Due to a freak accident, Brandon Belt will be placed on the DL tomorrow, probably the 7-day concussion DL. The plan is for Adam Duvall to meet the team in Philadelphia to replace him. According to Andrew Baggarly, the incident occurred during batting practice on Saturday in Miami. Belt was looking to center field for a throw when a ball came at him from second base (from either Joe Panik or Marco Scutaro) and hit him in the head. Tests today confirmed a concussion. Belt played in the game on Saturday for three innings, even hitting a double in the second inning and scoring a run. But in the third he complained of an intense headache and nausea, so Bochy pulled him out.
Can you believe this luck??? He had just come off the DL with his broken finger and had started contributing and now this. How often do you hear of something this freakish happening?? Almost as bad as Cain cutting himself with the knife while making a sandwich. However the league knows to take concussions seriously. And it’s an issue that hits home with the Giants. Catcher Mike Matheny (now manager for the St. Louis Cardinals) had to end his baseball career due to too many concussions. The 7-day DL was actually instituted in 2011 to address concussions, since teams were reluctant to put a guy who had sustained a concussion on the 15-day DL if they thought he could be back in 7 days. So it’s good that Brandon will get the time off he needs to recover, but it stinks that this whole thing happened at such a key point in the season when he is needed so badly. And he won’t be in against the Dodgers next weekend!! Take it easy, Brandon, and get lots of rest. You will definitely be missed.
Belt wasn’t scheduled to play today anyway since the starting pitcher for the Marlins (Brad Hand) is a lefty, so we can’t blame the loss today on that. Kudos to Buster for stepping up and tying the game with his two run double, and Hunter got two hits, but it’s sad that other guys couldn’t step up and get things going. I thought for sure they would win this one with Timmy pitching, but it just goes to show you that you never know what you’re going to get with this team (sad to say). I’m happy that at least they took the series, but they really should take advantage of playing teams with records below .500 and sweep them. That’s the only way they are going to be able to compete against the Dodgers. Win series and sweep weak teams. We’ll see later this afternoon if we can hold on to our spot at the top of the West after today’s loss (Lose, Dodgers, LOSE!!).
I did a spit count today while watching the guys lose (sigh):
– Scutaro 5
– Sandoval 3
– Posey 2
– Sanchez 2
– Meulens 1
– Hudson 1
– Arias 1
– Colvin 1
– Lincecum 1
– Hechavarria 3
– Valdespin 2
– McGehee 2
– Hand 1
– Umpire 6
Game Spit Master General = Scutaro at 5
That’s a total of 31 spits during a 2 hour and 40 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 5.2 minutes.
I have to applaud Timmy for only getting caught once during a game where he was the starter. All the umpire spits came from home plate umpire Tony Randazzo. Tony, you’ve earned the opposite of applause.
Now it’s off to play four games against the Phillies, another below .500 team. I’m asking for a sweep. I know we’ve got injuries to deal with, but this team should still be able to do it. Everyone’s got to step up and contribute. Do it for the fans that stand behind you!! GO GIANTS!! BEAT THE PHILS!