Davis Goes Deep, Extras Go Away: Giants get it done in nine this time, beat Rockies 2-1

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants haven’t been winners at home. The Rockies have struggled on the road. And rookie Jaylin Davis hasn’t exactly tore it up since he received his well-deserved major league promotion.

Something had to give.

It turned out that something was the centerfield fence where Davis’ shot flew past on its way to deciding Wednesday’s Rockies-Giants game for the home team, 2-1. The Giants got an important 34th win at home, making it much less likely that they will finish the season with the worst home mark in franchise history.

And Davis became the third major leaguer this season to homer for the first time in a career in a walk-off situation. To say Davis was warmly greeted by his teammates at home plate would be an overstatement. The greeting too heavily leaned on ice cold Gatorade for that. But it was warm in the sense that no one wanted to go extra innings after Tuesday’s 16-inning marathon. Davis took care of that with one swing.

“It couldn’t come at a better time his first home run,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Davis. “I’m sure the team was gassed after last night, and here we’re looking at extra innings and going through the pitching again. So great timing.”

The Giants and Rockies have spent the last two nights reminding themselves and the fans of their struggles one last time before the season concludes. On Tuesday, they played 16 innings with just one hit with runners in scoring position between the two clubs. Wednesday wasn’t much better as the two clubs went 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position.

Both starting pitchers impressed, but both would admit they’ve done things in a smoother fashion. Colorado starter Tim Melville allowed four hits and a walk, but he couldn’t locate the strike zone, elevating his pitch count with 29 balls among his 75 pitches.

Jeff Samardzija had a bounce back season, but Wednesday he had issues locating the strike zone as well. And after six innings and 111 pitches, the veteran right-hander was lifted, one inning prior to the Rockies wiping out Samardzija’s razor thin, 1-0 lead.

Two errors on the same play–Brandon Crawford’s throwing error, then Brandon Belt’s inability to corral the ball–allowed Josh Fuentes to race home from third base, tying the game in the seventh. That play also prevented Samardzija from going for a career-best tying 12th win.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants will be looking at prospects for the future and who they may deal in the offseason

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On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Giants conclude their regular season at home with the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers. What are some of the things that manager Bruce Bochy will be looking for to close out the season?

#2 It will be someone else’s team next season. Will the feel and direction of the club be completely different?

#3 From what you’ve heard, do you see a new manager coming within the organization or a total new face from the  outside who will want to build from the bottom up?

#4 Just reminiscing about some of the Giants from this season, Pablo Sandoval talk about what he meant to the club.

#5 Madison Bumgarner pitched to a 9-9 record and a respectable ERA at 3.86. Do you see him coming back or choosing to go to another club?

Michael Duca has done the SF Giants podcasts each week during the 2019 season and will join us for Cal Bears basketball at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Harper, Phils call it a season, eliminated at Nats Park; Giants finish up their regular season; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London:

#1 How ironic is it that last meeting between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington against the Nationals turned out to be a loss that mathematically eliminated the Phillies in Washington DC? The Nats fans found that to be poetic justice.

#2 The San Francisco Giants end their 2019 homestand and regular season this week as they opened a three-game series with Colorado. The Giants have some young prospects and veteran players who are looking to come back next season so everyone will play hard to the final game on Sunday.

#3 The Giants’ Bruce Bochy set to retire, Pablo Sandoval out with an injury for the rest of the season and Madison Bumgarner may not be back all have been a direct force in the Giants’ more successful days.

#4 The Oakland A’s are holding a 1/2 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild card race. The A’s are finishing up their regular season on the road against the Angels and Mariners. Can they pull it off?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes, who won two out of their last seven games, faceoff against Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and on Friday, they host the Seattle Sounders. This is their best chance to put together a couple wins at home.

London does Headline Sports each Wednesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Blackmon, Rockies win it in the 16th with a three-run home run 8-5

photo from sfgate.com: Colorado Rockies’ Jeff Hoffman leaves a baseball game on a cart with a leg injury after being hit by a ball batted by San Francisco Giants’ Alex Dickerson during the fourth inning Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in San Francisco.

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Charlie Blackmon ended this long game with one swing of the bat.

Blackmon hit a three-run home run in the top of the 16th inning, helping the Colorado Rockies to an 8-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 27,870 at Oracle Park.

The Blackmon home run was the latest by a Rockies player since Nolan Arenado hit a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the 16th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 15, 2015.

Dereck Rodriguez was able to get Trevor Story to strikeout for the first out of the inning, but then Garrett Hampson and Arenado each singled prior to the Blackmon three-run home run.

Longoria tied up the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, as he took a Carlos Estevez pitch and hit it into the netting over the center field wall.

It was the 20th home run of the season, and his first 20 home run as a member of the Giants and first since the 2017 season, when he 20 in his last season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

While with the Rays, Longoria hit 20 or more home runs nine times out of his 10 years there. Longoria hit a career-high 33 home runs in 2009.

Garrett Hampson gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth inning, as he took a Jandel Gustave over the wall. It was the second home run of the game for Hampson, who also hit a solo home run off of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the top of the first inning.

It was the first multi-home run game of Hampsons big league career.

Buster Posey gave the Giants the lead in the bottom of the first inning as he hit just his seventh home run of the season and first at Oracle Park. Mike Yastrzemski walked to lead off to the inning for the Giants.

Bumgarner helped out his own cause in the bottom of the third inning, as he hit his second home run of the season.

This was the first time since June 2, 2016 that Bumgarner and Posey each hit home runs in the same game. It was the third time that the two have hit home runs in the same game.

Ian Desmond tied up the game in the top of the fourth inning, as he smashed a Bumgarner offering and put into the netting over The Garden in right-center field.

There was a scary moment in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Alex Dickerson smashed a line drive up the middle off of Rockies starter Jeff Hoffmans leg.

Hoffman, who attempted to walk around eventually fell to the ground, where both the training staff and manager Bud Black came out to check on the right-hander, who was eventually carted off the field.

The right-hander left the game with a right knee contusion.

The right-hander went 3.1 innings, allowing three run on three hits, walking three and striking out three.

Bumgarner went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out nine.

The Rockies retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning, as Trevor Story his 34th home run of the season.

Story has homered in a record six consecutive games vs. the Giants, setting the mark with a solo shot in the fifth inning. He surpassed Mike Schmidt (1979) and Rogers Hornsby (1922), who both homered in five straight vs. the Giants.

Evan Longoria tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, as his sacrifice fly scored Posey from third base.

Posey singled with one out and then advanced to third on a Brandon Belt, and then scored on the Longoria sacrifice fly, as the throw by Desmond was cut off by Nolan Arenado at third base.

NOTES: Yastrzemski is only the fifth rookie in Giants history to have a 20 home run, 20 double season and the first since Orlando Cepeda in 1958.

He joins Bobby Thomson (26 2B, 29 HR) in 1947, Willie Mays (22 2B, 20 HR) in 1951, Bill White (23 2B, 22 HR) in 1956, Cepeda and Yastrzemski.

The two teams combined to use a major-league record 25 players, breaking the record of 24 set by the Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 2015, also a 16-inning game.

Both teams combined for eight home runs to break an Oracle Park record. There were four games of seven home runs, September 5, 2000 versus Philadelphia, June 18, 2004 versus Boston, June 15, 2009 versus Los Angeles (AL) and August 24, 2010 versus Cincinnati.

As a team, the Giants used a team record 29 players, breaking their record of 25 that set on September 17, 2019 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

UP NEXT: Jeff Samardzija will make his final start of the 2019 season for the Giants, while Tim Melville will take the ball for the Rockies one last time in 2019.

Bochy, and possibly Bumgarner reach the end of the line with the Giants

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By Morris Phillips

Sunday’s season finale against the Dodgers will be manager Bruce Bochy’s last game as a Giant. Will it also be Madison Bumgarner’s last game as well?

The Giants are guaranteed to be interested in resigning their staff ace especially after he regained his form and health in 2019. But he won’t be their only priority, and the Giants won’t be Bumgarner’s only suitor. The price will have to be right for the soon-to-be 31-year old pitcher to return.

The Giants could find themselves intrigued by bigger ticket items like Gerrit Cole and J.D. Martinez if the slugger opts out of his deal with the Red Sox. One thing’s obvious: the Giants have multiple needs and targets commiserate with where they are coming off a third, consecutive losing season and where they want to be, running with the Dodgers and attempting to end their streak of NL West titles, now sitting on seven.

“It’s not so much, ‘Hey, do you have the money for Player X or the money for Player Y?’ Or, ‘How much does ownership want to spend?’ It’s more how does Farhan and the staff want to bake the cake?” club president Larry Baer said in a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Giants have upgrades in Kevin Pillar, Mike Yasztremski and Alex Dickerson.  Younger players Mauricio Dubon and Joey Bart could be ready for starting assignments at the major league level. But the organization is also hamstrung by the big contracts previously given to Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto. Who to keep, who, if any, can be moved, and who to trust as centerpieces going forward are among the questions GM Farhan Zaidi and his staff must answer.

