TAIPEI, Taiwan (APCSN) Robinson Cano doubled in a runin the seventh inning to help Bruce Bochy's MLB All-Star team beat Taiwan'snational team 5-3 Thursday in the second game of a five-game series.The New York Yankees' second baseman also singled and scoredin the sixth inning in the game in Taichung."They got a great team," Cano said. "Theyplayed a pretty good game."The Taiwanese went ahead 3-2 in the fifth, scoring twice onthree hits and a walk. The MLB squad tied it in the sixth and added two moreruns in the seventh.Relievers Rich Thompson of the Los Angeles Angels, RamonRamirez of the San Francisco Giants and Bill Bray of the Cincinnati Reds keptthe Taiwanese scoreless from the sixth inning on.In the series opener Tuesday, the MLB team won 7-0 in a gamehalted in the sixth inning because of rain. The teams play in Taichungon Friday before closing the series with two weekend games in Kaohsiung.The Giants' Pablo Sandoval singled in the sixth inning,advancing Cano from first to third.Later in the inning, Cano came home on a Ronny Paulino single to tiethe game at 3-3.Sandoval had another single and finished the night 2-3 witha walk. Giants outfielder Andres Torres also started and went 0-0 with twowalks and a sacrifice bunt.The lowlight of the night was when Chinese Taipei centerfielder and Seattle Mariners prospect Kuo Hui Lo dislocated his right ankle andfractured his leg as he was thrown out on a slide into home plate. He had to becarried out on a stretcher and went to a local hospital for surgery."We're still concerned about the accident at homeplate," Bochy said in a postgame news conference,according to MLB.com's Doug Miller. "That was really a tragedy in a goodballgame, so that takes away a little bit from a good ballgame."
SAN FRANCISCO — The flight from Miami to San Francisco is one of the longest in the league. It will not be a happy one.
The Giants fell behind early and never recovered, losing 8-1 in the series finale with the Marlins. The Giants had won six of nine entering the road trip. They dropped a series in Washington D.C. and then lost two of three to the Marlins.
You are here already, so here are five things to know …
—- Matt Cain deserved better in the first, and it was kind of a stunning error that cost him. With two outs, Brandon Crawford dropped a liner that was hit right at him. The next batter, Tomas Telis, hit a two-run double.
—- Cain was charged with five runs in four innings, but only two of them were earned. He struck out seven and walked just one, showing a good curveball throughout. Several times, he dropped down for a new look. Like I said, he deserved a bit better than that final line.
—- Pablo Sandoval’s walk in the eighth was his first since returning to the Giants. His numbers, by the way, are right in line with his Boston numbers.
—- Albert Suarez has seen his stuff take a tick up during this stint with the Giants, but it’s not leading to results. After giving up a walk-off grand slam on Sunday, he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings in relief of Cain. Suarez currently has a 7.43 ERA.
—- Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 with two singles. His run of six games with a homer came to an end. I suppose that’s a small victory for the Giants?
Because we are too cool to allow the games to sustain us and because we all think the purpose of sports is actually not to be the best player but the general manager, the new item on the baseball menu is not the pennant races but “Where should Giancarlo Stanton go?”
The usual suspects are listed – the Yankees, the Giants, the Chunichi Dragons, Real Madrid – and the $295 million still on his contract is not considered an impediment.
But the logic behind the Marlins keeping him is just as clear and more pressing. Namely, Bruce Sherman, the incoming owner, and Derek Jeter, the designated face, did not buy this team and promptly try to make themselves detested by the few people who still care about it.
So far, we know that the monstrous thing in center field (no, not Christian Yelich) is likely to be torn down, and that Stanton is don’t-go-to-the-bathroom-during-his-half-inning entertainment. Beyond that, we know only that the Marlins draw when they win a lot and barely at all the rest of the time. They are clearly a distant third in a four-team race with the Dolphins and Heat for people’s hearts, and now that hating Jeffrey Loria’s living guts are off the table for the fans, there really is no there, there.
So what’s the up-side of moving Stanton (and before we go any further, the Giants don’t have nearly enough assets to make that work, so calm the hell down) for the Marlins? Prospects, the dark hole that makes a three-year plan a six-year plan.
And the down-side? Sherman may as well move the team for the level of fun he’ll get from it, and the only reason to buy a team looking at a $60 million loss is for the fun. Besides, onlky a very few owners have ever made the full turn from villain to hero – the first impression almost always lasts forever.
So while Stanton may create immediate wallet relief for this aggressively average team (their current record of 57-61 is the 12th best in their 25-year history, and they’ve only had eight winning seasons ever), they also have nothing to sell the fans that they have to live with every day. And if they don’t have enough fans . . . well, I hear San Jose is always hot for a mediocre franchise that lurches between spending money and hoarding it.