Game 159 Preview: Must-Win Game for Giants in Series Finale Vs Rockies

by

GreekGiant

Tonight’s Game: Rockies (74-84) Vs Giants (83-75) at Willie Mays Field, 7:15 pm
Jon Gray (10-9, 4.54) vs Johnny Cueto (17-5, 2.79)

The Starting Lineups

Rockies
1. Blackmon CF
2. Descalso 2B
3. Arenado 3B
4. Gonzalez RF
5. Dahl LF
6. Murphy C
7. Parra 1B
8. Adames SS
9. Gray P

Giants
1. Span CF
2. Belt 1B
3. Posey C
4. Pence RF
5. Crawford SS
6. Pagan LF
7. Panik 2B
8. Gillaspie 3B
9. Cueto P

In the series finale against the Rockies, the Giants are looking for a victory in the decisive game. With four games left to play and the Giants 1 1/2 games behind the Mets for the top Wild Card spot and 1 game ahead of the Cardinals for the second entry, this is as close to a must-win game as we are going to see all season.

Johnny Cueto makes his return to the mound after missing a start due to a groin pull. All that shimmy and shakey takes a toll on even the best athletes… Johnny Beisbol has had a stellar fist season with the Giants and tonight he seeks his 18th victory in what would be a Cy Young-worthy season in most years.

Jon Gray will be pitching for the Rockies and looking to continue his strong work after a 7 inning and zero runs performance against the Giants when he last faced them in Denver. The right-hander has 182 strikeouts and has yielded 28 homers this year in 28 starts.

Some Questions

  1. How will Johnny Cueto’s groin hold up?
  2. Will Kelby Tomlinson see more than a pinch-hit appearance with his hot bat?
  3. Who will lead the Giants in RBIs?
  4. How will the Giants offense respond after getting humbled in last night’s shut out?
  5. How long will Charlie Blackmon’s beard grow before it becomes a public health hazard?
  • Sgbssfg

    Breckeroni says the playoffs start now. Win or go home early

    • paul in p.v.

      4 sure.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Baseball is waaaaaaaaaaay better than golf and fishing!

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Was thinking a Plan B was in order. Hooo boy, just in the nick of time, GG.

  • Matthew

    If the boys aren’t grinding sawdust with the bats, they will hit tonight. Just relax and remember what got you here. That’s been in short supply lately

    • The Oracle

      Maybe just remember what happened in the first half.

      • channelclemente

        Yeah, when Bochy was a genius.

  • 610nm

    Quoting Sgbssfg from the end of the last post (because it is good stuff):
    Happy Birthday Tim Flannery! Now go out and win one for the flan man!

  • channelclemente

    The only relevant question about tonight is how’s the oppositions changeup. That pitch is sacred to Giants hitters, they are compelled to never lay a bat on it.

  • Matthew

    Reds just tied it

    • paul in p.v.

      Esa, Neña!

    • GermanGiantsFan

      Kuip just announced that the Cards won it then they showed the 3:3 on the scoreboard. Then he said “that is an April’s fool” That was weird.

      • paul in p.v.

        Not so good.

        • Sgbssfg

          Already in semi nauseous playoff mode. Not a good idea, Kuip.

          • Matthew

            Sounds like Krukow dove on the sword…he had passed a note to Kuip

      • Sometimes those guys process to much info between all that’s goin on and they slip. Happens to the best of them. I’m sure his ear piece corrected him.

  • Max

    We need Moooooooose with the play by play in Stl

    • Matthew

      Some chubby Red swung like Casey and hit a 65 hopper to third with a guy on 3rd, 2out, 2strikes.

      It’s the Gong Show Wild Card Special

  • 610nm

    Well that’s not good.

  • channelclemente
    • paul in p.v.

      Luv luv love that song.

      • channelclemente

        It’s a Giants fan favorite this year.

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          THIS year? Lol

      • totalfan62

        Me too!

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    whoa – tie game – and stud muffin is up again!

  • TheSincere

    Answers to Greek questions:

    1. It will hold up as long as the Giants are in contention.

    2. No. Hungry young prospects embarrassing old rich underachievers is bad protocol as well as bad for business. You play your top moneymakers to see that your money is actually being put to work. God forbid those lazy turds who make those millions sit on the bench. This is a business above all, after all, and “winning” is in the eye of the money holders.

    3. Belt. Although he isn’t fit for the middle of the lineup at this stage of his career (approaching 30).

    4. Complete and total entitled indifference, mirroring the entire 2nd half.

    5. Longer than it takes a lameass hipster with a weird beard to change a tire.

    • Matthew

      1. Buster and Bochy looked concerned as they talked before the game. Watch early BP activity

      4. Have a drink. You don’t believe that, nor should you

      • TheSincere

        It’s why I drink.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      #2 – I have Lita Ford on my mind.

      • TheSincere

        Complete and total deflection of hard points as usual. Ya old softie, Sav…Lita though….

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Hard?? Sheeet. The hard questions go to the scouting department and where the eff are the brothahs and young latin talents. That’s hard cider, son.

          • TheSincere

            Come on, man…no one was asking where the minorities were when they were winning 3 in 5.

            And the hardest point is why they tanked. Oh wait, it’s because Bochy plays the guys who make the most money no matter what, and those guys (most of em with rings) know this and cruise as a result, hence the tanking. My bad.

            If I close my eyes forever, will this season remain unchanged…?

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Yes! Way to close, Rob Nenn.

          • TheSincere

            Once, in ’93 at Three Rivers, at the end of a game in which the Orange and Black won, I made it to right behind the Giants dugout. The night before, Nen was LIGHTS OUT in a save. And I saw him departing the field. I shouted,

            “GREAT WORK LAST NIGHT, NEN!!!”

            And he smiled, nodded, and tipped his cap to me. One of my Top 5 Giants memories.

            Nen me once…Nen me twice…Nen me deadly…

          • just peachy.

            Don’t close your eyes forever, that would be sad 🙁

          • TheSincere

            It’s just a song, Peaches. A great song. Oh Lita… ;^)

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foGkU6x3eSE

          • just peachy.

            🙂

  • Matthew

    Tonight is Empty Green Seat Heritage Night. It’s a sellout

    • Kramerica

      Cold or not it’s embarrassing

  • Got to have those cat like reflex feet to play third.

    • Kramerica

      Conor is an elite defender to go with his all world offense.

  • DrLefty

    The idiocy of ever playing Gillaspie at 3B has already hurt Cueto and the Giants.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      uh oh. missed it. things were looking good enough last nite…

      • Matthew

        Laser shot down the line that Brooks might have had, but no one else. The blog is ready to explode.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Brooks Duffy?

          • Matthew

            Our usual whipping boys are getting whipped in the first half inning

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            cue up CC’s track

            oh lord I feel like I’m dyin…

          • Matthew

            I think The Eagles hit should be altered “Biased Eyes”

        • Kramerica

          It was not a laser. It was a decently hit ground ball. In Conor’s defense though most 3B probably don’t make that play. But I think Nunez gets to that.

  • Jacob Singer

    Gilaspie a clear favorite for the Lead Glove award.

    • DrLefty

      He’s awful. Three other guys on the bench who can play that position, and in a must-win game, Bochy chooses the worst possible option.

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        Saving Kelby for just the right moment…

        • Jacob Singer

          Pinch hitting in a blowout.

  • Kramerica

    Great start Cueto.

    • DrLefty

      Yep. Coming up very small tonight.

      • Matthew

        He was hurt 8 days ago.

        • DrLefty

          Maybe they shouldn’t have rushed him back.

          • Matthew

            They shouldn’t. He doesn’t look right at all so far. Maybe it will loosen, but lots of thigh high meat that inning

          • paul in p.v.

            Looks awesome to moi. Let’s not throw him under the bus jest yet.

          • Matthew

            Cueto looks awesome? He is awesome, but those were 3 rocket shots. He’s my guy…he isn’t right yet

          • paul in p.v.

            First inning, I’m just tellin’ ya.

          • Matthew

            Also…why is it OK to throw so many other guys we’re rooting for under the bus? We’re a bunch of quick triggers…

    • He should be done with his pregame bull pen warm up with just a few more pitches.

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    Arenado!
    (Said with clenched fist in Seinfeld “Newman!” fashion…)

  • paul in p.v.

    Sorry – that was a fly ball to CF.

    • Kramerica

      Not when Denard is out there, it’s guaranteed extra bases

      • giantc

        The geniuses had him positioned in Left Center.

      • paul in p.v.

        Lead legs. Just showed them off.

  • totalfan62

    Here we freakin’ go..,come on Cueto. Come on Giants. I’m staying way past my bedtime. Make it worth the sacrifice of sleep.

  • 610nm

    He struck out the side, on the even numbered batters.

    • Matthew

      On pace for 9 27 18 18 0 27.

