Saturday, October 27, 2012

San Francisco Giants take Game 2 of the World Series and lead 2-0

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 2-0 on Thursday night in the World Series. The game took place at AT+T Park in San Francisco, California. It was game two of the 2012 World Series. The Giants won and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of seven series. The next three games will be played in Detroit. Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants and was great and Doug Fister was also very good for the Tigers. The offense for the Giants had a sacrifice fly and a groundout, they didn’t exactly kill the ball. Blanco led the offense with a couple of hits and Hunter Pence had the only RBI of the game. The Tigers only managed two hits, the bullpens of each team were also good. 
Bumgarner earned the win in this game pitching seven innings giving up two hits and no runs with two walks and eight strikeouts. Santiago Casilla pitched one perfect inning and Sergio Romo earned the save with a perfect inning. Fister suffered the loss pitching six innings giving up four hits and a run with a walk and three strikeouts. Drew Smyly pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a run with three walks and two strikeouts, Octavio Dotel pitched 1/3 of an inning walking one and Phil Coke struck out the only batter that he faced.

Angel Pagan drew a walk and more importantly a stolen base which secured a free taco for all of America. Tuesday October 30th between 2-6PM you can stop in any Taco Bell store and get your free Doritos Locos Taco. Pablo Sandoval had a hit and drew a walk, Buster Posey had a hit and drew a walk and Pence had a hit and an RBI. Brandon Belt drew a walk, Blanco had two hits and Crawford drew a walk. The Giants were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Blanco had an outfield assist and Bumgarner had a pickoff.

Austin Jackson drew a walk, Omar Infante had a hit and Miguel Cabrera drew a walk. Delmon Young had a hit, Young hit a double and the Tigers were 0-2 with runners in scoring position and they left two men on base. Infante was caught stealing.

In the seventh the Giants took a 1-0 lead on a groundout. It was bases loaded no outs and they took a double play instead of playing the infield in, it was a controversial move to say the least. In the eighth Pence hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Giants and that would be the final score.

The Giants took the first two games of the series at home. The two teams had the day off on Friday and will resume on Saturday night in Detroit. They will play the next two there and then if there is a game five it will also be in Detroit before shifting back to San Francisco if need be.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The New York Giants win a wild game against the Washington Redskins

The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins by the score of 27-23 on Sunday afternoon. The game took place at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Eli Manning led the Giants to another victory in the last couple of minutes of the game. Robert Griffen III the Redskins quarterback led the Redskins to the lead less then two minutes before the Giants scored the winning touchdown. The Redskins had another chance but fumbled and the game was over. 
Manning was 26-40 for 337 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Ahmad Bradshaw led the rushing attack with 43 yards on 12 attempts. Andre Brown had 17 yards on five attempts. Bradshaw and Brown each had a rushing touchdown. Victor Cruz led the receivers with seven receptions for 131 yards with a touchdown catch. Martellus Bennett had five receptions for 79 yards and Hakeem Nicks had five receptions for 53 yards. Bradshaw had four receptions for 22 yards and Domenik Hixon had three receptions for 32 yards. Lawrence Tynes had two field goals and three extra points. David Wilson had four kick returns and averaged 26.5 yards per return. Steve Weatherford had three kicks with an average of 40 yards. His longest kick was 44 yards. Chase Blackburn, Keith Rivers and Stevie Brown lead the defense with six tackles each. Brown had an interception.

Griffin was 20-28 for 258 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Alfred Morris led the rushing attack with 22 attempts for 120 yards. Griffin had nine attempts for 89 yards, Darrel Young had five rushes for 26 yards. Leonard Hankerson had six receptions for 70 yards, Logan Paulsen had four receptions for 76 yards and Santana Moss had three receptions for 67 yards. Kai Forbath had three field goals and two extra points. Sav Rocca had one punt for 33 yards, Madieu Williams had six tackles to lead the defense. Rob Jackson and Josh Wilson each had an interception.

It was 3-0 Redskins after the first quarter, 13-13 at halftime. There was no scoring in the third quarter and in the fourth the Giants outscored them 14-10. It was a wild fourth quarter with lots of back and forth action. The Giants are now 5-2 on the season and the Redskins are 3-4. The Giants are in first place in the NFC East.

A Few Early Off Season Notes for the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were eliminated from the postseason prematurely. They were swept out of the ALCS by the Detroit Tigers. It was pretty embarrassing, they didn’t hit at all and they got blown out in the fourth and final game. It was a good season overall as the Yankees battled a lot of injuries and finished first in the American League. They fell short of their ultimate goal though which is always to win the World Series. I personally think it was a decent year, I don’t think it was a total disaster but of course it wasn’t a success either. I think getting swept the way they did made it worse but they did get to the ALCS. 
Curtis Granderson is being sent to an eye specialist. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this because he just looked so bad. I also think they will pick up his option and let him play out the year. The Yankees could trade him but I don’t think they will, his value may be low right now also.

Alex Rodriguez is going to continue to be a hot topic this winter. Brian Cashman the general manager indicated that he would listen to offers on him but also made it clear that more then likely he won’t go anywhere. He knows because of the contract it would be extremely difficult and there probably aren’t many deals that would really make sense. I don’t think he is going anywhere and I think he will be playing DH more and more. I also think he was bothered by his hand injury more then anyone thinks. It was actually something I really didn’t even think of. He is never going to be an MVP candidate again but I don’t think he is as bad as people are making him out to be. His main problem the last couple of years has been staying healthy. He is getting older but he can still be productive, I just think the Yankees need to be careful with him. I am sure you will hear plenty of rumors about Arod this winter and we will see what happens.

CC Sabathia is the ace of the pitching staff and was on the DL twice this season. The Yankees believe he is healthy but they are sending him to Dr. James Andrews this week anyway. There are sources saying he has bone chips and they will just need to be cleaned out. It is always scary though when you hear the name Dr. Andrews, he is the one who tells most pitchers when they need Tommy John surgery. The Yankees and their fans will keep their fingers crossed.

The Yankees have plenty of free agents and will have a very busy winter. The Yankees have to figure out if they are going to keep Nick Swisher. I would say that is a no, Granderson has a team option which I would assume they pick up and let him play out the season but he could be traded also. Ichiro Suzuki was a huge pickup for the Yankees and will they resign him. The Yankees know Derek Jeter will be their shortstop next year but he just had ankle surgery and how will he bounce back?? Will he be ready for opening day, he should be ready for spring training and the season but you never know how quickly he will come back from the injury. The Yankees have to think about signing Hiroki Kuroda and is he worth a multi year deal?? There are plenty of questions, will Rafael Soriano opt out which is assumed and how will Mariano Rivera bounce back from his injury. This should be one of the busiest winters the Yankees have had in a long time. It may make for a fun and exciting off season because there is so much to talk about.



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