Bay Area Buzz 7/27: Belt Turns Into Buckner, Kap Not That Cool, Quakes’ Triage Unit Burgeons

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 26: Junior Lake #21 of the Chicago Cubs scores the go ahead run in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Lakes scored from first base on a error committed by first baseman Brandon Belt #9 of the Giants. The Cubs won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Belt Turns Into Buckner

Bruce Bochy rose after the off day to find the fourth-place team he manages ranks last in the league in rotation ERA and fielding percentage, while the city is abuzz with talk of which players the front office might move by Wednesday’s nonwaiver trade deadline.

Then, Bochy watched the Giants lose 3-2, when Brandon Belt turned into Bill Buckner on what should have been the game’s final out, letting the tying and go-ahead runs score.

Happy Orange Friday, Bruce!

- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Despite His Popularity, Kaepernick Is Not That Cool 

Still, when it comes to embodying the type of cool synonymous with Joe Montana, Kaepernick has been lacking. Perhaps nothing is more indicative of this than #HatGate. Of course, Kaepernick is free to disregard your distaste in his fashion choices, but need he take to Instagram to belittle your concern? Probably not.

In any case, the greater detriment to Kaepernick’s inadequacy in coolness is seen on the field. According to ProFootball Focus (PFF), Kaepernick has a quarterback rating of 52.4 when facing pressure. When he’s not pressured, his rating is 114.5. That’s quite a difference.

- Scott Preston, Bay Area Sports Guy

Quakes’ Triage Unit Grows Larger

The San Jose Earthquakes’ injury woes have gotten so severe that even the coaching staff is no longer safe – assistant Ian Russell needed crutches to leave the training field on Tuesday after the former Quakes defender suffered a partially torn calf during finishing drills.

Forwards Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski remain on US national team duty. Steven Lenhart, the club’s other 10-goal scorer last season, remains a question mark due to problems with his right knee, which underwent arthroscopic surgery in March 2011 and November 2012.

- Geoff Lepper, MLS.com

Topics: San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes

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