Baggarly's Jeopardy! run ends on day four

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Baggarly's Jeopardy! run ends on day four

CSNBayArea.com Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly returned to Jeopardy on Wednesday night as the three-time defending-champion after his second impressive comeback on Tuesday.

Baggarly held a slim lead throughout most of the competition, but dropped into second heading in to Final Jeopardy. Still, he had a chance to win with a correct answer.

Below is every question that Baggarly attempted to answer, both the correct responses and the incorrect ones...

Trebek: During prohibition this Budweiser maker brewed non-alcoholic beer and also made "Bevo," a non-alcoholic cereal beverage.
Baggarly: What is Anheuser-Busch?

Trebek: "La cerveza mas fina" is written on this Mexican brand's "Extra" bottles.
Baggarly: What is Corona?

Trebek: In 1784 this Irish brewery was granted water rights to its nearby channel for 8,975 years; is that a record?
Baggarly: What is Guinness?

Trebek: In the '60s: Brian Wilson and Dennis Wilson.
Baggarly: What are the Beach Boys?

Trebek: On October 2, 1871 this Mormon leader was arrested for practicing Polygamy.
Baggarly: Who is Brigham Young?

At the first break, Baggarly had a narrow lead with 2,200 to Doug's 2,000. Sue was in third place with 800.

Trebek: Andy Baggarly is our champion. He is a journalist. After the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, you wrote a book about them.
Baggarly: I did. I locked myself in a room--I was Eugene, OR at the time and I pumped out about 100,000 words in three weeks. There were one-million people, the biggest civic event in San Francisco history, for the victory parade. So I see an audience for material when it's in front of me.
Trebek: And how did the book sell?
Baggarly: Very well. Giants fans are still over the moon about that World Series. But they want to get back.

Trebek: Whelks are these animals whose name is from the Greek for "Stomach foot."
Baggarly: What are gastropods?

Trebek: Shelly's "Ode to the West Wind" asks, "If winter comes, can" this "be far behind?"
Baggarly: What is spring?

Trebek: Featuring pricing guides and reviews of the latest cars and trucks: MT.
Baggarly: What is Motor Trend?

Trebek: Hey, y'all, for food, home and travel from Texas to Florida and the states in between: SL.
Baggarly: What is Southern Living?

Trebek: Eat, drink and be merry: F&W.
Baggarly: What is Food and Wine?

Trebek: This Lord Protector's "Return from Ireland" occasioned an ode by Andrew Marvell.
Baggarly: Who is Cromwell?

After round one, Baggarly retained a slim 400 lead on Doug, 5,800 to 5,200. Sue was trailing with 3,400.

BAGGARLY'S JEOPARDY! TRANSCRIPTS: Day One -- Day Two -- Day Three

Trebek: In football it's the boundary between the teams prior to the snap of the ball.
Baggarly: What's the line of scrimmage?

Video question: Mangroves are widely used in costal recaimation, with their tolerance of saltwater, and arching roots that trap soil, they're idea for helping shoreline resist this process, for Latin for "to gnaw."
Baggarly: What is erosion?

Trebek: This name of a 22,500-acre lake near Nashville is also Andrew Jackson's nickname.
Baggarly: What is "Old Hickory?"

Video question: Because the majestic sare tree connected the Earth and the Heavens in the mythology of this Central-American people, the Sabre is still sacred to their descendants.
Baggarly: What are the Mayans?

Trebek: Derived from the Arabic Sawahil, meaning "of the coasts," it's a language on the African continent.
Baggarly: What is Swahili?

Trebek: This "maternal" term comes from the Arabic for "resin" and might be heard when talking about King Tut.
Baggarly: What is Mummy?

Trebek: We've hit bottom with this five-letter word from the Arabic for "opposite the Zenith."
Baggarly: What is Nadir?

DAILY BOUBLE: At this point, Baggarly was hanging on to a slim lead as the competition had tightened up. Andy was out front with 11,800, Doug was close behind with 11,200, and Sue was closing fast with 8,600.

Baggarly wagered 1,200.

Trebek: Hertha Pauli's 1942 biography of this man was subtitled "Dynamite King, Architect of Peace."
Baggarly: Who is (Alfred) Nobel?

Trebek: Similes, metaphors and personification, for example.
Baggarly: What are figures of speach?

Trebek: As seen on a map, this island lies between England and Ireland, and about 20 miles south of Scotland.
Baggarly: What is the Isle of White? (incorrect)

Had Baggarly answered that question correctly, he would have taken the lead heading into Final Jeopardy. Instead, he stayed in second place with 12,200, just 200 ahead of Doug with 12,000. Sue had surged into the lead with 15,200.

FINAL JEOPARY CATEGORY: New Olympic sports.

Trebek: This sport introduced in summer 2000 plays out over a raised area 16.5 feet long and 9.5 feet wide.

- Doug wagered 10,000 and correctly answered "What is trampoline?" to finish with 22,000.
- A visibly upset Andy Baggarly wagered 11,801 but incorrectly answered "What is sumo wrestling?" to drop to 399.
- Sue had wagered 9,201, but also gave and incorrect answer: "What is fencing?" to drop to 5,999.

So the Jeopardy! saga ended for Andy Baggarly. Three wins, 61 correct answers, 60,402 total winnings. The newsroom was cheering for you. Congratulations!

Arroyo goes deep for second time, paces 4-3 win for the Giants

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Arroyo goes deep for second time, paces 4-3 win for the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — In a quiet moment in the dugout Friday, manager Bruce Bochy tried to figure out a nickname for his new budding star. During a week where Christian Arroyo has made the game look so easy, this has turned out to be the most difficult part. 

Bochy briefly settled on “Yo” before that was scuttled because the team’s video coordinator is Yo Miyamoto. Joe Panik said some players have tried C.A. or YoYo, but admitted that neither is all that good. The team’s Twitter account spent a few days trying to make Boss Baby a thing, but Arroyo wasn’t thrilled with that one and the experiment appears to be over. In a back room of the clubhouse, there’s a printout showing Arroyo and Buzz from “Home Alone,” but that comparison is much better made with Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman. 

Perhaps the answer is as simple as the path Arroyo’s bat takes to a fastball. As he watched Arroyo field grounders during batting practice, Dick Tidrow was asked about the 21-year-old. Tidrow, the team’s senior VP of player personnel, has seen and worked with Arroyo since he was drafted. 

“We always just called him The Kid,” Tidrow said. “He would turn around when I called him Kid.”

The Kid is growing up quickly. Arroyo’s second homer of the week was the game-winner Friday, an eighth-inning blast that put a lead in Mark Melancon’s hands. The new closer made sure the new third baseman’s homer didn’t go to waste, clinching a 4-3 win that got the Giants out of the National League West’s cellar. 

The homer might have surprised Arroyo as much as anyone. He came here with a reputation as a mature and talented hitter, but power is not his calling card. 

“I’m not trying to hit a homer there,” he said. “Get the head out, see a pitch over the plate, barrel something, just keep the line moving. I got a good pitch, elevated it, and fortunately it went out.”

Arroyo already speaks like a hitting coach, but he is not afraid to admit that there are things he doesn’t know. It’s easy to get film on opposing starters, but there’s little a rookie can do to prepare for late-inning pitching changes. Arroyo consulted Buster Posey and Conor Gillaspie before facing Ryan Buchter, who has been in the division for two years. Gillaspie told him Buchter’s fastball has some late life and gets on a hitter. 

“I wanted to see it and the first pitch was a little low so I got a good read on them,” Arroyo said. 

The second one was right at the belt and Arroyo pulled it down the line for his second big league homer. He had just three last year in Double-A, but the Giants felt the 36 doubles showed that power was on the way. 

“He’s got pop,” Bochy said. “He’s not a guy trying to hit homers. He tries to put a good swing on it. But he drives balls and you saw it tonight. We see him more as a gap guy, but he’ll get more power as he gets older. We’re not asking him to hit homers, trust me, but it’s good to see him letting it go.”

The homer secured a win on a night when a lot went right. Jeff Samardzija was sharp, paying for one pitch to Ryan Schimpf that left the park but otherwise pitching seven strong. Panik and Brandon Belt ignited the offense early and Michael Morse came through with a game-tying sacrifice fly in the fifth. Derek Law and Mark Melancon closed it out, with Melancon getting help from Panik, who made a spectacular tumbling catch on a flare to shallow right-center. It was a big first out given that Melancon was pitching for the third straight day. 

“It was going to be in no man’s land,” Panik said. “You give it everything you’ve got. Fortunately the ball stayed in the glove.”

When it was over, the youngest Giant was in for another round of interviews to cap a hectic week. On Monday he made his debut and on Tuesday he picked up his first hit. Wednesday brought the first homer and Thursday was the first multi-hit game. What will the weekend include? Maybe a real nickname? 

For now, the Giants are fine with leaning on The Kid, because many of them didn’t even know how young the star of the week was until he was a couple of days into his big league career.

“I was thinking he was 23 or 24,” Samardzija said. “This has been really impressive.”

Instant Replay: Arroyo's late-game heroics lifts Giants past Padres

Instant Replay: Arroyo's late-game heroics lifts Giants past Padres

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, Christian Arroyo made his MLB debut. Tuesday brought his first hit and on Wednesday it was the first homer. Thursday’s game was his first multi-hit game as a big leaguer. What was in store Friday? The best swing yet.

Arroyo hit a go-ahead shot to left while leading off the eighth, giving the Giants a 4-3 win in their series opener with the Padres. The player coaches simply call “The Kid” has two homers in his first five games, and both have come in huge spots. Friday’s sent another jolt through AT&T Park and got a lead to Mark Melancon, who closed out the Padres. 

For four innings, a long-haired right-hander was no-hitting the Padres. Jeff Samardzija was sharp early and he got a nice cushion in the first. Joe Panik and Brandon Belt led off with singles and Panik scored on Erick Aybar’s two-out error. A Conor Gillaspie knock made it 2-0. 

The first hit allowed by Samardzija was a painful one. He plunked Yangervis Solarte to open the fifth and Ryan Schimpf hit a long dinger to dead center to tie the game. Cory Spangenberg followed with a single to left that skipped under Belt’s glove. Spangenberg went to third on the play and scored on a bloop. 

Belt made up for the play in the bottom of the inning, beating the outfield shift with a double and scoring on Mike Morse’s sacrifice fly to right two batters later. Samardzija ran into trouble in the seventh, but with two in scoring position and one out, he got a strikeout and a grounder to third. The Giants put the go-ahead run on second in their half, but Hunter Pence and Morse struck out. 

Starting pitching report: Samardzija has allowed six homers. He’s tied for fourth in the NL with a handful of players, including Johnny Cueto and Matt Moore. 

Bullpen report: Melancon has five straight saves since blowing his first opportunity as a Giant. 

At the plate: Belt reached base four times. His on-base percentage is sitting at a cool .390. 

In the field: Panik made a brilliant diving catch in center for the first out of the ninth. 

Attendance: The Giants announced a sellout crowd. One of the fans looked just like Samardzija, possibly on purpose. 

Up next: Matt Cain has a 2.42 ERA but he left his last start with a tight hamstring. He’ll face Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.90).