Rubber match looking like a duel

Well, aside from Timmy dropping another steaming pile in the first inning, this series has been everything it was cracked up to be. Phillies took game 1, Giants bounced back in game 2, and now we have Cain and Lee both looking filthy in the getaway game.

So aside from Timmy, the pitching has been all there, but that is a very big “aside.” We’re moving from “no big deal” into “what the hell?” territory. If there’s one good sign, it is tha the ratio of putrid innings to throwback Bigtime Timmyjim moments has started to move in the right direction.

But the rest of the staff? Very nice. Zito remains a pleasant surprise, and the bullpen has been very good sans beard, though it doesn’t hurt when Cain and Bumgarner combine for 17 IP.

Even more good news, Pablo and Melky are still swinging well, and Pagan is starting to come around. The rest of the league has spent the past three seasons in fear of the Giants getting things going on both offense and defense at the same time, and if we can get a certain Freak back in shape, it just might happen.

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115 Responses to Rubber match looking like a duel

  1. Chico says:

    A duel it is!

  2. mailorderwife says:

    The Codgers lost!

  3. xoot says:

    Don’t give up on Lincecum. Even in the first inning the other night he started pretty well. Pagan’s apparent inability to make a play on a bloop in front of him dug a huge hole, putting a runner on second with one out instead of putting away the second out with no one on. Back in August 2010, Lincecum tried everything imaginable, including wearing those high Zito stripe socks one game, before he finally got on track and finished off the season with the Nov. 1 gem vs. big bad Texas, at home, with the DH. Lincecum’s a complicated guy, in the way that lefties are often complicated. But he’s unbelievably tenacious and competitive. Don’t give up on Lincecum.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I agree with you. So much of his pitching is dependent upon his confidence.

      The whole #tradetimmy crap on twitter was making me so angry yesterday, ya know?

  4. mailorderwife says:

    Nice play by Crawford!

  5. Chico says:

    Sit down Hunter Pence you goofy individual! Sit down.

  6. sandy32koufax says:

    I’m sitting on MLBnetwork, JD but I still haven’t seen the replay of the LA loss.

    Was out walking the dog with Farmer GF and sat down, saw MOW on chat and didn’t get to the game before it was over and no replay-it will be on MLBNet unless someone has a better link?

  7. sandy32koufax says:

    Cain is being efficient AND getting lucky to enable that efficiency…nice dig by Pill

  8. mailorderwife says:

    I figured they would let someone on base to get a PH and get to another pitcher. But this quite the duel!

  9. Chico says:

    So far, this is the fastest game i can remember. The 9th already? Wow.

  10. sandy32koufax says:

    Crawford is making every play even the ones he shouldn’t be making…dude can flat out play MLB SS

  11. mailorderwife says:

    Alright, boys. Let’s do this for Cainer!

  12. sandy32koufax says:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la–sp-dn-other-half-20120418,0,3650494.story

    reading this, it sounds like Davy Lopes is going to all over Kemp.

    LADs got jobbed alright, by Kemp’s lax play

  13. mailorderwife says:

    Come on boys!!!

  14. xoot says:

    Lopez, the great LOOGY. Come on, man. Strike this old HOFer out!

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Well, we finally got Lee out. Let’s hope we can take advantage.

  16. sandy32koufax says:

    Damn good pitchers game…right up there with any of the great ones I have ever seen and I have seen TONS of baseball since 1964

  17. mailorderwife says:

    Let’s hit this bastardo!

  18. mailorderwife says:

    YAYAYAYAYAAYAY!!!!!!

  19. JDR says:

    BALLGAME!

    The Melk Man Delivers!

  20. xoot says:

    Wow. What a great fucking game.

  21. sandy32koufax says:

    Okay Jints fans…congrats.

    I did see a replay on MLB that looks like Morgan was tagged out in a bang-bang play that was either miscalled or a gimmet, either way, LA loses.

    Night Revengers…sfdf is hungry!

  22. Chico says:

    We gotta do this more often…. Dueling blogs worked tonight.

    • Chico says:

      That graph up above showing site traffic is off the charts tonight. Hi Mom!

      • JDR says:

        Yes, but it doesn’t take much to send the graph skyrocketing. We’re still a very small blog. Not so sure that’s a bad thing though.

        • Chico says:

          Not a bad thing at all. Lurkers gonna lurk!

          • shaman138 says:

            I don’t care so much about size as I care about the cool, mellow vibe here–the Flap is cool and a lot of those guys know their shit to a T but they can get so bitchy and contentious with each other that I don’t really want to comment there.

  23. shaman138 says:

    Well, been out all night and I wasn’t able to catch this one–seems like I always find a way to miss pitchers’ duels for some reason. Happened to be listening to KNBR’s post-game show on the way home and this guy called in and said the Giants just got lucky, they hit into too many DPs, Bochy did this and that wrong, he and Sabean should be fired, wahh, wahhh,wahhhhhh! Where the fuck do these people come from???

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it’s funny the shit that comes from the fans in general. Roy Halladay? Cliff Lee? Heard of them? Two of the nastiest pitchers in the league? The G’s blew opportunities, but so did Philly. After that 1st inning that Philly scored 4 off Timmy, they scored 3 over the next 28 innings.

    The Giants took 2 of 3 from one of the best staffs in all of baseball, but it’s trade Panda because he’s too fat. Trade Timmy cuz he sucks. They shouldn’t have signed Matt . . . on and on. It’s the main reason I pay little attantion to the Splash, or KNBR radio, or the clowns at Comcast SportsNet. The fricking hosts are nearly as bad as the general public. When one of the hosts (Kozimor?) was making fun of Panda last year by saying he needed a traslator to understand Panda’s english was pretty fricking awful.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Didn’t know that was said about the Panda, which is unfortunate. Panda’s English continues to become easier to understand. Can that announcer even speak another language? English is not my first language, and grasping the nuances of the language only improves with time and practice — and Panda is proof of this.

      As to the naysayers, the sky is always falling in April, isn’t it? By June, they will fall off the bandwagon when they realize the season is longer than anticipated.

    • Chico says:

      People were actually complaining after the game last night.. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Panda lives about a half mile from me down here on the coast. A friend of mine ran into him jogging on the beach and stopped to say hi He said Panda was a class act, and joked that with his build, he can’t hide in a town of 40,000..

  25. mailorderwife says:

    Well, I am used to this Zito. Get out of it, future chef!

  26. mailorderwife says:

    Yay Angel Pagan!

  27. xoot says:

    Bochy’s looking like a real smart guy so far today. Zito’s keeping that fat FB out of the zone fairly well. Good start.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Yah!!!

      Happy people are here now. Up until now, my highlight of the day was having my computer crash to blue screen.

  28. Chico says:

    Late to the party.. Errands. Need to get better with RISP. . . 3-2 Giants.

  29. mailorderwife says:

    Can you guys see this:

  30. mailorderwife says:

    UUuuughly

  31. xoot says:

    Wow. You have to wonder what would’ve been if Bochy had let Cassilla pitch like a closer. But then again . . . . Come on, Giants. Rip a run and shut em down.

    • JDR says:

      I don’t fault Bochy for bringing in Lopez to face three straight lefties. He just didn’t get it done tonight.

      • xoot says:

        Lopez is a LOOGY, not an 8th inning guy, but he did fill that role last year with some success when Wilson and Romo were hurt. Not tonight, however.

  32. JDR says:

    Well, that was a nice little span of suck. At least Romo got out of it.

  33. Chico says:

    Nice hit Sanchez! Nice pitching Hensley! Ballgame, Cheers!

  34. JDR says:

    Next time they’ll pitch to Schierholtz, I imagine.

  35. JDR says:

    And Romo gives up two frozen ropes, because why the hell not?

  36. xoot says:

    Two crucial spots in a row, and Hensley comes through. I like that guy.

  37. JDR says:

    Never in doubt.

    *pours a double*

  38. Chico says:

    Slats, you were always welcome here. . . You tried, but got schooled because of your lies. Accusing my friend of saying that he lived in Pac Heights, when I know damn well he never said that is weak sauce dude. IMO, you’re welcome to come over here (I’m sure JDR wouldn’t mind) and talk baseball instead of trolling. We’re all adults here, right? Act like one and come on over… Me? I’m an honest person who gives respect where it’s due, as long as I get the same treatment.

    • xoot says:

      Well now — should you not attach some caveats, or contingencies, or conditional limitations, or at a minimum a few material qualifications, to this offer? For example: Posts must be concise, civil and interesting. Simple rules.

  39. JDR says:

    He left as soon as I required an ID to post here. The aim was never to have an intelligent conversation, it was to pester, torment and frustrate other users. It’s why he now snipes with the attacks on SFGate, because he knows VK will look the other way at Splash trolling.

    That and the fact that he’s so busy with his lemon parties.

  40. xoot says:

    That was a DP. They wuz robbed.

  41. mailorderwife says:

    So Huff at second!

  42. filthychangeup says:

    Is it just me or does the Splash become more inspid by the hour? I know, I know, post here instead. I do enjoying telling the trolls and doomers what tools they are while alsoreporting their hate speech (with very mixed results). Tough game but I’m glad the Giants had the fight in them to make it interesting. I hope that Belt’s clutch hit will give him the confidence to relax and let the hits come.

    • JDR says:

      Tough one, but a win tomorrow and they take the series (and shut up the doubters should Timmy be on his game.)

      • Chico says:

        I haven’t even looked over there and don’t plan to. 100 bucks says Huff never plays second again. Bright side – Vogey wasn’t a fluke.

    • xoot says:

      I think it’s worth battling some of the trolls on the splash. It’s the Giants’ beat writer’s blog, fer chrissakes. Henry hates the assignment, and won’t jump into the comments, so I sort of feel like we have to, almost in his defense. He has earned it. Hell, his twitter feed alone is a good reason to stop by place. As I mentioned before, I started posting on the splash in 2007. I didn’t get banned until last Sept. Since then, the trolls have been after us all. I won’t bother creating a new account if they convince VK to ban me again.

  43. Chico says:

    MOW & Xoot, sorry for screwing up the email exchange.. Forgot to cc xoot on the last two I sent MOW, but I sent them to xoot after the fact. Sorry for the confusion. . . Crazy shit.

  44. xoot says:

    On the final play today, I think it all comes down to the timing of Hairston’s slide. Every time I see the replay, I see him commit to the slide at the same instant Buster is making the catch. Then Buster transfers the ball to this throwing hand and starts to the throw to first. Then Hairston tries to trip him. If Hairston knew absolutely he was out, he had no right to the collision; but I don’t see how he could know, absolutely, on a bang-bang play like that. Buster probably won’t say anything, but I’ll bet he’s thinking: Next time I need to get my right leg out of the way more quickly, sort of the way a 2B does on the DP. I’ll bet he’s not sweating the swipe at his ankle at all, since it was the other one he broke and ripped apart last May.

  45. JDR says:

    8 runs on 4 hits for the Astros? Rough day for Lady B.

  46. Chico says:

    I’ll never get claustrophobic at a Giants game. LOL, you guys see that? Furdie.

    • shaman138 says:

      And then follows it up with “Bring on the nasty comments.” Total Furdie.

      • Chico says:

        Kline shined in the practice game yesterday. . CJ Anderson and Daniel Lasco looked great @ the RB position from what I heard. . Kilne is the real deal shaman. Something Cal hasn’t had since that stud from Chico signed his LOI — A QB!

        • shaman138 says:

          That’s great news–it’s time for Cal to play some good football again. Meanwhile, the Furdnials are on a one-way trip back to the bottom, with Harbaugh and now Luck gone.

      • Chico says:

        Nobody goes to Furd games either. Now that Luck is gone, pindrop

  47. snarkk says:

    Lincecum really needs to step up today. If he doesn’t nobody should get on the ledge. But, he’s had extra days off so he should be strong. If the command is still missing, maybe he needs to go to the stretch the whole game like he’s done before to sort things out…

  48. xoot says:

    First pitch change up, taken for a ball, followed by 6 straight FBs. That AB of Baxter’s was not unusual for today. Lincecum is not using the change up as a SO pitch at all.

  49. Chico says:

    That was one of the best DP’s I have seen. Wow.

    • mailorderwife says:

      It was beautiful! Probably something only the young folk can handle.

    • xoot says:

      I’ve been waiting for Burriss to break through since 2008. This used to be my favorite image of him, playing SS. http://tinyurl.com/79dv9ba Note Ray Durham in the background, staying out of the way. I think Burriss can play 2B and hit 8 or 9 and do just fine. Now if he’ll just start bunting some. Crawford’s part of the today’s play was great, too.

  50. JDR says:

    Wow… Saints now accused of intercepting opposing coaches radio communications and bugging visitors locker room. Here comes the banhammer…

  51. JDR says:

    Have a day, Nate Schierholtz

  52. xoot says:

    Minor thing on the 8th inning pop up behind second, but Burriss heard Crawford and gave the SS the play, because it was his call. I think those two showed today that they are strong up the middle, together.

  53. shaman138 says:

    Way to go, Hensley!

  54. Chico says:

    Cheers on the DH sweep!

  55. mailorderwife says:

    I guess we know how Aaron Rowand is spending that hard earned salary this year! My husband told me that he was on “American Chopper” buying a dream bike. Must be nice!

    Also:

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