Tonight’s Game: Giants Cubs (103-58) Vs Giants (87-75) at Willie Mays Field, 6:30 pm
Jake Arrieta Vs Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 0.00)
The Starting Lineups
1. Fowler CF
2. Bryant 3B
3. Rizzo 1B
4. Soler LF
5. Zobrist RF
6. Russell SS
7. Baez 2B
8. Montero C
9. Arrieta P
1. Span CF
2. Belt 1B
3. Posey C
4. Pence RF
5. Pagan LF
6. Crawford SS
7. Panik 2B
8. Gillaspie 3B
9. Bumgarner P
The NLDS between the Cubs and Giants will turn on this game, the first to be played in San Francisco. Either the Giants will get back in the series and gain some momentum or the Cubs will sweep and dash our hopes. The familiarity of playing an elimination game should give the Giants an edge.
There is also the matter of a guy named Madison Bumgarner pitching tonight. Having the greatest postseason pitcher of all time start for your team should be cause for optimism. The skeptic in me wonders how long the Giants can get away with counting on the same guy to save their season. Even immortals like MadBum must risk the world-weariness of postseason baseball pressure-fatigue.
MadBum as Cultural Meme
I’m waiting for “MadBum” to be a new meme, a pop cultural coinage that transcends baseball and sports.
Some examples: “You are so MadBum baby.” (guy/girl/trans to his/her/herhis boyfriend/girlfriend/transfriend… or, “Get your MadBum on.” (business manager to his star employee), “Don’t get MadBummed and drive.” (parents to their sports-playing children) and “MadBum me”… many possibilities with that last one…
After Saturday night’s standard form of post-loss depression and pre-elimination game anxiety, I am looking forward to tonight’s game with quiet hope and desperation. The Giants have been playing uphill, upstream, against the wind against the Cubs all season. Whatever metaphor you want to use, the Giants cannot solve Cubs pitching and it’s only great performances by San Fransisco starting pitchers that have kept the games close.
A win tonight not only gives the Giants new life. It may also begin the doubting for the Cubs. What matters most of all is believing you can win. It sounds elemental because it is. Of course, getting to that point is the hard part. True confidence, true belief cannot be faked. Jim Bowden said it perfectly: “Baseball is a game of confidence. Every day that confidence is either re-affirmed or tested.”
For the Giants, the confidence of champions and the belief that they can turn the series around tonight begins with Madison Bumgarner.
Beating the Best
Most Major League teams can beat up on mediocre and bad pitching. In the postseason, it goes without saying that hitters generally face elite pitching throughout every game. The Giants excelled at beating the best in each of their championship seasons. In 2010 they defeated the seemingly un-hittable Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. In 2012 Pablo Sandoval and the Giants man-handled Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. In 2014 it was the impeccable bullpen of the Royals and the epic starting staff of the Nationals that fell prey to Bochy-ball. This year that magic has yet to materialize.
Solving the Riddle of the Cubs Pitching
Right now it appears the Cubs own the Giants hitters. Gone are those pesky at-bats fouling off tough pitches, working walks and coming up with the well-timed double or homer. That magical Giants recipe has been stolen by the Cubs who have been using it against us this series. It’s time to take it back. The Giants have been downright atrocious at the plate in all but one of the nine games the teams have played going back to the Cubs’ visit in San Francisco earlier this year. Either the Cubs pitching is that good or the Giants are not matching up well, not seeing the ball well or are just going through a bad streak. Whatever the case, fortunes will have to change tonight or we spend five months going through hot stove league talk and dissecting what went wrong…
I much prefer seasons that end with parades.
1. Who will score that crucial first run and take control of the game?
2. Will Madison Bumgarner continue his postseason magic and save the Giants yet again?
3. How will the Giants attack Jake Arrieta? By working counts or being aggressive early on?
4. When will Hunter Pence emerge from his funk and bludgeon a baseball?
5. Will the home crowd provide the Giants with positive energy to get their confidence going?
Breckeroni says Bumgarner is one WS from the HOf.
BEST Breckeroni post of all time.
Time to shine!
1. Pence 2. Yes but will need help 3. Aggressive early on. Bunts & steals. 4. see 1. 5. Absofcknlutely!
LOL! Love the title of this entry GG!
Got the Big Gun on the hill tonight!!
One pitch at a time. Good at-bats, good swings, good pitching. Stay in the moment. Great chance to win tonight!!
I wish we could get Jim Kaat as a color guy on a Giants national telecast some day.
Chooch with a PH HR?? What?!?
Just get the ball to the Giants closer next year with a lead (Melancon).
Great post GG. Pence has got to be the man to step up and everyone else will follow his lead (hopefully). Attack Arrieta by playing small ball and working counts. The crowd? It better be J.T. Snow hitting a 3 run homer in the bottom of the 9th in Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS LOUD!
Forest Lawn is advertising at Dodgers Stadium on electronic sign boards…foreshadowing.
Uhhh, haven’t seen Soler yet this series have we? That’s a pretty RH heavy lineup, but I wonder why Montero is in there when they could have rolled out the rookie Contreras who has some serious RH thump. Perhaps defense is the name of the game.
Will Bumgarner have the 93 mph fastball in the upper quadrants of the K zone? Will the Cubbies lay off and make him work? Are they any different than the other hitters that have been rendered into postseason sawdust by Bumgarner?
Many of these questions will be answered by the strike zone called by the home plate ump…
I just hope the Giants play good, savvy baseball behind Bumgarner and make solid contact with the baseball at the plate. The rest is out of our hands.
Alright. GO GIANTS. I am off to the Park.
Let’s all breathe, and be positive throughout; they need all our good energy and mojo
I LOVE this Warrior https://www.facebook.com/warriors/videos/10154700829937526/
1. Who will score that crucial first run and take control of the game? The Giants
2. Will Madison Bumgarner continue his postseason magic and save the Giants yet again? Yes
3. How will the Giants attack Jake Arrieta? By working counts or being aggressive early on? Aggressive
4. When will Hunter Pence emerge from his funk and bludgeon a baseball? Tomorrow
5. Will the home crowd provide the Giants with positive energy to get their confidence going? 60/40
#5 concerns me because these days, too many non-Giants fans who have more money than passion come to be cool.
That too. Cubs travel WELL.
As a former ‘resident’ of Candlestick – those fans NEVER would have been caught out of their seats in some facsimile of a Club View Food Court during innings one through 9.
I mean – geesh – you can eat anywhere…home….work…etc… BRING a great Salami sandwich from HOME.
I’ll take a sandwich from Woodside Deli any day
GG, like your optimism.
Ditto. Funny lede!
I just want to see the Giants play baseball again tomorrow.
GG– live the headline. On my way to the ballpark.
Have fun Surf!
You are THAT guy Surf Maui
Bring us a W.
Have fun. I will be there tomorrow assuming there is a tomorrow! Make it work Giants!
Of course there’s tomorrow– seven more home games after tonight.
I appreciate your optimism!
Breckeroni called JoBu and JoBu rang me up on the Tellie and said since it is Thanksgiving day here in Canuck land that the JuJu and Karma Omen is in high gear for the game tonight at Willie Mays Field by the Bay.
Win tonight and *Plant* the seed of doubt in a team that has not really gone all the way yet in the Post Season.
Bum has big MARBLES …. and Buster and Full Throttle leave the building tonight on Big Flys.
“Who is That”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGraAwtXbEQ
Enjoy your turkey gravy poutine
……… we ordered Pizza Pie …
Get to Jake early or else, imho.
Dusty’s up to his usual Postseason hijinx, huh?
Does he still jump around like a wild banshie?
Yep. It’s like Cueto’s Hot Mess Aunt
You scared me. That post sounded like Perez had done something terrible. Made me think my feed was behind.
I was a bit worried it would be the Bad Sanchez version…one single in, Dusty came to his senses and almost broke his right arm slapping it on a call to the pen to get the righty in
Lets go Giants….it will be fabulous if I could use these:
Mark Cuban – Bright man http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-live-tweet-clinton-trump-debate-2016-10
Bochy on even-year pressure: “We don’t think we’re going to win the WS every even year. I mean, it took 50-something years to get one here.”
Anyone taking wagers on whether on not the first 9 innings of the Dodger game will be over by the time the Giants game starts?
