Hey All! Im working the WarriorsMavericks game tonightsort of. Usually, a Warriors home game is long (and pretty fun!) day for me. Today, not so much. My day usually starts first thing in the morning with a read of all the game previews available on the internet. I also peruse the team reports that the Warriors email to the media. From that, I create a dossier for that nights game that I email to my phone. It helps me come up with relevant and timely questions for my 10:45 visit to morning shoot-around at the Warriors Oakland Practice facility. It also gives me nuggets of information that I can use in my pre and postgame live shots. (ex. The Warriors tonight faced the NBAs highest scoring teamand shut them down!) Shootaround is a chance for me and the other media members assembled to interview Mark Jackson and a player or two. This is the sound that I usually build my pregame live shots around for early Sports Net Central and for Warriors Pregame live. In between shootaround and live shot time in the 6 pm show, Ive got to prepare for my three in-game live shots. I get the topics emailed to me between 11 and noon from the outstanding Warriors game producer, Phil Pollicino. Sometimes the hits are pretty straight forward and easy to write (ex. David Lee has been great..). Sometimes, theyre fairly complicated. This is particularly true when Im dealing with an NBA special program like NBA Green Week. In such situations, theres a lot of information to disseminateand only :30 to :40 seconds in which to disseminate it! I can feel this getting bogged down into the extreme minutia of my day. Ill just say from here that a usual Warriors home game day for me starts at least at 8 am and usually is pretty non-stop until I do my postgame live shot at around 10:45 pm. But dont cry for me; I really enjoy these days! Im a basketball junkie! I follow the game; I play a couple hours of full court every Tuesday and Thursday morning (starting at 6:30 am!). And, I love the people that I meet and interact with at these games from the Warriors players and coaches to the rival broadcasters and coaches to all of the great, hardworking ushers and security staffers to the regular fans Ive had a chance to get to know over this season. Being the Warriors sideline reporter is great funa true feel good experience! So, nowall of that is to illustrate the point that today will be different: --No morning shoot-around (so I cant get my sound for my live shot until Coach Jacksons pregame press conference at 6) --No Pregame Live or in-game live shots (TNT has tonights game, so we are not broadcasting it) The only time youll see me today is in the early and late Sports Net Central shows. With less to do today, Ill try to get ahead in some other things Im working onand during the game, if theres a injury situation or some other surprise happening, Ill work to find out whats happening and tweet it to you. In fact, expect lots of tweets from me during tonights game!Dont forgetif you see me at Oracle, say hi!
SAN FRANCISCO — Three years ago, the Giants and Padres were the two teams in it until the very end for Pablo Sandoval’s services. He ended up in Boston, and when he became available again over the past week, the Padres politely backed away.
They prefer youth and Rule 5 Draft picks. They came into this season knowing they might lose 100 games, and they didn’t mind. If anything, they welcomed the increased shot at the top pick in the 2018 draft. They’re here to tank, but the Giants (who expect to welcome Sandoval back on a minor league deal as soon as Friday) just won’t let them.
Thursday’s 5-2 loss to San Diego was like so many others over the past calendar year. The Giants didn’t hit, they didn’t come through in the clutch, they did not support their starting pitcher, and they did not guarantee a handshake line.
The Giants have lost 15 of 20 to the Padres since last year’s All-Star break, including three straight last July to kickstart a tailspin that has lasted over a year now. They have dropped four of five meetings in this second half, which was supposed to prove that a Padre-like rebuild is not needed up here in the Bay Area. They are five games behind the Padres in the race to finish a distant fourth in the National League, and in a season full of disappointment, that stands as one of the more embarrassing facts.
Not even Madison Bumgarner’s return to AT&T Park could turn the tide. The lefty looked good most of the night, but two homers left him with a rougher-than-hoped line. Bumgarner gave up four earned on two homers. He has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Both starts have come against the Padres.
“I’ve got to stop giving up homers,” Bumgarner said of his start. “That’s not going to work.”
Bumgarner said he felt fine physically, and his curveball — the pitch that has backfired on him most often since his return — feels right mechanically. He was facing his last batter in the seventh as George Kontos warmed up with a runner on. Corey Spangenberg hit a two-run shot to the deepest part of the yard to make it 4-2.
Buster Posey flied out with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Giants brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but couldn’t score, which has been the norm against the Padres. The Giants are averaging just 3.2 runs per game during this 20-game stretch of futility against a team they once dominated.
“We need to win ballgames right now,” Bumgarner said. “We’ve got to start doing that. There’s no magic solution. We’ve got to start playing better, all of us.”
SAN FRANCISCO — A day after he did his press conference from a “Game of Thrones” throne, manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy the Giants won their series finale against the Indians and kept that plan in play. In that respect, he’s lucky his team wasn’t facing the Padres on Wednesday.
The Giants were on Thursday, however, and they continued their baffling stretch of ineptitude against what is supposed to be the worst team in the National League West. The 5-2 loss to San Diego was the 15th in the last 20 meetings between the two teams, one of which has a $200 million payroll and the other of which is actively tanking.
The Giants had a shot at a comeback in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Here are five things to know, if you are the curious type:
—- Madison Bumgarner has faced the Padres twice since returning. In 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. He is getting hurt by a familiar problem for the 2017 Giants: The Padres have four homers off Bumgarner in those two starts. Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg took him deep Thursday, with Spangenberg hitting one out to the deepest part of the yard on Bumgarner’s final pitch.
—- This is the first time in Bumgarner’s career that he has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts.
—- Kyle Crick showed good stuff — sitting 96-97 — while stranding a runner on second in the eighth. He followed that with a scoreless ninth. The Giants should make it a priority to throw him into some deeper water over the next two months.
—- There’s an epidemic these days of outfielders making foolish throws to the plate. We see it just about every night, and it cost the Padres in the sixth. Gorkys Hernandez was on second and he took off right away on Denard Span’s single to right. Renfroe had no play at the plate but he threw it anyway and Span took second. He scored when Eduardo Nuñez singled to left.
—- The Giants announced their second consecutive sellout. That’s a streak. Maybe?