It’s the Giants, and good gosh, Bumgarner’s pitching tonight.
Hotter than July in here in the city.
Never mind the heat wave:
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
Well...the Giants are my NL team. Have been for a long time. My wife is from Northern Cali and I loved touring in SF. I've been to PAC Bell park and it's beautiful. My dad was a Willie Mays fan growing up and I happen to like a goodly amount of their players.
Of course, they shit the the bed at the Fens and will now sweep us. As much as I dig them and expect them to win the WS this even year, I hope to sweep them!
My dad was also a Giants fan.
Until they left.
that's my boy, Beli!
I thought he had a homer on that loud foul, but I accept this rbi.
2 out ribeye!
 my dad's a yankees fan. and mantle fan. but, yeah, i think that's more of a product of his two sons and he dug the giants when he was a kid.
I bet it's hot in ATL.
It's hot here. Well, not so much right now, but 90 today.
yeah, it's definitely HOTlanta. but, if you go anywhere, you need layers 'coz every store and restaurant is like the tundra.
Oooh, it's 92 in the Bronx, according to NOAA. And Bumgarner is working hard. Forty-seven pitches. Maybe we can wear him down.
Hey, did you know I do not have an air conditioner in my house?
I know! It's crazy!
However, I have eaten blueberries, so, we're even.
Not fun to watch.
wait. oh no. his fingers may have swiped the plate. damn.
That was very gratifying.
Carlos is the star of the game, already.
Oh, yeah. Hm. Hard to tell.
 it's cranked waaaaay too high here. everywhere. it's quite uncomfortable actually.
What's the rule? Is it like football, where to overturn you need 'clear and convincing' evidence or something like that?
his fingers may have been in the air and dirt was just flying around. hopefully, there's not enough evidence to overturn.
Man, what a break. And what a freaking throw, too.
And Tanaka escapes!
i love beltran.
gonna ask the tavern to put the game on for me in a bit. hope to see miller pitch a perfect 8th.
my two favorite (current) yankees!! : )
will the boy still be in Atl at the end of the month? i'm playing a sunday evening gig not far from him. i'll be performing Rush's "Tom Sawyer" on it \m/
welcome back, chase.
hope your son is doing well!!!
Oh, no, he's in NOLA!
Going to a lot of jazz.
that was a very mad-bum like inning.
don't let him off the hook next offensive frame!
 oh, wow. cool.
i played Tipatina's and the Jeff Fest in NOLA. (Jeff, not Jazz. not sure what it was exactly, but we opened for the Neville Brothers, so i guess it wasn't too small...)
looks like that's a play that should've been made...
ref still doesn't have a homer...
crazy mad-bum snake/rabbit story...
Hey, I do get John n Suzyn via MLB at bat. But it can't find my location so no video for me.
oh, come on. cano prolly woulda caught that.
it was hit hard, but still...
rbj - it's on MLB network.
matt v, kitty, verducci.
Wow, you played Tipitinas?
Jordan went there last week. I think last Saturday. I can't remember who was playing.
ok. really need a DP...
 i did.
i used to tour quite a bit and played lotsa great places. best venue was probably Red Rocks in CO. sold out show on a saturday night. beautiful. there are even red rocks in the backstage area.
Oy. Another jam. Tanaka is really pushing it -- partly fielding, but the walks are troubling.
thank you, el nino.
good job, lettuce.
Okay, that's one! Maybe he can get out of it again.
And now it's pouring rain here -- I mean pouring. Looks like there might be some of the same in the Bronx later.
if he gets out of it right here, he'll still have a good pitch count.
hey announcers - don't do that!
we had bad rain yesterday. i was in the classroom the entire time...
Ah, I hadn't set at Bat to access my location. Got the wpix feed
3-1, bases loaded with two out...
biggest pitch of the game right here...
good pitch. now for another...
don't think i've ever seen that kind of emotion from Masahiro. i dig it.
i aired it out here in my den too. i needed that...
See, we just needed rbj on board. That did the trick.
Yeah, that was cool, the 'Hiro fist pump!
i wonder if rbj will be coming off the bench later...
i hope ichiro reaches 3,000 hits this weekend.
* that'll be a career achievement, as he most likely won't amass 3,000 hits in one game. even if it's a doubleheader. especially, if he's a pinch hitter.
starlin's been doing great afield.
ooh, posey's out of the game. georgia boy...
Oh, no, of course not in one game. But you said this weekend, right? So, man, that really is a lot of hits for one weekend. It took Jeter almost his whole career!
