The Giants have been plagued with a lot of injuries lately. Matt Cain’s out with a right hamstring strain, Hunter Pence is out with a torn right hamstring tendon (he underwent surgery for this on June 9th), and most recently Matt Duffy is out with a left Achilles strain. Is this Giants fan worried about how these injuries will affect her team? NOPE! I am so thrilled with the way my boys have bounced back from all this. Albert Suarez has done an amazing job filling in for Matt Cain. Both Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson have helped Gregor Blanco fill in for the ailing Hunter Pence. And in the last two games against the Pirates, both my boy Conor Gillaspie and Ramiro Peña have performed beautifully while replacing Matt Duffy, both contributing significantly to the wins. Even with injuries, they had an 8-game winning streak going and now they’ve won the last 10 out of 11 games. Add to that the fact that the bullpen performed so well tonight after Jeff Samardzija came out after pitching only 3 innings. The bullpen combination of Law, Strickland, Osich, Gearrin, and Casilla allowed exactly zero runs in six innings. Remember how worried we were about Sergio Romo being out? Plus the bats came alive the last two games (unfortunately not in Madison’s game, though), with my boys scoring 15 runs on Tuesday and coming back from a 6 to 1 deficit to win tonight. What’s there to worry about??
Ramiro Peña has really made a great first impression with the Giants. He’s played in 5 games so far, and he’s batting .462 (6 for 13). He’s also got 4 RBI already. And since he’s actually been in the bigs before (he played for both the Yankees and the Braves), you can’t blame it on the pitchers not knowing how to pitch to him. Plus his defense looks pretty good, though he did make an error today after doing so well offensively. Conor Gillaspie did the same thing last night – he went 4 for 5 and then made an error. I guess the excitement just gets to you. Hey, if they can continue to play like that, they can have an error every once in a while. So happy that Conor was able to emerge from his hitting funk. I knew he could do it! Looking forward to him contributing more to the offense.
It was so great to see Ryan Vogelsong yesterday during the game. If you didn’t know, he’s on the Pirates now, but he’s on the disabled list after being hit in the face with a 92 mph fastball. Here’s video of him getting hit (definitely not for the squeamish – the sound alone is horrible). They showed him in the dugout (you’ll see he makes a guest appearance in one of the spit counts!). You can see the scar below his left eye. I heard an interview with him on KNBR, and he said that he broke 7 bones in his face. Three of those bones actually moved into his nose (YIKES!) and they had to be surgically moved back into place. After a month, he said his face is still pretty swollen. He was taking pictures with Madison before the game yesterday. I also saw Nicole Vogelsong sitting in the stands with Ali Bumgarner tonight. I miss them so much! Both Ryan and his wife told Mike Krukow to be sure to tell all the Giants fans how much they appreciate all the support. Ryan says he plans on making a comeback. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him because I think it’s a long shot. But if anyone can do it, he can.
In minor league news our old friend Travis Ishikawa was given a minor league contract with the Giants. Wouldn’t that be great if he could play with my boys again? The Giants also acquired Ruben Tejada as a minor leaguer. You may remember Tejada from the playoffs last season when idiot Chase Utley slid directly into him at second base and broke his leg. Here’s video of the slide. And then Utley got off scott-free. He was originally suspended, but he fought it and got off. Wouldn’t it be great to see Tejada in the bigs again playing in a Giants uniform against Utley of the Dodgers? Payback is beautiful.
Tim Lincecum had his first start for the Angels against the A’s last Saturday, and he did pretty darn good! He went 6 innings, gave up 1 run on 4 hits and walked 2. His fastball peaked at 90 mph. The caveat is that it was against the A’s who currently have a win/loss record of 29 and 42, but still. I’m glad he’s made it back to pitching in the bigs and isn’t embarrassing himself. A lot of Giants fans that I know were at that game. We all still love the guy. And happy to see that he’s still wearing #55.