Only 2 innings left, unless they go into extras.
Should be done.
Where is Dr. Lefty?
She’ll be around, she is actually at work.
Here she is http://fe0.84e.myftpupload.com/guest-posts/surf-maui-guest-post-my-excellent-adventure-so-far/#comment-2943726315
Working today…she’ll be here after DFA’ing any Dodger fan students that remain in her class
OK, I’m here now!
Giants Win for Vegas Giant Fan. I feel it.
Do your thing Allen Hirsch, with help from Davvy, Zim, Monte, Bobby, Shooter…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a18c7b5e3904ecd69be51c05c489afe55b9b3b4361ec6d0ba8e02907d398e43a.jpg
I’m confident tonight with Madison on the mound! We just need to win one to put some pressure on the Cubs. This team with the pitchers we have lined up is VERY capable of winning three in a row!! It’s NOT over yet! Go Giants!!!
You got it!!! ALWAYS!
Please score first G-men.
Costas talking about WS start times back in the 60s reminded me of the various ways we would find to listen to our transistor radios while still in class.
One of my buddies found an old textbook, cut a large and deep hole through enough pages between the hardback covers to allow the book to close. He would drop his head to the book when the teacher looked away.
I wore a pocket tee under my button down shirt with my radio in the pocket. I poked a hole in the tee large enough for the earplug, which I tucked into my collar. I could hear enough to follow the game.
Incredibly, in the 3rd grade, Mrs. Neis made me do an “assignment” in the teachers lounge so I could listen to the series on the radio. She was bomb.
One reason why the move to the west coast was great. . The games at Candlestick in the 1962 series started after school and the games in NY were Saturday, Sunday, rain out Monday and Tuesday– I went to game 5 in NY– Tresh HR in the eighth win it for the Yankees.
Oh my Werth
We win tonight. We win the series. Let’s do it GIANTS!!!
That was CRUSHED
EXACTLY what I was gonna say!
….and that puts a nail in today’s coffin….
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seemed like pomeranz was too focused on the runner at 2nd base, and hung one to coco. i don’t think he can hit it much further than that.
Oh, I meant Werth off Jansen…
i realized that 2 minutes after i hit send. you’ll see what i meant if you see the replay. coco crushed it. let’s get this one tonight pal. how do you feel? (your back, and about the game)
Thanks for asking! The last shot worked way better…so far, so good.
I’m not over the top positive…sorry. I wasn’t going to post, but you asked. Eek.
Chicago is so damn good. Plus, my mood is that everything now is ” pleasant surprise” variety. Nothing to lose
The Sox game looks like an extra innings affair in the making.
Heh, heh, heh…
I’ve had a stomachache all day. I can’t tell if it’s indigestion/heartburn or a symptom of being a Giants fan.
I think the official medical term is Giantitis.
Suck it up, jp. Chew some Tums and settle down. We need you tonight!
Tums + xanax
Dodgers…LOL…wait, where are you going LA fans?!? It’s not over yet!
I love it! You rock, Surf!
That is awesome! Living vicariously through you tonight. Bring us home a W!
…in a nearly empty Dodger Stadium. Love it.
Mary Hart’s such a trooper. Actually her agent told her it’s bad PR to leave the NLDS early.
Larry left to have warm milk and zwieback
Ok I was wrong. The Red Sox are getting swept lol
Kenley got ambushed
Could care less about the Dodgers. They are washed up.
It’s not the first time you’ve spoken the truth on such matters
Does Kershaw get the start tomorow despite it being a must win game? Alas, woe is Agon.
Roberts said Urias…but I’ll bet he’s reconsidering
The rainout messed them up. If they use Kershaw on short rest tomorrow, it’s tough to use Rich Hill for a possible game 5–he only pitched yesterday. If he’d pitched Saturday as expected, he’d be on normal rest.
Missed it while driving home from campus, but what in the world happened to Kenley Jansen?
I wish that Bryce Harper would stop trying to strong arm that young millennial into buying the MLB app for his phone. The guy is obviously going through the ramen-bologna phase of his young life and can’t afford MLB app.
Will Clark should be in the house tonight.
Good vibes from 1989…
Dang…beat me to my one liner that you need to sit next to him
Surf Maui Snot Rocket…perfect
Bochy says Shark available tonight. Ugh. Why?
To make him feel better.
Way more Cubs fans here than there were Giants fans in Chicago
Lots of Cubs fans living in the Bay Area. I know many.
Lots and Lots. We got a sunken dugout 1 game. All 4 kids I brought got balls. My 10 year old daughter and her friend sweet talked the warm up catcher into giving them one. We had a guy fall onto the field trying to get a ball and I got called a monkey on TV for the way I was hanging on the fence.
They haven’t won since Taft was President. Excuse them for being a little excited.
lots of transplants from all over living in the bay.
From Alex’s pregame, some interesting comments on Ty Blach:
— It was lost in a losing effort, but Ty Blach got through four heart-of-the-order Cubs with ease in his first postseason appearance. Bochy confirmed the obvious Monday: Blach will get a shot at winning the fifth rotation slot next spring. With the way he has thrown, he’s got to be the frontrunner.
“He’s got great poise,” Bochy said. “A lot of confidence and great poise. He really believes in himself.”
“He’s everything Kelby’s not,” Bochy believes.
I hate when guys can win positions “in spring”. Spring performance is often completely meaningless, but Eugenio Velez would hit .300 in 35 random spring at bats, half against AAA pitchers, and keep getting a spot.
The significance is that Bochy’s even saying he has a shot. In previous years, it would just be Cain’s spot and Blach would be told to wait his turn (after two years in AAA already).
Pagan scratched with back spasms. Blanco in.
Wonder why they’re not using Hernandez.
That’s an excellent question. Righty-lefty thing, I guess. Go Gregor!
Okay…seems like Blanco is a little rusty for a game of this magnitude. Maybe Bum approved it. 🙂
This also means that we are another man short on the bench.
Hopefully Bumgarner goes the distance and we won’t have to use the bench.
“Bench. I don’t need no stickin’ bench!”
They just announced on CSNBA that there is a late scratch in our line up. But they make us wait through commercial to tell us who it is.
this is it-1
Pagan scratched. Blanco in left
Blanco is on a hot streak!
(small sample size)
Pagan scratched. Damn. Guy with best numbers vs Arrieta.
I expect good things from Blanco.
Realistically, I think the G’s have a good chance to win tonight. Just because they have lost two, they are at home, they have their ace, they have their fans, they have last at bats, and so on.
If they win tonight, then they will play tomorrow night, Yom Kippur. In that case, they are better off since they can score off Lackey, and then it depends on which Moore shows up. Again, if they win tonight, the odds that they can push this to a 5th game increase dramatically.
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. I’m hoping for a convincing Giants win. If they lose, bummer.
If he gets a pitch that is going to hit him he better take the hit.
Switch over to FOX Sports 1 for the pre-game. Pete Rose and A-Rod.
Not even if you paid my mortgage for a month!
Pete is a sad old man these days. I loved him as a player but just put him in the hall and let him wander off into the sunset with a little respect.
Exactly… get him off the TV. The dude is embarrassing himself.
They guy was commenting on Buster not scoring and stopping at third the other game. He said, he never new Buster was so slow running. The other announcers were like no duh dude what have you been watching all these years.
There is a reason Rose isn’t reinstated by baseball. The guy is an idiot and moron.
I didn’t know that there was an IQ test to get into the HOF. I would’ve thought that having more hits than anyone else who ever played the game would be enough.
It’s weird, with the sound off, Rose looks like a little ex-boxer that now parks cars
The hair…come on, Pete. Take a good, long look in the mirror.
I hope Blanco has big game. Go Giants!!
It’s WIN or GO HOME. That says it all.
I’ll bet win or lose there will be a lot more written and said than that.
Except that the Giants already ARE home.
The real bummer in any lose scenario is, I don’t want to lose in Chicago. The don’t deserve a home clinch.
BTW, there’s no shame in being swept, the divisional winner Texas was crushed by Toronto, at least we did better than that. Plus, the WC gave us a win even if we are swept. Also, Cleveland and Washington are both up in their series.
See what happens. Just don’t bore/frustrate me to death.
I’d be pretty happy with a game in Chicago, win or lose. Because it means I’ve seen two more wins.
