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Madison Bumgarner stepped on the mound Thursday night at AT&T Park and to be quite honest I don't think Bay Area and Central Valley fans knew what to expect. He returned to action in the World Series after being bumped from the NLCS rotation after two horrendous starts. Fans and teammates were greeted with the Mad Bum we have all grown to love. Bumgarner looked extremely sharp throughout his 7 innings of work allowing just 2 hits, no runs, and striking out 8 Detroit batters. The 8 strikeouts were a new postseason high. Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo pitched perfect 8th and 9th innings as the Giants completely shutdown Detroit's arsenal of bats and took game two 2-0. The Giants who had to come from behind in both the NLDS and NLCS, have put themselves in a great position as they hit the road for Detroit with a 2-0 series lead.

"It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall," Bumgarner said. "But you can't relax. We've got to keep pushing."

After what was an explosion of sorts by the Giants and  a Panda Bear in particular during game one, game two would be much more mundane as the Gmen would use small ball to get the job done and earn the victory. Gregor Blanco's infield single stayed fair by just inches setting up Brandon Crawford's run-scoring double-play ground ball in the seventh. Hunter Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth scoring Angel Pagan from third.

"That's the way baseball is. When things are going well, things are bouncing your way," Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro said. "If things aren't going well, you just keep battling and playing hard. No one is taking anything for granted."

Detroit batters looked out-of-sorts and rusty at the plate Thursday night. Coming off a 5 game layoff after sweeping the Yankees in the ALCS may have something to do with it, as Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young (the heart of the Tigers lineup) had just 1 hit between them. The Tigers will look to bounce back on Saturday as game three transitions to Detroit, Michigan and Comerica Park. Giants will send Ryan Vogelsong out to match wits with Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. The AL designator hitter will be in effect, so it will be interesting to see what skipper Bruce Bochy has in store as he will once again dip into his bag of magic tricks and most likely astound fans once again.

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By Justin J. Crowder

Although Marco Scutaro would take a nasty blow from Cardinals Right Fielder Matt Holliday as he slid into second base during the 1st inning of game 2 of the NLCS, Scutaro would remain in the game and energize not only the Giants players but also the 42,679 fans on hand to watch the Giants route the Cards 7-1. Giants Right Fielder Hunter Pence would say "it just kinda pumps you up...when you see on of your guys go down, you always want to win the game, but it's like 'let's go! Let's put it on the scoreboard'". Scutaro would leave in the 5th inning to have X-Rays on his hip, which came back negative. Good thing for the Giants as Scutaro's tremendous postseason play has captured the hearts of Bay Area fans much like former Giants outfielder Cody Ross did during the 2010 World Series run.

Ryan Vogelsong (the 2011 Willie Mac Award winner) would pitch beautifully giving the Giants a much needed 7 strong innings scattering 4 hits to go along with 4 K's and allowing just 1 run. Giants closer Sergio Romo who is also the owner of the coolest beard this side of Brian Wilson would get some much needed work in the ninth during a non-save situation. Vogelsong would be the first Giants starter to get past the sixth inning during this years postseason play, and it couldn't have came at a better time.

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan would hit his second home run of the postseason in the bottom of the first. The stat line was stellar for the Giants lead-off man as he compiled 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a walk. The Giants look to become the 1st team in 25 years to have the fewest home runs of any team in the majors and make it to the World Series. What the Giants lack in pop they make up for with outstanding pitching, good solid defense, and a very smart veteran team and coaching staff. Filling in for Scutaro, 2nd baseman Ryan Theriot would also add a hit and 2 RBI's with National League MVP hopeful Buster Posey and a slimmed down always fun to watch 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval both contributing with a hit each.

The series will take a travel day tomorrow as the two teams get ready to battle it out in St. Louis at the beautiful Busch Stadium on Wednesday Oct. 17th at 1pm. The Giants will send ace Matt Cain who went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 193 strikeouts to the mound. The Cards will counter with right hander Kyle Lohse who went an impressive 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts. Cain and Lohse both in this years hunt for the National League Cy Young Award will look to capture the all important and pivotal game 3 match-up in the NLCS.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:42

2 Alarm Structure Fire In Ceres

On Tuesday morning, Ceres Fire Department crews were dispatched to a home on Evans road near Central Avenue for a report of a structure fire.

When crews assessed the situation, they found a vacant home with heavy attic smoke and fire. Fire crews cut several holes in the roof to ventilate heat from the attic, while additional crews fought the fire from the interior of the home.

A second alarm was called with assistance from Modesto, Hughson, and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire personnel.

The home had been vacant for some time according to neighbors, no damage estimate was available at time of publication.

