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HBT Game 4 Live blog

Oct 31, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

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11:31: And Josh Hamilton strikes out to end it. 4-0, the Giants shut out the Rangers. 3-1 is the series lead. Things are dire.  How do the Rangers beat Lincecum and Cain?  Let’s think about that one tomorrow. For now, stay tuned as D.J. will be on soon to put this one in perspective.  Night all.

11:30: Wilson is on. Two out.  This one is about over. Even Josh Hamilton can’t hit a five run homer.

11:27: Brian Wilson comes in to demoralize Rangers fans. I predict no less than five camera shots of fans with their hands up near their mouths in prayer and/or consternation. FOX just can’t help itself with this stuff.

11:24: Holland rebounds to retire the next three hitters in order. Call off the Steve Blass Alert.

11:19: Derek Holland walks the first batter he faces. Wow. Where have we seen this before?

11:14: Bumgarner gives up two hard hit balls to left, but they were caught, and then strikes Mitch Moreland out looking. Bumgarner’s night is likely over. The Giants get their hacks in the ninth and then in comes Brian Wilson.  The Rangers are about to be shut out for the second time in four games, aren’t they?

11:08: So I was wrong. Bumgarner is back out. I guess they don’t need to save him for anything. And it’s the bottom of the Rangers’ order.

11:00:  Wow, Buster Posey hit a home run out to center. It looked like a popup off the bat. Hamilton played it like a popup, but it just carried and carried. Man. 4-0, Giants, who are on the verge of being up 3-1.

10:58: Joe Buck with his 5th Dallas Cowboys reference of the night. It’s like being on a date with a girl who keeps talking about that other guy she has a crush on.

10:50: And it’s for naught. Kinsler flies out to left. Threat over. The question: does Bumgarner come out for the 8th? I’m guessing no.

10:48: Nelson Cruz singles up the middle. After a night of quiet from the Rangers’ bats, they have two on and the tying run at the plate in the form of Ian Kinsler.

10:46: Bumgarner at 84 pitches. If he can get through the 7th nicely, Bochy can go straight to Brian Wilson.

10:41: Bumgarner getting some really lenient calls on the inside corner now. The home plate ump must have realized how slow the first third of the game was and remembered that he has someplace to be.

10:37: God Bless America bu the group “4 Troops.” I may have missed the memo explaining them, but I’m assuming they’re either veterans themselves or are somehow designed to be a tribute to troops. Much better, I think, than the song being used as a FOX promo last night.  But I’m not gonna lie: this four-part ballad whatever it is arrangement is pretty terrible. We’re a step away from halftime shows here.

10:33: Did I say insurance? The Giants just got it. A Renteria single followed two batters later by Andres Torres hitting an RBI double to the gap. 3-0, Giants.

10:23: Another double play for the Giants. Bumgarner has everything going in his favor tonight. He would probably like a little insurance right now, however.

10:19: Molina grounds to third. Uribe seems to take extra time to throw him out. It seems like the Giants fielders are rubbing it in with him.

10:14: Darren Oliver is in replacing Ogando. Fact: every other Rangers relief pitcher is named Darren.

10:09: Alexi Ogando pulled or tweaked something. He’s hurt and out of the game. That’s a big blow for the Rangers. He had restored order and had been looking good.

10:06: Not a lot is happening in this game right now as the pitchers have settled down. Lots of Halloween talk and shots of fans in costumes. The one of Beaker from the Muppet Show was awesome. But the best, by far, is Ken Rosenthal dressed as Brother Mouzone from “The Wire.”

10:02: A 1-2-3 5th inning from Madison Bumgarner. Great defense continues for the Giants. Starting to get the feeling that last night’s game was the aberration. But for Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants are just abusing the Rangers.

9:55: And Ogando makes short work of the Giants in the 5th. Maybe with Hunter gone we can get some momentum going here.

9:52: Alexi Ogando is coming in to the game for Texas, closing the book on Tommy Hunter. Hunter seemed way worse than the line score would indicate. I think that if you had told Ron Washington before the game that Hunter would only allow two runs, he would have been happy. Maybe would have liked an extra inning or two from him, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

9: 49: And Sanchez does get another chance: applies the tag on Josh Hamilton as he’s caught stealing. Great thrown by Posey. Great tag by Sanchez. Some sweet defense being played in this one.