Beat them… thoroughly, decisively, uncompromisingly, fully. But beat them!
IS that for the 1962 playoff?
I honestly don’t know the origin. I stole it within the last month or so from some Instagram post I think.
Maybe Mavo recognizes it?
Mavo, you out there?
Well, it _is_ Giants Dodgers, but I think it is generic:
It appears to be a Willard Mullin cartoon. He always depicted the Dodgers as a “bum.” (Today we would say a person in transition)
Close enough to a Met for me.
Texas out, Boston down 2-0 and trailing 4-2, bottom of the eighth. At home.
Very interesting AL playoffs.
I’m worried about Bumgarner tonight. The dude has been lights out in the playoffs. I hope his due isn’t tonight.
I’m only worried in that, if Bum gives up some runs, they will start trashing him. The guy doesn’t deserve that. But the media is fickle.
At least we are at home for this.
I can’t imagine this happening. If Bum gives up a bunch of runs, I can’t see him getting trashed. I can see more of a “Well, it was great while it lasted, what could we realistically expect” reaction, but I can’t see him being trashed. Unless someone is reallllly wanting the extra spicy hot takes.
He’s more than Paul Bunyan ever was.
He’s Bumyan now that he’s bigger than life. Time to start looking for one of those huge bulls.
Bum can’t win. He’s raised expectations to unseemly levels. That’s the way it goes.
So Pagan scratched with back spasms.
You’ve been scooped, but thanks!
I just saw it, and wondered if true. Too bad, he’s hitting well off Arietta.
Off the bench maybe
Cleveland giving it up …..
So here I am working 3rd shift ready to bring up the game on foxsportsgo (which has worked before) and now it’s saying my xfinity credentials don’t have access to this channel? Even tried to use my dad’s directv credentials and go the same thing. Are there any other places that are airing the game besides here?
FS1. That’s national right?
Since I can only watch online from here, the FS1 website directs you to watch the game on foxsportsgo.
DishTV is FS1 for the game
It’s on FOX Sports 1, not their third tier FOX Sports Go. Hope that helps.
Woohoo I got it to work. Had to go directly to Xfinity’s site and it let me link to it from there. Game on!
Big Papi just did a curtain call for a walk…
Does that mean he was run for?
He was the tying run at 2B.
Flying Turkey Trot
Maybe its really hard at his weight to walk that far.
Apparently he legged out a double the other day.
Theyd give Big Papi a curtain call after going number 2 in the restroom
Great job David
You know Matt he’s really a crappy ball player he doesn’t really hit for average doesn’t steal bases what is he doing here he doesn’t do those things
Well….he’s a terrible thrower, decent fielder…I expected more at the plate and on the bases. I’m pleasantly surprised by his power…all we need is a few good games in a row
We need ya, Bum. Again. A win could get this thing turned around.
One and Done lets go home. Enjoy the game Boyz and Girlz, Ladiez and Gentz
This season of the Cubs feels like the 85 Bears season. They were just going to roll everybody.
10-10-10: Giants win Game 3 of the NLDS in Atlanta, the “Brooks Conrad Game.” Travis Ishikawa (#10) scored the tying run in the top of the ninth.
10-10-12: Giants win Game 4 of the NLDS in Cincinnati, an elimination game, behind a tremendous relief appearance by Tim Lincecum.
10-10-14: Did not play–between the NLDS and the NLCS.
That’s more “10-10-__” than anyone….we be blessed
Amen. True that.
My pulse rate: 110
Maddon looks like he thought they moved the game to Candlestick.
Looks like more pitching inside today.
MVP MVP MVP!!!
Madison has gotten taller as the series goes on, now he’s 6’6″.
He’ll be 7 feet tall next week.
His size grows like the legend of Paul Bunyan
“He’s a big fella and an imposing fella. He’s enormous.
He’s listed at 7’6″ , but I say…he plays like he’s 11 feet tall.”
“I don’t think he’s that big.”
“No, I’m saying the game
he plays is….Is that of some Viking giant…
…with a *baseball* in one
hand and a club in the other…
…standing 10, 11 , 12 feet tall!”
SIT DOWN, cursed ones…
Bum is pumped!
The home plate sound is rather impressive. Feel like we’re hanging with Buster.
TThatta way Bum
The joy that a Giants series win over Cubs would be so extremely great that it could not be equaled. But finishing the Cubs off would be a very close second.
Arrieta scud, the man’s a genius.
27 outs on the wall 27 outs, take 1 down pass it around 26 outs to go on the wall
Buh bye to Boston and Big Papi.
Wonderful, if I may be a jerk about it.
The only two teams that can compete with us in the 21st Century are both out. (Cards, Bosox).
Now, the Dodgers need to go, just because.
26 outs to go on the wall 26 outs to go , take 1 down pass it around 25 outs to go on the wall
Does Belt see the defensive alignment at all or is he really that stupid
Stubborn is probably the better word!
Posey needs to step up and perform at the plate tonight.
Pence as well.
It’s funny how one pitch can change the whole face of things. One bad call that should have been a strike 3 turns into a hit then a small rally for Cubs.
These umps just don’t give a crap that one small thing can easily blow up into a tire fire.
Happened last game in 1st to Shark too.
Buh bye, Boston. 👏👏👏
Now, DO something Hunter!
Pence letting fastballs go that he’d usually pulverize.
No, Arrieta has great stuff tonight, 96 with great movement
I thought the first pitch was the best pitch he saw.
And wild on his fast ball.
25 outs to go on the season 25 outs to go, take 1 down pass it around 24 outs to go in the season
This gonna be another long game, I’m afraid.
At least they got him up to 21 pitches. Keep that up, he’ll be gone after 5.
And then we can strike out against someone else.
I see what you did there.
Hey, how do I block 2holehitting? He keeps running up my feed with useless trolls.
click on the down arrow over on the far right side
That was easy. Thank you.
you’re welcome. i had already blocked him.
You see better than Belt and his 8K’s in 11ABs so far
If first inning is any indication I really don’t like what I saw here. Three of four batters were so easily overpowered by Jake…
Hahahahaha no doubt.
Without Pence, again this game, and our chances are slim. He’s gotta make something happen, and soon.
Outside of that double against St Louis*, what exactly has Pence brought to the table in the postseason?
*the one that hit off his bat three times.
Lots of hits and runs scored in 2014!
Key hits in 2014’s postseason. Can’t remember specifics but youtube it. It’s there in spades.
I think I will check it out because this game will give me a lot of time, I think.
Let’s hope he comes thru like that tonight
Try the huge homer in game 1 of the 2014 World Series that set the tone of the whole series!
Feels tense already.
Russell went twice as far as Gorkys.
Still can’t get over that terrible call on Gorkys. Huge play in this series
MAN come on!!! Another terrible check swing call. Line those pockets some more, umps!!
“Russell making Bumgarner work here…”
Based on that HORRIBLE check swing call.
AND Russell stepped into that one.
UMPS, as usual.
2nd inning and I’m already drinking with conviction.
OKay Giants batters, just stick your elbows out over the plate and get hit from now on
That was a strike 3 on Russell. Giants not getting calls.
This is not good. Pitch count high. Cubs working him.
Pagan is not on LF? What happened?
Scratched due to back spasms.
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Bum no stuff , no command= not good !
Thank you, Montero.
Baez is way too comfortable at the plate. He needs to be knocked down something fierce!
He’s needed that since Game 1.
This is so much more painful than the Wild Card.
Time to barf.
The offense needs to work Arrieta hard & give Bum a break.
Bum has nothing tonight !
Uh oh! Oh no!
Well as long as they keep cursing I don’t have to listen to them.
We are done.
Year of the Cubs. Tip your cap.
I had a bad feeling about this game.
I guess you have to shrug.
Yep, that’ll do it.
So many quitters here.
Hot Dam those Cub pitchers can hit
Put all of the steroids into that one. Tip the cap.
It’s not over yet guys!! Let’s get some runs.
They will get more , Bum has nothing tonight !
I just had a bad feeling about this with the way the national media was hyping up Bumgarner.
Bochy can’t afford to pull his usual BS and fail to go get him if he doesn’t have it.
I’m in pain right now.
I expected Bumgarner to give up runs tonight. Not only that, I expected the long ball.
