San Francisco Giants News
7-26-16: The Giants took on the National League’s second-worst team in the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, but since the All-Star break, San Francisco has performed very poorly. The Reds continued their hot streak on Monday, as they scored six runs in Jake Peavy’s five innings. On the bright side, Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan homered in the loss.
7-19-16: Before heading to the East Coast for five games against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the Giants took on the San Diego Padres for three games at Petco Park. However, the MLB-best Giants struggled mightily, as the Padres swept them. On Saturday, San Francisco lost on a walk-off balk. On Sunday, All-Star Game starter Johnny Cueto allowed two home runs and received his second loss of the season.
7-14-16: The Giants’ 57 wins are three more than any other Major League Baseball team at the All-Star break. Madison Bumgarner threw a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts to extend the Giants’ winning streak to four games. Bumgarner’s teammate Johnny Cueto, who has pitched very well thus far this season, started the All-Star Game, but allowed two home runs and received the loss.
7-7-16: The injury bug has hurt the Giants’ offense this season, but San Francisco hopes that the team does not lose any more arms soon, as the bullpen has struggled. On Wednesday, the MLB-best Giants placed Cory Gearrin on the disabled list due to a right shoulder strain. Johnny Cueto made sure that Bruce Bochy did not need to dip into his bullpen on Wednesday, as the starter threw a complete game and allowed just one run.
6-29-16: The Giants had been playing very well, but the Oakland Athletics came into AT&T Park and surprised San Francisco. Jeff Samardzija allowed six runs in six innings on Monday, as the Giants lost the series opener, 8-3. Then on Tuesday, the teams combined for 24 runs. Denard Span and Jarrett Parker each hit their fourth home runs of the season, but the Giants fell, 13-11.
6-21-16: In hopes of extending the Giants’ eight-game winning streak, Madison Bumgarner threw eight innings of one-run ball, but the Giants could not score any runs at Pittsburgh on Monday. San Francisco had six hits from six different players and outhit the Pirates, but the Giants had just one extra-base hit. Johnny Cueto, who has pitched very well this season, will look get San Francisco a win on Tuesday.
9-29-15: As the Giants began their final homestand of 2015, they were winners of their last two games. On Monday, Jake Peavy threw seven innings of one-run ball and pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th inning. San Francisco looks to improve its already impressive home record with six games combined against the Dodgers and Rockies.
9-25-15: The San Francisco Giants lost this week and watched as the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated another postseason berth while the Giants will unlikely get an opportunity to defend their World Series title. San Francisco is still mathematically in the National League West Division race and the Wild Card chase but if the team is going to make it to October baseball it is going to have to be on the heels of a historic September run. That seems unlikely on its own but it becomes even more so unlikely without first baseman Brandon Belt after he suffered his second concussion in the last two seasons. Belt will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future while catcher Buster Posey will take over in the field at first base in his absence. The Giants may look to insert Marlon Byrd in the lineup to help make up for the loss in production but the Catch 22 there is that Byrd is closing in on a vesting option for the 2016 season. If Byrd can reach 550 plate appearances in 2015, and he is less than 50 away entering the weekend, his $8 million salary would automatically vest.
9-23-15: After their off day on Monday, the Giants moved to eight games above .500 with their second straight victory. They defeated the San Diego Padres, 4-2, to move six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West standings. Angel Pagan homered for the third time this season in the win.
9-18-15: The San Francisco Giants have fallen out of contention in the National League West Division as the Los Angeles Dodgers seem willing to hold down the division for the remainder of the season. San Francisco is still mathematically in the hunt for one of the two Wild Card playoff slots in the National League but the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs seem to have those tickets punched for the postseason. Instead of making moves and going for it the Giants are making a run at it with what got them there and have at least somewhat turned their focus to the 2016 season. The Giants hope to add at least two starting pitchers this winter to pair with ace Madison Bumgarner and one of those starters could be the recently acquired right-hander Mike Leake. San Francisco is also expected to work out a plan with Tim Lincecum to bring the freak back to the Giants although it may have to be as a relief pitcher on a much smaller pay scale than he is accustomed to.
9-15-15: After the San Francisco Giants completed the sweep of the San Diego Padres on Sunday, Bruce Bochy’s club continued its winning streak the following day. Matt Duffy went 2-for-4 with two doubles in the victory that brought the Giants to seven games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot.
9-11-15: The San Francisco Giants learned this week that Tim Lincecum’s tenure with the team may be over after it was announced that the right-hander had to undergo a hip surgery that would end his 2015 season. Lincecum was added to the 60-day DL officially ending his season this week and manager Bruce Bochy’s son, right-handed pitcher Brett Bochy, was called up to the Major Leagues to replace Lincecum on the roster. If the Giants are going to win another World Series this decade they are going to have to do it without Lincecum for the first time and may have to for the foreseeable future as well as Lincecum is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. Bochy has spent the entire 2015 season with the Giants Triple-A affiliate and has posted a 2.95 ERA in 58 innings of relief before garnering the call up.
9-7-15: The Giants, who were struggling recently, added to their roster by acquiring outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for left-hander Luis Ysla last week. However, they are just five games above .500 in 2015 with their win on Sunday. On the bright side, Buster Posey homered in Sunday’s rubber game against the Colorado Rockies en route to San Francisco’s second consecutive win.
9-4-15: The San Francisco Giants made a run at improving their outfield situation as the team makes a run at a playoff spot in the National League but were unable to pull off a deal before the August 31st revocable waiver trade deadline. The Giants made a run at the Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza before the deadline along with other outfielders that the team could potentially add to a playoff roster but it originally seemed like the team could not pull the trigger on any deals unfortunately. Before the revocable trading deadline passed the Giants and Red Sox worked out a deal for De Aza that brought the former center fielder to San Francisco for the stretch run and playoff chase. Left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla will be sent back to Boston in exchange for De Aza from the San Francisco Giants. Boston will pay roughly $650K of De Aza’s remaining salary leaving the Giants little to nothing in terms of salary for De Aza’s 2015 season. De Aza struggled before being traded to Boston but will take his .292/.347/.484 in 178 plate appearances for the Red Sox since the trade and will look to bring that hot bat to right field as the Giants look to replace Hunter Pence who has been on the disabled list for a couple weeks now. The Giants could not add an outfielder for a potential playoff push and they may not have starting pitcher Tim Lincecum either as the righty continues to battle pain in his hip and back. Lincecum is a free agent at the end of the 2015 season you have to think that the “freak” may have thrown his last inning in his career for San Francisco.
