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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Angell: Gigantic

Last night also put the quietus to that numbing “small ball” we kept hearing from the game announcers all summer, in a season dominated by enormous heat-radiating relievers and resulting low scores and shrivelled offense. You can win games like this, to be sure, as these Giants had been telling us. They’d scored the winning runs in the previous two Cardinals games without anything knocked out of the infield: on a wild peg by Cardinal reliever Randy Choate, and, a night later, two botched plays by first baseman Matt Adams. Wicked laughter is O.K. but not exactly nourishing, and you could almost hear the “Aw right!”s from the massed San Francisco fist-bumpers when their second baseman Joe Panik delivered a two-run homer in the third, putting them briefly ahead, by 2–1. It was the first Giants home run in two hundred and forty-three plate appearances and only their second in the post.

But I’m leaving out the splendid pitching, I see, and the redemption and the luck and the human interest and more. Onward: we’re entering an irony-free zone.

Good cripple hitter Posted: October 18, 2014 at 01:50 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: nlcs, roger angell, san francisco giants, st louis cardinals

Friday, October 17, 2014

Giants, Ishikawa suspend belief in pennant-clinching win

Neshek hung a 1-1 slider, Morse was on it. And …

“It was absolutely pure elation,” said Hunter Pence, Morse’s best friend on the team. “I literally lost 30 seconds of my life. I blacked out. It was chaos.”

Morse raised long gorilla arms and flailed and bounced around the bases, barely touching each one. The crowd noise melted eardrums. When Morse descended into the madness of the Giants dugout, Bruce Bochy had legitimate concerns that hands might be broken.

“It fired us up,” Crawford said. “But he kind of reacts like that when he hits a double with nobody on in the regular season.”

Hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens tried to make sense of it all. Then he realized there was no point in it.

“It’s why we put him on the roster,” Meulens said. “We don’t want him to hit a single. That was the moment we needed someone to pop one, he’s got the power to do it and we’ve got to give him a lot of credit for that. That’s one of the toughest right-handed pitchers in the game. He’s only given up two home runs to right-handed batters all year.

“I was thinking, ‘How is he going to get this done?’ And he hung a slider, and he’s all in.”

Morse hit just one home run in August. He had two in June, two in July. But Barry Bonds gave him a pregame tip to make sure to get his front foot down. Morse did, and the results were seismic.

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 17, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
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