Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/28/2014: A's 4 Giants 1

For the second night in a row, the Giants offense was completely shut down by the A's pitching, or by it's own futility.  Their lone run was scored in the 9'th inning long after this one was over.  Key Lines:

Tim Lincecum-  4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.79.  Timmy was shaky, but hanging in there until he was hit on the left knee by a comebacker and had to be helped off the field.  X-rays were reportedly negative and the diagnosis is a contusion.  He'll likely be day-to-day for awhile.  Prior to the injury, Timmy looked a lot like the Timmy of last year:  FB 88-91, erratic command, sometimes showing his frustration.

Jean Machi- 1.1 IP, 0 R.
Yusmeiro Petit, Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 R.
Lopez and Romo divvied up the 9'th inning.

Dan Runzler- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K.  Runzler started out OK but gave up a couple of BABIP hits and a couple of walks.  I thought he pitched better than his line indicated.  I'm pretty sure that is not going to win him a roster spot, though.

Ryan Vogelsong was scratched from tomorrow's start due to concern that the game may be rained out.  He will pitch in a minor league game in Arizona instead.

Around the League:

RHP Jenry Mejia of the Mets was hit on the forearm by a comeback line drive and had to come out of his exhibition start.

The Angels signed Mike Trout to a 6 year $144 M extension which looks like a pretty good deal for the Angels at this point, although I'm not sure why anybody is still worrying about the money.


  1. Baggs reports that Tony Abreu has cleared waivers and is heading to Fresno.

    Feel any shaking down there Doc? Epicenter is just over the hill from my parents house.

    ps- thanks for sharing your thoughts on the comments section. You really do have a great space.

    1. I'm about 30 miles east of the epi. The shaking wasn't all that strong, but it lasted much longer than most. I would say at least 20 sec. There was an initial gentle rocking that lasted a full 5-6 secs before it built into into a full rocker then died off and kept rocking gently for at leas anther full 5-6 secs or more. The chandelier was still swaying just a little 5 minutes later.

      I saw that Abreu cleared waivers. I think the consensus here was that Abreu might be easier to get through waivers than Adrianza.

  2. Giants Potential is reporting 6 more minor leaguers released. There may be more, but these are the ones he's confirmed:

    Tom Vessella
    Justin Fitzgerald
    Jose Valdez
    Stephen Harrold
    Daryl Maday
    Bobby Haney

    No real surprises here. I had high hopes for Jose Valdez once upon a time, but his career had really stalled out over the last 2-3 seasons.

    1. not surprising, but all good guys

      former nfl player, anthony davis was on a non sports talk show thursday, discussing the northwestern football players lawsuit and the nfl player's lawsuit

      the host, an arch conservative and obama hater, trying to be smart, asked ad about obama's comment that if he had a son, he wouldnt allow him to play football, hoping to get an obama hate comment from ad

      instead, ad very thoughtfully answered that while one cannot stop a child from doing what he wants to do, thinking back, as he was a two sport athlete in college, and was drafted by the O's, he definitely would have chosen baseball, and he would sit his son down and give him all the bad points of football and what it would mean, post career


    2. I have not been following the Northwestern case. I'll have to check it out. I basically won't watch most college sports anymore because the whole exercise is so hypocritical. I know this is a generalization and there are some good programs who aren't making a ton of money, but at the highest levels of college football and basketball, the colleges and TV networks are making enormous amounts of money on the backs of essentially donated work on the part of the athletes. I don't think any reasonable person can argue that the scholarship alone is fair compensation. The whole thing has gotta be reformed!

      I know Tom Vessella is a great guy. Terrific sense of humor. I met a family member at a game in San Bernardino a couple of years ago. I think it might even have been his mom, not sure. She was down by the batting screen taking pictures and calling out some encouragement. I didn't get a chance to ask what her relationship to him was. Bobby Haney was a guy who always impressed me with his enthusiasm. You could tell he just didn't have the size to make it at higher levels.