Tagged: Travis Ishikawa

Let’s Sweep The D-Backs! – Random Giants Thoughts

If you would have asked any Giants fan at the start of the road trip if you would be happy with a 6-4 road trip. Everyone would have said yesss! I would have too, but now I’m getting greedy and want the 7-3 road trip. We can get that today if the Giants can close out the sweep of the D-Backs. Jonathan Sanchez gets the start (12:40pm Pacific) today to see if he can end this road trip on a positive note.
 
Is it just me or does it seem like Pablo Sandoval makes this Giants team fun? I’m always checking to see what this guy is doing. Seems like he always has a smile on his face. He’s just out there playing hard and having fun. This guy can flat out hit too. Giants fans got to love him. The good thing is he’s only 22 years old. He’s only going to get better and I’m sure he will be a Giant for a long time. Sandoval is the only guy since Bonds left that gets me excited to see his every AB. He’s not blasting balls out of the park like Bonds, but he is getting hits. I’m sure he would have more RBI’s if he didn’t bat behind Molina. The Giants signed Sandoval as an undrafted free agent in 2002.
 
Incase you guys don’t know but the Giants are in the Wild Card hunt. They are currently 1/2 a game back right now. The trading deadline is 50 days away, so wouldn’t it make sense for the Giants to make a trade now and be part of the Wild Card chase. Why wait 50 more days and give yourself a chance to fall out because of a lacking offense. We have plenty of holes to fill in this lineup, so lets do something now. Ever since the Giants have moved Sandoval to 1st and Uribe to 3rd. They have been scoring. Uribe isn’t anything sexy to talk about but he’s a decent hitter. This also took Ishikawa’s slumping bat out of the lineup.
 
Kevin Frandsen is more than likely going to start today at short stop. This is so Frandsen can get another game under his belt and Burriss can go back to 2nd base. I really think Frandsen is the better player right now over Burriss. Giants staff thinks really highly of Burriss. He’s got a good glove and a lot of speed. He just needs to get more consistent with the bat. He also has a lot of speed so he needs to work on his bunting for a hit. That could help his AVG in a hurry if he can get down decent bunts and beat them out. Frandsen can’t move like that but has worked on his “D”. He’s not bad with the glove, and he’s a good hitter. He hasn’t really showed that since he’s been brought up and down a few times this season. He’s pressing a little to much. This guy has shown it with his minor league stats that he can hit. If I were the Giants I would find a spot for him. I would even consider releasing Rich Aurilia but before that I would just send down Ishikawa. He’s not pulling his weight in the pro’s, so let him go down and get his swing going again.
 
~ 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

Giants Lineup Has Homegrown Talent – Today In Baseball History

After watching the Giants and A’s game last night. I’m ready for the season to start now. Just seeing them play at AT&T Park. Now it feels like some real baseball. Tim Lincecum out there blowing it by A’s hitters. Seeing Pablo Sandoval hit a RBI double off the right field wall. Everything is just starting to click to get me excited about the season. I know were not the Yankees or anything like that. We have some good young guys that will make the game exciting. Giants fans know the Giants always traded for guys or signed free agents. Now here is some proof that things are starting to change in Giants land.
 
2007 Opening Day Starting Lineup
 
1. Dave Roberts
2. Omar Vizquel
3. Barry Bonds
4. Ray Durham
5. Rich Aurilia
6. Pedro Feliz
7. Bengie Molina
8. Randy Winn
9. Barry Zito
 
We only had one homegrown player from the Giants minor league in the 2007 starting lineup. That player was Pedro (Feloser!) Feliz. The Giants have finally decided to grow some homegrown talent and have put a lot of money into scouting/developing players. This year our opening Day line up will have 5 homegrown players in that lineup. One of them is pitcher Tim Lincecum, but the other 4 are everyday players.
 
2009 Opening Day Lineup
 
1. Randy Winn
2. Edgar Renteria
3. Fred Lewis
4. Bengie Molina
5. Pablo Sandoval
6. Travis Ishikawa
7. Aaron Rowand
8. Emmanuel Burriss
9. Tim Lincecum
 
The 4 everyday players are Fred Lewis, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Ishikawa and Emmanuel Burriss. These 4 guys should be really exciting to watch. The Giants really like Lewis and want him in the 3 spot this year. Were hoping he can hit around 20 home runs. Lewis has a lot of speed and should get a lot of triples with his speed and the large gaps at AT&T Park.
 
Now Pablo Sandoval is my favorite of the 4 everyday players. This guy can flat out rake! He had 3 hits in the game last night against the A’s. He had a double of the right field wall and had a triple in the gap. He can run pretty good for a big guy. This guy looked foolish on two change ups outside and then rakes a ball off the wall on the next pitch. Don’t look at Sandoval to walk much. He’s a free swinger at the plate. He should be able to drive in a lot of runs in the 5th spot of the lineup. He also will set up the lower part of the lineup by being on base a lot. I’m sure he’s going to hit over .300 this year. I’m thinking he might hit about .320.
 
