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Just another HAHAHA LAUGHER
Posted By Joseph Davis On Jul 18 2010 @ 5:15 pm In San Francisco Giants | No Comments
Quick explanation: Since early May, my family and I visited the Washington, D.C. area, where, as you might imagine, no televised access to Giants games exists unless they’re facing the Nats. That’s why you’ve seen no articles on the 2010 Giants lately; I felt unqualified to cover the team when—as ashamed as I am to admit it—I didn’t even know the Giants had Pat Burrell until 3 days after his signing. (Surely, if Burrell had punched his ticket out of Tampa by choking his general manager, maybe, just maybe SportsCenter would have considered mentioning his acquisition by the Giants.)
Our original return date of July 13th couldn’t have been timed better as the Giants would be visiting D.C. July 9-11. We planned to sport our Giants gear with pride at Nationals Park—and hopefully be spotted by CSN cameras! Unfortunately, circumstances forced us to fly back sooner, or spend an extra $550. Long story. The Giants wasted Washington in the final two games of that series; needless to say, I’m disappointed I had to miss it.
Joining me back in the Bay Area were those surging Giants, who dusted off the Mets Thursday behind a vintage Tim Lincecum shutout. Nothing against Bengie Molina, whose bobblehead remains prominently displayed in my home, but Timmy clearly has no reservations about throwing to that Buster kid.
Friday’s starter was Barry Zito, fresh off an outing reminiscent of the 2007-2008 Zito prior to the All-Star break. Tonight, however, he was sharper than Barry Bonds’ eyes. He whiffed 10 Mets, including Ike Davis 3 times in one AB (you know your stuff is sharp when you buckle the umps). He didn’t walk anyone until opposing starter Jon Niese worked him for a free pass in the 6th. Zito held down a Mets lineup that, even minus Jose Reyes, is still fairly dangerous—and he did so with absolutely zero margin of error as SF could only scratch out one run of support. This Giants fan couldn’t help but worry about a repeat of the “Manny” game earlier this year in which Barry threw 7 2/3 scoreless at the Dodgers, only to watch Sergio Romo serve up a game-winning 2-run bomb to Manny Ramirez. In the end, Zito did get the much-deserved (and needed) win, 1-zip. The southpaw’s lone transgression: letting himself get doubled off first base…
About that play: we’ve long known about Jeff Francouer and his bazooka arm; it helped keep him in the majors when he lost his batting stroke. When you thoroughly examine what he did in order to complete this double play—ranging far to his right to pull in a drive by Andres Torres, alertly locating Zito too far off 1st, and finally chucking a one-hop strike from right-center field with all his momentum going away from first base—you almost feel obliged to tip your cap.
One last examination of that play from a whole different angle—has F.P. Santangelo improved in the booth or what? Usually, whenever I learn Mike Krukow would be missing a game or two, it’s a given I’ll tune in to KNBR rather than subject myself to F.P. or J.T. Snow or whatever monogram the Giants would trot out in his place. This time, having not seen a televised Giants game in two months, I watched anyway. And Frank Paul impressed me. He was quick, insightful, and sounded like a pro. None of this was true in the past. He even foreshadowed the Zito baserunning goof; Zito had reached base when Mets 1B Davis intentionally let his sac bunt popup drop, forcing out Aaron Rowand at 2nd. Santangelo noted how replacing a regular player on the bases with a pitcher who doesn’t run the bases often could be beneficial to the Mets. Sure enough, Zito failed to gauge whether or not Torres’ liner would fall and was hung out to dry. Good job, F.P.—but I still prefer Krukow (and always will).
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