8-31-15: Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 and drove in four of the team’s five runs on Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, but starting pitcher Chris Heston did not even make it past the fourth inning. He allowed five runs on nine hits, including two home runs, as the Giants lost the rubber game, 7-5.
8-28-15: The San Francisco Giants outfield situation and lineup took a big hit when Hunter Pence was added to the disabled list last week but the team did something to try and rectify the situation this week. The team struck a deal with the Cincinnati Reds to acquire outfielder Marlon Byrd after he cleared revocable waivers. In exchange for Byrd the Giants gave up a Double-A starting pitcher named Stephen Johnson. Pence is not the only veteran on the Giants roster that was added to the disabled list recently as the team also announced that left-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt would be joining him there as well. Affeldt was added to the 15 day disabled list this week after injuring his left knee while playing with his children of all things. This may be a blessing in disguise for a San Francisco team that continues to chase down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West Division race and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card chases. Affeldt has not pitched well this season out of the Giants bullpen posting a 5.46 ERA with 4.0 BB/9 in just 31.3 innings pitched. San Francisco’s bullpen was already thin before the injury and has now forced the team to call upon Triple-A pitcher Mike Broadway to fill the roster spot and the void.
8-24-15: Last week, the Giants acquired Marlon Byrd from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Double-A right-handed pitcher Stephen Johnson. Byrd went 3-for-5 with a home run in his first game with San Francisco, a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he did not collect a hit in any of his next nine at-bats in the Giants’ losses on Saturday and Sunday.
8-21-15: The San Francisco Giants are said to be interested in acquiring Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley with incumbent second baseman Joe Panik on the disabled list. Utley has a full no-trade clause due to his 10-and-5 rights meaning he can block any trade this season although the veteran left-hander has stated he would waive his no-trade clause if it meant more playing time for him. With Panik close to returning off the disabled list the Giants may let a team like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquire him rather than take on that contract and give up on some of their prospects. Ultimately the Giants stood pat once again and did not pull the trigger on a trade for Utley and they instead watched as the team they are chasing in the National League West Division, the Los Angeles Dodgers, snatched him up for two prospects. San Francisco’s focus may have shifted after the team lost outfielder Hunter Pence to an injury forcing Justin Maxwell into the outfield. The team now is said to be in search for an outfielder for the stretch run that can make their anemic offense look more formidable until Pence returns. Dexter Fowler cleared waivers allowing the Chicago Cubs to trade him and his expiring contract to any team for the remainder of the season and he could become an immediate target for San Francisco.
8-19-15: After completing a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the Giants have split the first two games of their series against baseball’s best team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, Hunter Pence is back on the disabled list due to an oblique strain, so it may be difficult for the team to stay in the top 10 in Major League Baseball in runs per game.
8-14-15: The San Francisco Giants acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds before the July 31st trade deadline this season and may already be without his services going forward. During a routine workout Leake injured his hamstring leaving his future with the team in question. The Giants were hoping that Leake would only miss one or two starts with the injury but hamstrings can be tough to diagnose sometimes. Ryan Vogelsong headed into the starting rotation to replace Leake instead of Tim Hudson in a bit of a controversial move by San Francisco. The Giants can’t be happy about the injury, not that Cincinnati had anything to do with it, after giving up a top prospect in Keury Mella and corner infielder Adam Duvall. Speaking of giving up prospects the team may have to give up prospects again this month if their group of scouts liked what they saw when they scouted the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Utley cleared revocable waivers this week and could be traded to any team for the remainder of the season as long as he accepts a deal. Utley owns 10-and-5 rights and can block any trade to any team this season with the full no-trade clause that comes with the rights.
7-31-15: The San Francisco Giants came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. The Giants had a chance at stealing first place in the National League West Division this week and also made a run at stealing Philadelphia Phillies ace left-hander Cole Hamels away from the rest of the league. San Francisco made a strong push for Hamels but it was ultimately thought that San Francisco did not have enough of a farm system that they were willing to move to make the deal. Instead the team turned their attention to the Chicago White Sox’s right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Chicago took much of the week to decide whether they should be buyers or sellers and severely limited their chance to optimize a return on Samardzija. It wasn’t just starting pitching that San Francisco looked to add before the trading deadline came and went as the team at least had preliminary discussions with the Cincinnati Reds regarding their closer Aroldis Chapman. San Francisco has not received much consistency out of the rotation with the exception of Madison Bumgarner while the setting up duo if Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla has been extremely underwhelming in the bullpen in 2015.
7-22-15: After the Giants swept the Diamondbacks in Arizona over the weekend, they fell to the San Diego Padres on Monday. However, the visiting Giants bounced back on Tuesday to win, 9-3. Hunter Pence continued to be a large part of San Francisco’s success, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run. Brandon Crawford and Hector Sanchez also homered.
7-17-15: The San Francisco Giants started their week by learning that former third baseman Casey McGehee had cleared waivers after bring designated for assignment last week and was destined for free agency. McGehee didn’t last on the free agent market for long though as the Miami Marlins snatched up the Giants third baseman almost immediately adding him on a major league deal. The Giants and Marlins tried to work out a deal that involved Michael Morse and his $11 million salary coming back to San Francisco while Miami acquired McGehee but the Marlins ended up getting McGehee essentially for free anyway. The Giants have also had preliminary discussions with free agent shortstop Evereth Cabrera who was recently let go from the Baltimore Orioles but nothing seems imminent at this time between the club and Cabrera. Whether the team adds Cabrera or not when it is all said and done it will not keep San Francisco from pursuing the Oakland Athletics super utility player Ben Zobrist. The Giants will have plenty of competition for the services of Zobrist as the New York Mets and the New York Yankees among other teams have shown interest in his services. San Francisco has a great group of prospects that they could potentially offer for Zobrist, Johnny Cueto or any other trade target at this year’s July 31st trading deadline.
6-17-15: On Tuesday, the Hunter Pence-less Giants ended their five-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Matt Duffy had a second-inning home run and totaled two runs and three runs batted in at AT&T Park. In addition, last Wednesday, San Francisco starter Chris Heston threw a no-hitter.