The trade rumors have already started. I’ve heard the name Ryan Braun connected to the Giants, and I have to say I am not pleased about it. After his PED scandal where he basically threw a lab worker under the bus, I’m hoping the Giants steer clear of him. If somehow the Giants do sign him (which I don’t think they will because he’s too expensive and the Brewers will want our top prospects), I will continue to boo him. He will never be one of my boys. The guy is a total loser in my book. Another interesting name that I’ve heard recently connected to the Giants is Carlos Beltran. He’s been doing quite well for the Yankees and might be a helpful addition in the outfield. But I still think they should give the kids (Williamson and Parker) a chance to get more playing time before resorting to going elsewhere.
On the weird front, I heard this morning on KNBR that Jake Peavy was the victim of a Ponzi scheme that bilked him of $15 million. This represented the vast majority of his capital. He became aware of it right before the season started. This could explain his extremely poor performance at the beginning of the season. Could you imagine losing that much money, money that you were counting on retiring on? They mentioned on KNBR this morning that Jake told the head of the player’s union about it and said he wanted to share his experience with other players so that something like this couldn’t happen again to them. Gotta love the guy for that. Hope he can at least get some of that money back.
Congratulations to both Santiago Casilla and Billy Hayes on the addition of baby girls to their families this past week. Santiago was out three days on paternity leave. Came back tonight like gangbusters!
On a funny note, my cousin Manny showed me this video that was produced when Johnny Cueto first joined the Kansas City Royals. So funny! We need to come up with a new one to welcome him to the Giants. Johnny loves every minute of every game and always has so much fun. He’s always got that great smile on his face, and he’s always going all out to win. Best entertainment there is!
I’ve got 3 new spit counts for you. Here you go:
- Bumgarner 4
- Belt 3
- Tomlinson 1
- Span 1
- Parker 1
- Strickland 1
- Price 17
- Vazquez 6
- Bogaerts 6
- Ortiz 4
- Young 2
- Shaw 1
- ? 1 (someone in the dugout)
- Umpires 2
Game Spit Master General = Price at 17
Giants Game Spit Master General = Bumgarner at 4
That’s a total of 50 spits during a 2 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.3 minutes.
It was interesting that David Price didn’t start spitting a lot until the later innings of the game when he was under pressure. Also David Ortiz spits into his batting glove. Since this was a Bumgarner start, I also did a snot rocket count. Madison logged 7 during this game.
- Bumgarner 5
- Pagan 2
- Hayes 1
- Parker 1
- Belt 1
- Suarez 1 (seeds)
- Cueto 1 (seeds)
- Locke 11
- Harrison 3
- Polanco 2
- McCutchen 1
- Kratz 1
- Vogelsong 1
- Watson 1
Game Spit Master General = Locke at 11
Giants Game Spit Master General = Bumgarner at 5
That’s a total of 32 spits during a 2 hour and 25 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 4.5 minutes.
Kratz spat into his batting glove. Again, as this was a Bumgarner start, I logged his snot rockets. He shot off 5 during this game.
- Cueto 16
- Belt 4
- Gillaspie 4
- Span 2
- Samardzija 1 (seeds)
- Parker 1
- Boscan 3
- Harrison 3
- Polanco 2
- Caminero 1
- Mercer 1
- Hurdle 1 (seeds)
Game Spit Master General = Cueto at 16
That’s a total of 39 spits during a 3 hour and 50 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 5.9 minutes (pretty low average even though Johnny was his usual spitting self).
I noticed something spitwise during this game. When Jarrett Parker logged his single spit, it landed in his goatee. He had to wipe it off with his shirt. I’ve seen Denard Span catch saliva in his beard as well. YUCK!! If you’re going to spit, get rid of the facial hair! It’s just a lugie collector! And it’s disgusting!
Tomorrow the boys play the final game of the series against the Pirates. Not going to be able to watch as it starts at 9:35 am and I’ll be at work, but I’ll try to keep tabs on them. I’m thinking with the way they’ve been playing, even with the injuries, they will take that game and take the series. I know you can do it, Boys! Just keep on doing what you’ve been doing, and please don’t get hurt! Put more distance between yourselves and those Dodgers! Until next time, GO GIANTS!! BEAT THE BUCS!