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GAMEBALL and JOKER ==> DOGGIES at GIANTS 08/01




Great day at the yard…..as close as you can get to a playoff atmosphere in early August……games like this make me miss Candlestick, a win like tonight would have resulted in a post game where 58,000+ rabid Giants fans charged with Euphoria and Alcohol would wind their way down ramps and escalators and then fight their way out of those congested parking lots honking and screaming as Dodger fans did their best to hide any trace of blue…..would take close to an hour of sitting in exhaust fumes to hit 101 (not THE 101)…..but it was almost as fun as the game…….now the closest you can get to that experience is winding your way down the ramps like cattle while a few Beat LA chants break out right in front of unthreatened Dodger fans….but enough about the good old days…….this is today, and today was !@#$ AWESOME……yes, that is the absolute best description for a day like today……I am not ready to declare October Baseball in San Francisco just yet……but I tell you what, today went a LONG WAY towards building this teams confidence……with the hated Dodgers in town…..with sell out crowds every night……with the team riding a wave of success……just !@#$ AWESOME…..this is BIGGER than 3 wins in a row…..this was a clean sweep that has the Dodgers teetering on the edge of contention……and has the Giants feeling like they could take on anyone anywhere anytime…….well the Giants are taking that feeling on the road to Colorado where they have to deal with Cook and Jimenez and a hot Rockies team……but mark you calendars for August 13-15th….where the Giants face their next big test ……a 3 day series versus the Padres……..and even if the Padres don't have the same rivalry game going…..October will be on the line and you will want to be here……

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Off the schnide….big time……Cain was !@#$ AWESOME…..to look at the line score you wouldn't get the feeling for how dominant Cain was…until Carrol's liner through the hole in the 8th, the Dodgers 3 hits were all grounders…..and I am not talking 1 hoppers through the hole…..I am talking multiple bouncers hit in the soft part of the infield defense……..Cain had it all working….Fastball Change Curve…..getting everything over for strikes…..and getting tons of swing throughs……14 of Cain's 78 strikes were swing and miss……Cain was so good that after Renteria's triple I heard a few people boldly proclaim BALLGAME in the bottom of the 6th inning……and Kershaw's body language showed it as well because it really felt like the Dodgers would need to move the heavens just to score a single run…….

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RENT
And the meek shall inherit the earth…….but before then Renteria will have a good game…..and he had that game tonight with a nifty play up the middle to take a hit away from Martin and then in the hit of the game laced a triple through the left center gap for a 2 run triple and the ballgame…..

ROWAND
Faced Kershaw without fear……fisted a single to center……legged out a groundball error and took an intentional walk and came around to score on Renteria's triple……but the Rowand highlight had to be robbing a single from Furcal on a sinking liner I was sure was going to be a hit off the bat……

POSEY
Well the Dodgers won the beanball war……but the Giants fight Fire with Bullshit……and gotta hand it to Posey for complaining to the Umpire about where Blake was setting up in the box…..if you notice the camera pans to Kemp on first saying something like "What the !@#$…..mumble mumble !@#$ mumble….." and just a moment later Cain picks off Kemp….so despite snapping his 2 game hit streak, Posey found a way to contribute…..

LOPEZ
one hitter, one leftie, one out……Sabean = Super Genius

WILSON
After going full count on the first three hitters……finally sealed the deal with a Kemp fly out to center……

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Well…..lets see…..
Blake was dropped to 5th in the order,……was taunted by Posey and West in his first At Bat…….ended up going 0 for 3 with three BIG K's…..and left on the on deck circle to end the game……
Kemp…..picked off 1st…..took an 0 for 4…….and misplayed Renteria's ball into a triple…..with a better angle it is possible that Rowand woulda been held at 3rd……maybe…..
Furcal….took the collar…..and tossed in a couple throwing errors….
Theriot…..greeted his new fan base with a nice 0 for 4 with 2 K's…..
Manny….oh yeah…..in his usual spot….no where to be found collecting a fat paycheck,…….
Man this whole team is playing like they have October tee times reserved

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MARTY LURIE
So I when stuck on the Bay Bridge trying to go home, I will listen to Giants postgame…..and Marty may be a nice guy……but he is a asskissing jelly fish…..he was actually congratulating Bochy on leaving Burrell in the Saturday game to hit the homer, and not going to Nate as a defensive replacement…….WHAT THE !@#$……hey Marty…..the Giants were DOWN by 1……even Bochy pointed that out to you…..WHO THE !@#$ MAKES A DEFENSIVE REPLACEMENT DOWN BY A RUN????? good god, even Bochy isn't THAT stupid…….

BOWKER
Don't get me wrong I like the kid…..but to all those wishing John well and talking about the Pirates giving him a chance…..well……the Pirates have better alternatives too…..and Bowker leaves Fresno for Indianapolis……..that sounds like a downgrade to me…….

JOE MORGAN (some gleened from Twitter, as I was lucky enough to be AT the game)
Joe Morgan is a man of many talents…..as shown tonight on ESPN……
"He (Renteria) knows where 1st base is, he doesn't even have to look" -The Geographer
"3 out of 4 is 75%, 2 out of 3 is 66%" - The Math Teacher
"If you walk someone with a 2-run lead, you bring the tying run to the plate" - The Strategist

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(The fine print: There will be cussing and bad taste. This is written with the heat of the moment feel you may have during the game, with rational thought sprinkled in now and then. This is entertainment folks, sure there is a lot of truth and I am a genius, but this is all about having a laugh and enjoying the ride…….now lets go heckle Jeff Kent in when he gets inducted to Cooperstown..)



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EXTREMELY enjoyable read.

Just like the Giants-- you are on your game this weekend Merk.

Nice work, well worth waiting up for.
And now I say--g'nite to all, and to all a good night!

PS- game is on ESPN again right now-- for any night owls that missed it.

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Joe Morgan also said Torres was a "slap hitter". I about spit out my drink on that one. Torres probably swings as hard as anyone on the team outside of Uribe. Not to mention he is amongst the league leaders in doubles.

I bet Miller had a hard time not lambasting him for that one.
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Thanks for a great wrap for a great series all around merk! Biggest step in the right direction this team has had all year long.

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Couldn't ask for anything more

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orel hurshire (yeah i can't spell his name) sounds a bit like adam carollola.

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Thanks all, and man good day at the yard.....
give me one of these a couple weeks against the Pads and I will start working my October schedule around the playoffs......

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quote:

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orel hurshire (yeah i can't spell his name) sounds a bit like adam carollola.



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