But, OK. It’s up to the Giants to win this thing by outscoring the Cubs. Will they? I don’t know.
I’m very disappointed in MadBum! You HAVE to throw something breaking there to an excellent hitting pitcher!!
Seriously? After all he’s done? No Giant fan has any right to be disappointed in Bumgarner. As it turns out, he might actually be human. I had my doubts.
I’m very disappointed in the offense which has been AWOL for months. And the FO for not assembling a better lineup.
you guys are being so pessimistic right now, i need someone to be positive.
The Giants still have 8 innings to score 4 runs.
Well, it’s not necessarily “over”: they do have 24 more outs to score some runs. Let’s see if they can.
You like lies, Arrieta has great stuff tonight, Bum has nothing !!
okay, blocky time!
Dude…you’re nuts. Seriously. Relax. It’s a baseball game.
We have at least 8 more at bats. It’s up to them. Not us
Arrieta ‘s stuff is dominant tonight .
So far…he has a 4.44 in the 2nd half….make him work
I’m positive it’s over…
Look on the bright side, 2 times this year the Giants scored more than 3 runs against the Cubs in their 9 games. Neither of those were against Jake. 🙂
LOL watching the Cubs dugout is actually hilarious. Rizzo, especially. They acted like they just won it all. And haven’t since 1908.
And we won it 3 times three times this decade.
They are absolutely PATHETIC.
Arrogance will do that.
Arrogance based on what? 108 years of futility?? It’s hilarious. They are a joke.
Keep your BB9. They have a real first baseman. The Giants are old news. Is all about the Cubs now at least for the next 5 years.
They shouldn’t celebrate a home run?
With 70 F Bombs and hugging each other like they won it all? Way over the top, dude. I guess that’s what ya do when you’re not used to winning championships.
In 108 years.
No … I think being pummeled by the no 9 hitter repeatedly is pathetic. Can’t begrudge them laughing it up. Wasn’t supposed to this, easy
How about a visit to the mound Rags!
I feel like Rags has been MIA for 3 months now.
Bam Bam too.
Kontos??? Really??? Why the hell not, Bochy’s tenured for a while.
Didn’t see the HR but know it came on a 1-2 count. Was it a bad pitch/call/location?
High fat fastball
They got strikes on back to back high fastballs. Tried to sneak a third
Giants would be the last team to go out like this at home especially with everything they’ve overcome. Keep calm everyone
Why doesn’t Buster go out to give him a break.
inning is not over
Now it is.
The Cubs pitchers have driven in 6 of the 9 runs Chicago has scored in this series so far!
2 strikes on everybody , no put away pitch , and Posey’s pitch selection not good either, going to much with cutter , inside pitches !
WTF was that?
I knew the umpire was signifying foul ball, but FOX was too anxious to get to the commercials.
They even got that call too. Umps doing everything they possibly can to help the Cubs. JOKE.
They got tips on how to do it from the NBA.
The Giants hitters need to just go up there and just start hacking away the other plan isn’t working
There seems to be a lot of spoiled Giants fans. You’re not owed another World Series. This game is far from over. The whining and crying isn’t a good look.
You’re right, I have been spoiled.
Bingo…either the hitters earn it…or they don’t
I’ll choose to watch, root, and hold out hope
Facts, from the 1st inning could tell Bum had no stuff or command, and Arietta had awesome stuff, know were in for a long night . no bitching FACTS !!!!
Keep calm. Giants still have 24 more outs to make things happen
If the Giants thrive on playing with their “backs against the wall”, there’s no harder they could be backed up against the wall without becoming the wall. So we will see if they have the stuff this year to overcome.
Well, if you are going to be eliminated it’s best to do it at home.
And fall behind early.
This sort of reminds me of the 89 WS or the 97 playoffs. We were never in it, at all.
Why are you giving up?
Boys: it’s up to the bats tonight. Go get ’em
UNBELIEVABLE!!! They called that a foul tip. On and on and on…
Gotta love that check swing no call on Russell that could’ve changed everything, like Gorkys’ check swing miss. Unreal. These little moments are huge in big games.
We are not getting any calls. But that’s to be expected.
Bum allowed a homerun to the pitcher on a 2 strike pitch. No small moments there.
Getting Russell on that check swing would’ve been a strikeout before all those pitches and that is HUGE.
That stuff didn’t bother them in ’10, ’12, ’14…. They need to overcome…
Definitely true there. They haven’t hit anyway. Gotta score to win, and they have been in the tank with the bats since July. For whatever reason(s) those are.
Cubs work the count. Giants do not.
And get all the calls.
The one thing I learned from watching the Pres debates is the team behind complains and complains.
You have gotten absolutely every damn call in this series, and although that is an excuse, it is an absolute reality. It’s horrible.
He’s been waiting years to gloat like this…
It will be his undoing..
If they lose, OK, fine. But please, not by a shutout! At least give Bum a fighting chance. He can’t do it all by himself every time. The effing offense has to DO something. At least go down fighting instead of whimpering.
Called that a strike on Gillaspie’s check swing too.
ALL THE CALLS.
I hope they lose to the Blue Jays and Joey Batts hit homers in every game and does a different pose for every one.
This game is far from over.
I know. I’m just having fun thinking about the Cubs getting their comeuppance.
They sure deserve it.
And it should start tonight!
The Giants aren’t going to get shut out tonight! It’s only the 2nd inning people!! That’s one reason I’m not on here more often during games … the pessimism is sickening by some so called fans! Go Giants!!
Coming back and getting this one would be enough momentum for Games 4 and 5!
While I completely agree, it’s really hard to remain positive when offence is so inept.
Pessimism warrented, sadly, due in part to their consistant failures dating back to the first series after the AS break. They have done little since then to earn any optimism… sad to say.
If you think the pessimism is bad here then I don’t suggest you go to SFGate. This place will seem like a pollyanna’s convention by comparison.
Bumgarner has picked the team up so many times in his short career. Time for the team to pick him up for once
Baseball is a game of inches.
And a game of balls.
And hard wood.
LOL. I guess I know what’s on your mind
I’m trying to lighten my own mood.
It’s not working. I need a pint of ice cream and hugs from my cat.
Hope she’s declawed.
…and, you too
Declawing is inhumane! She’s a good kitty. Has never scratched anything except her scratching posts. As for me, I like to have short nails.
Our girl has her claws…she just claws the wood pile outside…spoiled rotten
I think I need a lot of booze and/or drugs. My BP is spiking
Yep, drugs would be nice right about now.
How many inches was Arrieta’s bomb? I have 4176
Dont mind if we cant cone back but I am sick of the Cubs and they arrogant display. They are beatable. I will not be rooting for them if the Giants dont get there. Anyone but the Cubs
Hard to imagine those lame assed Dodgers or Nats beating the cubs. But first things first. cubs aren’t there yet.
This game isfar from over– why the defeatest attitude. Its the 2nd inning
Give us one example of them coming back to win since the AS break. Give us two and I’ll try to be optimistic.
SanDiego came back twice before Casilla blew it
San Diego isn’t exactly the Cubs, or any playoff caliber team. But I’ll try. Thanks!
You called it Surf! Way to keep the faith.
Here’s the bright side we got a great finish to a wild card game when the boys almost didn’t make the playoffs. Can’t say that about the other 20 fan bases!
If they do lose this series, they at least won one game. The Red Sox can’t say that. Neither can Texas. And they won their divisions.
Bosox fans really believed this was their year.
I’m really happy about the Red Sox being skunked like that. Really happy.
We know how they feel. Lebron showing up at their home Playoff games was pretty cool and appreciated by the Tribe.
Swinging at ball 4
It’s what he does.
Blanco is yet another Giant experiencing a career low year. That back foot slider was as predictable as spring grass.
He had a great AB until then..
Bochy will go to the grave with those hit and run tactics
Hit and run? It was a 3-2 count
That wasn’t a hit and run. Runners always go on 3-2 2 outs. Only 4 possibilities are walk(runner advances anyway), out(end of inning), foul(runner goes back), hit(runner has head start)
OF COURSE!!!! No chance at retribution on that horrible chase. Thanks, Blanco!
Lol you’re telling me to relax? Didn’t you wanna kill Vasgersian a few days ago? You’re not the only one allowed to be pissed at this series.
Everyone is allowed to express themselves any way they like. This is a Giants fan site, after all.
The boys need your positive mojo
I know man…I know…Deep breaths…I am just so sick and effing tired of every damn call going their way to ensure their path to redemption. Cue Bill Murray…
Realistically, you have to figure Arrieta is in control. I mean, he just got a shutdown inning on what was it, 14 pitches. So if we come back, it will have to be late innings.
Or maybe not. Whatever. Basically, the Giants aren’t doing well and are not scoring any runs. So that’s it.
If the cubs win, if, then the post season will resemble the elections. I’ll have to root against the team I dislike the most. WTF
As long as the smurfs or cubs don’t win, I don’t even care.
If the Giants lose tonight, there’s a good chance I won’t watch another game till I’m in Scottsdale next spring.
Oh for sure.
Root against the Dodgers and it’s all good. The Blue Jays & Nationals are prolly the least of all evils. Then the Cubs & then the Indians. We don’t want Cleaveland to win two championships in a year. The Cubs winning 1 in 108 yrs to give their franchise 3 isn’t the end of the world.
That was a wicked pitch, but Blanco is so messed up at the plate he had none chance. We might be better with Parker out there.
Blanco doubled the other day and Parker is not on the roster
Blanco is not the only Giant messed up at the plate.
Pesky details, dammit
Belt is the most messed up 8K’s in 11 PA in the post season
That’s not even close to being accurate.
OK 11AB with 8K’s against Arrieta career before the last at bat.
C’mon.. We all know that 2Hole is always a fact machine…
Not built to win with power and not built to win with speed. That’s a tough burden for pitchers to carry game after game, especially in playoffs when one mistake can be the difference.
This has been a poorly constructed and poorly managed team this year. It’s their rotation that’s gotten them this far, but you’re right–they can’t do it all.
I’m hoping this is a wakeup call to the front office. You can’t keep ignoring the offense. And you can’t keep gambling on old guys & lightning in a bottle.
The Cubs are having fun. That is not arrogance. Arrogance was stating Bum is a god in the post season and ignoring his past 2 months of pitching before the 1 playoff game. Bum had given up 3 or more runs in 4 of his past 5 games to end the season and 8 of 11 games since August. Not really dominating and why he is not a Cy candidate.
I realize it’s frustrating to watch our team struggle and on the brink of elimination, but the amount of umpire bashing, Cubs bashing, Giants player/manager bashing, announcer bashing, is just a little over the top. Have faith, root for your team, and if they come up short tonight, let’s be thankful for a playoff season an 3 World Series rings to look back on.
What’s wrong with Cub bashing?
And what’s wrong with bashing the announcers? They are terrible.
Not a thing. Keep it coming.
Good point. Commence.
Really with the in game interview? Like salt in our wound
Seriously. All series long, it was all Cubs and NOW they want to talk about the Giants.
Atta babe Connor.
Come on Bumgarner
Cubs are smacking us around!’
Guys don’t be upset this is a very flawed team they’re really not a playoff team team with the way they are constructed.
It’s true. Very flawed. Amazing they made it this far, really.
Exactly doctor exactly I think that is the reason why I’m so relaxed and calm even though they’llprobably lose this game I’m not bothered at all
Same. I was happy they made the Wild Card game and happy they beat the Mets, but I wasn’t kidding myself. Hopeful, but still realistic.
You hope your team will be competitive every year. The Giants were. With their great rotation, they’ll be back next year.
It’s the Cubs for me, dude. Otherwise I would not be breathing fire like this. I need a drink…
It really is house money.
I just want to know who the real Giants are. You don’t have the best record in baseball for half a season then become the worst team, right?
Somewhere in between. They probably should have won 90-95 games…and still likely would have lost to the Cubs, maybe in the NLCS.
Somewhere in the middle pal
Maybe not so much flawed as hitters in the doldrums that should be hitting better…
When you look at how Epstein built their club, they have much deeper bench across the board. And, for us, as good as the Cueto and Shark signings were, the Span was a whiff, especially when coupled with an aging Pagan and Pence.
The Giants are a good team, but need everyone clicking. Posey, Pence, Panik, Span all had well below average years. There was no bench. Nunez got hurt at a bad time.
Evans needs to work it and hit on everything he tries for next year
Okay, they gotta pull Bumgarner.
His fastball has no velocity, hence the secondary pitches.
This isn’t going to end well, he’s not getting into stride.
Bochy has to pull the plug… it’s do-or-die sorry bum
I realize I may need a less stressful hobby when I feel more sad about baseball than my last breakup.
There is nothing more stressful than a relationship. You are moving in the right direction. :^)
A relationship with the Giants you mean. Now that’s stressful!
Nah a non-platonic relationship. Fuhgeddaboutit!!
You mean a bad relationship. A good woman/man makes your stress go away.
With my past, you would understand why the words “bad relationship” come straight from the department of redundancy department.
Or maybe a better relationship 🙂
I need to find a dude who really likes the Giants so I don’t feel like I’m cheating on him for several months straight every year.
LOL, you are cracking me up tonight. Keep it coming
Yes, absolutely. I got my American husband into baseball (we always joke about that his German Wife got him into baseball) and now we watch together. We even go to games on date nights together. It does make things much easier in the relationship.
Vintage Bum hook. A small victory.
His fastball is barely 91 all night. This is not good.
They rode him very, very hard this year.
Still didn’t like that they snuck in an extra start for him prior to the ASG this year. It may have had no effect but it seemed so unnecessary and inconsistent with what has worked.
Wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Bum suggested it. But yeah–he threw a lot of innings this year. Lot of innings on that arm in his seven years.
Wouldn’t surprise me either. Its inconsistent with Giants philosophy and what Bochy has done in those situations.
That’s what I always look for, the Bum wipeout curve! 🙂 That instead of the meat fastball would have had Arrieta wrench his back swinging and missing!
Totally. Too sure of himself in that at bat. Shoulda hooked ‘im. There is still time, though. Still time.
This is a sloooow game (I’m on the East Coast).
Bum’s still gonna gut it out for all it’s worth.
He’s the best.
His bat is just as good as anybody on the bench.
Got out of it, by some miracle. Fine. Keep running him out there, BUT …..
Let’s score some runs boys!!!
At least Arrieta will come to bat with the bases empty next inning. Silver linings and all.
67 pitches! After 3. Bummer
Let’s score some runs and walk off on Baez’s error. I want to see that punk cry on national tv
C’mon bats!!! WAKE UP!!
I agree! They need some mojo going.
That was a big hold. Now to coax a wild streak from Jake. Uhhh make him work…
Mad bum is human. Just tough to see Arrieta make the comment about a “beatable” Bumgarner, then emphatically make the point himself.
As if calling someone beatable is an insult.
He got some talking points from Chapman.
The word he used is self-evident, true, and redundant. Of course Bum’s beatable. Everybody is. But do you think for a second Arrieta wasn’t thinking deep down, “That Bumgarner is a punk and I will beat him.” Doesn’t matter anyway. We gotta do our job with the bats.
How is that a strike?
I’m pleased it’s almost over. The losing will bring about much needed change that would not happen with another World Series title. Sometimes you have to take the long view.
EYBS, undefeated in elimination games, it takes a toll to keep that up. Lots of pressure.
I think it’s true that they’ve been extremely complacent in post-World Series years.
I think with a roster full of 2-3 ring winners, they lost that fire they used to have. Nothing left to prove.
That may explain part of the problem this year. Didn’t want to put in the extra effort. Then again, so, so many issues. Offense, bullpen, injuries.
They don’t blow an 8 game lead, they’re playing the Nationals.
To say the least. Now they face the loss of Pagan (huge loss), Blanco (not so much) and several, mostly useless pitchers. Will be interesting how they go about fixing the team. I agree, they don’t have much trade bait, but I’d dangle Panik out there. Injury prone and unreliable at the plate. They have other infield options, particularly Kelby Tomlinson.
I’m not sure what they can do to improve.
They need a closer, yes. They need a home run hitter, yes. But what do they have to offer? Not a whole lot. And several players are likely gone.
Long views are for AFTER it’s over! Take a hike with your pessimism!!
You poor baby. Mom has some mac and cheese for you upstairs.
Nice Span .. Now get a run!!
Okay. One at a time…
Atta babe Denard.
They owe us that call
They owe us every check swing call until this series is over!
Extra base hit with less than 2 outs!
Again- fricken bunt
I’d bat Belt 8th to be honest
Other than beating the redsox, anyone else happy for Cleveland? That’s team went through some tough times but they are a fun club now
I like the part about Francona telling the Fenway Faitfhful to suck it. I like that a lot.
lol @ the Fenway Faithful to suck it.
Not literally, but his team swept the Red Sox away at Fenway. That had to feel good.
I wouldn’t have been able to handle Pablo winning a ring with another team — especially Boston
If it ends up Cubs/Indians, rooting for the Indians all the way, WS-less since 1948!
Don’t count out Toronto. They’re rolling.
Toronto & Walgreens are the least offensive. Even though I’m a CVS guy.
But they beat GSWarriors last year, which wouldn’t be so bad except for….LeBron.
I wouldn’t mind Cleveland in the series. They deserve a ring. Ever since they got screwed in the World Series by Eric Gregg. Or am I confused.
Yep. Really happy for them, and not just because they beat Boston.
Big time money hitters have just not been big time clutch. Effin shame.
Belt with another great at-bat
Well, at least we won’t be shut out y’all!
Finally!!!!!! This game is NOT over.
That should make some fans happy. They scored a run
Don’t feed the troll!
? I didn’t say anything wrong
Atta babe Buster.
Thanks, Buster. One at a time.
Come on Hunter. We need you to come alive right now
Pence can tie it. Com’on man!
We can bash Buster for his down year but he’s still the guy I have confidence in at the plate.
Two out clutch hits are what we need!! Attababe Buster!!
I don’t know how tonight will end. Here’s what I know:
The players won’t quit like the fans are here.
The Giants have gifted us with 10 straight post season series wins in a row.
I waited 52 years for them to do it once. I blinked and they did it 3 times.
So, I hope they win tonight. But, I know how good the Cubs are. Keep fighting, boys
The fans here are just venting. If they had quit, they wouldn’t be posting here.
My hand is raised I definitely quit on the team because they suck
Unconditionallove or no love
Good comment except for the lecture part. Haven’t read all the comments, but fans are just likely venting. Like you are when you yell at other fans 😉
Is your response a lecture about a lecture responding to a lecture?
You’re gonna make space-time implode. Stop it.
Dude: I”m just saying if you want positive be positive.
Good comment minus the lecture.
I know. It’s cool.
Post of the year
Man ! I thought Pence had one there.
That was a bad, bad break. Pence hit the snot outta that ball. Any other park and the game’s tied.
Good defensive positioning
True. It’s like they read his spray pattern all too accurately.
I thought it was at least off the wall.
The Giants need some dead pull hitters. These gap hitters are killing em.
Yup. We have tons of warning track power and a mysterious inability to hit flies to left. Even our right-handed batters hit right-center gappers.
I think the gap-hitting philosophy is being murdered by the shift.
Then again, we can hit this guy. Eventually they will miss the glove.
True but we’d better not wait until the late innings because their pen is borderline unhittable.
That is a HR everywhere but here
We took back the momentum. Need a quick inning from Bum
Lol thought he got all of that. Hit it to the deepest part of the park the opposite way. For a RH hitter to hit one out in triples alley would take Willie Mays. Or God.
I’d take some divine intervention about now!
Cepeda coulda done it too!
That ball was crushed. My seats are next to Porter down the RF line and I have been laying into him about the Gorkys call for three innings.
Good. Keep at it. Broadcast didn’t even bring it up at the time.
Don’t let up on that lameass. Bought and paid for.
Gs fighting their way back in.
I think Diaz will get out-worked vs Conor at 155 & I don’t think he has enough power at that weight to turn it around.
Diaz would have to cut a lot of weight to get to 155. His stamina would be in question. His body has endured a lot of trauma over his career. I was happy to see him get paid by fighting CM.
He says he wants that fight but, yeah I think it’s too much of a drop. Conor is equally crazy for fighting 2 weight classes up.
Arrieta looks beatable (not an insult).
If we can hit the ball hard off him (as Pence did), and score runs (as Span and Buster did), we can score a few more.
It’s still early. Only 3 innings so far.
Giants can hit this guy. Quick inning Bum.
I will admit I muted Gramps. I’m over the .229 geezer love affair
It’s the loveable country boy tone. So affable…
Lol trump up the Arrieta workout routine and what he eats…’roids, Ross, ‘roids…
Someone tell me when Ed Asner-Catcher shuts up.
Feels good to vent, doesn’t it?
Well, I’m trying to watch an important baseball game and honor my guys, and I get That shoved down my throat.
I hear ya. I hate it when I get partial umps and a network and arrogant, cocky, superdouchey, yet haven’t won it in 108 years Cubs shoved down my throat. Helps to vent. Relaxing sometimes just don’t get it done.
He actually said the Brandon to Brandon was a “good play.”
The networks and the umps are going to will the Cubs to the WS.
That was amazing. He had to pull his arm in during the dive.
Craw is gold!
Someone needs to buzz Baez!!!
As long as Theo is in Chicago the Giants will never make a WS. I’m gonna have to learn how to enjoy the sport again. Good thing I’m youngish.
Talk about pessimistic. He’s not that good. He simply got the Cubs to invest in the talent. Like any other team.
Have you seen the talent of the Red Sox?
The three-and-out Red Sox? Bwahahahaha
I hope you’re laughing just as hard after tonight when the SFG are 3 and out (while being out scored by Cubs pitchers).
He left the Red Sox five years ago.
His gathered talent is still there.
The SFG aren’t far behind.
They built through lots of losing.
I detest the idiotic in game interviews they do now. Talk AFTER the flipping game!!
Wow no doubt about that. Ridiculous.
Me too. And they are in such a bubble that they don’t know or don’t care.
That and they’ve extended commercial breaks.
I ABSOLUTELY hate the in game interviews. Just give Rosenthal some other gig, like Pee Wee Herman or something.
He looks more like someone Pee Wee Herman would molest
That was awesome. Raising beer bottle to you on that one.
AHAHAHAHAHA you are precious, dear Peaches.
Aw thanks! 🙂
Why is Greek Giant waiting so long to make this the featured comment???
Bryant is a monster.
Dear Nancys and Debbies
It is a two run game
Hi clutch ! I’m drinking Mai Tais.
I’m proud of Bum. After the Arrieta bomb, Bum did not lose focus. It’s very obvious he doesn’t have his best stuff tonight but that won’t stop him from grinding his ass off.
He’s a great Giant. Great.
The Greatest Giant.
Ur the greatest Def Leppard fan.
Went for a ride and listened to “Hysteria” album today. 54 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, leaves changing…perfection.
Without him the Mets are playing the Cubs tonight.
If he throws a curveball in the dirt to Arrieta, the score might be 1-0 Giants or still tied at worse. Unfortunate Arrieta snuck one over the fence on a bad pitch from Bum
Glad he’s a Giant.
Is there any doubt he’s crazy mentally strong?
The story of him napping before shutting out the Mets tells you how superhumanly strong his nervous system is. He’s a consummate professional who just plays the game the right way and under all conditions. He’s a pro’s pro.
Sit the f down!
Runs!!! Let’s do it!!
Friickin Giants pitchers have shut down the Cub regulars and cant shut down their pitchers. Weird season!
Wow. Great point. I hadn’t realized that until you just said that. Adds to the frustration.
Hitters need to step the f up and get it done.
They won’t. Horrible coaching.
Giants have two hitting coaches. I wonder if there’s a rift in there somewhere and it fks with hitters.
Hitting coaches might provide a little bit of help here and there, but they don’t have a big impact. They don’t have much to do with this.
Meulens told Blanco to fly out to end the inning.
You know it’s a bad night when Dr. Lefty is quiet!
I think the Arrieta tater knocked the wind out of a lot of our sails.
Major props to Bumgarner, he was hanging by a thread for awhile there. I guess now he can try for 5 innings.
Chasing that diving cutter all night.
Atta babe Panik.
Is Bumgarner’s night over? Why is he not on the on-deck circle?
Nunez on deck.
They need runs. BAD.
I’d let Bum hit if Blanco gets on….
Save Nunez for later.
Bum has the more power than anyone on the bench, and Nunez can’t run!
I probably would have too.
Pitch number 4 was off the plate…..
Of course it was. But this ump has been pretty good so far.
Here’s another K…
Giants have 2 hitters who haven’t batted in months due to injury. Blanco and Nunez.
Remember when Nunez was supposed to come back for the Dodgers series? Yeah me neither..
Remember when Bochy pitch hit him and he hit ground ball and could barely run to first base.
How many ABs did Blanco have after the ASB? Seems like he disappeared after that shoulder injury. Looks awful at the plate.
I said at the beginning of the series that he should not be on this squad.
He did fight off a few pitches and got the pitch count up a bit. And he actually hit it out of the outfield.
A level cut for a base hit would of been nicer that that looping fly ball type of swing. Crap anyway.
He’s knocked in 33% of the runs the Giants have scored in this series and scored 33% of the runs.
The “I Decide When I Come Out Ford Right Choice Inning”
I love Bum
He has made us forget about so many heartbreaks, and is still doing his thing out there, keeping us in it. My favorite Giant ever.
The two check swings have been the difference this series.
Yep. That close.
If we have to rely on check swings to win a series, I don’t want to move on.
Giants always have to rely on the small stuff. Almost always anyway.
And the bats to a much greater extent, of course, but you better believe that those check swings affected a lot.
Technically 1 was not a check swing
And the pitchers ABs.
Bum’s offspeed stuff has improved every year. I think that’s been a huge part of his continued success.
Let Bum bat. How much worse than the real “hitter’s” can he be tonight?
Word. If Nunez gets on, Shark probably runs for him.
Our pitchers have given up 2 bad pitches out of 221 in the last two games combined and our hitters can’t overcome that. 2 out of 221.
Our hitting has sucked since July. That’s it in a nutshell.
“The Cubs could make a case for having a bigger lead.”
VAGgersian totally downplaying Bumgarner battling back. What an epic ball peen hammer he is.
I officially can’t stand him. He didn’t really bring up the Gorkys check swing call, and manages to downplay everything the Giants do. Extremely petty to do that when his only job is to be unbiased
Amazing comeback by Bumgarner; his fastball is barely 90 mph tonight so he’s doing all his work with curveballs and sliders.
I get the feeling that Matt V really doesn’t like the Giants. I always have thought that, but I feel more sure about it now.
He’s an A’s fan
A’s fan from birth
I assumed he was more professional than to let a grudge interfere with being unbiased.
A’s fan IIRC
East Bay raised A’s fan with abnormally small hands
Great comeback by Bum. A warrior keeping us in this gane
Bum at 101 pitches, let him bat, and doff his cap. Great season so far.
Not when playing for runs
Belt’s size 15s helped there!!😁
Bumgarner’s gutsy pitching while not having his stuff, combined with their defense is keeping them in this game. Once again, having to rely on their anemic offense to get something going. Now is the time boys!
Let’s go Nunez, start the rally.
The Cubs have GREAT pitching, but other than that, they’re nothing special.
They have better hitting than 2010 Giants.
Other than their pitchers and a fluke HR by Baez in Game 1, they haven’t done much. The 2010 Giants hit better in the postseason.
No offense Doctor but they’re stacked! Loaded. Hungry. Well managed. Yada. Yada. Yada.
Not from what I’ve seen in this series or the Labor Day weekend series in Wrigley. Not impressed.
Well that certainly worked out well.
Standing applause for Bum.
Nunez can’t even run! Why is he on this team? Just craxy
If Nunez can actually hit, why waste him here? If he can’t, why is he on the roster?
Well, the only thing you can say to that is that it’s not like we left Babe Ruth off the playoff roster.
have to get him in.
span’s the man tonight
Atta babe Span!
That’s my guy doing his job.
Span showed up to play…sweet stuff
Somewhere MIchael Scott is smiling.
Okay, rally time.
Come on belt, please.
Get this run in, Bob. If you do anything at all, make this a DAMN ONE-RUN GAME!!!!
Way to go Span!
Almost pulled a Pablo cake meme rounding second, though….
Come on Belt. Put it in play
Come on, Belt Goddammit. Smack that ball into the cove.
If Belt bunts down the 3rd base line, it’s a run. It’s so easy. Why is he not bunting??
My guess is that the organization is against that kind of thing so they never practice it.
It’s a guaranteed run and bunt base hit. It’s unbelievable.
It’s their way to let the guys with home run power swing away and hope they run into one
Play for the homer, accept the long out.
Get us within 1
1 run gaaaame
Thank you Bob!!
1 run ballgame. Keep chipping away boys.
Atta babe BB9.
Span and Posey are the only guys hitting
Tomorrow is Tuesday
Oh my gawd if we come back and win this game I am buying everyone on this blog a drink.
Jack n’ Coke please.
Absinthe for 2Hole
He’s been a little quiet here.
You misspelled “arsenic.” Must have been your autocorrect.
Wimpy girl drink, frozen strawberry daiquiri! 🙂
I’ll always love the Mad Puerto Rican! 🙂
One of the greatest players ever, and I don’t care who ridicules me for my gratuitous hyperbole.
Hey, brain freeze is no laughing matter
I’ll take a Manhattan please!! 🙂
Mojito for me. or a glass or three of moscato d’asti.
Ah man, those Asti valley moscatos are sooooooo tasty.
Done, Peaches. Done, of course.
Water on the rocks would be fine. Someone besides Belt and Buster needs to be able to drive some home
I got you, pal. I know you bust balls, but it’s all good. Lotta sufferin’ all these years for you with the Cubbies.
But I’d rather pour you some Tullamore Dew.
That’s my choice right now.
15 years dry. Like life way better.
I hear ya. Good for u. My Dad drank himself to death. Literally.
18 year Balvenie for me. ain’t my money 😉
All the way, Browntown. I gotchu.
Mai-tie. Feeling tropical
Done and done.
Bombay & tonic please
That’s Mr. Lefty’s drink, too
No doubt about it.
come on Pence!
Another Syndegaard pitch count situation
OK… Now! I’m optimistic.
And now…the bullpen.
I feel a kill shot coming.
YEah Baby! They got to him
Belt’s driven in 50% of the Giants’ runs this series.
Sac fly machine
He really wanted the homer. But hey, he drove it out there.
LET’S DO THIS!!!
Pitching coach visit!!!
Remember when Jeff Jones came out to talk to Verlander in the 2012 WS??
Sh!t hit the fan!!!!
Let’s go Pence!!
Trust the process.
One to measure, one to rake. Come on Pence.
Each at bat, he’s getting a little closer to the well.
Just hope there are enough at bats
Sometimes I hate AT&T so much.
the ballpark or the carrier?
the ball park but I’m not a fan of the carrier
Good job Belt! Way to fight team!!
The vaunted bullpen needs to come through when it matters most
Thankfully bullpen has likes of Andrew Miller…
So Kontos to redeem himself?
Just kidding, it’s Law.
Giants haven’t scored on Cubs bullpen all year.
Pence finally looking like he’s seeing the ball a little better.
This would be a perfect spot for one of those things called a ” shutdown inning”
This is a term I am not familiar with. /s
Casilla says huh?
You loved Span’s triple, right?
Hell yeah. I know he can hit.
“Here We Come Boys”
You know what would feel really good this series? A lead.
Come on Conor.
Home run hero gets a pass for knocking it down
Good play, DLaw.
That throw made me nervous
Bob got that.
That was a bullet
That’s an underrated play right there.
Anyone remember that old Genesis game Hardball 3? I’m hearing the announcer yell with authority “ERROR”
Pure strikeout situation, as Krukow puts it.
It’s a Cubs pitcher, pitch him like he’s Joey Votto
If they make “Saw VIII” , I hope Vasgergian is a torture victim
C’mon, Law. It’s the pitcher. Strike him out! ( But do it like he’s a good hitter )
Don’t throw that again, Law.
Offspeed stuff!!! Come on, man!!
Arrietta is done
I don’t know about Law. He got the out, but….
Law, you have a slider!!! Throw it, dude!!
What is up with these guys throwing meatballs to pitchers that can hit???
Oh my goodness, Cubs pitchers are seriously the most dangerous part of this batting order. That was another cookie waiting to be hit out
Why is Law throwing fastballs to the pitcher just ignorant.
All fastballs, man. He can’t get the slider over. No confidence in it.
