The Brewers return to the Keg for a 4 game series against a team that is rich in baseball tradition, San Francisco Giants. Some Brewer fans might be happy with a 2 game split with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch. But playing .500 baseball only keeps the team a float, they will need on this home stand to take a Gaint Step to play better then .500. Currently playing at .451 clip, they are playing they would finish with a record of 73-88. That is NO record to hang your hat, if you are Doug Melvin and Ken Macha. The Brewers must step forward against the likes of the Giants and Pirates in this homestand, before the All-Star break
The 1st place Reds are playing .566 baseball. They are on pace to win 91 games in 2010. Those 1st place Reds have played 83 games so far this season. Meaning they have 79 games left in 2010. Lets say they go 39-40 the rest of the way out, less then .500 baseball. That would give them 86 wins and 76 loses for 2010. For the Brewers to catch them, they would have to go 49-31, which is 612.5 baseball, meaning splitting series, will not get the job done. They must take a Gaint Step.
The first step will be the 4 game series against the boys from the city by the bay. The Brewers are 44-50 overall against the Giants. They are 26-26 in Milwaukee and 19-18 at Miller Park. The first time the Giants and Brewers would go at it, would be April 17th 1998 at County Stadium. The Gaints manager Dusty Baker would send Shawn Estes to the bump. Brewers manager Phil Garner would send Jose Mercedes. Darryl Hamliton the former Brewers leads off with a single and later scores on a double play by Barry Bonds. The Brewers with 2 outs, get a walk by John Jaha and single to right by Jeromy Burnitz. Marques Grissom then rips a double. 14,545 would watch Jose Mercedes throw 6 innings of 4 hit, 2 run baseball. They see Doug Jones get his 5th save, in the Crews 5-2 win. Shawn Estes is nailed for 5 runs in 6 innings.
In 2009, the Giants and the Brewers played 6 games at Miller Park. They would split those games 3-3. Lets take a look
Friday June 26th -37,345....Yovani Gallardo vs Matt Cain...The Panda strikes 1st in the top of the 1st . But the Crew strike back in the bottom of the 1st. Craig Counsell leads off with a triple to left. He scores on a double by Ryan Braun to right. Braun scores on a double by Casey McGehee. Thats all the offense G-Man needs, he throws 7 2/3 innings, only run is the homerun by Pablo Sandoval. The Brewers tag Cain for 5 runs in 7 innings.
Saturday June 27th -42,065 Barry Zito vs Seth McClung...The Giants score 2 runs in the top of the 2nd, rbis by Travis Ishikawa and Juan Uribe. In the top of the 3rd, Pablo Sandoval goes deep again. In the top of the 5th. Pablo Sandoval strikes again in the 5th, this time off Chris Smith. The Giants have a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the 6th, with 2 man on Prince Fielder takes Barry Zito deep. Bruce Bochy calls on Brandon Medders, he gives up a long ball to Casey McGehee. The game is tied 4-4 going into the top of tne 9th. Trevor Hoffman is on the hill, the Giants get sac-flys from Bengie Molina and Edgar Rentaria. The Giants call on the hard throwing Brian Wilson to get the save. The Brewers are able to rally, rbi single by Corey Hart and JJ Hardy. Then Prince Fielder double wins the game 7-6.
Sunday June 28th - an afternoon affair 43391...Ryan Sadowski vs Jeff Suppan. Its the day of the Leagues tailgate party. Sadowski is called up from Triple AAA Fresno, to make his major league debut. The Giants score 3 runs in the top of the 2nd. An rbi double by Edgar Rentaria. Later an rbi walk by Randy Winn. A rbi single by Fred Lewis. Thats all the runs Sadowski needs, he throws 6 innings of 4 hit shutout baseball. Bob Howry throws 2 innings and Jonathan Sanchez the last. The Giants roll to a 7-0 win
Friday September 4th -37511....Barry Zito vs Jeff Suppan....The Crew score 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Brewers get a double steal by Jason Bouregios and Ryan Braun. Bouregios scores on Prince Fielder ground ball. Braun scores on Mike Camerons single. Jeff Suppan actually pitches well, its still 2-0 in the top of the 6th. The Giants are able to tied on an error by Mike Cameron. Todd Coffey is in his 2nd inning of relief in the top of the 8th, when Bengie Molina leads off with a homerun. Its give Brandon Medders the W and Wilson the save. The Brewers only give up 4 hits.
