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Old 05-21-2009, 12:47 PM    (permalink
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Too bad Molina is the only one not sucking, or else they could call up Buster Posey. Maybe next season.
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perhaps they can bring him up and try him at first? he did play every position in a game at fsu last year. guzman grounded into a dp first ab. perfect. i feel like rooting for the giants is a form of self-flagellation.
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They brought up Guzman yesterday to be the DH in interleague games as he has been tearing it up in AAA. They would have him at 1st full time over Ishikawa if his D was better, but they see him as a defensive liability and want to develop his D a little more in the minors. Either way, he'll get some cuts in the lineup as a DH against the Mariners.
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Last night's game was atrocious. I'm glad I'll be camping this weekend. I need a break from the Giants. Honestly, I seriously think I could out-manage Bruce Bochey. He's so clueless out there.

He had such a perfect opportunity to get an extra run last night and he completely blew it. He should have pinch-run for Benjie when he got to second base in the 9th. Our fastest player, Manny Burress, was on the bench (and Bochey brought him in as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 9th anyway). You could put Pablo at catcher, Burress at short and move Frandsen over to third. Simple move, and it would have paid off. Of course, Bochey doesn't play it that way. And in the end, that's how you get 4 hits in the inning and only end up with 1 run. If we're not going to have a studly offense, then little moves need to be made to manufacture runs. Bochey can't do those things that we need to win.
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Giants prospect stats for 5/20/09 (keep in mind that if you don't see a particular prospect listed, that's because he either did nothing that day, or didn't play)

Highlights: (a) Henry Sosa allows 0 ER (1 R) in 6.0 IP, getting his ERA below 2.00; (b) Buster Posey hits his 7th HR; and (c) Paul Oseguera allows 0 ER (2 R) in 5.0 IP in his season debut.

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AAA: Fresno defeated Iowa 9-2

Fresno: CF Andres Torres: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Fresno: LF Clay Timpner: 1 for 3, 2 BB
Fresno: 1B Adam Witter: 2 for 5

Fresno: LHP Steve Hammond: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Iowa: LHP Jason Waddell: 1.2 IP, 2 K

Torres played nine innings for the first time during his rehab stint. Both he and Timpner, who occupied the first two spots in the batting lineup, reached base three times. Torres and Witter were the two Grizzlies with multi-hit lines. Witter is now hitting .286/.365/.446 through his first 56 AB in the PCL. He has just 3 XBH, although they have all been HRs.

Hammond had his longest start of the year with 7.0 IP. Despite matching season highs with 9 H and 4 BB, he allowed just two runs, improving his ERA to 4.32. Waddell, the former Giants farmhand who joined the Cubs organization this off-season as a minor league free agent, had one of his best appearances of the season. In his first year in the PCL, he now has 15 H, 7 BB, and 9 K in 15.2 IP with a 5.17 ERA through 17 appearances.

AA: Connecticut defeated Binghamton 7-3

Connecticut: 3B Brad Boyer: 4 for 5, 2 2B, PO
Connecticut: 2B Sharon Schoop: 3 for 4, 2B, SO

Connecticut: RHP Henry Sosa: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Boyer and Schoop combined for seven of the Defenders' fifteen hits, raising their respective AVGs to .223 and .289.

Sosa had not allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 1.85 ERA. He pitched into the 6th inning for the second time this year among his eight starts. His strikeout rate is down this year. In his previous three seasons, which encompass all of his pro career since being promoted from the DSL to the AZL, he has had a K/IP above 1.00. Currently, his K/IP ratio is 67%. After a 3/12 GO/FO line, his GO/AO ratio is now 0.62.

A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 8-4

San Jose: DH Buster Posey: 2 for 4, HR
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 0 for 4, 2 SO
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, BB
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 3, BB, SO
San Jose: C Trent Kline: 0 for 0, 2 BB, E

San Jose: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HR
San Jose: RHP Craig Whitaker: 2.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Inland Empire: RHP Chris Withrow: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Posey hit his 7th HR and had the Giants only multi-hit line. With a seven-game hitting streak, he has improved his season line to .307/.388/.520 through 150 AB. Also reaching base twice were Neal, Gillaspie and Kline, even though Kline had just two plate appearance before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 6th inning. Villalona was the only Giants starter not to reach base, and the pair of strikeouts raised his SO/AB ratio above 20.0%.

After allowing just 13 H in 19.2 IP in his previous seven appearances, Broshuis allowed 8 H in his second start of the season. He has issued 4 BB as a starter after 0 BB in his six relief appearances. His ERA nearly doubled but remains below 2.25. Whitaker faced just eight batter to get eight outs, including inducing an inning-ending GiDP from the first batter he faced with the bases loaded. Withrow, whom the Dodgers drafted 20th overall two years ago and whom BA rated as the Dodgers' #9 prospect to begin this season, had his longest start of the season, allowing just 1 ER despite issuing a season-high 4 BB. Through seven appearances (six starts), his peripheral stats are better than his 6.25 ERA would indicate with 29 H, 18 BB, and 40 K in 31.2 IP. The walk rate is pretty high, but so is the strikeout rate.

A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 8-3
(after scoring six runs in the 6th inning)

Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 2 SO, 2 SB
Augusta: C Matt Klimas: 2 for 4, SO, E, PB

Augusta: LHP Paul Oseguera: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 WP
Greenville: RHP John Smoltz: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Greenville: RHP Stolmy Pimentel: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 E

Adrianza and Klimas each had two of the GreenJackets' nine hits, improving their respective AVGs to .259 and .305. For Adrianza, it was his first multi-hit game in over a week. He is hitting .241 through 54 AB in May after having a .278 AVG in 54 AB in April. He now has a 5/0 SB/CS line this year. Klimas had his 3rd error and his 6th passed ball.

Oseguera, who was limited by injuries to eight starts and eleven relief appearances for Connecticut a year ago, made his first appearance of the season, pitching five very good innings in his first start of the year. At 25 years old, he would be one of the older players in the Sally League, but he is still just a kid in comparison to his opposing starter, John Smoltz, the likely future Hall of Famer, who made his first rehab appearance of the season. Smoltz faced just one batter over the minimim (a Juan Perez single) before giving way to Pimentel, whom BA rated as the Red Sox' #11 prospect to begin the year. Pimentel's error led to six unearned runs in his final inning of work. Despite a .343 BAA, Pimentel has a sub-2.00 ERA through 32.0 IP.

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What are your favorite Giant moments that you were able to see?

1. Bonds passes Ruth
2. Bay Bridge Series
3. Will Clark hits a Grand slam in the 1989 NLCS
4. Dave Dravecky makes a comeback
5. Kevin Mitchell's one handed catch
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Off the top of my head:

-Giants win the NLDS & NLCS and go on to the WS
-Bonds' monster HR in that WS that went over the lights
-All those big Bonds' HR moments, collectively
-Noah Lowry going 6-0 as a rookie
-a year ago, for my birthday, I went to that Giants/Astros game where Timmy struck out 10 in six innings... even if they lost

We've had a rough decade.
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1. Giants winning the NLCS
2. J.T. Snow home run against the Mets
3. Bonds home run in Yankee Stadium
4. Jason Schmidt's 16 ks against Florida
5. 2003 San Francisco Giants going wire to wire with the division.....and of course breaking my heart for another year in a row.
Also Lincecum has been a highlight to watch since his first start.

It's depressing because we could list more sad moments then good.
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How the **** do you give up ONE RUN in ELEVEN INNINGS and NOT win a game?

