Sweeps Are The Best!

Aren’t sweeps wonderful?  And aren’t consecutive sweeps most wonderfulest??  Sorry for the bad grammar, but it expresses how excited I am about my boys’ play lately.  First they swept the Phillies.  Now I know the Phillies suck, but to sweep anyone is an accomplishment.  And Megan and I were in attendance for two of those games, having the most sweetest time (I’m on a roll now).  I had so much fun at that game, and I got to watch my niece run the bases again (and got a See’s Butterscotch sucker again!).  My win/loss record now stands at 3 and 2 for the season.  Next the boys got some rest over the All-Star Break, then proceeded to sweep the D-Backs, the guys who were inching ever closer to us in the standings, threatening to take over second place in the West.  Oh, hell no!  Not with my boys playing the way they have been!  The pitching has been pretty strong, the defense has been sweet (did you see that catch by Maxwell today?), and the batting averages are creeping back up again.  My boys have the highest batting average as a team in the National League.  Can you believe this?  The future for my boys definitely looks most brightest (can’t use enough superlatives!).

During yesterday’s game, did you notice how the roof was leaking at Chase Field?  You would think that since the whole point of a retractable roof is to keep the weather out it would be designed to keep ALL the rain out.  And of all places for it to leak – right onto the pitcher’s mound!  My brother noticed that Josh Osich was looking up right before he pitched a wild pitch.  Wonder if rain dripping on him affected his concentration.  I had never seen anything like that before.  Plus since the game went into extra innings and the bullpen was fresh after coming off of the All-Star Break, Bochy used 10 pitchers throughout the game.  That’s a franchise record.  Crazy!  At least no one got tired!

One sad outcome of yesterday’s game was that Andrew Susac jammed his thumb while sliding into third on a triple.  Gotta watch those face-first slides, Boys!  Thankfully he didn’t break it – it was sprained.  But he was put on the 15-day disabled list today.  We will definitely miss that guy’s power in the lineup.  Hector Sanchez came up today to replace him.  However, since Hector hasn’t been hitting very well this season, you won’t see as much of him in the lineup while he’s up.  Buster will be playing catcher a lot more, especially since Nori Aoki should be back in the lineup soon.  Heal quickly, Andrew!  Maybe you should get in some sliding practice when you get back – that one was pretty sloppy!  And we need you!

There will be some other roster moves made in the near future as well.  Huddy comes back off the DL tomorrow to pitch.  Bochy wouldn’t comment today on whose place he’ll take.  It’s going to be a tough decision as everyone has been playing so extremely well.  Bill Laskey mentioned that he might put Jean Machi on the DL since he hasn’t been pitching as well as usual lately.  Then Jeremy Affeldt should also be coming back soon.  Will he replace Josh Osich?  That kid has been doing so amazingly well.  That will be another tough call.  Nice to have these types of problems though, isn’t it??

I was hoping my boys would have gotten some hits during the All-Star Game, but it didn’t happen.  Brandon Crawford did get an RBI, though.  At least they didn’t embarrass themselves, and at least Crawford and Panik got to play together and Bumgarner and Posey got to work together as battery partners.  Madison represented us well, pitching one inning, allowing only one hit and getting one strikeout.  He didn’t get the chance to show off his prowess with the bat, though.  In his blog, Brandon Crawford mentioned something that I didn’t know about the All-Star Game:  Everyone gets to have their walk-up music played when they come up to bat or to pitch.  Pretty cool!  From everything I read online and all the pictures I saw, it sounds like my boys had a fantastic time in Cincinnati.  Bummed that the National League lost the game.  We won’t have home field advantage during the World Series.  Even The New Yorker newspaper believes that’s the whole reason for the All-Star Game.  Check this out.  And thanks to everyone who sent this cartoon to me.  Love it!  Positive thoughts, positive thoughts.

Speaking of Brandon Crawford, he also mentioned in his blog that he and his wife Jalynne are expecting another little one in January.  Congratulations!  They will have one major dilemma though – the name.  The two girls they have now have names that are combinations of their two names – Braylyn and Jaydyn.  Any suggestions for them, Ginny?  Maybe they could start doing combinations of Giants player names, like Joester or Mattor.  Or just go all out and name the kid Boch.  Boch Crawford.  Kind of has a nice ring to it.

I have two new spit counts for you.  Here you go:

July 11th

Giants:

  • Vogelsong 16
  • Bochy 6 (mostly seeds)
  • Pagan 6
  • Strickland 3
  • Osich 2
  • Peavy 1 (seeds)
  • Duffy 1
  • Posey 1
  • Righetti 1
  • Romo 1

Phillies:

  • Ruiz 7
  • Buchanan 3
  • Galvis 2
  • Franco 1
  • Howard 1
  • Francoeur 1

Game Spit Master General – Vogelsong at 16

That’s a total of 53 spits during a 3 hour and 15 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.7 minutes.

Vogey made his first appearance as the Spit Master General this season, and with a pretty hefty spit count to boot.  So disappointed.  I noticed that he wasn’t chewing gum during this game.  He tends to spit more when he doesn’t.  Opt for the gum, Ryan!  At one point during this game, Jake Peavy and Chris Heston were chewing seeds together in the dugout.  You’ll notice that Jake made the count but Chris didn’t.  This is because instead of spitting out the seeds, Chris would pull them out with his fingers.  Nice manners, Chris!

July 18th

Giants:

  • Susac 11
  • Posey 5
  • Bochy 4
  • Pagan 3
  • Belt 2
  • Meulens 2
  • Strickland 2
  • Machi 2
  • Righetti 1 (seeds)
  • Groeschner 1
  • Decker 1 (seeds)
  • Hudson 1
  • Duffy 1

Diamondbacks:

  • Hernandez 5
  • Anderson 4
  • Collmenter 3
  • Perez 2
  • Inciarte 1
  • Burgos 1
  • The Goldschmidt 1
  • Pollock 1

Game Spit Master General = Susac at 11

That’s a total of 54 spits during a 3 hour and 35 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 4 minutes.

No surprise that Susac topped the chart again during this game.  Who knows how high his count would have gone if he hadn’t been pulled from the game in the 4th inning due to his sliding injury.  Buster didn’t come close to maintaining his saliva hurling pace.  One of Brandon Belt’s spits at the plate during this game was epic.  The only way I can explain the amount of fluid that came out of his mouth is that he took a huge drink of water before coming to the plate.  That amount of saliva is not humanly possible.

My boys are on their way to San Diego to start a series against the Padres.  I hope they can get all these games in – the game today down there was postponed due to rain.  And in July!  Hope they can keep the momentum going and that Huddy can benefit from the rest he’s gotten.  Will be watching a cheering.  Until next time, GO GIANTS!!  KEEP IT UP!!

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2 comments

    • giantsfancarm

      Based on the amount of spits that he logs and what the spits look like (sorry – this is what I do!), I would have to say he does chew tobacco. However, I’ve noticed this year that he is spitting a lot less. He used to constantly lift his catcher’s mask while he was catching to spit, but he doesn’t do that anymore. Maybe he’s quit or he’s trying to quit. We can only hope. Thanks for your question!

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