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Zito Tosses 7 Scoreless Innings, Giants Win in 10!

The Giants have been getting some great starting pitching and Zito follows up with some good pitching as well. Zito pitches 7 scorless innings and the Giants just can’t get any run support for him.  Chris Young also was pitching very well for the Padres. 
 
Jeremy Affeldt comes in to pitch the 8th inning and does allow a runner to get to 3rd base, but does strike out Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning.
 
Brian Wilson comes in the 9th inning trying to keep the Padres scoreless so they Giants can try to win it in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Wilson only gives up a single, so the Giants head to the bottom of the 9th inning. Just  needing 1 run to win the game.  The Giants do not score and the game goes to extra innings. Wilson ends up pitching 2 scoreless innings. The game is now in the bottom of the 10th inning. Andres Torres gets a single to right field and steals 2nd base. Giants have the winning run on 2nd base with 1 out. Eugenio Velez strikes out and the Padres intentionally walk Fred Lewis, so the Giants bring in Bengie Molina to pinch hit. Bengie hits a 2 out Pinch Hit ground rule double to win the game for the Giants. The Giants sweep the 2 game series with the Padres and have now won 3 games in a row.
 
Great pitching by both teams today. The Giants starting rotation has been great in the last 5 starts. This team just needs to figure out a way to score more runs. Zito had a great outing and he won’t get the win, but he did his job keeping the Giants in the game.  
 
~ 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 Fan Fest!

I went to Giants Fan Fest on February 7th. I had a blast and I didn’t even walk all over the stadium to all the different booths and stuff they had set up. I got there about 20 mins before the gates opened at 10am. The lines were crazy long! I couldn’t believe how many people were there before 10am. I
mecenterfieldjump.jpgheard the lady in front of us in line say the lines are shorter on the other side of the stadium. My girlfriend and I told our friends to wait in line and we will walk over and check it out. We ended up walking up to the side gate and there was a really short line that no one was in. Everyone got on the two outside lines, so we called our friends over and we got in AT&T park within a min  after the park opened.
 
I had no idea that I would be able to actually go on the field. I mean the field didn’t look like a baseball field cause they had a motor cross event there the weekend before, but the outfield walls were up. I was like a kid running to where the pitchers mound would be. Then ran to center field and even jumped up against the wall like if I was stealing a home run away. From there I walked over to left so I could walk around the area where Bonds played. Bonds is my favorite Giants player of all time.
 
After that I walked over to the home plate area. The Giants flagship station KNBR had a stage set up. They were going to be interviewing players for the radio right there. When I first walked up Damon Bruce was interviewing Barry Zito and Kevin Frandsen. One cool thing about that was it was still early so most of the fans went to the autograph lines. There wasn’t very many people by the KNBR stage at that time. I wanted to get a picture of Zito looking at the camera. I told my girlfriend to get the camera ready to snap a picture. Then when I seen Zito stop talking. I yelled as loud as I can “Zitooooooooo” and had my hands up in the air so he would see I said it. He looked right at me and smiled. The picture of this is below.
 
 

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We decided to lean on the fence to listen to KNBR and people watch. The stage was still right in front of us, so we could see the different players walking on stage to be interviewed on the radio. Well the spot I leaned up was right next to a walkway to the stands/clubhouse area. I had no idea that I was so lucky when  I decided to lean there. It turns out that all the players that came on the field would come thru there. I had Will Clark walk by and even get pushed into me while he’s trying to sign autographs and walk to the KNBR stage. Other players and Giants staff that went right by me was Bengie Molina, Kevin Frandsen, Brian Wilson, Jeremy Affeldt, Jesse English, Sergio Romo, Keiichi Yabu, John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Fred Lewis, Dave Roberts, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy, Roberto Kelly, Carney Lansford, Larry Baer and Bill Neukom. I’m sure I left a few players out that past by me. Here are a few pictures below.
 
I got Brian Wilson and Jeremy Affeldt to pose for me.
 

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Bengie Molina was talking to my girlfriend in this picture. Should I be mad? lol

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Brian Wilson posing for me.

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Me and Jeremy Affeldt snapping a quick pic.

