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Panda Pitches in 9th

By Chandler Guadagnin

A game that was other wise dismal finished with a bit of a funny flourish. With the Giants trailing the Dodgers 15-6 in game one of a day-night double header, Bruce Bochy turned to the bullpen for a mop up ninth inning. However, it wasn’t a pitcher, nor was it any ordinary position player. It was Pablo Sandoval!

In game one of the double header, San Francisco leaned on their bullpen heavily, for seven and two-thirds innings. To spare the bullpen for game two of the day; manager, Bruce Bochy, called on the 268 pound, Panda to mop it up, and mop it up he did. Panda tossed 11 pitches to get through the 8, 9 and 1 hitters 1-2-3. That was the first and only time in the contest that the Dodgers were retired in order.

Game two of today’s double header comes your way at 7:05PM PT on KNBR 680 and CSN Bay Area. Johnny Cueto hits the hill for the Giants. He will be opposed by LA’s Alex Wood.

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McCutchen Hero as Giants Walk-Off Dodgers

By Chandler Guadagnin

Whatever rest the Giants may have accrued during their two days off came in handy Saturday afternoon.

A day after, rain shortened a series between the Giants and Dodgers, the Giants took the field for Game one of the two game series. The Giants sent Chris Stratton to the mound. He was opposed by Dodger lefty Rich Hill.

To say that this game was interesting would be an understatement. San Francisco would score first on a 1st inning RBI Double by Andrew McCutchen. That would be the only scoring until Chris Taylor singled in the first Dodger run in the 3rd. The bottom of the fifth saw two runs score for the Giants on a Buster Posey home run- his first of the year. The Dodgers would tie it an inning later via a passed and RBI groundout. The Giants answered immediately, with an RBI double from Brandon Belt in the 7th. That lead would last just 4 pitches, as on the fifth pitch of the at-bat in the bottom of the 7th, Chase Utley would take a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game at four a piece.

Neither the Giants nor the Dodgers would score for 7 more innings. The first run of extra innings came when, with runners on first and third and nobody out-in the 14th inning, Logan Foresythe would single to put the Dodgers on top 5-4. San Francisco would tightrope out of further danger and come up to the plate in a win or go home scenario.

The last remaining pitcher from the LA bullpen was, rookie, Wilmer Font. Font would not record an out in this appearance, as he gave up back to back singles to Tomlinson and Panik. That brought up a red hot Andrew McCutchen. With nobody out and runners on first and third, Cutch got a pitch to his liking and sent it over the wall, sending the Giants faithful into a frenzy and giving the Giants their third win of the season against the Dodgers.

After his walk-off, McCutchen finished the game 6 for 7, tallying four RBIs and scoring twice.

All told, in this fourteen inning marathon, which lasted five hours and 16 minutes, there were a total of 45 players who saw action, five lead changes, 3 ties, 29 hits,  and 19 pitchers used. The two teams were a combined 4 for 30 with runners in scoring position, including a total of 26 men left on base.

With the victory, San Francisco rises to 4 and 3 and the Dodgers descend to 2-6 with the loss. The Giants will turn around and finish this short 2 game fling with the Dodgers tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM PT. Ty Blach will toe the rubber for the Giants, while Clayton Kershaw will pitch for Los Angeles. You can catch the series finale on CSN Bay Area or listen in on KNBR 680 AM.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Giants Shutout Dodgers on Opening Day

By Chandler Guadagnin

Game one of the season is in the books for both the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. In an unanticipated Opening Day matchup, Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw, took on Giants’ youngster, Ty Blach.

Ty Blach got the call on Opening Day, after Madison Bumgarner sustained a broken left pinkie, after being hit by a liner in his last Spring start. Clayton Kershaw, on the other hand, was tabbed for his eighth Opening Day start.

Reminiscent of 2010 contests, this one was a nail biter. Early on for the Giants, it was a story of runners left on base. Through five innings, Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble; stranding a total of six Giants on base; four of which were in scoring position. Ty Blach also struggled with baserunners, stranding six in five frames.

Nevertheless, each team posted goose eggs on the scoreboard over four innings. The Giants would score first, when in the fifth inning on a 2-2 pitch from Kershaw, Joe Panik, smashed the ball, just fair, down the right field line. Kershaw was able to escape the inning without any further damage, but only lasted one more inning. In all, the Dodgers’ ace went 6 innings, surrendering 8 hits, 1 run, two walks and striking out 7.

Ty Blach lasted 5 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3.

The Giants’ bullpen, which was a bug-a-boo of the team in 2017, was outstanding. In the remaining four innings of the ballgame, the pen combined for four innings of shutout relief; scattering 3 hits, issuing 2 walks and striking out 7.

In the end, one run was enough for the Giants, who shutout the Dodgers, moving their opening Day record to 6-4, over the last 10 seasons.

The Giants will look for back to back wins tomorrow when they send Johnny Cueto to face off against Alex Wood of the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PT from Dodgers Stadium at Chavez Ravine. You can view the game via CSN Bay Area, or listen on KNBR 680.

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

Miami Confident Stanton Would Approve Trade to Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

The ‘Stanton Sweepstakes’ have been going on for a while now. Throughout the trade rumors, one question remains constant: will Stanton even end up on a new team? You see, Stanton has a full no trade clause. As a result, Stanton can refuse a trade to anyone, even if the Marlins want to send him off. However, it is now more probable that Stanton will be moved. He has presented a list of teams to the Marlins, to whom he would waive his no trade clause. At the top of that list are the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This morning, conflicting reports surfaced that Stanton was concerned about San Francisco and their depth after a 98-loss season. Conversely, Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network tweeted that the Miami Marlins are confident that Giancarlo Stanton would except a trade to the Giants if the opportunity presented itself.

“Sources: Giancarlo Stanton has not given formal word to #Marlins that he would accept trade to #SFGiants, but officials involved in talks are optimistic that he ultimately will. @MLBNetwork @MLB” -Jon Morosi via Twitter

The first offer that the Giants submitted to the Marlins was that they would swap Joe Panik, Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw for Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon. Later it was revealed that the Giants would rather trade for just Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins have reportedly made a counter offer to the Giants, in which they would trade just Giancarlo Stanton for the Giants trio. However, the Giants would have to fork over $250 million of the remaining $295 million on Stanton’s deal.

Stanton would allegedly like to test the Dodgers’ interest in him before he accepts a trade anywhere else.

Read KNBR Article

Information based on KNBR article: Marlins optimistic that Stanton would accept trade to Giants [report] by Jake Montero

Cubs And Indians Set To Do Battle In 2016 World Series

By Chandler Guadagnin

The stage is set. It will be the Chicago Cubs of the National League Central taking on the American League Central Champion Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. With the Cubs disposing of the Giants in the NLDS and Chicago’s dismantling of the Dodgers in the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs are headed to their first World Series in 70 years; seeking their first World Series Championship since 1908.

On the American League side of the bracket, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS and mowed through the Blue Jays in the ALCS to reach the the Fall Classic. Cleveland, who hasn’t won baseball’s Championship series since 1948, will appear in it for the first time since 1997.

Both Chicago and Cleveland were written off early as World Series contenders. When Chicago’s young star, Kyle Schwarber, went down early with a torn ACL and LCL, suffered in a collision between Schwarber and fellow outfielder Dexter Fowler in Arizona, when both were running for a fly ball. 103 wins later, the Chicago Cubs are four wins away from proving the critics wrong.

Similarly, when the Indian’s Michael Brantley suffered a season ending shoulder injury after diving for a ground ball, analysts said there was no way that they would even have a chance to make the postseason. However, after winning their division, and marching through the postseason, the Indians too are four wins away from becoming the second major Cleveland sports team to hoist a championship trophy this year.

Chicago will look to cap off their historic season with the ultimate prize; while, the Indians will look to channel their inner Cleveland Cavaliers.

Looking to set the tone, the Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound. He will be opposed by Indians righy Corey Kluber. Game 1 of the 2016 World Series comes your way Tuesday from Progressive Field in Cleveland  on FOX at 5:00PM PT. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for postgame analysis following the game.

My Prediction: Chicago defeats Cleveland in six games, 4-2

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Vin Scully: The Man Behind The Mic

By Chandler Guadagnin

All my cards on the table I am about the biggest Giants fan you will ever meet. That said, I am a huge Vin Scully fan. I have so much respect for the man.

Edward Vincent ‘Vin’ Scully has been the voice of the Dodgers for 67 seasons. Scully began broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. In that same year. the Dodgers roster featured the likes of Duke Snider, Lou Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Don Newcombe, and Jackie Robinson. Scully, now 89 years old, is putting the finishing touches on a broadcasting career that has spanned from the managing days of Connie Mac to the launch of the Google search engine and beyond. Even more amazing is the fact the Connie Mac was born during the Civil War. Over his almost seven decades of broadcasting, Vin has called 20 no hitters and three perfect games.

Furthermore, Scully has attributes which can not be quantified. Scully’s knowledge of the game is one that cannot be matched. A voice so eloquent that it would even make math homework seem interesting. Not to mention, the humility with which he carries himself, never putting himself above anything else; that is the Vin that the baseball world has come to know and love. Vin’s final broadcast will come from within the confines of AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, October 2, 2016, the 80th anniversary of the first baseball game that Vin Scully was present for. Though, Scully’s storied career may be drawing to a close, the flame of his legacy will never be extinguished.