This is why I didnt pay as close attention as I should over the past couple years.
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Giants prospect stats for 5/27/09 (keep in mind that if you don't see a particular prospect listed, that's because he either did nothing that day, or didn't play)

Highlights: (a) Tim Alderson makes his fourth start in the upper minors; (b) John Bowker reaches base twice in both games of a doubleheader; (c) Adam Witter has his 4th HR; (d) Paul Oseguera has 10 K in his second start of the year, albeit against younger competition.

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AAA: Fresno lost to Omaha 1-0 (7 innings) in game 1

Fresno: 1B John Bowker: 1 for 2, BB, CS
Fresno: SS Jake Wald: 1 for 2, SO, SB
Omaha: 1B Kila Ka'aihue: 2 for 3, 2B

Fresno: LHP Steven Hammond: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP
Omaha: LHP Bruce Chen: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 PO

In the opener, Bowker's single, Bowker's walk, and Wald's single accounted for all three Grizzlies baserunners. The Royals' Kaiahue had two hits, including his 12th double, to raise his AVG to .285.

Hammond has allowed 2 ER or less in eight of his nine starts, but his ERA remains above 4.00. With 2 BB, he snapped a string of three straight starts with 4 BB in each. In May, his K/BB ratio remains just 0.67. Matos got three fly ball outs while facing four batters in a scoreless 6th inning. The nearly 32-year-old Chen had his most effective start of the season. Making his ninth start, he had a season-high 8 K, a season-low 2 H and a season-low 0 ER. He faced just two batters over the minimum, but his season ERA remains above 4.00.

AAA: Fresno defeated Omaha 7-5 (7 innings) in game 2

Fresno: 1B John Bowker: 2 for 4
Fresno: C Adam Witter: 2 for 3, HR

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--2 HR

With two hits each, Bowker and Witter were the only two Grizzlies to reach base twice. They raised their respective AVGs to .312 and .269. In the 1st inning, Witter had his 4th HR.

Kinney had his longest start of the season with 6.1 IP. He improved his W-L record to 3-5 after ten starts, although he remains very susceptible to the long ball with 11 HR in 51.1 IP.

AA: Connecticut lost to Binghamton 6-5 (11 innings)

Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SO
Connecticut: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 5, 2B
Connecticut: C Jackson Williams: 1 for 3, 2 BB

Connecticut: RHP Tim Alderson: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 0.2 IP, 2 K

With two hits each, McBryde and Schoop accounted for nearly half of the Defenders' nine hits. After hitting just .233 in 43 AB in April, Schoop has raised his season AVG to .309 by hitting .370 in 54 AB in May. McBryde and Williams both reached base three times.

Since having 0 H and 10 K in his first Eastern League start, Alderson has been more hittable in his subsequent three starts with 18 H and 11 K in 12.1 IP. Still, he allowed just 1 ER tonight, maintaining his sub-2.00 ERA. Joaquin had had only 1 K in his previous seven appearances, but he struck out both hitters he faced in this game, stranding both of his inherited runners.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 3-1

San Jose: C Buster Posey: 1 for 3, 2B, SO
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 0 for 3, 2 SO, GiDP

San Jose: RHP Oliver Odle: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Visalia: RHP Josh Collmenter: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Posey, who is generally considered the Giants' best hitting prospect, had his 13th double of the season. No one reached base twice for the Giants, whose offense was limited to Posey's double, three singles, and a walk. Villalona, who is generally considered the Giants' second best hitting prospect, had a much rougher evening, striking out in two of his plate appearances and GiDP'ing in the other.

Odle pitched six full innings for the fourth time in eight starts, but he was the tough luck loser, dropping his W-L record to 2-5. A strike-thrower, the walk tonight was his his second walk in his last five starts. Collmenter, whom the D'backs selected in the 15th round two years ago, had perhaps his best start of the season, improving his ERA to 3.38 and his W-L record to 6-2.

