The Giants dropped Wednesday nights series finale to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 and in doing so lost the series as well dropping their record to 2-5 to start the season. In what looked to be a short outing for Derek Holland (0-1) turned out to be a fine one as he survived a rough first inning where he threw thirty-two pitches and gave up a homer to Kike Hernandez, but would settle in to last 5 innings recording 7 strikeouts to earn the no decision. The Giants would rally in the fourth to take the lead over the Dodgers thanks to home runs by Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt, it was Belts second homer in two days. The Dodgers would retake the lead in the seventh inning as Austin Barnes started the inning off dropping in a double . Pinch hitter Alex Verdugo who hit a solo homer the night before struck out swinging off a Reyes Moronta (0-1) changeup, the next batter was Kike Hernandez who drew a walk followed by a Justin Turner fly ball that moved Barnes over to third with two outs set up former world series hero David Freese as the next man up. Freese would take a Moronta fastball and drove it off the wall in right center driving in both the tying a go ahead run giving the Dodgers a 4-3 heading into the eighth inning. The Dodgers would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Chris Taylor triple off the right center wall pushing the lead to 5-3. Kenley Jansen would retire the Giants in order in the top of the ninth to secure the Dodgers the series win. The Giants now will shift to their home opener hosting the Tampa Bay Rays (5-2) as the welcome in the new era of their home park which is now renamed Oracle Park. Derek Rodriguez(1-0) will be the one to take the hill and be opposite Tyler Glasnow(1-0).
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By Chandler Guadagnin
With a 13-4 shellacking of the Braves, Sunday afternoon, the Giants claimed their first home series win since the All Star Break.
The Giants sent Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face off against the Braves’ Aaron Blair. Despite what the score might indicate, the teams were deadlocked for most of the contest until the seventh inning. San Francisco would go on to post an 8 run seventh inning; in which, they sent 15 men to the plate. The offensive outburst was fueled by a home run, three triples, a double, and three walks.
In all the Giants received home runs from Joe Panik (2), Denard Span, and Eduardo Nunez. The Giants would also record triples from Brandon Crawford, Jarrett Parker, Connor Gillaspie, and Brandon Belt. With four home runs and four triples in the same game, San Francisco, becomes the first team to accomplish the feat in 18 years.
Bumgarner, who was pinch hit for in the seventh inning, recorded his 13th win of the year; he is now 13 and 8. Blair was handed the loss, dropping him to 0 and 6 on the season. With the Dodgers 1-0 win over the Cubs on Sunday, the Giants remain 2 games out of first in the NL West.
The Giants (71-59) will next send Johnny Cueto to the bump to square off against Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks (55-76) at AT&T Park on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 7:15PM PT. You can catch all the action on CSN Bay Area or listen live on KNBR 680AM.
Important To Note: with a home run in the 2nd and 4th innings, Joe Panik records the first multi-homer game of his career.
By Chandler Guadagnin
Now that the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline has come and gone; it is officially time to take it all in. When the San Francisco Giants take the field tomorrow in Philadelphia, there will be plenty of new faces.
Going into the last few weeks before the deadline, it became abundantly clear that, if the Giants wanted to keep their even year streak going, they would need some help. Help was exactly what they got. Following the All-Star Break, the Giants have gone a dismal 4 and 11; in the process depleting their lead in the NL West from 6.5 games to, at one point, 1 game. During that stretch, the weaknesses in the Giants bullpen showed through.
As a result, the Giants made it clear that their focus this deadline was to bolster their bullpen. In addition, San Francisco also sured up the infield with the acquisition of AL All-Star utility man, Eduardo Nunez. In all the Giants made deals with three different teams, the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays.
Giants Acquire For
SS Eduardo Nunez LHP Adalberto Mejia
LHP Will Smith C Andrew Susac RHP Phil Bickford
LHP Matt Moore 3B Matt Duffy SS Lucius Fox RHP Michael Santos
Nunez Trade Reaction
Eduardo Nunez comes to the Giants via a trade with the Minnesota Twins. He is listed as a Shortstop however, he can play all over the infield. Nunez will become a free agent at the end of the season. The 29 year old Nunez is having an All-Star season. He is hitting .295 and has an on base percentage of .326. At the time of the trade, Nunez was leading the American League with 26 stolen bases. Since then, he has tacked on two more with the Giants.