Who’s calling the pitches?
You have a point.
“We’re moving into the bottom of the sixth already. The Giants are running out of time.”
Really? That’s your analysis?
Or does it? The analysis just keeps getting better.
He was hoping for Ball Four as well.
He needs a SincereDeer clothesline.
Or a Truly Laimbeer.
I am so ready for that. Laimbeer would bury VAGsgersian.
I see what you did there and raise you a lip.
It’s a one-run game! ONE.
He could have said the Cubs are running out of RUNS. Three run lead, two run lead, one run lead, … you get the gist.
Vasgerian is running out of commentary.
Laugh out loud I just saw Marty Lurie sitting behind the guy in the on-deck circle
Wow, that record with and w/o Fowler is ridiculous. He takes some tough as nails at bats.
Vagsgersian hoping it was ball four. Lol on and on and on.
One change I’d like to see in 2017 would be the end of the elderly ball boy.
Absolutely agree. What’s up with that?
These guys must have $$$. When does Surf Maui get his turn?
They have a policy about retired doctors. Other teams like to sex it up.
Thanks. They say 21 years and older…I have never seen anyone under the age of 55 out there. 🙂
It certainly would speed up the game more if they could get to those foul balls more quickly.
How’s about Ball Girls?
At least the geezers are usually good for a laugh.
Expect a reply from old man coming up real soon here
Stress inning courtesy of Mr. Happy. Smile!
THAT’S RIGHT, LAW!!!! THROW IT BACK IN THEIR FACES!!!!!!!
Nice law !!! No get some effing runs!!’
Hell yeah dlaw, get fired up
Make him a winner
Law…so young, so full of energy.
I know. I was almost telling him to tone the celebration down a bit. But it must be so exciting!
Love seeing Law exhibit some fire there.
He’s had a very fine rookie season. If he can stay healthy, the future is bright for him.
Get a run, get Arrieta out of the game, keep Chapman out of the game
Law’s fire should fire up the rest of the team.
It certainly fired ME up!
Anybody listening to knbr? Seems like more should.
Absolutely, from the first pitch.
I am. Synced to the TV broadcast thanks to DVR function. Love hearing our guys instead of those Fox dudes.
that’s how I’m staying calmish
Right… Way less torture than having to listen to those TV duds.
I mean dudes.
That was one helluva play by Baez. I thought for sure that was a knock.
So many parallels between the Giants playing tonight and The Lord of the Rings movie directed by Peter Jackson. So many I can’t even count them.
Is Maddon or Baez Gollum?
Wow such an amazing play. Amazing, unbelievable. Just a roller up second. Jimmy Rollins can make that play.
HIS FOOT WAS OFF.
Baez is apparently way better than Crawford according to the crew
OFF THE BAG. GET IT RIGHT, YOU MOPES.
IT’S THE CUBS. HE’S OUT
I CAN’T STOP THE CAPS.
Here’s where we truly will find out if the umps are paid.
I don’t think they are paid off or biased … except in the sense that they rule based on the example or precedent they want to set. Sometimes they choose to ignore evidence, it’s very very clear
Safe. Such an amazing play, wow
His foot is off!!!
safe. this better be called right
Umpire staring right there and he gets it wrong.
OH PLEASE. Not even close on that last angle.
It’s NOT a defensive highlight if he doesn’t get the OUT. Vasgerian is such a brain dead tool.
Don’t rob us MLB!!!
That’s it, series is rigged.
F New York.
Stupid blind mof ers….
This is ridiulous.
The fix is in.
ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME
PAID OFF. OFFICIALLY….ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME???? THAT LAST ANGLE PROVED IT.
That seals it. Conspiracy. Get effin tossed Boch. That’s total BS.
This is fucking rigged
Baseball did not want to see the Giants in the World Series again so they’re going to do whatever they can do
It certainly looks that way!
He Hate Me
I TOLD YOU THIS WAS FIXED.
Come on BCraw, Square something up!!!
Just EFFING unbelievable!!!
Those guys in the booth are so fucking full of shit. IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM IN SLOW MOTION.
Total bullshit! He was safe. There needs to be an investigation!
We know MLB doesnt care and the FBI is corrupt … whom do you recommend?
Get Donald Trump’s people on it!
Capital cronyism at its worst, you have to change the President so we can get a new Supreme Court that votes our way!!!
Oh wait, I’m a Dem and a Cub fan….
His extra long shoelace was still touching
The League has already decided who’s going to win the Pennant.
If the Giants lose this fkg game its pure asterisk. Assholes.
If he hit a HR say yard , did he ? no !
Did you minor in ancient hieroglyphics?
I hate false information!
Are you not watching the goddamn game?
Nope, was, then let the kids watch something else, only get FS1 on big tv, not in the tv in my room .
I can’t stand these Effed up calls.
LET’S ALL TALK IN CAPS FOR THE REST OF THE GAME.
I’m only half-kidding. I feel like this calls for it.
ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. IT IS A FIX.
I am literally physically sick right now.
Com’on Boch. Lose it on these fkn umps.
Why have replay if they just ignore the evidence?
Indeed. Why have a court that ignores written law? Way of the world.
It’s hard enough beating the best team in MLB without the umpires helping the other team! That was totally b.s.!!
What did those sh&thole announcers say. They showed it on the big board and the whole crowd was chanting safe.
BCraw was safe.
SOMEONE CALL 911 FOR THE SINCERE! I DONT THINK HE’S GONNA MAKE IT!
I am on life support.
Quit making me laugh while I’m trying to be pissed off!
I’m in utter disbelief. Mind blown. I can’t even think right now.
Thanks for that clarification, Pee Wee Herman.
Letter of the law, huh?
LETTER OF THE EFFING FIX.
That’s not the letter of the law you dip shit.
You can kiss my ass, MLB
Everyone knows he was safe including the people lying about it.
To their credit the announcers also thought the call was wrong.
I don’t credit anyone for being complicit.
Until they said “oh well” after Herve Bowtie said what MLB said. Worst call since replay started
They are the good cops ;0)
SHUT THE FUCK UP ROSENTHAL YOU SAWED OFF PRICK. ALL RELEVANT ANGLES? WHAT ABOUT THE ANGLE WE JUST SAW? GUESS IT WASN’T RELEVANT BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FEED YOUR BULLSHIT CUBS NARRATIVE.
MLB officially jumped the shark.
This series is absolutely tainted, and so is this game.
On the other hand, all our comments in all caps just made me crack up.
I’m losing it.
Finally found you guys in time to say…. WTF WAS THAT?!?!?! COME ON, BLUE.
Dodger Fan friends are writing saying he was safe.
Whole country knows it. NY review is pissed we beat the Mets.
We still have time to win it!
3 full innings. Gotta keep them scoreless.
Really 2 … and Chapman may even come in early. They;d better think about doing anything to get on base
We are going to win this game and it will be that much sweeter.
We have MLB going against us now even more so that Boston is out and ESPNs love fest with a 40 yr old roid user
It’s the year of the little bear. We never had a chance.
So it shall be written. So it shall be done.
Thou shalt not question EAST COAST’S NARRATIVE.
1. Rewind to the play.
2. Screenshot it with your phone or if you’re watching online/whatever.
3. Twitter/mssgbd post the hell out of it.
I’ll send it to MLB. That was our lead off hitter and they ripped it off.
I hate Arrieta. The attitude, the “conditioning”, the ugly beard, the stupid flat-brim hat…everything about this prick.
I just hate this entire Cubs team.
His beard looks like the fake ones people wore during the Brian Wilson days.
THE STUPID TOO TIGHT UNIFORM. LOOKS LIKE A FOOL
You forgot to mention the likelihood of him cheating
The most important point.
That’s the “conditioning”.
Cant stand him either. Would rather the Cubs left him in to pitch. We have been hitting the ball hard last few innings, just nothing to show for it
He should be hugging the replay official instead
You can’t tell me that the umps are not in on this? I’m disgusted!!
I hate these umpires even more than I hate the dodgers
I didn’t think that could be possible. 🙂
That is without a doubt, a bold statement.
Absolutely beside myself with anger. I knew this was a fix.
MLB just took a black eye.
This was in a playoff game, but there has been much worse. They simply don’t care.
Can someone find out who the replay crew is in NY?