Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Game 79: Giants at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's Independence Day at Nationals Park, and we've got morning baseball.
Here's something I'm not sure I've ever typed before: Good morning from the ballpark! Yes, we've got an extremely rare starting time today, with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m. The Nats' thinking behind all this: Give fans a chance to attend the game, clear out of town and still have time for a Fourth of July cookout before heading back out for fireworks. (We'll see how that translates into tickets sold, though I suspect it would be a big crowd today regardless of the starting time.)

It'll be Edwin Jackson against Madison Bumgarner, so the Nationals counter with a right-handed-heavy lineup that includes Tyler Moore at first base and Mark DeRosa in right field.

Hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe Independence Day, whether here at the ballpark or at home with friends and family. Plenty of updates to come, so please check back...

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 11:05 a.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 89 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF
NATIONALS (46-32)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
RF Mark DeRosa
C Jhonatan Solano
RHP Edwin Jackson

GIANTS (45-36)
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Emmanuel Burriss
LF Melky Cabrera
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Brandon Belt
RF Nate Schierholtz
SS Brandon Crawford
LHP Madison Bumgarner

UMPIRES
HP Jerry Meals, 1B Gary Darling (cc), 2B Paul Emmel, 3B Scott Barry

11:08 a.m. -- And we are underway. The crowd is still filing in, perhaps struggling to get here so early. But it looks like it could be a full house, or very close to one.

11:25 a.m. -- Edwin Jackson started this one off by walking Gregor Blanco on five pitches. And it only went downhill from there. Melky Cabrera singled to right, with Mark DeRosa making a terrible decision to fire a throw from right field through the cutoff man and all the way to third base, even though he had no chance to throw out Blanco. In the end, that didn't really make a difference, though, because after Buster Posey drove one run home on a slow roller, Pablo Sandoval crushed a meatball of a pitch from Jackson into the center-field bleachers to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. Jackson has now surrendered 17 earned runs in 16 first innings this year, which equates to a 9.56 ERA. That's not good.

11:42 a.m. -- Jackson wasn't entirely sharp in the top of the second, either, but he was better and avoided giving up a run. He didn't get any help from DeRosa, who looked awful trying to track down Brandon Crawford's drive to right. Hasn't been a good start to this game for the veteran utilityman. Still 3-0 Giants heading to the bottom of the second.

11:56 a.m. -- As has often been the case this season, Jackson is getting better with each passing inning. He retired the side in the third, never letting the ball leave the infield, and he's retired five in a row now. His teammates, however, have yet to record a hit off Madison Bumgarner through two innings.

12:14 p.m. -- If you're an opposing pitcher, is there anything you want to see less right now than Ian Desmond at the plate with the bases loaded? The All-Star shortstop does it again, roping a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the third. That came a few minutes after Ryan Zimmerman came within inches of a three-run homer, settling instead for an RBI double off the top of the wall. Put them together, and this is now a 3-3 game heading to the fourth. Desmond, meanwhile, now has 47 RBI in Game 79 of the season. I'm not sure even the most optimistic of Desmond fans could have foreseen that.

12:23 p.m. -- By the way, 25 of Desmond's 47 RBI this season have come with two outs. That seems like a lot to me.

12:35 p.m. -- Ladies and gentlemen: The Onion strikes again! Jhonatan Solano with an opposite-field homer to put the Nats up 4-3 in the fourth. He's now hitting .385 with two homers and six RBI in extremely limited playing time. This is the Nats' FIFTH-string catcher, remember.

12:48 p.m. -- It's pretty remarkable how Jackson is able to so consistently bounce back from bad first innings. He's now retired 12 of the last 14 he's faced and is through the fifth having allowed only those three early runs.

1:01 p.m. -- Barkeep, another round of ... well, you get the idea by now. Zim does it again, mashing a two-run homer to right-center to continue his torrid run at the plate. And then seconds later, Morse drills a solo shot into the right-field bullpen. These guys are just hammering the ball to the opposite field today. It's 7-3 Nats after five.

