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.
(AP) — Oakland is pitching five sites as potential homes for a new stadium for the A’s.
The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday that it had obtained a city report submitted to team officials in November that identified the five sites. They include two on a college campus and one at a U.S. Postal Service facility.
The newspaper said A’s co-owner Lew Wolff declined to discuss the sites. But he said the team was continuing to take a second look at possible stadium locations in its territory.
The A’s attempts to move to San Jose were blocked because the San Francisco Giants have rights to that territory.