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My Giants Thoughts – Today In Baseball History

I thought Randy Johnson looked very good last night. You can’t expect much more than what he gave us. I’m sure he can give us over 10 wins this year. I’m thinking 12 or more. He did have two bad pitches and those were both home runs. One was a solo shot to Cameron and the other was a 3 run shot by the pitcher. He had him in a 1-2 count and put a fast ball right down the middle. That is the first time in Johnson career that he has given up a home run to a pitcher.
 
Giants had their chances to score a couple times. The best chance they had was bases loaded with their cleanup hitter up. I’m a Bengie fan but he’s just not a #4 hitter. He’s the worse cleanup hitter in the league. He grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning. Earlier in the game when they had another chance to score. Molina hit into a double play. I think the Giants should move Pablo Sandoval up to the 4th spot, then Ishikawa to #5. I would then even move Rowand up to #6 and put Molina in the #7th spot. He would be a great hitter lower in the lineup, but he’s just not a cleanup hitter.
 
San Jose Giants
 
The Giants Single A team has their home opener tonight. There is really a buzz around here with this team. The Giants have their top 5 prospects starting in San Jose. They have 4 former first-round picks. Some players that will be there are Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Alderson and the 18 year old Dominican first baseman Angel Villalona. The Giants signed him when he was 16. They are expecting him to be a big time power hitter by the time he makes up to the San Francisco Giants.
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1993 – At Comiskey, Bo Jackson homers in his return after eighteen months of rehab following his career threatening football injury.
 
~ King of Cali
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Giants Opening Day

Let me start off by telling you that no one thought the Giants and Brewers were going to get this game in today. It was raining all morning and didn’t seem like it would let up at all. We did get word that there would be a break in the rain around game time. Turns out they were right and the game started on time.. I woke up this morning and got ready. I put on my Black and Orange Nike Air Force 1’s and my Cy Young Tim Lincecum shirt on. Just ran some errands and came home to watch the game. I took the day off so I can see it on TV. I probably won’t be doing many blogs with this much information about the game in them. I’m just home and on the computer while I’m watching the game.

 

Giants only have 3 players starting that were on the 2008 Opening Day starting lineup. Those 3 players are Randy Winn, Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand.

 

The Giants take the field with 3 players who have proved they can play “D”. Edgar Renteria, Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand have each won the Gold Glove Award in the past.

 

The Giants will have 5 homegrown players starting in today’s Opening Day Lineup. Those players are Travis Ishikawa, Emmanuel Burriss, Pablo Sandoval, Fred Lewis and Tim Lincecum.

 

Giants will have their first homegrown pitcher pitch opening day since 1998 when Shawn Estes got the start.

 

The three players that I heard get the loudest ovation was Pablo Sandoval, Randy Johnson and Tim Lincecum.

 

The weather is cold and damp so they think the weather is perfect for Lincecum, because it’s Seattle weather.

 

Lincecum is the 13th  pitcher to win the Cy Young award on a losing team. Lincecum is also the 2nd San Francisco Giants pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.

 

Lincecum is looking a little to pumped in the first inning. He doesn’t have a good feel for his fastball. It’s going everywhere but the strike zone. Lincecum threw 23 pitches, but does get out of his first inning jam.

 

Giants load the bases in the bottom of the 1st for Ishikawa. He then hits a bomb to the deepest part of the ball park. He hits it to the 421 sign on the brick wall for a 2 out three run triple. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 3 and the Brewers 0.

 

Brewers get on the board with a 2 out double by Jeff Suppan. Rickie Weeks then hits a RBI double. After 1 ½ innings it’s the Giants 3 and the Brewers 2.

 

In the bottom of the 2nd the Giants hit and run with Lincecum at the plate. Brewers 3rd baseman Bill Hall was crashing hard when Lincecum was showing bunt, so he pulled the bat back. He then slapped it right by the 3rd baseman Bill Hall. Randy Winn then hit a sacrifice fly to score Burriss. After 2 innings its 4-2 Giants.

