Explain this one to me: How do both teams earn the same number of hits (8) in today’s Diamondbacks game, yet there’s a 4 run differential? Why can’t our guys get their buds in? WHY?? It’s always the same story. So frustrating. Well, at least they have their first day off of the season tomorrow, so they can get some rest and regroup. They’re going to need it for the Dodgers. Don’t forget to wear those rings, Kuip – we’ll need all the help we can get.
And on a positive note (always looking for the positive note), Brandon Belt got a couple more hits today, raising his batting average to …. Wait, still below the Mendoza line. *Sigh* But the other Brandon got two hits today, raising his batting average to…Wait, EXACTLY the Mendoza line (.200). Yikes! But they’re on the upswing, right?? At least my boy George Kontos is a ray of sunshine in the darkness – he didn’t give up any hits in 2 innings today, AND I was shocked to see that his current ERA is 0.84! Way to make me feel better, Kid!
You know what? I just realized that I totally dropped the ball during this series. I forgot to punch my snake! It’s all my fault! Oh the shame!
Let’s change the subject and move on to my first spit count of the season. At first, I was thinking, “When are they going to start spitting?” but of course, the boys didn’t disappoint on that front. Here you go:
- Susac 3
- Blanco 3 (all seeds – whew!)
- Casilla 3
- McGehee 2
- ? 2 (someone in the dugout off camera)
- Bochy 1
- Meulens 1
- Pagan 1
- Kelly 1
- Peavy 1 (seeds)
- Posey 1
- Heston 1
- Righetti 1
- Gosewisch 32 (!!!!!!!)
- De La Rosa 1
- Lamb 1
Game Spit Master General = Gosewisch at 32
Giants Game Spit Master General = Susac, Blanco, and Casilla at 3
That’s a total of 55 spits during a 2 hour and 40 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 2.9 minutes.
Sheesh! If it wasn’t for Tuffy Gosewisch (yes, that’s the nickname he uses), this would have been a low-spitting game over all. But Tuffy had to go blow it and spit more than any single player did all of last season. Way to go, Tuffy! NOT! Granted Tuffy is a catcher and the camera is on him a lot, but seriously? He spat after almost every single pitch. I was disappointed that my boy Gregor made the list today, but at least it was sunflower seeds. Still spitting and yucky, though. And I was so excited about newbie Chris Heston when he walked to the dugout after pitching his 7 2/3 innings spit-free, then he went and blew it by being caught in the dugout in the 9th inning. So disappointed. There was also a touching moment during the game when Bochy and Susac shared a spit side by side in the dugout. Quality bonding time.
So it’s on to the Dodgers on Tuesday. We’ll see if the rest does them good. I sure hope so. I didn’t realize how much I missed Tony Bennett’s voice until yesterday. Will be sending positive vibes and being sure not to wear any speck of blue in support. Until next time, GO GIANTS! BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA!