Based on how the ball is flying this afternoon, we might see some home runs hit at AT&T Park on Friday night. Check out this blast Madison Bumgarner hit, which landed at least 20 rows deep in Section 140 of the bleachers (behind the 382′ sign) and ricocheted off the sections’s back wall.
The video lasts 10 seconds, and while you can increase the resolution quality the ball should be visible in standard definition.
The best part was there was barely any reaction from the rest of the pitchers, except Ryan Vogelsong smiling and looking down at Tim Lincecum. Silent envy may have been at play, since all of the other pitchers taking BP (Matt Cain, Vogelsong, Lincecum and Shane Loux) were definitely swinging for the fences. I saw Loux take one deep before Bumgarner’s shot to left-center, but Loux’s barely cleared the wall. Bumgarner made AT&T look small.
Will the Giants break their 13-game homerless streak at AT&T? Maybe if Bumgarner pinch hits. The Rangers have hit 36 home runs in 32 road games, led by Josh Hamilton (who has hit 11 of his 21 homers on the road). Not only is it incumbent on Barry Zito to stay ahead of the Rangers’ patient hitters, he’ll need to keep the ball down, too.
— Melky Cabrera is “day-to-day” according to Bruce Bochy. Cabrera’s out of the lineup with a hamstring injury suffered while stealing a base in the 7th inning yesterday in San Diego. That injury forced Cabrera out of that game. “We would like to stay away from it but I think if he had to he could pinch hit,” Bochy said.
— Pablo Sandoval took a couple of at-bats from the right side in Fresno last night. “He felt fine. He’s doing well,” Bochy said. “If needed we could make a move, but we wanted him to get some more work at third and a few more at-bats and hopefully after this series he’ll be all set to go.”
— Buster Posey’s getting the day off even with Cabrera out of the lineup. In Bochy’s words: “There’s a day game tomorrow and he’s going to catch that. We’ve got a lot of baseball left. It’s tough, believe me, not having Buster and Melky in there, especially against a left-hander. But we’ve got to do what’s right for these guys.”
— Sergio Romo’s availability will be a gametime decision. “He’s doing better. He just has to throw on it to see how he feels,” Bochy said. “If we have our way, I’d like to give Affeldt a day. But he is available.”