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Span the man. Now for Belt the svelte?

  • Sgbssfg

    We gotta Walk!

    • giantc

      Lead off walks were rally killers last night.

  • giantc

    I am so glad after Tomlinson got the only hard hit last night Bucket Head is playing sunshine Gillapsie

    • Jacob Singer

      He doesn’t trust people who correct their vision. That’s why he likes Peavey so much.

  • Kramerica

    Cardinals win, better pick it up Giants

  • That is just stank ass unlucky. WTF

  • Matthew

    Baseball is cruel

    • 610nm

      Jobu does whatever he danged well pleases.

  • The Oracle

    Throwing every pitch from the stretch can’t be good for this kid’s arm.

    • giantc

      I agree — modern pitching coaching however favors very little movement out of the windup because it is easy to repeat.

      He will have TJ surgery within three years.

      • The Oracle

        It seems inconsistent with the obsession with pitch counts.

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    You just gotta laugh at this point

    • channelclemente

      Or step up to the whipping post.

  • pacman68

    Guys… the season is over. This team won’t win another game this year. The Dodgers can’t wait to kill us.

    • giantc

      I am going tomorrow night — do you think Tomlinson will get to play against Rich Hill or will Bochy go full moron (I want to say something else) and run out the same tired lineup.

      He will probably start Beckham.

      • DrLefty

        He’ll adjust for a lefty, but yes, he’ll start Beckham instead of Kelby.

        • pacman68

          He will start Beckham.

      • Sgbssfg

        That is the rumor.

      • Bapah

        The latter. Bochy hates KT.

      • 12xu

        Bring the mojo, GiantC! I’m at the game now. Bochy said in his pre-game show on the radio that Beckham will start tomorrow night’s game. He said Nunez will probably miss the Dodgies series.

  • Bapah

    Off to a good start.

    • Matthew

      Just building drama for the epic finish

      • We do epic finishes?

        • Jacob Singer

          We’re kind of busy with an epic collapse at the moment.

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          Hey, we gotta have at least ONE 9th inning come back this year don’t we?
          *crickets*

        • Matthew

          One way or the other… ( 2016 has been leaning heavily towards “the other”)

      • Bapah

        I’m fine with it. I don’t want Bochy to escape any heat this off season.

        • Jacob Singer

          Or Evans or Sabean or the scouting department.

          • Mr. Sarcastic

            Or Lou Seal… He’s involved too somehow…

          • Bapah

            There was talent to use, but he didn’t.

  • paul in p.v.

    Cards won.

    • paul in p.v.

      never mind…

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    Hey, at least the Posey out wasn’t a dribbler to second. Baby steps.

  • pacman68

    Why is Gillaspe in there and Kelby isn’t? This season is just weird.

    • Jacob Singer

      Because Bochy’s head is broken.

    • The Oracle

      Bruce Bochy.

    • Matthew

      I know everyone thinks Kelby should be at 3rd. I understand the frustration.

      How many games has Kelby played at 3rd in his major league life? It’s a reasonable question.

      • Sgbssfg

        Duffy was the ironman out there last year. And I think Kelby got hurt before Matt, so probably not many. Still think he is a better defender.

        • Matthew

          You don’t just go to a new position at the MLB level and shine.

      • totalfan62

        OK, how about Adrianza?

        • Matthew

          This place tore EA a new Orofice last week.

          Realistically, Gillaspie is the right choice. I know everyone will think I’m crazy.

          • Mr. Sarcastic

            We came to that conclusion some time ago.. 😉

      • giantc

        I’ll look it up but Gillapsie is a poor fielder — one of the reasons the White Sox DFA’d him and nobody else wanted him.

    • just peachy.

      That’s one way to put it.

  • totalfan62

    Buster mutters “that wasn’t a strike.”

    Sure looked good from here, Buster.

    • DrLefty

      Right over the plate.

      • Perfect pitch on the inside corner. When Buster starts muttering to himself and shakes his head well…. This could be a long night.

    • giantc

      He should have one of the first two fastballs that were much better pitches to hit.

    • channelclemente

      They seem to have turned into whiners, not hitters.

      • Matthew

        Gripping WAY too tight. All of them

        • Jacob Singer

          “I’m holding on too tight. I’ve lost the edge.”

        • The Oracle

          Except for Bochy, who lost his grip a while ago.

          • TheSincere

            POST OF THE YEAR

          • paul in p.v.

            Hyperbole much, TS?

          • TheSincere

            Truth much. It sums up this catastrophe of a season. To a T. Hyperbole is a cool word, though.

          • Mr. Sarcastic

            When I was a kid I thought it was pronounced Hyper-Bowl…
            (avid reader but never heard it used in conversation) LOL

          • TheSincere

            Same with me and “epitome.” Heard it much, but when I saw it spelled, I thought you pronounced it “Epitoam.” LOLLLL

          • totalfan62

            Did you ever say it that way?

          • Jacob Singer

            The internet is a hyperbolic echo chamber.

          • Matthew

            POST OF THE YEAR

            ( I wanted to play!)

          • Matthew

            That was good

    • TheSincere

      Buster doing his best Pagan impression.

      “He’s a bad influence…”

  • That was not a good first inning!

    • giantc

      Second inning starting great.

  • totalfan62

    Bullpen. Right now.

    • paul in p.v.

      C’mon total – you know better than that…

      • totalfan62

        I know, but Cueto’s not right. Maybe he’ll settle down.

  • The Oracle

    I don’t think Cueto is moving like he normally does. I admire trying to man up for the team, but I’m not sure he can pull it off.

    • pacman68

      Yeah… he looks hurt to me.

      • totalfan62

        He’s not right. We can’t will him back to health.

        This is not good, folks.

    • Matthew

      Exactly. He shouldn’t be pitching tonight.

      • The Oracle

        A limited Cueto is better than a healthy Peavy or Cain.

        • Matthew

          This is true. I guess the other 16 possibilities aren’t better options.

    • paul in p.v.

      Don’t see it. He’s a warrior.

      • Matthew

        Watch with your eyes along with your heart. His pitches are up , and below normal speed/movement. Yes, he’s a warrior…who is running out of arrows

        • paul in p.v.

          Nah. J.C. be fine.

      • The Oracle

        I don’t think he’s getting the same push with his legs.

      • Matthew

        Oracle’s watching with his eyes. He nailed it

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Fans need a 4 spot here.

    • Matthew

      Cueto injured. Nunez out. This year is a Monty Python bit

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        This is when the Rocky music starts playing Matthew! You know that!
        Well, after that Pence weak out…

      • John Victory Faust

        SPAN SPAN SPAN SPAN SPAN SPAN SPAN Wonderful SPAN Lovely SPAN…SPAN

    • totalfan62

      Your mouth to Jobu’s ears.

  • pacman68

    I will scream once again until management hears me. We need a slugger in the line up. Someone who hits 30 bombs a year. No more Spans … no more slap hitting junk. Just one guy who is a threat in the line up. Cause Belt isn’t the guy. Posey is declining. Pence is declining.

    • channelclemente

      And you’re SOL.

    • Jacob Singer

      I would just be happy if they stopped gambling on injured & declining players.

  • Cueto has balls of steel. He’ll be fine. We need runs.

  • MLBSF

    This is just ridiculous. We’ve already been eliminated by the Dodgers and we can’t beat easy teams like the Padres and Rockies? It’s just absurd that we have to watch this mess (no offense Greek Giant).

    The Dodgers have already won the division thanks to Bobby Evans and his failure of a first year.
    And this weekend we will be forced to watch LA celebrate again after putting the final nail in this atrocious season. And then I will have to listen to all the gloating at work. smh

    I don’t know if anyone besides me has ever seen anything like it. smh

    • thefarnz

      There is no one like you…adn that not a compliment

      • MLBSF

        Ok my bad thefarnz.

        Well i very much respect your opinion and such.

  • just peachy.

    Can the dog take a spot in the line-up?

    • just peachy.

      You know at least it could catch.

  • pacman68

    So happy to see the same lineup that scored 0 runs last night.

    • Hoona

      It’s the same lineup that scored 12 runs in the first game

      • Jacob Singer

        Against a bad pitcher.

        • Matthew

          So, when they do well, it’s because of an excuse. When they do poor it’s who they are? This place has gone bonkers

          • Sgbssfg

            Yes.

          • Jacob Singer

            There’s been such a huge sample size of suck that’s it’s kind of hard not to see it that way.

          • totalfan62

            Frustration breaking through the dam.

      • pacman68

        That was fools luck.

  • Love that dog on the skateboard. Flat out love it.

    • John Victory Faust

      I’d be good with Comcast if they just showed the dog on the skateboard for the rest of the night

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    I’m now anticipating a playoff game vs the Cards for the right to play New York for the right to play Chicago. Gonna be an epic run.

    • totalfan62

      In our dreams at this point.

    • Keep that thought. I’ve got a great what if for that later. To controversial right now. Will wait til after the game.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      They need to top the 2012 elimination game madness..

  • John Victory Faust

    Hand salute at third!

  • Matthew

    Atta Boch

    • TheSincere

      He is amazing.

  • pacman68

    I was kinda of hoping Pagan got hurt. I know it’s terrible but don’t care.

    • Matthew

      So we would be no hit?

    • Jacob Singer

      Well, his entire career is mostly a DL stint.

    • He’s playing the FA market. Might actually be a good thing right now for us.

  • Doughnut

    This season has heartbreak written all over it. Insane they cant lock up a wild card spot

  • The Oracle

    That pitch should have been landing in the bleachers.

  • Matthew

    Let’s see if NY has guts. He’s out

  • Now. Let that be a momentum changer.

    • Crap.

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        We were on the same page there Craw

  • The Oracle

    Cueto is a great competitor. He doesn’t have much tonight, but he’s using everything he has.

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    Turning point!!! Runner at 1st with Newman batting turns into 2out nobody on!! Sweet

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      And as soon as I click POST Cargo hits a double. I’ll be quiet now (hold your applause)

  • pacman68

    Pagan looks so old and slow.

    • Jacob Singer

      He is, but there’s no way anyone gets to that ball.

    • American League written all over him.

      • Jacob Singer

        No team in their right mind would put him in the DH spot.

      • Eric Ritz

        What team could use a below average hitter as a bat only player?

  • pacman68

    If we lose tonight. We might have to sweep the Dodgers to get in the playoffs. Not happening.

    • totalfan62

      I think if we lose tonight it’s over. You were right: we might not win another game.

      Heartbreaking.

  • Matthew

    Johnny looking like a right handed Jamie Moyer tonight. All guts, no stuff. Dude is a gamer

    • Yup. He doesn’t have anything tonight. No command. No zip on his fastball. This start is all heart.

    • paul in p.v.

      I believe you boyz forgot that this guy is a Pitcher.

      • Matthew

        When healthy: pitcher with great stuff.

        I love the dude. He’s hurt. I’m pointing it out. He may be the hero…hope it’s not at a huge cost

  • TheSincere

    Remember when Pagan hit that walk off inside the park HR in early 2013 in which he “severely injured his hamstring?” Does anyone remember him grimacing in pain after crossing the plate?

    • That was spectacular!

      • TheSincere

        Yes. It absolutely was. But he apparently hurt his hamstring on the play, which sidelined him for 12 weeks. Watch the play. Do you see him looking hurt? Limping??

        http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/42160142/v27433597/colsf-pagan-delivers-walkoff-insidethepark-homer

        • He might be a litt ginger…

          • TheSincere

            Ah there’s nothing there. At all. Nothing.

        • Sgbssfg

          If I recall correctly, he told Blanco that he felt something pop on an out field play earlier in the game. The in the park homerun exacerbated it.

          • TheSincere

            Lol does he look hurt at that point on that play? On an inside the park HR?? After that celebration? Out for 12 weeks?? I’m calling BS.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Let it go. Let it rock. Let it roll.

          • TheSincere

            Get a grip and listen to some Aerosmith.

            (The only Aerosmith reference you will EVER get from me, and of course, Pagan is the one to make me stoop to that level. Now I despise him even more, and I didn’t think that was possible.)

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Favorite Joe Perry solo?

          • TheSincere

            I really don’t like Aerosmith. At all. Steven Tyler makes me wanna punch mountains.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            You’re Crazy

          • TheSincere

            GNR. That’s better.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Get in the ring!

          • TheSincere

            Bring it, Guccione!!!

          • Jacob Singer

            Their old stuff I like. The post-Love in an Elevator era is when they become completely full of crap.

          • TheSincere

            Now I can actually agree to some extent with that. “Love in an Elevator” and everything after that is migraine-inducing. But just before that, “Angel” isn’t bad, nor is “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” Some of their old stuff is good, “Last Child” is exceptional, but ultimately even their old stuff comes off like a poor Zeppelin imitation.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      PS – great Nen story below. Was his entrance song hells bells also?

      • TheSincere

        Not sure. But he was awesome when healthy. Front line.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          For whom the bell tolls feels more right

          • TheSincere

            Word. But the best closer entrance song of all time was BY FAR, Grant Balfour of the A’s with Metallica’s “One.” The thrash section. First time I saw that? CHILLS. I wanted to rage all over someone with a 100 mph fastball. That guy was awesome, and that 2012 A’s team was fantastic. Was hoping they’d meet the Giants in the WS. Well, I was happy at the end all the same.

      • totalfan62

        Smoke On The Water.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Thank you

  • Sit Down!!!

  • pacman68

    Johnny Q was a great pickup this season.

  • GermanGiantsFan

    Hard to win a ball game if they cannot score any runs. No matter how good your starter is.

  • totalfan62

    Gotta get on the board here.

    Our hitters…come on guys.

  • Hoona

    Let’s go Connor

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      Clap clap… Clap clap clap 👏

      • totalfan62

        That was a really good AB.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      You did it!

      • Hoona

        WE did it!

  • pacman68

    YAY!!!!!

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Get hot, CG

  • Atta boy Conor!

    • Things are so bad I get excited over a single.

  • Jacob Singer

    I feel bad for Samardzija . As soon as he turns it around, his team forgets how to hit.

  • Matthew

    Groin Tester Bunt

  • Matthew

    Worst ground ball placement of the night…Denard is struggling

  • pacman68

    Yay!! Span!! How many years do we have him?

    • giantc

      2 more

      • pacman68

        He should get an extension.

  • giantc

    Fastball above the belt and we go to the fourth.

    • giantc

      So I called the 3-2 count and the fastball above the belt that would end the inning.

      • Atlas

        Make better calls!

  • totalfan62

    Every Belt AB is 0-2.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      He’s looking for 4 balls

      • giantc

        He swung at the first two pitches.

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          Stop making me look bad

    • giantc

      And then 3-2. It is how he gets to 100 walks

  • BB9 clap clap

    • Matthew

      The blog doesn’t like him

    • pacman68

      Most overrated player on the Giants. Every year I wait for him to break out and he doesn’t.

      • Matthew

        Best hitter on the team this year. So you must really dislike the rest of them

        • That’s not saying much.

          • Matthew

            I know. But certain guys are targets for bias that makes no sense.

          • I agree. Belt has had a good year.

          • pacman68

            Horrible year for a first baseman. 78 Rbi’s and 16 Homeruns. Awful!!

          • Eric Ritz

            “Horrible” lol.

          • totalfan62

            Come on, man.

          • Atlas

            I’ve always said, Belt unfortunately came up with these expectations that he was going to be the slugger hero everyone had been looking for, and those notions were amplified with all the clamoring for him when they were stalling on bringing him up and again when they weren’t giving him playing time over older players. So here he is, playing all the time, and he’s not a Rizzo or Goldschmidt. So… yeah. Haters hate. And Belt still Belts.

        • pacman68

          I really do. Belt should hit at least 25 bombs a year. He’s a disappointment.

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Nice battle though

    • A Pyrrhic victory if there ever was one.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      Swinging strike? (radio mode)

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        96 up yes

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          Better than looking at it I guess..

  • How do you not get fkng barrel on the ball with all those fkng pitches? WTF!

    • pacman68

      Cause he’s overrated.

  • Hoona

    I wish Sabean would have just shut up and not said anything

    • crawnik

      What was it he said, back in ’96 or ’97?
      “I’m not an idiot”.

    • Max

      Belt has been missing that pitch his entire career.

  • Matthew

    OK, gang…keep the faith. This place is bringing me down. TTYL

    • We are all ready to jump off the Golden Gate….

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        Did they install those safety nets yet? There may stil be time..

  • Can you imagine if the Giants could get Cueto say 3-5 runs how even better he could pitch?

    • crawnik

      Can you imagine if the Giants hadn’t blown an 8 game lead?

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Imagine if the Giants had hitters…

      • I guess they ran that well dry Tuesday nite.

      • pacman68

        You mean like Adam Duvall?

  • WTF?

  • Max

    Cueto can’t run.

  • pacman68

    If I’m the rockies. I bunt one down the first base line.

  • GSDUbs

    Didnt really want to watch last night’s replay

  • John Victory Faust

    Now batting…Cousin Itt

  • The meat and potatoes of the Giants order is coming up. Again.

  • paul in p.v.

    Johnny Cueto is a Warrior.

  • totalfan62

    Come on! Get him some runs!

  • Hoona

    I have my rally cap on… in the 4th inning

  • TheSincere

    It must be so damn hard facing Nolan Ryan every night for the Giants. Tough break. Every night. Ran into a buzzsaw…tip the cap…

    • DrLefty

      /drink

      • TheSincere

        Way ahead of ya there, kid.

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          My vodka/Monster is kicking in…

          • TheSincere

            There’s a little hyperbowl there, methinks…The epitoam of exaggeration.

        • DrLefty

          I should hope so. It’s three hours later where you are. I did go to happy hour with some grad students today, though.

          • TheSincere

            Lol. You know what I love about my job, Lefty? I don’t gotta wake up for NOBODY. Bottoms up, beyotches.

      • banksofthecreeks

        I have had 2 glasses of an insouciant Pinot noir, and I just might finish the whole dang bottle

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          Do it!!

        • TheSincere

          Southern Tier Pumking way over here in Pennsylvania, banks.

  • GermanGiantsFan

    I just don’t understand how this team is even still in the run for the WC. It’s that bad.

    • Bapah

      Which is why getting in at this stage would be an embarrassment.

      • Surf Maui

        Beg to differ– all you gotta do is get in the playoffs. I already made my hotel reservation for the WS

        • TheSincere

          Hotel Rock Bottom is lovely this time of year…

  • giantc

    That is like 6 lead off walks the last two nights.

  • DrLefty

    They’re going on and on about this contested ending to the game in St. Louis, and I realize…I. Just. Don’t. Care.

    The Giants shouldn’t be in this position. They should have easily secured a wild card spot and they shouldn’t have been eliminated from the division race more than a week before the season ended. If it comes down to some ground rule double in St. Louis that Cincinnati didn’t challenge in time, and that keeps the Giants out of the postseason, that is absolutely what they deserve. You reap what you sow.

    • pacman68

      I totally agree. They should never have been in this position.

    • Just another piece to the puzzle that fits.

    • GermanGiantsFan

      Yep I also agree. The ball was in their court (or field so to speak) the whole time. It is up to them to show that they want it bad enough.

    • Lefty needs a hug.

      • DrLefty

        I care if they make the playoffs. But I can’t get worked up about something in St. Louis. The Giants need to take care of their own business.

    • Drinking game

      Name of game? Hater

    • goodsam73

      right there with you Doctor – i had a discussion with my Reds fan nephew today — is it worse to be embarrassed by NOT getting a WC slot or getting one by the skin of our teeth and then loosing — he wanted to know why a last place team fan would even care : )

  • pacman68

    It’s seems like 20 years ago. But what was the lineup in the first half that actually produced runs? Can someone give that to me?

    • DrLefty

      It involved guys like Grant Green and Mac Williamson, so no.

    • Sgbssfg

      Pena, Grant Green, some Jr Giants and Crawford.

      • DrLefty

        And Belt. He was raking in the first half.

  • TheSincere

    Charlie Blackmon is actually Adam LaRoche with a weirder beard. Just you wait and see…Rockies clubhouse problems to follow.

  • Lovely hitting by Pence!

    • Sgbssfg

      And a BCraw RBI.

  • pacman68

    This should be interesting. See if the Giants can get these 2 runs in.

    • giantc

      A better out to the right side would have moved Pence. Now it will take a hit.

  • TheSincere

    A RUN. WHOA.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      What is this papa?
      It is a RUN my son. Cherish it.

      • TheSincere

        It’s like a penny to Daddy Warbucks.

  • totalfan62

    Needed a hit, Craw.

    • giantc

      Or a grounder to second.

      • giantc

        Then that grounder by Pagan would have tied the game.

    • Botom of four

  • TheSincere

    Another pagan ritual.

    • 90ft closer

    • Jacob Singer

      He’s burning his free agency at the stake.

      • TheSincere

        I suppose blood sacrificing the Giants season wasn’t enough. Freakin’ pagan.

  • giantc

    Finally some good luck!!!!!

  • pacman68

    Eeek…if they only get one run.

  • Hoona

    Rally cap magic

  • Jacob Singer

    Finally.

  • GermanGiantsFan

    Wow a bloop!

  • Atta babe Joltin Joe Jr.

  • pacman68

    A dead duck… I’ll take it.

  • Surf Maui

    looked like a line drive in the box score

  • crawnik

    The pride of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

  • Atta babe Connor.

    • totalfan62

      Another good AB.

  • Hoona

    Mr.Happy

  • Conor says “Eduardo who?”

    • Kramerica

      Eduardo says why do you spell your name with one “n”

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      & still have KT off bench

      • Good point

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        Bochy is a genius

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    CG is my guy.

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    Oh $h!t! Bochy”s Gillespie love is justified (tonight)

    • Surf Maui

      Three nights 5-9

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        Stop making me look bad

        • Surf Maui

          No matter what “it”s all Bochy’s fault. “

          • TheSincere

            Especially the rock bottoms.

          • totalfan62

            No, but there have been some head scratchers.

      • Kramerica

        So you’re a Conor fan and hate Mac? Sounds about right.

        • Surf Maui

          Neither assertion is correct. However 2016 stats Gillaspie= 186 at bats, 6 HR, .258, OPS 716. Wiiliamson 112 at bats 6 hr .223 .726 ops and 35 strikeouts

    • Jacob Singer

      If you don’t complain, he’ll never deliver! Gotta make your voice heard.

  • DrLefty

    Jon Gray’s kind of a weird-looking dude.

    • BALDHEADSLIKK

      Thats messed up

    • totalfan62

      Looks like he stepped out of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

      • totalfan62

        Or maybe Breaking Bad.

  • Turned lineup over

    • Kramerica

      Scored for the first time in 12 innings. Much needed.

    • totalfan62

      I was just gonna say.

      Hold ’em here, Johnny.

  • Cueto is lucky he didn’t get spiked.

  • Max

    Woah, I guess JC can run?…(wincing)

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Arenado seems to hit pretty good at sea level

  • totalfan62

    Arenado just wears us out. Year after year.

    • paul in p.v.

      It’s a fookin’ single, total.

      • TheSincere

        Hyperbole much?

        • paul in p.v.

          Ayup.

        • paul in p.v.

          btw: :o)

          • TheSincere

            Good times tonight, mate.

      • totalfan62

        Just sayin’ seems like he’s always on base.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          He can hit. I’d trade the whole farm for that guy.

    • TheSincere

      Unnecessary challenge meatballs and hanging sliders will tend to leave a mark with sluggers.

  • Rahul Kumar

    When does Arenado hit free agency? And when he does, can he please go to the American League?

    • crawnik

      How about the Giants sign him. Wait, that makes way too much sense.

      • BALDHEADSLIKK

        Wouldn’t play here after playing in that arcade up there in denver.

        • crawnik

          You mean he doesn’t want to play for a winner.

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            That too!

      • Jacob Singer

        This franchise won’t even look at him until he’s 37. That’s how they roll.

    • He is some kind of player!

    • BALDHEADSLIKK

      Im starting to take his bludgeoning of my Giants personal!

  • paul in p.v.

    “Right across the Colorado.

    Grab some pine, Cargo.”

    Yep. J.C. is meat tonight. You guys all called it early.

    • totalfan62

      He’s showing us why he should win the Willie Mac.

      • Surf Maui

        Greek Giant and I having that discussion tonigh. Crawford or Cueto. I love Johmny Cueto but IMO Crawford gets the nod because of longevity with the team. We shall find out tomorrow

        • crawnik

          Craw be the one.

          • paul in p.v.

            I’m happy with either.

          • paul in p.v.

            Just changed my vote, total. :o)

          • totalfan62

            Probably, but if you read the parameters of the award seems JC defines them. Seems like the other guys really like him as well.

  • GSDUbs

    After this series, it will be spelled Kolorado.

  • giantc

    Wow the Giants announcers are really whining about the game in St. Louis.

    I will say this I have seen teams take a lot longer than 10 seconds to challenge a call.

    • Rahul Kumar

      the 10 second rule is only for the end of the inning, i think

  • banksofthecreeks

    Really nice inning by Cueto

    • Sgbssfg

      He’s getting stronger as the game rolls on.

  • Atlas

    Whenever we say Conor at our house, we say, “Kawna,” like with a Boston accent. It’s more fun. Highly recommend.

    • How do you pronounce “Gillaspie”?

      • Atlas

        Oh we never get past Kawna.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      You like apples?

  • paul in p.v.

    Way to hustle there, Despando.

  • DrLefty

    I think I’m rooting for Texas to come out of the AL. The Red Sox have already had their share, and I don’t like the idea of the Big Cheater going out a winner. Cleveland’s already had its moment this year, too. Texas has never won a World Series, and I think it’s time. I like Darvish and Hamels and a lot of their players, too.

    • banksofthecreeks

      I’m rooting for Toronto — colorful players, a national team, a bunch of bangers — what’s not to like?

      • totalfan62

        Bautista.

        • DrLefty

          And Tool-o.

