San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Season aftermath- Pence retires from baseball and Samardzija released

San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch against the San Diego Padres on Fri Sep 25, 2020 at Oracle Park in San Francisco what would be his last game as a Giant after getting released by the team on Saturday (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Former San Francisco Giant Hunter Pence has announced his retirement after 14 years in MLB. Pence is best remembered for his Giant years in 2012 and 2014 when the Giants won the World Series.

#2 Pence hit .279, 224 homers, and 942 RBIs over his career with three teams the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.

#3 After going through shoulder rehab and coming back this week pitcher Jeff Samardzija was released on Saturday. Samardzija who signed with the Giants Dec 2015 for a  five year $90 million deal played his last game with SF on Friday.

#4 Samardzija gave up a two run home run to the Padres Fernando Tatis Jr in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday one of three hits in three innings in what would be his last start for the Giants. Samardzija said he has lots of great memories in San Francisco.

#5 Finally Morris talk about the Giants and their playoffs efforts they were hanging around that final and eighth spot and trying to survive there.

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Season comes to an end on the final day; Giants get edged by Padres 5-4

The San Francisco Giants Austin Slater takes looking from a pitch thrown by the San Diego Padres Adrian Morejon in the third inning of Sunday’s game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-On the biggest day of the 2020 season, when the San Francisco Giants needed a win, it did not happen.

Mitch Moreland hit an opposite field double to left field in the top of the fourth inning that allowed Austin Nola to score the eventual game-winning run, as the San Diego Padres defeated the Giants 5-4 on the last day of the Pandemic shortened 2020 season.

With the loss, the Giants season came to an end, as the season ended on a three-game losing streak and they finished the season with a 29-31 record.

“We fought really hard, we did everything we possibly could to win that baseball game and get into the postseason, said Gabe Kapler.

Despite a great pitching performance by Drew Smyly, who went five innings, allowing two runs on just three hits, walking just one and striking out 10, he was saddled with his first loss of the season.

The 10 strikeouts by Smyly, topping his previous season high of eight that he accomplished against the Padres at Petco Park on September 10, and then against six days later versus the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park.

Wil Myers put the Padres in the lead in the top of the second inning, as he launched a solo home run that bounced over the bleachers near the Coca-Cola bottle in left field.

Mauricio Dubon tied up the game in the bottom of the second inning, as he hit an opposite field home run off the foul pole; however, that would be the only run that they would get off of Padres pitching until the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Padres broke the game wide open in the top of the seventh inning, as they scored three times in the frame.

Jorge Mateo hit a ground rule double that bounced into the left field stands that scored Jake Cronenworth, and sent Jurickson Profar to third base. Greg Garcia then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Profar from third base, then Myers drove in his second run of the game, as he hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the right field seats.

Cronenworth reached on a fielding error by Evan Longoria, and he scored what proved to be the all-important third run of the game for the Padres.

The Giants attempted to get back into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Brandon Crawford hit a two-run home run and then both Joey Bart and Mike Yastrzemski walked; however, Donovan Solano came up to pinch-hit for Alex Dickerson and he struck out for the final out of the inning.

Wilmer Flores got the Giants within one run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as he hit a solo home run onto the arcade in right field; however, the Giants could not muster any more runs in the inning.

With a chance to go to the postseason for the first time since the 2016 season, Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side to end the game, including Austin Slater to end the game on a close pitch that sent the Giants dugout into a frenzy, as they yelled at home plate umpire Rob Drake.

NOTES: According to STATS, LLC, the Giants IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE LAST DAY: Listed below are all the seasons in which the Giants entered their last day of the regular season with a chance to clinch a Postseason berth.

1908: 1-game tiebreaker for NL between Giants and Cubs, Cubs won (Giants missed World Series).

1934: Entered 1 game back of Cardinals in NL, Giants lost and Cardinals won (Giants missed World Series).

1951: 3-game tiebreaker for NL between Giants and Dodgers, Giants won on Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard Round the World (Giants made World Series) 1959: Entered 1.5 games back of Dodgers and Braves in NL with DH on last day, Giants lost both (Giants missed World Series).