Saturday afternoon - September 5th -30,254 - Matt Cain vs Yovani Gallardo...In the top of the 4th, Juan Uribe hits a homerun. Nate Schierholtz singles and scores on Aaron Rowand double. In the bottom of the 4th, single by Braun and then scores on a double by Fielder. In the top of the 5th, Eugenio Velez leads off with a triple and scores on Randy Winn double. Cain goes 7 and allows 4 runs and 2 runs. Because in the bottom of the 8th, Jason Kendall starts the inning with a double. Kendall scores on a single by Felipe Lopez. Brian Wilson gets the save.
Sunday -September 6th -36,590...Jonathan Sanchez vs Brendan Looper. Velez starts the game with a double and scores on Sandoval single. In the bottom of the 6th, the Brewers are able to tie the game. Felipe Lopez walks and scores on a single by Casey McGehee. The scoreboard is silent until the bottom of the 12th. With Merkin Valdez on the mound, he surrenders a homerun by Prince Fielder. It gives Mitch Stetter the win. The homerun is the famous Fielder jumps on the plate and everyone falls around him.
Lets meet the San Francisco Giants
Bruce Bochy - manager -Bochy is the manager for the Giants for the 4th season. Bruce Douglas Bochy was born in April 1955, in Landes de Bussac France. Bochy is 6-3 205 right-handed hitting catcher. He plays his high school baseball for the Bulldogs of Melbourne High School in Melbourne Florida. He then plays his college baseball at Florida State. He is a 8th round pick by the Chicago White Sox in Janaury draft of 1975. He does not sign. He is drafted in 1st round by the Houston Astros in the June secondary draft in 1975. He plays 9 seasons in the majors, from 1978 thru 1987, he is not in the majors in 1981. He plays for the Astros, Mets and Padres. In 1993, Bochy coaches for the 1st time, he is asked to be the 3rd base coach for the Padres by manager Jim Riggleman. He returns in 1994 for Riggleman again. In 1995, he is named to be the replacement for Jim Riggleman as manager of the Padres. He manages the Padres from 1995 thru 2006. He leads the Padres to 4 divisional series and 1 Championship series. He gets the Padres to the World Series in 1998 and they lose to the Yankees 4 games to none.
Hensley Meulens - Hitting Coach -Meulens is the hitting Coach and Coaching for the 1st time in 2010. He replaced the Giants hitting coach in 2009, Carney Lansford. Meulens was born June 67, in Willemstad Curacao. The player who had a nickname of Bam/Bam. He is signed as amateur by the Yankees in 1985. He plays in the majors form 1989 thru 1993, 97 and 98. He plays in the big leagues with the Yankees, Expos and Diamondbacks.
Dave Righetti - Pitching Coach -Righetti is in his 10th season, coaching the pitchers in San Francisco. David Allan Righetti was born in November of 1958, San Jose California. He is 6-4 195 left-hander. He played for the Mustangs of Pioneer High School in San Diego. He plays his college baseball at San Jose City College. He is a 1st round draft pick in the January draft in 1977 by the Texas Rangers. He plays 16 seasons in the majors from 1979 thru 1997. Righetti played for the Yankees, Giants, A's, Blue Jays and White Sox. Its Dusty Baker in 2000, that gives Righetti is 1st pitching coach job
Roberto Kelly - 1st base -Kelly is in his 2nd season coaching 1st base for the Giants. Roberto Conrado Kelly is 6-2 198 right-handed former outfielder. Born in Panama City Panama. He is signed has an amateur free agent by the Yankees in 1982. He plays in the majors from 1987 thru 2000. Making stops with the Yankees, Reds, Braves, Expos, Dodgers, Twins, Mariners and Rangers.
