Minor League Baseball: San Jose Giants
Unfortunately, the starting pitcher, Juan Serrato did not have it at all, despite the 8 strikeouts. I've seen and heard a lot of baseball games but, I swear, more than half of them were strikeouts on pitches in the dirt that the batter swung on and the catcher had to throw to first to get the batter out. He ended up giving up 6 runs in his 4 IP. Brooks McNiven, however, came out and starting striking out people at the same higher rate and shut them down for the most part so that was good.
The reason I wanted to make it out to the park was because I wanted a look at Eddy Martinez-Esteve, Travis Ishikawa and Nate Schierholtz (and because it was free, thanks OSH!). I missed Matt Cain last year and didn't want to miss out again on players who may make it up to the majors. I was also hoping to see Joe Bateman too. It was a lot of fun being there, the crowd was into the game, the weather was nice, the sunset was nice, the moon rose nicely.
Unfortunately, my daughter is too young to enjoy a ballgame and we had to leave early, after the 6th inning. EME and Nate did not do much while I was there. Ishikawa saved the day for us, hitting this MONSTER homerun in the bottom of the 6th. The ballpark has this cute tradition of playing "broken glass" noise when a homer is hit or foul ball out of the park, but I found out as we walked out that it could literally be true that your car might get a nice dent or broken window from a ball hit out of the park. Ishikawa later unloaded again to tie the game before San Jose won the game in extra innings.
Ishikawa has a lot of power, as his stats show. It was quite interesting to see it in person, that ball was OUT OF THERE lickety-split when he connected, it was no doubt about it, the only question was whether it would clear the back fence and reach the parking lot, which it did. I was very excited to see that, there's nothing like a nice homerun to charge up the crowd. It was also a rare night where he didn't strike out at all, he had good swings prior to the homerun and had solid contact, he just happened to hit them where they were. He gave me hope for the Giants of 2008-10, he should make it there in some capacity, the only question is whether he can stop the strikeouts and keep the average up like he is doing this season.