1962: 3-game tiebreaker for NL between Giants and Dodgers, Giants won first two games (Giants made World Series).

1966: Entered 2 games back of Dodgers in NL (but each team had 2 games left), Giants won and Dodgers split doubleheader to clinch so Giants didn’t need to play a makeup game the day after (Giants missed World Series).

1971: Entered 1 game ahead of Dodgers for division, both teams won (Giants made playoffs).

1993: Entered tied with Braves for division, Braves won and Giants lost (Giants missed playoffs).

1998: Wild card tiebreaker between Giants and Cubs, Cubs won (Giants missed playoffs).

2004: Entered 1 game back of Astros for wild card, both teams won (Giants missed playoffs).

2010: Entered 1 game ahead of Padres for division, Giants beat Padres to win division (Giants made playoffs).

2016: Entered 1 game ahead of Cardinals for second wild card, both teams won (Giants made playoffs).

UP NEXT: See you when the Giants open up the 2021 season against the Mariners on Thursday April 1 at T-Mobile Park.

The Giants will open their home portion of the schedule against the Colorado Rockies on Friday April 9.

Playoff push comes down to the last day of the season; Giants lose to Padres 6-2

The San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr takes San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto deep in the fourth inning Sat Sep 26, 2020 at Oracle Park in San Francisco

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-It looks like the San Francisco Giants playoff push will come down to the final day of the season.

Fernando Tatis, Jr. hit a towering home run in the top of the fourth inning, as the San Diego Padres defeated the Giants 6-2 at Oracle Park.

All the runs that the Padres would need came in that fourth inning, as Mitch Moreland singled to right field that scored Manny Machado and then Austin Nola hit a sacrifice fly that scored Pham with the third run of the inning.

The playoff bound Padres sent Zach Davies, as he went the first three innings, allowing just three hits and struck out three before giving way to the Padres bullpen.

Craig Stammen came on to throw two innings of one-hit ball, and also struck out two on his way to his fourth win of the season.

Johnny Cueto went the first 6.1 innings for the Giants, who are trying to hold on to that eighth and final spot in the National League playoff race.

The Giants really could not muster anything against the Padres, and their first chance smacked them right in the face, when Mauricio Dubon attempted to steal third; however, he slid over the base and was tagged out by Machado for the second out in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Dubon singled with one out in the frame, went to second when Tyler Heineman was hit by a Stammen pitch. The rally ended when Mike Yastrzemski struck out to end the inning.

The Giants finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning, as they loaded the bases with nobody out; however, Tim Hill pinch-hitter Austin Slater, then Yastrzemski hit an opposite field single to right and then Darin Ruf to load the bases with nobody out. Hill then got Donovan Solano to strikeout, and then it looked like he was going to escape the jam without allowing a run; however, Brandon Belt beat out the ground ball that looked like a sure double play that retired Ruf at second base.

That would be the end of the line for Hill, as Dan Altavilla came on to replace Hill and Wilmer Flores greeted him by singling to left field to score Yastrzemski. Altavilla ended the threat, as he got Evan Longoria to strikeout to the rally.

The Padres broke the game wide open in the top of the ninth inning, as on back-to-back pitches, Tony Watson gave up a two-run home run to Tommy Pham and then Mitch Moreland launched a solo blast over the 415 in right-center field.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Giants made the following roster move today, as Jeff Samardzija has been designated for assignment and has been placed on unconditional release waivers. Also, the Giants have placed RHP Sam Coonrod on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain and have recalled RHP Rico Garcia (#39) from the Alternate Training Site.

Yastrzemski was named the winner of the Willie Mac Award winner, an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff, clubhouse staff and the fans…this season marks the 40th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1980, in honor of legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.

Former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement earlier, as he hung up his cleats after a stellar 14-year career that saw him win two World Series with the Giants in 2012 and 2014.

“Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career, when you have say, ‘I am retiring from baseball,'” Pence said in a video on Twitter. “I’ve given it everything I possibly can, and the game has given back to me tenfold.”

Pence, 37, was designated for assignment in August by the Giants after hitting just .096 with two home runs and six RBIs in 52 at-bats this season.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: If the Giants win on Sunday, and the Milwaukee Brewers lose to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, they will clinch the wild card.

UP NEXT: Neither the Giants nor the Padres have announced their starter for the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants still working that last spot in the NL Wild Card race

San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart who had been struggling at the plate had a productive series against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park in San Francisco Sep 21-24 (photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Each loss for the Giants is like two steps back after winning a previous game trying to go one step forward which was the Colorado Rockies series for the Giants?

#2 In spite of the loss on Thursday to the Rockies the Giants are in the running for the last and final spot for post season in the NL Wild Card race.

#3 Taking a look at Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman he said he’s really open to staying with the Giants and is seventh among NL starters in strikeouts and fielding independent plays at 3.15.

#4 Michael talk about catcher Joey Bart’s improvement at the plate he had struggled earlier but in the Rockies series has been able to get on base and score some runs.

#5 Michael with the Giants vying for that last and final wild card spot facing the San Diego Padres for a three game series this weekend certainly doesn’t make that goal that easy.

Michael does the Giants podcasts each Saturday at

Second game: Coonrod gives up walk-off home run at Oracle Pads win 6-5

The San Diego Padres were the home team at Oracle Park in San Francisco as the Padres Fernando Tatis belted a two run home run in the first inning of the second game of the doubleheader on Fri Sep 25, 2020 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN DIEGO-Sam Coonrod gave up a home run pitch that he would love to have back.

Trent Grisham hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the San Diego Padres a dramatic 6-5 come-from-victory over the San Francisco Giants in a home game at Oracle Park.

This was considered a home game for the Padres; because, the September 12 game between the two teams was postponed at Petco Park.

With the victory by the Padres, Luis Patino, who made his major-league debut on August 5 picked up his first major league win.

Coonrod saw his record fall to 0-2 on the season and that was also his second blown save of the season.

This sucked. It was a gut punch loss, and we will bounce back like we have all season long, said Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

The Giants bullpen was cruising, as in the first five innings of work, Caleb Baragar, Jarlin Garcia, Shawn Anderson and Sam Selman gave up two hits, walking one and striking out four. In his 0.1 innings of work, Coonrod gave up three runs on two hits, walked one and struck out one.

“Coonrod was absolutely going to face Tatis,” said Kapler.

Jeff Samardzija made his first appearance in a major-league game since August 7, when he went four innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, when he allowed six runs on seven hits before he was forced to leave the game with a right shoulder impingement.

Samardzija went three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, and striking out one, with one of those hits being a three-run home run by Fernando Tatis, Jr., that was measured at 458 feet that gave the Padres a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

The Giants gave Samardzija an early 1-0 lead, as Evan Longoria grounded out to Mitch Moreland at first base that easily scored Brandon Belt from third base.

Belt led off the inning with a double down the left field line that beat the shift that Padres manager Jayce Tingler put on.

Trent Grisham tied up the game for the Padres in the bottom of the third inning, as he singled to centerfield to score Jason Castro, yes, the same player who made the last out in Matt Cains perfect game on June 13, 2012, when he grounded out to Joaquin Arias at third base, who in turn threw to Belt for the final out of the Giants only perfect game in their 138-year history.

Tatis then gave the Padres the lead on his towering two-run home run into the left-center field bleachers.

The Giants got within one run in the top of the fourth inning, as Flores grounded into a force play that allowed Alex Dickerson to score from third base. On the play, Belt was forced out at second and Flores reached when Greg Garcias throw got by Mitch Moreland at first base for an error.

