Thursday, September 23, 2021

Nine

SD 7  SF 6 (10)

The Giants wasted a big chance in the top of the 10th and it burned them in the bottom half as the Padres pushed across the winner. An uncharacteristically wild Logan Webb put the team in a 4-0 1st inning hole but they battled back with homers to take a 5-4 lead in the 6th. Back-to-back homers by the Padres re-took the lead but the Giants rallied in the 7th to tie. Alas, they couldn't get it going after that and the home squad prevailed. The Dodgers rallied in Colorado and gained a game, they are one back with nine left to play.

It's off to Denver for three starting tomorrow evening at 5:10 Pacific. Alex Wood gets the start.

GO GIANTS!

--M.C.

Ten

SF 8  SD 6

The Giants hang on to win and get a big lift with the Dodgers losing in Denver. They lead the NL West by two games with ten left to play. Scott Kazmir gave the Giants four scoreless frames to open things but ran into trouble in the 5th. No problem: enter Camilo Doval. With a run in (on a Buster Posey catcher's interference!) and the bases loaded he whiffed Manny Machado on three vicious sliders. The Padres slugger looked helpless against the rookie. Doval then got a routine double play grounder from Tommy Pham to end the threat. He's looking better with every outing. Speaking of Buster, he had a four-hit night and nearly got a fifth. The Giants watched their big 8-1 lead get threatened in the 7th and Kap even went to Dominic Leone to cool things off, and Tyler Rogers gave up two in the 9th, but they prevailed.

The Giants reach 99 wins and their magic number to clinch the division drops to nine. Logan Webb starts this afternoon at 1:10 Pacific.

GO GIANTS!

--M.C.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Eleven

SF 6  SD 5

The Giants prevailed in a see-saw battle and held on to their one-game advantage in the West. The Dodgers won in extras in Colorado. The Padres inch closer to elimination as they are now five back of the surging Cardinals. The NL's early-season darlings are in a desperate fight for the final post-season spot and we all know that cornered critters are the most dangerous. Manny Machado smacked two homers and almost had a third as the linuep battered Kevin Gausman with nine hits and four runs in four frames. The Giants kept their cool despite down 4-1 and with two in the 5th and two more in the 6th looked poised for a comeback win. A homer by Austin Nola (Padres hit four, Tommy Pham also dinged Gausman) tied the game but a 9th-inning rally off Mark Melancon turned the tide. Tyler Rogers struck out Fernando Tatis, Jr. and induced a double play grounder from Machado to save it.

"Late Night" LaMonte once again delivered the big hit. Singles by Brandon Belt and Buster Posey set it up and Wade, Jr. smoked a liner on a 2-2 count to drive in the go-ahead run. He really has a knack for big moments! Padres ace Joe Musgrove went 5-2/3 and allowed eight hits and five runs including a leadoff homer from Tommy La Stella. Every starting player in the Giants lineup had a hit and Wilmer Flores had a huge pinch-hit (for Gausman) in the 5th.

Scott Kazmir will get the start tonight at 7:10 PT. Eleven games left.

GO GIANTS!

--M.C.

Monday, September 20, 2021

One dozen

The 97-53 Giants have twelve games left to play. There are three in San Diego starting tomorrow: Tuesday and Wednesday nights (7:10 starts) and Thursday afternoon (12:45). They go to Colorado after that for three: Friday (5:30), Saturday (5:10), and Sunday (12:10). Monday the 27th is an off-day. They come home for the final six: three against the Diamondbacks (Tue-Thu) and three against the Padres (Fri-Sun). All times Pacific.

The 96-54 Dodgers are one game back. They have the same setup: six on the road, an off-day on the 27th, and six at home. They go to Colorado and Arizona and then see the Padres and the Brewers to finish it.

The NL West will get decided on the final weekend: October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. If there is a Game 163 it will be in San Francisco on Monday, October 4th. Can you imagine if it came to that? There are not enough drugs in the world to cope with such a thing!

