It’s been a while since I have blogged. I have just been way to busy to do anything. I have still been talking and watching baseball. I don’t miss any games. If I can’t watch them. I’m listening or watching play by play on my phone. No I don’t have an Iphone, so I can’t get the games live on my phone. lol I can only see the pitch by pitch. lol
This season for the Giants has been magical. No matter how it ends. It will go down as a great/exciting year. I really loved the trade to get Freddy Sanchez even though he’s only played 13 games with us so far. This guy is a great player and his bat will be nice in our everyday lineup. I liked the Garko deal too, but he just hasn’t got hot yet. He did have one good game in Colorado where he hit 2 homeruns. Right now as I’m writing this blog. Brad Penny is making his first start as a Giant. I also like this pick up. Were basicly picking him up for nothing and he’s our #5 starter. That’s a great #5 starter cause I think he’s way better then a #5 starter. He’s going to be fine now that he’s back in the NL West. He’s not facing the Yankees over here.
The Giants have called up Buster Posey today after saying they were not going to bring him up this year. This is very exciting for Giants fans. He’s our future catcher and we know he’s got some game in him. He’s getting his chance to audition for the Giants, so they can decide to bring Bengie back next season or not. I’m sure Bengie is all of a sudden going to be able to play. Which is what I just heard. He said he’s going to be able to start tomorrow. I’m sure we will be seeing a Posey start soon too.
If you were to ask me at the beging of the season if I would be happy with the Giants record right now. I would have said hellllll yeah!!!!! Well now I want more wins (I’m greedy like that). I want them to make the playoffs and their behind the Rockies by 1 game. I think they can win the wild card spot with the pitching they have, but they just need to get some offense going.
~King of Cali
The Giants are coming off series at home that they got swept by the Angels. Does this just mean the Giants are not as good as the better teams out there? They start a series at home tonight with the Rangers. Randy Johnson takes the mound tonight. Giants fans are hoping he can stop this little losing streak. There is also talks of the Giants skipping Jonathan Sanchez next start since he hasn’t seem to come around this season.
Okay now I don’t know why Bochy continues to bat Sandoval after Molina. I do like Bengie but he’s a very slowwwww runner! That’s not a knock on him. It’s just the reality. Everyone knows Pablo Sandoval can swing it. He’s got some pop and can flat out hit. I think it’s time the Giants move him to the third or fourth spot in the lineup. Keep him ahead of Molina so he can drive some runs in. Molina can be on 2nd base and Sandoval will get a hit and Molina won’t score. If they want Molina at the 4 spot then put Sandoval 3rd. I mean it’s not like we have a set solid middle of the lineup so why are they so stuck on batting Molina 4th and Sandoval 5th?
I’m starting to ramble on and on, so I will cut this blog short. =) Go Giants!
~King of Cali
Mother Nature was messing with the Giants again today. Game one of the double header didn’t start at 1:30pm pacific time like they planned. It did however start at 2:10pm. Johnson was ready for the start. He was perfect for the first 3 innings. He walked Nick Johnson but then didn’t allow the first Nationals hit until the bottom of the 5th inning. Johnson pitched 6 innings and allowed only 2 hits and 1 run. The 1 run was not a earned run either. Johnson couldn’t have asked to pitch any better than he did today.
The game was very close. It was a 2-1 game and the Nationals had bases loaded with Adam Dunn up in the bottom of the 8th inning. Brian Wilson was had a full count on Dunn and struck him out to end the 8th inning. Nationals fans were cheering for the Giants all game long. It sounded like a home game for the Giants. I’m sure it was just everyone wanting to see some history.
The Giants did add 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning to give them a 5-1 lead. Aaron Rowand got a hit and then Edgar Renteria followed him up with a double to set up 2nd and 3rd for Randy Winn. Win then hit a 2 run double scoring Rowand and Renteria. Even the slumping Bengie Molina got in on the hitting action. He got a single up the middle to set up first and 3rd for pinch hitter Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to score Randy Winn.
