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.
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).