Those in attendance, as well as the millions watching around the world, were yesterday fortunate enough to experience a slice of sporting history. No, not Germany winning the World Cup Final, though I have to admit that Mario Götze’s goal was pretty special. I’m talking about Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey hitting grand slams in the same game for the San Francisco Giants, thus becoming the first starting pitcher and starting catcher in MLB history to both hit a grand slam in the same game.
Tim Lincecum threw his second career no-hitter last Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres by a score of 4–0. ‘The Freak’ held the Padres hitless for the second time in less than a year, having hurled his first career no-hitter against them last July at Petco Park.
According to CSNBAYAREA.COM, Jean Machi’s nickname is actually baquiro (wild boar), but personally I think “vulture” sounds better. That or “Machi the Machine”. Here’s his sacrifice bunt against the Pirates that helped him on his way to relief win number 5 this season.
And let’s not forget that 1-2-3 double play against the Dodgers.
The game in verse:
The Giants head for Pittsburgh to take on the Bucs
And Andrew McCutchen chases some ducks
Petit in for Cain, we expect something great
But he gives up 9 hits and runs numbering 8
Dunning’s wild pitches, two in an inning
The Giants are losing and the Pirates are winning
Bring on the rally, bat all the way round
The crack of the bats is a comforting sound
Now here comes Buster, in the 9th ties the game
Get ready for at least one additional frame
Time for free baseball at PNC Park
Best hurry up as it’s getting quite dark
What’s this? A sac bunt, laid down by Machi
His five wins the most in the whole MLB
Another save for Romo – that’s 10 on the year
Six wins in a row, there’s plenty to cheer
But the home run streak ends on this long drawn-out night
20 hits on the board and not a long ball in sight
Final score (13): Giants 11 Pirates 10
According to Baseball Reference, this is only the third time since the move to San Francisco (1959, 1961, 2014) that the Giants have had 20 or more hits in a game without adding a home run. All three games were against the Pirates.
Here’s my review.
Kuip said “Morse back” as Pagan hit it out
I’m not sure what he was talking about
Lincecum improving, his ERA down
More like the old Timmy back on the mound
He left with the lead after pitching through six
The Giants had 8 hits and one was from Hicks
As Hudson looked on at his old stomping ground
Crawford flashed leather and spun right around
Flemming called yet another dinger from Morse
Affeldt got a hold, and Casilla of course
If the Giants could win now, that would be great
And Romo got it done with save number 8.
Final score: Giants 2 Braves 1
The Giants’ spring training game against the Texas Rangers earlier this month featured possibly the worst home run call in the history of home run calls. In the top of the 4th inning with nobody out, the Rangers commentators were talking to Patrick Mendoza, the Senior Communications Manager of Capital One Bank. Michael Kirkman of the Rangers was pitching to Andrew Susac and, with the count at 2–2, the San Francisco catcher hit one over the fence in left-centre field to give the Giants the lead. Here’s how Mendoza called it:
“Absolutely, so last year, we signed a multi-year agreement to be the official bank of the Texas Rangers.”
If there was ever a case to advise someone not to give up their day job, this would be it. Sorry, Patrick.