Memories of the 2009 San Francisco Giants Regular Season
Monday July 27, 2009
Tim Lincecum strikes out a career-high 15 batters as the Giants beat the Pirates 4-2
Going against the lowly-Pittsburgh Pirates in At&t Park, Lincecum threw his sixth complete game of his career and fourth this year alone. Through the first five innings, Lincecum struck out at least two batters in each inning. Before the game, the Giants honored the late owner Sue Burns, who died of complications from lung cancer.
Tuesday May 12, 2009
Pablo Sandoval hits a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift the Giants past the National 9-7
After blowing a 5-1 lead, the Giants rallied back in the 9th inning to win in dramatic fashion, pushing their record four games above .500 for the first time ever in three years. After Emmanuel Burris singled and Edgar Renteria walked, Pablo Sandoval came to the plate with the go-ahead run at first base. With the count 2-2 after not swinging at the first four pitches he saw, the free-swinger smacked the game-winning home run into the left field bleachers.
Friday July 10, 2009
Jonathan Sanchez pitches no-hitter as the Giants defeat the Padres 8-0
After being demoted to the bullpen for his poor play, left-hander Jonathan Sanchez got the start when Randy Johnson was sent to the disabled list with a shoulder injury. With his father in attendance among the 30,298 present at At&t Park, Sanchez flirted with the ever-evasive perfect game when third baseman Juan Uribe bobbled a 8th inning ground ball. He finished the no-no by striking out Everth Cabrera on a breaking ball.
Thursday June 4, 2009
Randy Johnson wins 300th game of his career
In the first of a double-header against the Washington Nationals, Randy Johnson pitches six innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, and the Giants go on to defeat the Washington Nationals 5-1. At the post game conference, Johnson remarked, “It sounds funny, but I’ve played 21, 22 years, I’m 45 and I’ve come upon 300 wins, and I’m thinking, ‘I only have 211 more to catch Cy Young.”
Monday August 24, 2009
Colorado Rockies stun the Giants with a walk-off grand slam in the 14th inning
In one of the most painful ways to lose a baseball game, the Giants masterfully raised the bar when they blew a three-run lead in the 14th inning in Colorado. Ryan Spillbourghs crushed a pitch from reliever Merkin Valdez for a grand slam and Colorado held a city celebration to mark the historic day the following week. It must’ve been a damn good night for Rockies’ fans everywhere because it was sure miserable for me.
Friday July 3, 2009
Giants score two-week’s worth of runs and blowout the Houston Astros 13-0
Making his home debut after two consecutive scoreless starts, Ryan Sadowski had it almost too easy when the Giants scored three, six, and four runs in the first three innings of the game. Houston Astros starting pitcher, Felipe Paulino, was chased out of the game after completing only two innings of work. After the game, Paulino had this to say, “It was unbelievable. They hit everything. Even when I made a good pitch they hit it.” Sorry, Felipe. The Giants see a pitch, then they swing at it. Always. No matter what.
Wednesday September 2, 2009
Giants win 4-0 after picking up a lucky Penny
Having gone 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA with the Boston Redsox this year, Brad Penny signed with the Giants and looked like his old All-Star self after going eight scoreless innings while scattering five hits. Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand both hit consecutive homers.
Saturday August 29, 2009
Zito pitches like he’s worth $126 million dollars
Barry Zito demonstrated why fans were wrong to boo him before as he pitched like the ace few remember about, going 8 1/3 innings while giving up one run on eight hits. 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA since the All-Star break, Zito went out for the 9th inning in hopes of completing the complete game shutout. Unfortunately, Brad Hawpe hit a solo home run off Zito and manager Bruce Bochy promptly took him out. But the Giants’ troubles didn’t end there. The Giants gave up two more runs that cut the score down to 5-3 before closer Brian Wilson came in to collect his 32nd save by inducing a Clint Barmes flyout to end the game.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (Prior to noon)
The Giants are STILL not “mathematically” eliminated! Oh my!
The talk of the offseason heading into 2009 regarding the SF Giants was clear and simple; 81 wins at best, kiss the playoffs goodbye, and Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain as co-Cy Young winners! While the latter may prove to be the most feasible, most people(not me of course) did not anticipate how far into the season the Giants would stick around as contenders. As Giants fans, we can all sit back now and wish for the best in the team’s future with promising stars like Pablo Sandoval and Jonathan Sanchez(<– sort of) playing their hearts out. Now if the baseball gods can listen to my pleas, then make the playoffs for the Los Angeles Dodgers (probably Colorado Rockies as well) a short, and forgettable trip.