This incredible season is in its final go-round. This magical team has given us thrills all summer long. They are 13-5 (.722!) so far in September. Can you believe it has come down to this? Can you handle this absolutely epic pennant chase? I don't know if I can, I'm about to pass out just thinking about it!

We were fortunate on our road trip to follow the Giants closely and watch a lot of games.There were some wild games, man. It's just going to get wilder.

GO GIANTS!

--M.C.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Clinch-fest

The Giants punch a post-season ticket with an emphatic win in their 144th game. That's the end of the 8th seasonal inning. There are a mere 18 games left. Here's how they've played so far:

1st inning: 11-7

2nd inning: 11-7

3rd inning: 12-6

4th inning: 12-6

5th inning:  12-6

6th inning: 10-8

7th inning: 14-4

8th inning: 12-6

That's 94-50 for a .653 winning percentage, best in MLB. They are 10-2 in September and 37-18 since the Break. The numbers speak for themselves. Looking at it month-by-month they went 16-10 in April, 18-10 in May, 16-9 in June, 15-10 in July, and 19-9 in August. The 2012 World Series champions won 94 games, by the way.

This remarkable team still has a major task ahead of them--fending off the LA Dodgers and seizing the NL West crown. They'll have to keep playing great baseball, but I'm betting they will. After all they've played great baseball for 8/9 of the season!

I appreciate everyone chiming in on the comments. Keep it up! I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to post again.

GO GIANTS!!

--M.C.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Open Thread, 9/10/21

I won't be posting for several days. Obviously each game increases in importance as we follow the Giants for these final weeks of the season. I thought we could have an open comment thread following this post and people could chime in on what's happening. I'm not sure when I'll have the opportunity to do my next post but I will be following things.

The Giants play three in Chicago this weekend and then come home for four against San Diego, followed by three against Atlanta. Monday the 20th is an off-day. Today's game is at 11:20 PT.

Be sure to add your two cents!!

GO GIANTS!!

--M.C.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Four-run 9th lifts Giants

SF 7  COL 4

The Rockies had not been swept in a series at home this season and it looked like they would keep that streak intact. Anthony DeSclafani cruised through the first four but a leadoff double in the 5th started a rally. A passed ball by Curt Casali and a single by Gray opened the scoring and chased DeSclafani and brought in Jarlin Garcia. Two singles later a blown double play chance brought in another run, and a liner LaMonte Wade gloved but couldn't hold made it 3-0 Colorado. Starter Jon Gray mowed down Giants hitters until 6th when Brandon Belt and Wade singled to open the frame. A three-run homer from Brandon Crawford tied the score and chased Gray. But a homer by catcher Elias Diaz off Zack Littel in the bottom of the 6th made it 4-3 and it stayed that way until the 9th.

Buster Posey, pinch-hitting, walked to open things. A single from Thairo Estrada and an infield hit from Belt loaded the bases. A Wade single drove in two and a two-out double from Evan Longoria added two more. Jake McGee had an effortless 10-pitch save and the Giants had another huge win. This team continues to be a marvel.

The Giants are the first team to 90 wins and they are 40 games over .500, 90-50 (.643), and have only 22 games left to play. They went 10-6 during the 16-game stretch of no off-days. That stretch opened with a sweep of the Mets in New York and ended with a sweep of the Rockies in Denver. Plus it included a brutal four-game losing streak and an epic series win against the Dodgers! They've earned their day off tomorrow.

It's looking like a bullpen game to open the series Friday in Chicago against the Cubs. Kevin Gausman is scheduled for Saturday. I don't think they'll move up Logan Webb, they'll use him to open the home series against the Padres Monday night. Perhaps Jose Quintana or Scott Kazmir will get a shot in the finale on Sunday. All the games in Wrigley are at 11:20 Pacific.

Go Giants!

--M.C.