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.
4 May 14
Brandon Crawford’s two home runs powered the Giants to complete the sweep of the Braves in Atlanta for the first time since 1988. Madison Bumgarner’s six innings of three-hit ball limited the Braves to one run just as Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong had done in the previous games.
The Giants are 15-1 when they score first, and their overall record is 20-11; nine games above .500 is the high-water mark this season. They are 3-0 on the road trip as they move on to Pittsburgh for three games.