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All-Star Jay Bruce gives the Giants a walkoff win

Jul 1, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce must have forgotten he was playing in San Francisco. Thinking there was a wall where there was no wall, he gave Angel Pagan a game-winning double as the Giants beat the Reds 4-3 on Sunday.

There were two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth when Pagan hit a ball to right off Jose Arredondo. It might have been a tricky play in a few ballparks, but it shouldn’t have been at AT&T Park with its deep right field. Bruce was looking for the wall when he hadn’t even reached the warning track.

Here’s the clip.

Even Bobby Abreu is wondering what he was worried about. Pagan was credited with an RBI double, which scored Buster Posey from second base.

Bruce, one of Tony La Russa’s manager selections, was pretty clearly the weakest outfielder picked for the NL All-Star team today. He ranks tied for fourth in the NL with 17 homers, but it comes with a .257 average and a .327 OBP. He ranks 10th among NL outfielders with an .853 OPS.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Damn LaRussa!

  2. gotmelk - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM


  3. metalhead65 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    yea he makes 1 error so he is usless. go ahead and try run on him when he makes the plays and see what happens. oh wait a min. they don’t because he is that good. it sucked they lost because he made a bad play but it happens to the best of them.

    • paperlions - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:40 AM

      Bruce may have a cannon, but guys are running all over the place on him this year. They actually evaluate how many bases runners take on OF on balls hit to every zone, and this year runners have taken more bases against Bruce than against an average OF…indeed, since 2009, runners have taken more bases against him than an average RF. For some things, you don’t actually have to rely on narrative, their are accurate comparative stats.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        I don’t know about all of that Paper.
        But I do know they have stats and stuff on each player.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        1 more reason why I despise the new saber stats such as this insipid one you pointed out. don’t what games they are watching or who they are tracking but you will not see many runners take a chance on his arm unless it is a ball at the wall.

      • paperlions - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        You do realize, don’t you, that if you only watch Reds games, you don’t have a very firm grasp on how Reds players compare to the rest of the league….don’t you?

    • tsi431 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      The sad thing is, the official scorer called it a double. What a joke.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      “this will be 1 all star game I will be rooting for the american league just because he is the manager.”
      Really sorry to see you post this Metalhead. Thought you were a baseball fan.
      I now realize otherwise. Dissapointing.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        hey I am still a fan but I just can’t bring myself to like or repesct the arrogant prick and self righteous know it all that is st.larussa.every time he opens his mouth he is talking down to you. and he knows he did not pick Phillips and Cuteo because of that brawl. he could have picked up the phone and told baker he could not take Cuteo because of his pitching sun. and even if he didn’t he still could have selected him then replaced him with someone else. and who said the pick from the astros had to be their second baseman?there is no way you can say Phillips is not the best second baseman in the national league,well you can but I am not going to listen. and as for that fight what else was cueto suppose to do when larue and his buddies had him pinned up and were tryying to push him thru the backstop? it is not as if he picked larue out ran over and kicked him,he was doing whatever he could to get out of there. to bad larue got hurt but it’s is fault being in that situation.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Do you even do any research prior to spouting off? He didn’t pick the Astro’s 2nd Baseman.
      As for the brawl…the only people I ever see or hear mention it is Reds fans. You guys need to let it go. I have the damn brawl recorded Metalhead. I play it (or should say “played” it) regularly for all of my Redlegs loving buddies. Funny they no longer bring it up?
      Why? Cause’ I pause it for their asses so they can see little “Joanie” dancing around the scrum trying to sucker punch someone. THAT…is the reason his punk ass got pinned against the fence. And if your boy #4 hadn’t of ran his cock sucker to the media the day prior and then tried to act like he and Yadi were boys the brawl would have never happenend.

  4. dutchman45 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Your message is not a total picture of Jay Bruce. Forget today’s miscue, every player has one. Jay has approx 55 RBI’s. In addition he has a cannon for an arm.

  5. Gonzo - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    “Even Bobby Abreu is wondering what he was worried about.”

    I see what you did there.

  6. Walk - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Ease up a bit geez he would have needed a ticket to make that play in the park where he plays half his games. On the plus side he is tenth in ops, i dont watch him play much but he must be an elite defender to be an all star with that ops in great american park. Must have just made on bad play like others are saying.

  7. riverace19 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Bruce has 117 HRs and he’s 25 years old. Good fielder, good attitude, Bruce is going to be an all-star many more years than this one. And yes 54 RBI through 76 games. I’d take him on my team any day.

  8. skerney - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    RF is tricky in SF. You can see Bruce feeling for the wall with his hand extended. He hadn’t even stepped on the warning track yet so he should have known that he still had room to ease back on it. Weird, i guess in cincy you don’t catch that ball, it’s 10 rows deep.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Dead on Kerney. At the Great American SMALLpark that balls is easily 10 rows deep.
      Nevertheless…you alwasy take note of the outfield conditions so you know how much room you have, their individual quirks, etc…
      In his defense…he probably hasn’t played in San Francisco before.
      Oh wait…this was the 3rd game of this particular series wasn’t it?

      • thomas2727 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        It was actually the last of a 4 game series.

        Pretty obvious his subconscious mind was thinking of the dimensions of the GAB.

        Seeing him reach for the wall when he had not even reached the warning track was a weird sight to see.

  9. dutchman45 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I watch most games on tv and see with my own eyes how he can throw. Runners are not running on Bruce. Statistics do not tell or indicate everything.

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