1:20 p.m. -- Well, Jackson is finally done, unable to complete the sixth inning. Not that it was entirely his fault. The Mark DeRosa Right Field Clinic continues, and it's not pretty as the veteran misplays Sandoval's drive into an RBI double. At 7-4, Davey Johnson decided to pull his starter and brought in Tom Gorzelanny to get out of the sixth. All things considered, Jackson did a nice job to salvage a decent start out of what looked terrible after the first inning.

1:36 p.m. -- Hey, DeRosa caught a ball! Seventh-inning stretch, still 7-4.

1:44 p.m. -- We head to the eighth, and here is Sean Burnett trying to protect a 3-run lead. He's been very good at that this year.

2:00 p.m. -- Rick Ankiel gets into the act with a two-run shot in the eighth. That's the fourth home run hit by the Nationals to right field today. It's 9-4 now.

2:21 p.m. -- That'll do it. The Nats win 9-4 to improve to 47-32. At 15 games over .500, they've matched their highwater mark of the season.

217 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   1 – 200 of 217   Newer›   Newest»
«Oldest ‹Older 1 – 200 of 217 Newer› Newest»
baseballswami said...

I am ready, coffee in hand. How about you? Go Nats!!!!!

m20832 said...

I'm with you baseballswami! Coffee in one hand cigar in the other! :-)

GYFNG!!!!

SonnyG10 said...

I'll be watching MASN on TV today. Let's get'em again boys!!! GYFNG!!!

Gonat said...

TyMo!!!!

MicheleS said...

Hot dogs for breakfast!! At the park with friends!! No better way to celebrate the 4th!


GYFNG!!!

Eugene in Oregon said...

I was a bit surprised when the Giants pulled Messrs. Cabrera, Sandoval, and Posey so early last night, effectively throwing in the towel on game one in the fifth inning (if memory serves) to -- presumably -- focus on games two and three. Given that both teams had an off-day on Monday and that we're still only at the season's half-way point, that struck me as premature (even given the Nats' big lead).

baseballswami said...

And apparently the Giants came here a day early to adjust.

NCNatsie said...

MEMO TO: E. JACKSON
FROM: D. JOHNSON

FYI, THE ALTITUDE OF NATIONALS STADIUM IS 16 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. HAVE A GOOD DAY.

Gonat said...

Eugene, time will tell. Davey went with his starters into the bottom of the 9th after the long rain delay. Bochy was too early and Davey waited too long. Niche conceded the game in the 6th.

Gonat said...

Meant bottom of the 8th

CN said...

Sandy Leon is officially off the DL and back w/ Harrisburg. Glad he is healthy again, he was the emergency call up since Solano was on Syracuse's DL when Ramos tore his ACL.

Great to see all this catching depth, even after the departure of Norris.

CN said...

Norris BTW is doing well during his first 2 weeks up:
.333/.375/.533 with 2 HRs & 6 RBIs in 8 games & 30 ABs

NatsJack in Florida said...

NCNatsie....That means Edwin needs to keep his pitches at no more than 18' above sea level because it was the elevation of his pitches that killed him in Denver.

baseballswami said...

Ejax is due to have a good game . We need a strong run up to the break. Miami for 4 after the break in their place.

CN said...

anyone catch Reid's editorial:
Reid
I know there are some who would like to land Greinke, even as a rental for the rest of the season and others who strongly oppose. I fall into the latter category, what I don't understand from Reid is why he didn't offer any specific scenarios. Instead, he was very general in what the team should offer for Greinke.

There really are only a handful of sports jockeys and columnist who know the Nats. I wish writers / DJs like Reid would not feel obligated to cover the Nats and just leave it to the experts.

Davide said...