6-9-15: The streaky Giants were happy to hit the road for six games, as their bats continue to succeed more often away from home than at AT&T Park this season. After dropping five
consecutive games, San Francisco stopped the bleeding with a couple victories in
Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the Giants could not complete the sweep of the Phillies on Sunday.
6-5-15: The San Francisco Giants have been the most consistently inconsistent team in Major League Baseball this season while the team has traded extended winning streaks for extended losing streaks for much of this season. San Francisco has spent time in the cellar of the National League West division while climbing all the way to the 2nd place position the team currently employs. As the week came to a close the team was in the middle of a five game losing streak that dropped their record to 30-25 on the season. San Francisco, the defending World Series Champions, trail the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division by 1.5 games now as the team gets healthy and looks to make another run. Speaking of the World Series champions the team traveled to the White House this week like every World Series winning team and met President Barack Obama after winning their third World Series championship in the same time span as President Obama’s two terms as President of the United States of America.
6-1-15: Although the Giants fell on Saturday and Sunday, they still tallied 21 wins in May, their most victories in a month in almost 50 years. On Monday, Ryan Vogelsong, who has been pitching very well recently, toes the rubber, as San Francisco takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time this season.
5-26-15: Buster Posey, who currently has another double-digit game hitting streak, rested on Monday in Milwaukee, but his team’s offense was fine without him. Nori Aoki went 4-
for-4 with a home run and Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in the Giants’ 8-4 win, as the team hopes to begin a new winning streak.
5-12-15: The Giants continued to hover around a .500 record since their season-long five-game winning streak. On Sunday, San Francisco was aided by a seven-inning, one-run
performance by Ryan Vogelsong, as the team won, 3-2. The Giants scored two runs in
the ninth inning, which ended with Matt Duffy’s walkoff single that drove in Gregor
5-5-15: The Giants continued their success from the previous week, as they have put together a season-high four-game winning streak. Their 2-0 win on Monday against the visiting San Diego Padres was also the fourth consecutive quality start by San Francisco pitching. In addition, no one has scored against the Giants since the Los Angeles Angels’ ninth inning on Saturday.
4-29-15: The Giants seem to be getting their season back together, as they evened their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. Madison Bumgarner threw eight innings of one-run ball and had nine strikeouts. In addition, Buster Posey hit his third home run of the season in the fourth inning.
4-21-15: The Giants’ struggles continued last week, as their only win came on Saturday, which ended an eight-game losing streak. San Francisco’s four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks began with a 12-inning contest that ended in a 7-6 Arizona victory. On Sunday, Tim Hudson fell to 0-2 on the season, as he gave up five runs in five innings.
4-14-15: The 2014 World Series champion Giants had their home opener on Monday, but their offense did not look strong in front of the AT&T Park crowd. San Francisco lost, 2-0, but Chris Heston struck out five Colorado Rockies and gave up one earned run in seven innings, as he posted his second quality start in as many tries. The pitcher Heston is replacing, Matt Cain, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3.
4-7-15: Last week, the Giants agreed to contract extensions through 2019 for manager Bruce Bochy and executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean. Then, on Monday, 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner threw seven innings of one-run ball, as the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4. However, Jake Peavy and Matt Cain have each been scratched from their first starts of the regular season.
4-2-15: On Saturday, Justin Maxwell continued his strong 2015 spring training, as he hit a three-run home run in the Giants’ 9-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Then, San Francisco purchased Maxwell’s contract from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. The 31-year-old outfielder has a chance to make an impact with Hunter Pence out to begin the season.
3-24-15: Last week, the Giants talked about Yusmeiro Petit, who started 12 games for the team in 2014, being stretched out just in case San Francisco needs another starter. There is a
chance that Tim Lincecum will not be ready to pitch when the regular season begins due to a stiff neck.
3-19-15: Last week, Matt Cain made his spring training debut with two perfect innings, but gave
up four runs in fewer than two innings in his second start. Giants manager Bruce Bochy
then said Sunday that Tim Lincecum’s neck injury will force him to miss his next
scheduled start. On Tuesday, the Giants acquired catcher Jackson Williams from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations.
3-3-15: Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a heart procedure on Thursday and returned to spring training three days later. He said recently that he expects Tim Lincecum, who has recently began working again on his pitching with his father, to be in the San Francisco rotation to begin the 2015 season.
2-17-15: Last Thursday, the Giants and third baseman Casey McGehee avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.8 million deal. Buster Posey, who caught almost every inning in the 2014 postseason, also said that he expects to catch 120 games this upcoming season. San Francisco also signed right-handed pitcher Fernando Cabrera and left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada to minor league contracts last week.
2-11-15: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Friday that he is leaning towards hitting first baseman Brandon Belt third in the batting order and third baseman Casey McGehee sixth this season. Last week, Belt and the Giants avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.6 million contract. An injured Belt played only 61 games for San Francisco last season while McGehee had a strong 2014 campaign with the Miami Marlins.
10-28-14: The San Francisco Giants battled the Los Angeles Dodgers all season long in the National League West division and ultimately settled for the second Wild Card and the last playoff reservation this season. The Giants did not let the regular season struggles affect them in the new season as San Francisco blew out the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card round playoff game by the score of 8-0 to advance to the NLDS against the top seeded Washington Nationals. San Francisco went into the series with the Nationals as huge underdogs but once again did not let that faze them as they took out Washington in four games including an 18 inning marathon in Game Two. San Francisco advanced to the NLCS to take on a familiar foe in the St. Louis Cardinals with a trip to the World Series on the line. Major League Baseball prides itself on its parity but these two teams have seen each other many times recently in the postseason and this time the advantage went to the Giants once again as San Francisco beat the defending National League champions in five games. San Francisco was once again headed to the World Series and would face off with the Kansas City Royals from the American League. The Royals are being deemed as the Cinderella team this October and the never say die underdogs while the Giants are looking to cement a dynasty with their third World Series championship in the last six seasons under manager Bruce Bochy. These two teams had four full days off each before the start of the series so rust was expected to be a factor in the first couple games of the World Series. As you remember the Kansas City Royals have home field advantage for this series as the American League beat the National League in the All Star Game played in July.