The next guy is Travis Ishikawa. The Giants gave him the 1st base job at the beginning of Spring Training without seeing what other guys would step up for the job. We never really got a chance to see what Ishikawa could do yet, but his spring stats helped Giants fans feel comfortable with him getting the job. Ishikawa led the Giants in home runs this spring by hitting 7. The Giants love him for his defense at 1st base, but they think he will also be able to give them some power. Ishikawa says he’s not a power hitter, but it seems to look like he might have more power than he wants to admit.
 
The 4th player is Emmanuel Burriss who beat out Kevin Frandsen for the 2nd base job. The Giants really love Burriss and think he can be a really good player. He has speed and has had a really good bat this spring. I’m sure he’s going to be a fine player this season.
 
These are just the players that are starting this season. The Giants have some other hot prospects that I’m sure will make their debut this season and might even make it to the starting lineup for next year’s opening day.
 

Today In Baseball History
 
1985 – The owners proposal of expanding the 1985 League Championship Series from the best-of-five games to best-of-sevin is agreed to by the Players Association.

 
~ King of Cali

Giants Spring Training Pics and Today in Baseball History!

I was talking to a friend of mine at work. He was telling me he was going to the Giants Spring Training. I told him to try to snap a few pics for me. He came back and told me he didn’t take many pics but sent me what he did have. He was telling me it was a blast. They sat 3 rows behind the visitors dugout. Next year I need to plan it way in advance, so I can be sure to go. I keep saying I’m going to go but something always comes up. No excuses next year.
 
 
Pablo Sandoval and Edgar Renteria at 3rd and short.


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PabloABspring.JPGPablo Sandoval getting ready to rake a pitch. 


TravisIshikawaSpring.JPGTravis Ishikawa looking at a pitch that he doesn’t offer at. 
 
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1974 – The Red Sox release future Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda (1999) and Luis Aparicio (1984).
 
~ King of Cali

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

Quick thoughts on Manny signing

It’s finally over. Manny is going to be a Dodger. I’m sure most of us already knew that’s where he would end up. The Dodgers couldn’t afford to lose Manny. Manny did sign a 2 year contract but can opt out of it and become a
MannysignsLA.jpgfree agent after 1 year. This does make the Dodgers the favorite to win the NL West, but I wouldn’t say it’s going to be easy for them. They still don’t have the starting rotation that is going to blow teams away. They do need to score some runs to win some games, but they do have some good bats in their lineup.
 
I honestly think the Giants never wanted to sign Manny. Yeah if he fell on their lap they would have done it. The Giants feel good with what they have going into this season. I think some of the best moves the Giants made this season were the moves they didn’t make. I don’t mean Manny either. That would have been a great move. I think not signing Joe Crede was a good move. This means Pablo Sandoval would play 3rd base, and Travis Ishikawa would get his chance to play 1st base. Ishikawa has had a very nice start this spring training. He’s hitting .400 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s in 5 games.
 
Giants vs. Dodgers 12:05 pacific time.
 
~King of Cali

Thoughts on Giants, Dodgers Cactus League game 2/26/09

Matt Cain started the game for the Giants. He did give up a home run to Russell Martin. Cain did look good today. His fastball was 90-93 mph, curve was good, but his change up was really impressive per a Phillies scout who was at the game. Pat Misch only pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits.
 
The Giants blew the most leads last year with their bullpen. That’s why the Giants went out and got Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry. They think with the addition of these two guys. The Giants should add a lot more wins this season. Well right after I just wrote that. Jeremy Affeldt gave up 4 runs and 5 hits in the 7th inning. I’m sure that’s not what Giants fans expected to see, but everyone knows it’s Spring Training. Now if this was the end of Spring Training then we would have something to worry about.
 
Travis Ishikawa went 1-2 with a double and scored a run. He’s starting off hot so far this spring. He doesn’t plan on losing the starting first base job. Pablo Sandoval had an 0-3 day and leaving 4 men on base. Center fielder Aaron Rowand had a home run and went 1-3.
 
Juan Uribe went 2-3 and hit a 2 run double in the bottom of the 8th to cut into the Dodgers lead. Uribe was picked up to be utility player but he can very well make a push for the starting 2nd base position. As for the 2nd base battle. Kevin Frandsen went 1-1 with a walk, run and RBI. Emmanuel Burris went 1-2.
 
The Dodgers went on to score 6 runs in the 9th inning against Sergio Romo. The Dodgers couldn’t touch Romo last season. Jon Miller was calling him the Dodger killer. Romo didn’t give up any runs up to them last season. I’m glad it’s only spring training. The final score ended up being 16-7. The Dodgers got 16 runs on 17 hits and 1 error, and the Giants had 7 runs on 12 hits and 1 error.
 
Just an fyi… I can’t stream the game on the radio cause MLB blocks the stations from streaming it. You must purchase MLB radio for $14.95. I decided to just order it. It gets you every game for the season, so I can listen to other teams when the Giants aren’t playing. I love it! =)   
 
~King of Cali