Tim Flannery - 3rd base...he is in his 2nd tour of duty with Bochy, rejoin him with the Giants in 2007. Before that was a member of Bochy's staff with the Padres from 1996 thru 2002. Timothy Earl Flannery is 5-11 175, former infielder. Born in September of 1957, in Tulsa Oklahoma. He plays his high school baseball for the Colonists of Anaheim High School. He plays his college baseball for Divisional III power-house Chapman Univeristy in Orange California. He is a 6th round pick of the Padres in 1978. He plays 11 seasons in the majors, all with the Padres. From 1979 to 1989.
Ron Wotus - Bench Coach -Wotus is in his 13th season coaching with the Giants. In 1998, Giants manager Dusty Baker asked him to coach 3rd base. In 1999, Baker move him to bench coach and he has been there since. Ronald Allen Wotus was born March 1961 in Hartford Connecticut. Wotus a former major league 2B/SS is 6-1 164 right-hander. Wotus play his high school baseball for the Bobcats of Bacon Academy in Colchester Connecticut. He would be a 16th round draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. He play a total of 2 season, both with the Pirates in 1983 and 1984.
Mark Gardner - Bullpen Coach -Gardner has been with the Giants since 2003, when he was asked by new manager Felipe Alou to be the bullpen coach. Mark Allan Gardner was born in March 1962 in Los Angeles California. He plays his high school baseball for the Cougars of Clovis High School in Clovis California. He is drafted in the 6th round of the January draft by the Angels in 1983. He plays for Fresno City College. In 1984, he is drafted in the 17th round by the Indians i n 1984, He did not sign, instead goes to Fresno State. In 1985, he is drafted for a 3rd time, 8th round by Expos. Gardner pitches in the major leagues for 13 season. He makes stop at Montreal, Florida, Kansas City and San Francisco
The Giants normal starting 8
C- Buster Posey - with the trade of Molina to Texas, the Florida State rookie will be behind the dish the rest of the season. Gerald Demp Posey was born in March of 1987 in Leesburg Georgia. He played his high school baseball for the Trojans of Lee County High School. He played his college baseball for the Semiholes of Florida State. The Giants came calling in the 5th round of the 2008 draft. He would recieve a 3.5 million signing bonus.
1B -Travis Ishikawa -one person who was glad to see Molina traded, is probably Travis. With DeRosa on the DL, Huff will stay in the outfield. Posey behind the dish, making Travis the starting 1st baseman. Travis Takashi Ishikawa was born September 1983, in Seattle Washington. Tarvis is 6-3 190 left-handed stick. He played his high school baseball for the Eagles of Ferderal Way High School, in Federal Way Washington. He would be the 22nd round pick of the Giants in 2002
2B - Freddy Sanchez -On July 29th 2009, GM Sabean does it again, he sends a minor leaguer Tim Alderson, for batting champion in 2006 Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez is probably extremely happy to get out of the losing world of Pittsburgh. Frederick Phillip Sanchez was born in December 1977, in Hollywood California. He plays his high school baseball for the Bulldogs of Burbank High School in Burbank California. He then plays his college baseball for the Stars of Oklahoma City University. He is 11th round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2000.
SS -Edgar Renteria -became a Giant, when signed as a free agent in December 2008. In 2010, he has had a rough time, staying healthy. So you could see the veteran infielder Juan Uribe here. Edgar Enrique Renteria was born in August 1976, in Barranquilla Columbia. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Marlins at the age of 16 in 1992. Renteria is 6-1 200 right-hander. Before he plays for the Giants, he has made stops in Florida, St. Louis, Boston, Atlanta and Detroit.
3B - Pablo Sandoval - the player that has 2 nicknames, Kung Fu Panda and Round Mound of Pound. Sandoval is 5-11 245 switch hitter, born August of 1986, in Carabobo Venezuela. He is signed as amateur free agent at the age of 17 in 2003.
