|2 walkoffs in 18 hours. Photo: Fox Sports|
April baseball! Never good to get too up or too down. And its not how you start, its how you finish.
Dodgers came in flying, left the park reeling a bit. I'll put this one out there: Donnie Two Times is a bush league manager. And the Dodgers have exchanged a couple of clubhouse grumblers for a different type of grumbling: Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson got all emotional on twitter. So it goes.
Giants 6, Dodgers 1
Giants 3, Dodgers 2
Giants 3, Dodgers 2 (10)
Best possible result, and suddenly the Giants are 3 games out of first place. I guess Rome isn't burning yet.
MVP of the series: new guy Justin Maxwell is stinging the ball. Excellent hitting as well as some good fielding, Maxwell overcame a fantastic play in the 8th by Howie Kendrick, and got the walkoff today.
Giants pitching: held the line. It looked rough early with Vogelsong serving up solo home runs, but Vogey turned the page and put up a QS.
Just typical: Fangraphs put up not one but two articles on the awesomeness of the Dodger bullpen. How about waiting until they have 150-200 innings under their belt? They just got tested for the first time, and they were found lacking.
The Donnie Baseball angle: complaining about Roberto Kelly and demanding a interference call: were they robbed? No, they were not. You watch the replay Blanco is clearly pulling up (in part because he got a late jump and in part because it was short left field). They had no play at 3B. Its the ump's discretion. Here's the rub: McCarthy and Anderson get on twitter acting like the umps cost them the game. Hey dumbasses: you loaded the bases. You were on the ropes. Asking for a interference call when there was no play to be had is bush league. Even if its awarded you're still in major trouble.
Then today it was more of the same with DB. He's a big fan of the double switch. He likes to make multiple appearances - here's how he covers himself a) he avoids the mound and b) he talks to the umps (and at times multiple umps - asking for a 2nd opinion?). Today he iced his own pitcher. That's Two Times for ya!
Casilla needs some rest.
Duffy is fast.
Aoki is crazy fun to watch, his dive around Justin Turner? Hilarious.
Belt got on base twice by walk (with the game in the balance...) and a hit. Heating up, still looking for his first extra base hit.
Vogelsong had a nice game after a shaky start.
Bumgarner made one bad pitch.
Craw and Panik are slick up the middle - hidden strength. They don't put up flashy numbers, they are sort of streaky, but they are solid for the most part.
The Giants pen did quite well, in fact the entire pitching staff did well, shutting down a Dodgers team that had won 7 in a row and was high on life. they get to do it again in 4 days!
Next up: Colorado, in the house of horrors Coors Field.
Hudson/ De La Rosa
Series Rundown Recap: 2 series wins (1 sweep), 3 series losses (1 sweep).