13 May 14
It wasn’t pretty. Ryan Vogelsong’s pitching proficiency crumbled while striking out 8. Buster Posey missed a tag as he continues to refine put outs at home without blocking home. Pagan, Posey, Morse, Hicks, and Crawford went hitless as the Giants gathered only 5 hits altogether.
The Braves’ Mike Minor won his first game in three starts striking out 6, allowing 3 hits, walking two, and giving up no runs.
The loss left the Giants at 25-15, 2.5 in front of the Rockies, and 3.5 in front of the Dodgers. The rubber game of the series is a day game tomorrow with Bumgarner squaring off against Teheran.
12 May 14
Tim Lincecum twirled a gem nearly completing 8 innings, and Tyler Colvin drove in 3 runs with a homer and a triple to power the Giants past the Braves in San Francisco’s first home game since ending a successful road trip Sunday.
Lincecum struck out 11 and allowed 2 hits, one a homer, in his performance that contributes to bringing his ERA back down to earth. It rests at 4.78. Colvin came up from Fresno on Sunday when he went 0-1 with a walk in two appearances at home plate. Tonight, in his first appearance, he took Gavin Floyd to McCovey Cove with a second-inning splash hit that put the Giants into the lead, 1-0. Colvin delivered in the seventh when he pulled an 0-2 pitch into the right field corner for a two-run triple to put the Giants ahead permanently.
The Giants moved to 11 games above .500, Level 2 plus 1. The Dodgers kept pace, defeating the Marlins 6-5, and trailing the Giants by 4.5 games.
11 May 14
The shadows had lengthened at Chavez Ravine this afternoon when the Giants clearly outshone the Dodgers in the fourth game of the series. The Giants won the game 7-4 and the series 3-1 to conclude a ten-game road trip they also won by winning 7 and losing but 3.
Through the sunshine and the shadows the Giants’ resilience impressed. The Dodgers drew their first blood by touching Tim Hudson (who has been golden for the Giants) for 2 earned runs in the sixth. The Giants came back with two of their own in the seventh and took the lead, 4-2, with a run in the eighth.
Sergio Romo blew his first save of the season in the ninth, surrendering a double to Dee Gordon, striking out Yasiel Puig, before suffering a laser-like homer to Hanley Ramirez that tied the score at 4. The Giants persevered with 3 in the tenth before Jean Machi saved the game, his first of the season.
At 24-14, the Giants have tied Milwaukee for the best record in baseball. And they have returned to 10 games above .500. On Monday they begin a seven-game homestand with 3 against the Braves and 4 against the Marlins.