LF -Aubrey Huff - On January 10th 2010, Giants GM Brian Sabean signs Huff to a 1 year, 3 million dollar contract. Huff has been so far in 2010, money well spent. Aubrey Lewis Huff was born in December of 1976, in Marion Ohio. Huff is 6-4 230 left-handed stick. He plays his high school baseball for Brewer High School in Fort Worth Texas.He starts his college baseball at Vernon College in Wichita Falls Texas. He only hit 2 homeruns in high school, but the 1st season for the Chaparral he hits 17 bombs. He transfers from Vernon College to the University of Miami. Huff would be drafted by the Devil Rays in the 5th round in 1998
CF - Aaron Rowand -The former White Sox and Phillie, is in his 3rd season with the Giants. Aaron Ryan Rowand is 6-0 220 right, born in Portland Oregon. He plays his High school baseball at the home of the Tartans, Glendora High School in Glendora California. In 1995, he is a 40th round pick of the New York Mets, but does not sign. Instead he play his college baseball at Cal-Fullerton. After his junior year with the Titans, he is a 1st round and 35th overall by the Chicago White Sox
RF - Andres Torres - After not getting a chance with the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, the 32 year old Torres is getting that chance to be an everyday player. Andres Vungo Torres is 5-10 175 switch hitter. He was born in January of 1978, in Aguadilla Puerto Rico. He goes to Dr. Gonzalez High School. He is drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 23rd round in 1997, but did not sign. Plays college baseball at Miam-Dade College. In 1998, he is a 4 round pick of the Detroit Tigers.
Where are the Giants numbers. In 2009, the Giants finish 3rd in the NL West with a record of 88-74. They would be 52-29 at ATT Park, compare to 36-45 away for ATT Park. In 2010, the Giants are almost on the same pace, they are 25-17 at ATT Park and 16-23 on the road. They were 13-9 in April, 14-14 in May and 13-14 in June.
Runs ....4.17 per game, ranks the Giants 11th in the NL
Homeruns - 71 -thats puts the Giants at 9th in the NL
Steals - 32 - that ranks them dead last with the Chicago Cubs
Batting Average -.259 -that ties them to be ranked 7th...Atlanta, Philadelphia and St. Louis
OB % -.323 -ranked 12th in the NL
ERA - 3.54 - which is 3rd best in the NL -Only the Padres and Cardinals are better
K's - 646 - 2nd best in the NL, only the Padres with 650 are better
Whip 1.32 - is the 7th best in the NL
Monday afternoon -Jonathan Sanchez vs David Bush .....Sanchez comes into this contest with a record of 6-6 an era of 3.26 in his 16 starts. Jonathan O. Sanchez is 6-2 190 left-hander. Born in Novmber of 1982 in Mayaquez Puerto Rico. He plays his high school baseball at Escuela Superior Blanca Maloret in Sabana Grande Puerto Rico. He comes to the states to play his college baseball. He goes to the city of Columbus Ohio and plays for Ohio Domician University, the home of the Panthers. He is a 27th round pick of the Giants in 2004. He will make his 83 career start on Monday. His record is 27-36 an era of 4.50. He is just 13-22 with an era of 4.74 on the road. Its the 1st time in 2010, that Sanchez will be facing the Crew. In 2009, Sanchez appeared 2 times against the Brewers, in which he started 1. He had no record, but an era of 1,29. Throwing 7 innings of 3 hit 1 run baseball. Lifetime, thouigh, in 8 appears and 4 starts, he is 0-1 with an era of 8.31 against the Brewers. That lost would come at Miller Park, where his era is 9.39
David Bush avoided the getting knock out of the rotation, probably because he throws from the right-side. Back to back outing throwing 6 innings of 2 runs baseball, but he did walk 5 in his last outing. In his 8 start at Miller Park is 1-4 with an era of 4.87. He is aso 0-2 with an era of 5.06 in day games. Bush only pitched 1 inning of relief against the Giants in 2009. He got tagged for 2 runs. In 6 appearances, with 4 starts against the Giants, he is 1-2 with an era of 4.75 in 30 1/3 innings of work.