Published in Safety
Saturday, 08 September 2012 02:07

Ceres House Destroyed In Explosion

This morning just before the 6:00 hour, fire crews were dispatched to a report of a house explosion on the 700 block of Foster Street in Ceres.

It appears the home that exploded was unoccupied, however two adults and five children were displaced from a neighboring home when their home suffered major damage from the explosion. The force of the blast pushed the south wall of their home inward requiring extensive repairs.

Red Cross is on scene assisting those that are in need.

We'll have more information on this breaking news story and video throughout the day.

Published in Safety

The Stockton Police Department just completed a two-day multi-agency violence suppression mission due to the City experiencing an unacceptable rise in violent crime linked to gun and gang violence. The two-day mission was a continuation from a previous mission which was held on May 11 and 12, 2012. Chief of Police Eric Jones said, “This multi-agency violence suppression mission is a result of the ongoing efforts of the Stockton Police Department to combat gun and gang violence in the City of Stockton. We are committed to taking our streets back from the criminal street gangs and return an acceptable level of quality of life to the citizens of our City.” In response during these challenging times, this type of collaborative response through the use of allied resources is an invaluable tool to reducing crime in the City of Stockton. The following agencies all participated in the two day operation: California Highway Patrol, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, Lodi Police Department, Manteca Police Department, Tracy Police Department, United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, California Department of Corrections, San Joaquin County Probation Department, and San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. The enforcement groups conducted high visibility proactive enforcement and parole / probation compliance searches on known gang members, associates, and violent offenders. The following are the results from the two day mission:

• Arrests: 70 • Firearms Confiscated: 13 • Traffic Stops: 427 • Field Contacts: 183 • Parole Searches: 21 • Probation Searches: 93 • Narcotics Seized: 3.5 grams of Marijuana, 12.4 grams of Methamphetamine, 2.2 grams of Rock Cocaine, 4.6 grams of Heroin, 3 Ecstasy pills and $3,900 in cash seized.

Published in Stockton Crime


"We had breakfast, and then I went outside to play baseball with the neighborhood boys." Ellie Fernandez said. "As we were playing we looked up and saw all of these planes flying by. They were very low, and then we saw smoke and heard machine guns."

Ellie and her husband Charlie, both Patterson residents, were children growing up in Hawaii when the attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7th, 1941 - 75 years ago today.

"From where we lived, we could see all of Pearl Harbor, and it was just covered, all in black smoke."

Charlie Fernandez, a farmer who grows organic goods and sells them at the Modesto Farmers Market, remembers the day very clearly.

"We had a country house near the beach right next to the naval air station, which is right next to Pearl Harbor. We had just gone to Sunday mass, and at eight o'clock that church was shaking because the Japanese were bombing Pearl Harbor. My older sister decided we should go home, so she drove us. There were a lot of trees in the area, and we saw a parachute stuck in the trees. None of us knew what was going on."

What Charlie saw next turned out to be one of history's most significant attacks. He witnessed it first-hand.

"When we got home, there were airplanes dogfighting right above us. We just watched them, we saw them crash into the ocean." Navy police then came and ordered Charlie and his family to leave, as the battle raged on. They decided to drive to Charlie's uncle, who lived on a hill overlooking Pearl Harbor. Had they arrived any sooner, they would have been in for a bigger scare, as a Japanese Zero crashed just behind his uncle's home. "By the time we got there, the MP's had surrounded the plane." Charlie stated.

Charlie and Ellie Fernandez recount the story from their cozy home in Patterson, where they've lived for the past 23 years. Charlie took a job in the airline industry and followed it to the bay area. Now retired, they have both been favorites at the Modesto Farmer's Market, selling organic produce for at least a dozen years. They say they will never forget the events of that day.

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"We never did go back to the country house," Charlie said "The Navy took over the property. We never saw it again. It was brand new, we had just finished it that weekend. My father fought with them for many years, and they ended up giving him seventy five dollars for the house and the lot."

"We walked to school with gas masks," Ellie explained. "Every so often the school would practice air-raid drills. Just about every home built had an air-raid shelter."

The attack on Pearl Harbor changed life on the islands. Fishing was restricted, and there were blackouts and rationing. Everybody started growing victory gardens.

"You had that kind of feeling that this wasn't your home anymore," explained Ellie. "Because someone came in and gave you that feeling. No matter where you went, even if you went into the movie house."

The movie Pearl Harbor, released many years later, helped Ellie understand the events of that day.

"When it happened, like Charlie said, we were too young to understand. But when I went to see the movie, it showed all the action. I cried, I couldn't watch it. Only then did I really know, the sailors that were on the boats, they didn't make it. Men died horrible deaths. That was really sad."

Besides the war's influence on the islands, the Fernandez' say Hawaii was a wonderful place to grow up.

Mark Nelson Law Office


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