Pomeranz, who was unhittable all year long and his earned run average was 0.00 entering the top of the sixth inning and after getting Mike Yastrzemski and Darin Ruf to strikeout swinging, things began to bleak for the visitors, from San Francisco; however, Donovan Solano was able to reach first base on hit after Manny Machado deflected the ball and Tatis, Jr., was unable to get the throw off. Austin Slater then walked on five pitches and then Flores hit his 11th home run of the season to give the Giants the lead.

Padres starter Dinelson Lamet, who underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the 2018 season was forced to leave the game in the top of the fourth inning with tightness in his bicep, according to Tingler.

To add insult to injury, the Padres are already without newly acquired Mike Clevinger and Jurickson Profar replaced Wil Myers in the top of the fourth inning.

With the loss, the Giants are one game in the hunt for the Wild Card spot with the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins, who also have the same 30-28 record. The St. Louis Cardinals are one percentage point ahead of those two teams.

The Giants are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season, while the Marlins, who lost 105 games during the 2019 season are in the playoffs for the first time since they won the World Series over the New York Yankees in 2003, a span of 17 years and the Reds are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.

UP NEXT: Neither the Giants nor the Padres have announced their starting pitching for Saturdays game.

First game: Tyler Anderson goes six to keep Giants in the playoff hunt; SF beats Pads 5-4

The San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyler Anderson who pitched six innings and surrendered two runs in his start get picks up the win. Anderson seen here throwing in the second inning for the first game of the doubleheader (AP News Photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-With the playoffs on the horizon, the San Francisco Giants needed to see good pitching from their starter in the first game of a doubleheader.

Tyler Anderson went six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out and the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 5-4 in the opener of the twin bill at Oracle Park.

Anderson got those runs from Brandon Crawford, who tied up the game in the bottom of the second inning, as he hit his seventh home run of the season.

Tommy Pham gave the Padres the lead in the top of the second inning, as he doubled off of Anderson to score Austin Nola to give the playoff bound Padres a 1-0 lead; however, that lead only lasted one-half inning until Crawfords home run to center field.

Wilmer Flores gave the Giants the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit his 10th home run of the season. The 10 home runs by Flores are one more than he hit during the 2019 season.

The bottom of the fourth inning is where the Giants broke the game wide open, as Joey Bart continues to improve at the plate, as he hit an opposite field single that scored Evan Longoria.

Bart then scored on a two-run home run by Mike Yastrzemski, who joined Flores in the double figure club, as Yastrzemski hit his 10th home run.

That four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth inning was huge, as the Padres began to peck away at the Giants lead in the top of the seventh inning.

Jurickson Profar led off the inning with a ground-rule double and that brought Gabe Kapler out of the dugout, and it was the end of the line for Anderson.

Tony Watson, who replaced Anderson on the mound then walked Trent Grisham, and then Fernando Tatis, Jr., singled in Profar and Grisham went to third on the throw.

Manny Machado then hit a comebacker that Watson fielded cleanly; however, his throw to Brandon Belt went into right field for an error that allowed Grisham to score from third base and cut the Giants lead down to 5-3.

Watson then got the first out of the inning, as he got Eric Hosmer to flyout to Mauricio Dubon in center field; however, Tatis, Jr., scored from third base to bring the Padres within one run.

Following the Hosmer sacrifice fly, Wil Myers hit a broken bat flyout to Steven Duggar in right field for the second out of the inning.

With the final chance to tie up the game, Austin Nola was unable to tie it up, as he flew out to Dubon in centerfield and the Giants escaped within their 29th win of the shortened-season.

In his only inning of work, Watson gave up two runs on one hits and walked one, as the Giants are trying to lockdown one of the two wild card spots in the National League.

Chris Paddack took the loss for the Padres, as he went 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three. With the loss, Paddack dropped to 4-5 on the season.

NOTES: There was one move, as he Giants made the following roster move prior to game one, as RHP Jeff
Samardzija reinstated from the 10-day IL and appointed as the 29th man for today’s doubleheader.

IF Brandon Belt’s game-tying solo home run in the 8th inning yesterday was the 1,000th hit of his career…according to Elias, Belt became the fifth Giant to homer for his 1,000th hit, joining Fred Merkle (July 4, 1916 G2), Freddie Lindstrom (August 1, 1930), Bobby Bonds (May 19, 1974) & Buster Posey (September 27, 2016).

