Matt Cain is just the best. Even in a meaningless spring game, he’s still the best. He threw five perfect innings today and looked as sharp as ever, striking out seven. In the first he struck out Nate Schierholtz on three pitches. Two innings later he got Eli Whiteside to pop out. Then Schierholtz popped out to Hector Sanchez. Matt Cain is life. Matt Cain is amazing. Matt Cain is our lord and savior. Matt Cain!
And what would a Cain start be without the bullpen blowing the lead!
They’re really starting to get into mid-season form here everyone. The Giants took the lead in the fourth when Michael Morse singled and Hunter Pence doubled. Pablo Sandoval, destroyer of cake and baseballs, knocked them both in. In to relieve Cain after the fifth was David Huff, who promptly destroyed Cain’s work.
David Huff, making his spring debut, loses the combined perfecto and the shutout. Two singles and a wild pitch, run in.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs)March 10, 2014
Then Jeremy Affeldt came in for the seventh inning. Affeldt has been nails so far this spring. After getting two quick outs, Affeldt allowed a pair of singles which scored the tying run. The Cubs then took the lead on this play:
Oh Giants. Never change. Actually, do change. Don’t ever do that again.
Jose DePaula and George Kontos pitched the last two innings, respectively. Both of them continue to put up good numbers. That’s gonna make Bruce Bochy’s job much harder. There’s a lot of viable bullpen candidates in camp, and it seems like that pool widens everyday.
Speaking of bullpen candidates, guess who pitched today for the Cubs!
You’re damn right that’s Jonathan Sanchez. He closed out the game on three pitches. Not even a single walk. Booooooring. That’s not the Jonathan Sanchez I know. You’ve changed man, you’ve changed.
The Giants face the Reds tomorrow in Goodyear. Who knows, maybe Mat Latos will take a baseball to the sprouts. That would be nice.
MAR. 10, 2014 || Twitter: @iAMgoldenstate
Last night at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors staged a comeback win against the Phoenix Suns. Trailing the entire first half, a critical third quarter effort helped push the Dubs over the bump for a 113-107 victory.
For the majority of the game, the Suns proved they had Golden State figured out as they defended at a high level and pushed the pace on offense. The Warriors had no answer until after the half, regrouping in the third for a 38-17 quarter. Going into the fourth, the Warriors were able to retake control of the tempo and go on an early run, which was later answered by a late quarter push by Phoenix. Through some gritty defense and a couple of back-to-back turnovers from the Suns, GSW was able to close the game out with a couple of clutch free throws.
David Lee led the charge with a game-high 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Channing Frye was simply unable to guard him late in the game, which was a huge factor in the win. Klay Thompson was Golden State’s second-highest scorer, finishing with a solid 22 points, and he played superb defense throughout the game. Steph Curry (quad) tallied 18 points to go with nine assists despite another poor shooting performance.
As for the second unit, Draymond Green had a bench-high 13 points on 5-8 shooting from the field before fouling out late in the game. Steve Blake, Harrison Barnes and Jordan Crawford each had seven points, each of them having a great overall performance to help keep the Dubs in the game. Credit #Steezus with a clutch buzzer beater to end the half; he proved extremely efficient having played only five minutes in last night’s game.
Mark Jackson opted to go small last night, limiting both of his centers to very few minutes: Andrew Bogut played just 14 minutes against Phoenix, and Jermaine O’Neal played just seven minutes. Since the acquisition of Steve Blake, Jackson has been very unpredictable with his rotation, mixing and matching his pieces like he did last season. He’s slowly begun to shy away from all-bench units, which has resulted in an overall improvement in production and efficiency. Warriors are now 10-2 since the Blake trade.
Last night’s win has moved the Warriors to a 40-24 record, putting them 16 games over the .500 mark. They’ve also now gone 11-2 since the All-Star break, so hopefully this kind of effort continues over the course of the remaining 18 games. Tomorrow the Warriors will face the Dallas Mavericks, who are coming off a successful stint against the Indiana Pacers. That game will be the first of a back-to-back before heading off to LA to beat the Clippers. Coverage for the Mavs games starts at 7:30PM/PT.
The Giants beat Clayton Kershaw today. Say it. Take it all in. Enjoy it. Because as soon as April rolls around it’ll go back to endless 2-1 games. Then again, now the Giants have a secret weapon against Kershaw. A challenger approaches!
A third Brandon. Just what we needed. Hicks is a journeyman infielder who is about three steps behind Tony Abreu and Ehire Adrianza for a bench job. He was responsible for all three runs today though. That certainly helps out his cause.
Edwin Escobar started the game against the Dodgers and had a shaky first inning. He walked Chone Figgins on four pitches to lead off the game. The next batter, AJ Ellis, grounded out on a comebacker to Escobar. However, a throwing error by Brandon Belt allowed Figgins to score. Escobar allowed a double to Yasiel Puig, as well as walks to Adrian Gonzalez and Mike Baxter before tight-roping out of the inning and only allowing the one run.