 

Mike Cameron hits a 2 out RBI infield single to make the score 4-3 Giants in the 3rd inning. The Giants go 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

 

Tim Lincecum only pitches 3 innings in the game. Joe Martinez makes his Major League debut taking over for Lincecum in the 4th inning. Brewers tie the game with a hit by Corey Hart and a throwing error by Fred Lewis. Prince Fielder hits a RBI single o score Hart. Brewers take a 5-4 lead over the Giants in the top of the 4th.

 

Ishikawa starts the bottom of the 4th with an infield single. Then the guy that has been in a slump all spring (Aaron Rowand) comes up. He hits a 2 run home run (monster shot) to leftfield to get the Giants back on top 6-5 over the Brewers.

 

Fred Lewis starts the bottom of the 5th with a walk and then Bengie Molina hits a ball off the wall to set up runners at 1st and 3rd.  Sandoval then strikes out and Ishikawa hits an infield pop up to the 3rd baseman. Rowand then walks to load the bases for Burriss. Burriss walks on 4 straight pitches and the Giants get a run. Nate Schierholtz steps to the plate and he grounds out to end the inning. After 5 innings its 7-5 Giants.

 

Brandon Medders shuts the Brewers down in order. They go 3 up and 3 down in the 6th. The Giants also go 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 6th. After 6 innings it’s the Giants 7 and the Brewers 5.

 

Prince Fielder starts the 7th off with a double off of Jeremy Affeldt. Hardy grounds out to move Fielder to 3rd base. Cameron then walks to set up 1st and 3rd with one out for Hall. Affeldt gets Hall to ground into a double play to end the inning. Bengie Molina starts the bottom of the 7th with a solo home run to left field. Sandoval follows that up with a stand-up double. Rowand hit a RBI questionable double down 3rd baseline. Scoring on the play was Pablo Sandoval. After 7 innings it’s 9-5 Giants.

 

Howry  lets the Brewers get two guys on but does strike out the side to get out of the jam in the 8th. Randy Winn gets his first hit of the season with a solo home run to a very deep part of the ball park in the bottom of the 8th. The Brewers can’t get any runs across in the 9th. Giants win 10-6 over the Brewers.

 

Highlights

 

Every Giants starter scored a run.

 

Multi Hit Game

 

The Giants have 4 players to have a multi hit game.

 

  • Bengie Molina went 2-5 with 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
  • Pablo Sandoval went 2-4 and scored 2 runs.
  • Travis Ishikawa went 2-5 with 3 RBI’s and scored 1 run.
  • Aaron Rowand went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s and scored 1 run.
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Home Runs

 

  • Bengie Molina
  • Aaron Rowand
  • Randy Winn 

 

~ King of Cali

All Systems Go For Opening Day!

Today is Opening Day for most teams, and it’s obvious excitement is in the air. I have logged on to MLBlogs and seen so many new blogs in the most recent activity area. I have seen blogs that I never seen before. Everyone is pumped and wants to write about it. Today is the day that every team is still in it and has a chance to be #1. I really wanted to take today off to watch some games, but I decided to work today. I’m going to be off work tomorrow, so I can watch the Giants Opening Day against the Brewers.
 
As a Giants fan I was pretty damn happy watching the Braves game last night. It was nice because the season was finally starting. Just seeing how good Derek Lowe looked. That must make all Giants fans happy to see him pitching like that for any team other than the Dodgers. =) I can’t believe the Dodgers didn’t even try to get him back. Something else must have been going on. It was not even a question if he will return to the Dodgers once he became a free agent. Everyone knew he was going to end up pitching somewhere else.
 
Since I’m also playing Fantasy Baseball this year. I did have some other interest in the Braves game. I have Brian McCann as a player on one of my teams and he did hit a 2 run home run. My other player is Shane Victorino. He didn’t do anything last night, so thanks for nothing Shane! lol
 
Well all I can do today is check scores and highlights from teams playing. I might watch the A’s and Angels game tonight. Just getting myself pumped and ready for Lincecum and the Giants tomorrow. I heard there is chance of rain tomorrow. This game better not get cancelled cause then I might have to take another day off to see their first game. =) I get Lincecum tomorrow, Johnson on wed. ( my b-day) and then I’m going to the Sharks game Thursday night. Talk about a very nice week for me. =)
 