Those won’t be easy answers to obtain. And once Zaidi hones in on the personnel decisions, will they also address the issues the current team has had winning at Oracle Park. Other than Pillar, most of the Giants’ offensive performers have fared far better on the road than at home.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants finish season with winning road record; Webb has good pitching performance

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants’ Logan Webb pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Atlanta.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 The Giants avoided getting swept by the Atlanta Braves in Cobb County Sunday with a 4-1 win. The Giants added two runs in the top of the sixth. Joey Rickard doubled on a line drive to Nick Markakis. Both Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar scored on the play. San Francisco snatched a 3-0 lead.

#2 The Giants’ away record was better than their home record away they were 42-39 and home 33-42. The bulk of the Giants’ road success came after the July 31st trade deadline and in August when they hit a speed bump and lost momentum.

#3 For San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, it was his final road game managing.  Bochy notched his 2,000 win of his career when the Giants were in Boston prior to coming to play the Braves.

#4 One of the biggest highlights on the trip was the home run hit by Mike Yastrzemski in Boston Tuesday night, which drew a standing ovation from the Boston crowd — kind of like their own homage indirectly for Mike’s grandfather Carl.

#5 The Giants conclude the 2019 season at Oracle Park on the homestand. The Giants will open against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night for three games and finish the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three starting on Friday night. Starting for Colorado, Jeff Hoffman (2-6, 2.71 ERA), and for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner (9-9, 3.86 ERA).

Morris did the Giants podcasts each Monday during the 2019 Giants season and will begin Cal Bears podcasting next Monday, September 30th at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants defeat the Braves 4-1 to avoid sweep

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By Ana Kieu

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves to prevent a three-game sweep in the series between the two teams at SunTrust Park on Sunday.

 

After five scoreless innings, San Francisco finally got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Evan Longoria doubled on a sharp line drive to Billy Hamilton. Austin Slater scored on the play. The Giants led 1-0.

The Giants added two runs in the top of the sixth. Joey Rickard doubled on a line drive to Nick Markakis. Both Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar scored on the play. San Francisco snatched a 3-0 lead.

The Braves responded in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freddie Freeman grounded out, while Mauricio Dubon went to Austin Slater. Adeiny Hechavarria scored on the play. Atlanta pulled within two, but continued to trail 3-1.

The Giants tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Evan Longoria singled on a line drive to Billy Hamilton. Mauricio Dubon scored on the play. San Francisco took a 4-1 lead.

Giants right-hander Logan Webb enjoyed the best outing of his young career thus far. Webb threw a gem of six innings, two hits, one earned run, two walks and seven strikeouts. Webb improves to 2-2.

Braves left-hander Dallas Keuchel took the loss. Keuchel pitched six innings, three runs (two earned), two walks and four strikeouts. Keuchel falls to 8-7.

NOTES: Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod celebrated his 27th birthday.

Renel Brooks-Moon celebrated her 61st birthday. Brooks-Moon has been the Voice of the Oracle Park since 2000.

Jeffrey Leonard, also known as Hacman, celebrated his 64th birthday. Hacman played for the Giants from 1981 to 1988.

On this day in 1969, Willie Mays became only the second member of the 600 home run club.

UP NEXT: The Giants open their second to last series of the season versus the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park. The series opener will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:45 p.m.

Fried goes 5.1 innings in Braves’ 8-1 win

photo from sfgate.com: Atlanta Braves starter Max Fried (54) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants Saturday at Sun Trust Park in Cobb County GA

By Jeremy Kahn

With the National League East already clinched, the Atlanta Braves are still in the running for the best record in the National League.

After defeating the San Francisco Giants 8-1 at SunTrust Park, the Braves remain within distance of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the record in the NL and home field advantage if the two teams meet in the National League Championship Series.

Max Fried went 5.1 innings of scoreless ball, while Francisco Cervelli and Adam Duvall each hit two-run home runs.

Fried won his 17th game of the season, the most by a Braves pitcher since the 2010 season, when the Giants defeated the Braves in the National League Division Series on their way to their first World Series Championship since 1954.

Tim Hudson, who was a member of the 2014 Giants World Series Championship team was the last Braves player to win 17 games in a season in 2010.

Johnny Cueto made his third start since returning to the starting rotation from Tommy John surgery.

Cueto walked five batters, giving up four runs and two hits in just four innings of work and fell to 1-1 on the season.

Adeiny Hechavarria got the Braves going in the bottom of the second inning, as he hit a two-run double. Cueto walked three in the inning, and Billy Hamilton doubled in a run for the NL East Champion Braves.

Cristian Adames gave the Giants their first run of the weekend, as he drove in a run with a single in the top of the seventh inning.

Cervelli gave the Braves a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he slammed a two-run home run off of Dereck Rodriguez.