Wow!I like this starting time!finally I can follows the Nats in the afternoon(it's 5p.m. here)!Go Nats!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Is it me or does beer taste different at 11:00 AM?

lls45 said...

CN, completely agree with you on Reid and Greinke. Going into the postseason with Gio, JZimm, EJax, and Det would be a rotation most teams would kill for.

Gonat said...

5 pitch walk

Eugene in Oregon said...

CN,

I don't have a problem with Jason Reid not offering specific scenarios (in terms of whom the Nats might have to give up to get Zack Greinke). But the real question is whether the Nats would be getting a three-month 'rental' or whether the deal included a longer-term contract (or contract extension). And I assume that a longer-term deal would mean that Edwin Jackson would be moving on after this year (or even earlier, perhaps?). One point where I agree with Mr. Reid is that acquiring Mr. Greinke would deny him to the Braves (or Phillies), which would be an added advantage of such a move. I'm not quite ready to advocate for such a trade, but I don't see it as far-fetched either.

baseballswami said...

Are we worried yet? Watching Bryce go after that ball in the outfield- he has very long strides, gets there quickly and looks smooth out there. Good news as we may need it today.

baseballswami said...

Now we're worried. Come on, offense!

Gonat said...

Leadoff walks will kill you. That has nothing to do with altitude.

m20832 said...

Why can't EJax get out of the first inning without giving up runs? Any opinions?

Davide said...

11 millions of "why??"... -.-"

NatsJack in Florida said...

I'm guessing Bryce may have problems with this lefty.

Gonat said...

I have no say in it, I think Greinke is too inconsistent and won't fit into the clubhouse here. That's my 2 cents.

Go after Dempster if he comes back healthy or Wandy.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gonat.....If Greinke wasn't a good clubhouse guy, Rizzo would never have gone after him last Winter.

Gonat said...

NatsJack, don't be so sure.

CN said...

Zim drilled one, unfortunately, Bum did his best goalie impression and prevented it from going into CF for an RBI single. instead, it's a 1-3 groundout...

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Absent specific evidence to the contrary, I'm with NatsJack on that one. Rizzo has been really consistent, and successful, on that point.

Gonat said...

Zim runs like a catcher now.

Section 222 said...

DeRosa is actually making me miss Michael Morse in RF...

CN said...

Eugene,
I find it hard to believe that the Nats are going to offer the $140M it may take to tie down Greinke long-term.

As I type that, Giants get a one-out double roped over DeRosa's head in RF.

slidell2 said...

m20832: One would think something related to his pre-game prep. Not looking at(or digesting)film, scouting reports would be one guess. Just doesn't seem ready to go.
Or, maybe just good old-fashioned nerves.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Wow, that was a catchable ball by Crawford over DeRosa.

Section 222 said...

Kind of funny to read the comments about Bochy cashing it in last night after reading the story about the minor league coach who was suspended for a year for throwing a game in the 17th inning because he didn't want to risk injury to position players who had to pitch. Double standard anyone?

CN said...

Sofa,
Morse has made plenty of plays using every bit of his 6'5+ frame. Morse might very well have had that it his glove.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Have I mentioned that I like this Solano kid?

Gonat said...

Greinke hasnt had issues the Brewers. He supposedly did with the Royals. Still, he is inconsistent and not good on the road.

CN said...

Hopefully this is where EJax begins to settle down, since this will be his 2nd time thru the lineup. He gets out of a jam there, time for the bottom half of the lineup to generate some offense in the 2nd.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Double standard anyone?

Well, not really the same. Teams have come back with their bench in the game. There was that Cubs game earlier in the season, where they blew a big lead. Ask the Brewers. As I understand it, the manager in that minor league game told his position player, who was pitching, to deliberately balk in the winning run. I see a qualitative difference there.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Wow, that's a bad AB. Struck out AND got picked off.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Morse has made plenty of plays using every bit of his 6'5+ frame. Morse might very well have had that it his glove.

