BRANDON BELT ANSWERED MY QUESTION!!

Yes, Brandon Belt answered my question!  I asked him a question via his blog, and he was gracious enough to answer it, along with other questions people had asked in the comments.  Here’s mine, with his answer:

Me:  Do you hear conversations between the runner and first base coach?

Belt:  I certainly try!

Yeah, that was the extent of the reply.  But at least he responded!

OK, I’ve been avoiding the obvious topic of the day.  What happened in that game today?  I was planning on doing a spit count today (thank goodness that didn’t happen – it would have been dreadful to have to sit through that entire thing!), but when the game was delayed, my hubby and I decided to go to the movies instead.  Mad Max: Fury Road if you’re curious (not really my cup of tea, but it was non-stop action).  When the movie was over, I checked to see if the game had started, and I noticed a bunch of texts from my siblings.  Here’s the exact sequence of the texts:

“This sucks!”

“Way to go Machi”

(a thumbs down emoji)

(a bull emoji next to a poop emoji)

“This game stinks!”

“Yeah it does.”

Needless to say, I was afraid to look at the score.  It couldn’t be that bad, right?  WRONG!  When I checked we were behind 10 to 0.  Criminy!  Huddy allowed 8 runs (on 6 hits) in 3 2/3 innings.  The final score was 11 to 2.  The curse of Coors Field on Huddy continues!  He’s never won a game there in his entire career.  I was so hoping the curse would have been broken today, but sadly it reared its ugly head again, and big time.  Then to top it all off I had Hunter for one of my Beat the Streak picks, and he didn’t get a hit.  Sigh.  At least they didn’t get shut out, they ended up splitting the series with the Rockies, and they were able to high tail it out of there today, heading out to Milwaukee for the next series.  Craziness always seems to ensue whenever they travel to Denver – and rain delays are a pain in the butt!  And why is it that my boys seem to play better against better teams?  The Rockies and the Brewers were supposed to be a walk in the park.  Keeping my fingers crossed that they have better luck in the land of the Cheeseheads.

The inevitable happened today – Casey McGehee was designated for assignment.  I can’t say I was surprised, but I really feel for the guy.  It’s not like he wasn’t trying.  He apparently took it pretty hard.  He may not be picked up on waivers due to the large dollar amount left on his contract (roughly $3.5 million), but when he was interviewed he wasn’t sure he would take a minor league assignment if the Giants asked him back.  He said he had a lot to discuss with his family.  That’s understandable.  And kudos to McGehee for privately taking Matt Duffy (his replacement at third base) aside and telling him he shouldn’t feel guilty for the move, and he should be proud that he forced the issue.  McGehee told him that he was in the same situation when he was on the Brewers and took Bill Hall’s job.  My hope is that he will stay in the minors and figure things out.  Best of luck, Casey.  You’ve got class.

McGehee’s spot on the 25 man roster was filled with Hunter Strickland.  The Giants decided to increase their pitching staff by one as they don’t have another off day until June 4th, so he will most definitely be needed.  Strickland pitched 2 innings on Saturday, only allowing one hit and getting 3 strikeouts.  Nice job, Kid.  Welcome back to the Bigs.  I knew it would happen eventually.

I don’t know about you, but I feel the need for some positivity right about now.  How about a list of positive things that happened in the last week for my boys?  Here goes:

  • I’ll start off with the most awesome of all – THE GIANTS SWEPT THE DODGERS! HA, HA, HA!  Nothing is as sweet as this!  That’s a perfect record against the dreaded boys in blue at home this season.
  • Madison hit a homerun off of Clayton Kershaw. That’s sweet in itself, but it’s even sweeter because it’s the first time in Kershaw’s career that he’s allowed a pitcher to hit a homerun off of him.  EVER!  I’m sure Madison shared that info with all his buddies in the dugout.  Nice job!
  • Eight guys on the team are batting over .290, namely Angel (.311), Brandon B. (.311), Buster (.310), Brandon C. (.301), Joe (.301), Matt (.297), Nori (.295), and Hunter (.294). That’s all of the starting position players!  When’s the last time that was true??  Not any time I can remember.  The Giants have the highest overall batting average of any team in major league baseball for the month of May.  I like it!
  • Brandon Crawford holds the current record for RBI amongst shortstops this season at 31. An All-Star spot this season would definitely be well deserved with the way that guy is playing.
  • Buster has a 16-game hitting streak going on. Sweet!
  • Madison and Timmy have ERAs in the 2s.
  • It sounds like both Jake Peavy and Matt Cain are close to returning. Finally!  Jake had a rehab start in San Jose on Friday night.  He pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowed only 1 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 4 batters.  He also threw 37 strikes out of a total of 50 pitches.
  • We won the first two games against the Rockies, contributing to an 8-game winning streak.
  • Did I mention we SWEPT THE DODGERS??? AGAIN???  Can’t say that enough!

Did any of you witness the strikeout by Gregor Blanco at the beginning of the first game of the double header?  He ended up at 3rd base on that strikeout.  Baseball is definitely a crazy thing sometimes.  He even made some national highlights.  Here’s the video.  The last strike pitch got away from the catcher, allowing Gregor to run for first base.  Then a wild throw to first by the catcher allowed him to make it all the way to third base.  I’ve seen guys make it to first before on that type of play, but never to third.  Craziness.

I may have a clue as to why Matt Duffy recently changed his number from 50 to 5.  Joe Lefebvre recently left his job on the team as hitting assistant coach, and Lefebvre wore the number 5.  Maybe Matt really wanted it all along, but didn’t want to take it from him.  I couldn’t find out what number Matt wore in the minors, though.  So it’s still kind of a mystery.

I’ve got several interesting links for you today.  The first involves Brewers pitcher Will Smith being ejected for a foreign substance on his arm.  Turns out it was a mixture of rosin and sunscreen.  It was brought to the attention of the umpires by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez.  Here’s the video of the ejection.  You might not want to watch this one with kiddies in the room due to Smith’s response!  From listening to the discussion about the incident, it seems that using something to get a better grip on the ball is pretty commonplace even though it’s against the rules.  This case was just too blatant to ignore I guess.  Here’s a video of an amazing slide by Mike Trout of the Angels.  How did he do that??  Here’s a link to an interesting article about how Tim Lincecum has reinvented himself, all explained through the wonders of statistics.  Kudos to you, Timmy!  Always love it when my boys make it into the national spotlight.  Here’s a link to an article about 10 bizarre baseball rules.  Some are pretty crazy, like being able to request where you wanted a pitch and catching balls off a bounce.  And finally, speaking of catching balls off a bounce, here‘s a fun video of Gregor Blanco trying to put one past the umpire last season.  What a crackup!

The boys should be in Milwaukee by now, heading off to bed for their game in the morning.  They’ve got an early start tomorrow, at 11:10 am our time.  Hope they can get some rest and forget about the last two days.  And I hope it doesn’t rain there!  Hope the boys can put those high batting averages to good use and tap the Brewers.  Maybe they can celebrate with a pint or two!  Until next time, GO GIANTS!!!

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