Category Archives: Crutch’s Corner

Panda Comes Back to the Bay

By Chandler Guadagnin

After a 3 year detour in Boston, Pablo Sandoval is on his way back to the city by the bay. After being officially designated for assignment on Wednesday, Sandoval, affectionately known as the Panda, has reportedly inked a minor league deal with San Francisco. Pablo had an injury plagued tenure with the Red Sox. After signing a 5-year $95M deal in the winter of 2014 with Boston, Sandoval played just 161 games over the past two and a half years. The Sox still owe Sandoval the remainder of the contract which stands at about $50M.

Over 2 years and change with Boston, Pablo Sandoval hit .237 with 14 home runs and 101 strikeouts.

In 7 years with the Giants, Sandoval hit to the tune of a .294 batting average while collecting 106 hits and tallying 462 RBIs. However, Sandoval is best known for his postseason production. In 3 postseasons, all with San Francisco, Pablo has hit .344 with 6 home runs and 20 RBIs. The Panda’s accolades with San Francisco include three World Series rings,  the 2012 World Series MVP, and two All-Star appearances. The most impressive postseason performance of his career came in Detroit, when in Game 1, Sandoval homered three times.

The Giants made it official on Saturday; signing Sandoval to a minor league pact. He will report to Class-A San Jose.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Contract information courtesy of www.baseballprospectus.com

Bumgarner Begins Rehab Assignment in Sacramento

By Chandler Guadagnin

Giants left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner has officially begun his rehab assignment. On Friday night for Triple-A Sacramento, Bumgarner went 3 and 2/3 innings surrendering seven hits and allowing four runners to cross the plate. He through 62 pitches in his night of work; 41 of those for strikes.

Bumgarner sustained a Grade 1 or 2 AC strain after crashing his dirt bike during an off-day in Colorado. At the time that Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list, San Francisco was 6-11. In Bumgarner’s absence the Giants have tallied a record of 31-40.

In four starts prior to the injury, Bumgarner pitched to the tune of a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 4 walks in 27 innings pitched.

Bumgarner is expected to return sometime after the All-Star Break.

Bumgarner Rehab Statistics courtesy of http://wtop.com/mlb/2017/07/giants-bumgarner-has-uneven-outing-during-rehab-start/

Bumgarner Season Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Durant Gets it Done with Dubs

By Chandler Guadagjnin

Monday night the Golden State Warriors exacted their revenge on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant played a big part in this quest for the title.

Kevin Durant took a lot of flack for joining the team that knocked him out of the playoffs a year ago. Some said that it was flat unfair that he joined an already stacked team. I submit to you that if the Warriors were as great as had been said, then the Warriors would have taken home the trophy last year. No matter how dominant the core of Curry, Green, and Thompson are, the Dubs couldn’t have gotten it done without one Kevin Durant.

In his 10-year career, Durant has accomplished so much: an 8 time All-Star, a 4 time scoring champ and the 2014 NBA MVP. In joining the Warriors, Durant sought that one thing that had alluded him all these years- an NBA Championship.

The Warriors Small Forward did his part, dropping 39 points in Golden State’s 129-120 Game 5 victory; making him only the sixth player in NBA history to score 30+ points in every game of a five-game Finals.

I have watched his celebration and elation on his face several times and it never gets old. He showed that underneath all of the  competition and stress, it is still just a child’s game. The joy that the game produces is what it’s all about.

Congratulations to the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors but especially Kevin Durant.

Durant statistics courtesy of https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Kevihttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Kevin_Durantn_Durant

Update: Bumgarner Officially Diagnosed; Will Miss 3 Months

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants have announced today that Madison Bumgarner has been officially diagnosed with a Grade 2 left shoulder sprain, which he sustained during a dirt bike accident last week.

Prior to the accident, Bumgarner started four games, going 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA. In 27 innings pitched, Madison struck out 28 batters while issuing four free passes and surrendering 2 home runs.

The injury will sideline him through the All-Star Break.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Bumgarner Out 2 Months After Motor Bike Accident

By Chandler Guadagnin

The 6-11 Giants received more bad news on Thursday. Their ace Madison Bumgarner will be out 6 to 8 weeks with bruised ribs and  a Grade 1 or 2 AC strain in his left shoulder, which he sustained during a motor bike accident during the team’s off day in Colorado. Bumgarner was placed on the 10-day Disabled List following the accident. MadBum, who was taken to the hospital, and has since been released.

In four starts this season, Bumgarner is 0-3 and owns a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and four walks, while allowing 2 home runs in 27 innings pitched.

To say that San Francisco has had it difficult in the injury department is an understatement. Thus far, in  17 games, the Giants have placed Buster Posey on the 7-day concussion DL, lost Jarrett Parker for 10 weeks after he suffered a fractured clavicle and have now added Bumgarner to that list. Before the season even started, San Francisco was forced to surrender pitcher, Will Smith, to Tommy John surgery and shelf Michael Morse after a hamstring injury.

The Giants will slot Ty Blach into the rotation to replace Bumgarner.

Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Jarrett Parker Breaks Clavicle After Crashing Into Wall

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants 5-0 loss to the Rockies on Saturday afternoon was compounded by an injury to left fielder, Jarrett Parker.

With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu drove an 0-1 offering from Matt Moore to let field. The ball seemed destined for the wall. However, Parker had a bead on it all the way; leaping full steam into the wall to make the catch. After making the highlight grab, Parker staggered to mid left field clutching his collar bone area and taking a knee. Parker would have to be helped off the field. Test results later revealed that Parker had a fractured right clavicle. After undergoing surgery, Parker is expected to miss 8 to 10 weeks.

San Francisco’s options include Michael Morse and Kelby Tomlinson as well as newly signed minor leaguers Drew Stubbs and Melvin Upton Jr. Michael Morse looked poised to break camp with the Giants before suffering a hamstring injury. He is currently in extended Spring Training.

Drew Stubbs signed a minor league contract with the Giants on April 6th. In a 2016 season that saw him suit up for the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, Stubbs hit a combined .225/.330/.338 in 59 games.

Melvin Upton Jr. split 2016 with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. In 149 games, Upton Jr. hit at an average of .238, recorded an OBP of .291 and slugged ..402; while striking out 155 times and going 27 for 35 in stolen bases.

In 52 games for the Giants, utility man, Kelby Tomlinson, slashed .292/.370/.330 with four doubles and five stolen bases.

In nine games, Parker was 3 for 27 for a .143 average His most notable hit of his young season was a 2-RBI triple. He had struck out 10 times.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com and baseball-reference.com

Giants Fall to 1 and 4 On Season

By Chandler Guadagnin

The 2017 season has not started as the Giants would have hoped. Over their first five games, San Francisco has a 1-4 record. This may not seem like a big concern so early in the year, however their are some concerning hints of last season. In all four losses, the Giants grabbed an early lead, only to cough it up. Perhaps, the most disheartening example of this was on opening day, when the Giants had a lead on three separate occasions; including, a 6-5 lead in the ninth. After all was said and done, the Giants fell 7-6.

Even in their 8-4 win on Tuesday, San Francisco struggled to close it out. From the bottom of the fifth, to the end of the game, San Francisco pitchers surrendered a 2-run home run and 3 walks. Thus far, the Giants pitching staff has a team ERA of 6.42. They have surrendered 6 home runs and walked 13.

At the plate, San Francisco is hitting at a clip of .278. Meanwhile, Jarrett Parker and Chris Marrero, the Giants platoon in left field, are a combined 0 for 19.

San Francisco will look to turn it around today. Game 2 of the Giants-Padres series comes your way at 5:40PM PT . The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill to face off against the Padres’ Jhoulys Chacin. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com

BYU Slams Kennesaw State In Game 2

By Chandler Guadagnin

After falling 5-3 to Georgia Tech yesterday, it was clear that the Cougars had their minds set on evening their record.

The first inning went by without incident. In the second, however, it was a different story as Brigham Young struck for four runs on 4 hits. The Cougars never loooked back as they went on to score runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth. The run in the sixth came off the bat of the one and only Keaton Kringlen as he homered to left center as the Cougars cruised to a 13-4 victory.

BYU pitching was dominant as they combined to allow four runs on 9 hits, while stranding seven.

The Cougars will wrap up the first trio of games against the Panthers of Georgia State. Game time is scheduled for Monday Febuary 20th at 1:00PM PT from the GSU Baseball Complex.

Keaton Kringlen: 2-4; HR, 2 RBI

Daniel Schneeman: 1-5; RBI

Statistics courtesy of www.byucougars.com

 

Keeping Up With Kringlen

By Chandler Guadagnin

Many would agree that they did not get enough of former Chico Heat and Brigham Young University Cougar right fielder, Keaton Kringlen, this past summer. Not to worry. You can log onto www.kpaysports.com to read updates about the blossoming college career of Keaton Kringlen.

In 51 games played this past summer, Keaton Kringlen compiled 59 hits, 19 walks, 17 strikeouts and 28 RBIs on his way to a .303 batting average. Of those 59 hits, 8 were doubles, 1 was a triple, and 3 were homers. In his Freshman year with the Cougars, Keaton played in 42 games accruing 12 doubles, no triples and 5 home runs. Kringlen had a .369 batting average, a .560 slugging percentage and a .442 on base percentage. On defense, Kringlen was almost perfect as he fielded to a percentage of .979. For his outstanding Freshman performance, Kringlen was dubbed the WCC Freshman of the Year.

In a 12-1 preseason thumping of the Curaçao National Team, Kringlen contributed to the win with a 2 run single in the eighth. Fellow Cougar and former Chico Heat infielder, Daniel Schneeman, smashed an inside-the-park grand slam in the seventh inning.

The Cougars are set to next hit the field on February 17th at 1:00PM PT against Georgia Tech in Georgia.

Statistics courtesy of www.byucougars.com and www.chicoheat.com

BYU Legend Lavell Edwards Dies At 86

By Chandler Guadagnin

I am a huge Brigham Young University fan. As such, I was saddened to hear that former BYU Football Head Coach, Lavell Edwards, passed away today at the age of 86.

Over 29 seasons at the helm, Edwards led the Cougars to a record of 257-101-3 overall, making him the sixth winningest coach in FBS history. Coach Edwards guided Brigham Young to 22 bowl games and 19 conference championships.

On Christmas Eve, Edwards suffered a fall, breaking his hip; which allegedly, contributed to his death. The Hall of Fame coach, received national coach of the year awards in 1979 and 1984.

As a tribute to the great coach, the home of BYU Football, was renamed Lavell Edwards Stadium, prior to the final home game of the 2000 season.

Sources: www.byucougars.com and www.espn.com