Happy birthday Meredith
Aw. Happy Birthday, Meredith.
when ichiro suzuki gets 4 more hits, he will have accrued 3,000 for his career in MLB in the US.
Hah. Siddown, Belt, you fraud.
It is amazing. How many do you think he would have had if he'd started here at age 22? Could be 4000.
nice pitch to strike out belt.
i don't have the pix feed. happy birthday, MM!!
Oh good lord. Michael Kay: philosopher.
Ah, you're listening to Kaat?
Michael told Meredith: May you live as long as you want, but never want as long as you live.
I thought you wouldn't want to miss that pearl.
 i like belt. i'm wearing a silver double-pinned timberland one to hold up my cargo pants.
ichiro - all things being equal (similar career, no injuries, et al.), yes. 4,000 would definitely be a possibility.
nice first pitch hitting for starlin.
definitely not posey behind the plate!
let's go, beli!
 oh, michael. thanks for sharing.
yes, kaat is on the broadcast.
If Belt had drawn ball four, I was gonna say:
See, that's the difference -- their Belt walked, but our Belt-ran!
Oooh, now I really want A-Rod to bunt!!!
Holy smokes. That was fast, and profoundly ugly.
another walk for mad-bum.
i guess i should let you know the mad-bum snake/rabbit story from the mlb broadcast...
he and his wife were in the AZ desert. i forget what they were doing. hiking, horseback riding, something... they encountered a rattlesnake. madbum had a hatchet with him, because, why wouldn't you. he took care of the rattler and realized it had just eaten. he rescued the jackrabbit and took it back to their cabin to nurse it back to health. then, he released it in the wild.
alex, alex, alex. i thought you told hal and espn you had a plan to help with chasing pitches out of the strike zone.
quite poor execution. boos warranted. though, chase just matched you.
The rattlesnake had swallowed a jackrabbit whole and it was still alive?
Oh, Michael is telling the same story.
madbum's 91mph seems way faster.
 apparently. i guess the news has traveled!
or, are they reading the banter?
hey, michael: i have two solo percussion CDs for sale. if you buy both, i'll include a sticker and magnet!!
Those six strikes in a row were pretty impressive.
madbum seem quite calm talking with the ump after.
 they really were.
madbum has not recorded a single ground ball out through five frames.
Hm, the Bum averaged 23.5 pitches per inning for the first two, but less than half that many for the next three.
alright, we're headed out. i'll check in from my phone in a few...
i really like brandon crawford. fine player. i hope he makes an out right now...
Okay, have fun!
Oooh, I wish thelarmis had seen that play by Carlos.
Hey, I wasn't listening -- did they say why no Tanaka? Just because it's Big Three time?
I can't say I disagree with the decision, probably the right call.
Or not. Goddam it, Dellin, find that strike zone.
Don't like lead off walks
That's more like it.
Why did Paul say, "You just can't hold up on that fastball"? It was obviously a curve ball.
Just got the game on. Really wish tanaka pitched the 7th...
Oh my god.
Well, okay. One run for Miller and Chapman, should be okay...
Lame on the wild pitch. I like how they were respecting Beli's arm! What was the play he made?
Coulda been worse
I don't want Miller and/or Chapman to give up a run.
MadBum is still in?
 He caught a drive over his shoulder running toward the wall. Very nice play.
Wow. Crawford never airmails a throw. Beli should steal 2nd. The non-posey catcher will throw it into centerfield!
An rbj appearance!
Cash me in
Beli will not have the opportunity to steal second, since (a) he went to second on the bad throw, and (b) he is no longer in the game.
I wonder if it would have helped for Alex to take off that blindfold for one of the ABs.
He'll get out of this, though, I am confident.
Come on, blue
Ugh! I thought he had him, but ball three...
That was very deflating.
Well, that's not good. Or the way I drew it up.
Should we get Miller the W now, or save the run(s) for Chapman because Andrew doesn't deserve the Win?
That's a start.
But no bunt, please!
Jesus Fing Christ.
Holy fucking WOW!!! Again for Crawford? I doesn't believes it!
BRILLIANT STRATEGY BY GIRARDI!
"We'll just have him bunt a couple foul, that will make Crawford choke on a DP attempt."
He's a genius. I don't know why I question him.
Wow, Crawford with the oopsies tonight
Shit sox lost!!!
 Yeah, to the Twinks.
Can't predict baseball.
Oh, come on. COME ON.
I accept that out. Without advancing the runner.
Good lord, his slider is 94mph.
Whew. Nothing's easy! But I accept that Win.
Nice. Cheers, y'all!
