJ?

          • Peter Johnson

            IF it was so important Bochy would have used his closer more than 14 pitches .

          • Moooooooooose

            Oh, I forgot. You know more than Krukow and Bochy combined. And everyone else who’s ever been paid by a professional baseball team.

          • Peter Johnson

            You kiss a lot of Ass .

          • Matthew

            Peter did

  • pacman68

    Belts gonna hit a lot of home runs when he’s traded.

  • 2holehitting

    Man that is one empty stadium….

    • pacman68

      Candlestick 1995.

    • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

      was it empty last night?

  • The Oracle

    The Giants are going to win this one.

    • Yep. Must win. They know it.

      • The Oracle

        One thing it isn’t is a must win.

    • Peter Johnson

      KT going upper tank !

  • Hoona

    Great work Gearrin. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

  • earlytimes

    Our old buddy Qualls. We got this.

  • pacman68

    Pacman is sleepy. Come on Giants.

  • Atta babe Gorkys!!!!

  • Hoona

    Gorked!

  • earlytimes

    Gorked it one handed.

  • Hoona

    Desmond gave up on that one. He could’ve had a play

  • earlytimes

    Gork Span COMBO

  • Sweeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hoona

    SPAN!!

  • earlytimes

    Always liked Qualls

  • Hoona

    Full team effort. Pretty much the entire bullpen spent, and every bench player came in to contribute.

    • Bullpen = impressive.

      • Hoona

        Yes they were. What was that, 8 shutout innings? Came up huge

  • pacman68

    Gonna win 20 in a row

    • 610nm

      18 more, Pac!

  • GermanGiantsFan

    1st series win in the last 9 series!!! Wow, it is hard to read it like this.

  • buyselltrade

    Another good game for the Giants.

  • buyselltrade

    A little long. I dozed off and was surprised the game was still not over.

  • CaptBrewster

    This two game “streak” seems like an example of how most figured the G Men would produce this season. Could it be the start of the anti-2016, you know, where they went from best in the game to near worst, seemingly overnight, last July. Are they making a turn from worst in the game to… well, if not best, at least respectable, this July? Giants! Go!!

  • Giants used 20 players in this game. They didn’t use:
    Moore
    Cueto
    Strickland
    Crick
    ?????

    • Peter Johnson

      NuneZ

  • Surf Maui

    this game reminds us of what Giants baseball is suppoded to look like. Thanks boys

    • Sgbssfg

      I realize it’s a phone typo, but rather like ” suppoded.”

      • “Suppoded”, The President’s new alien code word.

        • Foothills A-rye-o

          The invasion can’t be long now.

        • buyselltrade

          Must have the same etymology as suppository then if a Trumpism.

  • Michael Scott

    Like EVERYBODY ,I didn’t want Gorkys here but we should get used to it- he isn’t going anywhere.Dude hung in there,gives his all. He’s my POTG..

    • PerSpeier35

      Mike your favorite player is the fifth outfielder; who could have guessed? Gorkys is your new Gregor!

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      You gotta like these kids!

  • totalfan62

    Gorkys and Span–two of my biggest whipping boys of late–made significant contributions to this win. Tip of the cap, gentlemen!

    So nice to wake up in the east, check the iPhone, and see…Giants win! If we can win today…first series sweep of the season. As the blowhard Lavar Ball says “speak it into existence,”

    Hope I didn’t just jinx us! Go Giants!!

    • totalfan62

      Not to make too much of this, but the win last night was huge. The way we’ve played all year, after Reynolds HR we could have seen imminent defeat and rolled over. Let’s be honest: that’s happened a lot this year.

      But instead we claw back with keep-the-line-moving one run rallies in the sixth and eighth. Then the TEAM plays six innings of winning, extra inning baseball and starts a winning streak. A win today would be our first series sweep of the season.

      I think we all know deep down that this is a better team than what we’ve seen so far. After today we play nine games (3×3) vs. sub .500 teams, taking us to the ASB. Dig down deep, guys–here’s the season.

      • Watchingsince62

        Got home late from a meeting and tuned in just in time for Reynolds homer. Based on previous history I considered the game to be over at that point but kept watching anyway. Went to bed once they tied it and was pleasantly surprised to learn of the victory. You are correct that this is the type of game that has been an almost automatic loss this year. Maybe a bit of a turnaround.

  • Watchingsince62

    Finally, a National Title for Florida Gator baseball!
    The Giants have titles, the Gators now have a title. I move ahead with a life of contentment.
    Well, still no hole in one yet…so there’s that.

    • Are you a Gator too? Go Gators. They have a great program and I am happy they won. I attended in the late 80s. I still love going to Gainesville for a football or baseball game. It’s a great town.

      • Watchingsince62

        Have been a loyal fan for many years, since Spurrier was a player. Covered them as a broadcaster in the early 80s. Got to know a lot of players and coaches pretty well, Charley Pell, Collingsworth, Wayne Peace, etc. It was a great gig for a young sports fan.
        Glad to see the baseball team finally join the National Title club. This year’s team seemed like an overachieving bunch….good pitch, no hit except when they had to.

    • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

      i came home from work last night and turned on the tv and the college game was on and dont ask me why but i watched it and was mildly entertained and totally forgot about giants bb

  • Matthew

    decided to bail as I had to be up very early for work, and decided to get my recap here…so thank you.

    And thanks mostly to PJ and TO for letting me know exactly how many pitches Melancon threw. 14. Yes 14. He threw a total of 14. It’s nice to have important stats available to keep us well informed. 14.

    Nice win. Get back, Jack, do it again

  • Sgbssfg

    Lunch with the Giants today. Will the pinch running pitcher go long into the game today? Will the Giants be able to hold on to the energy of last night’s win to come through today? Or will the team that lost but got to crash in the quiet of their hotel have the advantage. What is left In the bullpens? And will Brandon Belt ever get to pitch? These questions and others will be answered this afternoon.

    • I would like to use these as our five questions today, with your permission SGBSSFG. Good work.

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        Were you mixing Gatorade and Vodka last nite?

        • hahaha! No, a very sober celebration because I then had to proceed to watch a tense Giants game! I am celebrating tonight with cocktails!

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            You’ll have to invent something with the classic lemon-lime flavor.

      • Sgbssfg

        I’m honored. All yours.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    One more time, give it up for Span (.287 avg. and climbing) and Gorkys (.223 avg and climbing)!

    I get the feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of these two guys in CF between now and late 2018 (ain’t that right, Chef?). They should do a fine job of keeping CF warm for Bryan Reynolds & Co.

    Reynolds was 1 for 4 with 2B, 2 RBIs, and K last night; batting .348 in his last 10 games and should be getting the call to Richmond in the very near future.

    • crawnik

      I’m on board for promoting Reynolds as well. Soon.

      • totalfan62

        MyGuy San Jose! I need all the MyGuy help I can get. Remember, I have Moore and Pence at the top!

        • HaakAway

          Most of the MLB MyGuy™ picks are in trouble so you are not alone.

          • DrLefty

            I’m feeling better about my Panik pick lately.

    • totalfan62

      We need Span to own leadoff. Get on base, score runs and drive in a few too. He’s in a good groove right now. Most of all we need better defense. His reaction time and route to the ball have been very poor this month. Can he study and improve that enough to not hurt us? Hope so.

      Gorkys. Si, senor. You will NOT take my roster spot! Keep doing whatever Bochy asks. Bochy–reward him with an occasional leadoff CF vs. a lefty starter.

      • Matthew

        Span is , and can remain, a solid offensive contributor. As you note – he is in a nice streak right now which should continue.

        Defensively, I don’t think he’s at a stage where he can “study and improve”. He has hips that give him issues. He has a bad shoulder. He can’t throw. That won’t change. So, either we upgrade RF to compensate (Pence has entirely lost his defensive abilities) or we suffer through bad defense in 2/3 of the OF in a huge part of the home park.

        Gorkys and Slater both have superior jumps and reactions. It becomes a decision by Bruce as to what is more valued, and maybe GH becomes a defensive replacement late in games …that means the offense has to create leads to warrant that move

        • paul in p.v.

          Both Span and Pence are signed thru 2018. Pence’s D is better than Span’s. Pence (over the course of the season) will hit better. So Pence has to go? No comprendo.

          • Matthew

            You must not have seen Pence over the last few weeks: his ability to judge the ball is literally gone. I’m not sure if it’s eyesight or what, but in 3 straight series, he has totally botched fairly routine fly balls…in some cases they clanked off his glove, in others he never got there. I’m a fan of his, but he has declined on defense faster than any Giant in recent times. ( the Colorado game was his worst as a major leaguer by far, but that game opis far from an anomaly)

          • paul in p.v.

            I’ve seen some of his clanks – also, that curve-ball ‘strike’ the other night, when he bailed out and nearly fell over made me wonder about his eyesight. He hasn’t lost THAT much speed, so it’s mostly judgement. Sad to see.

        • Good post. If I am Evans I deal either Span or Pence for prospects and start the youth movement in the outfield. I respect them both but the time for this is now.

  • totalfan62

    Matt Cain is bottom of the rotation (not alone down there), but he gutted it out last night. He kept in his team in the game for six innings, and we came from behind to get a clutch win. He is at the end of a thirteen year career with the Giants, and he’s probably the odd man out when Bum returns. Here’s hoping he empties the tank for us and that we’re respectful of the end of his tenure with our Giants.

    • Good post. Yes, Cain was good. The pitch Reynolds hit out was not a bad pitch per se, he was just sitting on it and he guessed right. Otherwise, Cain was good enough to keep the Giants in the game.

  • crawnik

    Chris Paul traded to the Rockets. More info on NBCSBA.

  • DrLefty

    Cubs DFA Miguel Montero, even though he has a 112 OPS+ and makes real money. Don’t mess with Jake the Snake Arrieta, I guess. Wow!

    • That’s all Joe Maddon and Theo – not Arrietta

      • The Oracle

        So a pitcher doesn’t have the power to DFA another player? I had no idea. Wow, you really do know the game.

        • Thank you for acknowledging that. 🙂

          You are proof one cannot polish a turd, Mr. Officer. It was a reply to Lefty’s comment about ‘don’t mess with Jake’.

          (you remember…back when the SS’s leg broke your nose….that was *high level*)