Maybe. The trouble there was the lack of a jump, and a bad route, neither of which is Morse's strong suit.

And another really forgettable AB, 3U on a check swing "whoopsie." Man, I hope he gets back on track soon.

JD said...

Gonat,

You don't have to worry about it. The Nats don't have the pieces it takes to get Greinke who is just about the best pitcher in the NL (with the possible exception of Dickey).

Gonat said...

Why does the home team look tired? Disappointed EJax didn't come out firing. He got home early last night. He shouldn't be tired.

phil dunton said...

Derosa is the Matt Stairs of 2012... Rizzo must dig really deep into the dumpster to find these turkeys.

CN said...

Really mind-boggling how effective EJax is after the first time thru the lineup. Night & Day. They should have him pitch batting practice to the opposing team to get rid of the yips...

Gonat said...

JD, don't quote me WAR.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

OK, let's go get something!
GYFNG

JD said...

Gonat,

OK, what do you want to use ? W/L - check. ERA - check. K/BB - check, HR per 9 innings - check.

let me guess; the eye test.

baseballswami said...

Nothing new with Ejax. His past performance shows a very high era in the first. Just takes him a while to get the feel. You just hope he doen't give up too much and hope your offense can overcome it. We need some hits..

NatsJack in Florida said...

JD.....I'm with you on Greinke but you have to admit, the home/road splits are pretty strange.

JD said...

btw Gonat. why not WAR?

Faraz Shaikh said...

Nats are going for the record of least pitches thrown by opposing pitcher.

Section 222 said...

Teams have come back with their bench in the game.... I see a qualitative difference there.

Well, obviously there's a difference. But Bochy thought it was better to protect and rest his players by essentially giving up on the game. It was clear what he was doing and everyone thinks its fine. Heck, NL thinks that Davey tosses in the towel regularly when he uses the back end of our bullpen. Yet, this poor guy who thought it was better to protect his young, minor league players by giving up on the game, gets banned from the dugout for a year. Whatever difference there is doesn't merit such a draconian sanction.

Faraz Shaikh said...

maybe not. two, two-out singles by Espi and Harper for Zimm.

Section 222 said...

Derosa is the Matt Stairs of 2012... Rizzo must dig really deep into the dumpster to find these turkeys.

But but but, didn't you see that good hit last night??

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I thought that was a no-doubter by Zim.

Gonat said...

Steve, so did Zim.

Faraz Shaikh said...

surprised harper did not score from first. good to see we got one back, let's keep going.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats making Bumgarner work in this inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

DESI does it again with 2 outs and a runner on 3rd. That is the definition of clutch.

NatsNutty said...

Desi for President!!!!

CN said...

Way to pick them up, Dessie!! No harm done on the missed HR by Zim. That's 5 straight runners reaching w/ 2 outs!

Faraz Shaikh said...

there is no such thing as clutch hitting in baseball. :P

anyways, good to see our number four pitcher is keeping up with their #2 pitcher.

JD said...

Nice 2 out rally against a good pitcher.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

FP with some great intel. He just said that Bumgarner woke up this morning at 7:30AM and he did the same yesterday to get used to time zone and early start.

The heat and long inning got to him.

TyMo seems different to me since he got picked off last week. Anyone else think so?

baseballswami said...

New game!

Gonat said...

I won't be greedy but TyMo had him on the ropes.

baseballswami said...

Is it my imagination or have the Nats been really clutch with 2 outs this year?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Desi now batting .326 with 2 outs and RISP. That is clutch. I don't have the stats on whether or not that leads the Majors. Is ELIAS listening?

Section 222 said...

Sweet clutch hitting from Desmond. Wow. Zim misses a 3 run bomb by inches, but Desi comes through.

baseballswami said...

I just feel like Jackson works a little slow.

Old Wino said...

Nice to see the bats still alive.

baseballswami said...

Solano is pretty good. Nice DP!!!