Prior to their win in the first game of the doubleheader, the Giants were 0-4 in their two doubleheaders this season…it’s the first time the Giants have been swept in two doubleheaders in the same season since 1984, when they were swept in five of their eight…the last time the Giants swept a DH against San Diego was June 16, 1985…the last time SF was swept in a DH by San Diego was September 24, 1984.

UP NEXT: Samardzija will make his return to the rotation, as he will take the mound in the second game, which is the makeup game from the Saturday September 12 game that was postponed at Petco Park, while the Padres will send Dinelson Lamet to the hill.

Twenty- Eight Years Ago Larry Carter Almost Became the Answer to a Horrible Giants Trivia Question

( file photo) Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Larry Carter is the subject of Tony the Tiger’s column He was a Giant?

Twenty- Eight Years Ago Larry Carter Almost Became the Answer to a Horrible Giants Trivia Question.

By Tony “The Tiger” Hayes

Larry Carter – RHP – 1992 – #52

He Was A Giant?

There’s a good chance that even the most attentive Giants fan would shrug and mutter “never heard of him” at the mention of Larry Carter.

But if baseball’s back room dealings had turned out differently in the fall of 1992, Giants fans would probably have a much different reaction to Carter – a West Virginian right-hander with nice curve and decent split-fingered fastball

Had the National League not reversed course and put the kibosh on the sale and relocation of the Giants to Florida’s Gulf Coast, the name “Larry Carter” would have become the answer to a most horrible trivia question.

“ Who started the final home game in the history of the San Francisco Giants.”

After decades of featuring some of most dazzling and colorful pitchers in the business (Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, John Montefusco, to name a few) it appeared the Giants would play their last game in The City with the anonymous, 28-year-old Larry Carter on the mound.

That’s right, Larry Freakin’ Carter.

Why Was He A Giant?

The Giants already had one foot squarely in Tampa Bay when Carter made his big league debut with SF in September of 1992.

Seven years into his professional career, Carter finally got a call to the bigs leagues three weeks after discontented Giants owner Bob Lurie announced the sale of the club.

After more than a decade and four failed ballot measures to construct a new downtown ball park, the frustrated Lurie had had enough. He wanted out.

So on 8/7/92 Lurie announced he had reached an agreement in principle to sell the Giants to a group of investors from Tampa for $115 million.

Once the sale was ratified, the club would wave “Bye Bye Baby”to the Golden Bay Area and say hello to the Humid Bay Area.

The news caused a dour and depressing air to hang over the Giants team and its local fan base.

It was in that environment that the wide-eyed Carter walked into a big league club house for the first time in September of 1992.

“I feel I’m a guy with a big heart,” said Carter. “If you believe you can do it, you can do it. You set your mind to it.”

Before & After

Originally a 10th round draft pick of the Cardinals in 1986, Carter was inked by the Giants as a minor league free agent in 1988 after missing all of 1987 with an elbow injury.

Though never viewed as a big time prospect, Carter proved his worth as a reliable organizational arm -capable of getting outs as both a starter and reliever.

After going 9-8, 2.95 at Double-AA Shreveport in 1991, Carter followed up with a solid campaign at Triple-AAA Phoenix in 1992, posting a 11-6, 4.37 ledger.

Upon joining SF, presumptive lame duck manager Roger Craig figured he had little to lose by inserting the eager Carter into the Giants starting rotation.

Carter would register a decision in each of his six Giants starts, going 1-5, 4.64.

Going forward as we now know – the National League never wanted to vacate the lucrative SF market. So they held off voting on the move to Florida long enough to find a local SF based ownership group.

In the end the Tampa group got huffy, about being jacked around – but SF nevertheless kept the Giants.

Carter however was not part of the Giants effort going forward.

After 1992, he remained in the minors the rest of his playing career.