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Will the Thrill Clark seconds before he was pushed into me.

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Brian Sabean walking by while I was in line for the Giants Clubhouse tour.

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I will add more pics from Giants Fan Fest on future blogs, so read my next blogs to see more pics from Fan Fest at the bottom.

 

~King of Cali

 

What’s the Giants next move?

I keep reading and hearing about the Giants and possibilities. Seems like the
JoeCrede.jpgGiants are rumored with any and every free agent. The Giants needed so much so pretty much any player addition was a good fit for the Giants. Early on in the “Hot Stove” the Giants were linked to have interest in Rafael Furcal who would have been a great addition at shortstop. They ended up with Edgar Renteria. I don’t think that’s a bad move. Saves some money and Edgar is still an upgrade at shortstop. I think the move is fine if the Giants get another good player. If no other moves are made. Then I don’t see a point. Just let the young guys play. I just think this NL West division is so weak this year. That it’s there for the Giants to just take it. The starting rotation is really solid and the bullpen has been improved with the addition of Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry.
 
Giants fan have also heard the Giants name with free agents such as Orlando Hudson, Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, Manny Ramirez, Ty Wigginton, Joe Crede, C.C. Sabathia and now Bobby Abreu. I’m sure I left a few other names out.
 
We all know where CC ended up at. He’s went with the money and signed with the Yankees. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to get paid. Giants fans just hoped CC we take a hometown discount to play for the Giants. It was like a fantasy for Giants fans. It just wouldn’t have made much sense to pay him a huge salary and not get a bat with that money. Well we didn’t get him but where’s the big bat?
 

MannyRamirezredsox.jpgWe no longer would need Orlando Hudson if we have 3 players who are trying to fight for our 2nd base position. To me it was either Hudson or a shortstop and we already got the shortstop. Pat Burrell who is from the Bay Area didn’t seem like a good fit to me either. He’s just not the big bat I think the Giants should add. It’s known they want a first or third baseman. Ty Wigginton and Joe Crede seem like they would be okay, but they are not the big bat that the Giants need. Adam Dunn sounds okay to me even though he’s not great on “D” and strikes out a lot. I’m just trying to get any bat in a Giants uniform. I would have never said I want Dunn before today. I did also see the Giants were interested in Bobby Abreu and a cheaper alternative to Manny Ramirez. I just can’t see the Giants bringing him. He’s a good player but he’s on the decline with his power numbers.
 
If anyone from the Giants front office ever reads this blog. Please let us Giants fans know if you want to win or just put an okay team out there to get your $$$ rolling in. Giants fans have been waiting a long time to win it all. I’m not saying this is the team to do it, but if we had a bat like Manny’s then we would have a great shot at winning the NL West. Then once you get in the playoffs it’s a crap shoot. Well I like our chances in a crap shoot with the starting rotation we would take into a playoff series.
 
~King of Cali

Giants Fan Fest

fanfest.gifGiants stars from past and present will be at the San Francisco Giants Fan’s Fest at AT&T Park. There is a list of players that will be there. Will Clark, Tim Lincecum, Bruce Bochy, Jeremy Affeldt, Vida Blue, John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Matt Cain, Orlando Cepeda, Kevin Frandsen, Bob Howry, Randy Johnson, Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Fred Lewis, Brian Sabean, Dave Roberts, Jonathan Sanchez, Nate Shierholtz, JT Snow, Brian Wilson, Barry Zito and others.

 

Fans will have the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” with self guided tours of both the Giants and visitors clubhouses, batting cages, dugouts and press box. Interactive games and activities, a Kids Zone and access to the fields warning track also will be offered.

 

Fan Fest will feature the KNBR live (radio) broadcast stage at homeplate, providing fans the opportunity to watch the broadcast from any Lower Box or Club Level seat in the ballpark. Giants players, coaches, broadcasters and alumni will sign autographs and pose for photos throught the event, participate in Q&A sessions, and be interviewed live on KNBR, with the broadcast aired throughout the ballpark on flat screen TV’s.

 

16th Annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest
Saturday, February 7, 2009

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at AT&T Park

 

I will be at this event and will take some pics so you guys can see what’s it’s like.

 

~King of Cali