Gonat said...

Steve, I just quoted you on Twitter. I see the Nats Twitter also did. Coincidence?

CN said...

Ejax missed his spot inside by laying one over the plate. No matter, it's a 4-6-3 inning ending DP on a great scoop on a hard it ball.

EJax is miraculously at 16 pitches/inning thru 4 after a horrific first.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Now that the Nats have gotten back in the game, those posters that only come out when they are losing can go back to lurking.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I didn't know Solano before, I am starting to now. I want to see him more. I see him as a possible 1A. Expect 3 catchers on the Nats roster in September.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, don't stir them up. Most of them don't have power.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Actually, there has only been one of those posters today.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ghost......2004 here in Central Florida convinced me to invest in a whole house generator.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
baseballswami said...

Solano!!!!!!!

CN said...

The Nats also like Leon a lot, but he needs more seasoning. That said, the Onion puts the Nats on top!!!!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Did I mention I like this Solano kid?

CN said...

Wow!!! Ejax takes a huge swing. Would've been something if he went back to back w/ Solano.

CN said...

Funny that most of us were wondering about what the Nats would do after trading Norris. C is still well-stocked, the backstop is in good hands, my friends.

phil dunton said...

Solano should get more playing time. He is a better hitter than Flores.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

NatsJack, I learned that living in the Pacific. Generators are our friends. Even when you have power, somebody else doesn't.

baseballswami said...

So he is only 5 ' 9 ". Tons of energy. I have talked a lo about the three rookie position players, but we have 4 really good ones. That is just amazing!

CN said...

No need to trade fo a veteran backup catcher. Solano is great @ calling the game and protecting the ball from going to the backstop. He's got a great bat too.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Two years ago in Fall Instructs., Solano was 6th on the depth charts not counting guys like Maldonaldo, or the guys on the 40 man. He's impressed me in all phases but mostly for how he positions himself like Yadier Molina.

Observe how low he stays and gives the umpire a clear view of the pitch.

MicheleS said...

Cooling rooms by Section 202 are a godsend.

phil dunton said...

Yogi Berra was only 5'7'".

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Ghost......2004 here in Central Florida convinced me to invest in a whole house generator.

July 04, 2012 12:31 PM


I have a portable generator at my main residence and it has multiple outlets. One goes to DirecTV, one to my TV, one to my fridge.

On the road, I use cell service to power my MLB.TV and a technology called Slingbox which allows me to watch MASN on my laptop.

JD said...

phil,

Solano has had 27 PA's. Maybe too soon to declare him a better hitter than Flores.

CN said...

Morse has an uncanny ability to get to the ball. He's a lumbering mofo out there, but he seems to make the play more often than not, even with a bad hammy.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Two years ago in Fall Instructs., Solano was 6th on the depth charts not counting guys like Maldonaldo, or the guys on the 40 man. He's impressed me in all phases but mostly for how he positions himself like Yadier Molina.

Observe how low he stays and gives the umpire a clear view of the pitch.

July 04, 2012 12:38 PM


I like his comfort level with the pitchers. Its a confidence. That's what I really like about Ramos. The HR was a bonus.

JD said...

Solano has looked better than I had anticipated but before you know he's the real deal you have to see what happens after the league has seen him for 2 to 3 months. This is why it's still early to conclude on TyMo; he's still a work in progress.

JD said...

Ghost,

Good observations re Solano.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ghost ......mine provides 400 amp service and is on an auromatic transfer switch.

When you work as the construction guy for an Architect that specializes in Police, Fire, and Emergency Ops Centers, you have an advantage in getting stuff.

Gonat said...

If EJax could start inning #1 like his middle innings, he would look like an Ace.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nice, through mid-5 with the lead!

baseballswami said...