In Game One of the 2014 World Series the fans were entertained by a pitching matchup of each team’s ace as San Francisco sent Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face off with James Shields. With the long layoff for both clubs the rust was present and obvious for both teams in the early innings, especially for Shields as he allowed three runs in the first inning including a Hunter Pence two run home run. Shields only lasted 3.0+ IP and was taken out of the game after allowing two more runs in the fourth inning as the Giants took a commanding 5-0 lead into the 7th inning. Danny Duffy was pitching for the Royals in the 7th as he looked to complete his fourth inning of relief but the Giants had other plans as the team scratched two more runs across the board to take a huge 7-0 lead with that dominating bullpen looming in the distance. Bumgarner went out to the mound for the 7th inning and completed the inning allowing his first run of the contest to Royals catcher Salvador Perez when he allowed a two out solo home run. Bruce Bochy went to his bullpen and Javier Lopez in the 8th and Hunter Strickland in the 9th inning as the Giants won the game by the score of 7-1. San Francisco and their offense took a 1-0 lead in the series and now hold home field advantage in the World Series. San Francisco is now just three wins away from their third World Series title in six seasons.
In Game Two of the 2014 World Series Kansas City looked to even up the series by sending rookie Yordano Ventura to the mound to face off with the Giants veteran Jake Peavy. You would think Ventura would feel the pressure of the postseason and the Fall Classic while the veteran Peavy would be cool, calm, and collected but the exact opposite occurred in this contest. Ventura lasted 5.1 IP and allowed just two runs while striking out two batters before Ned Yost handed the ball to his three headed monster of Kelvin Hererra, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland. Peavy on the other hand lasted just 5.0 IP allowing four earned runs striking out just one batter. Grego Blanco had a solo home run for the Giants in the first inning and Brandon Belt had an RBI double in the fourth inning to make up the scoring on the night for San Francisco while Kansas City put their Game One offensive woes behind them in the contest. Omar Infante led a five run breakout inning in the 6th inning for the Royals that included a home run off Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland that caused both benches to clear as hostility was in the air. No suspensions were given and the umpires did a great job helping to avoid any kind of altercation as Kansas City’s bullpen shut down the Giants en route to a 7-2 victory for the Royals. Kansas City tied up the series at 1-1 as both teams find themselves three victories away from a World Series championship.
In Game Three of the 2014 World Series the series shifted to San Francisco and AT&T Park as Kansas City lost their designated hitter advantage and their pitcher’s had to pick up a bat. The obvious advantage would seemingly go to the Giants in this one as San Francisco sent Tim Hudson to the mound in his first World Series start of his career. Kansas City countered the veteran right hander with veteran Jeremy Guthrie on the bump for the Royals. Hudson showed some nerves in his first Fall Classic start allowing three runs in 5.2 IP but the San Francisco bullpen shutdown the Royals for the remainder of the game to keep the Giants in the contest. Guthrie bested the savvy veteran Hudson as he pitched 5.0 IP of his own allowing just two runs handing the Royals bullpen a two run lead in the 6th inning when Kelvin Herrera came into the contest. Herrera allowed one inherited runner that was charged to Guthrie before getting out of the 6th with a 3-2 Royals lead. Herrera started the 7th and handed the ball to rookie Brandon Finnegan for Kansas City for the rest of the 7th. Ned Yost’s recipe for success continued in the 8th inning with Wade Davis and the 9th inning with Greg Holland as the Kansas City Royals held on for the 3-2 victory to take the 2-1 lead in the series. The Royals bullpen did not allow a single hit in the contest in 4.0 inning of relief while striking out four. Herrera did walk two batters but ultimately settled down as Kansas City finds themselves just two wins away from their first World Series victory since 1985.
In Game Four of the 2014 World Series San Francisco had to be thinking this was a must win game. No team has come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Fall Classic conveniently since the 1985 Royals did it to win the series. San Francisco sent Ryan Vogelsong to the mound looking to tie up the series and Kansas City sent Jason Vargas to the mound looking to take a commanding lead in the series. Many around the league questioned Bruce Bochy’s decision to not have Madison Bumgarner pitch on short rest in the series rather than saving him for Game 5 and Vogelsong did not help to quell the second guessing. The Giants jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning without getting a single hit and was riding high on emotions until Kansas City came up in the Top of the 3rd inning. In the inning Eric Hosmer, Omar Infante, and Salvador Perez all knocked in runs in a four run inning for the Royals as Kansas City took a 4-1 lead in the contest. Buster Posey knocked in an RBI with a single in the bottom of the 3rd to bring San Francisco back with 4-2 before Yusmeiro Petit came out of the Giants bullpen to shut down the Royals offense and allow the Giants back into the game. San Francisco second baseman Joe Panik doubled to lead off the 5th inning which chased the Royals starter Vargas and Hunter Pence singled him in two batters later to inch the Giants closer as the Royals lead shrunk to 4-3 before Kansas City brought left hander Danny Duffy into the game. San Francisco would load the bases off Duffy but a sacrifice fly would tie the game up at 4-4 in the 5th inning before Brandon Crawford struck out to end the inning and the rally. The Giants would load the bases against rookie Brandon Finnegan in the 6th inning and Pablo Sandoval would single to give the Giants a two run lead at 6-4 followed by a Brandon Belt single that gave San Francisco a 7-4 that the Giants bullpen would need to hold for three innings to tie up the series. San Francisco’s offense continued to pile on with four more runs to go on and easily win the game and tie the series with an 11-4 victory. The World Series is knotted back up at 2-2 and both teams are just two wins away from a World Series championship.
In Game 5 of the 2014 World Series the San Francisco Giants sent their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face off with the Kansas City Royals ace James Shields in a rematch of Game One of the World Series. Bumgarner came into the contest looking to cement a World Series MVP trophy with a victory while Shields looks to rebound from a tough start and tough postseason in 2014. Shields was much better in this contest as he lasted 6.0 IP and allowed just two runs in the contest but Bumgarner was just that much better. Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout allowing just four hits and striking out eight for his second win during this World Series. The Giants Brandon Crawford had a pair of RBI hits off Shields in the 2nd and 4th innings and had another off the oft-reliable Kelvin Herrera in the bottom of the 8th inning to put the Giants up 5-0. Juan Perez, friend and teammate of the recently Oscar Taveras, also came up with a big two run RBI double off the untouchable Wade Davis in the inning to help the Giants go on to victory. The Giants lead the series 3-2 and will look for their third World Series championship in six years on Tuesday night as the series shifts back to the American League and to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
10-20-14: The San Francisco Giants won the Wild Card this season and had to battle their way into the postseason in a one game playoff with the Pittsburgh Pirates. San Francisco blew out the first Wild Card winning Pirates to head to the NLDS to face off with the best team in the National League in 2014 in the Washington Nationals. San Francisco made quick work of the Nationals in four games in the NLDS setting up this matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals with a trip to the World Series on the line. The Giants and the Cardinals split the first two games of the series potentially setting up the longest series of the postseason thus far.
In Game Three of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent John Lackey to the mound to face off with the Giants Tim Hudson. This game was especially important for the Giants starter as he had never made an appearance past the Division Series in his postseason career and would be making his first ever start in the NLCS. The Cardinals countered with Lackey who has been on the big stage in October a million times before but didn’t pitch like it early in this one. Lackey allowed four runs in the first inning of the contest but would rebound to give the Cardinals 6.0 innings of work allowing just the four runs while striking out three on five hits. The Cardinals offense picked up Lackey in this one and continually chipped away at the lead scoring two runs in the 4th inning and a run in each of the 6th and 7th innings respectively to tie the game and get Lackey off the hook. The game tying run came off Hudson in his final batter of the game when he allowed a solo home run to Cardinals rookie outfielder Randal Grichuk. The Cardinals handed the ball to Marco Gonzales, Pat Neshek, and Seth Maness and the trio responded with a scoreless inning of relief a piece. The bullpen of the Giants with Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Casilla, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo held the Cardinals scoreless through nine innings as the game went into extra innings. Romo and Lopez held the Cardinals scoreless in the 10th and St. Louis sent out Randy Choate for the bottom of the 10th inning. Choate made a costly throwing error at first base that allowed the Giants to score a run and win the game to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
In Game Four of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent Shelby Miller to the mound looking to even up the series and the Giants sent Ryan Vogelsong to the mound looking for a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Miller was not exactly what manager Mike Matheny had in mind in this contest lasting just 3.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits but neither was Vogelsong as he lasted just 3.0 allowing seven hits and four earned runs for the Giants. This game quickly became a battle of the bullpens and remained a 4-3 lead for the Cardinals until the bottom of the 6th inning. Marco Gonzales was credited with his first blown save of the series when he allowed three earned runs in just 0.2 innings on just one hit and a walk as the Giants took a 6-4 lead. Yusmeiro Petit was the pitcher of record before manager Bruce Bochy handed the ball to the Giants bullpen for three shutout innings including Sergio Casilla’s second save of the series. The Giants won the contest by the score of 6-4 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of seven series with the Cardinals. The Giants found themselves just one win away from yet another World Series appearance this decade while the Cardinals were one loss away from heading home for the winter.
In Game Five of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent their ace Adam Wainwright to the mound looking to extend their season at least one more game. The Giants countered Wainwright with their own ace in Madison Bumgarner. This game was pitched as well as advertised between the pair of aces as Wainwright lasted 7.0 innings allowing just two runs while striking out seven. Bumgarner was even better as he lasted 8.0 innings allowing three runs as the Cardinals took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th inning. Mike Matheny sent the oft-reliable Pat Neshek to the mound to hold the game for Trevor Rosenthal in the 9th inning but Mike Morse had different plans as he took the Cardinals righty deep to tie the game at 3-3 as the game headed into the 9th. Sergio Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt combined to pitch a scoreless ninth inning although St. Louis did have a hit and two walks off Casilla setting up the bottom of the 9th inning for the Giants. The Cardinals sent Michael Wacha to the mound and he had his troubles with the Giants. Wacha recorded just one out before walking a batter and allowing a hit setting up left fielder Travis Ishikawa’s chance at a walk off. Ishikawa launched a pitch off Wacha that went over the field in AT&T Park for a three run home run that would clinch the series for the Giants and send San Francisco to the World Series. The Giants won the series 4-1 for their third trip to the World Series in six seasons. The Giants NLCS MVP award went to starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
San Francisco is heading to the World Series as a second Wild Card winner to take on a fellow Wild Card winner in the Kansas City Royals. This is just the second time in Major League history that two Wild Cards have made up the pool in the World Series in the same season. Kansas City will have home field advantage for the World Series as the American League won the All Star Game this July. Congratulations to Bruce Bochy and the entire San Francisco Giants organization.
10-14-14: San Francisco started their playoff run when they won the second Wild Card spot in the National League and traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Field. Pittsburgh had the 10th man advantage with the home crowd but the Giants offense quickly quieted the crowd with an early grand slam which accounted for four of the eight runs they would put on the board in that game. Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout as the Giants beat the Pirates by the score of 8-0 to advance to the NLDS to face off with the Washington Nationals, the team with the best record in the National League. San Francisco won the first two games of the series including an 18 inning affair to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NLDS and searched for the sweep against the top seeded Washington Nationals this week.
In Game Three of the NLDS San Francisco headed home looking for the sweep of the Washington Nationals. The Giants sent their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face off against the Nationals Doug Fister in what turned out to be an old fashioned pitcher’s duel. The game was scoreless heading into the seventh inning when Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in two and Bryce Harper added a third run to put Washington up 3-0. Bumgarner’s night was done after the 7th inning as he finished with 7.0 innings pitched and three runs allowed, two earned, while Fister finished with 7.0 shutout innings of his own. Bryce Harper added a 9th inning home run off Jean Machi while Brandon Crawford added a ninth inning RBI that was too little too late as the game ended with Washington winning 4-1. Washington forced a Game Four while San Francisco still led the series 2-1 in the best of five set.