Tuesday Night -Madison Bumgarner vs Randy Wolf....Madison Bumgarner will be making his 3rd professional start on tuesday night. He is 0-2 with an era of 4.50 so far in his first 2. Madison K. Bumgarner was born August of 1989, in Hudson North Carolina. Bumgarner is 6-4 215 southpaw. He played his high school baseball at South Caldwell in Hudson North Carolina, the home of the Spartans. He is a 1st round, 10th overall pick in 2007 by the Giants.
Randy Wolf ...Wolf is coming off a W against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. His 1st win in the city of St. Louis. In his first 8 starts at Miller Park in 2010, his record is 2-3 with an era of 5.25. Wolf faced the Giants 3 times in 2009, he would be 2-0 with an era of 1.35. Wolf has faced the Giants 16 times in his career, he is 8-4 with an era 3.23
Wednesday Night - Tim Lincecum vs Chris Narveson...The Freak and 2 time Cy Young award winner has struggled in his last 2 starts. 8 runs in his last 9 innings. Timothy LeRoy Lincecum was born June of 1984, in Bellevue Washington. Lincecum is 5-11 170 lefty, who played his high school baseball at Liberty High School in Renton Washington. After playing for the Patriots, he is drafted in the 48th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2003. He plays his college baseball at the University of Washington. He is drafted again in 2005, by the Cleveland Indians in the 42th round. In 2006, he is 1st round and 10th overall pick by the Giants. The Brewers would only face Lincecum at ATT Park in 2009, he only last 3 innings, allowing 3 runs. In 5 career starts, he is 1-2 with an era of 5.67. In 2 starts at Miller Park, he is 1-1 with an era of 4.50
The biggest question are Narveson and Parra pitching for a job against the Giants ??? The normal Narveson show up at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals, giving up runs in the 1st inning again, getting himself behind the 8-ball early. The good news is that Chris Narveson does pitch, better at the Keg. His era at Miller Park is 4.58 and 5.93 on the road. Narveson will be making his 1st start against the Giants, heck he is only pitched a total of 1 1/3 innings against the Giants in his career
Thursday Afternoon ---Barry Zito vs Manny Parra ....Its Barry Zito 4th season with the San Francisco Giants, for the 1st time, he has a winning record. Heck just back in 2008, he lead the National League in loses with 17. Of course you remember that in 2002, while playing for the other team in the Bay Area, he went 23-5 and was the American League Cy Young award winner. So far in 2010, in 17 starts, he has a record of 7-4 with an era of 3.75. Zito has not see a W, since June 12th against his former team, the Oakland A's. Thats 5 starts ago. In his last start at Coors field he was tagged for 6 runs in 5 innings. Barry Wiliam Zito was born in May 1978, Las Vegas Nevada. Zito is 6-4 215, left-hander. He plays his high school baseball at the University of San Diego High School, the home of the Centurions. In 1996, he is drafted in the 59th round by the Seattle Mariners. His freshman year in College, he plays at Cal Santa Barbara. He transfers to a junior college in his sophomore year, Pierce College in Los Angeles. In his junior year, he transfers to USC. In 1998, he is drafted in the 3rd round by the Texas Rangers. In 1999, he is a 1st round and 9th overall pick by the Oakland A's. Zito started twice at Miller Park in 2009, having no record, an era of 4.66. He threw 9 2/3 innings, allow 6 hits, 5 runs and K's 8. Career wise in 6 starts, he is 1-3 with an era of 6.19. In 5 starts at Miller Park, he is 0-3 with an era of 7.88
Manny Parra, just like Narveson could be on his last legs. Its the old saying...what have you done for me lately....His last 2 starts, 10 2/3 innings and 9 earned runs. Parra in 2009, was awful against the Giants, 1 start, 4 1/3 and 5 runs for an era of 10.38. Parra has faced the Giants 6 times, in which he starts 3 of them. His career record is 2-1 with an era of 4.37
The Brewers are 11-23 against pitching staff that are ranked 6th or better. I have pointed out that the G-Man are 3rd best in the NL. It will be a great test for the Crew. If they really want to get to the next...they will have to make that GIANT STEP
Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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