Found April 20, 2012 on Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle:
Episode 74: Angel’s In the Outfield is out! In the seventy-fourth episode, Thomas and Danny revel in .500dom, celebrate Angel Pagan’s return to relevancy, Brandon Belt’s relegation to the bench, Matt Cain’s Cainitude, and Barry Zito’s grasp on the Giants ERA title. Also, Steve Finley. Click on the image below to find it on iTunes: You can also find it on the RSS feed, or by clicking on the play button below. We look forward to your feedback, either by commenting here on the blog, emailing us at, or our Twitter feed. Go Giants!

Matt Cain Dominates Again in Giants’ 1-0 Victory

This was one of those special games in which both pitchers were in total control for the entire night. Through the first nine innings, Matt Cain and Cliff Lee combined to record 54 outs on 179 pitches. Lee went out for the tenth inning, which was another rarity — the last time a starter went past the ninth was Aaron Harang, back in 2007. Eventually, Brandon Belt — pinch hitting...

Brandon Belt Singles Past Straw Men

Last night, in the eleventh inning of a scoreless, priceless piece of pitching between the Giants and Phillies, Brandon Belt came to the plate with one out. The situation was surprising. Here was the left-handed Opening Day first baseman, then platoon caddy backup first baseman, then bench piece — coming in against a left-handed reliever with the game on the line. The results...

Giants Win in Extra Innings in Pitching Duel for the Ages

That was one of the most impressive pitching duels I’ve ever witnessed.  It was billed as such in all the pregame chatter, but this one exceeded everyone’s expectations and then some.  Matt Cain, he of the perpetual no decision, went nine innings without surrendering a run and could have pitched the tenth had he been called upon.  Cliff Lee, who’s dominated the Giants in...

$120 Million Duel: Cliff Lee vs. Matt Cain

If you watched last night’s Phillies/Giants game, you witnessed an epic pitching duel. Cliff Lee became the first pitcher in seven years to pitch 10 scoreless innings, making only 102 pitches.  Matt Cain matched the Phillies left-hander for 9 innings allowing just 2H/ 0R/ 1BB/ 4K while throwing just 91 pitches.  Neither pitcher factored in the decision but most people now realize...

Cliff Lee and Matt Cain Pitch Into History

Last night, Cliff Lee and Matt Cain put on a pitching duel for the ages. Cain threw shutout nine innings on just 91 pitches before Bruce Bochy pinch-hit for him, while Lee managed to go 10 scoreless innings and still only throw 102 pitches on the night. They combined to allow just 10 baserunners in 19 innings pitched, and after Brett Pill‘s leadoff double in the fifth, they put...

Postgame Wrap: And Then There Was One…Run

The term “pitchers duel” has always been a little funny – hard to punctuate – to me. There’s so much that goes into an at-bat, an inning, a game, that it’s really hard to know whether a low-scoring game is the result of great pitching, terrible hitting, or a spectacular conflagration of both. The number of times the Giants had to “tip their cap” to some middle...

Mets need Niese to be on his game

The Mets start a home stand against Angel Pagan and the Giants tonight. Not a homecoming like Reyes will get on Tuesday but I bet the Citi faithful will grind out some type of reception for the no Arm Center fielder.  Have to tell you saying Citi faithful just doesn't have the same ring as the Shea faithful but cant live in the past all the time!   Mr Niese gets the start...

Tim Lincecum is a Solid Buy Low Candidate

Author: Andrew SwansonThe contrast between Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum’s opening of the 2012 season is staggering, as the Freak has given up 16 earned runs in his first 13 innings of work while failing to notch a win in three attempts. Cain on the other hand has been nearly flawless, giving up just three hits in the last 18 innings of shutout ball, including an epic complete game...

Cabrera lifts Giants after Cain, Lee engage in duel

Melky Cabrera delivered a one-out run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th inning as San Francisco posted a 1-0 win in Thursday's game which featured 19 shutout innings by starters Matt Cain of the Giants and Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. After Brandon Belt singled off Antonio Bastardo (0-1), Angel Pagan reached on third baseman Ty Wigginton's error. Cabrera...


That was one hell of a game on Wednesday night.  Pitching duel, late offense, and mostly, by the guys Giants fans want to see succeed more than anything. Of course, this just means Brandon Belt will have to wait three more games for another start instead of four.  Dammit!

Game 13 Thread - Samardzija vs. Nolasco

Sorry, no time for a recap last night as I got caught up in that Cliff Lee vs. Matt Cain epic showdown. Anyway, Cubs lost in every way possible although they manage zero caught stealings or errors. Iowa lost 6-4, Valbeuna hit a home run and a double. Jackson and W. Castillo hit doubles as well. Jay Jackson gave up 5 in 5.2 IP. Tennessee split a doubleheader, each of the 7-inning...

Giants 4, Mets 5: That One Stung

Ryan Vogelsong pitched an excellent game today. Through the first six innings, that was the story. Some things happened later in the game that distracted from this story, which is a shame. But kudos to Vogelsong for another strong outing. Anyway, there were a couple questionable decisions by Bochy that contributed to this loss… The decision to play Aubrey Huff over Brandon Belt...

Game Preview: Giants @ Mets

The Giants come into town to take on the Mets in a four game stretch. April is a tough month for the Mets as they had four consecutive in division series followed up by the Giants. Anyway, the Mets look to rebound from their last two starts as they take on Barry Zito tonight behind Jon Niese. Niese is 2-0 on the season with a 2.13 ERA over 12.2 innings pitched. Niese doesn’t really...

Mets get 1st HR by lefty over LF fence at Citi

It took four seasons, 250 games and reconfigured dimensions, but a left-handed hitter for the New York Mets has finally cleared the left-field fence at Citi Field. Rookie outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the opposite-field drive to left-center off San Francisco lefty Barry Zito in the fifth inning Friday night. The drive cleared the new 8-foot fence by about 2 feet and landed in...
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