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Saturday, May 04, 2019

MLB roundup: Giants dig out of 8-0 hole to beat Reds

Evan Longoria belted a homer to lead off the 11th inning, and the visiting San Francisco Giants overcame an eight-run deficit to post a 12-11 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

After striking out a pair of batters in a scoreless 10th inning, Jared Hughes (2-1) saw his 0-1 slider to Longoria deposited just inside the left field foul pole to begin the 11th.

The blast capped San Francisco’s comeback from an 8-0 deficit, highlighted by Stephen Vogt’s game-tying homer off closer Raisel Iglesias with two outs in the ninth inning.

Joe Panik launched a two-run homer, and Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt each had a two-run single for the Giants, who overcame a pair of three-run homers by Derek Dietrich to snap a seven-game losing streak in Cincinnati.

The last time the Giants came back from such a deficit? 1989- also against the Reds.

Something to make fans of both teams feel better: The Giants reached the World Series that year, and the Reds won the World Series the year afterwards.

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, giants, reds

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

No surprise here: Giants legend Barry Bonds can still rake at the age of 54

Barry Bonds continues to be like a fine wine. At the age of 54, he’s still got it.

John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle recently witnessed a show put on by Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader.

Bonds was in street clothes smacking ball after ball with a “whack” noise that Shea said was synonymous with the former Giants slugger.

Bonds was asking Giants’ longtime batting practice pitcher, John Yandle, to bring the heat, and even bring some specialty pitches into the mix with adding “more spin to the breaking balls.”

At the rate things are going for the Giants, why not give him a try?

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, comebacks

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Carlos Zambrano launches the most unlikely comeback

Carlos Zambrano, a longtime starter primarily with the Cubs who hasn’t appeared in a game since 2012, is edging his way back to the game, transitioning into a reliever and beginning a comeback with the independent Chicago Dogs.

Quite a long shot comeback for sure, but I would be excited if he could somehow make his way back to the bigs.

 

Red Voodooin Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, cubs

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dustin Pedroia activated, in lineup for Red Sox home opener

After nearly a year in the wilderness, Dustin Pedroia is back. The Red Sox have activated their second baseman. He is hitting seventh and playing second base in today’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays

Something for those of us interested in comebacks to watch.

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, dustin pedroia

Monday, February 25, 2019

Just Send It: Brewers planning to go slowly with Canadian Brett Lawrie

PHOENIX — Almost two years after he was released during spring training, Brett Lawrie is getting a second chance to play baseball again.

He faces a long road back to the majors.

Lawrie, from Langley, B.C., finalized a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, returning to the organization that took him in the first round of the 2008 draft. But it’s going to be a while before he takes the field with any team in their system.

The Brewers are planning to go very slowly with Lawrie, who hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since July 21, 2016, with the Chicago White Sox. General manager David Stearns said the infielder is going to spend the next six weeks “putting his body in the best position to succeed moving forward,” and then progress to baseball activities.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 25, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brett lawrie, brewers, comebacks

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reds’ Joey Votto tries to rebound from subpar season

GOODYEAR, Ariz.—Joey Votto has spent the offseason trying to make sure he doesn’t have another subpar season.

The Cincinnati Reds star led the National League in on-base percentage last year but hit just 12 homers, his fewest in a full season, and batted .284, his lowest since 2014. He had 67 RBIs.

“It was the first year where I had a poor offensive year,” Votto said. “It is hard to speak on this without sounding arrogant. I’ve always performed at a certain level. Last year was a bit of a shock. I didn’t perform anywhere near to what I’m used to.”

If worst comes to worst, he could always become the Max Bishop or Eddie Yost of his day.

 

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, joey votto, reds

Saturday, February 02, 2019

37-Year-Old Pitcher Luke Hagerty’s Improbable Comeback

Longish article about a 2002 1st round pick whose career was derailed by a severe case of the yips years ago while still in the low minors, now attempting a comeback:

At 11:01 a.m., Hagerty ascended the mound at Driveline. He wore a trucker hat, a gray T-shirt, black shorts and black cross-trainers. His first throw, filmed in slow motion from the side, sizzled in at 96.3148491 mph. He threw 26 more pitches: 16 fastballs, five sliders, three curveballs and two changeups. Hagerty grunted loudly—“like a tennis player,” one scout in attendance joked—when he threw his fastballs and barely made a sound on his off-speed offerings. His 12th pitch was a fastball clocked at 98.5 mph, the second-hardest ball he has ever thrown. His 25th was the Kluber slider, low and away, executed to perfection. At 11:10 a.m., 9 minutes, 8 seconds after his first pitch, and more than 12 years after his last pitch that mattered in pro ball, he was done.

Nobody there threw like Hagerty. Few anywhere do. His average fastball at pro day registered at 96.9 mph. Only four left-handed relievers in baseball last year threw a harder average fastball than Hagerty offered Jan. 13. None of the other pitchers at Driveline came within a mile per hour of him. Even though he struggled to throw strikes, and at times missed badly, he was the star of the day. The yips were nowhere to be found.

RTFA.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 02, 2019 at 01:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, comebacks, luke hagerty, yips

 

 

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