    • totalfan62

      Rosenthal said that many of the players feel the same. Lots of sentiment for Beltre and Beltran.

      • DrLefty

        Yeah, Beltre, too. Love him.

    • Surf Maui

      Im rooting for the Giants to win the WS

      • DrLefty

        OK. Texas is my second choice then.

        • Surf Maui

          Giants first– everyone else is 1,000,000

      • giantc

        Lol.

      • goodsam73

        from the confines of your time machine : )

    • Jacob Singer

      I’m okay with Texas exactly for the same reason.

  • Surf Maui

    Who was number 12 in the celebration shot on the Pagan ITP HR on the highlights? It was pre Panik I believe

  • cynic

    I’m happy to see Bryan Price take the playoff race so seriously. Seems like a good guy.

  • giantc

    Need to get this run. Do your job Pagan and move the runner.

  • paul in p.v.

    Span’s out on that play at 1st or 2nd.

  • Sgbssfg

    Nice job, Angel.

  • Jacob Singer

    Well that was a good move by Pagan. You know Gray can’t really hustle right now if the ball goes toward him.

  • giantc

    Great job by Pagan — I am sure he did it on his own. More players should bunt for a hit with a runner at second and no outs.

  • DrLefty

    My goodness. Was that the Angel hustling that gorgeous butt down the line?

  • banksofthecreeks

    What a great play by Arenado — I thought no chance

    • Sgbssfg

      But no cigar.

  • giantc

    That will be reviewed. But I think he is safe.

  • Surf Maui

    Pagan beats Arenado– cool

  • Hoona

    Can’t overturn that

    • Sgbssfg

      One would think it.

    • My stomach is overturning…

      • Surf Maui

        As long as the call is not overturning

  • Terrible at bat Panik

    • giantc

      You mean hitting a weak grounder on the first pitch and a nasty pitch.

    • Kramerica

      Yes it was. Let’s hope they get some luck from it

  • Kramerica

    I think he’s safe and if so that is huge

  • Jacob Singer

    Inconclusive.

  • banksofthecreeks

    Please score

  • giantc

    Okay Gillapsie — now your AB means something.

    • giantc

      Good job. I still will hate him the next time he does anything wrong. 🙂

  • DrLefty

    Great slide by Crawford. That one time I’ll give him a pass on sliding headfirst.

    • Surf Maui

      Safe by a dislocated pinkie

  • Sgbssfg

    A lead!

  • Hoona

    I’ll take that, Mr. Happy.

  • Kramerica

    That’ll work Conor, I’ll tip my cap when you have a good game.

  • Hoona

    This seems like a good spot for Beckham

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Loving me some CG abs. Professional grade.

  • giantc

    Why is Cueto batting. I would think he is close to done.

    • Surf Maui

      I concur, but have you seen the Giants bullpen this season?

      • giantc

        Or I guess a bunt could lead to two runs. Wow.

        • Atlas

          lol.

        • Jacob Singer

          Exactly how they draw it up.

        • Surf Maui

          Just hope the hammy is ok

        • Moooooooooose

          And everybody thinks Bochy doesn’t know what he’s doing!

    • lol

  • Should pinch hit here! Cueto is spent and we could put the game away, bad move.

  • goodsam73

    good lord cueto is a bunt machine !!

    • Sgbssfg

      A 2 base bunt.

  • Kramerica

    Cueto!!!!!

  • Hoona

    Johnny!!!

  • Max

    Thank you Rockettes.

  • DrLefty

    Hahahaha SUCK IT ARENADO

    • Kramerica

      Nice to see him finally make a mistake against the Giants.

      • paul in p.v.

        Two.

        • Kramerica

          What was the other one?

          • paul in p.v.

            Angel.

          • Kramerica

            That was a hit all the way though, he didn’t throw it away, he almost got him.

          • paul in p.v.

            He still sucks.

    • still happy hour?

    • Atlas

      Ha! “Love it when you talk like that.” 😉

  • Jacob Singer

    Cueto induces the RTI for 2 RBIs!!

  • just peachy.

    Heeeeere’s Johnny!

    • Surf Maui

      Have they voted for the Willie Mac award yet? Arenado giveth, and Arenedo giveth back

  • Great bunt

  • cabbie

    SMALL BALL!

  • Atlas

    Kuwait-o’s deceptive timing is effective even when he’s bunting. Ankle breaker for the 3B.

  • banksofthecreeks

    Wild play — as wild as Hunter’s hair

  • Hoona

    That’s the kind of magic that was missing at AT&T.

  • Atlas

    “…bunted for a double…”

  • crawnik

    Pence and Beckham whooping it up like kids in the Little Leagues. I love it.

    • Jacob Singer

      Beckham looks like Dennis the Menace.

      • Kramerica

        Lol he totally does!

      • pacman68

        He looks like Matt Cain.

      • BALDHEADSLIKK

        i always loved that striped shirt he would wear.

        • crawnik

          The hi-water coveralls.

      • paul in p.v.

        He do!

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Gordo is a good Giant already.

      • paul in p.v.

        without 1 AB.

  • totalfan62

    YAY!!!

    👏👏👏

    Johnny Cueto!

    • DrLefty

      Give that guy the Willie Mac Award. That was inspiring!

  • It’s about damn time.

  • Surf Maui

    That’s the old Giants — three runs thrown in

  • Surf Maui

    I might now PR for Cueto

  • TheSincere

    Maybe that’ll adjust your swag walk a little bit, AreNADA.

  • Surf Maui

    Span should b bunting to third — our new game plan

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Span & Panik are brothers from another mother.

    • Kramerica

      Please do not insult Panik like that.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        Similar years with bats

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          But you won’t hear as much beef with Panik…

        • Kramerica

          Sadly, yes. But Panik is 25 and the Giants 2B of the future. Span is a washed up albatross that cannot be benched soon enough.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Albatross is a bit much. He can still come around with bat and track balls.

  • 1. Runs Thrown in
    2. Flans Birthday
    3. Magic Wandoo
    4. Pagan is a Pro
    5. Cueto best bunt of the year

    Lol at all the haters using the”deserve” word.

  • banksofthecreeks

    Note to Bochy: Embrace the bunt — it’s a wonderful weapon

    • DrLefty

      That was a freakin beautiful bunt by Johnny Cueto.

  • GermanGiantsFan

    Maybe they should just all bunt now for the rest of the game 🙂 But yes what a sight. I was out doing bed time come back and bases loaded and nobody out and then they actually score! Very nice!

  • Surf Maui

    Where Arenado is playing another bunt is the play

    • banksofthecreeks

      Belt should listen to you

  • totalfan62

    Well, THAT lit us up big time!

    Now we gotta hold it and win!

    • paul in p.v.

      100 pitches.

      Get somebody up, dammit.

      • paul in p.v.

        Still chucking 94.

        • paul in p.v.

          Moore: 11 Ks.

          Smarge: 11 Ks.

          J.C. 11 Ks.

          • crawnik

            And just 2 total walks between the 3 of them.

          • banksofthecreeks

            And Bum goes tomorrow

  • giantc

    Cueto coming off an injury comes out to pitch the 7th inning after 97 pitches with a lot of stress innings and they needed to pull Bum. Hopefully Bum deals tomorrow.

  • giantc

    The Dodgers are so bad against lefties i would consider pitching Blach, Okert, Lopez and Smith in game 2 against the Dodgers.

    • pacman68

      I totally agree.

    • DrLefty

      That’s actually a great point.

    • Zito

      • DrLefty

        #RallyZito

        • Hahaha yes!

        • totalfan62

          We will NEVER forget.

          All is forgiven, Mr. Zito.

          • DrLefty

            I always liked Zito, and maybe it’s lefty bias, but he’s a class act. Always was.

          • paul in p.v.

            NEVER!

  • Max

    This effort might nail down the Wilie Mac

  • cabbie

    I really hope I get to see this rotation in the playoffs.

  • totalfan62

    I think that Halicki game was his no-hitter.

    • paul in p.v.

      He definitely threw that no-hitter in 1975.

    • crawnik

      It was. My grandfather took me to that doubleheader. We sat in the upper deck. It was awesome.

  • Surf Maui

    What a great performance by Cueto. If we can sneak into the pkayoffs our 4 man rotation will make us the team that no one wants to pkay, notwithstanding the lack of hitting.

  • totalfan62

    They’re gonna let Johnny go back out there? Appears so.

    • PicoJim

      probably just to face just Arenado

  • Atlas

    Have they paid the insurance deductible for the second half yet? Been waiting since the break to see the coverage kick in. Could really use some tonight. And for the rest of the season.

  • Surf Maui

    Lot easier to stay up tonight than last night

  • paul in p.v.

    Some G/Es had serious grade-1 strains in their belief in J.C. during the early innings tonight.

    Oh ye of little faith.

