Hello and happy Wednesday. Here’s hoping it’s a stellar day for you.
Drew Smyly might be back any day now, but the San Francisco Giants won’t be getting Jeff Samardzija back until next week at the earliest.
On Tuesday, the team announced that Samardzija will throw a second simulation game, with this one taking place on Thursday.
Kapler pre-game: Samardzija will throw sim game on Thursday, so he won't be back this week ... Longoria (glute) is out again tonight ... Dickerson (knee) is feeling better, could play tonight— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 8, 2020
If it goes well then we’ll find out if the Giants intend on returning the veteran All-Star to the rotation, or if they’ll plug him into the bullpen.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
September 9, 2001: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit 3 home runs. A solo shot in the 1st inning off of Scott Elarton gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and made it back-to-back homers since Rich Aurilia had just hit one. A solo shot in the 5th inning off of Elarton extended the lead to 4-1. And a 3-run dinger in the 11th inning off of Todd Belitz scored Aurilia and Eric Davis, and gave the Giants an 9-4 lead, which was the final score. They were his 61st, 62nd, and 63rd homers of the year.
September 9, 2002: Against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off Odalis Perez. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, and they would win 6-5 (beat LA). It was his 43rd homer of the year.
September 9, 2006: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of David Wells, scoring Shea Hillenbrand. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 5-4. It was his 23rd homer of the year.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Buy this Travis Ishikawa poster (Oct. 23, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter looks at the best players in the 2021 high school class (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on the Giants finally going to a closer by committee (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Maria Guardado on why Roberto Clemente Day is so special to Giants coach Nick Ortiz (MLB)
- John Shea on why Nick Ortiz wants Roberto Clemente’s number retired (SF Chronicle)
- Kerry Crowley on if the Giants will go back to keeping their starters a mystery (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on a Mauricio Dubon at bat that was telling (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on why the Giants added Luis Basabe (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Andrew Baggarly on why the Giants believe they can be better than just .500 (The Athletic, subscription required)
- John Shea on what Drew Smyly’s role might be (SF Chronicle)
- Alex Pavlovic on why Kevin Gausman is happy he wasn’t traded (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends.