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Old 06-27-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The Giants shut out the Dodgers for the third game in a row today, moving into a tie with LA on top in the NL West.

Since allowing the first six hitters of his start against Oakland last Friday to reach base before striking out the side, Lincecum has pitched twelve shutout innings, striking out thirteen. It is as though the guy who had been impersonating Lincecum all year was snatched away and the real Tim put back in proper place.

The Dodgers have lost eight of their last nine, six of those defeats taking place in the Bay Area. Last week they were in Oakland for three games and scored only two runs while getting swept. Three more games in the Bay Area this week and they have still scored just two runs against the Northern Californians. In between they had to fly back to LA, for a road game...against the Angels, where they scored eleven runs while dropping two out of three.

To add a turd to the Dodger punchbowl, in today's loss, their leading hitter in the absense of Kemp, Andre Eithier, had to leave the game with a left oblique injury.

The shutout today was preserved in the third inning when Lincecum gave up a double to LA pitcher Chad Billingsley, wild pitched him to third, and then bounced a curve about five feet in front of the plate and past catcher Hector Sanchez. Billingsley thundered toward the plate, Lincecum charged in to cover, the ball took a lucky bounce right back to Sanchez who fired it to the 165 pound Lincecum who blocked the plate against the 240 pound Billingsley. Kaboom. They wound up in an awkward leg embrace, but Tim held onto the ball for the out.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: The City
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Welcome back Chase
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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I watched three games this afternoon on line. All three games featured at least one bases-loaded walk. That seems excessive for the game played at the major league level.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Every New York Yankees pitcher went on the DL
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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The Giants beat the Reds tonight 5-0, the 4th consecutive shutout for SF, a franchise record. The first three were combined starter/bullpen efforts, but tonight Madison Bumgarner went the route, his first career complete game shutout. Bumgarner gave up one hit, leading off the sixth, he walked two and struck out eight. This yields a game score of 91 and vaults Bumgarner into the top ten for 2012, tied for 9th place with Johann Santana. The Giants own three of the top ten pitched games of the season.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:15 AM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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I agree that the Giants pitching has been awesome-----if they indeed get Lincecum going again they will be tough.

Staying on the left coast, has anyone been as awesome as Mike Trout for the Angels. This kid is real star in the making----he has injected a huge dose of excitement and adrenalin into the Angels. With Harper playing well for the Nats, we indeed have two big stars developing.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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Pineda, Cabral, Chamberlain, Rivera, Robertson, Meyers, Sabathia, Pettitte, etc. There's no hope. We're doomed.

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Old 06-29-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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Can the Yankees convert Russell Branyan into a pitcher???

Seriously, it looks like they will explore a trade------Maybe Greinke---Garza---Hamel---Nolasco????
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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A day or two late, but the Astros Lucas Harrell was the first rookie pitcher in 50 yeas to pitch a complete game 1-0 shutout, ending the game with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. The last time that was done was by Dave Stenhouse of the Washington Senators in 1962. He pitched two 1-0 shutouts that same month, but the other not as dramatic.

Back to today, the Astros have now gone 3-up-3-down in 20 of their last 27 innings.

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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Yes the Astros can use some offense, but I can see a decent direction in which they are headed.

They are really develping some arms, and in Altuve, Schaeffer, and Martinez there is some offense.

The Astros can use another power bat-----it the new ownership is willing to bring some pop in, they could getting tougher----moving to the AL, they will need some power.
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