2 May 14
Tonight the San Francisco Giants began a ten-game road trip by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, on the strength of solid pitching, starting and relief, and two homers from Angel Pagan, to lead off the game, and Michael Morse.
The game began auspiciously. On Mike Minor’s second pitch of the season, Angel Pagan lifted the ball over the left field wall. Freddie Freeman’s two-out RBI single in the fifth put the only Atlanta score on the board. Michael Morse hit one over the right field wall, showing power to the opposite field.
Tim Lincecum started for the Giants and pitched creditably and long enough to garner the win. He pitched six complete innings giving up 6 hits, 3 walks, 1 earned run, and notching 4 strike outs. Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla scored a hold, and Sergio Romo a save.
The win put the Giants at 18-11, seven games above .500. The improved Miami Marlins defeated the Dodgers who now are 1.5 games behind the pace-setting Giants.
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.
20 Apr 14
The Giants left San Diego this afternoon with one victory by the skin of their teeth, or, perhaps, the brush of a catcher’s mitt against a player’s jersey, 4-3.
The brush of a catcher’s mitt in question occurred in the bottom of the third. Xavier Nady, the former Giant, headed for home following Will Venable and Seth Smith, both of whom scored easily. The relay from Brandon Belt (itself relayed from Hunter Pence) Buster Posey caught and wheeled to his left to attempt to tag Nady as he headed to brush the plate with his back leg.
The umpire ruled Nady safe. But the Giants challenged the call, and after a scant 88 seconds, the umpires in New York saw what the television viewers saw on their replay: Posey indeed tagged Nady after he wheeled to his left to make the put out. Nady was out, and his run came off the board. By the margin of that run, the Giants won the game.
Had not Nady been ruled out, Giants’ starter Time Lincecum would have been in big trouble with a runner on third and two outs. Instead the inning was over, and the Giants held a two-run lead. Lincecum went on to pitch three more full innings and to claim the victory, improving his record to 1-1. He allowed 7 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, and 1 home run. He struck out 7. He bettered his opponent, Robbie Erlin, who gathered his second loss to make his record stand at 1-2.
All tangled up at the plate, Pablo Sandoval took the day off. Buster Posey hit his fourth homer in the first inning to build the Giants a 4-run lead with Angel Pagan’s 2-run single in the second.
The Giants play three in Colorado beginning Monday evening.