Friday, May 15, 2015

Pick A Title For This Post

1) Giant Bats Heat Up Great American Ballpark
2) Maddy Cool, Cincy Smokin' Hot
3) Belt, Buster Set Cincy on Fire
4) Fireworks Come Early

What'dya think?

The Giants put up the most runs for a game this season with 10.  Brandon Belt, suddenly hot after suddenly being cold, got 3 hits, including a home run and a double and 5 rbi.  Buster Posey also homered for 2 rbi.  Gregor Blanco, leading off, and Joe Panik, batting second, each had two hits and each walked which is a great way to set up scoring.  Angel Pagan did not get a hit, but got an rbi on a ground-out, and Brandon Crawford, Justin Maxwell and Casey McGehee each got an rbi.  Piling on is never a bad idea, but it is an especially good idea in Cincinnati, where home runs happen.

Madison Bumgarner gave up a couple of those, a solo shot to Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart.  That was it for the Reds' scoring, though as Madison threw 104 pitches in 7 innings, gave up 8 hits but no walks and struck out 4.  Yusmiero Petit finished the game, allowing 2 hits but no runs.

So, yeah, a giant smokestack set up for pyrotechnics out in center field caught fire during the game, and it was Fireworks Night.  I've seen games called on account of darkness, rain, snow, volcanic ash, earthquakes and social unrest, but never something quite like this.


obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

"Giants Belt Reds, as Madison read them their Bill of Rights: Ye shall go down meekly."

M.C. O'Connor said...

I missed the flaming smokestack. I saw Belt's homer to get it started and the first one Maddy gave up and then much later I saw "10-2" and thought "not bad, men!"

I think this is a decent offense despite the overall lack of scoring. It's just a matter of time before things go the Giants way.

MadBum can sure set 'em down meekly! Loved his sliding catch and throw.

That was Game 36 so I'll put up a "2nd inning" post later.

JC Parsons said...

I'm very much looking forward to the 2nd inning report , it must be damn good. We are climbing back into it even without Pence and Cain. That shows more depth than I thought we had. We have a ton of contributors and that has to be a good thing.
The fire thing was very distracting. Lucky we were in control or it would have been annoying. Big leads make everything more tolerable.
I agree that the offense is good enough to get it done. We don't really excel at any one aspect but do everything pretty well. Pence will really help too. Belt had a weird week. First he was hot ,then he went blind, then 3 hits including a dinger last night. Go figure.
Who goes away when Pence returns? Have they said yet? Sanchez have any options? Probably not.

Zo said...

They are speculating that one of the back-up catchers will go away. I think you are right, Sanchez does not have options, just like at the beginning of the season, so it will be Susac. The Chronic today also says that Cain is not close - not before July.

Zo said...

obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

Sanchez has been sent down. It was thought that he had no more options, but Baggarly reported sometime this spring that he actually did have one more option, which they just used.

Poor guy, but at least he should get a lot of playing time down there, maybe work on some stuff and come back up in September to contribute.

Yeah, all the beat reporters are saying that Cain is hoping to be back before the All-Star Game in July, but that the trainers are thinking more like after the ASG.