Bang! Giants Enter Off Season With Bitter Taste

The San Francisco Giants were on their way to setting a record for most pitchers used in a team shutout.  The parade of pitchers showed Cain, Affeldt (pitched final game of career), Gearrin, Romo, Bochy (manager’s son?), Broadway, Osich, Lopez, Kontos, Hall, and Petit.  That’s a total of eleven pitchers and Bochy was going match ups virtually every other AB in the last four innings.  Javier Lopez started the ninth with a 3-0 lead and promptly got Jose Reyes for the first out.  Colorado had only two hits at that point.

Rafael Ynoa pinch hit for CarGo so he can hit from the right side against Lopez.  Single on the first pitch.  Kontos replaced Lopez to face NoDo. Another single on the second pitch.  Corey Dickerson got in a deep hole with a 0-2 count on  him.  Boom! One swing tied the game at 3-3.  Colorado decided they are having fun now.  Single by Ben Paulsen.  Another pitcher change to bring in a lefty to face Dan Descalso.  Walk.  Single by Garneau to load the bases.  Two-run single by pinch hitter Justin Morneau to take the lead 5-3.  Another pitching change and the last guy was Petit.  Chuck_Nazty finished the offensive attack with a two-run single for a 7-3 lead.

John Axford came in and made the game a little exciting.  Two walks sandwiched around a double had the bases juiced with one out.  Matt Duffy who had a career .500 BA with bases loaded struck out for the second out.  Buster Posey up next swung at the first offering by Axford into a ground out at none other than NoDo.  Game over and the hero is Corey Dickerson.  I checked off this game as a walk off, since we pretty much walked off the Giants in the ninth inning except that we batted in the top of the ninth.  🙂

Had the Rockies lost, they would have moved up to the third overall pick.  Instead they are in a three-way tie for fourth pick with Milwaukee and Oakland.  Anybody know how the draft order is determined in ties?  But in a way, it felt like a world series win today with the way we rallied and the crowd went silent.  You could hear a pin drop.  We also took yet another series win at AT&T Park.  Aaaahh, it felt so goooood to send the Giants out on a long off season ice fishing.

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That was a mighty sweet ending. Surprising (ha! ya think?) and satisfying, with some drama that leaned our way (Posey the known Rockie-killer up with the tying run in his bat). There was a tiny bit of redemption here for all this season’s suffering among the Rockies’ players, staff and fans. I loved that Morneau was involved and I hope he finds a perfect spot to keep playing on another team. Class act. Are DJ and Charlie “serviceable” and/or “sustainable”… Read more »

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Good post, but I’m pulling for Clint Hurdle’s gang.

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NoDo has developed into the finest third baseman in the game thanks to his offensive growth to match his from Day One defensive prowess. He has been my favorite player for three years now, but I’d hold off calling him the best ever. Longevity plays a big part in that and it will be a while before we know if he can measure up to Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson, and the like. I hope he does. I followed the Phils… Read more »

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Let’s dream it – it’s not impossible! He’s well on his way. He’s shown plenty (but I agree that longevity plays a part in “Best” discussions). I wish I could remember some of the famous baseball people who this year have called him the best they’ve ever seen. There were several impressive names behind those remarks.

If the Pirates prevail, they’re my NL gang!

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A quote from a Giants blog summed up our situation nicely:

“If the Rockies made three quick outs in the ninth, they would have picked #3 in the 2016 Draft. After that unexpected comeback, they’ll pick #4. Because they’re the Rockies, you absolutely know that will screw them somehow.”

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Even rival teams appreciate our ineptness! Nice.

JulieG
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I believe it was great to see my team out there fighting to the end.

Gary
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I am not a WW fan BUT his keeping the team fighting to the end is to his credit.It’s hard to know if his bullpen use was stupid or the result of the cards he was given to play.I don’t think his staying or going will have a giant effective next year,but if some the rebuild takes place over a few years I don’t think he’s the guy down the road.

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Interesting non cyber stat[you all know I’m simple minded]-the Cubs had 3 players in the top 10 in walks.All starters,and big bats like Rizzo and Bryant. I think this is an area where NoDo and Dickerson could really improve.When Tulo and later in the year Cargo got more selective they started to hit because they stopped getting themselves out.