Ah At Bat is a bit late. Night all
(That dotted line separates Friday from Saturday)
Any banterers watching this one? It's shaping up to be an excruciating game. I do not recommend it.
Well, our outfield saved Ivan's butt.
I just noticed that the first for Giant batters have names that are also regular words of English.
Outfield, and now Didi too. Perfect relay to cut down a runner at the plate trying to score from first on a double.
Ivan got himself out of a mess he made in the third, with a K and a GIDP.
Walking the tightrope, though.
Another error on Crawford!
Although, tough call on that -- could easily have given Brett a hit instead. And, as Michael says, his hair looks great.
(Crawford, not Gardner!)
Ivan looks a little better in the fourth, a 1-2-3.
Also, he's thrown 60 pitches through four innings; Cueto has thrown 70 through three innings.
And, the official scorer changed Crawford's error to a Gardner hit.
Didi scores the game's first run on a single + E9, yet another unearned run.
Tough stretch to be a Giants' fan.
RIYank doing yoeman's work. Finally got to Lake Gaston.had trouble connecting to the network. Now get to do my back exercises.
Defense can't help Nova keep a Williamson homer off the scoreboard.
1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth. I'm hoping this will be Cueto's last inning.
Oh, hi there!
Lake Gaston on the border of Virginia and NC? That's a long way from Toledo.
620 miles to Newport News, then 90 more to the lake house. Next weekend I get to reverse it.
Yeah, that's a long drive.
It looks like the shadows are making things impossible for the batters.
I don't really mean "looks like", because I'm not watching. I have John and Suzyn on now, doing a few things outside since the temp here has got bearable.
I usually breakup the outbound Toledo to NN into two days because I'm getting older. The return trip I do I one dat because of the incentive of getting my hounds back.
92 here. Heat advisory for tomorrow
Have to check on how supper is progressing
Delicious as it turned out. Home made spaghetti and broccoli with French baguette
I had grilled shrimp, pesto, green beans, fettuccine. But the fettuccine was not home made.
The shells were store bought, but as mom is north of 80, acceptable.
Aroldis is taking a little off the fastball, huh? Sounds ridiculous, but he's throwing 99. Maybe because he knows he might be called upon to go another inning...
Maybe he'd better heat it up now...
Yep. That worked better.
Okay, how about a run?
Walk off coming up
I mean, I guess it's gonna be a bunt. A Gardner bunt.
Unless Hicks can steal?
If it gets to 2-0 count, I would take the bunt off...
And it does. Interesting. Does Joe know to do this?
Ah, better yet! Very nice.
So now he will surely bunt. Although maybe they'll just walk him.
Let's see, if they walk him, maybe you just have Brett swipe second? That sounds right. They couldn't throw. Then maybe that forces them to walk Ells and pitch to Carlos with the bases loaded??
Wait, I got confused. Yeah, this is a smart call, replacing Osich. Damn.
I don't know what the right move is here. I'm going to look some things up.
Okay, here's the deal. A successful sacrifice doesn't change the Win Expectancy at all. (It's right around 85% now.)
With the Giants playing way in, probably it's better to let Jacoby swing, because there's more of a chance that Ells botches the bunt than that the Giants do.
And this is the correct situation for the closer, too, so good move by the Giants.
Well that was weird. They faked the rotation play? Odd.
Well, they'll walk Carlos now. But that's okay.
Geez, a McCann GIDP is what worries you, though. Would it make any sense to PH for him??
Heh, so if McCann hits a routine fly ball, he'll get credit for a double.
Let's see if he can do it.
Oh fug. Dammit.
I don't know how much more of this game I can stand. It's been a painful one.
Pagan AB, Betances looked like he couldn't find the zone. Belt AB, it looked like he could put the ball wherever he wanted.
A little-thought-of risk of an IBB! Dodged a bullet there.
What the hell are they doing?
Well, it worked out.
Well, top of the order for the, uh, twelfth.
Oh crap, I come back to this?
If Brett had got on base I would have felt hopeful.
And my agony is over
And that's the ballgame.
I'm glad the other banterers were spared this eyesore. And rbj, at least you're on vacation.
I love fettuccine! : )
Clueless Joe in the 9th, runners on first and second, Ellsbury up and Beltran on deck. WTF is with a bunt? of course they walk Beltran, the best hitter on the team, to load the bases so the Yankees can pop two fly balls barely out of the infield and fail. Five of us watching thought the bunt was a stupid play, when he turned to bunt and let the first one go against a drawn in infield. It's bad enough they can't hit, it's worse when the manager makes stupid moves.
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