Smith Trade Reaction
Will Smith comes to the city by the bay in a swap with the Milwaukee Brewers. Smith has primarily served as a setup man in his career. The Giants shipped away two Top 100 Prospects for Smith. Smith moves to San Francisco with a record 1-3, an ERA of 3.68, and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Against Smith this season, left handed hitters have hit at a .316 clip. In contrast, Smith has held right handed hitters to an average of .143.
Moore Trade Reaction
Matt Moore makes the switch from the AL to NL as he previously pitched for the AL East Tampa Bay Rays. This trade was possibly the most shocking of all in that the Giants traded away their everday third baseman in Matt Duffy. Duffy quickly became a fan favorite in San Francisco when he was dubbed “Duffman”. Moore suits up for the Giants with a record of 7-7, an ERA of 4.08, and 109 strikeouts in 130 innings of work. Moore comes from a Tampa Bay team for whom he was a starting pitcher. Moore is under club control potentially for the next three seasons with club options through 2019.
Lucius Fox was ranked by mlb.com as the Giants’ number 3 prospect. Michael Santos is a right handed pitcher and was ranked as the Giants number 24 prospect.
By Chandler Guadagnin
With the National League falling to the American League in the 2016 All Star Game at Petco Park, they have also surrendered home field advantage for the upcoming World Series. While not having home field advantage in the Fall Classic is a daunting task, the San Francisco Giants know what it takes to win on the road, on the biggest of stages.
In their historic five year run, in which they have won three titles, San Francisco has not clinched a single World Series at home. According to www.baseball-reference.com, in 2010, the Giants claimed a 4-1 series victory in Arlington. In 2012, San Francisco would sweep the Detroit Tigers, at Comerica Park, 4-0. In 2014, perhaps their most stressful World Series yet, the orange and black would take care of business at Kauffman Stadium against the Royals in Game 7.
So, if the Giants don’t make it this year; perhaps, whoever does claim the NL crown, can take a page from the Giants playbook.
Postseason Statistics Courtesy Of: www.baseball-reference.com
By Chandler Guadagnin
With a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies last night, San Francisco has improved their record to 48 and 27, extending their winning streak to 4 games, have matched the Chicago Cubs for the best record in the National League, and, perhaps most importantly, increased their division lead over the Dodgers to 7 games. Unbeknownst to many, is that with the win, the Giants have secured a 31 and 9 record in their last 40 games; their best 40 game mark since the 1954 New York Giants went 33-7.
The Giants set the mark with a comeback win. With the bases loaded, one out, and an 0-1 count, Brandon Belt crushed the next pitch from Phillies hurler, Elvis Aurajo, to the right-center field gap scoring 3. That gave the Giants a 2-run lead in the seventh inning. However, it would be the next hitter, Brandon Crawford’s single, scoring Belt, that would give the Giants what proved to be the game winning run. The Phillies would score twice in the eighth inning to cut the Giants lead to one. Despite the slim lead, Santiago Casillia nailed down the save with the help of a game-ending video review.
With the win, Giants starter Jake Peavy improves his record to 4 and 6. Elvis Aurajo, who surrendered the 3-RBI double to Belt, was handed the loss, dropping his record to 1-1; while, Santiago Casilla secured his 17th save of the year. The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill today to face off against the Phillies’ Jeremy Hellickson. Game time is scheduled for 7:05PM PT and can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, as well as listened to on the Giants radio network, KNBR 680.
By Chandler Guadagnin
The San Francisco Giants- 13 and 1 in their last 14 games- head to Colorado to take on the Rockies tonight at 5:40 PM PT. San Francisco will hand the ball to Matt Cain, as they look for a win against Rockies’ starter, Tyler Chatwood. In nine games, Cain has posted a record of 1-5, with an ERA of 5.37.
The unusual part about this stretch is how they have been getting it done: with seeing-eye hits, bleeders, bloopers, and just plain luck. As the old baseball adage goes, “When you’re hot, you’re hot”. In this superior 14 game stretch, San Francisco has averaged 3.5 runs a game and have outscored their opponents, 49 to 30.
During this month of May, in 24 games, the Giants, as a team, have compiled a .243 batting average, a slugging percentage of .360, and a .321 on-base percentage, currently putting them at 13th best offense in Major League Baseball. These aren’t numbers typical of a team this hot, but since when does baseball follow the rules of logic.
It remains to be seen if the Giants can keep rolling. You can catch all of the action on NBC Bay Area or listen on KNBR 680.