What a Difference a Week Makes

The title of my last blog was “Heavy Sigh.”  What a difference a week makes when you’re talking baseball!  I think they listened to my pep talk!  After being swept by the Padres (who stink) and losing 5 in a row, my boys came back and swept the D-Bags (who don’t stink) and then smacked the Dodgers last night.  They took to heart Metallica Night last night and rocked it!  It’s gotten to the point where you just expect these tight games, and I usually expect them to pull it off.  Can you imagine what their record would be if they could just get the pitching and offense to click at the same time???  I’m sure that will happen at some point during the season, hopefully sooner than later.  Until then hopefully they can keep pulling off these close ones.  I tweeted to George Kontos to please get an early 5-run lead tonight and give my heart a rest!

Guys have moved back and forth from the minors to the majors this week.  Jeremy Affeldt came off the disabled list yesterday and pitched in the game last night.  He gave up a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings pitched, so he may take a bit to get back into shape.  Glad he’s back, though.  This move caused the Giants to option Sandy Rosario back down to Triple A.  He did get the chance to pitch in one game where he faced one batter who grounded out.  And he got a win for it!  Might see him back up with the big boys if someone is injured again.  Also Hector Sanchez went down to Triple AAA this week.  He had hit only .150 in 11 games this season and has been having shoulder issues.  Guillermo Quiroz, who’s had a much better go of things this season, will assume his role as backup catcher.  I love Hector and hope he can work things out down there.  Replacing Hector on the roster is outfielder Francisco Peguero.  You may recall that Francisco impressed the Giants during Spring Training, but since they knew he wouldn’t be playing every day with the big boys, they decided to give him time to play in Triple A.  He has continued to impress so they’ve decided to give him his chance, batting .415 with two home runs, 14 RBI, and a 1.017 OPS in 16 games for the Fresno Grizzlies.  Welcome back, Francisco!  I’m anxious to see how he performs.

I was able to get some answers to the questions I posed in my last blog (brothers to the rescue!).  The first question was if you hit the ball and get to first but then get tagged out at second, does that count as a hit.  Nick said that yes, this counts as a hit, and you get credit for the last base that you passed before being tagged out.  For instance, if you were tagged out running to third you would get credit for a double.  Next question was about the weird thing Brandon Crawford has been wearing over the batting glove of his left hand when he bats.  They weren’t really sure about this one, but said it is probably something to help him grip the bat.  I Googled “bat grip” and found this.  I think that’s it.  And what a deal at $8.99!  Whatever it is, he should definitely continue using it!  I’m going to ask the question on his blog and on the Twitter and I’ll get back to you if he answers it.

Forgot to mention it in the last blog, but did anyone else see Ace, the fastest squirrel in the world, during one of the Padres’ games last week?  In the middle of the 4th inning during one of the games, Ace (a guy dressed up in a squirrel costume who’s face is clearly visible) raced a Padres fan across the outfield.  Even though he gave the fan a huge head start, Ace won.  I was blown away!  You can watch Ace’s antics here.  Before the race, the Padres were down 5-0 vs. the Giants, then after the race they proceeded to win the game.  I think Ace is great and should be a permanent feature at Padres’ games, being one of the more interesting mascot acts in baseball, but maybe during Giants games they should kidnap him and keep him off the field!  I’m sure Lou Seal could handle that!!  Wonder how Ace would do against Torres, Pagan, or Blanco??

Beat the Streak update:  My record this season still stands at 11.  My brother, Paul, threatened with a 10-game streak this week, but it was ended when Dustin Pedroia failed him.  My current streak is at 6, and I’m hoping I can at least beat 11 this time.  Come on, folks – join in on the fun!  The “beat me and you win a Coke” deal still stands!

I have one new spit count for you.  It’s from that amazing walk-off win against the Dodgers last night.  Here you go:

May 3rd

Giants:

–          Scutaro 6

–          Sandoval 5

–          Belt 5

–          Pagan 4

–          Posey 3

–          Zito 2

–          Gaudin 2

–          Arias 1

–          Bochy 1

–          Kontos 1

–          Casilla 1

Dodgers:

–          Kemp 14

–          Ethier 7

–          Cruz 3

–          Ellis 2

–          Sellers 2

–          Mattingly 1

–          McGwire 1

–          Kershaw 1

Game Spit Master General = Kemp at 14

Giants Game Spit Master General = Scutaro at 6

That’s a total of 62 spits during a 3 hour and 25 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.3 minutes.

Kemp spits in succession a lot, up to 3 times.  Yummy.  Ethier does these weird short spits – very low saliva volume in succession.  Why not get it all out at once?  Nervous habit?  Fascinating.

We’ve got 2 to go against the stinkin’ Dodgers.  Hope we can stick it to them another two times.  But please, quit trying to give me a coronary with these close ones!  Just get it over with early!  Actually, as long as you win, you can do whatever you want.  Just win!  Looking forward to seeing Brandon Crawford back in the lineup after his day off (and I’m sure Ginny is, too!).  Hope Vogey and Matty can settle down and pull off the wins.  And hopefully the boys will hit better since we’re done with Kershaw.  As of today, we’re tied for first place with the Rockies in the NL West.  Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could be at the top by ourselves thanks to the Dodgers??  GO GIANTS!!  BEAT LA!!

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