A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 9-3

Augusta: DH Mike Loberg: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB
Augusta: 1B Andy D'Alessio: 1 for 3, HR, BB, CS

Augusta: LHP Paul Oseguera: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K--1 WP

On an evening when every GreenJacket in the lineup had a hit, the two lines that stand out come from two relatively older sluggers, with Loberg and D'Alessio, who both are 24 years old, connecting for their 2nd HRs of the year.

Also too old for this level, the 25-year-old Oseguera was fairly dominant in his second start of the season, striking out 10 of the 28 batters he faced.

Much thanks to Steve S at McCovey Chronicles for the stats and write-up.
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Also, Madison Bumgarner made another start over the weekend and dominated:

Connecticut: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K--1 PO

This kid is soooooo good. Can't wait to see him destroy the majors.
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I wonder what is the difference betwen him and lincecum. why are they being so much more cautious? the faster we can find out how he is in the majors the faster we can feel comfortable trading sanchez or even cain. I want adrian gonzalez on this team.
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I wonder what is the difference betwen him and lincecum. why are they being so much more cautious? the faster we can find out how he is in the majors the faster we can feel comfortable trading sanchez or even cain. I want adrian gonzalez on this team.
Lincecum went to 4 years of college. Bumgarner is in his second year removed from high school. If he keeps progressing at this rate, he'll reach the majors at a younger age than Lincecum. They aren't really being cautious with Bumgarner. They started him at low A ball last year, then started him at high A ball this year for a month and have now moved him up to AA. That's pretty much considered fast-tracking him.

I really don't think we're trading Cain. At least not during the season. He'll have a ton of value in the upcoming offseason if they want to deal him, but I still doubt we trade him. I think he's the No. 2 starter for the foreseeable future. Sanchez should be traded at the deadline. We could get some awesome prospects for him if we wait until then.

And I would love to land Adrian Gonzalez, but SD isn't trading him inside the division. Sucks for us.
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I hope we dont trade Cain. I'd like if they took the Braves approach, and keep good pitchers on the roster and just load up at pitching.
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Ah good point Borat. Forgot about the age difference.
I never really understood the whole not trading within divisıon strategy. Is a guy going to be extra motivated to hit or throw a baseball because it is a team that traded him? I would be more hesitant to trade a pitcher or a catcher because of a deeper knowledge of their teams pitchers but really that would be my only concern. Lets face it legitimate dislike of another team by players at least in baseball and basketball is mostly dead anyways.They all understand its part of the business. Thoughts?
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I hope we dont trade Cain. I'd like if they took the Braves approach, and keep good pitchers on the roster and just load up at pitching.
I am always stuck in between on what to do with Cain. His value is through the roof right now and looking at the FA market next season there is not a decent bat that could fill the Giants power void. Yet, knowing Sabean, I doubt he could bring back a decent offer for Cain. I wouldn't mind seeing Sabs dangle Sanchez and Henry Sosa out there and see if he could get a young bat.
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Ah good point Borat. Forgot about the age difference.
I never really understood the whole not trading within divisıon strategy. Is a guy going to be extra motivated to hit or throw a baseball because it is a team that traded him? I would be more hesitant to trade a pitcher or a catcher because of a deeper knowledge of their teams pitchers but really that would be my only concern. Lets face it legitimate dislike of another team by players at least in baseball and basketball is mostly dead anyways.They all understand its part of the business. Thoughts?
I think it has to do with how many you play teams within your own division. Example would be if SD traded A Gone to the Giants, they would have to play against A Gone 15 times this season compared to a team like Cubs who they probably only play between 6-9 times a season. Not that big of difference but those games play a big role in trying to win your own division. Also vice versa I could see SF being reluctant to hand over any long term prospects to the Pads and help regrow their farm system for the next few years.
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Giants prospect stats for 5/29/09 (keep in mind that if you don't see a particular prospect listed, that's because he either did nothing that day, or didn't play)

Lots of highlights tonight. The Giants top prospect (a) Madison Bumgarner won another start, although not as impressively as his past two starts. Each of the other three affiliates all received an impressive start, with (b) Pat Misch having five shutout innings, (c) Scott Barnes being rather unhittable, and (d) Eric Surkamp pitching into the 8th inning. Four Giants farmhands had a homer and a double among three hits: (e) Angel Villalona, (f) Nick Noonan, (g) Jesus Guzman, and (h) Mike McBryde. Finally, (i) Wendell Fairley and (j) Bobby Felmy both reached base four times.



AAA: Fresno defeated Portland 5-0

Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 1 for 3, HR, BB

Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Fresno: RHP Ronnie Ray: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Back in the minors, Guzman had a big game. With three of the Grizzlies' eight hits, including his 7th HR and 13th double, he improved his AVG to .373. Rohlinger added his 5th HR.

Making his first start of the year after fifteen relief apperances, including four in the majors, Misch was very efficient, throwing just 58 pitches (43 strikes) in five innings and facing just three batters over the minimum. He improved his PCL ERA to an even 2.00. With a perfect 6th inning, Ray improved his ERA to 2.66. Matos issued just his fourth walk of the season.

AA: Connecticut defeated Portland 10-3

Connecticut: SS Brandon Crawford: 0 for 5, 4 SO
Connecticut: LF Bobby Felmy: 2 for 3, 2 BB, CS
Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Portland: 1B Lars Anderson: 0 for 5, 3 SO, E

Connecticut: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Connecticut: RHP Brooks McNiven: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K--2 HB
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Portland: RHP T.J. Large: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K

McBryde had his best game of the season. After just 2 XBH in his first 23 games this year, he his 1st HR and 2nd double of the season. In 33 AB since joining the Defenders, he now has a .303/.395/.424 line. Felmy reached base four times, but his OBP is still just .310. Crawford had his second sombrero against the Seas Dogs in the past week. He now has more strikeouts than hits since his promotion to the upper minors (21 H and 22 SO in 74 AB, .284 AVG). It was his second straight 0-for-5 game. The Red Sox' Anderson, whom a scout told BP's Kevin Goldstein earlier this week might be the most overrated prospect in baseball, suffered the oh-fer with the hat trick. He also has more strikeouts than hits (37 H and 41 SO in 159 AB, .233 AVG).

Bumgarner now has a 4-0 W-L record after four starts in the upper minors. Not so much tonight, but he has been hard to hit with 15 H and 24 K in 23.0 IP since joining the Defenders. McNiven made his first relief appearance after seven starts to begin the season. Joaquin had his second straight appearance with 2 K and no baserunners. T.J. Large, whom the Giants drafted in 2001 but did not sign, allowed three baserunners but is otherwise having a fine season with a 0.78 ERA through his first 23.0 IP over 20 appearances.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 10-2
(adding five insurance runs in the last two innings)

San Jose: SS Brian Bocock: 0 for 6, SO
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 0 for 5
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 3 for 5
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 3 for 5, HR, 2B

San Jose: LHP Scott Barnes: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--1 WP
San Jose: LHP Wilmin Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 1 K--1 WP

Villalona and Noonan, who was dropped to the seventh spot in the batting order, had the big nights, each with a homer and a double among their three hits. Villalona had his 7th HR and 8th double; Noonan had his 3rd HR and 7th double. The three hits raised Villalona's AVG back above .300. Neal also had three hits, as the bottom five hitters in the San Jose lineup went a combined 13 for 25. Batting leadoff and cleanup, Bocock and Posey went a combined 0 for 11. Bocock's AVG dropped to .211, but Posey's AVG remains above .300.

Barnes had perhaps his most effective start of the year. At least he had a season-high 6 K and a season-low 2 H as he got his ERA back under 4.00. He pitched six full innings for just the second time this year in nine starts. Rodriguez had 1.2 perfect IP to lower his own ERA to 3.43, but he did allow one of three inherited runners to score on his wild pitch.

