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The Giants Win the Pennant

 The infamous Russ Hodges

Bobby Thomson … up there swinging’ … He’s had two out of three, a single and a double, and Billy Cox is playing him right on the third-base line … One out, last of the ninth … Branca pitches … Bobby Thomson takes a strike called on the inside corner … Bobby hitting at .292 … He’s had a single and a double and he drove in the Giants’ first run with a long fly to center … Brooklyn leads it 4-2 … Hartung down the line at third not taking any chances … Lockman with not too big of a lead at second, but he’ll be runnin’ like the wind if Thomson hits one … Branca throws … [sound of bat meeting ball]There’s a long drive … it’s gonna be, I believe … THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant and they’re goin’ crazy, they’re goin’ crazy! [crowd noise]

In case you missed it, 63 years after  we were gifted with “The Shot Heard Around the World” Bobby Thompson’s 3 run Tater off Ralph Branca to  win the NL pennant, the shot we /I didn’t get to see thanks to Time Warner going black out in the 6th inning became deja vu  all over, sort of, as Travis Ishikawa working on his goat horns after misplaying a hit earlier slammed an 2-0 pitch off Michael Wacha for a 3 run  walk off Tater to  cop  the Giants an NLCS Title, and their 3rd trip  to the Fall Classic since 2010.

Of course Thompson went to left field, and the Dodgers were up  4-2 at the time, this game was knotted at 3-3, and Michael Wacha last year’s  play off darling for the Cards, but this year’s MIA future Ace because Wacha has been injured and hardly used was a questionable participant in such a high leverage situation

Wacha hadn’t pitched since Sept. 26. He hadn’t made a relief appearance all year. He didn’t have his usual stuff in September after missing 2 1/2 months with a shoulder injury, which is why he wasn’t included in the postseason rotation. There was no way Matheny wanted to bypass Wacha now and then risk injuring him by using him in the 12th or 13th inning of a tie game with the rest of his bullpen exhausted. So, Matheny made the call. Four batters later, the Giants were 6-3 winners.

Wacha did start  19 games, he missed all of July and August, he didn’t pitch  bad, per his line,  3.52 ERA,  1.196 WHIP, he struck out 94 and walked 33, had  a losing W-L record (5-6) not that important Re: how he pitched, they  gave him 3.52 run support per start.

He was rusty in September, only logging in   16 innings in 4 starts and hadn’t seen any action until last night’s kamikaze debacle Mike Matheny dispatched him into

 Wacha arrived on the mound with his best velocity of the year. He hit 98 mph on the FS1 gun. But he was rusty. He didn’t have time to find his command or his changeup. He was exactly the guy he should have been having sat for three weeks.

No problem, Matheny works in St Louis, baseball players are Gods, managers Apostles, especially

 In three years at the helm, he’s guided the team to a 275-211 record, a World Series and a second NLCS. And given that the Cardinals lost their best player, Yadier Molina, in Game 2 of the series against the Giants, there’s a ready excuse for dropping the series

Methany will  survive, a few barber shop quartets will kill him as they  get  their weekly shave and a hair cut at Whitey’s Barber – Beer- and Cigar  Shop, a couple of drunks who lost a gambling bet  will no  doubt google where he lives and maybe egg  one of his Cadillac SUV’s, they’ll use hard boiled eggs  with out the shells of course,  but they’ll be no Mike Must Go or Clueless Mike articles in the St Louis Post-Dispatch

That said it wasn’t Mikey’s first  rodeo pushing the wrong buttons, apparently there is a statue of limitations on that We Invented Baseball persona St Louis  fancies itself  owning

The losses in the last three games of the series went to the last three pitchers on the staff (Randy Choate, Marco Gonzales and now Wacha). His decision to pinch-run Daniel Descalso in the ninth tonight only after Matt Adams got to second base might have cost the team the go-ahead run. It’s not nearly all on Matheny; the Cardinals were outplayed by the Giants. But there wasn’t any bigger mismatch on the diamond than the mismatch that was Matheny versus Bruce Bochy.

As for Ishikawa, Panik, Morse, Tony Cruz, and .222 hitting Matt Adams, who needs a high priced slugger when you can get Taters out of these guys in the highest of leverage situations?

Better build the bull pen Cash, and we all  saw the shirt “This Is What Speed Do” in KC, get younger, and  if your offense insists on hitting like little leaguers, and your pitchers compile 100 pitches in a NY minute, then shorten  the game to 6 innings, like the Royals Do


Written by Sal

October 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

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  1. heck of a game, but amazing that an MLB playoff game is lost on a cable network, sort of like mikey 21,

    and if you don’t have a cable box, yes some folks still don’t up in the mountains near me, so they only get 50 channels with nothing on not a 1000 and the Giants / Cards game wasn’t on any of the 50, only about 10 football games

    but even if you have a cable box Time Warner won’t guarantee they can keep their act together long enough to pump the digital file into your living room

    It was old school listening to the MLB app radio feed from San Francisco, Miller went nuts, after watching the replay Buck a Cards fan sort of went nuts, nobody went Russ Hodges nuts but we are getting jaded as a society as we have so many choices and so little time

    unfortunately last night we only had 1 baseball choice and it blacked out for me anyway, but we had 10 college football games and I think I saw an NFL game,

    couldn’t really tell the difference, there were no guns, or kids and girlfriends getting beat up, no DUI’s or bullying scenarios going on, no commissioner lying through his capped teeth, just a lot of gambling and fantasy land participants looking for a quick payday.. so the Networks knew how to butter their bread

    Giants / Royals.. Go Giants

    I’m out on a kamikaze run this weekend see you all on Monday, I’ll effort to check in, but no baseball until Tuesday night, maybe the Yanks will get some rumors going

    I did see Boston is interviewing Chilli and K Long, funny how two teams that couldn’t hit, the A’s couldn’t down the stretch are having their batting coaches interviewing for gigs already


    October 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

  2. Go San Fran,,
    Righetti Rocks,

    Sweet Lou’s nephew, Dave Magadan, for our hitting coach?
    Im in,, least he has some Pinstripes in his DNA,
    Now if only we had a different mgr and pitching coach, a fan might be optimistic again,, 😦
    Loved seeing punkbitch Buck near tears,, loved that, huge!!

    Good luck on the Trail Sal,,


    Donnie B


    October 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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