He Never Got His Own Bobblehead. But…

Before the Giants were rescued from the evil intentions of Tampa, it looked likely that after decades of intense, personal battles, the Giants long-standing territorial rivalry with the Dodgers was coming to an sad end in 1992.

Starting in 1993, the Giants and Dodgers would be geographically separated for the first time ever.

Whether it was a coincidence of the Giants forthcoming move or not, both teams performed as if in a drugged malaise the final stages of the ‘92 campaign.

With the threat of relocation looming, the Giants sputtered to a 5th place finish, with a final record of 72-90.

The Dodgers meanwhile weren’t going anywhere – literally… and figuratively.

Sure, Chavez Ravine was still a destination spot for Angelinos – but in the standings, the Dodgers were stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits.

Tommy Lasorda’s 1992 charges finished with the Dodgers worst record since moving to California – 63-99 – finishing in the cellar of the National League West for the first time.

But when Carter took the ball at Dodger Stadium on 9/11/92, it was still SF vs. LA and that still meant something.

Carter faced a lineup that included Eric Karros, Lenny Harris and Mitch Webster and he earned the only victory of his big league career, allowing just a single run in seven frames in a 7-3 Giants win.

“I think his adrenaline was flowing pitching here against the Dodgers,” manager Craig said. “He was aggressive and kept coming after hitters.”

Giant Footprint

On Sunday 9/27/92 more than 45,000 fans would cram into Candlestick Park for Fan Appreciation Day. It was the final home game of the ‘92 regular season vs. Cincinnati. And it was also looking more and more as if the Giants were playing for the final time in SF.

Despite the near-sellout, the atmosphere felt like a solemn funeral.

Fans circulated throughput the Stick as if in a daze, some carrying signs begging the team to stay; the rest just carrying heavy hearts.

Among the crest-fallen fans in attendance was the greatest Giant of them all – Willie Mays.

“You’re looking at a lot of tradition here. You’re talking about Giants tradition,” Mays said. “Now if you go to Tampa, you’ve got to change all that. I hope they stay here. I mean, I live here!”

So it was that Larry Carter took the mound vs. the visiting Reds that afternoon- an 85 -degree Indian Summer special.

Cincinnati jumped on Carter for a couple of runs early, but then the rookie settled down, and pitching well into the sixth inning. Still he took the loss in the 3-2 Reds win.

It was a few more anxious weeks before the dust settled and Giants fans learned the team was here to stay.

The Giants would return in 1993 to much fan fare, with free agent signee Barry Bonds at the center of a 103-win club.

But Carter wasn’t a part of it.

As it turned out that late September contest vs. the Reds wasn’t San Francisco’s final big league home game after all – but it was was for Carter.




Rockies strike back, pin critical 5-4 loss on the Giants

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Gabe Kapler immediately turned his focus to Friday’s doubleheader, and the biggest 14 innings of the season for his Giants.

And what of Thursday’s agonizing 5-4 loss to the Rockies that could have had his club in the driver’s seat regarding the postseason heading into the weekend?

Kapler simply avoided any reflection–emotional or analytical–involving the Giants.

“They got the job done, and you have to kind of tip your cap to them,” Kapler said of the Rockies. “They did pull out all the stops. They put the five-man infield out there. They extended Bard, I’m guessing, probably beyond the most comfortable space. That was a good effort by their ballclub.”

What the Giants hope to achieve with 14 flawless innings on Friday, they basically failed to achieve in 11 uneven innings Thursday afternoon. The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, only to trail 4-3 after seven. Brandon Belt’s homer got the Giants even after eight. Then the Giants put themselves on the precipice of victory with a bases loaded, one out situation in the tenth, only to stall and then see the Rockies take control in the 11th.

Kevin Gausman essentially admitted what Kapler would not regarding the frustrating affair.

“We don’t really have the luxury of sitting around and feeling bad for ourselves,” Gausman said. “We’ve got a doubleheader tomorrow against the Padres. If we can win both those games that would be huge. Just try to forget about it.”

