Thursday, March 19, 2009

Giants (6) vs White Sox (4)

In a disturbing trend and for the 3rd game in a row now, the Giants regulars could do nothing against a front line MLB pitcher. Today it was John Danks that held the Giants scoreless for 5 innings on 4 singles and a walk, while striking out 5. The last 3 games it has been 15 innings of shutout ball pitched against the Giants in the first 5 innings of the games. I hope this trend does not continue during the regular season.

In a positive trend, for the 3rd game in a row, the Giants replacements came back to win the game against the opponent's bullpen. Today it was Nate Schierholtz, Eugenio Velez, Scott McClain, Kevin Frandsen and Jesus Guzman that got the RBI's from the 6th inning on to win the game. Today's RBI gave Guzman the team lead with his 12th of the spring.

Matt Cain started the game and pitched a team high 5.2 innings. Matt was not real real sharp today as he gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Cain continues to walk too many batters and the 2 solo HRs were just poorly located pitches. You can make all the excuses for Matt that you want about lack of run support, but if he can't start controlling his pitches, he will never be the star we all hope he will be. In his defense, both of the 1st inning runs probably shouldn't have happened. On a looping line drive to LF, Nate Schierholtz got a late jump on the ball and then compounded the problem by diving for the ball. The ball got by him for a double. With a better jump, the ball probably would have been caught and it certainly shouldn't have been more than a single. In the same inning, Randy Winn went back to the wall in RF, then turned around and looked up at the top of the wall like he thought the ball was a sure HR. Problem is the ball hit at the base of the wall for another tainted double. I am not sure how the ball kept from hitting Randy in the head as his back was turned and there were only a couple of feet between him and the wall. That ball definitely should have been caught. Of course........Cain shouldn't have thrown such a hittable pitch either.

Tomorrow will be the same 2 teams out in Glendale. Hopefully the regulars will be able to put up some runs for starting pitcher, Barry Zito. He usually needs all of the runs he can get. Of course, if the Giants hold true to form, not many regulars will make the bus ride to Glendale. Seems like any bus ride of over 1/2 hr. means a lot of youngsters will play.

56 comments:

bacci40 said...

disturbing trend....or a message?

winn should be gone

sabean cant pick vet talent

play the kids

let me be gm...ill work cheap

and ill put an exciting, very cheap team on the field

Anonymous said...

hey man, just curious, is everything okay with you? are you going to continue to post entries for games or are you done?

Anonymous said...

I'll see him at the game tonight and ask him.(If I remember !) I don't know why he stopped posting, but I can tell you that he's in good health.

It's possible that the small volume of responses discouraged him as it would me.

JMO

Blez007 said...

Hope you decide to pick this up again - absolutely love your blog, and being over here in the UK it is a priceless insight into how the club is coming together each spring...

Cheers for all your efforts either way!

jwg said...

Yes, thanks for doing this blog. One of the first things I look at each day. Hope you are not done, but if you are, it has been a pleasure

merkin said...

Love the blog GF9, the first stop for ST info.

Yeah, its long Spring Training this year and I sure it gets to be a chore for GF9. And if you see him at the game, buy him a beer =)

Lewis A. said...

please don't stop posting! the pictures and comments are the most insightful thing i see and read regarding spring training. the beat writers are good, but they are being fed the talking points. keep up the great work, and i'll buy you a beer at at&t.

Lewis A.

Anonymous said...

I hope you continue posting! I've never commented before but I love reading your blog. It's my favorite place to catch up with how the Giants are doing.

Anonymous said...

"And if you see him at the game, buy him a beer =)"

I did exactly that.

Anonymous said...

I'm with the rest of them.

please come back?

Shawn said...

agreed! ive been coming to this blog for years now and being in france for the year i was enjoying it more than usual.
but regardless im glad to hear everything is okay health wise.

Anonymous said...

where are you mate?

Anonymous said...

miss the posts......

wjackalope said...

every day I check to see if there is a new post about the latest game. And every day I shed a single tear. Come back GF9!

Anonymous said...

HEY LAZY. HOW ABOUT SOME POSTS?

I'M A FANCY MAN AND I DEMAND UPDATES

Anonymous said...

would love to have you back.

Anonymous said...

MISS THE POSTS. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SPRING TRAINING REPORTS ALL WINTER. AFTER I CHECK MY EMAIL IN THE MORNING THIS IS THE FIRST PLACE I GO DURING SPRING TRAINING. I'VE SENT ALL MY G MEN FAN FRIENDS TO THIS SITE AS WELL. YOU ARE MISSED.

Anonymous said...

Wow, kinda like the end of an era. After years of posts I guess it might be over.

Thanks for the great posts Hank. The last two years of Spring Training I have looked into the section I think you are in to try and figure out which might be you, lol. Kind of a celebrity in my mind.

I have just begun my hand at a Giants Blog, so any who are wanting to read and talk about the Giants are welcome....

http://theymightbegiants.mlblogs.com/

Ben said...

Thanks for your insight this spring training you were missed the last few weeks.

Anonymous said...

are there more spring training blogs out there?

out with the old in with the new

phopho10 said...

Hey! I've enjoyed your blogs over the years... I live in KY and don't get to see our boys alot... I did however come to Phoenix for ST this year- definately a trip I'll make every year... Hope all is well! take care- thank you!!

Anonymous said...

What happened GFAN9? We miss you and your insight.

Johnny Disaster said...

Thanks for another spring of Giants' goodies - love it.

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Anonymous said...

Hey GF9, thanks for the spring training coverage this year. Until next year, Tre

babz said...

Hey GF9, I'm a big fan of your blog and look forward to it every year. I hope you will do it again next year (and the year after and and the year after....). I've followed your comments on the other boards as well and can always count on you for fantastic baseball knowledge and your love of the game is infectious. I wish you the best.

Nat Pastime said...

Sorry you quit posting. But know that even though I don't comment much, I looked forward to your posts. I've missed them a great deal.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

kevin said...

Hey G-man Fan 9,

Awwh spring is in the air, well maybe not yet but with all my emails from the giants about tickets for sale, it feels like sping is almost here. Look forward to your post this is my third year following it! Hope you had a good offseason, looks like the Giants didn't!

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Hey GF9. I have been following your blog for a few years now and it's the absolute best spring training coverage you can get. I really hope you start back up this season. Your posts are much appreciated.

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Anonymous said...

please come back!

steveb said...

I never paid much attention to Spring Training until finding your posts. Your reportage and insights were so good that I missed them when the season started. Wishing you will start it up again -- Steveb in Tokyo

Dave G said...

Please please come back - you're our only hope.

Anonymous said...

GF9 just wanted to let you know that there is one more person out there who is hoping you come back. Love the work. Thanks

Anonymous said...

pleeeeeeease come back!!!!!!

i miss this very much

Luigino said...

I'm a big fan of yours too. Hope to see you back this spring !

Michael said...

Looking forward to your first entry of 2010! I'll be down there around the 18th to get a few games in.

Anonymous said...

Come back!

Andy said...

Are you coming back this year? Your posts always make the spring that much better.

Anonymous said...

Please come back!!!

Jason A. said...

Anxiously awaiting your return. Spring training does not feel the same without reading your daily updates.

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Anonymous said...

Well GF9, Like everyone else, I miss your blog! I keep coming back over, hoping you'll pop up. Anyway, hope all is well with you. I appreciate all the work you put in to this.

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