March 30, 2011
Here is how Placido Polanco stacked up against the top-hitting regular third basemen in the National League last season: G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBIs BB SO OBP SLG AVG R. Zimmerman, Nationals 142 525 85 161 32 0 25 85 69 98 .388 .510 .307 Placido Polanco, Phillies 132 554 76...
July 26, 2011 |
Tonight marks the first time the Phillies have seen the Giants since San Francisco won last year's National League Championship Series in six games. Here's a quick primer on the defending champs: Their starting pitching has been excellent and the bullpen has been terrific. Closer Brian Wilson is still a nut and is still damn effective. Setup man Sergio Romo (3-1, 1.85) has allowed only one hit in his last 9 1/3 innings (12 appearances). Star catcher Buster Posey, a huge catalyst last season, has been out since May 25 when he sustained multiple leg and ankle injuries in a homeplate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins.
April 28, 2010 |
Roy Halladay is a pitcher of few words. After allowing five runs and 10 hits in suffering his first loss as a Phillie on Monday night, he was terser than ever. Halladay did his usual postgame workout routine and stewed for 45 minutes before emerging in the clubhouse drenched in sweat to meet reporters. He was quiet and to the point. "You learn from it and move on," Halladay said. "You take something out of it. You take the positives out of it. You try to correct the mistakes and move on. There's nothing you can do about it now except learn from it. " Five batters into the 5-1 loss, Halladay and the Phillies trailed, 2-0. That, Halladay said, was the result of the Giants' hitting some decent pitches.
October 21, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Another game, a different lineup for the Giants. Out of necessity, manager Bruce Bochy, who had been pushing all the right buttons while shuffling his lineup, removed Juan Uribe and replaced him with switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval at third base for Wednesday's Game 4 of the NLCS. Incredibly, the move turned out to be genius. Sandoval had the key two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Giants a 5-4 lead. And Uribe, who went 0 for 3 in Game 3 and is apparently still feeling the effects of a bruised wrist, hit the game-winning sacrifice fly off Roy Oswalt in the bottom of the ninth in the 6-5 win. He injured the wrist sliding into second base in the series opener and sat out Game 2. Fondness for Phils Aaron Rowand celebrated the Phillies' World Series championship in 2008 even though he was a Giant.
September 7, 2011 |
IT'S NOT uncommon for the baseball cameras to catch a pitcher talking to the ball or a fielder talking to his glove, but a hitter to his bat? That's rare. Even rarer is when it appears to work. In the Giants' 7-2 win over the Padres Monday, Comcast SportsNet San Francisco captures footage of Pablo Sandoval in a pretty intense conversation with his bat. In the first inning, Sandoval stepped up and belted a solo shot to right-center with two outs, opening the scoring.
October 17, 2010 |
When things are going well, why change? Basically, that was Bruce Bochy's approach when the San Francisco manager decided to stay with Mike Fontenot at third base instead of Pablo Sandoval for Saturday's Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Phillies. Aside from Bochy's gut feeling, there wasn't much reason to leave Fontenot in the lineup ahead of Sandoval. Both went 1 for 6 in the NL division series against Atlanta, but Fontenot was at third for the final two games of the series, both won by the Giants.
September 21, 2010 |
Outside the Braves-Phillies race, the stretch drive intrigue in the National League is concentrated in the West where the surging Rockies, faltering Padres and Giants will slug it out for the division title and, possibly, a wild-card spot. That's of more than passing interest locally because if the Phillies finish with the best record in the league, they would likely end up playing a team from the NL West in the Division Series. The Giants have just finished a disappointing 3-3 homestand but managed to slip into first place Sunday when San Diego lost again.
September 18, 2010 |
The long-ball whisperer Dodgers leftfielder Russ Mitchell had been 0 for 15 heading into a 10-2 loss late Thursday at San Francisco. Leading off the fifth, he hit a long shot off Jonathan Sanchez that was heading toward the left-field foul pole. If he'd been playing pool, this would have been the time for some exaggerated body English (handy when the spin English on the ball isn't dialed in) to coax the ball inside, but instead he used good, old-fashioned mouth English.
August 4, 2011 |
ORLANDO CABRERA had become a bit concerned as San Francisco's skid hit five games while its offense sputtered. Then, Cabrera started clicking with his new club and, suddenly, so did the rest of the Giants. And Ryan Vogelsong? He was his typical reliable self on the mound when it mattered. Vogelsong won his career-best sixth straight decision, Cabrera hit a two-run double and drove in three runs, and the Giants remained atop the NL West with an 8-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.
May 4, 2012 |
BRYCE HARPER showed why his manager put him in the No. 3 spot for his fifth career game. The 19-year-old phenom hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Ross Detwiler (3-1) did his part as well. The lefthander allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his longest outing this season. He retired the first eight batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning.