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6/17/2014 GIANTS @ White Sox Gameball and Joker


The Giants' slump continued tonight with an 8-2 loss to "Hawk" Harrelson's White Sox in the south side of Chicago.
The Giants jumped on top early with a couple of runs, but the Bad Guys tied it up then opened it up and made it a laugher.

GAMEBALL:
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Hunter Pence
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Pence had it going for him tonight. The Giants looked to be off to a great start when he shot lined a home run in the first inning—his 10th of the year. Then, he worked out a very patient and disciplined at bat to get on base and score in the third.

TIP OF THE CAP: emoticon

Buster Posey: Who also worked a nice, disciplined at bat in the third, and he topped it off by hitting a very good changeup from John Danks into left field for an RBI hit.

Yusmeiro Petit: Who came in after Cain's implosion and threw three perfect innings, thus saving important arms from having to pitch in a maintenance game on a humid and muggy night.

Tony Gwynn: I really want to salute Mr. Padre, the great Tony Gwynn, who very tragically passed away yesterday morning at the age of 54 from oral cancer.
This is the first time that a baseball death made me spend two whole days thinking about it, because I watched him play, and when I first started watching baseball 13 years ago, I wasn't just a fan of the Giants' players, I was also a big fan of the big players throughout the league. Gwynn was one of many superstars I emulated as a young kid when I went to play baseball with my dad at the park.
Most importantly, Gwynn was the ultimate human being, who despite being one of the greatest hitters who ever lived, viewed every single one of his teammates as equal to him, which is the exact opposite of most ballplayers today.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Gwynn, you will truly be missed.
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Cainer
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Cain showed some signs of getting back to his old ways early, but after Gordon Beckham homered to tie the game in the third, Cain struggled to get through two laborious innings. He gave up three runs in the fourth, and he gave up three more in the fifth.
His ERA is now [sign in to see URL], and I seriously wouldn't be surprised if he's still injured. He looked demonstrably uncomfortable, and he winced almost every time the camera showed his face after throwing a pitch.

SMACK OF THE STICK: emoticon

Brandon Crawford: His barehanded throw to first that got away in the fourth proved to be catastrophic when the White Sox scored two runs on the play.

U.S. Cellular Field: It is a nice stadium, but its acoustics allow all of the Chicago drunk talk to be heard on our television sets. There were a couple plays in which I didn't know if a player was pissed off from making an out, or if a drunk fan was about to throw up.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Let's face it, the Giants were playing way over their heads and putting up unprecedented numbers with two outs and runners in scoring position, so a slump like this was inevitable. This team is not going to collapse like they did last year. This is a FAR better team, and the starting pitching has been much better this season. We'll probably get a few weeks of .500 ball, but this is still going to be a special season.

Zebra
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