9:45: Man, Freddy Sanchez is going nuts at second base. That snag a couple of innings ago, a great play that just missed Michael Young and then that stab and tag on Hamilton’s fielder’s choice.  Hit it to him again! This is fun!

9:44: Um, no, I did not miss the first three pitches of this inning because I didn’t flip back from “Dawn of the Dead” over on AMC fast enough.

9:38: Just when I thought Tommy Hunter was going to get through an inning quickly, he gives up a hot shot single to Renteria. He’s got to be near the end of the line tonight. His pitch count is high, his control is shaky and he’s sweating gravy.

9:30: Showing Nolan Ryan highlights, and they show the Robin Ventura beatdown!  Love it! I take back everything I ever said about you FOX.

9:28: Bengie Molina grounds to short. As it’s being fielded, Buck says “Renteria has time.” That may be the understatement of the century.

9:24: Hunter gets the fly out to end the inning. By the way, this game is over an hour old and we’ve only played two and a half innings.

9:20: Aubrey Huff just hit a mile-high shot that stayed straight as it went down the line and out. 2-0 Giants.

9:15: A leadoff double for Andres Torres. Good luck for him: ball hit the bag and bounced over Mitch Moreland.  And it gave Francoeur a shot to show off his arm. he LOVES doin’ that.

9:09: Freddy Sanchez robs Jeff Francoeur of a base hit with a leaping grab to end the inning. I’ll deal with a bad zone if every inning can end with a great defensive play.

9:07: The strike zone continues to jump all over the place. High and inside is a strike, apparently. Right down the middle, nope. But not always.  Just maddening.

8:57: Josh Hamilton saves the day with an awesome diving catch. The players are doing their best to render the umps’ bad calls meaningless.

8:55: And now runners on the corners after a Renteria single. All of this — plus the nine extra pitches (and counting) from Hunter — would be unnecessary if the ump at first had made the right call on the would-be DP.

8:51: That was probably the first time Barbara Bush has ever been circled on a telestrator.

8:49: Bad call. Runner was out at first on the DP attempt, umps called him safe. Replay please.

8:44: This strike zone is ridiculous. This game will be four and a half hours if Mike Winters doesn’t loosen this up a bit.

8:40: Nice takeout slide by Andrus to break up the DP.  There’s not much not to like about that kid.

8:38: Four-pitch walk to kick of the game for Madison Bumgarner. Yeah, he got squeezed, but not a good sign.

8:37: Rangers players doing the lineups by saying what their favorite Halloween costumes were as kids. Another reason to wish that the World Series didn’t stretch this late into the year. Mid-October would be great. Impossible, I know, but this just seems wrong.

8:34: Is the guy in the runaway train movie Captain Kirk from the new Star Trek flick?  Maybe another reason to see it. It may be terrible but I think I’m hooked.

8:31: Gotta say, I really hate the orange bills on the Giants alternate caps. Why mess with classic lines?

8:25: We’re not really squaring to bunt with no one out in the first, are we?

8:23: Before the playoffs, almost every Rangers game I saw this year was on MLB.tv, so it was on my little computer screen. Since the playoffs started, all on my big HD TV. Lesson learned: Tommy Hunter is friggin’ gigantic. It just never came through so clearly on the computer.

8:20: Saw this earlier, of course, but it’s quite nice to not see Pat Burrell in the lineup. Unless you’re the Rangers anyway.

8:16: Another aces first pitch from GWB.  Dude has an arm.

8:14: The Bushes are in the house. Say what you want about the politics, but they are easily the two most baseballingest presidents we’ve ever had, and you have to love that.

8:11: I love how they tease the first pitch: “A father son first pitch with a Presidential flavor to it.” Without naming names. Ooh! Let me guess: John and John Quincy Adams?

8:09: Lyle Lovett doing the National Anthem. With a cello. Not a large band. I’d still like to see Hayes Carll get a shot at this. He’s from Texas.

7:55 P.M.:  We’ll be live blogging this bad boy once again, my friends.  First pitch is 8:20ish, but I’m sure I’ll find something to snark about before then. Come on in, sit right down and hit refresh every few minutes. I mean, your alternative is watching a lame NFL game. And who wants to do that?

Oh, wait. The football game is on NBC. Let’s just see if we can figure out our picture-in-picture, cool?  Craigy’s gotta pay the bills, after all . . .

