It was glorious!
It was glorious!
In the Giants’ first and only bad postseason start, Ryan Vogelsong coughed up a four-run hairball over three innings, then retreated to the clubhouse, where starters usually go to watch the rest of the game. The only odd thing was, Vogelsong refused to strip off his uniform.
“I love this time of year,” Vogelsong said. “It was a disappointment to me to not be out there and feel the energy for more than I was able to. I guess I wasn’t ready to let it go yet.”
Neither were the Giants, who refused to let a three-run deficit stop them from moving within one win of another pennant.
The Giants closed the gap to 4-3 the traditional way: a leadoff single by Joaquin Arias (pinch-hitting for Vogelsong) in the third and RBI singles by Buster Posey (one of his three RBIs) and Hunter Pence, all against starter Shelby Miller.
But the Cardinals, more specifically first baseman Matt Adams, threw away the game in the sixth after Juan Perez batted for Travis Ishikawa and walked, Crawford singled for his first hit of the series and Matt Duffy pinch-sacrificed.
Blanco, whose bunt led to the Randy Choate throwing error that won Game 3 for the Giants, hit a grounder to Adams, who was playing in. Adams backhanded the ball, turned and bounced his throw home.
Even a good throw might not have gotten Perez, whose oblique slide got him to the plate to tie the game 4-4. But Adams didn’t give catcher Tony Cruz a chance.
Joe Panik then hit another ball to Adams, who should have turned an inning-ending double play and kept the game tied. But after Adams stepped on first, he fired a wide throw to second in a bid to double up Blanco.
Crawford scored to give the Giants their first lead at 5-4.
Posey lined a two-out RBI single to left to make it 6-4, and the bullpen did the rest.
AT&T Park was rocking, the Cardinals were reeling, and I was staggering.
It was a very good night.
MadBum takes the mound in San Francisco tonight to try to nail down NLCS Game 5 and another trip to the World Series.
The Kansas City Royals are already going.
When did this become a thing?
I don’t own a cell phone or smart phone or whatever they are calling them these days, but that’s because I have about as much need for one as Abigail Freemantle had for an electric broom.
I am not a technophobe. I used to own a cell phone. I could have one now if I wanted one I know what this technology is and what it does. I just don’t understand the need or desire to be wired into everything 24/7/365 no matter where you go or what you’re doing.
I LIKE being disconnected. If I go to the movies I want to tune out the world and enjoy the movie. If I am playing with my grandkids I give them my attention.
Things got so bad I instituted a rule in my car – If you are riding with me you have to turn off your phone and talk to ME.
You sat in your dens or offices Tuesday, watched the Giants stick four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and thought, “We’ve got this.”
The players knew better. Anyone who has paid attention to San Francisco playoff baseball knew better. That big first inning was no time to celebrate, but an invitation to pop into the bathroom to make sure your medicine cabinet was stocked with motion-sickness pills.
The Giants won Game3 of the National League Championship Series their way, the nutty way, wasting all of a 4-0 lead, getting one hit from innings two through nine, then beating the Cardinals 5-4 in the 10th on the first game-ending throwing error by a pitcher in the postseason since 1969.
With two on and nobody out, reliever Randy Choate grabbed Gregor Blanco’s bunt to the left of the mound, a good one. As the Giants’ outfielder ran to first, Choate threw the ball wide of the bag and toward the visiting bullpen, allowing Brandon Crawford to coast home from second with the run that gave the Giants a lead of two games to one in the best-of-seven series.
Six more like this one might cause their manager to lose what little dark hair he hast left.
“I’m a little delirious,” Bochy said. “Man, these are hard-fought games. We don’t do anything easy.”
The SF Giants have some good starting pitching. At times it is awesome. Their relief pitching is pretty good too. Their fielding and the unique design of AT&T Park (it’s a pitcher’s dream) keep the team in games by making it difficult to score runs. But you can’t win if you don’t score runs.
The whole team seems to be going through a batting slump.
It would be really nice if the Giants hitters all started knocking out lots of hits, extra-base hits and home runs, but that wouldn’t be Giants baseball.
The Giants never do anything the easy way.
I fell asleep at my desk trying to finish this post.
Here is the part I didn’t finish:
I realize that I have been doing a lot of baseball posts lately. One way or the other that will end for the year in the next few days. In my defense I mainly confine my sports posting to two teams that are in different sports, along with an annual Superbowl post. I don’t post about college, NASCAR, basketball, golf, soccer or hockey.
As I grow older I have learned to appreciate the value of culture. Our genetic heritage makes us human. Our cultural heritage makes us Americans. Baseball is part of America’s cultural heritage. So is football.
Baseball and football are valuable parts of our culture, but they are not essential. You can be an American without loving sports, but you can’t truly be an American without loving American culture.
Show me an American citizen who despises American culture, and I’ll show you a Leftist.
Tim Hudson takes the mound this afternoon for the SF Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1, with the next three games in San Francisco.
I’ll be sober for this game.
This is an open thread.
Game 3 of the ALCS between the Royals and Orioles has been postponed due to rain, Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon. It has been raining in Kansas City all day and is expected to continue all the way through to Tuesday morning.
In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families.
Geraldo Rivera’s shirtless selfies are back!
The 71-year-old journalist and TV personality tweeted a half-naked gem Sunday, showcasing his surprisingly buff bod with a body of water in the background!
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since 3 September, the country’s official news agency says.
The KCNA agency said on Tuesday that Mr Kim “gave field guidance” at a newly built scientists’ residential district.
Rodong Sinmun daily newspaper carried several photographs of Mr Kim using a walking stick as he inspected the site.
A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.
A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late Monday.
Am I the only one who sees the connection here???
The last post is rolling forward with 130+ comments, so I guess it’s time for a new one. I’m off today. #Yay!
If you saw last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, you know it was an explosive introduction to Season 5. I won’t spoil it for those who have yet to catch up by elaborating any further. Let’s just say that as we limp along toward midterm election 2014, the media is cooperating with additional explosives.
Case in point: The Left decided today that after two weeks of whatev-ing the ebola panic, it was time they took proper advantage of the rising fear with this new angle: Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director.
While I totally get the reaction of The Right to argue against that by inspecting the NIH budget for waste, I’m not sure this headline was the way to go: Fat Lesbians Got All the Ebola Dollars, But Blame the GOP. *STOOPID*
In other WTF news, the US military is now on board with Climate Hyptivists: Pentagon Says Global Warming Presents Immediate Security Threat. Interesting little paragraph buried halfway down:
“Climate change and water shortages may have triggered the drought that caused farmers to relocate to Syrian cities and triggered situations where youth were more susceptible to joining extremist groups,” Dr. King said. The Islamic State has seized scarce water resources to enhance its power and influence.
So urban living is the way to go in the United States, but not so much in the Middle East. More of the for me, but not for thee thinking so common in certain quarters these days. WTF? See this dazzling piece of self-absorption for what I’m talking about with that type of mentality.
The Klown had this to add:
Fremdschämen: A German term which describes the process of being vicariously embarrassed by someone else.
The Wendy Davis campaign has descended past farce and is now just embarrassing to everyone. Somebody should implement the Mercy Rule and pull the plug on her campaign before she humiliates herself any further.
Seriously, this is not fun to watch.
It’s all about the show, folks, and competition for audience is fierce. What are you watching?