Tagged: AT&T Park

Please Help My Giants!

Giants still aren’t scoring runs. Zito pitched a good game last night. Zito gave up two solo home runs but that was it. He pitched a complete game and got the loss. Padres won by the score of 2-1. The Giants are trying to shake up the batting order today. They have Aaron Rowand batting leadoff. This will be the first time he’s done that in a Giants uniform. I’m all for trying anything and everything right now. This team has some good and bad games with the bats. Most of the time they are really trying hard to get a run across. Brian Sabean is going to have to really think about what arm in the Giants system is he ready to part with to get a good bat in the line up. Just hope he doesn’t panic and get rid of one of our great arms for an okay bat. If you make a move with our good pitchers. He better get a really good bat in return. I know this isn’t a regular blog for me. I’m just kind of venting right now. =) I will write a blog tomorrow about tonight’s outcome. Go Giants!
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Fight But Still Come Up Short Against The Mets

My Giants weren’t able to get the win last night, but they were able to fight back to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th. These guys have a lot of heart to try to battle so hard every game. Once they tied the game last night. I thought they had to win the game, cause you’re the home team and your playing the Mets. You can’t let games slip away. The Mets ended up scoring 3 runs off of Wilson in the 9th inning. Mets win 7 to 4 in game one of a 4 game series. The Mets had 7 steals last night. Even 40 year old Gary Sheffield was off and running.
 
Tim Lincecum is on the mound tonight. Giants fans are hoping he will stop a 2 game losing streak. The Mets send ex-Giant Livan Hernandez to the mound. I remember Livan always getting shelled in the first inning and then pitching a gem the rest of the game. I just hope he lets the Giants smack him around AT&T Park tonight. This is a game the Giants should be able to win tonight. It’s going to be a nice sight at the park to see Lincecum face the tough Mets hitters.
 
I’m going to be at the game tonight. If any other bloggers are going to be there. Let me know and maybe I will let you get a taste of my Garlic Fries if you buy me a beer. lol jk 😉
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Have A Tough Test Against The Mets!

My Giants weren’t able to get the sweep, but at least they were able to win the series. The Giants haven’t lost a series since they were swept in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on their first road trip. They have either split or won the last 9 series. These guys are fighting for every run they get. Some days they come out banging and others they come out and get get anyone to score. The Mets come into town today for a 4 game series. They have the same record as the Giants, but they are a team that’s expected to be a top team to make a run at the World Series. Different expectations for these 2 teams. It’s going to be a test for the Giants to see if they can hang with some tough teams. I will be at Friday night’s game. Tim Lincecum will be on the mound that night. It should be an exciting game to see him against the tough Mets hitters. One good thing for the Giants is that Carlos Delgado might be sitting out this series. I believe the Mets are thinking about possibly putting him on the DL.
 
I’m not going to be able to get to the game early for batting practice, so I won’t be able to take any cool pictures. =( I will be there a little before game time, and that means I’m going straight to the Garlic Fries line. Garlic fries and beer are for sure things on my list for tomorrow. Probably have to get a Giants Dog too. Tomorrow is my splurge day I guess. I have been eating really healthy for the past 4 days. I’m doing this P90X workout and eating good, so I can see results. One day here and there can’t hurt that much can it?
 
If any other bloggers are going to be at the game tomorrow night. Let me know, so I can look out for you. Maybe even let you buy me a beer or something. lol jk 😉
 
~ King of Cali

Sandoval Hits a Walk-Off Home Run!

The Giants win again. They had a 5-1 lead over the Nationals going into the 7th inning. Nick Johnson hit a 3 run home run off of Matt Cain to make it a 5-4 ball game. Then the Nationals added 3 more runs in the top of the 8th
SandovalwalkoffHR.jpginning to make it 7-5 Nationals. Bengie Molina hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th to make it 7-6 Nationals. Then the Giants come up in the bottom of the 9th inning down by 1 run. Joe Beimel got the first 2 Giants players out. He just couldn’t get the last out to end the game. Emmanuel Burriss hit a single to centerfield. Then Beimel tried to pick him off at first and threw the ball away, so the tying run is now at 2nd base. Edgar Renteria steps to the plate, and he’s been clutch with guys on base or when the Giants need a big him. Renteria ended up walking to set up 1st and 2nd for Pablo Sandoval. Beimel did have 2 strikes on Sandoval and then Pablo got a pitch that he liked and hit a line drive home run over the left field walk for a walk off 3 run home run! Giants win 9-7… All that started with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants are finding ways to win. They haven’t lost a series in 9 straight series. They have either split or won the series.
 
~ King of Cali

Thoughts On Giants Weekend In Los Angeles

Giants fans couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in Los Angeles. Well we could have took some brooms to Dodgers stadium, but were happy with winning 2 games and taking the series. Barry Zito finally got a win and had another nice outing. He’s pitched 4 good games in a row. This is the Zito that the Giants thought they signed.
 