After the first, Escobar settled down a lot, throwing two hitless innings. He was relieved by Jason Berkin, who threw three scoreless innings and got some defensive help from Pablo Sandoval.
Sandoval doesn’t make that play last year. Maybe not in 2012 either. That’s a skinny man’s play, and he threw out Yasiel Puig with plenty of time. Of course, Puig was half assing it down the line, but that was still a heck of a play.
So we know how the game at Camelback Ranch ended up. What about the game against the Giants Futures team?
Kyle Crick started for the Futures team and got absolutely lit up. While he is the Giants’ top pitching prospect, he comes with a significant wild streak. Ty Blach is also a top Giants prospect, and he had just about as rough a day as Crick. The good news is that Madison Bumgarner dominated and had an RBI single for the big Giants. Derek Law continues to impress and Jose Casilla had a pretty good outing despite having to mop up Crick’s mess.
Next up, the Giants play the Cubs. Let’s hope their aren’t any tarp malfunctions again.
The Sharks shut out the Montreal Canadiens for the second time this season last night at SAPCenter, in one of their strongest showings of the campaign.
Antti Niemi stopped each of the 27 shots sent his way, and was free to spend the rest of the evening watching his team constantly press at the Montreal defense. Consistent presence in the offensive zone shut down Montreal’s high scoring defenders and opened the game up for the Sharks forwards.
Tommy Wingels opened the scoring barely two minutes into the first, chasing a rebound from a shorthanded Logan Couture shot past Peter Budaj and into the net. Wingels also got the second goal of night, redirecting Matt Irwin’s attempt on goal and effectively ending Budaj’s night.
Rookie Matt Nieto added another goal in the second, rocketing a shot past Dustin Torkarski off an assist from Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. The Marleau-Couture-Nieto line was easily the most effective for the Sharks last night, adding a fourth goal from Couture in the third. Even four goals up, the Sharks continued offensively down to the wire, peppering Torkarski’s net for a number of close calls.
While the team will want a better showing on the power play than last night’s when they face Toronto on Tuesday, this was the kind of outing everyone wants to see down the stretch.
The goofy run of 23 innings with only one run given up couldn’t last, even against Spring Training teams. Everyone knew that. But for it to end in such a bombastic way was a little jarring.
The game started with a single, a home run and a double. This should have been an immediate sign of things to come, but you kept watching you fool. We all did. Ryan Vogelsong gave up another homer before the inning ended to total four runs in the first. His second inning was much better, retiring the side in order. Then everything fell apart.
Ty Kelly led off the third inning with a walk and came around to score after an error by Vogelsong and a single. That fifth run chased Vogelsong from the game, bringing in Yusmeiro Petit. Petit has been shelled all spring and today was no different. After Dustin Ackley flew out, Petit gave up a pair of singles and was the victim of an error by left fielder Juan Perez. All told, Petit allowed both of his inherited runners to score along with two more that were charged to him. At the end of the third inning it was 9-0 Mariners.
Petit threw two more innings, both clean, before handing it over to Jeremy Affeldt. Affeldt was one of the better looking pitchers all day, striking out one and throwing a perfect sixth inning. Javier Lopez came on in the seventh and gave up a pair of singles, a triple and a walk. He allowed three more runs.
In the eighth, Sergio Romo came into the game. At that point I was crying into my cereal already so anything that happened was just going to be unfair. Of course, it did get worse. Much worse. Romo looked like he wasn’t throwing his slider again, and that led to him giving up four runs without getting an out. Jake Dunning relieved him and let an inherited runner score before the end of the inning. Romo’s final total for the day: 3 hits, 2 BB and 5 ER. Mason Tobin allowed another run in the ninth to bring the total to 18.
There was really just one bright spot for the Giants on offense. Andrew Susac, prospect of note, hit his second double in as many days.
Susac knocked in the first two runs of the game for the Giants and had the only hit that made any sort of difference. Today was pretty much just an all around shit show. Good thing its still Spring Training, and this is in no way a sign of doom on the horizon. Heh.
The Giants limp away from this game to a split-squad match up on Sunday. Half the team will face the Dodgers, and Edwin Escobar is slated to start that game. The other game will be the Giants against the Giants Futures, a team of prospects made up of guys like Susac, Kyle Crick and Ty Blach. Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to start against the kids from the farm.
MAR. 8, 2014 || Twitter: @iAMgoldenstate
In their first game back in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors protected #WarriorsGround against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. A close game at first, the Warriors closed the game out in decisive fashion to win 111-97.
The Hawks kept the game close in the first quarter, answering every Warriors basket. Gathering themselves, Golden State pulled off a dominating run in the second quarter, besting the Hawks 32-21 going into the half. Unfortunately, the Hawks regrouped in the third and had a run of their own, which was nullified when the Warriors regained their footing in the final quarter to hold off the Hawks’ attempts to comeback. It definitely wasn’t the most exciting game this season, but it was still a solid win.
