Sunday, May 10, 2015

Comeback Win Makes Moms Smile

Ryan Vogelsong was all lined up to get a proper Caining this afternoon in San Francisco but the lads rallied in the 9th and walked off as winners. Mat Latos was the other hard-luck no-decision recipient as he kept the Giants from stringing anything together for seven innings, matching Vogie's sterling effort. The Sunday lineup had Buster Posey, Angel Pagan, and Brandon Crawford all on the bench but each made a pinch-hit appearance later in the game. Starting shortstop Matt Duffy got the game-winning hit and starting catcher Andrew Susac started the game-winning rally. Pinch-runner Joaquin Arias got deked and held at third by Ichiro on Gregor Blanco's long blast to right field after Susac's hit. That double should have tied the game but the Marlins obliged with a bases-loaded walk to Nori Aoki, who had another good day, to make up for it. Duffy's coup de grĂ¢ce came quickly and the Giants got their 16th win to climb back to a .500 record.

Vogelstrong was the story once again and only an unfortunate sequence with Sergio Romo giving up the go-ahead run in the 8th marred the afternoon on the pitching side. Overall, on the 7-3 homestand, the Giants allowed 30 runs with 22 of those coming in three games. Otherwise it was four shutouts and two two-runs allowed games to get six of the seven wins. The first and final games were both walk-offs in the 9th. The Giants swept the Angels, took two of three from the Padres, and salvaged a split with the Marlins. Not a bad way to open the month of May. After an off-day tomorrow the team is on the road in Houston and Cincinnati and then back home for three with the Dodgers before hitting the road again.




El said...

Great article on the Astro's re-build & pitching philosophy at

They're all about shifting on D, throwing lots of not so fast FB down & away, and hitting HR despite high K rates.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Sounds like the Astros want to be more like the Giants!

Ricky Romero signed to a minor-league deal by SF--Jays are still paying his salary. You can never have enough pitching, right? He was good before his injuries and is only 28.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Boof Bonser retired. All-Name Team, for sure. Yangervis Solarte has to be up for consideration as well.

Anonymous said...

Ricky Romero might fit well with a pitching staff that has Jeremy Affeldt: in his rookie year, 2009, he went on the DL with a strained oblique, caused when he sneezed.

nomisnala said...

The DL sneeze to oblique strain was mastered by Affeldt, so Romero will have a lot in common. Hopefully this will work out. When is Cain going to be raised back into the rotation?

obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

I was hoping soon for Cain but he is still throwing from flat ground still, no mound work that I recall, and so we cannot think about him being in the rotation until he is actually in rehab starts.

obsessivegiantscompulsive said...


What a masterpiece!!!

Looks like he wants to keep his rotation spot!

Just like Duffy wants to stay in the starting lineup!