  1. themarksmith - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Why not do a chat format?

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    We had serious technical issues with Cover It live yesterday. Their problem, not ours, but I don’t trust it right now.

  3. themarksmith - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Aw, well I’ll talk to you anyway.

  4. thelucasjj - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Ignoring the politics, it is a great father-son moment to throw out a pitch like that for a World Series game.

    • dharmabum2009 - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:46 PM

      Yeah let’s not worry about the thousands and thousands of dead and maimed that probably weren’t baseball fans anyway. Hell it’s the World Series, no time to think about trivialities.

      • Glenn - Oct 31, 2010 at 11:03 PM

        Let’s also ignore the political influence used to get immanent domain and public funding to line the Bush pockets to build a new stadium for the Rangers. And let’s ignore W’s responsibility for the horrible economy, which has some how become Obama’s fault. Let’s cheer those father and son billionaires who would alert the staff immediately if you should so much as approach one of their clubs or gated compounds.

  5. thelucasjj - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Bochy has done well managing this post season, but he left in Burrell way to long. He should have seen the pine earlier.

  6. Lukehart80 - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Lil’ Ron Washington cracks me up.

  7. themarksmith - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Tim McCarver and Joe Buck are awful, but who would your dream booth be?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:28 PM

      Ernie Harwell and no one else. If we go living, Vin Scully and no one else. I love a one man booth. Though we’ll never see it again after Scully is done.

      • Richard In Big D - Oct 31, 2010 at 11:14 PM

        If you ever get a chance, you should check out Eric Nadel on the Rangers radio network. Knowledgeable to no end in every aspect of the game: current situations, rules, history, politics, etc. A pleasing yet authoritative voice. A poetic painter of the images before him (I swear if you close your eyes while listening to him call a game, you’ll see everything that you would if you were watching on TV). And one of the finalists for Ford Frick, which means I’m not alone in thinking that he’s that good.

    • thelucasjj - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:37 PM

      I really like Uecker. Not to say he is the best, but it is always enjoyable.

  8. themarksmith - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Damn it, Jeff. You were supposed to say you were wearing a Brian Wilson costume!

  9. mangothefruit - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Damn, Joe Buck almost managed to get through half an hour without talking about football.

  10. thelucasjj - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    With a tight strike zone, and two young pitchers, this game could turn into a hit fest.

  11. dharmabum2009 - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Shades of Denkinger?

  12. themarksmith - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Can your wife score a baseball game?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:55 PM

      Mine sure can’t

      • themarksmith - Oct 31, 2010 at 8:57 PM

        That’s number four on the wife list. 1) Nice ____, 2) Nice _____, 3) Intelligent, 4) Can score a baseball game without my help.

  13. mangothefruit - Oct 31, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Just checked BB-Ref splits, of the 65 umpires this season with at least 500 innings called, Winters is 58th with a 4.57 ERA (though he also seems to call the highest strike-out rate???).

  14. wpcorbett - Oct 31, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Nolan Ryan stopped pitching in 1993. Tony La Russa, who is just two years older, was then in his 15th year as a manager.

    Re: 2 and a half innings at 9:30pm, http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/02/opinion/observer-in-russet-mantle-clad.htm

  15. thelucasjj - Oct 31, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    I like how Mccarver interrupted the ad for the sim baseball site by countering no to him catching Nolan Ryan against Willie Mays, and Buck having to explain it is what you do in sim baseball.

  16. sadpandarevolt - Oct 31, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Hurray

  17. sailcat54 - Oct 31, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Oh man, it’s the San Francisco Giants all the way, baby! Yeah!!

  18. sailcat54 - Oct 31, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    …and between the East Coast sports writers a-hopin’ and a-wishin’ for a Texans’ win and that idiot Buck talking football during a baseball game, it’s difficult to concentrate on a terrific game by the Texans and the Giants. I mean, damn! This is the World Series, guys! Let’s show some respect!

  19. Old Gator - Nov 1, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    I’m really glad that these blogs are so lively, because this has so far been one of the dullest World Series I can remember.

    Then again, I doubt if I’ll remember this one very long because it’s so dull. So, I wonder whether it’s actually as dull or duller than the World Series I can’t remember because they were so dull.

    Boy, dullness makes a historian’s work so hard.

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