David Lee led the way with a game-high 18 points on 9-12 shooting, helping the Warriors to tie their season-high 66 points in the paint. Steph Curry had 13 points, and he notably has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 51 consecutive games, the longest active streak since Kyle Korver fell short at 127. Andre Iguodala also contributed 13 points, and Andrew Bogut dropped-in 10 points and nine rebounds on 5-6 shooting.
As for the Dubstitutes, Jermaine O’Neal led the bench squad with an impressive 17 points and eight rebounds, followed by Jordan Crawford’s nine points and Harrison Barnes’ seven points. JO has been a dominating force off the bench for the Warriors, and hopefully his high-level play continues long into the postseason. Crawford’s level of play has also seemingly gotten better since the Steve Blake acquisition, and the same goes for Barnes. Blake tallied six points, three rebounds, and three assists in the win.
Klay Thompson scored 6 points in just 6 minutes played, coming out of the game due to what looked like a back injury.
He did not check back into the game, but said postgame that he could have came back in the second half if needed. No report on whether Thompson suffered any head trauma.
Steph Curry, having been taken out of the prior game due to thigh soreness, appeared to be fine as of last night.
However, the same cannot be said for Bogut’s right shoe, which ripped apart late in the game.
#Condolences #HowDoesThatEvenHappen #JustDoIt #DontWearNike #Ginobili’d
The Warriors now improve to a 39-24 record, giving them a comfortable lead as the sixth seed in the West. The team is also now 8-2 since the All-Star break.
Their next game will be on Sunday as they attempt to avenge a devastating loss to the Phoenix Suns. Coverage begins at 6 P.M/P.T. on CSN Bay Area and NBA TV.
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If you’re like me, you remember 2010 very vividly*. The Giants starting rotation obliterated just about any offense they matched up against in September. They allowed three or more runs just seven times. They weren’t just good, they were historically good.
Now, switch out Ryan Vogelsong for Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Hudson for Barry Zito and you’ve got yourself a pitching staff that is just as good as the one from 2010. The caveat is that we’re still in the middle of March, so there’s still plenty of time for the team to implode. Wonderful.
Tim Lincecum kept the gravy train rolling today with three scoreless innings against the Royals. He gave up a couple hard hits and didn’t strike anyone out. He was hovering around 90, occasionally dipping down to 89. Still sad to write that because
I don’t know why I feel the need to post that every time I write about Timmy. Its just so astounding. Nonetheless, Timmy and his mustache held down a Royals lineup that isn’t as bad as you may associate with the team from Kansas City.
Brett Bochy relieved Lincecum and threw a scoreless inning. Derek Law also got an inning in, striking out two with his mid-90s fastball. Should Law see significant time in the majors this year, he’s going to be very important to the bullpen. He’s the only reliever right now who can touch above 95. I’m already on the Law bandwagon, and if you are still on the fence about it, just have a look at this. Those stats should almost be tagged as NSFW they’re so filthy. If he has another season like that, you better believe Bruce Bochy will be calling his name out of the ‘pen soon.
In other news, Hunter Pence hit a home run today just like usual, with all the grace of a fork in a blender
That’s now two home runs from the Giants projected lineup this spring. Mark Minicozzi also homered, for the second time. Place your bets now for how long it’ll take KNBR callers to want Minicozzi over Brandon Belt. Meet the new Pill, same as the old Pill. Youngsters Andrew Susac and Brandon Hicks each hit a crisp double in the ninth to score another run. George Kontos finished off the game with a perfect ninth.
The Giants play the Mariners at 12 PST on Saturday. It will be their first game televised on CSN of the spring. Ryan Vogelsong is scheduled to start.
*because the Giants won the World Series in 2010. I just like saying that.
Well after 20 Cactus League innings with only one run given up, I think its fair to say that the Giants’ starting rotation is going to break a bazillion records this year. Should be fun!
Ok fine, that’s not how it works. But its hard to argue how well everyone is pitching right now. Tim Hudson threw three scoreless innings today against the Reds and had three strikeouts. The stats for the starters as of today
I will take that kind of production for all 162 games, thank you very much. Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo were all on point today as well. Romo gave up an unearned run after a Chris Dominguez error, but other than that it was all zeroes for the first eight innings. Jean Machi gave up a run in the ninth but closed it out, giving the Giants another 3-2 win.
Oh, and this happened too
Looking mighty skinny roundin’ those bases Mr Sandoval. Looking miiiiiiighty skinny. That’s the first home run from a projected starter so far, which seems just about right for the Giants. Of course, Michael Morse would have two if Josh Reddick wasn’t secretly Peter Parker.
Juan Perez had the other big hit of the day, an RBI double off of Chen-Ming Wang. Also, Chen-Ming Wang is still playing professional baseball. That’s probably more of a shock than Juan Perez getting a knock. Nonetheless, it was a good day overall for a team that is looking like world beaters right now. Everything should fall into place by the time Opening Day comes around next week.
What’s that? We’re only eight games in? Oh dear god no please have mercy on us baseball gods no no no no