A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 8-5

Augusta: CF Dom Duggan: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SF, SO, E
Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 5, 2 SO, E
Augusta: PH-1B Josh Mazzola: 1 for 2, 3B
Augusta: DH Andy D'Alessio: 0 for 5, 2 SO
Augusta: RF James Simmons: 2 for 5, 2B
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 2 for 3, 2 BB, SO
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 4, BB, SO, E

Augusta: LHP Eric Surkamp: 7.0+ IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HB
Augusta: RHP Shane Kaufmann: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB
Augusta: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP

A few more lines than normal since I was at the game. Fairley smashed a couple hard-hit, line drive singles in his first two at bats, then drew a couple walks before striking out looking. He looked good, although his AVG remains below .250 in May. Simmons, the other GreenJacket with two hits, had perhaps his most impressive play defensively, chasing down a hard hit, deep fly ball in the right center field gap. This was the first time I had seen Adrianza, and he did nothing to impress me in this game. The error, his 12th error this year, was a throw into right-center field when trying to start a double play. Culberson's error, his 17th error, was charging a ground ball near the third base bag and then letting it go under his glove as he ran over the bag. The was the first time I had seen Culberson in person too, and he seemed bigger than I had imagined. He's listed at 185 lbs. Pinch hitting in the 6th inning, Mazzola provided the big offensive blow with a bases-loaded triple. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but Duggan faced a couple pitches that were way inside. His 3rd double was one of four XBH for the GreenJackets.

Surkamp pitched very effectively, better than his final line score would indicate. watching him warm up before the game, I thought he was struggling to locate his pitches. In the 1st inning, he allowed a couple singles, with a hit batter in between, to score a run with one out. After that, he settled in, retiring nineteen of the next 20 batters, allowing only a two-out double in the 5th inning before a two-out walk in the 7th inning. In the 8th inning, he was no longer able to locate his pitches and gave up three singles to the three batters he faced in the frame. Kaufman then entered and got a GiDP from the first batter he faced. He should then have gotten out of the inning, but the next batter reached on Culberson's error. After two more batters reached, Runzler was brought in. Another run scored on Runzler's wild pitch, before he struck out the final batter of the inning. In the 9th inning, Runzler put two runners on base to bring the tying run to the plate, but he struck out the final batter of the game to record his 9th save. Surkamp has the tall frame (6'4") that makes him look like a power pitcher, but his fastball topped out 85 mph from what I saw on the stadium scoreboard. In his final inning, it was closer to 82 mph. Based on previous experience and other information, I would surmise that the scoreboard gun was about 2-3 mph slow. The opposing starting pitcher hit 90 mph at least once on the scoreboard gun. Surkamp got a lot of swinging strikes in breaking pitches in the dirt that required the catcher to throw to first base for the out. On the season, Surkamp now has a very impressive K/BB ratio over 6.00 with 57 K and 9 BB in 44.2 IP. Kaufman showed a bit better fastball velocity, hitting around 88 mph on the stadium scoreboard. In the 8th inning, Runzler had his fastball around 87 mph but ramped it up to 92 mph, sitting more at 91 mph, in the 9th inning. If this turns out to be Runzler's final appearance in May, he had an impressive month with 2 H, 6 BB, 0 R, and 24 K in 12.1 IP over nine appearances.

Much thanks to Steve S at McCovey Chronicles for the stats and write-up.
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Randy Johnson got #300. Gotta love the fact that we signed him. Dismal ERA this year or not, I love the fact that he is going to end his career in SF.
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If the season ended before today's games, we would be facing L.A. in the playoffs.
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No, we wouldn't. The wildcard can't face it's own division winner in the first round. We'd be facing the Phillies.
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am I the only one that is shocked we would be in the playoffs, in that scenario?
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I so meant to type Philly. I looked at the standings and had L.A. on the brain I guess.
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