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No Home Field Advantage; No Problem For Giants

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

Bumgarner Flirts With No-No As Giants Nail Down Sweep

By Chandler Guadagnin

Despite the fact that Madison Bumgarner will not pitch in the 2016 All-Star Game, in San Diego, Bumgarner more than  showed why he is a National League All-Star. Bumgarner took the mound Sunday night as the San Francisco Giants looked for the sweep of the Arizona Diamond Backs. Early on it was clear that the Bumgarner-Posey battery was clicking.

In the first inning, Bumgarner retired the side 1-2-3, with two of the three outs coming via the strikeout. The Giants backed Bumgarner almost immediately; as in the bottom of the first, with runners on second and third, Buster Posey slashed an RBI single to right field. The Giants would go on to add three more runs on ten more hits, but one run would prove to be more than enough as Bumgarner’s first inning was the norm rather than the exception. He cut through the Arizona lineup like butter as he retired the side in order until- with two outs in the fifth inning- Giants right fielder, Gregor Blanco, would lose a fly ball in the sun, resulting in an error. That put  an end to the perfect game bid; however, the no-hitter survived. Bumgarner would continue to pitch his heart out until, with one out in the eighth, Jake Lamb, singled on a Bumgarner curveball. Mad Bum would not lose his focus, however, as the next play was a groundball double play to second base. In the end, Bumgarner threw a complete game, one-hit shutout, on a season high 117 pitches.

With the win the Giants improve to  a Major League best, 57 and 33 on the year and complete the sweep of the D-Backs. The Giants will look to win their fifth in a row following the All-Star break. Game time is schedule for Friday, July 15th at 7:40PM PT against the Padres at Petco Park.

Behind The Numbers:

With the victory Bumgarner moves his record to 10 and 4. In 9 innings of work, the Giants ace culminated 14 strikeouts, 9 of which came on the curveball. The 14 K’s matches a career high for Bumgarner. In this his last start before the All-Star break, Madison drops his ERA to a spectacular 1.94. Bumgarner now has 6 shutouts in his career. Four of the six are one hit shutouts.

Giants Set Best 40 Game Mark Since 1954

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.

Giants Look to Continue Their Dominance

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.