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Is It Barry Bonds’ Fault, Too? Well, He’s Already BEEN Fired
Posted By Joseph Davis On May 1 2010 @ 11:23 pm In San Francisco Giants | No Comments
When I first learned the Giants would be squaring off against Roy Halladay, the 4-0 ace of the Phillies, my first thought was that they’d be no-hit. They’d been dreadful with the bats for the last 7 games (11 total runs; somehow they won 2 of the 7), especially with men in scoring position.
Then I gave the subject more thought. Halladay wasn’t going to no-hit the Giants. He was going to no-fair-ball the Giants. As hot as he was, and as cold as we were, all signs pointed to Halladay striking out 23 batters, picking off one walk, throwing another walk out stealing, and getting two others on foul pops.
Amazingly, Panda, ice-cold Edgar and company battered the future Hall-of-Famer for 10 hits in 7 innings—none by their most fearless and menacing hitter, the gimpy Juan Uribe (note: I didn’t say “best”, so don’t start a debate) while Jon Sanchez survived a Kleenex-sized strike zone to get the W. Did you also forget about the Sanchez/Chase Utley history as I had? Last year, Sanchez buzzed one over Utley’s head, and the future Hall-of-Fame 2B held his composure, avenging his brushback with a majestic home run to right field. Though Sanchie did plunk Utley this time, it was with a breaking pitch, and no flare-ups took place.
True, Eli Whiteside smacked a double and a line-drive HR off the pole, and true, Andres Torres made a ridiculous, backtracking, twice-redirecting catch that brought back memories of Alex Sanchez (without the catch), but the BEST part of this game: Mike Krukow eliminated two fans who thought it acceptable to show up for a Phillies-Giants game IN SAN FRANCISCO wearing Dodger caps (Duane Kuiper: “These guys made a wrong turn.”) That was almost as bad as picketers outside a Baskin Robbins protesting Wal-Mart’s unfair business practices.
Next, Todd Wellemeyer saved his rotation spot by outlasting the ancient Jamie Moyer, whose career began right around the time the Pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock. He was supported by Matt Downs’ first MLB homer.
The moment we will always take from that game—Philly’s new $125 million-dollar man, Ryan Howard, laced what he predicted would be a sure double. Nate Schierholtz may not have a very powerful bat, but the same cannot be said about his arm, which erased a shocked Howard as he decelerated into 2B! Howard would rope one to Schierholtz again in his next AB; this time, he all but went statuesque upon hitting 1B. We athletes call that “intimidation”.
While I’m on Howard, there are people who don’t think he’s worth his new contract because he’s one-dimensional and strikes out too much. Which is among the dumbest things I’ve heard. Howard K’s 200 times a year and still has a .280 career average. Play a full season and you’ll make at least 400 outs. Who cares HOW he makes them when he produces like he does? Denouncing Ryan Howard for striking out would be like Brian Austin Green rejecting a horny Megan Fox because she’s a Republican.
The third and final game of the series is the one that left people talking, and turned bartenders into counselors/therapists for the next day+ (since the Giants were off the next day). I think I can sum up the game’s disappointing, shocking end when I tell you about a conversation I had with a stranger on Friday morning. He mentioned how the Giants took 2 of 3 from St. Louis and then swept Philadelphia. I corrected him: they lost the final game against Philadelphia. The guy couldn’t believe it. He’d turned the game off after 8, fully expecting Tim Lincecum to mow through the Phillies in the 9th. I explained how Tim gave up a 1-out walk, followed by Brian Wilson’s loading of the bags and Jayson Werth’s 3-run double off the RF foul line.
The guy’s first response: “WHY’D THEY TAKE OUT LINCECUM??”
Because these Giants are going to go, at minimum, deep into September, and as Bruce Bochy said, why use Lincecum’s bullets up now when they’ll be needed desperately later down the road? We didn’t need to send Philly a “message”; that had been done in Game 1 against Halladay. Wilson is an All-Star closer and deservedly so. Leaving Lincecum in is no guarantee that the win is preserved! I may have given Tim one more batter than Boch did, but I support the move. Werth’s hit was a total fluke—it just happened to be a 3-run fluke that prevented a 5-0 start from Lincecum.
People have a right to be upset about the loss, but not to blame everyone from Bochy to Wilson to Schierholtz for what was a serendipitous hit by a very good player. Flukes happen. Franco Harris’ immaculate reception? The Lorenzo Charles putback? More recently, the Sharks’ Dan Boyle accidentally scoring for the Avalanche? Sometimes, there’s just nobody to blame but Lady Luck.
TRAIL MIX: Aaron Rowand, recovered from his beaning, is eligible to be activated from the D.L. Sunday. Count on seeing him in the lineup. (Vicente Padilla, who beaned Rowand, is now on the D.L. himself). Renteria, mired in an awful slump after his hot start, went 7-for-13 against the Phillies with 4 RBI and is still over .300 for the year.
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