~ King of Cali

My 2nd Fantasy Baseball Team

Last Friday I did my 2nd Fantasy Draft. I had the 6th pick in the draft. My #1 pick of the draft was Josh Hamilton. I have never played Fantasy Baseball before so I’m still not to sure how everything works. I know I have two guys on this team that are injured. I decided to get Alex Rodriguez since I figured he would be back in May. I also got Troy Glaus. I had no idea he was injured. I think I seen on MLB. com today that he won’t be back till June. Grrrrrrreat (not Tony The Tiger Grrrrrrreat) now I need to figure something out. lol Well here is my 2nd Fantasy team. Let me know what you think and any suggestions would be nice. =)
 
Team – King of Cali

 
C                  Brian McCann
1B                Pablo Sandoval
2B                Howie Kendrick
3B                Alex Rodriguez
SS                 Rafael Furcal
OF                Josh Hamilton
OF                Alfonso Soriano
OF                Corey Hart
Util              Andre Ethier
Util              Jim Thome
BN                Delmon Young
BN                Orlando Hudson
BN                Troy Glaus
BN                Fred Lewis
 
 
SP                 Jon Lester
SP                 Matt Cain
RP                George Sherrill
RP                Chad Qualls
P                   John Danks
P                   Ryan Dempster
P                   Jered Weaver
 
 
~ King of Cali

Giants vs. Rangers (game 2) Recap – Today In Baseball History!

The Giants get an early 2 nothing lead on a 2 run double by catcher Steve Holm. Scoring on the hit was Uribe and Horwitz. The Giants end up with a 5 run 2nd inning. Pablo Sandoval gets a 2 run single to knock the starter Matt Harrison out of the game. Burriss and Velez scored on Sandoval’s single.
 
Josh Hamilton (on my 2nd fantasy team) hit a home run off of Zito in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The score after 3 innings is Giants 5 and the Rangers 3.
 
Torres hit a solo home run off of Jennings in the 6th inning to give the Giants a 6-3 lead. 
 
Giants have runners on the corners for Pablo Sandoval. He hits a RBI stand up double off the fence. Burriss scores from the 3rd and Aurilia moves to 3rd base on the hit. Going into the bottom of the 7th it’s the Giants 7 and the Rangers 3.
 
Giants score more in the top of the 8th. Torres scores on a RBI single by Wald. The Giants get another run on a RBI single by Velez. Aurilia follows up with another RBI single scoring Burriss. The score is now Giants 10 and the Rangers 3.
 
Totals
 
Giants win on 10 runs, 14 hits and 0 errors. Rangers get 3 runs, 6 hits and 2 errors.
 
Multi Hit Game
 
The Giants have 4 players to have a multi hit game.
 
  • Emmanuel Burriss went 2-5 scoring 3 runs.
  • Rich Aurilia went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s.
  • Pablo Sandoval went 2-5 with 3 RBI’s.
  • Andres Torres went 2-5 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs.
 
 
Pitching Highlights
 
Barry Zito had a very solid game. Zito went 7 strong innings. He gave up 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 strike outs and a solo home run to Josh Hamilton.
 
Giants two new relievers Howry and Affeldt both pitched a perfect 8th and 9th inning.
 
Giants pitching Zito, Howry and Affeldt sat down the last 12 Rangers in order.
 
 
Giants Side Notes
 
One week from today the Giants will have their opening day with the Brewers.
 
Fred Lewis is only going to play Left Field this year. Lewis has heard a lot of stuff yelled at him while playing Left Field. Last season at Wrigley Field and Dodgers Stadium he heard. “Hey Barry, you look skinny.” Lewis said “I got that one all the time. I’m not Barry. I’m Fred Lewis. The name and the number on the back say it all.”
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1961 – The Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1. The first use of the DH will occur in the American League in 1973.
 
