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.
23 Apr 14
Nine home runs in the game. San Francisco had 6, while the Rockies had 3. It was a Coors Field exclusive with lead changes propelled by dingers. It’s true of every baseball game, but it means something unique when after this game the words “the team ahead at the end was the winner” come to mind.
Hector Sanchez had 2 homers as did Michael Morse. Brandon Belt and Brandon Hicks added one apiece. Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki, and Justin Morneau had one apiece for the Rockies.
Matt Cain started and allowed 7 runs, all earned. Five of them were in the first two innings. But he held them to but two runs in the third through the three batters he faced in the seventh.
Hector Sanchez’ grand slam in the eleventh was the winner though Justin Morneau brought the score closer in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run shot.
The Giants finish their roadtrip 2-4 and remain one game behind the Dodgers. The Giants are off Thursday, and they play the Indians on Friday evening and through the weekend.