Brian Wilson starts the bottom of the 9th off by striking out Elijah Dukes with a 96 MPH fastball. Austin Kearns then strikes out for the 2nd out. Nationals fans cheer loud after Kearns strikes out. Ron Belliard has a 2 strike count and the fans are chanting “Randy”. Belliard hit a hard ground ball to Burriss and 2nd base and beat out the throw at first to delay the Giants win. The game goes on…. Nieves is the batter and has a 2 strike count. Wilson strikes him out to win the game. Randy Johnson gets #300!!!!
~King of Cali
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
Lincecum is 2-0 at Wrigley Field. He’s on the mound today for the Giants. Giants fans are hoping Lincecum can get the win and split the 2 game series with the Cubs. After this 2 game series the Giants head to Colorado to play another 2 game series before a weekend series with the Dodgers.
Who Wants to hit?
Giants players are struggling at the plate. Jesus Guzman was player of the week in the minors and has been playing first base. He’s been hitting some home runs too, so I’m sure the Giants are really thinking about brining him up. Emmanuel Burris has been in a slump since the season started. The Giants also might be thinking about calling Kevin Frandsen up too. Giants are getting to the point where they will need to shake things up for these players to score some runs.
The Giants have decided to rest their hottest hitter Pablo Sandoval. They don’t want to wear him out so since they are facing a lefty today. They will give Juan Uribe the start at 3rd. Pablo Sandoval’s first impression of Wrigley Field is it’s old and he was disappointed that there wasn’t any ivy on the walls. He will have to wait till the playoffs or next season to see it with the Ivy.
It’s now game time, so I’m sure I will have another blog later on today’s game. Go Giants!
~ King of Cali
The Giants have won five straight series, but that can only last so long with close to no runs being scored.
The Giants were able to take 2 out of 3 from the Rockies this weekend. The Giants are still struggling to get run across, but the starting pitching seems to still be there for them. The Giants somehow are just getting enough runs to get wins. They are doing better than people thought they would. We knew the main problem was going to be scoring runs and that’s still the problem. I’m sure the Giants will make a move if they are close at the trading deadline.
The Giants sent Randy Johnson to the mound. He went 7 strong innings and striking out 9 Rockies. He just gave up 4 hits. Howry and Affeldt did give up 2 runs to make the game close. Wilson did come in to close it out and the Giants get the Win 3-2 and Johnson picks up win #297.
The most consistent Giants starting pitcher took the mound on Saturday. Cain did pitch 6 innings, but did give up 5 runs. The Giants didn’t get on the board till the bottom of the 9th. Pablo Sandoval hit a solo home run over the right field wall. Rockies took game two by the score of 5-1. After two games the series was tied 1-1.
Barry Zito was the game 3 starter for the Giants. Zito pitched another great game for the Giants. He pitched 7 shut out innings and only gave up 2 hits. He retired 15 consecutive batters from the 1st to the 6th innings. This game was a 0-0 game until Aurilia got a game winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Giants won game 3 by a score of 1 to 0. The Giants took the series with the Rockies.
They are in Chicago tonight to face the Cubs in a short 2 game series. This is the Giants only trip to Chicago this year, and it will be over in a blink of the eye.
~ 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
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
This is just a recap of a Bruce Bochy interview that was done this morning on KNBR the Giants flagship station. The interview was going to be at 8:30am but didn’t happen till 8:55 which is 5 mins before Murph and Mac are off the air. It was a speedy interview that only lasted like 3 mins if that.
Bochy said he will announce who wins the 2nd base job within the next couple of days. Both players (Burriss & Frandsen) have played well this spring. He will get with both players and let them know before he makes the announcement. He thinks whoever doesn’t win the job will likely be on the bench to help out coming off the bench and will be on the 25 man roster.
Bochy was also asked about guys like Guzman and Torres who have been outstanding this spring. He wouldn’t say any names, but did say he thinks the Giants have multiple non roster guys who have a chance to make the team’s opening day roster. Giants are going to cut 4 guys tomorrow to bring the roster down to 30 players.
~ King of Cali
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.
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