    • Atlas

      I believe.

    • Cueto and Pagan talked us down off the Golden Gate.

    • totalfan62

      Tip of the cap to you, Pablo. You never wavered.

    • DrLefty

      It was really a lack of faith in the offense to come back from a 2-0 deficit. That WAS last night’s final score. I thought it was game over after the first inning.

      • paul in p.v.

        Glad you were wrong, for a change.

        • DrLefty

          Me too

      • I knew he’d finish his warm ups after the first inning. It’s the hitters I worry about. But, so far so good.

  • Ridiculous move Bochy. Law can get lefties out.

    • paul in p.v.

      Not so sure, GG. Got the arms, use them.

      • giantc

        The don’t pitch Lopez. Smith and Okert are both better. But with a three run lead and nobody out Law should pitch the inning.

        • paul in p.v.

          Wrongo bongo. Every hitter, every game counts now.

          • giantc

            Lopez has been awful all year. How’d he do?

          • Awful.

          • giantc

            I’m walking the damn dog. After a three mile walk and ten pitching changes I should make it back for the 9th.

          • paul in p.v.

            Go for it.

          • paul in p.v.

            Good call, gc. Awesome.

          • paul in p.v.

            Bring Law back in now?

        • Please don’t look for clear logic.

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Still like quality of Span ABs. He’s hit some balls hard, he’s taken some walks.

    Guess you have to have balls to keep the faith in this guy.

    • paul in p.v.

      Absolutemente, Foots.

  • We should see 4-5 more relievers before it’s over.

  • Com’on!

  • Atlas

    Double play coming up.

    • Atlas

      I mean single play.

  • Max

    Saving Smith for the Doodgers.

    • Surf Maui

      9th

  • Jacob Singer

    Romo in the 9th?

  • totalfan62

    Sombrero. I love Kuip.

    • Eleuthero

      You wonder what the origin of the term was?

      • totalfan62

        Three strikeouts equals hat trick, I can hear a Latin player, after striking out four times, saying Golden Sombrero. Just a guess, but probably happened.

        • giantc

          I think Trump came up with the saying. He is very very proud of it.

          • Jacob Singer

            “I have the very best sayings. The very best. My sayings are so good you’re gonna wanna have sex with them they’re so good.”

      • PicoJim

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_sombrero
        The term was coined by San Diego Padres player Carmelo Martínez in the 1980s and first appeared in print when Leon Durham was quoted as using it in 1984

  • Eleuthero

    Slowly but surely we’re seeing the maturation of Strickland as a reliever. He just blew that guy away.

  • Atlas

    Who do the Cardinals play next?

    • DrLefty

      Pirates

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        Vogey?

        • giantc

          Sunday

          • Mr. Sarcastic

            Yikes! Enchiladas for all Saturday night…

          • DrLefty

            #RallyEnchiladas

        • paul in p.v.

          Sunday, I’ve heard.

      • totalfan62

        I don’t think they’ll roll over. They’d love to knock the Cardinals out.

        • Eleuthero

          Mets play the Phillies so it’s looking like our best shot is WC #2 like 2014. The Pirates will *definitely* not roll over for the Cardinals.

      • Atlas

        Go Pirates. Suck it Cards.

  • banksofthecreeks

    I hope Kawnah doesn’t try to steal 2B

  • Atlas

    Base. Hit. For Span.

  • Hoona

    My god, Kelly

  • pacman68

    Kelly is just awful!!! Can he pleased be fired after the season?

    • paul in p.v.

      Correct this time 4 sure. Mr. Happy got slow feets.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      Gotta give him time to work through this…

      • giantc

        Lol. Yeah another season or two and she improve to awful up from god awful. I didn’t see this play but he has been terrible.

        • paul in p.v.

          If you saw it – CG was 5 feet off 3B when the CF got to the baseball. He would’ve been nuts to try to score.

          • giantc

            I just said I did not see it. Kelly has a book of plays he screwed up this year. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

          • paul in p.v.

            Listen meat. You said you didn’t see the play, so why do you comment?

            I am not a fan of Kelly at all. But in this case, you don’t know wtf you are talking about. This seems to happen a lot for you.

          • giantc

            Lol

          • paul in p.v.

            Sorry. I wuz a dick.

          • giantc

            No worries. I know the way I watch the games rubs some the wrong way. I don’t take anything on the blog personal.

    • Conor slower than you

      • Moooooooooose

        Except when pacman is running towards the pool with a tv set in his arms!

  • Moooooooooose

    Glad Belt didn’t swing at that one!

    • Moooooooooose

      Or that one!

  • Belt with the insurance RBI.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      A grand slam would have been nice, but ok …

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    LOL! The Run Walked In!

    • Bapah

      Technically it’s a RTI

  • pacman68

    Good job Belt. Way to make up for Kelly’s mistakes.

    • Michael Scott

      You don’t t send the guy with Belt and Posey due up.

  • Umpire has had a weird zone.

  • When Brantley used to pitch the 9th who use to pitch the 8th?

    Mike…..

    • Max

      Stanton?

    • Surf Maui

      Stanton

    • giantc

      Jackson?

      • totalfan62

        No, Brantley was 1990-1991. In 1993 it was Mike Jackson hold in the eighth, Rod (Shooter) Beck save in the ninth. Beck had 48 saves that year, IIRC.

        • paul in p.v.

          Mike Jackson was a BEAST. It was like Sonny Liston, coming in for the 8th! :o)

          • totalfan62

            He was indeed.

    • Bapah

      Tyson

  • Atlas

    Nice, runs from both Kawna and Pawka.

    • Bapah

      It’s Pahka.

      • Atlas

        Ah yes, Kahna and Pahka.

  • banksofthecreeks

    That was a pitch that Buster used to routinely kill

  • Surf Maui

    Let’s make it interesting: Pitch Casilla in the 9th

    • Atlas

      And the first person ever banned from TWG was… 😉

    • paul in p.v.

      You sick bastardo. Not Antonio. ;o)

      • Surf Maui

        Casilla may have pitched his last game for the Giants. If we make the post season he wil not be on the roster

      • totalfan62

        Let’s not.

    • Jacob Singer

      The Giants win a close one!

    • 2holehitting

      My guess is Casilla was worn out and had dead arm. You give him a week or 2 rest and he comes back strong and reliable again. He is their best option to close.

  • Bapah
    • Jacob Singer

      Great link. By the time I got to about high school I thought rockets landing vertically was just bad sci-fi. It’s amazing how wrong that turned out.

  • Bapah

    I’d take Blackmon in a heartbeat. Maybe they’d do it for Jonah.

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    Beckham in the game!!!

    • 22’sSweetSwing

      BB is a Complete jerk wad. Vet love at its worst. This is so disgusting! F U Bochy and F U Evans for enabling this BS!

      • Michael Scott

        “‘Vet love at its worst.”
        Wait until tomorrow.

  • paul in p.v.

    HUNTERPENCE!!!

  • banksofthecreeks

    The weakest part of Buster’s defensive game is blocking balls

    • Matthew

      …in the 9th inning of a 7-2 game.

      • paul in p.v.

        DFA!

  • Atlas

    Game. Giants win. Now… the Bums in the most important series of the entire season.

  • DrLefty

    WE WON A SERIES! WE WON A SERIES!

    • Atlas

      The Giants win a series! The Giants win a series!

    • GermanGiantsFan

      Yes Yes Yes

    • 12xu

      Only the 4th series win since the ASB. : ( But we’ll take it!

      • DrLefty

        Wow. Just wow.

    • At home no less!

  • pacman68

    Now we play the Dodgers. Yikes!!

    • goodsam73

      and I bet they are packin’ those stupid tee shirts too : )

  • Surf Maui

    Who is pitching Saturday fir the good guys versus Kershaw?

    • DrLefty

      Ty Suach. Or Albert Blaurez.

      • Surf Maui

        Solomon Torres?

        • DrLefty

          When did the Giants last turn to a rookie starter with the season coming down to the wire?

          Oh, yeah. Bumgarner.

          • Surf Maui

            I knew Madison Bumgarner, I served with Madison Bumgarner. Madison Bumgarner was a friend of mine. And you sir– Ty Blach or Alberto Suarez are no Madison Bumgarner

          • 12xu

            Surf Maui going all Lloyd Bentsen on us!

          • Michael Scott

            He got a softball and didn’t miss it.

          • Michael Scott

            I highly doubt that he goes with Blach. Albert deserves the start.and he’ll do well.

          • DrLefty

            On the other hand, the Dodgers hit poorly against lefties. Someone suggested a lefty pen game with Blach, Smith, etc.

          • Michael Scott

            It will probably be a pen game anyway.and the lefties can’t cover 9 innings anyway. The start SHOULD go to Albert.

          • Good one!

