Monthly Archives: August 2021

The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 8 of 16) the Halfway Point, Cueto Back from Illness; Brewers’ Woodruff Manhandles Giants; Jose Quintana Debuts Well

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days, without a break. This is Game 8 of 16. Game two of four with the Brewers. This gauntlet of 16 games will define the stretch so I’m live-blogging them and posting … Continue reading

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The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 7 of 16), Brewers Come to Town, Cueto Sick! Jose Alvarez Starts a “Bullpen Game”; Wood Tests Positive, Scratched

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days, without a break. They faced the Mets (3-0) and Braves (1-2) on the road, and are back at home to face the Brewers (Game 1 of 4 tonight) and Dodgers (3), … Continue reading

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The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 6 of 16), Rubber Match in ATL; DeSclafani Good for Three, Falls Apart, So Does Sammy ‘Forced to Go’ Long; Giants Go 4-2 on Road Trip

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days straight. They’re in Atlanta, where Friday night they lost the first of a three-gamer. Saturday, they won in a shutout. Sunday, the rubber match, is Game Six of the Gauntlet of … Continue reading

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The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 5 of 16); Logan Webb Ascends to Ace of Staff, Silences Braves Bats to Lead Giants to Major-League Leading 15th Shutout

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days straight. They’re in Atlanta, where Friday night they lost the first of a three-gamer. Saturday was game two – Game Five of the Gauntlet of 16. The Giants sent Logan Webb … Continue reading

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The Giants Run The Gauntlet (Game 4 of 16) Atlanta, Game One Ends on an Epic Catch at the Wall; Giants ‘Pen Blinks First, Watson Fails to Hold Again

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days. Tonight they are in Atlanta to face the Braves. Game 4/16 of the Gauntlet. I’m writing these during these sixteen games and posting immediately after, so it’s fresh. After the sweep in New … Continue reading

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Pre-Series vs. Braves with Kapler 08/27/21

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The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 3 of 16); Carrasco Outduels Wood, Who Again Gets Tagged Third Time Through Order; Giants Win Battle of ‘Pens, Sweep Mets

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days. Tonight they went for the sweep against the Mets in Queens. Game 3/16 of the Gauntlet. I’m writing these during these sixteen games and posting immediately after, so it’s fresh. Alex Wood (10-4, 4.11 … Continue reading

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LaMonte Wade, Jr, The Man, Interviewed

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The Giants Run The Gauntlet (Game 2 of 16); Cueto Back From IL, Shaky, But Defense Backs Him Up; Mets Waste Great Outing by Walker, Pulled by Rojas

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days. Tonight was game two of three against the Mets in Queens. Game 2/16 of the Gauntlet. I am writing these during the games and posting immediately after, so it’s fresh. Top … Continue reading

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Wins x Payroll

Back on the last day of April, when the Giants took the NL West for the first time, I wrote about payrolls and now this chart of wins (x) by current payroll (y) shows Moneyball clearly at work: At 10th … Continue reading

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The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 1 of 16); Season-Defining Stretch, Game One, G-Men Jack Megill, Shutout New York Metropolitans

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days. They face the Mets (3) and Braves (3) on the road, the Brewers (4) and Dodgers (3) at home, and finally the Rocks (3), at altitiude, without a break. This gauntlet … Continue reading

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first to 80 wins.

The Giants were the first to 40-, 50-, 60-, 70-, and now 80-wins this season as they won the Bay Bridge Series four games to two, closing out the Athletics with a comeback home run in the 8th inning of … Continue reading

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The Gabe Kapler Show on KNBR 08/21/21

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Giants Take Home Series From Exhausted, Injured Mets (3-1)

The Mets and the Giants are similar teams that are evenly matched. Both have good pitching, excellent defense and, when healthy, potent offense. It was a shame this first match-up was played under constraints of injury and fatigue, but that’s … Continue reading

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Superstitions, Rally Headgear and the 2021 GBC Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Shorthand Used Often on GBC: Irregular Season – the 60-game, Covid-shortened 2020 season in front of cardboard fans The Manfred Man – name for the free runner on second in extras in the 2020 and ’21 seasons College … Continue reading

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Kapler Rides Wood, Who Goes Seven, Giants Close-Out Rox 5-2; Silk Goes Three for Four With Two RBI

This was a tricky win. Against what I consider better judgement, Gabe Kapler stuck with Alex Wood into the sixth and seventh. He delivered the sixth shakily, and left with two out but two on and none in charged to … Continue reading

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Giants Win Six in a Row; B-Craw Gets 2-Year Extension; Kapler Uses an Opener for Fourth Time, Giants Bats Go Eerily Quiet for Fourth Time

The Giants won six in a row before losing to the Rockies last night. Gabe Kapler employed the Opener Strategy again. He started it last year for the benefit of Logan Webb. Without a fifth starter this year, Kapler has … Continue reading

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Alex Wood Implodes, Allowing Five Runs in Sixth – D-Backs Error Bails Him Out, as Giants Bats Take a Brace from Arizona

The Giants were home after a very successful road trip and facing the worst team in baseball for a two-game set. They came out banging and took a five run lead to support Alex Wood, who held Arizona scoreless for … Continue reading

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Brandon Belt Comes Off IR and Smashes Four, Game-Changing Home Runs in Milwaukee; La Stella is Silk; Giants Win Series to End Road Trip, 5 – 2

Wow! B-Craw’s leadoff double in the eighth inning was a thing of beauty. He swatted it inside-out to the bright sunshine in left and bolted – he was going for scoring position all the way – went flying, head-first, horizontally … Continue reading

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