In Game Four San Francisco tried to finish the series at home and wanted to avoid heading back to Washington for a decisive fifth game by sending Ryan Vogelson to the mound. Washington looked to send the series home and keep their World Series hopes alive by sending Gio Gonzalez to the mound in a must win game for the Nats. This was another pitcher’s duel as Gonzalez went 4.0 innings allowing two runs, none earned, before handing the ball to the Washington bullpen. Harper doubled in a run in the 5th inning to pull within 2-1 and Bryce added a solo home run in the 7th inning off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland to tie the game for the Nationals. Washington handed the ball to Matt Thornton for the bottom of the 7th and he immediately gave up the lead on a Gregor Blanco RBI single to give San Francisco a 3-2 lead heading into the 8th inning. Sergio Romo pitched a perfect 8th inning for the Giants setting up San Francisco’s closer Santiago Casilla to pitch the 9th inning looking for the series clinching victory. Casilla made things interested with a 9th inning walk but struck out another batter in a 3-2 Giants victory. San Francisco won the NLDS 3-1 and headed to the NLCS to take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
In Game One of the NLCS San Francisco sent their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound for the third time this postseason to face off with the St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright. Bumgarner was on his game in this contest and finished with a pitching line of 7.2 shutout innings striking out seven and allowing just four hits and a walk. Wainwright wasn’t as sharp as he lasted just 4.2 innings allowing three runs, two earned, while allowing six hits and three walks. Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt each had RBI’s in the contest while relievers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla shut down the Cardinals to keep the shutout intact. San Francisco continues to shock the world as win in October on the road as the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the NLCS.
In Game Two of the NLCS the St. Louis Cardinals sent Lance Lynn to the mound to face off with the Giants Jake Peavy. The Cardinals brought their big bats for this game as St. Louis hit four home runs when all was said and done in this one. Matt Carpenter got the home run barrage started with a third run home run off Peavy to score the game’s first run. Both pitchers pitched well but weren’t long for the game as Peavy only lasted 4.0 innings while allowing two runs and Lynn lasted 5.2 innings and also gave up two runs as the game was tied heading into the 7th inning. San Francisco jumped out to a 3-2 lead in their half of the 7th inning but could not hold the lead as rookie outfielder Oscar Tavares hit the team’s second home run of the game to tie the game at 3-3. Pat Neshek pitched a perfect 8th inning for the Cardinals in the 8th when Matt Adams hit the team’s third home run of the contest, another solo shot, as the Cardinals took the 4-3 lead heading into the 9th inning. The Cardinals sent their closer Trevor Rosenthal to the mound looking to secure the victory but the pesky Giants offense was not going to go quietly as the team came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th Bruce Bochy sent Sergio Romo to the mound looking to hold the tie game and force extra innings. Romo was not successful in holding down the St. Louis offense as the team hit their fourth and final solo home run of the contest, this time off the bat of Kolten Wong. The Cardinals would win the game in walk off fashion by the score of 5-4 evening up the series at 1-1 in the best of seven series.
10-7-14: The San Francisco Giants won the second Wild Card spot in the National League and barely squeaked into the postseason and had to travel on the road to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. There was not a single Giants ticket not sold for this game as the fans filed into PNC Park for what was scheduled to be a pitcher’s duel and low scoring affair. This is a one game series in the Wild Card Playoff round so the Giants sent their best starter in Madison Bumgarner and his 18 victories up against the Pirates Edinson Volquez. The Pirates were criticized for pitching their best pitcher, Gerrit Cole, on the final day of the season as the team was still mathematically alive in the NL Central division race. Volquez and the Pirates pitching staff struggled to keep the Giants offense off the base paths and allowed a total of eight earned runs. Eight runs was more than enough for the 18 game winning Bumgarner as he pitched a complete game allowing just four hits, one walk, and striking out ten batters.
With San Francisco’s victory over the Pirates they drew the NL’s best record holding Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series. San Francisco put up their eight game postseason winning streak against the Nationals Stephen Strasburg in his first career postseason start. Facing off with Strasburg in his first start was the savvy veteran and the revived Jake Peavy for the Giants. The media surrounded Strasburg as he made his first postseason start of his young career and in his first contest lasted 5.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out just two. Peavy countered with 5.2 IP of shutout baseball of his own while striking out and walking three batters each. Peavy handed the ball to his recently reliable bullpen and the combination of Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, and Santiago Casilla combined for 2.1 IP of shut out baseball. The only hiccup for the Giants pen was the pair of solo home runs that reliever Hunter Strickland served up to Bryce Harper and Asdrubal Cabrera. San Francisco took an early lead in the series by winning the game 3-2 and taking a 1-0 series lead over Washington. The Giants also extended their playoff winning streak to nine straight games.
In Game Two the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants played one of the longest games in postseason history as the fans were entertained by nine innings of free baseball during this 18 inning campaign. The game started with Jordan Zimmerman starting for the Nationals and Tim Hudson starting for the Giants and ended with a Tanner Roark loss and a Hunter Strickland save in a San Francisco 2-1 victory to take a 2-0 series lead. Washington held a 1-0 lead in the contest until the ninth inning when Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tied the game with a two out RBI single scoring second baseman Joe Panik off Zimmerman who was searching for the complete game shutout. Hudson was off the hook for a loss he did not deserve after pitching 7.1 innings of one run ball striking out eight Nationals players. As the game headed into the Top of the 18th inning the Giants sent first baseman Brandon Belt to the plate and he connected with a solo home run off Roark making Yusmeiro Petit the winning pitcher for the Giants. Washington could not get anything going in the bottom of the 18th and fell to the Giants digging a bigger hole in the series. Washington will now have to win three games in a row if they want to reach the National League Championship Series.
10-1-14: After a midseason funk, the Giants rebounded nicely in August and September to grab the second NL wild-card spot. They will play the Pirates Wednesday night in the NL wildcard game. The signing of Tim Hudson in the offseason looked like to be an excellent siging mid-way through the season. Hudson earned a trip to the All-Star Game however, the second half of the season didn't go well. In his last 10 starts, Hudson posted a 1-5 record with a 5.94 ERA. San Fran did add Jake Peavy in a trade with the Red Sox back in July. Peavy posted a 6-4 record and 2.17 ERA in 12 starts.
9-30-14: The San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will undergo season ending back surgery and will miss the entire 2014 playoffs for the team. Pagan has struggled to stay on the field since signing his four year deal worth $40 million in 2013 and has only been able to muster up 718 at bats in the last two seasons. Even without Pagan the Giants were able to hang on to the second Wild Card spot in the National League and will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. Luckily for San Francisco the Pirates were trying to force a tiebreaker with the St. Louis Cardinals for the division and started their ace Gerrit Cole on the final game of the season making him unavailable for the one game playoff game. The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner and his 18-10 record to the mound to try and advance his team to the NLDS to face the Washington Nationals. San Francisco finished the 2014 season with a 88-74 record and officially won the second Wild Card spot after losing the tiebreakers to the Pittsburgh Pirates who had an identical record.
9-25-14: The Giants are struggling as they have dropped four out of their last five games. Currently, they’re 4.5 games back in the NL West standings. A division crown looks out of the question. Meanwhile, the red-hot Pirates have overtaken the Giants atop the NL wild-card standings, so at the very least, they will be looking to lock down home field in the Wild Card Game. They close out the season with a four-game series at home against the Padres.
9-23-14: The San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval looks all but certain to hit the free agent market this winter. The team and Sandoval had many discussions during the season pertaining to an extension but ultimately a deal was never struck and barring a late season agreement the Panda will hit free agency for the first time in his career this winter at age 28. With a weak third base market this season the Giants are likely to make one last run at Sandoval before offering a qualifying offer to the third baseman if he decided to test the market. It has been reported that the Giants are not currently negotiating or talking to any of their free agents to be about possible extensions so all signs are pointing towards Sandoval testing the market this winter. The Giants have already announced that they will offer Sandoval a qualifying offer this offseason with the expectation of him rejecting it. San Francisco would receive a draft pick as compensation if Sandoval were to sign with another team this winter. The Giants ended the week by switching the team’s Triple-A team to Sacramento, formerly the home of the Oakland Athletics Triple-A squad.
9-18-14: Despite dropping two out of three to the Dodgers over the weekend, leaving them three games back in the division race, the Giants still look poise to make the playoffs . They have a three-game lead over the Pirates for the No. 1 wild-card spot and 4.5 games altogether for a postseason spot. Their starting rotation is pitching lights out and Buster Posey has been one MLB’s hottest hitters. The Giants are hitting their stride at just the right time of the year and that could be bad news for the rest of baseball.
9-16-14: The San Francisco Giants would be in the playoffs as one of the two Wild Card teams if the season ended today but Tim Lincecum would likely be left off the playoff roster at this point. Lincecum has struggled as of late and lost his starting rotation spot to journeyman Yusmeiro Petit and would likely miss out on a roster spot to Petit and Ryan Vogelsong. Speaking of the rotation in San Francisco Jake Peavy is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career in his age 33 season. Peavye has signed three separate contract extensions and has been traded three times in his career but has never had a winter where he did not have a team. Peavy has reinvented himself as he has gotten older with a new motion and new grips on the ball as he looks to lengthen his career as a starter.
9-12-14: The Giants are again looking like the team that opened the year 42-21 and appeared to be on its way to a possible division title. They’re 2.5 games behind the reeling Dodgers and hold the No. 1 NL wild-card spot. Buster Posey has been hot since the All-Star break and he's not the only hitter who's been hot since the break. Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, Joe Panik and Michael Morse all have an OPS over .800 in the second half. The San Fran starting rotation again looks to be strength behind Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy. The Giants host the Dodgers this weekend in San Francisco.
9-9-14: The San Francisco Giants have called up the son of manager Bruce Brochy in Brett Bochy as a part of the September call ups and roster expansion this week. Bochy had a 3.57 ERA in 50 innings in Triple-A this season for the Giants. The Giants and soon to be free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval have not had any discussions regarding an extension. While an extension is not completely out of the question as GM Brian Sabean extended Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum late during the 2013 season but the Giants may not be able to afford the 28 year old switch hitter. The Giants are still fighting for a playoff spot in 2014 so it makes sense that the extension talks have been shelved to the offseason. Currently San Francisco sits at 78-65 and trails the first place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West division and lead the first Wild Card race by 3.5 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers trail the Pirates for the shot to play San Francisco on the road by a half game each in the race.
9-4-14: The Giants are playing excellent baseball right now, and that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the
NL. San Fran was six games back in the NL West on Aug. 12th
13-6 and trimmed that deficit to just two games in the process. They look to be in a good position
to capture one of the NL wildcard spots. They have split two games with the Rockies this week
and end the week by playing the Tigers.
9-2-14: The San Francisco Giants relief pitcher turned starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit set a new Major League Baseball record this week when he retired his 46th consecutive batter. This streak came over eight appearances and included 26 of the 46 outs by strikeout. The man that Petit replaced in the Giants rotation was troubled starter Tim Lincecum and the team announced this week that they are considering putting Lincecum in the closers role for the remainder of the 2014 season. Lincecum has had issues over the past month specifically throwing from the stretch and may be better suited to come in at the beginning of innings with the bases empty. The Giants currently sit at 74-62 in the NL West division and sit 2.5 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants have won six games in a row to end the week and picked up a game on the rival Dodgers during the streak.
8-27-14: After a 42-21 start to the season, the Giants could have rolled over and died after a terrible 5-18 stretch in June. However, they haven't gone away and currently have a 1.5 game lead for the second wild-card spot in the NL. Their offense has started to pick things up, with Buster Posey, Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, Joe Panik and Travis Ishikawa all hitting well this month. They split the first two games of their series versus Colorado this week and finish up the week with the Brewers. San Fran is only five games back of the Dodgers for the NL West lead.
8-26-14: The San Francisco Giants are still leading the second wild card spot by a slim margin in the National League but the team is falling out of contention in the NL West division. Heading into the end of the week the Giants are 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division race and currently own a 68-61 record. The Giants are slumping in the standings and part of that blame can be put on starting pitcher Tim Lincecum. Lincecum is handcuffing the Giants organization as he is in the first season of a two year deal with San Francisco worth $35 million and as he owns a 9.49 ERA over his past six starts. The best option for the Giants to replace Lincecum in the rotation is relief pitcher Yusmeiro Petit but manager Bruce Bochy is reluctant to move his reliever from the pen. Petit has retired 38 consecutive batters, 16 on strikeouts, and is just seven more consecutive outs away from tying a major league record. For now Lincecum’s next turn in the rotation is this Thursday and currently the Giants have the probably pitcher listed as a TBA.
8-20-14: Back in early June, the Giants looked like the best team in baseball at 42-21 and holding a 9.5 game lead in the NL West. They are just 25-37 in 62 games since and are trying to salvage a once promising season. They’re clinging onto a 0.5 game lead in the second NL wildcard spot. If there starting pitching doesn’t get it going quick, the Giants will be on the outside looking in come October.
