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.
- 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
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
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 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.
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
Tonight the Giants will be on the road in Arizona to face the D-Backs. Giants are 6-2 at home and I don’t think they really want to leave home. That’s where they are getting their wins. They are 0-6 on the road. Giants have a great pitching staff and AT&T Park is a great place to pitch. Last road trip the Giants didn’t have good at bats. Giants need to get better at the plate on this road trip. Fred Lewis isn’t a leadoff hitter but the Giants have been putting him there cause he gets on base a lot. The problem is he has been striking out a lot. He would be a better #5 hitter. I still like him in the lineup. I just think they need to move him out of the leadoff spot. If position players continue to struggle. Bochy isn’t going to sit back and just let them struggle. The Giants have options to get other players in the lineup. I know Bochy wants to get Schierholtz in the game and even Andres Torres.
Zito is coming off a great start. The Giants are thinking they might need to have Sandoval catch Zito’s games. They seem to have some good games together. Zito has pitched good this spring. I’m sure he’s going to have a good season.
Brian Wilson posing for a picture when he was walking by me at Giants FanFest
I must say I was happy this morning when I checked my email and seen that Brian Wilson added me on twitter. He only has a few people that he follows and has tons of people that follow him. I wonder what made him decide to follow me. I’m just hoping he will ready my blog and maybe let me interview him.
~ King of Cali
If you would have asked anyone before last nights Giants game if the Giants would score 8 runs in a game that Peavy starts for the Padres. I’m sure everyone would say yeah right. The Giants can barely get a run or two off of a teams number 5 starter. Well that actually happened last night and 6 of the runs were charged to Peavy. Maybe the Giants felt like boxers since it was Manny Pacquiao bobble head night.
No one expected this game to have many runs. Peavy vs. Cain just sounds like a pitchers duel. The score was 2-1 Padres when Edgar Renteria stepped to the plate with bases loaded. Renteria hit a Grand-Slam off of Jake Peavy. That’s the first Grand-Slam Peavy has ever given up. This had the Giants fans going crazy. Renteria has been off to a very slow start and has had the media questioning his signing. Well he stepped up big-time last night. Renteria came into the game hitting .200 with only 1 RBI. Renteria went 3-4 scoring 2 runs and 5 RBI’s. He’s a career .290 hitter, so I’m sure his average will creep back up soon. Just are on a 2 game winning streak. Lets hope they can keep the streak alive.
The Giants got Cain his 2nd win. Cain is off to a 2-0 start this season. Cain pitched 6 innings giving up 9 hits and 2 runs. It wasn’t Cain’s best stuff but he shouldn’t need his best stuff every time out there if the team can get him some runs like they did last night.
The Giants are sending Zito to the mound against Young. The Giants are going for the short series sweep. Can you even bring a broom out for a 2 game sweep? The Giants have had some very great pitching since Sanchez Friday night vs. the D-Backs. Giants fans are hoping Zito can continue with the teams strength and that’s the starting pitching.
I did hear on the radio this morning that the Giants are going to skip Sanchez next start cause of the 2 off days this week. Sanchez pitched a gem in his last start. They just don’t want to get Lincecum and Johnson with 7 days rest. They don’t want them to get a little rusty with to long of a break. The good thing about Sanchez missing his start is he’s going to be available today. If Zito gets in any danger early. They will bring Sanchez in to see if he can continue like he did Friday night.
Pablo Sandoval is going to get his first start of the season behind the plate, so for you fantasy people that have Molina on your team. You might want to sit him today, cause he’s not going to play. They are giving him a day off since he’s caught every game so far this season. The Giants do not have any other catching on the roster. They decided to just have Molina and Sandoval as his backup.
Giants are 5-8 right now. They are 0-6 on the road and 5-2 at home.
~ King of Cali
The Giants play a short 2 game series with the Padres. I’m sure the Giants would love to get a little redemption since they Padres swept them in San Diego. It won’t be an easy task for the Giants. The Padres send Peavy to the mound tonight against Cain. Then tomorrow the Padres send Young against Zito. Cain should be able to make a good pitching match up tonight against Peavy. The big question is if the Giants can score any runs. Game 2 has Zito on the mound so I’m sure most Giants fans are chalking that up as a loss. I guess were just going for the split. lol I’m sure Zito will be fine. It’s just everyone expects him to fail since he hasn’t really shown anything in a Giants uniform.
Giants have been shuffling their lineup around trying to shake things up. Burriss and Ishikawa have been in a slump since the season started. Pablo Sandoval hasn’t hit like he can, but he does have games here and there where you can tell he can hit. I think he’s out of his slump and you should see the ball jumping off his bat.
Tonight I will be switching back and forth from the Giants and Sharks games. It’s a must win for the Sharks tonight since they have dropped the first 2 games. I love when I can flip back from different games. It’s going to be a nice night. Go Giants and Go Sharks!
~ King of Cali