Thursday, April 9, 2009

Here We Go Again

Before I bark at Bruce Bochy let me flashback to a little This Day in Baseball, April 8th.

1969: The Montreal Expos played their first regular-season game- the first international contest in major league history- and defeated the New York Mets, 11-10 at Shea Stadium. (The Mets would go on to win it all, this was the year of the Miracle Mets.) Expos pitcher, Dan McGinn hit the expansion team's first home run. (McGinn was a punter for Notre Dame University the year before, so you know he was quite the athlete.)

1975: Frank Robinson became the first black manager in major league history by making his debut as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. He hit a home run in his first at-bat, as a designated hitter, to help beat those damned New York Yankees.

1987: Pitchers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton of the Cleveland Indians teamed up to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3. Niekro recorded his 312th victory and Carlton pitched 4 scoreless innings in relief. It was the first time in modern history that two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game.

Now to Bruce Bochy...

Since Bruce Bochy took over the helm for the orange and black, what the heck is going on when the Giants' pitchers face opposing pitchers?

They lead the league in offering up tasty morsels to their foes on the hill. And this year has picked up right where they left off last year. On Opening Day, Jeff Suppan laced a double down the left-field line for an RBI.

Last Night, Opening Night, Milwaukee's pitcher, Yovani Gallardo waved his magic wandy and a ball sailed into the night, inside the foul pole, for a round-tripper by the opposing pitcher.

Two (2) games, two pitches with significant contributions. Que Pasa Bochy? What happens to the Giant's pitchers when the opposing pitcher steps into the batter's box? Because ever since Bruce Bochy has been manager it's been happening all too much.

(thanks to the Fresno Bee for This Day in Baseball)

Kevin Marquez