8-19-14: The San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has once again stated that he would be willing to talk with the club about a contract extension but told reporters that the two sides have not spoken in months. Sandoval has steadily improved defensively at third base over the years and is slashing .283/.330/.438 with 14 home runs through 463 at bats. The playoffs may be enough to entice Sandoval to return to San Francisco but the team currently sits 3.5 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers with a 65-58 record. The deficit has come down some in recent days as the Dodgers lost three straight games to end the week while the Giants won two straight games bringing both teams record to 4-6 in their last 10 games.
8-13-14: The Giants went just 1-5 last week, as they dropped two out of three to the Brewers in Milwaukee before being swept by the Royals in Kansas City over the weekend. Now, they have dropped two straight to the White Sox that leaves them 6 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and a half-game back for the second NL wild-card spot. After their series with the White Sox, the Giants play the Phillies at home and then the Cubs on the road, so they have a prime opportunity to make up some ground on the Dodgers.
8-12-14: The San Francisco Giants have
lost their ace Matt Cain to season ending elbow surgery at the worst possible time. The team is in the middle of a dogfight with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West division title and are slipping in the standings behind LA. Last week the Giants lost two more of their players when they designated Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin for assignment. Uggla has since been released and Colvin has been assigned to Triple-A on an outright assignment. Colvin accepted his assignment and will spend the rest of the season in the minor leagues.
8-6-14: A safe call at first base that was overturned proved to be the difference for the Giants as they were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night. With two outs in the ninth inning, Brewers closer Frankie Rodriguez walked Hunter Pence. Joe Panik hit a ball to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who was shielded on the play by Pence before making his throw to first. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke challenged the safe call, which was overturned after review. The Giants are 2.5 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and tied with St. Louis atop the NL wildcard standings.
8-5-14: The San Francisco Giants received some terrible news to start this week as Matt Cain and his ailing elbow were sent to Dr. James Andrews for an examination. We all know Andrews is best known for bring the bearer or bad news regarding Tommy John surgery. Cain has been battling some inflammation in the right elbow but received some encouraging news that he is battling bone chips and not a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Giants and Cain weighed their options of whether they should go ahead and get the cleanup surgery on his right elbow or try and pitch through it for the rest of the season. If Cain has the surgery now he will be out for the rest of the 2014 season but if he opts for postseason surgery he will likely be ready for Spring Training 2015. In the end Cain opted for the surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. The Giants are in a dogfight in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers and for one of the two Wild Card slots so losing Cain is likely to hurt the team’s chances this summer.
7-30-14: The San Francisco Giants have added ace starting pitcher Matt Cain to the disabled list for the second time this season. This time Cain is battling elbow issues and this injury may force Brian Sabean’s hand and make him acquire a starting pitcher at the trading deadline. Jake Peavy of the Boston Red Sox is a move that seemingly makes sense on paper and could come cheap for the Giants leaving options left to acquire a right handed outfielder and/or a second baseman. The Giants called up Dan Uggla this week and immediately plugged him in at second base and batted him seventh in the lineup.
7-28-14: The Giants only lost one game each to the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, as they continue to fight with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the top spot of the National League West. Hunter Pence’s clutch three-run double in the ninth inning helped San Francisco to Wednesday’s 3-1 victory. The Giants, who lost on Thursday and Friday, signed Dan Uggla and placed Marco Scutaro on the disabled list this past week.
7-24-14: Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning tie and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the Giants beat the Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Crawford snapped a 2-for-22 skid with his hit off the wall in left-center field and finished with four RBI for the game. The Giants, who are one game up on the Dodgers atop the NL West, improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games and 6-0 on the road this season.
7-21-14: The San Francisco Giants were said to be interested in bringing in the recently released Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. The Giants ended the week by making the signing official with a minor league deal with the second baseman. The Braves will be on the hook for his salary this season and next and the Giants would roughly be obligated to pay Uggla roughly around $750K for parts of two seasons. The Giants are worried about Marco Scutaro and his health and wonder if he can return to his pre-injury performance. Any Uggla signing would be a huge low risk and high reward type signing as Uggla has proven he has 20-30 home run power to go with his 150-200 strikeouts a season.
7-19-14: The Giants’ final game before the All-Star break made Major League Baseball history with Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner becoming the first pitcher and catcher on the same team to hit grand slams in the same game as San Francisco defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-4. Although the Giants did not hit any grand slams on Friday, they beat the Miami Marlins, 9-1.
7-17-14: Through the first 63 games of the season, the Giants looked like the best team in baseball. The wheels have fallen off since, as they are just 10-22 in their last 32 games. They haven’t won more than two games in a row over that span. Just how important is Angel Pagan to this team? Last season, the Giants were 39-32 with him in the lineup and just 37-54 without him. This year, they are 37-25 with him and 15-18 without him. His return from injury will be a welcomed addition.
7-15-14: The San Francisco Giants boat is taking on some water and General Manager Brian Sabean has made any and all of his players available. The Giants are still in the thick of things in the National League West division with a 52-43 record and a one game deficit behind the Los Angeles Dodgers at the break. The problem is we all know the Dodgers will make trades and will add pieces at the deadline to improve the team. In response Sabean states that the Giants don’t have an untouchable player on their roster or in their organization although some will obviously be tougher and more expensive to get than others. The Giants did add another future trade piece when they signed their first round pick from the 2014 MLB draft in Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt. Beede received the full slot recommendation of $2,613,200 with an additional $36K in college tuition for next year.
7-14-14: The Giants have been playing only .500 baseball recently, but they are fortunate that the Los Angeles Dodgers have as well. San Francisco returned home a few days ago and has looked a little better at AT&T Park. The Giants dropped their two games in Oakland and then split their two home games with the Athletics. Then on Friday, Tim Lincecum won his fourth consecutive start as he shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks for seven scoreless innings.
7-10-14: The San Francisco Giants avoided being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 28-29 of 2012. With that being said, they lost for the 11th time in their past 13 games in Oakland dating to the year 2010. A’s starter Sonny Gray was outstanding as he shutdown the Giants offense for a 6-1 victory. The Giants are one game back of the Dodgers for first-place in the NL West.