So about the catchers/ pitchers. I was watching last night and it appears that JZim has started calling his own game. I have seen our pitchers just throw whatever the catcher puts down, the game goes pretty quickly then. Does anyone know if our pitchers generally do/do not call their own games? Or if they only do it with Solano and let Flo call their games? My observation has been that Strasburg and Jordan are the only ones consistently calling their own game with both catchers at this point. Anyone know anything about that ?

JD said...

Edwin is pitching really well now. He has a 1st inning problem in that it takes him an inning to get a feel for his pitches but he usually bounces back if the damage isn't too bad.

I was hoping for 7 innings from him today but it looks more like 6 now.

Happy 4th everyone !!!

Section 222 said...

NJ, Ghost, and everyone else who enjoys insulting negative commenters whenever the Nats play well -- lay off. You're boring. At most, the Nats will win 60% of their games, and our hitters will succeed 3 out of 10 times. You'll be "proven" wrong just as often as they will. I like a difference of opinion here, not just a cheering section.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JD said...
Ghost,

Good observations re Solano.

July 04, 2012 12:42 PM


Its truly amazing for a Rookie thrust into this. I want to see him 2 days a week. Just 2. Let's see how he does.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gonat......I've come to expect the 1st inning stuff from EJax....3 is about as bad as I can handle and I consider 1 a good first inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Bryce Harper is the Rookie I really like. Bryce must think its Sunday. 2 hits in another day game.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Gonat......I've come to expect the 1st inning stuff from EJax....3 is about as bad as I can handle and I consider 1 a good first inning.

July 04, 2012 12:49 PM


JZim was once that way. The Cat had him throw a simulated 1st inning. It certainly cuts your day shorter but it has to be worth trying something different.

EJax's Ace game against the Orioles was due to getting thru the 1st quickly and 1-2-3.

MicheleS said...

ZIMMY!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sound the horn!!!! Holiday time for Zim!!!!

CN said...

Wow, I thought that was dbl in the gap, instead, it's a line drive homer over the RF scoreboard!!!!

CN said...

This is a beast of a pitching staff our guys are facing too, mind you!

NatsJack in Florida said...

That makes it official.....Zim is back.....and I mean ALL the way back.

JD said...

Zim is getting locked in.

Good news for Nats nation !!

Faraz Shaikh said...

Is this really Bum? LOL we are HOT as the weather right now.

Old Wino said...

These guys are hittin'.... ( captain obvious )

CN said...

Back 2 Back!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

BEAST MODE!!!! Bumgarner's road ERA is taking a beating & his regular ERA is toast.

MicheleS said...

GORSE Hacking!

jeffwx said...

Murderer's row...Harper, Zimmerman, Morse

Gonat said...

Back to back fireworks!!!!

phil dunton said...

The Beast!!!!

Candide said...

Holy crap, these guys are scary!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Too bad this team is so dependent on pitching....If only they could hit.

Faraz Shaikh said...

early fireworks!!

CN said...

NatsJack, yeah, Rizzo is running this team into the ground by not benching Zim & Espi. Morse is clearly showing the effects of missing the first 2 months of the season too.

Trust me, I get disappointed when our team doesn't produce. Fact of the matter is, this team is competing and the team is filled with a roster full of guys 27 & under, which gives us a lot of hope.

You'd swear we were in the Phillies position by reading some of the posts on here.

Candide said...

NatsJack in Florida said...Too bad this team is so dependent on pitching....If only they could hit.

Well, everyone knows their batting coach is teh sux.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Just wish TyMo can find that stroke. Not good that he is struggling. It was bound to happen. Not getting regular starts.

Section 222 said...

My head is spinning. Who would have thought we'd beat up both Lincecum and Bumgarner? Matt Cain, you're next! This lineup is on fire. And what a great time for the bats to come alive. E-Jax and JZnn, both hard luck starters so far this year, must be pinching themselves.

JD said...

Now take DeRosa out of this lineup and insert Werth; platoon Brown with TyMo and have Lombo spell Espi, Desi and Zim.

