Podcast: Duca on baseball and the Giants

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Podcasts: Duca on baseball and the Giants

  • Michael Duca joins Charlie O to talk about the most important topics in baseball
  • Is the new trade deadline a good thing?
  • Why didn’t the Yankees and Dodgers get a deal done at the deadline?
  • Did the Giants do good hanging on to “MadBum”?
  • Did San Francisco move out the right players at the deadline?
  • What about Scooter? Does he fill a need?
  • Plus a discussion about hair or no hair!

Check out the talk! If you are a baseball fan, you will have a good time!!!

Giants Yastrzemski wins it 3-2 with a walk off in 12 innings

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski hits a solo home run against the New York Mets during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 21, 2019.

SAN FRANCISCO-Mike Yastrzemski ended the weekend series with one swing of the bat for the San Francisco Giants.

Yastrzemski hit a changeup off of Robert Gsellman on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the 12th that landed in the left field bleachers giving the Giants a dramatic 3-2 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of 35,406 at Oracle Park.

It was the first career walk-off home run for Yastrzemski and his 9th home run of the season for the rookie.

The Yastrzemski walk-off gave the Giants three wins in four games over the Mets, and they have won eight out of their last nine, 11 out of 13 and 15 out of 18.

This was also the fifth consecutive series win for the Giants since splitting the four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks from June 27-30.

Despite not faring in the decision, Connor Menes went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out six in his major-league debut.

Menes got into trouble in the first inning, when J.D. Davis doubled with one out in the inning; however, Kevin Pillars defense came up huge again.

Pillar made a great running catch off a Pete Alonso hit ball, and was able to regroup to throw out Davis at third base to end the inning.

It was the team-leading sixth outfield assist for Pillar, and the MLB leading 25th outfield assists for the Giants as a team this season.

Steven Matz went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking just one and striking out six and like Menes, he did not fare in the decision.

Zach Green like Menes, made a great first impression for his new teammates, as he picked up two hits in his first two at-bats in the major leagues.

It was Greens double in the bottom of the fourth inning that scored Buster Posey tied up game, and that was the score until Yastrzemski’s home run in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Michael Conforto got the Mets on the board in the top of the second inning, as he hit his 18th home run of the season that landed in McCovey Cove and it was the 125th Splash Hit since the Park opened in 2000 and the 47th by an opponent.

Two batters later, Michael Conforto gave the Mets a 2-0 lead, as he hit his 11th home run of the season.

After the Rosario home run in the top of the second inning, the next Mets hit did not come until there was one out in the top of the 11th inning, when Davis singled off of Mark Melancon.

Trevor Gott pitched the 12th inning to pick-up the victory, as he raises his record to 6-0 on the season.

In all, the bullpen of Reyes Moronta, Tony Watson, Sam Dyson, Will Smith, Melancon and Gott went a combined seven innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, walking two and striking out eight.

NOTES: To make room for Menes and Green on the roster, Ty Blach was optioned to Sacramento and Derek Holland and Ryder Jones were both Designated for release or assignment.

Pillar was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Rippenger in the bottom of the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes. This was Pillars first ejection as a Giant, and the second of his career.

UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson will take to the Oracle Park mound on Monday night, as the Chicago Cubs invade the Bay Area for their only trip this season. Alec Mills will take the mound for the Cbs]

Brain trust: Melancon processes blown save in his Giants’ debut


By Morris Phillips

Mark Melancon is the thinking man’s athlete, not unlike a computer in how he forms and remembers pitch sequences that more than often get big league hitters out on their final at-bat of a game.

Not just a thrower, the premiere closer in the National League over the previous four seasons, has a fastidious routine, a philosophy on how to get hitters out, and more than a decade of experience in the closer’s role dating back to his freshman year at the University of Arizona.

So after Sunday’s meltdown in the season opener in which he retired the first two hitters he faced, then allowed hits to the next four and lost the game, it’s simply back to work, and back to tried and true methods for Melancon.

“It’s something that’s just part of the job,” Melancon said of his letdown against the Diamondbacks.  “I’m sure I’ll go over it 100 times and keep the good and get rid of the bad.”

Melancon first spoke to the Giants on November 8, less than two weeks after the Cubs finished their magical run to the World Series title.  On December 5, he agreed to his then record $62 million deal with the Giants, the first free agent closer to sign a deal this off-season.

The Giants needed a guy they could trust after a franchise-record 30 games were blown in 2016.  And Melancon, again methodical in his approach to free agency, just as he is on gameday, recognized the appeal of San Francisco, after he had bounced around from the Yankees in his 2009 big-league debut to the Astros, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals in the succeeding seasons.

Consequently, a marriage this well bonded doesn’t fall into a rocky stage overnight.  Thus, the club and its treasured acquisition go back to work on Tuesday.

Here’s a look at Melancon’s meteoric rise to prominence starting with his trade to Pittsburgh in the off-season prior to the 2013 season.

In 2013, Melancon starts the season as the Pirates’ setup guy following his trade acquisition from the Red Sox. After closer Jason Grilli is injured, Melancon assumes his role and saves 16 games. During this period, the pitcher credits catcher Russell Martin for giving him the unyielding belief in his best pitch, a mid-90’s cutter.

In 2014, the Pirates trade Grilli to the Angels, giving Melancon the permanent closer’s role.  He converts 33 of 37 save opportunities.

In 2015, Melancon leads the NL with 51 saves, and makes his second All-Star appearance.  He wins the NL reliever of the year award.

In 2016, the Pirates trade Melancon to the Nationals with his impending free agency.  Melancon helps the Nats capture the NL East crown.  He converts 47 of 51 save chances for the Pirates and Nationals combined.