Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Series Thread (Games 31-33): Aug 25-27 @ Giants

The Giants DFAd Hunter Pence on Sunday (.096 average), but he already hurt Johnny Cueto on August 8 by spoiling his no-hitter bid. On Tuesday, there will be no Hunter Pence. Is this Cueto's time for Cueto's first no-hitter?!

Tues 8/25 6:45p: Urias vs. Cueto
Wed 8/26 6.45p: Kerhsaw vs. Gausman
Thu 8/27 5p: Buehler vs. Webb

Halfway through the season, and the Dodgers are 22-8 (best record in baseball) with a league-high four game lead over their closest opponent. But those statistics are biased seeing how this year's geographically-managed schedule forbids us from playing anyone out of either the NL or AL West. So it's way too early to get cocky--thirty games in may be halfway through this insane MLB season, but there's still plenty of time for storylines to change.

Which brings us to this series in San Francisco, where the Giants play better (they're 8-6 at home vs. a 6-10 record on the road) and the seagulls can defacate on any of the few fans willing to embarrass themselves with a cardboard cutout (to be fair, they're only $99 each, a discount to the Dodgers' pricing). I'd like to get out of this series without getting shit on, either. In that way, at least, Hunter Pence is way ahead of everyone.

62 comments:

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Fuck the giants!!!

Orel said...

Roger that.

Orel said...

GAME 1: LET'S DO THIS, PLEASE
Betts, RF
Seager, SS
Turner, 3B
Bellinger, CF
Muncy, 1B
Pollock, DH
Pederson, LF
Hernandez, 2B
Smith,C
Urias, P

Steve Sax said...

Turner gets a gift from yazstremski! He lets a turner fly ball drop for a double. Seager on third. Cody up with one out.

Steve Sax said...

Official scorer gives JT a double

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger flies to short right, no one advances. Boooo

Steve Sax said...

Here’s max, batting .192

Steve Sax said...

Happy birthday Max! Three-run HR!!!

Orel said...

Muncy 3-run HR in the 1st!

Orel said...

Julio continues to unimpress

Steve Sax said...

And Urias gives it right back. Thanks Julio

Steve Sax said...

3-3 through one.

Orel said...

Corey makes it 4-3 in the 3rd!

Orel said...

(Corey HR'd)

Orel said...

WP scores Turner from third! 5-3

Orel said...

Joc double makes it 6-3!

spank said...

FUCK THE GNATS!

Steve Sax said...

Criminy Max, get a damn glove on one of these

Steve Sax said...

Max with a nice end to that double play, call on the field is overturned in the Dodgers’ favor. 6-5 LA, two out in the seventh

Steve Sax said...

In the bottom of the seventh

Steve Sax said...

Ferguson Ks Sandoval on four pitches for the third out!

6-5 LA through 7 full

Orel said...

Ferguson holds the 8th. Impressive work

Steve Sax said...

Wow my feed is late. I saw Ferguson complete the inning.

Orel said...

Kenley finally blows one. Tie game in the 9th

Orel said...

Extras. JT on second, Cody up

Orel said...

Cody looks at strike three. Always enjoyable to watch

Orel said...

Muncy walk. 1st & 2nd, one out

Orel said...

That was weird

Orel said...

Passed ball + throwing error by rookie catcher Joey Bart allows Turner to score from second

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Orel said...

Will Smith strikes out (swinging!)

Orel said...

Alexander needs one more out. Man on third...

Orel said...

welp

Steve Sax said...

Dammit. Great grab by JT but runner scores. Tied up, and Giants still batting

Orel said...

To the 11th!

Steve Sax said...

Crazy way to score in the top of the 11th, Turner hits a dribbler that is fielded by the falling giants pitcher, who reaches out as he falls and JT leaps over his glove to reach first safely, allowing Will Smith to score from third. 8-7, T11, two out.

Steve Sax said...

Turner scored the run in the 10th on an equally crazy play, E2 allowing him to score

Orel said...

That was also weird

Orel said...

Goddammit

Steve Sax said...

What’s also weird is the other Sons aren’t commenting. And they aren’t playing MPQ

Giants tie it up. One out RBI single for Longoria.

Orel said...

WELP

Steve Sax said...

Shit.

Steve Sax said...

The worst part was, I held out the whole night and didn’t drink a beer. I was going to reward myself when the Dodgers won.

Moral of the story: always drink that beer.

Orel said...

That feels like exactly the kind of game that will knock us out of the playoffs

Steve Sax said...

GAME 2 LINEUP

Betts RF
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Bellinger CF
Pollock LF
Muncy 1B
CT3 2B
Pederson DH
Barnes C

Kershaw P

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers were up 1-0 into the foruth and then the top of the fourth has been great

AJ Pollock walk
Muncy forces Pollock at second, one out
CT3 singles to right, Muncy to third
Pederson singles to short (?!), Muncy scores, CT3 to second
Barnes doubles to left, scoring CT3 and Joc
Betts grounds to third but Barnes advances to third; two out

pitching change for the Giants: Peralta enters
Seager singles to third, Barnes scores
Turner flies to left. Three out

5-0 LA, mid-4

QuadSevens said...

Pollock with a 2 run bomb in the seventh! 7-0!

QuadSevens said...

Kershaw with a nice line. 6 IP, 4H, 4K on 86 pitches.

QuadSevens said...

WIN!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

What time does game 2 start?

Steve Sax said...

7-0 WIN (7 innings)

Steve Sax said...

DAMMIT

Steve Sax said...

GAME 3 LINEUP

Betts RF
Seager SS
Turner DH
Bellinger 1B
Muncy 3B
Pederson LF
Smith C
Lux 2B
Hernandez CF

pitcher TBD

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Gavin Lux!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

4:40 first pitch says Joe Davis.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Giants needed more video time to review their suck ass performance.

Steve Sax said...

Ferguson gets the start.

Steve Sax said...

Oh wow we are already up 1-0, on a second-inning Joc HR.

Now it's top 4, Joc on second (he just doubled), Will Smith up with two out. 1-0

Steve Sax said...

Ferguson only went one inning. Doc uses "the opener"!

Steve Sax said...

Will Smith doubles! Joc scores. 2-0 LA

Steve Sax said...

Top of the seventh. Rick Monday calls Charley out for saying the Giants are at risk of their first shutout doubleheader loss since the 1950/ or something like that. Totally agree with Monday on this one—KJ has better be on today.

2-0, Bottom of the seventh (last licks for the giants given the crazy 2020 season rules)

Steve Sax said...

Win