10 May 14
Matt Cain returned from the disabled list to start and to pitch creditably into the sixth inning. The Giants were leading 2-0 when Cain walked Dee Gordon, Michael Morse failed to reach a catchable ball off the bat of Yasiel Puig, and Cain walked Hanley Ramirez. Jeremy Affeldt came in and held the damage to 2 runs. The Dodgers scored 2 more in the seventh and eighth, and won the game 6-2, the first of about six weeks of games the Giants will play without Brandon Belt. Zack Greinke won his sixth game against one loss.
The Giants are 6-3 on the road trip before its final game on Sunday that promises to be a dandy featuring Tim Hudson squaring off against Clayton Kershaw making his second start since returning from the disabled list. It will be their first meeting in 2014 and one of baseball’s premier matchups this season.
9 May 14
On the first pitch of the second inning, Paul Maholm hit Brandon Belt’s left thumb and broke it. Belt will be examined in San Francisco Saturday, and the examination will help determine the length of recovery time.
Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer, his third of the trip, and Madison Bumgarner held the Dodgers to Yasiel Puig’s solo homer over 8 innings for his fourth win. MadBum allowed 4 hits, and he struck out 8.
Bumgarner took exception to Puig’s flip of the bat and trot around the bases after his homer over the center field wall. MadBum barked at him near the third base line. Puig turned and yelled back.
The Giants on their road trip are 6-2. Their record is 23-13, their first time at Level 2 (ten games above .500) this season. They are 4.5 games ahead of the Dodgers, and 2 ahead of Colorado. How they manage without Belt has become the first question for the games ahead starting Saturday afternoon (Hudson vs. Kershaw).
8 May 14
Throughout the game, beachballs and inflatable seats bounced around the stands at Chavez Ravine whilst the Giants concentrated on pitching and defense. Then, in the tenth, the Giants added some timely hitting in a sacrifice fly by Hector Sanchez and a single by Brandon Belt to defeat their archrivals, 3-1.
Ryan Vogelsong, making his third impressive start consecutively, allowed a measly run in 7.1 innings. He allowed 5 hits, struck out 2, and walked 2. Over those three starts, he lowered his ERA to 3.93 from a stratospheric 7.71.
Brandon Crawford, short, made three outstanding plays after a sharply hit grounder off the bat of Yasiel Puig burned him up. Crawford saved a run in the fourth to frustrate Adrian Gonzalez, and he robbed Hanley Ramirez in the ninth.
Josh Becket started for the Hollywood-ers and fell behind the count numerous times though he never was made to pay for his spotty pitching: the Giants’ timely hitting was to come after he left the game in search of a shower.
Dodgers’ relievers J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright walked the bases loaded in the tenth, setting the stage for Sanchez’ sacrifice fly and Belt’s insurance single.
The Giants moved to 5-2 on the road trip with three more games in Los Angeles. They widened their lead over the Rockies (who were shut-out by Texas of the American League) and to 3.5 over the refugees from Brooklyn.