The Giants still are trying to do whatever they can to get a run. They are probably the best team in baseball at getting bases loaded and finding a way to at least scrape 1 run across. lol Although yesterday Randy Winn did get a double to give the Giants the 7-5 lead in the top of the 13th.
 
Emmanuel Burris is very hotttttt right now. This guy started the season off in a very big slump. He was batting .161 and then has been on a tear in the past 10 games. He has had multiple hits in 8 out of the last 10 games. His AVG is now .287, and hopefully he keeps the hot swing going.
 

Side Notes
 
Brian Wilson struck out Casey Blake friday night with bases loaded. Then Sunday Blake hits a home run to tie the game in the bottom of the 12th off of Wilson. Blake then sat in the Dodgers dugout and mocked Wilson’s religious cross-arm gesture. Wilson and the rest of the Giants are now heated. Giants will not face the Dodgers again until August.
 
 


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Up Next
 
Randy Johnson gets the start tonight against the Washington Nationals. Johnson is looking for win #298. Johnson is also coming off a bad outing in Colorado, so he’s due to pitch a gem today. He’s been outstanding at AT&T Park this year, and also has pitched really well every other game. Which means my money is on a gem from Johnson tonight. Go Giants!
 
~ King of Cali

Giants & Manny Thoughts!

Randy Johnson has a trend going on. He has a great outing then a bad one. It’s been like that since the start of the season. He has been pitching really well at home, so good news Giants fans. Johnson’s next 2 starts will be at home. =)
 
You would think that playing in Colorado would jump start a teams offense. Not for the Giants! They can’t even score runs there. They have another game there today, so lets see what happens. We need to win this game to get a 2 game split with the Rockies. The Giants have Matt Cain on the mound.
 
Up Next
 
After today’s game the Giants will fly to Los Angeles to face the Manny-less Dodgers. The Giants got a early Christmas gift today. When they woke up to
mannyramirezparty.jpgnews saying Manny is suspended for 50 games starting today. This should help the Dodgers come back down to earth after their hotttt start. Man having Manny out is going to really hurt my Fantasy team! =( Oh well as long as my Giants catch up and take the lead in the division. =) 
 
Even Barry Zito has a tweet about Manny. “Manny’s gone for 50 games. Time for the Giants to capitalize.” Zito gets the start tomorrow night against the Dodgers. Go Giants!
 
Now Manny has more time to party with his fans… lol
 
~ King of Cali

April NL West Recap

NL West standings after the first month of baseball.
 
                       W     L       GB     Home    Road
Dodgers        15    8        —        7-0        8-8   
Giants           10    10     3.5      8-3        2-7
Padres           11   11      3.5     6-4        5-7
D-Backs          9     13      5.5    8-10      1-3
Rockies          8     12      5.5     4-5       4-7
 
 
Here is a little recap of the top 3 teams in the NL West.
 
Dodgers
 
The Dodgers did have a hot start but have lost a few recently to let the rest of the NL West catch up. The Giants and Padres are just 3.5 games back. The Dodgers could have just been tired from being on the road so much in April. They are now starting off May at home, so we can see what some home cooking will do for them.
 
Giants
 
The Giants started the season off by taking 2 out of 3 from the Brewers. You’re thinking great start right? Wrong! They then went to San Diego and Los Angeles and got swept. They went 0-6 on the road trip, so that a 2-7 start. The Giants have then bounced back and end the month with a 10-10 record and taking the last series of the month 2 out of 3 games from the Dodgers.
 

Padres
 
It’s really hard to judge a team after the first few weeks of the season. Some teams have very bad starts and some have hot starts. Now that April is over you will see teams start to show who they really are. The Padres started out pretty hot but were projected to finish last in the NL West. They have started to come down from their high horse. They are still tied for 2nd place in the NL West, but they have started to lose some games to get back to the middle of the pack. I’m sure after May they will find themselves lower in the standings.

 
Up Next
 
Dodgers are home tonight to start a 3 game series with the Padres.
 
Giants start a 3 game series with the Rockies at home tonight.
 
D-Backs are currently on the road in a 4 game series with the Brewers. The Brewers took game 1 by a score of 4-1.
 
Side Notes
 
I will be at the Giants game Friday May 15th. If you’re going to be there. Let me know. Maybe we can meet up for a beer.
 
~ King of Cali
 

Giants Take the Series from the Dodgers – April Over!

Now that the first month of Giants baseball is over.  I think the Giants are starting to play some decent ball. The Giants finished 10-10 in April, after a 2-7 start. Giants fans are happy with that. The Giants did have a 0-6 road trip in San Diego and Los Angeles, so to have an 0-6 road trip and still finish the month 10-10 is a good turn around. The Giants are only 3 games behind the Dodgers after the Dodgers hot start.
 
