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Giants vs. D-Backs recap – Today in Baseball History!

Matt Cain get’s the start for the Giants against Davis. The Giants do get the first 2 guys on base, but Davis gets the next 2 guys to pop up. Then he gets Schierholtz to ground out to end the top of the first. It doesn’t take long for the D-Backs to get on the board. Lopez hits a double and then Eric Byrnes gets and RBI single. Byrnes then steals 2nd base. That’s all the D-Backs would get in the 1st inning. After 1 inning it’s Giants 0 and the D-Backs 1. In the top of the 2nd the Giants are threatening with bases loaded. Burriss is up and hits a ball off the wall that gets him 3 RBI’s triple. This all started with  a 2 out walk to Holm’s. Giants now have a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the 2nd. The Giants score again in the top of the 3rd on a Schierholtz home run off of Davis. After 3 innings its the Giants 4 and the D-Backs 1. Fred Lewis starts the 5th off with a single right up the middle. He gets to 2nd base on a wild pitch. Rich Aurilia hits a RBI double to score Lewis. Giants take a 5-2 lead. Ishikawa comes in to run for Aurilia and moves up to 3rd base on a Schierholtz ground out. That’s all the Giants will get in the 5th. Now the game is in the top of the 8th inning and still the same score. The Giants 5 and the D-Backs 2. Still no offense action for either team in the 8th inning. The game is now going into the 9th inning. McBryde hits a 2 run triple to give the Giants a 7-2 lead in the in top of the 9th. The D-Backs get back on the board in the 9th inning. They scored 1 run off of Wilson but it was because of an error.  Giants win the ball game 7-3. The Giants are now 15-14 in spring.
 
Final Totals
 
Giants get 7 runs, 10 hits and 1 error. D-Backs get 3 runs, 10 hits and 2 errors.
 
Highlights
 
The Giants only have one player who has a multi hit game. Emmanuel Burriss went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s.
 
Cain gets the win he pitched 5 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 5 strike outs.
 
Side Notes
 
Giants play the D-Backs on April 17th for their first series of the season.
 
MLB News
 
The Marlins stadium passed the final vote and they will get a new stadium. They will start building in July of 09, and should be ready by 2012.
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1933 – Babe Ruth takes a $23,000 pay cut which is indicative of the depression era.
 
~ King of Cali

Mariners vs. Giants quick recap – Today in Baseball History

Randy Johnson gets the start for the Giants. He gets the Mariners in order in the first inning. In the bottom of the first Pablo Sandoval hit a ball to right field that hasn’t even landed yet. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the Mariners nothing. In the top of the 2nd inning Balentien hit a home run off of Johnson to tie the game at 1. The Mariners would add another run in the top of the 3rd. On a RBI double by Bentancourt. Molina then throws out Bentancourt trying to steal 3rd base to end the inning.  Tim Lincecum came in to pitch in the top of the 4th inning. No runs for either team till the top of the 7th inning. Balentien hits a sacrifice fly to get an RBI in the 7th off of Tim Lincecum. The score is now Mariners 3 and the Giants 1. The Mariners get another run in the top of the 8th. Moving into the bottom of the 9th. It’s the Mariners 5 and the Giants 1. No real excitement for the Giants in today’s game.  They still couldn’t get anything going in the 9th inning.
 
Final Totals
 
Mariners get 5 runs, 7 hits and 0 errors.
Giants get 1 run, 5 hits and 0 errors.
 
Highlights
 
Pablo Sandoval is the only Giants player to have a multi hit game. He had 3 of the Giants 5 hits. Sandoval went 3-4 with 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
 
Randy Johnson went 3 innings giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 home run.
Tim Lincecum went 6 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs and 1 strike out.
 
Side Notes
 
Andres Torres leads all of the National League in Avg this spring and Pablo Sandoval is right behind him.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1990 – Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from George Steinbrenner The Yankee owner paid Spira $40,000 in January. 
 
I also wanted to add this one as well. I have never heard of this guy but seems like he would have been a great pitcher.
 
1963 – On the day he is fitted for his big-league Orioles uniform. Steve Dalkowski pitching in an exhibition against the Yankees feels something pop in his left elbow. The fireballer from New Britain, Connecticut, who once struck out 24 batters in minors, will never appear in a major league game.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants 2009 Spring Training Stats

    Games                        
24 – A. Torres               
23 – J. Bowker
22 – S. McClain   
 
      AB
57 – K. Frandsen
55 – T. Ishikawa
54 – E. Burriss
 
    Runs
15 – A. Torres
12 – E. Velez
11 – E. Burriss
 
     Hits
22 – E. Burriss
20 – P. Sandoval
20 – A. Torres
 
      2B
8 – J. Guzman
5 – K. Frandsen
5 – E. Renteria
 
      3B
3 – F. Lewis
2 – A. Torres
2 – E. Velez
 
      HR
5 – T. Ishikawa
4 – J. Guzman
4 – R.. Rohlinger
 
      RBI
14 – J. Guzman
11 – B. Molina
11 – R. Rohlinger
 
     AVG (players with more than 20 AB’s)
.455 – A. Torres
.417 – P. Sandoval
.407 – E. Burriss

Giants vs. White Sox 3/20 recap.. Today in Baseball History!

Contreras gets the start for the White Sox and Zito for the Giants. Torres starts the game off for the Giants with a lead off walk. Emmanuel Burriss then gets a single to set up runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs for Schierholtz. The bases get loaded up by a wild pitch. Schierholtz gets hit in the back. The hot hitting Jesus Guzman cools off in this at bat as he grounds into a run scoring double play. Ishikawa grounds out to end the top of the first. Zito has an easy first inning. He gets the White Sox in order. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the White Sox 0. Rowand starts the 2nd inning with a ground rule double as the ball bounces over the fence. Rowand didn’t play in yesterday’s game against his former team. Rowand moves up to 3rd base on a pass ball. Juan Uribe gets a RBI single to score Rowand. Uribe would then score on a RBI single by Burriss. Torres and Burriss attempt a double steal but the throw down goes to the shortstop and he throws out Torres at the plate to end the inning. Zito gets Dye to hit a ground ball to 3rd and Guzman makes the play but air mails his throw to first. Thome then gets hit by the pitch to set up runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs for Paul Konerko. White Sox score on a RBI stand up double by Konerko. Thome scores on a RBI single up the middle. Stewart grounds into a double play but Konerko does score on the play. After 2 innings its the tied at 3. No runs for either team in the 3rd inning.
 
The Giants get on the board in the top of the 4th. Uribe and Frandsen steal 3rd and 2nd. The catcher throws the ball away so Uribe scores on the error. Burriss then gets his 3rd hit of the game with a RBI single scoring Frandsen. After 3 1/2 innings it’s the Giants 5 and the White Sox 3. The Giants and White Sox are held scoreless in the 5th inning. The Giants do score again in the top of the 6th inning. Frandsen scores on a RBI single by Torres. The Giants now have 10 hits and a 6-3 lead over the White Sox. The Giants get 2 runs in the top of the 7th by a Velez hit. Billy Sadler comes in to pitch a scoreless 7th inning. Buster Posey starts the 8th off with a single, but that’s the only action the Giants get in the top of the 8th.  White Sox have bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, but still do not manage to get a run across. The Giants score a couple more runs in the top of the 9th. McBryde and Bowker score on a hit by McClain. Brian Wilson is now in to pitch the bottom of the 9th. He is yet to allow a run this spring and he throws up another 0 on the board to continue his perfect spring.
 
The final totals are Giants 10 runs, 17 hits and 1 error. The White Sox have 3 runs, 7 hits and 2 errors.
 
Highlights
 
The Giants have 3 players who have a multi hit game. Emmanuel Burriss went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s. Juan Uribe went 2-4 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs. Kevin Frandsen went 2-3 and scored 2 runs.
 
Zito pitched 6 innings gave up 6 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 ER, 1 BB and 3 SO. Brian Wilson pitched 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits and got 1 strike out.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1989– The office of baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces MLB is conducting an inquiry into “serious allegations” concerning Reds’ manager Pete Rose and gambling.
 
~ King of Cali

Jonathan Sanchez back with the Giants

Jonathan Sanchez is back with the Giants after his Puerto Rico team was not
sanchezWBC.jpgable to survive the second round. He thought he was going to throw a little more than what he did for team Puerto Rico. He did pitch in 6 2/3 innings for team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Once Sanchez made it back to the Giants training camp. He immediately threw a bullpen session on Thursday for the Giants and he will start for the Giants on Sunday against the Brewers. The 26 year old Sanchez has a live arm and I’m sure he will do a great job for the Giants in the 5th spot of the rotation. Giants were considering trading Sanchez for a bat this off-season, but no moves were made.

