Yes. We’re still standing.

If someone had offered you the choice before today’s game of losing it but Newcomb having a great debut or winning it but he was poor would you really have had to take much time deciding?  No. And that’s what we got. A terrific outing from our new guy through 6 1/3 innings, an offense stifled by the excellent Gsellman and a blow out finish to wrap it up.

Sean’s opening innings, his opening PITCH was pretty amazing. Lovely slow curve biting into the first two batters who both took it. His bearing on the mound impressed, he stayed calm and cool throughout(except for his error, rushing the throw ,on a comebacker, to second for an easy double play) Fastball mainly in the low nineties but that’s not his main weapon. It’s there when hitters start obsessing with dealing with his curve and become easy prey.It was a terrific debut, without qualification. With all the fuss beforehand about his walks he had only one unintentional.

Newcomb finished after 6 1/3 with 4 hits, one walk, one run (unearned, his error). 7 strike outs. Wow, we were so happy. It’s pretty fairy tale stuff when you stop to think about it. Who cares we lost the game, we gained immeasurably more.

Things that happened during the game. We stayed down 1-0 seemingly for ever unable to hit Gsellman. Brandon eventually hit a solo homer in the 8th but by that time they had added a second of the rubbishy Jackson who then went on to load the bases in the 9th and give up a grand slam to the returning, and ailing, Cespedes. Game over.

Our defense was poor, sloppy, 2 errors. Drop the embargo on Camargo, what is Snit playing at? Listen to the sound of the ball off his bat, more than half the time. All time feeble pinch hit from Matt Kemp. Matt A, go oppo field more, you’ve plenty power there. Ender, another fabulous catch in right center!

We shall return. We’re still standing.


  1. Sounds like Newcomb was really good today. That’s pretty exciting. Just keep telling ourselves that a lot of the team won’t be here next year, and neither will the #snitshow.

  2. Now I know why Snitker saved all his piathcers .. Wisler may not get outta of the 1st ..LOL

  3. @2 I think Newcomb is one of our best hopes for top of the rotation. We don’t have many with his stuff.

  4. I guess the offense just decided to hibernate all day.

    4 ER in 6 IP is about what one would expect out of Wisler, I guess.

  5. Lucas Sims is matching Giolito pitch for pitch. So far 7 ip, 0 ER, 6K, 1BB, 3 hits

    We may just have a rotation next year

  6. @8 – Giolato wound up spitting the bit in the seventh. Sims meanwhile, got through the 8th on seven pitches. It always seems to take Sims a while to adjust to each new level. Let’s hope he can adjust come his next promotion.

  7. Mike Soroka through six innings, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB

    We have serious pitching at the top levels

  8. Glad we didn’t use Krol or Ramirez or Viscaino or Johnson in the 1st game in a 1 run game so they could sit and watch both games .. LOL.. Snitker out managed.. besides our hitters sleeping today .. we looked tired and uninterested

  9. I don’t think i have complained about snitker to this point, but today’s bullpen management was brutal. Luke Jackson pitching 2 innings in a 1 run game. EOF could be effective if used property but he shouldn’t ever face a RH batter. Pretty bad today

  10. Let the record show that today Tad outmanaged Snitker.

    Also, I’m not sure if Tad and TAD are the same poster, but I’ve always assumed so.

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