Category Archives: Crutch’s Corner

Matt Cain to Make Final Career Start Today

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants have announced that Matt Cain will take the mound for the final time today, starting against the Padres. On Wednesday, Cain announced that he would retire at season’s end.

Cain began the season as a starter, but has since moved to the bullpen due to the rocky year he has produced. This year, Cain owns a 3-11 record with a 5.66 ERA, striking out 71 and walking 48.

Originally drafted by San Francisco, Cain has spent 13 seasons with the organization, helping the team to three World Series Championships. The undisputed pinnacle of his career came on June 13, 2012 against the Houston Astros. On that day, Matt would accomplish what no other Giant had done before: pitch a perfect game.

Here’s a look at Cain’s career statistics:

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

MLB Renames WS MVP Award for Willie Mays

By Chandler Guadagnin

On Friday Morning, Major League Baseball announced that effective immediately, the World Series Most Valuable Player Trophy will be renamed, the Willie Mays Most Valuable Player, for the Giants great.

MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued the following statement:

“Major League Baseball is thrilled to honor Willie Mays on our game’s biggest stage and in a manner that befits his many contributions to the sport. Since making ‘The Catch’ on Sept. 29, 1954, Willy has been a part of World Series history. This annual recognition will forever celebrate the life and career of a legend of the national pastime.”

The World Series MVP Award was first handed out in 1955.

In a career that spanned 22 years (1951-1973), the Hall of Famer, Mays, amassed 3,283 hits-523 doubles, 140 triples and 660 homeruns. In addition, Willie tallied 1903 RBIs and posted a slash line of .302/.384/.557.

Willie Mays’ Career accomplishments include:

  • 1954 World Series Championship with Giants
  • 1954 Rookie of the Year Award
  • 20 time All-Star starter (19 straight selections; 24 selections overall)
  • 12 straight Gold Glove Awards
  • 2 time NL MVP Award

The San Francisco Giants retired Willie Mays’ number 24 in 1972.

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

MLB Commissioner Statement courtesy of: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/256686298/world-series-mvp-award-renamed-for-willie-mays/

 

23 Was Not To Be As Tribe Falls

By Chandler Guadagjnin

23 consecutive wins was just not in the cards for the Cleveland Indians as with a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, the Tribe saw their record setting win streak snapped at 22 games.

The Indians sent right-handed starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jason Vargas. Cleveland would strike first on a Edwin Encarnacion sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. However, Kansas City would draw even almost immediately. With one out in the top of the second, Alcides Escobar would take  3-2 pitch over the wall for a solo homer. The Tribe would jump out in front in the bottom of the third, on a Jose Ramirez 2-run home run; making it 3 to 1.

The Royals would show their tenacity though, putting up single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th; with the knock out blow coming off the bat of Lorenzo Cain, scoring Alex Gordon with two outs in the 6th, making it 4-3.

There it would stay as Royals reliever Mike Minor would shut the door on the Indians for the first save of his long career.

As the last out was recorded, it was surreal scene as Cleveland fans gave the Indians a standing ovation, while tipping their caps.

With the loss, the Indians drop to 91 and 57. On the flip side, with the victory, the Royals rise to 73 and 74.

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Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

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Indians Sweep Tigers, Make History

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Indians etched their names in the Baseball history books, accomplishing what no other American League team before had done: win 21 straight games.

With the win over Detroit, the Tribe surpassed the record of 20 straight “W”s set by the 2002 Oakland A’s and tied the modern day Major League set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the hill; he was opposed by Tigers’ righty Buck Farmer. Detroit would draw first blood, as in the first inning, a 2 out RBI double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario, staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead. However, in the bottom half of the inning, a leadoff double and one out walk brought up Jay Bruce. On a 1-1 pitch, Bruce launched an opposite field 3-run home run, to put the Indians up 3-1. The Indians would not look back as they would tack on a run in the third and another in the 7th to tame the Tigers 5-3.

During this unprecedented streak, Cleveland has recorded a +104 run differential. In these 21 games, the Indians have led at the end of 185 of 189 innings.

The Indians now set their sights on the overall Major League record, of 26 consecutive games, set by the 1916 New York Giants.

The Cleveland Indians will attempt to make it 22 in a row when they send Josh Tomlin to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jakob Junis. First pitch is set for 4:10PM PT.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Header image courtesy of www.wikimedia.org

Belt Placed On Concussion DL; Giants Add Panda

By Chandler Guadagnin

In the sixth inning of last night’s 2-1 loss to the D-Backs, Brandon Belt took a breaking ball to the helmet and was forced to exit the ballgame. Belt has allegedly experienced concussion symptoms. As a result, San Francisco has place Belt on the 7-day Concussion DL.

In a corresponding move, the Giants called Pablo Sandoval back up to the majors. Sandoval, who signed a minor league pact with the Giants on July 14, went 8 for 38 with 2 extra base hits, 8 RBIs and 3 strikeouts in 12 games with San Jose and Sacramento. Pablo will wear number 48 in his second stint with the Giants. It’s time to dust off those Panda hats.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

All Sports-All the Time

By Chandler Guadagnin

If you can’t get enough sports, there is no need to worry. KPAY Sports is proud to announce that in addition to broadcasting 2017 Chico Heat Baseball live, the station will air archived games from local sports teams. These games include High School Football, Butte College Football, Chico State Basketball and Baseball, as well as Chico Heat Baseball.

Listen now on the KPAY Sports App and www.kpaysports.com. Follow KPAY Sports on social media:

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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