KNBR Interview with Emmanuel Burriss recap

I listened to an interview the other day on KNBR the Giants flagship station. Murph and Mac were interviewing Emmanuel Burriss. Emmanuel Burriss is a
burriss09spring.jpgswitch hitter. He’s a little more athletic than Kevin Frandsen and Burriss can also play short too. The Giants did want him to be the everyday shortstop but he was making some errors, so they decided to go out and get Edgar Renteria. Burriss is now fighting for the 2nd base job with Kevin Frandsen.
Burriss started late at switch hitting. He started in college. He’s been trying to get stronger from the left side. It’s his primary focus to be consistent from the left side this year. He hopes to steal some bases this year if he plays full time.
 
When asked about the 2nd base battle with Frandsen. Burriss said Kevin and him are good friends and hang out a bunch. They both push each other very hard to help each other. Just to make themselves better and help the team. Burriss came up as a short stop but the Giants moved him to 2nd base. One of his favorite players growing up was Roberto Alomar. Burriss grew up a fan of the Braves, Orioles and liked the Giants cause his dad liked the Giants. Emmanuel Burriss father was a big fan of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey. Burriss introduced his dad to McCovey and said that’s the first time he seen his dad act like a little kid.
 
~King of Cali

White Sox vs. Giants recap.. Today in Baseball History!

Matt Cain gets the start for the San Francisco Giants. Cain was the #1 pick by the Giants in 2002. Owens gets the game started for the White Sox with a lead off walk and then steals 2nd base. Jermaine Dye hits a RBI double. Nate Schierholtz tried to make a diving catch in left field but didn’t come up with the ball. Paul Konerko follows up Dye and also hits a RBI double. Giving the White Sox a 2-0 leading going into the bottom of the 1st. John Danks gets the start for the White Sox. He does give up a lead off single to Randy Winn. Danks gets himself out of the inning by striking out Edgar Renteria and getting Aurilia to ground into a inning ending double play. The White Sox do not score in the top of the 2nd. Giants go 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Carlos Quentin hit his first home run of the spring in the top of the 3rd inning off Cain. After 2 1/2 innings it’s White Sox 3 and the Giants 0. No offense for either team since the White Sox scored their 3 runs. Heading into the 6th it’s the White Sox 3 and the Giants 0. Paul Konerko hits a home run off of Cain in the 6th inning to give the White Sox a 4 run lead. Nate Schierholtz hits a RBI double to get the Giants on the scoreboard. Emmanuel Burriss scores on the hit. Giants now have runners on 3rd and 2nd with 2 outs. The Giants only get the 1 run. The Giants do score again in the bottom of the 7th on a RBI double by Velez. After 7 innings it’s the White Sox 4 and the Giants 2. Merkin Valdez gets the White Sox 3 up and 3 down in the top of the 8th inning. Giants continue to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the 8th. Scott McClain gets a RBI single scoring Ryan Rohlinger. The Giants now have bases loaded with 1 out. Jesus Guzman hits a ground ball to the 3rd baseman but he throws the ball away trying to turn a double play. The Giants score 2 runs on the play. The White Sox do get Frandsen out at 2nd base. Guzman does get 1 RBI out of the play. The Giants take a 6-4 lead over the White Sox. The Giants once again get bases loaded after Burriss getting hit by a pitch. Rohlinger does strike out with bases loaded to end the inning. The visiting White Sox are now down to their final 3 outs. Jeremy Affeldt comes in to try to close out the game. Jesus Guzman makes a diving play at first base to end the game. If the ball would have got by him the White Sox would have tied the game. Final score is White Sox 4 and the Giants 6.
 
White Sox score 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 error. Giants score 6 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors.
 
There is only 1 Giants player with a multi hit game. Randy Winn went 2-3 with 0 RBI’s and 0 runs scored.
 
 
Side Notes
 
Barry Zito will pitch tomorrow for the Giants against the White Sox. Yes the Giants and White Sox play again tomorrow. They have a home and home series these two days.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1989 – Hoping to replace the injured Dave Winfield, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will miss the entire season due to back surgery.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Pablo Sandoval – Injured

In yesterday’s game in the 5th inning against the Cubs. Giants 3rd baseman
PabloSandoval.jpgPablo Sandoval
took a bad hop groundball off the face. Then ball hit him in the mouth. Sandoval tried to backhand the ball. The ball hit him right in the face, drawing blood. It turns out the ball hit him in the mouth and chipped a tooth. Sandoval does wear braces so his lips got stuck in his braces. The Giants trainers had to pull his lips out of his braces and then they rushed him to a dentist. There hasn’t been any other updates, but he’s expected to sit out a few games. Sandoval is the projected starting 3rd baseman for the Giants. He has had a great spring. He’s hitting .450 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI’s, 18 hits in 40 AB’s. Giants fans are really excited to have him in the line up for a full season. Last year we got to see what he can do in 41 games. He hit .345, with 3 home runs, 24 RBI’s, 50 hits in 145 AB’s.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants vs. Cubs recap.. Today in Baseball History

Today’s line up for the Giants might possibly be their opening day starting line up. The big question right now is who will win the starting 2nd base job. It will either be Burriss or Frandsen.
 
Randy Winn
Edgar Renteria
Fred Lewis
Bengie Molina
Pablo Sandoval
Travis Ishikawa
Aaron Rowand
Emmanuel Burriss
Tim Lincecum
 
Ryan Dempster gets the start for the Cubs and Tim Lincecum for the Giants. Randy Winn starts the game off with a single. Fred Lewis who is making his first back to back start of the spring then walks. Giants now have runners on 1st and 2nd. Bengie Molina helps the Cubs get out of the inning by hitting into a double play. Lincecum’s first pitched is hit for a home run by Alfonso (on my fantasy team) Soriano. That’s the first home run or any run for that matter that Lincecum has given up so far this spring. Lincecum then walks the next guy on 5 pitches. This is his 2nd walk of the spring. Doesn’t seem like a typical Lincecum start. Lincecum also walked the next batter Ramirez. Bengie Molina got the first out of the inning by throwing out Theriot who was trying to steal 3rd base. Hoffpauir the Cubs first baseman hit a RBI triple. Fontenot then followed that up with a RBI single up the middle giving the Cubs a 3 run lead. The Giants go 3 up and 3 down in the top of the 2nd inning. Lincecum starts the bottom of the 2nd off by walking the first guy he faces. In the game against Japan Lincecum did walk 3 guys, but those stats do not count on the spring stats. Soriano did get another hit off of Lincecum, but he did get thrown out by Bengie Molina trying to steal 2nd base. No runs scored for the Cubs.
 
Burriss does lead the top of the 3rd inning with a single and moves up to 2nd on a Lincecum sacrifice bunt. Dempster then got the next two guys out to keep the Giants scoreless. Lincecum holds the Cubs scoreless in the 3rd. Sandoval gets a single in the 4th but no other excitement in the inning for the Giants. The Cubs knock Lincecum out of the game in the 4th inning. The did score one more run off of him. Making the score 4-0 Cubs. The Cubs get one more run in the bottom of the 5th. The Giants finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the 6th inning. Bocock and Lewis score for the Giants to cut into the lead. Going into the bottom of the 6th it’s the Cubs 5 and the Giants 2.
 
In the 7th inning the Giants would tack on another run. Jesus Guzman is as hot as they get and doesn’t seem to be cooling off. He hit a solo shot to make the score 5-3 Cubs. Nothing for the Cubs in the bottom of the 7th inning. No runs for the Giants or Cubs in the 8th inning. Velez does hit a ball off the wall to get the speedy Velez a triple. Uribe comes in to pinch hit. He gets a RBI single scoring Velez. Torres gets a single to set up runners at 1st and 2nd for pinch hitter Buster Posey. Posey did get hit by the pitch and now bases are loaded for 19 year old Nick Noonan. Nick Noonan has given the Giants an 8-5 lead with a grand slam with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning. The Cubs start a rally in the bottom of the 9th, but were only able to get 1 run out of it. Ending the game with bases loaded. The final score is Giants 8 and the Cubs 6.
 
The Giants get 8 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors. The Cubs get 6 runs on 13 hits and 0 errors.
 
Highlights
 
The only Giants player to have a multi hit game is the hot hitting Jesus Guzman. This guy is forcing the Giants to find him a spot on the opening day roster. Guzman went 2-3 with a home run, 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
 
Tim Lincecum went 3.2 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks and 6 strike outs.
 
Side Notes
 
Cubs announce the #31 will be retired on May 3rd. It’s being retired for two former Cubs players Maddux and Jenkins.
 
Randy Johnson had an MRI and it shows that the his arm is fine. He’s only going to miss one start. Johnson is expected to make his next start Monday against Seattle.
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1985 – Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. The two Hall of Famers had been banned from associating with major league baseball due to their employment with Atlantic City casinos.
 
~ King of Cali