The Giants jump on the Cardinals in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS

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Things didn’t start well for John Lackey and the Cardinals this afternoon. After his offense went down 1-2-3 to start the first inning, Lackey didn’t fool anyone in the bottom of the inning. After getting two quick outs, this happened:

  • Buster Posey single;
  • Pablo Sandoval single;
  • Hunter Pence double, scoring Posey;
  • Brandon Belt intentional walk to load the bases; and
  • A Travis Ishikawa double that cleared the bases, making it 4-0 Giants.

The Ishikawa ball was absolutely tattooed. If it weren’t for a stiff wind blowing from right to left knocking it down, it would’ve been in the water. As it was it appeared to hit off the brick wall and right fielder Randal Grichuk had trouble playing the carom. Or it possibly just fell short of the wall and Grichuk couldn’t track it. It was hard to track live and then I missed the replay because, man, I got kids here.

One thing that is true, however, if that Lackey was visibly upset that the ball fell. Perhaps he was unaware that, you know, if you allow absolute blasts like that, it’s maybe bad form to blame your fielder for not bailing you out in tough conditions.

We’re heading into the bottom of the third and the Giants maintain their 4-0 lead.

 

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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