~ King of Cali

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

Brewers vs. Giants recap… Today in Baseball History

Today is a bullpen day for the Giants. No starters are going to throw in this game. Pat Misch gets the start today against the Brewers. The Giants do have their green SF Giants hats on today for St. Patrick’s Day. Misch did strike out the first batter he faced. He got Rickie Weeks on a called strike 3. It was an easy first for Misch. He got the Brewers in order. Jeff Suppan gets the start for the Brewers. He also has a very easy inning getting the Giants in order. The 2nd inning Misch did give up a hit to Hart, but did not allow a run. The Giants did get their first base runner in the 2nd inning. Suppan hit Travis Ishikawa in the back. He then got out of the inning by getting Aaron Rowand to ground into a double play. After 2 innings it’s still scoreless. Another good inning for Misch. He has 4 strike outs in 3 innings. Suppan has another 1, 2, 3 inning. After 3 innings it’s still scoreless.
 
Alex Hinshaw comes in to pitch the 4th inning. Hinshaw walks the first guy he faces. Then gets a double play ball and a strike out to get out of the inning. Suppan went 3 up 3 down again. in the bottom of the 4th. One of the Giants top prospects Madison Bumgarner came in to pitch the top of the 5th inning. Bumgarner was the Giants #1 pick in 2007.  He was 15-3 in the minors last season. Giants fans know they have another great starting pitcher in Madison Bumgarner. He’s probably going to start in Class A for the San Jose Giants. Bumgarner did walk Suppan but pitched a scoreless 5th inning. Pablo Sandoval broke up the no hitter by leading off the 5th with a single. He did get to 3rd base but never scored. Still all tied up after 5 innings. There isn’t much offense in this game so far.
 
The Giants make a double switch in the top of the 6th inning. They bring in Francis Beltran to pitch and Buster Posey to catch. Beltran is a non roster invite. I figured once Beltran was announced as the pitcher that runs would be scored. Oh well at least it’s not one of our real Giants getting rocked. Beltran gave up a 2 run double to Corey Hart. Brad Nelson then gets a RBI single but gets thrown out trying to take 2nd base. The Brewers score 3 runs in the top of the 6th. The Giants get on the board in the bottom of the 6th inning. Edgar Renteria hits a stand up double. Bocock comes in to run for him and he scores on a single by Fred Lewis. Pablo Sandoval then hits an RBI triple to make the score 3-2 Brewers. That would have been a home run in most ball parks but  it’s 430 feet to centerfield.
 
Tim Alderson comes in to pitch the 7th inning. He’s another top prospect for the Giants. He was the 27th  over all pick in the 2007 draft. He’s only 20 years old. He went 13-4 for the San Jose Giants last season. He’s another starter that will be pushing to be a starter for the Giants in a few years. Alderson did give up a 2 run home run to Mike Lamb. Brewers get the 2 runs back and now lead 5-2.
 
Billy Sadler is the Giants pitcher in the 8th inning. He has a great inning going 1, 2, 3 in order. Buster Posey starts the bottom of the 8th inning with a line drive single to left field. Brian Bocock gets an RBI on his ground out. Buster Posey scored to make the score 5-3 Brewers. Andres Torres gets on base with a two out bunt single. Ryan Rohlinger is now up and he’s been money the last couple games in the 9th inning. He hits it deep and it bounces off the wall. Rohlinger ends up hitting an inside the park home run to tie the game up at 5. Now the game is going to the 9th inning all tied up at 5. The Brewers are held scoreless in the top of the 9th. Rich Aurilia starts the bottom of the 9th off with a single. Jesus Guzman hits a walk off 2 run home run to win the game in the bottom of the 9th. Giants get the win 7-5 over the Brewers.
 
Brewers get 5 runs, 8 hits and 1 error. Giants get 7 runs, 9 hits and 0 errors.
 
The Giants only have one player with a multi hit game. Pablo Sandoval went 2-3 getting 1 RBI.
 
Side Notes
 
Randy Johnson was scratched from today’s start. He has a sore bicep muscle. It’s just a precautionary and Johnson did not need to undergo any physical tests. The Giants are going to shut Johnson down for about a week.
 
Lincecum will get the start tomorrow against the Cubs.
 
Juan Uribe got the same #23 as his late uncle Jose Uribe did when he played with the Giants.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1969 – Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda is traded to the Braves for catcher/first baseman Joe Torre.
 
~ King of Cali