Sam Coonrod surrendered a two-run home run to Duvall in the bottom of the seventh inning.

NOTES: With the loss, the Giants will not finish above .500 for the third straight season and in manager Bruce Bochys 25th and final season as a major league manager. Bochy came to the Giants in 2007 after 12 seasons with the San Diego Padres.

UP NEXT: Rookie Logan Webb closes out the series and the 2019 road slate, as he takes the mound for the Giants on Sunday afternoon. The Braves will send Dallas Keuchel in their regular season home finale.

Braves clinch division with 6-0 victory over Giants

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By Jeremy Kahn

When the Atlanta Braves were forced to switch divisions 25 years ago, the season before saw one of the greatest division races in the 25-year history of just two divisions per league.

Back then, the Braves won 104 games, while the San Francisco Giants won 103 and went home; because, there was no wild card.

Once again, the Braves are heading to the postseason after clinching their second consecutive National League Eastern Division championship with a 6-0 victory over the Giants at SunTrust Park.

Ronald Acuna, Jr., hit his 41st home run of the season, as the Braves officially eliminated the Giants from wild card contention in Bruce Bochys 25th and final season as a major-league manager.

Acuna was the star of the game, as he scored three runs and gave Mike Foltynewicz enough to pick up his eighth win of the season.

Foltynewicz went eight innings, as the Braves won their 19th division title, tying the New York Yankees for the most in major-league history since the MLB introduced division play in 1969.

Freddie Freeman got the Braves going in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to give the Braves and Foltynewicz the only run that he would need. Ozzie Albies then added a run-scoring single to stretch the lead.

Acuna and Brian McCann each hit two-run home runs in the fourth and sixth innings respectively to finish off the scoring, and clinch the division for the Braves.

Tyler Beede was the hard luck, as he gave up seven hits on those six runs in six innings of work and he saw his record fell to 5-10 on the season.

Josh Tomlin came on in the top of the ninth inning, as he closed out the game for the Braves, who celebrated on the field after Acuna caught Alex Dickersons fly ball for the final out.

Mike Yastrzemski picked up three of the four Giants hits on the evening, as they fell to 74-80 on the season.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery, as he looks for his second win for the season for the Giants. Cueto will be making his third start of the season.

Max Fried goes for his 17th win for the Braves on Saturday evening.

Giants whiff on late rally, puts damper on otherwise-legendary series

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By Jeremy Harness

The Giants lost in heart-sinking fashion on Thursday, 5-4, to the Boston Red Sox, after a ninth-inning rally that fell just shy that will almost certainly make the plane ride to Atlanta a little less pleasant.

But before sulking in that any deeper, let’s all take a moment to look back on all the good, legendary stuff that went down in these past three games.

First of all, the Giants took two of the three games at historic Fenway Park, a place where the Giants had not won since 1915.

Do the math. That’s 104 years, people!

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, made his Fenway debut Tuesday night and was given a standing ovation by the Boston faithful, and the magnitude was ramped up when young Yaz blasted one out of the ballpark later in the game.

To cap it all off, Bruce Bochy got the 2,000th win of his managerial career Wednesday night, a career that will land him into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

As we let that sink in for a little bit, fast-forward to Thursday afternoon.

Trailing by a pair in the ninth, the Giants began a rally against Red Sox closer Brandon Workman, which started when Brandon Belt reached base on a throwing error by second baseman Marco Hernandez, who made a nice sliding stop but watched as his routine throw to first pulled Brock Holt off the bag.

The Giants loaded the bases with nobody out, but Brandon Crawford struck out looking, a situation where simply making contact would likely bring in a run. Yastrzemski was then blown away by a Workman fastball, and the rally was suddenly in jeopardy.

Kevin Pillar kept the rally alive by drawing a walk and bringing in a run, and Evan Longoria was able to work a full count. However, Workman then threw perhaps his best pitch of the afternoon, a breaking ball that dove out of the strike zone and enticed Longoria to swing at air, ending the rally and the hope for a sweep.

“(Workman) found a way to get through it,” manager Bruce Bochy said. It’s a tough pitch to lay off for (Longoria), especially after seeing a couple of pretty good fastballs before that.

“We were close to getting a nice sweep here, but we just came up a little short.”

Although the numbers won’t necessarily reflect it, but Madison Bumgarner threw well on Thursday and gave his team a chance to win.

He went five innings and gave up five runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out seven. However, many of the decisive hits were not hit especially hard at all, but rather were bloopers off good pitches that found open spots in the Giants’ defense.

“It’s just unfortunate that that many fell in,” Bumgarner said. “In this case, I just keep making my pitches and trust that that’s not going to continue to happen. I felt that I threw the ball pretty good.”