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.
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).