30 Apr 14
Tim Hudson twirled a gem tonight as he pitched 8.2 innings allowing 5 hits, striking out 6, and walking none. He threw an efficient 89 pitches, and 67 were strikes. His record increases to 4-1, and his ERA rests at 2.17. He allowed a homer to Yasmani Grandal, his second of the season.
The Giants scored in the first on Michael Morse’s two-out double that sent Hunter Pence home. Brandon Hicks hit another homer in the second, his fifth of the season. And Buster Posey’s two-out single off Dale Thayer in the seventh accounted the Giants’ final and ultimately winning run.
The Giants went 5-1 on the homestand, and begin on Friday a challenging and important roadtrip to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles, all good teams despite Pittsburgh’s sputters and Atlanta’s difficulties this week with Miami. The Dodgers, well, what can we say about them? Except that a series with the Giants never fails to be newsworthy.
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.
28 Apr 14
The Giants had a streak of four wins, three at home, on the line tonight when they squared off against righty Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres. Their chances looked good as Madison Bumgarner toed the pitching rubber.
But that analysis does not take into account catcher Rene Rivera who collected five runs (four earned) on a two-run double and a three-run homer. The unearned run came from an unusual error at short by Brandon Crawford on Tommy Medica’s sharply hit groundball. The Giants’ Brandon Hicks’ second homer in two days closed it to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth though the Giants did not score again.
It was a warm 64º degrees at game time as San Franciscans dread higher temperatures this week. The national anthem, performed by the Addison Elementary School of Palo Alto, was proudly presented on the radio by the San Francisco Fire Credit Union, serving firefighters and whose who support them.