    • Efrain

      In the last two games, facing must wins why not Moore and Shark? They would be on regular rest. Bum comes back to pitch the lay in or / WC game.

      • HaakAway

        No your count is off: Smarj pitched Wednesday so he is out.
        Suarez/Cain/Peavy on Saturday.
        Moore on Sunday.
        Hopefully Bum on Wednesday and Cueto (with seven day rest) on Friday in CHI.

  • Surf Maui

    Casilla cost Cueto a 20 win season. Pretty good signing

    • paul in p.v.

      Just looked it up. 18-5, 2.79. Not too bad.

    • DrLefty

      Bum, too. Could have been two 20-game winners for the first time since 1993.

      • Surf Maui

        Likely have seen the last of Casilla in a Giants uniform . If we make post season he will not be on the roster

        • GermanGiantsFan

          Do you really think they will leave Casilla off the post season roster? No way. He will be on.

          • giantc

            They might — he never pitches anymore but you only carry 4 starters so you will have 8-9 relievers.

            My guess is that if they make it he is on the roster:

            Smith
            Lopez
            Okert
            Romo
            Law
            Strickland
            Kontos
            Gearrin
            Casilla/Suarez

          • Eric Ritz

            He’s a better option than Gearrin

          • Surf Maui

            I can’t imagine him on a post season roster. If you have no confifence in him– and no one does– he cant pitch. and if he cant pitch in a critical situation, what is the point of taking up a roster spot.

            Giants have not hesitated to leave someone off the roster. They have done it before. As i recall Zito, despite his big contract was left off the roster one year. 2010?

        • 22’sSweetSwing

          Don’t count on it.

        • DrLefty

          Oh, he will be. Count on it.

  • Surf Maui

    Let’s go Pirates

  • Surf Maui

    Alex reports that 3 of the 5 nl pitchers with 200+ innings

  • Michael Scott

    *Gillaspie- clinches a spot on the postseason roster. When your shoes are tied right, everything is right with the world.
    *Bochy at his playoff best tonight. Romo with a 5-run lead? With the season on the line every game, you don’t screw around.
    *Never paid attention before- Beckham is 4’9” ?
    *Michael Mazzeo plays Marco Polo in Geico commercial- hilarious

    https://youtu.be/k2EU-Lm_v7g

  • Michael Scott

    A note on Casilla-
    Over his years here he’s been one of our very best relief pitchers.. When he leaves, he should be remembered that way.if we have clinched by Sunday I’d bet that Bochy gives him an inning. The classy fans will know what’s going on and should give him a standing O..He deserves it.

    • Surf Maui

      I concur– but only if there is a 10 or more run lead or deficit

      • Michael Scott

        That’s absurd.

    • DrLefty

      There are six potential free agents, and every one of them has had a key part in Giants’ championships (several, in some cases). Romo is homegrown and the second most senior Giant after Cain. Sunday could be the last home game for all of them. It could be tough to script farewell moments for six guys.

      • Michael Scott

        Casilla has had a terrible year- we all know that,.. And yeah, there was the “incident” with Bochy .He apologized.apology accepted. It’s over.
        He’s now pitching in meaningless situations and he gets ridiculed for that. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that the end will be terribly sad for him and for any fan who appreciates the many contributions he has made to his team.The others will leave with thanks and good wishes. We should hope that he does, as well. We may not get the opportunity to give to give him the ovation he deserves but we can do it here. It would be the classy thing to do.

  • 2holehitting

    To me it looks like the Giants relief core can protect a 5 run lead. It just seems they have difficulty protecting a 1 run lead 30% of the time for 1 inning or 70% of the time on a 1 run lead with 3 innings to go. The Giants have had a run scoring issue. Thing go easier when you score more than 1 2 or 3 runs.

    That and this blog is a happier shade of blue.

    • HaakAway

      The Rockies were a good test for a new bullpen. Even your favorite bullpen can have a hard time with their hitters. Like a four run lead in August: Edwards and Chapman both get Blown Saves in the same game. But I think they can get better for the Playoffs.
      Maybe the Giants staff has improved too?

      Everybody wants to see how the Giants and Cubs will match up now but that bullpen has to come through a few times to get there.

      • 2holehitting

        I have not been knocking the bull pen, my knock has been the offense had been inept and was handing over and over and over a 1 run or 2 runs lead to protect for 3 innings. It is about time the offense started to score runs more consistently as they are doing. When they score runs and hand over leads of 2 3 and 4 runs they generally win. Even Casilla had only blow a 2 run lead 1 time in his 40 games.

        • HaakAway

          Not knocking the bullpen?
          “To me it looks like the Giants relief core can protect a 5 run lead.”

          • 2holehitting

            They could. It was the 1 run leads for 3 innings that they had issues with. That is an offense issue.

      • Efrain

        just because the bullpen hasn’t crapped a lead in about a week, by no means can be viewed as a “new bullpen”.

        Hyperbole much?

        There are three games left, only thing to do is hope the starters pitch deeper into games and get enough runs. Any bullpen usage is still a crap shot.

        • HaakAway

          Would “evolved bullpen” be better? That is what I meant by “new”. You do not need new faces if you just get the old ones in their best spots and a bit more comfortable and confident. And yes, this weekend is much more the test than only a week (but we will take it after such a year).

          • DrLefty

            I think things are beginning to shake out. Will Smith is trustworthy. Okert more so than Osich. Strickland is a key piece. Lopez will make a postseason roster if there is one, and we all cross our fingers and hope for Playoff Javi and not 2016 Javi.

        • Matthew

          You know it’s a game of trends, flows, what have you done for me lately…

          There is a new pecking order:

          Smith and Okert – top lefties
          Strickland, Romo – top righties
          Law, Gearrin – fighting through arm issues, but can be sprinkled in

          Ride it out.

          NO ONE says “problem solved” Most, however are saying “This looks better”

          • Efrain

            atta boy! Looks Better is more factual than the other stuff being thrown around.

            The numbers don’t lie, the losses don’t lie, the pen has been the Giants achilles heel all season.

            Now for Evans and Sabean to own up to not fixing it earlier, in the off season, during ST, during the season.

            Smith was too little too late. Like putting a band aid on a broken arm.

            If we miss the WC by 1 game its on those two above anyone else.

    • totalfan62

      No blue here, dude. Especially not this weekend!

  • Surf Maui
    • DrLefty

      Really interesting, thanks

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      got to book mark this for thorough reading. looks good.

  • HaakAway

    Two Lefty starters now and I am afraid it is Beckham’s turn at 3B; we all see it coming right?
    I am becoming a believer in Bap’s #BochyHatesKT
    Time for my second cup of Cold Brew and go get some real work done.
    A truly strange season.

    • DrLefty

      If Beckham is a big hero this weekend, I’ll shut up, but how weird is it to trade for a guy with six games to go, give him zero ABs for the first three, and then have him play one inning on defense at the end of the third game? I gather they were desperate for a RH bat against Hill and Kershaw, but it’s not like they imported Beltre or Arenado for the weekend (if only we could).

      • totalfan62

        Again, what is the message to Ehire Adrianza and Kelby Tomlinson? We kinda like you, but we can’t trust you. We’d rather bring in someone who has bounced around MLB and hasn’t played meaningful games in quite some time.

        Next year we’ll give you a better shot at playing. Yeah, sure we will…

    • Doughnut

      Has Kelby ever played 3b? I seriously doubt Bochy hates KT…

      Hopefully yesterday’s comeback is the game that starts the run

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        V.O.R. 🙂

        Naturally, Kelby has, which we’ll probably get a summary and extrapolation soon enough, but still…

        Start the run!

      • Peter Johnson

        Yes, he did in the 1st half

        • Doughnut

          Is he any good? I remember he had some issues at 2b last year at times. Clanked a few… playing 3b is a lot different feel. Ball gets on you quick and need a strong arm.

  • Efrain

    Willie Mac presented tonight?

    Schulman thinks it will be Cueto, and after yesterday, his warrior mentality seems to give him an edge.

    Good choice in a year of some questionable performances.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Great choice. Great performances throughout the year.

  • Efrain

    A good take on the importance of a good bullpen this time of year by Verducci:

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/09/27/new-nasty-boys-dodgers-bullpen-could-lead-way-very-different-postseason

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Crazy that the Dodgers pen is tops by ERA. Totally unexpected. It seemed get the ball to Jansen through prayer, but hats off to Blanton and the bridge guys.

      • Efrain

        yeah I remember some issues in the first 1/2 overall. Pen really held it together with all those injuries to rotation

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Great article linked by GG in twitter feed. I suspect you are hard at work, mango juice in one hand, frittata on a fork in the other, while your other Shiva arms are set to destroy our sense of a morning after game wrap.

    Baseball minority trivia for day : how many African American catchers can you name in MLB history? I have a hard time getting past two.