The Giants’ offense wasn’t as decisive as its been at Oracle Park. After their early flurry, the Giants scored one run over the game’s final nine innings. They failed to fully capitalize on five extra-base hits, and the bases-loaded failure in the tenth could have given them control of the game. The team’s improving bullpen held up, but allowed the game-winning run in the 11th.

The out-of-town scoreboard provided some good news; some bad on Thursday. The Marlins bounced back, beating the Braves to remain over .500 and ahead of the Giants. Meanwhile, the Brewers fell to the Cardinals, keeping them behind the Giants, and along with the Phillies, saddled with a losing record.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders head to New England can they keep it going?; With many injuries do 49ers have a chance against Giants?; plus more

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hoists one of 28 passes for 282 yards on Monday Night Football in week 2 of the NFL season against the visiting New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Raiders are in Foxborough for this Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, how surprised were you that the Las Vegas Raiders had gone on a 2-0 start was it a matter of getting the lucky breaks or they are good as they look?

#2 Talk about Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Monday Night Football he threw  28 for 38 for 282 yards for three touchdowns against a very good Saints team.

#3 The San Francisco 49ers have a vast number of injuries Jimmy Garoppolo QB (ankle), Nick Bosa DE (knee), Solomon Thomas DT (knee ACL), Tevin Coleman RB (knee) and Raheem Mostert RB (knee). They just got by the Jets last week and face the Giants Sunday will they be ready?

#4 The Oakland A’s are headed to a three game wild card series they won the AL West and unlike last year’s wild card when they hosted the Tampa Bay Rays for just one game and were one and done they get a possible three game series out of the first round of these MLB playoffs.

#5 The San Francisco Giants who defeated the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night 5-2 are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the last and final eighth spot in the NL Wild Card Standings which means every game until the end of the day Sunday count for a lot for the Giants to get in the playoffs.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports every other Thursday at

Playoff Push: Dubon’s homer gives Giants the edge in 7-2 win over the Rockies

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Winning formulas never get old, so the Giants reached in the well one more time.

Beating sub .500 teams at home with offense has become a reoccurring theme for San Francisco, and it surfaced again Wednesday night in a 7-2 win over the Rockies. The Giants have won 15 of 19 at Oracle Park with most of the wins just like this one.

Mauricio Dubon hit a three-run homer in the seventh to break up a 2-2 tie, and send the Giants to a second win in this critical four-game series starting the regular season’s final week. With the Cardinals, Marlins and Brewers losing in the tightly-bunched NL playoff hunt, the Giants assumed the eighth and final spot with five games remaining.

“You’re playing meaningful baseball and every hit, every run, every home run, every catch you make counts,” Dubon said. “That’s the fun part of it.”

Dubon’s game-altering shot came two pitches after manager Bud Black lifted starter Ryan Castellani in the fifth, in which he allowed a leadoff double to Alex Dickerson, then walked two of the next four batters, allowing the Giants to tie the score, 2-2.

Yency Almonte relieved and watched Dubon send his slider over the left field wall. Dubon’s was the biggest of the Giants 11 hits, five of which went for extra bases including Evan Longoria’s solo shot that got the Giants on the board for the first time in the fourth.

“The pitch to Dubón was a slider the just didn’t get to the outside part of the plate,” Black said. “It didn’t get away from the barrel. The kid dropped the head on it, got it up in the air. He squared it up.”

The Giants have had their way with losing clubs, winning 22 of 33. They’re 27-11 when they score at least four runs.

Mike Yastrzemski continues to mend his calf, which has caused to miss the last five games. His primary replacement, rookie Luis Basabe injured his hamstring on Tuesday, and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and at least two rounds of the playoffs. Steven Duggar was summoned from Sacramento to replace Basabe.

Caleb Baragar started for the Giants, pitching just the first inning as the opener. Logan Webb took over in the second and pitched five, solid innings to get the win. Baragar’s appearance marked the first time the Giants have employed an opener this season, after Bruce Bochy employed the strategy a couple of times in 2019.