It could all come crashing down tomorrow. But, right now, anyway, everything is coming up Giants. Brandon Crawford hit a walk-off opposite field home run in the 10th inning, giving the Giants a 3-2 win in a game when they had TWO HITS. The Dodgers had eight hits. Quality over quantity, guys.
The Giants were on their way to getting no-hit by a pitcher making his major league debut — a Dodger making his major league debut, to add insult to insult — and then Dave Roberts went and out Mattingly’d the manager he succeeded.
How do you go and take out Ross Stripling, just because he had thrown 100 pitches exactly? Sure, he underwent Tommy John surgery. And he walked Angel Pagan and the season just started. But that’s a blatant kick of dirt onto the shoes of the baseball Gods, Mr. Roberts. It smelled like a move that came from those upstairs meeting rooms, where the Dodgers’ 12 GMs came to a decision after 15 meetings and 24 conference calls that Stripling’s pitch count trumped common sense.
So in came Chris Hatcher, and Trevor Brown drilled a high home run into the left field bleachers to tie the game at 2-2. After the game he said this:
“Honestly, I think this is probably the best baseball moment I’ve ever been a part of.” – Trevor Brown
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 9, 2016
The Giants have shown they can win one-run games and games in which they score 12 runs. That’s a pretty nice formula.
— Brandon Belt signed a big ol’ extension, and we found out the details from Alex Pavlovic.
First baseman Brandon Belt agreed to terms on a five-year extension Friday, per multiple sources. The deal also reworks Belt’s current one-year deal, locking him up for six total seasons. Financial details were not immediately available, but per sources, Belt’s deal is similar to but bigger than Brandon Crawford’s six-year $75 million deal.
At first glance it seems odd that the Giants would give Belt a “bigger” extension than Crawford, who plays a premium position that Buster Posey can’t exactly use to get days off from catching. But Crawford rooted for the Giants as a kid, and unlike most professional athletes, he was drafted by his childhood team and seems like he’s willing to do whatever it takes to remain a Giant.
That’s not to say Belt doesn’t have love for the organization. Otherwise he would’ve waited this year out and signed with a team that doesn’t play in the park least suited for the way he hits.
What does Belt’s extension mean? First, Buster Posey is going to be the Giants’ full-time catcher for a while. Belt is not, and has never been, a left fielder. He’s actually one of the best defensive first basemen in the world, and Posey is a top-two defensive catcher. Second, it means the Giants are in full swag mode these days. They know they have the best infield in the game, and they are dead-set on keeping them around. If you’re Joe Panik or Matt Duffy, and you’d rather make solid money than play through a contract year and hit the open market, you’re in luck. This organization did not like it one bit when the Dodgers clinched the NL West on their field. That’s been made VERY clear over the last five months.
— Matt Cain pitched six innings, gave up only two runs, and didn’t allow a home run. That’s about as good as anyone could’ve hoped. If the Giants get Cain back, just about anything seems possible this season.