July 9, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Kensuke Tanaka (37) acknowledges the crowd after recording his first MLB hit on a single during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at AT
The San Francisco Giants lost again today 10-6 against the New York Mets. Often referred to as the #LOLMets, the SF Giants will attempt to avoid a complete sweep tomorrow, Wednesday, which would be the first sweep of the SF Giants by the NY Mets in San Francisco since 1994.
Barry Zito had his worst outing at AT&T (regular season) since August of 2012 (coincidentally also against the NY Mets). He pitched six innings, allowed 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BBs, 5 SOs, 1 HR and a 4.62 ERA. On a positive note, he had a pretty awesome bunt.
At the top of the second inning, Kensuke Tanaka (playing left field for only the 10th time since 2006) robbed a home run from Andrew Brown by catching a long fly ball to left field. As you can see from the gif below, it was almost a home run. After this spectacular catch, Duane Kuiper answered with “Tanaka! Welcome to AT&T Park!!”
Top of the 3rd inning worth noting – Tanaka trends on Twitter in San Francisco! SF Giants Fans are fired up!
Tanaka was wearing #37. I don’t know if anyone notices these things nor cares. If they did in the SF Giants Twitter community, no Dan Otero fan(s) made themselves known. Other SF Giants who wore that number: Dan Otero (now with the Oakland Athletics doing well in the bullpen), Merkin Valdez, Todd Wellemeyer, Matt Downs, Pat Misch and Damon Minor. Did I miss anyone?
Tanaka saluted the SF Giants fans in the bottom of the fifth inning when he hit a single to Eric Young in CF. Adorable. Highlight of the game in my opinion. Let’s go Tanaka! Please help save our SF Giants!
Unfortunately even Kensuke Tanaka, the third OF called up from Fresno this season, couldn’t save the SF Giants today. But we should note he played 13 seasons for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan. In 738 games he batted .294, was a 3x gold glove winner, 4x winner for the best second baseman. I’m guessing the call up from Fresno AAA means someone finally swept his 7 errors in 92 innings in Spring Training under a rug somewhere. If he can continue to play as well as he did tonight, I’ll erase all (negative) stats from my memory. We’ll see where this goes in the next few games before the All-Star break.
Other OF stats for the SF Giants in the month of July:
I don’t need to run through all the innings and ABs tonight, you’ve probably watched the game and don’t want to re-live the game tonight. If you do, you can here by reading through the play-by-play of the game.
Originally from NY, moved to the Bay Area in October 2005. An extremely opinionated Giants fan who loves the game of baseball. Also an amateur photographer and an Ironman triathlete with a busy day job.