Giants vs. Dodgers Series
 
The Giants did win the series with the Dodgers at AT&T Park.  They split the first 2 games but game 3 was a different story with “The Freak” on the mound for the Giants. Lincecum looked like Lincecum again last night. The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going against him until the 8th inning. Bengie Molina was  a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Yes that’s right…that means he did hit a triple! lol =)
 
Pablo Sandoval did come out of the game in the 4th inning. He had a groin strain and it was reported after the game that it’s not as bad as they thought. They will see how he feels tomorrow when he gets to the ball park. They think he will probably play Friday night against the Rockies. 
 
Lincecum vs. Ramirez
 
The match up with Manny Ramirez and Tim Lincecum was exciting to see. Lincecum held Manny in check, but Manny was still able to get some good swing.
 
 

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  • 1st     Lineout to right field on a 0-1 pitch.
  • 4th    Flyout to right field on a 1-1 pitch.
  • 6th    Line-drive single to right field on 1-0 pitch
  • 8th    Walked after a 3-1 count. 
 
Thoughts from Jeremy Affeldt
 
Wasn’t worried when they got off to a slow start. Thinks they were trying to do to much to early. They have been playing really good baseball the 2nd half of the month. He thinks with the pitching going so well. It’s taking a lot of pressure off of the offense.
 
Keep the Giants train rolling!

 
Slow start in April but a strong finish for the Giants. Let’s see if they can keep the train moving in the right direction in May. Go Giants!
 
~King of Cali

Giants, Dodgers and Bonds… Oh My!

Last night was a very cold and windy. You can see players between pitches blowing into their hands trying to warm them up. It reminded me of Candlestick Park. Watching games there with the wind blowing like crazy. =)
 
Another great start last night for the Giants starting rotation. Zito had 6 scoreless innings till the Dodgers got to him in the 7th inning. Zito and Sandoval have some kind of connection, cause Zito looks very comfortable with Sandoval behind the plate. Giants did have a 3-0 lead till the Dodgers got 4 in the 7th inning. Merkin Valdez came in with a runner on 1st and the Giants clinging to a 1 run lead. After the inning it was the Dodgers 4 and the Giants 3. The Giants did score 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take the lead right back. Brian Wilson then came in to strike out the side. He must had felt like he had to make a statement. Wilson also has deleted his Twitter Account. The media was on him for twittering late Saturday night about going out and then he got a blow save the next day. Dumb media! lol Wilson had just added me to follow me on twitter and not I have no chance at trying to interview him. =( 
 
Giants are looking good right now. Once they lost the lead. I figured they were done. It was a very cold night, so it was easy for them to just throw in the towels and wait to try it again another day. These guys are starting to score a few runs. They send Sanchez to the mound tonight. He’s the one who started this impressive run by the starting rotation, so I’m hoping he can keep it going.
 
Barry Bonds made his way to AT&T Park last night. He was all smiles out there last night. It’s obvious he misses being out there and hearing all the fans chant his name. Bonds did say he was hoping the Giants would have got Manny Ramirez. He was saying how great of a hitter he is. He also was saying that the Giants have something good with Fred Lewis in left field. He has been watching all of the Giants games on TV. Said he’s seen Johnson 6 innings of no hit ball. He thinks this team has a great rotation and they are a good team with some good players. Bonds was like a different person last night and I’m glad people who were watching the game got to see that side of him. He was really nice, fun and joking around. You can tell his passion is still baseball. Just listening to him talk about hitting and breaking down Manny Ramirez’s hitting when he was at the plate. He needs to stay in the game some how, cause he has so much to offer to players. Bonds still said he’s not retired but he’s just a fan right now. He’s a big fan of the organization and he will always be a Giant.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Weekend In Arizona (Recap)

Friday Night
 
The Giants had a very nice weekend in Arizona. Lincecum look really good on Friday night. He got his first win of the season. Lincecum struck out 12 D-Backs and a total of 25 in his last 2 starts (both against the D-Backs). In the 2 games Lincecum only gave up 1 run in 16 innings against the D-Backs. The Giants won the Friday night game 5-1.
 
Saturday
 
Saturday the Giants sent Randy Johnson to the mound. He was struggling and walked 7 guys. That’s the most guys he’s walked since July 25th 2000. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings. The Giants picked up Johnson and managed to still get the win. The Giants won 5-3 over the D-Backs.
 
Sunday
 
The Giants were going for the 3 game sweep on Sunday. They sent Matt Cain to the mound. Cain has had the best start out of the 5 Giants starting pitchers. Cain pitched 7 innings only allowing 1 run. Pablo Sandoval hit a 3 run home run in the top of the 8th inning to give the Giants a 4-1 lead. Cain was in line to get the win. The Giants bring in closer Brian Wilson to close the game out. Didn’t look like Wilson was able to locate his pitches where he wanted to. Wilson gave up 3 runs in the 9th inning and 2 came off a game-tying two run home run by Justin Upton. We did let a sweep slip away, but still a very good weekend overall. Giants lost in the 12th inning 4-5. Giants fans are happy with being able to take 2 out of 3 from the D-Backs in Arizona. I’m sure Wilson will be ready to go against the Dodgers.
 
~ King of Cali