    • Efrain

      Campanella of course, Howard, Hendricks, I really liked Charles Johnson

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        I had Johnson and Campanella, to display my ignorance on the matter.

        • Efrain

          Johnson was last about a decade ago which is pretty sad.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            yeah, who is Hendricks ? I’m thinking it possible that Johnson the last AA MLB catch of last 30+ years.

          • Efrain

            The Giants had an AA catcher when I played LL! His name is Gary Alexander (about 1975/76).

            Elrod Hendricks was on some good Orioles teams in the 60s/70s. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb2f26105e83929e2670fe462da5ceaf99211775b98978087d5b90cc76b19f2c.jpg

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            way to dig deep! Dude, a Topps All-Star Rookie !

          • Efrain

            I have full sets 74-78. 🙂

          • totalfan62

            Elrod Hendricks, Catcher for those late 70s Orioles teams. More hitter than Catcher, but he was their starter.

    • Matthew

      You totally dissed Johnny Rabb

    • totalfan62

      Roy Capanella. Elston Howard. Earl Battey. John Roseboro. Hey, I got to four!

      • BALDHEADSLIKK

        Don’t make me dig out my Negro League books because im sure theyre are tons in their that would of played MLB imho, whats your thought on that totalfan62?

      • BALDHEADSLIKK

        Manny Sanguillen ?

      • paul in p.v.

        Only got 3 – good one!

    • Eric Ritz

      Charles Johnson was the only modern one that came to mind. Former slick glove Marlins catcher, won a bunch of GG in the 90s. I think he played for the Rockies too.

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Seriously, is this the most “hated” Giants team ever. Not by the rest of the league, but by their own fans!
    So much ire directed at so many points on the roster. You know who they are: Span, Pagan, Casilla, Gillaspie…
    guys like Belt routinely catch flak, Strickland, Romo, Roberto Kelly, Bochy and Evans, Bumgarner irks some…

    Sincere said it some time ago : This is a hard team to like.

    It’s gonna be something watching a team receiving so much ill-will from their own fans going on a run – with some of those ill-will recipients making significant contributions.

    • Matthew

      Nice, and spot on Cousin.

      I wholeheartedly disagree that this is a hard team to like. It’s a frustrating team, It’s a team that causes all of us to vent on a blog. It’s still our Giants

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        You can call me DeMarcus.

        Foothills/Scout are just my online aliases. Gotta run out to practice, bro, work on my free throws.

        Go Giants. Baseball is a frustrating sport. Failure is built into the game: at the plate, on the bases, in the field, from the dugout. Those who have played or been close to those who have played know this.

        • BALDHEADSLIKK

          It’s a very imperfect sport if that makes sense. Failure is a option and you can still be great!

    • BALDHEADSLIKK

      Some of the clowns on this blog complain about the Gs possibly purchasing certain players and then complain about said person being a bad guy etc….and they know who they are ! I certainly do not condone violence of any kind but if a guy has paid his debt to society and we pick him up via free agency or trade or whatever then im all for it! Some people here act as if they are so damn perfect and never make any mistakes in life. Remember folks the mistakes that you make in life do not have to be criminal in nature, some of you need to get off your high horse SMH!!

      • Efrain

        tell em like it is Slikk!!!!

        • BALDHEADSLIKK

          Morning E, it’s tiring listening to the perfectionists here act is if theyre so damn perfect!
          ” Well i dont want that guy he beats his wife” blah blah blah!
          If a guy beats his wife and goes to jail ok thats good but when he’s released give my man a second chance at his baseball life got damn.

          • Efrain

            Annoying they all want the players to look alike and act alike.

            That’s why I love that Cueto has had such a great season, he can go about his business and not have to look or act like the rest of the team.

            I want winners, not a suburban boy scout troop.

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            Exactly!

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            I think a lot of people have a problem with you because you do not sugar coat anything and you speak your mind, well that’s exactly how i am hell i couldn’t be any other way. Don’t change .

          • Efrain

            Hell to the no!!!!

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            It’s Hell to the Naw!!

          • RobDeer

            I bet you like boy scout troops.

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            That’s cold RobDeer.

          • RobDeer

            Aw, c’mon. E can handle it. He’s made out of teflon.

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            lol

          • Efrain

            I’m sure that’s you buddy, all the way.

            How are the predictions coming? LOL

          • RobDeer

            Did you just throw out a capitalized LOL? You’re so darn cute.

        • BALDHEADSLIKK

          I read earlier in the year people complaining about Cueto’s dreadlocks!!! Yes complaining about his hair lol. I’d love to dissect some of the people on this blog lol. Put em in a room and just pick em apart with all of their imperfections because lord knows i certainly have mine.

          • Efrain

            also about the way he wore his hat, like it was going to fit perfect with the locks, they wouldn’t understand culture and style if it hit them in the face.

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            E don’t get me started on that !!! Man im tellin you i can walk into a Starbucks or a restaurant of some sort and i swear to you it feels like the entire place stops what they’re doing and all eyes are on me lol! I’m use to it now but maybe im not dressinf the way society wants me to dress smh and no folks i do not wear my pants down on my ass.

          • Efrain

            this is the team that before Span had no AA players for a few years, sad!

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            Im gonna move on from your post because i could write a book on that lol.

          • Michael Scott

            I get the same crap so I really do understand . I’m proud of my underwear so i wear on top of my outerwear It’s disgraceful how we/’re treated for being trend setters. I ordered a cup of coffee at Starbucks 2 years ago and I’m still waiting for it

          • BALDHEADSLIKK

            Maybe your just invisible to The public lol.

      • totalfan62

        True that. What’s also true is that some people are bad people, and their issues and proclivities affect the team chemistry and unity.

        I would have a hard time bonding with a man who beat his spouse so badly that he put her in the hospital. Or a man who would fire eight shots into his own home, where his wife was at the time.

        Two sides to this debate, sir.

        • Efrain

          two sides, but the team chemistry thing is way overblown on this blog.

          Ever heard of the Billy Martin / Reggie Jackson Yankees? That was no love fest. Hell, Neither were the late 90s/2000s Jeter teams for that matter.

          It’s reality, 40 grown men spending 2/3 of the year together, that band of brothers thing is mostly PR BS.

        • BALDHEADSLIKK

          I would not bond with them either just hoped that they play well for the entirety then move the hell on.

      • Michael Scott

        Maybe i missed something- who are these bad guys?This is a sincere question.

    • DrLefty

      No Giants fan bears “ill will” toward them. No one “hates” them. Frustrated, disappointed, and confused about a historically bad second half that has them on the brink of missing the postseason altogether? Yep. That’s a NORMAL reaction for a fan. We’re not cyborgs. We’re humans, we’re invested, and we have feelings and opinions–to which we’re absolutely entitled.

      Pretty hilarious, though, for an admitted non-Giants fan to be lecturing the rest of us about what bad fans we are. Gotta tip my cap on that one.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        C’mon Dr. Toots. I’m a baseball fan pulling for this team.

    • Doughnut

      After 3 WS in the last 6 years I can’t find it in myself to be so harsh about this team. All I needed was the one in 2010 and I am playing with house money. I like that they are talented and in this thing. Have seen much worse years.

      • crawnik

        It would seem that when any sports team wins a championship, some, but not all fans feel that their team owes them to win more than just one title. When it becomes back-to-back titles or a 3-peat, fans get spoiled and want instant gratification. I was ecstatic to the nth degree when the Giants won in 2010. The other 2 titles were just more icing on the cake.

        • Doughnut

          Well said!

    • Atlas

      They’re getting hate, but definitely not the most hated EVER.

    • Michael Scott

      Who can blame them ? Any team that faces the very real possibility of only going 3 in 6 deserves all the hate that we can give ’em

      • The Oracle

        3 in 7.

        • Michael Scott

          All the more reason for the hate.

    • The Oracle

      You are such a die hard fan and not phony at all.

  • Matthew

    I expect Bechkam to get 3rd base tonight. I think we may, however, also get Span. That’s because Nunez is out and Bruce may want Span to lead off as a result.

    We have our reasons to opine about lineups. Gillaspie had a very good game last night. I only see a couple of people poke fun at themselves over their prior meltdowns. These next 3 are so ridiculously tense, it’s gonna be hard, but in the immortal and inspirational words of the great Greek philosopher (no…not Aristotle…GG!)

    TOGETHER We’re Giants

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Love how Beckham meshes with his teammates instantly and he’s only on the active roster for like a week. If he’s back next year – you’ll hear zero complaints from me and might hear counterarguments to those dissin’ and dismissin’.

      Go get em, Gordo – help the Giants get to the playoffs!

      • RobDeer

        It’s all ball bearings these days. What? Do I need to give you boys a refresher course?

      • BALDHEADSLIKK

        David’s little bro is a pretty big dude no?