29 Apr 14
It was 75º as a school and community group offered the national anthem while fans prepared for a warm-weather game with its livelier ball when the ballpark plays small. Angel Pagan led off the game with his second homer, and Buster Posey contributed his sixth in the home half of the first frame. The Giants were off and running, and didn’t look back.
Yusmeiro Petit made their forward-looking possible. Starting on an hour’s notice after scheduled starter Matt Cain cut his finger confecting a sandwich in the clubhouse, Petit’s impressive line includes 6 full innings, 3 perfect ones, with 3 hits and 4 strikeouts. He didn’t suffer a walk.
The Giants scored 3 additional runs in the third with Hector Sanchez hitting a bases-loaded single after an intentional pass was given to Pablo Sandoval.
Jean Machi worked the seventh and eighth innings and Santiago Casillla twirled the ninth: three perfect innings.
The Giants look to win the series tomorrow before a challenging road trip to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles.
28 Apr 14
The Giants had a streak of four wins, three at home, on the line tonight when they squared off against righty Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres. Their chances looked good as Madison Bumgarner toed the pitching rubber.
But that analysis does not take into account catcher Rene Rivera who collected five runs (four earned) on a two-run double and a three-run homer. The unearned run came from an unusual error at short by Brandon Crawford on Tommy Medica’s sharply hit groundball. The Giants’ Brandon Hicks’ second homer in two days closed it to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth though the Giants did not score again.
It was a warm 64º degrees at game time as San Franciscans dread higher temperatures this week. The national anthem, performed by the Addison Elementary School of Palo Alto, was proudly presented on the radio by the San Francisco Fire Credit Union, serving firefighters and whose who support them.
27 Apr 14
15-10. Level 1. The Giants have made it to the first plateau, five games over .500. They did it on the strength today of Brandon Hicks’ ninth inning homer. Buster Posey had singled. Cody Allen decided to walk Brandon Crawford to get to Hicks. And there it went, a soaring shot over the left field wall.
Ryan Vogelsong, fresh from correcting his mechanics, allowed but 2 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2 over seven full innings. Yan Gomes gave Chief Wahoo his only run with a homer in the eighth off of Santiago Casilla. Sergio Romo was credited with the win for Hicks’ heroics after Romo had sat down for the Giants’ half of the ninth.
The Giants lead the West by 1.5 games over the Dodgers and the Rockies. At their current pace, the Giants would win 97 games in the season. Level 2, 10 over .500, is the next watering hole in what could be a gallup through the season.