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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 06:40 PM

Anyone catch the Dodgers/Giants game last night?

As soon as Will Smith's bat connected in the bottom of the 9th inning, I could just tell by the crack of the bat that the ball was long gone.
What a hell of a way to end the game.

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Reply Anyone catch the Dodgers/Giants game last night? (Original post)
MarineCombatEngineer Jul 2021 OP
Beatlelvr Jul 2021 #1
Auggie Jul 2021 #2
Brother Buzz Jul 2021 #3
Auggie Jul 2021 #4
Brother Buzz Jul 2021 #5
Auggie Jul 2021 #6
Brother Buzz Jul 2021 #7
Auggie Jul 2021 #8
Brother Buzz Jul 2021 #9

Response to MarineCombatEngineer (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 07:50 PM

1. That was awesome!

I wooped a little when he hit that ball...and he was so happy! The stadium went nuts

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Response to MarineCombatEngineer (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 07:36 AM

2. Giants' Rogers redeemed himself in Game Three

10 pitches (7 strikes), three outs.

This is an epic series—a battle of reserve players.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:35 PM

3. Dodgers closer, Kenley Jansen, is wanting some of that redemption, too

Third game, top of the ninth, the Dodgers leading 2-1, and he blew it:

⅓ inning pitched, three hits, three earned runs, two walks, and one strikeout. He got yanked with the basses loaded.

The fair weather Dodgers fans booed him as he exited.

Curiously, Wilmer Flores' first hit, ever, off of Jansen was that go-ahead two-run homer. It may not have been a walk off home run, but it was just as sweet, Baby!

Tonight's final game is the last time Dodgers and the Giants play in LA this season. That is, until the postseason playoffs.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:44 PM

4. This feels like a playoff series, minus the big names.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 02:48 PM

5. To Hell with the 'Big names', I'm looking at the numbers

So is Gabe Kapler, and that Minnie-Me guy glued to Kapler's side, Kai Correa. (I say Minnie-Me because Kapler starting wearing specs just like Kai's, "Oh look, there's a scorboard out there, and it's full of numbers".)

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:33 PM

6. Holy shit ...

I thought of Mini Me too.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 04:32 PM

7. Early in the season, I assumed he was the resident computer whiz kid feeding Kapler....

"Billy Ball" numbers, or something, but Kai Correa is totally the real deal. He absolutely, stone cold, knows infield play; even the "big names" will admit they've improved their game employing Kali's approach. Simple scientific fundamentals, Baby!

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 04:39 PM

8. For sure ... huge improvement overall. Entire coaching staff as well.

They're trying to work their magic on Tauchman now. He's out of options, so it's now or never.

Great defender. Grinds out at-bats too, increasing pitch counts. But he can't make contact for a hit.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 04:36 PM

9. Looks like they kicked the Tauchman question down the road

Tauchman entered the game in the top of the ninth as a pinch-runner, then played left field; he didn't bat.

I just learned the Giants have a batting cage under the stands, right behind their dugout in Oracle Park, and the pitching machine is a state of the art device that can throw everything (this is fantastic for 'cold' pinch-hitters who have been sitting on the bench for 6, 7, 8 innings). The Giants returned to SF today, and I suspect Tauchman has been instructed to park his butt in the cage until he rediscovers his groove.

Designated for Assignment is a Hell of a way to end your Giants career, and may be a huge incentive for him to find his groove

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