No need to trade for any more bats; just 1 more pitcher to take the SS slot and we have a shot to go far.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Faraz Shaikh said...

Cain is much more experienced and has been a better pitcher this season than Bum and Timmy. Having said that our offense has been on fire since that trip to Coors and that cortisone shot for Zim. Wish he had done that sooner.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Bumgarner's ERA from 2.79 at the bottom of the 2nd to 3.27 at the bottom of the 5th.

EJax with a leadoff walk can't make Davey happy.

baseballswami said...

No need to start putting people on , Edwin. This game is far from out of reach for a good hitting , first place team like the Giants. Hold it together.

Gonat said...

Faraz, don't we all. What a difference.

phil dunton said...

JD. I agree that Solano has only had limited at bats. However, he has a nice, aggressive swing with good results. He does not swing at bad pitches. I think it is prudent off of what we have seen to play him more than once or twice a week.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Firm, I don't know exactly what you said and it doesn't matter. I am laughing.

Candide said...

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...some tendentious hotel will post a long exegesis...

Two questions:

1) Is that the first time ever that those two words have appeared in a baseball blog post...?

2) Is that something I have to hit you for?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

phil, some teams may not even have a scouting report on Solano. Keep that in mind. Get excited about his defense and you won't be disappointed. The offense is a bonus.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Traveling solo, I once stayed in a tendentious hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. I will never do that again.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Time for DeRosa to take a seat once the Giants bring in the RH pitcher.

CN said...

Rough game for DeRosa. I'm still sticking to my guns that Morse would've made those two tough plays out there b/c of his length.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

What do they say about lead-off walks?

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I don't know, but wouldn't Tendentious Hotel make a good name for a rock band?

Go ahead and hit me if you like, I'll take my base and steal another one.


Man, DeRosa is killing EJax out there. Another very catchable ball. Pretty sure Morse would have gotten to that.

phil dunton said...

Harper would have caught that ball in RF.

Candide said...

I love that Geico possum commercial.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Love having a plethora of lefties in the 'pen for just games like this.

Candide said...

phil dunton said...

Harper would have caught that ball in RF.


Harper would have caught that ball even if he'd been playing LEFT field.

CN said...

Two lead-off walks lead to two runs by the Giants. EJax otherwise showed great control in the game. Two bad he couldn't go six and be PH for in the bottom of the inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

phil dunton said...
Harper would have caught that ball in RF.

July 04, 2012 1:12 PM


Still a tough play although DeRosa was playing plenty deep.

Section 222 said...

Harper would have caught that ball in RF.

So would Morse. So would Bernadina. Lucky for us, DeRosa made the last out in the last inning, so he can be doubleswitched.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Wow, "tendentious hotel" is a thing. Go figure. Just don't click on any of the links if you google it.

Secret wasian man said...

somebody tell me we got a guy in derosa who cant hit or catch. Horrible effort. this aint over. This aint little league not everyone has to play.

Candide said...

Tendentious.

Exegesis.

Plethora.

A very erudite group here today.

Candide said...

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Wow, "tendentious hotel" is a thing. Go figure. Just don't click on any of the links if you google it.


If those aren't spam traps, there's no such animal.

realdealnats said...

I'm not a Gorzo hater by any means, but I was holding my breath on a 3 run homer... Good work Gorzo.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

A very erudite group here today.

Well-educated, too.

realdealnats said...

In a similar vein, I actually hold out hope for Henry, and last night was a great way to slowly break him in, but keep him away from the mound today!

Gonat said...

Gorzo!!! Bochy with his first managerial mistake.

Secret wasian man said...

No consistencey from this umpire. That miss catch by Dagrossnis changed momentum. gotta get it back here.

phil dunton said...

Ghost, It isn't like Flores is a hitting machine. His offense is marginal at best. I am nonly saying Solano should get more playing time because he has produced. If he fades, then we go back to playing him once a week.

realdealnats said...

And Sofa covers the gamut from exegesis to pulling a hotel move on somebody. Gotta love it.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Pretty sure I've mentioned it already. Like this Cebolla kid.

m20832 said...

Solano again! Nice stolen base!

realdealnats said...

I'm gettin in the mood to listen to Lefty and Pancho...

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Onion Ambush!

Man, this is good stuff.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Wait, that's not duct tape on Solano's wrist, is it?

Gonat said...

Davey went for the knockout punch with Espi instead of busting. Nothing to show for that.

Gonat said...

Onion powder, uh I mean power.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Pancho and Lefty

Here ya go! Kind of a downer song, though.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

DeRosa made that play! Nice 1-2-3

CN said...

To DeRosa:
"Just when I think you couldn't sink any lower, you do something... and totally redeem yourself!"

-Lloyd Christmas

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

DeRosa is starting to get the hang of it, maybe?


Did I mention I like this, too?

Not much of a segue from Townes Van Zant, but it's eclectic in here. Must be the heat.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gonat said...
Davey went for the knockout punch with Espi instead of busting. Nothing to show for that.

July 04, 2012 1:31 PM


Its the calculated risk in this game. Bunt them and let Bryce do his thing with men on 2nd and 3rd or play for the big inning.

The risk of Espi hitting into a DP was a small risk and it happened.

Oh well, get 'em in the 7th.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Can Cliff Lee get his 1st win today? Hate to pull for the Philthies but I will today against the Mets. 0-0 into the bottom of their 3rd.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Davey with the athletic outfield. Glad to see that! Burnie and Bernie in the game!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

The Phils can beat the Mets' bullpen, Ghost. Works for me.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

If Burnie could teach Gio that slider, Gio would be the best lefty starter in the Majors.

Faraz Shaikh said...

No love for Solano on MLB's front page. I mean he also homered off of Bum. Should mention his name also.

realdealnats said...

Sofa-Lefty & Pancho/Pancho & Lefty...my Spanish ain't so good.

Downer you're right and I love Booker T much better to boot. Donald Duck Dunn just passed I believe. Love that Stax sound. Did you ever youtube that Norway show with Booker T and the MGs as the band backing Otis, and Arthur Conley, and Sam & Dave? Same & Dave dance incredibly through a 7 minute+ version of Hold On.

realdealnats said...

Hitting for the cycle here...

Gonat said...

Nice 8th by the Nats. Burnett doing his thing.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Did I mention Chris Young with a Perfect Game in the 4th. The Philthies really do look like a last place team.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Chris Young's Perfect Game and no hitter just ended.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Let's make this a non-save situation.

Gonat said...

Good jinx on Chris Young.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ank the Tank!!!!

Eugene in Oregon said...

And that's almost exactly what I meant.

NatsJack in Florida said...

If only the Nats had a bench.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Lefty & Pancho/Pancho & Lefty...my Spanish ain't so good.

Maybe, but you're encendido! That's funny.

As is Rick Ankiel!

Surface! Surface!

MicheleS said...

ANK!!! JUST AMAZED BY THE OFFENSE!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, you wrote exactly what I was thinking. Bernadina w/ a single. Ankiel with a HR. Solano with a great game. OK, TyMo has struggled. JayB can complain about that.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Oh, and he will.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

OK, TyMo has struggled. JayB can complain about that.


That's what 222 was talking about, wasn't it?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Clay Hensley won't be available tomorrow. Threw 21 pitches. Giants using up a lot of relievers and didn't have to pitch the 9th last night and probably won't have to today.

NatsJack in Florida said...

My next event of the day is watching the continuing implosion that is taking place in the Marlins locker room. Can't wait to watch the Fish/Brew Crew game today.

«Oldest ‹Older 1 – 200 of 217 Newer› Newest» «Oldest ‹Older   1 – 200 of 217   Newer› Newest»

Post a Comment