I went back and read my blog from yesterday and realized I was really ticked off. Today is much better. They won the first one against the Phillies, and it wasn’t that close. This is the kind of game I love to watch (even though it was getting scary there for a while). They lost the lead a couple of times, but they got it back. That’s my team. That’s what they need to keep doing – keep on battling, especially against weak teams like the Phils. Not the greatest outing by Vogey, but in his post-game interview he mentioned that he has been battling a cold, so I’m going to let him off easy for this one. It seemed like everyone was contributing to the win tonight. And wasn’t it great that the two guys who got called up today, Duvall and Kontos, were the stars of the game? Duvall with his lead taking homer and Kontos with his win, coming in with guys at the corners but getting out of that inning run-free and then pitching another beautiful one after that. Keep it up, boys!
There’s always something to burst my bubble, though. Matt Cain ended up going on the DL today with elbow issues. We all knew something wasn’t quite right with him, and now we know what it was. Cain claims it’s a new thing, but Bochy says he’s had issues with bone chips ever since Spring Training. It’s something he might have to deal with surgically in the off season because apparently they can continue to cause inflammation. For now he’s on the DL, which was retroactive to July 11th, meaning that if he’s OK he could pitch Sunday against the Dodgers. Tomorrow, Petit will pitch for him. Hope they can pull of that game because Petit has been kind of iffy as a starter of late. Get better and come back soon, Matt!! We need you!
In other news, the Giants signed Dan Uggla to a minor league contract today in an inexpensive attempt at putting a bandage on their second base woes. He was picked up off waivers from the Braves. Tim Hudson (Uggla’s former teammate) may have swayed the Giants into taking a chance on Uggla. I don’t get this move at all. I know he’s a Giant now, and I should embrace him, but he really stinks. This season, he had been batting .162, and last season he batted .179. How is that supposed to solve the problem of run generation??? Also, the guy’s batting stance is really kooky – check it out. Check out that front leg dance he does. This video doesn’t even do it justice – it’s so much more goofy than this. Will be interesting to see how he does in the minors and if he actually sees any time with the big boys. Welcome to the team, Dan, but I definitely have mixed feelings about you!
So my husband enlightened me with some baseball trivia the other day. Yes, my husband, the “are you watching another game” guy. Everyone knows that Abner Doubleday invented baseball, right? Well, IT’S ALL A LIE!!! This lie was perpetuated for years. The myth is that Doubleday, a decorated Union Army officer, invented baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown. But it was later discovered that Doubleday was at West Point in 1839. Also references to baseball date back to the 18th century. It is now accepted that Alexander Cartwright came up with the rules that are the basis for the modern game in the 1840s. So there. You can toss that bit of trivia out and impress your friends. Thanks, Dan!
I have a new spit count for you from tonight’s game. Here you go:
– Posey 4
– Colvin 4
– Sandoval 2
– Kontos 2
– Bochy 1
– Vogelsong 1
– Casilla 1
– Brown 11
– Rollins 2
– Byrd 2
– Howard 2
– Asche 1
Game Spit Master General = Brown at 11
Giants Game Spit Master General = Tie between Posey and Colvin at 4
That’s a total of 33 spits during a 3 hour and 30 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 6.4 minutes.
So glad that I can go to bed tonight with happy Giants thoughts in my head. Hope they can keep this momentum going and sweep the Phillies. They have the ability, even though they are missing key guys. Take advantage when you can! GO GIANTS!! KEEP ON WINNING!!