PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Day, Todd tied atop lead at Harding Park

At the PGA Championship golf Tournament at Harding Park in San Francisco Tiger Woods launches a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the tournament on Thu Aug 6, 2020 (AP photo)

By Jeremy Harness

It has been very weird watching sports for these past few months, with teams playing without any spectators in attendance, with the exception of a few essential employees.

The PGA Championship, the first golf major or the 2020 season that kicked off Thursday at TPC Harding Park, is no different. The eerie silence, which has been commonplace without the authentic crowd noise that typically accompanies big events such as this, was just as prevalent in the first round.

But hey, at least the PGA Tour had enough sense to not include the cheesy fake crowd noise that has plagued MLB games over the past month.

As for the golf, Jason Day and Brendon Todd finished Thursday’s opening round tied for the lead after firing five-under rounds of 65.

Todd, who has been brilliant for the first 54 holes for many of the tournaments this season but has faltered in the final round, got off to a great start, going three-under on his front nine. On the back nine, he thwarted two bogeys with four birdies.

Day, on the other hand, was bogey-free on his round, recording three birdies on his front nine and a two more birdies on the back side.

There are nine players that are tied for second, including defending champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters winner Zach Johnson.

Tiger Woods is in the mix as well, after his two-under round of 68 on Thursday, as he is currently tied for 20th. He was one-under for the first nine, with three birdies against two bogies, and turned in a one-under second nine with two birdies and a single bogey.

Giants’ bullpen no match for Colorado’s bats in 6-4 loss on getaway day

By Morris Phillips

The Colorado Rockies are crushing opponent’s bullpens, and they made sure the Giants got a reminder before the visitors left town Thursday afternoon.

David Murphy and Charlie Blackmon homered in a five-run, seventh inning as the Rockies overcame a late deficit and a flawless five innings from Giants’ starter Tyler Anderson in a 6-4 win.

Giants’ relievers had allowed just five homers in 56 appearances coming in. But the new rule requiring that each pitcher face at least three batters doesn’t allow managers to always match up–right vs. right, left vs. left–and that favors a power hitting lineup like the Rockies possess. After Thursday’s three homers and two doubles, Colorado is hitting .294 with 11 home runs after the opposing starter is lifted.

“Anything we can do to get to the ‘pen and have someone go through at least three hitters in our lineup, whether it’s lefty or righty, we feel good about that,” Trevor Story said.

Anderson didn’t issue the home team any favors, as the former Rockie dealt for five innings, allowing two hits, two walks and no runs.  In his first start of the season, Anderson appeared highly motivated by his fall from grace in 2019. Tabbed as the Rockies’ opening day starter, Anderson suffered a knee injury after making five starts, then was demoted to Triple-A before having season-ending surgery. After being waived by the Rockies, Anderson was claimed by the Giants in October.

“I hadn’t thrown a lot of pitches, and there’s been a lot of injuries going on around baseball,” Anderson answered when asked if should have been allowed to pitch deeper into the ballgame. “I think that was the right move there.”

After the game went scoreless for the first five innings, the bats broke out on both sides with Trevor Story’s solo shot off Wandy Peralta in the sixth, which was topped by Mauricio Dubon’s three-run shot in seventh to give the Giants the lead.

But Rico Garcia failed to hold that lead, allowing consecutive doubles to Garrett Hampson and Chris Owings before Murphy’s two-run shot in a pinch-hitting role. Manager  Gabe Kapler then turned to Caleb Baragar but he allowed a David Dahl single ahead of Blackmon’s homer and the Rockies led 6-3.

Jairo Diaz came on for the Rockies in the eighth and got the final, four outs for the save.

Teams were required to reduce their active rosters from 30 to 28 before the game, and the Giants opted to demote Steven Duggar and pitcher Andrew Suarez to their alternative training site in San Jose

The Giants have dropped four of five and open a three-game series at Dodgers Stadium on Friday night.

“I think it’s just, take the step right in front of you. We understand that there’s no architectural blueprint for this season, and we’re just going to fight tomorrow. Be ready and prepared to play the Dodgers in Los Angeles tomorrow.”

Jeff Samardzija is expected to start for the Giants on Friday with Johnny Cueto scheduled for Saturday.

 

 

 

A’s game wrap: Four run 4th helps put A’s on top 6-4; Win streak extends to six

Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis swings for a two run single off Texas Rangers’ Mike Minor in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Texas Rangers 4-12-0

Oakland Athletics 6- 6- 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Mike Fiers seems to find himself in the most unusual circumstances.

Last May 7, at 6:50 in the evening, just fifteen minutes before he was scheduled to start against the Cincinnati Reds, the lights in the outfield at the Coliseum hadn’t fully turned on . Fiers’ first pitch was delayed, postponed, repeatedly put off, until, finally, at 8:45, the lights functioned well enough to allow the game to start. Most pitchers would have had trouble adjusting to a disruption of this magnitude to their pregame routine. Fiers went on to toss a no hitter against the Reds.

Two and a half weeks earlier, the A’s right hander, then the ace of the Athletics’ rotation, had found himself in another unaccustomed place. He was Oakland’s starting pitcher that night in the MLB’s season’s opener, played in the Tokyo Dome. His performance on that occasion was, however, lackluster, as it would continue to be until he took his 2-3, 6.81 record to the mound against Cincinnati and turned his season around

This past off-season found Fiers at the center of what seemed at the time to be baseball’s dominant controversy. It was he who blew the whistle on the Astros’ high tech garbage can sign stealing scandal.

We’ll be sure to hear more about that when Houston comes to town for a three game series starting tomorrow. So, in spite of the unsettling nature of all activities in this season of COVID-19 and the veteran hurler’s unimpressive record of 0-0, 5.40-not unlike the one he brought to his masterpiece against Cincinnati, it seemed likely that this afternoon’s contest between the division leading Athletics and the struggling Rangers would be just another day at the office for the veteran right hander.

Indeed, the A’s starter went about his business efficiently for the first four innings, although he began to wobble in the fifth frame. Nick Solak led off with a single to left, only the second hit of the game for Texas.

Before throwing his first pitcher to the next batter, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Fiers attempted to pick Solak off at first. Umpire Rob Drake ruled him safe, but the A’s requested, and got, a review. It took only a minute and 38 seconds for the umpire crew in New York to reverse Drake’s call.

That provided Fiers a respite, but all respites are brief and this was no exception. Fiers threw an 83 mph slider to Kiner-Falefa, and Kiner-Falefa hit a sinking line drive that Ramón dove for in center field in an unsuccessful attempt to make a circus catch. When the dust had settled, there was Kiner-Falefa a-hugging third. Andeerson Tejada promptly singled him home for the first Texas tally.

While Fiers was mowing down the Rangers line up, his teammates were making hay in the sunshine of the Coliseum, his opposite number for Texas, Mike Minor,was having major problems.

The Rangers’ southpaw, making his third start of the season after a decent outing against Colorado in Arlington and an unsuccessful one against the Giants in San Francisco, brought a 0-2, 5.91 mark and did not improve upon it. His troubles began in the second inning, when Matt Olson slammed his fourth home run of the season, his second in as many days, this one a blast that flew over the Eva Air advertisement in right field.

Minor held his own for a while, but Laureano led off the home fourth with a single to right and advanced to second on Matt Chapman’s wa;l . Mark Canha’s safety to center scored Laureano and moved Chappy up a base. After Minor got Olson on a fly to left, he walked Chad Pinder to load the bases.

The resurgent Khris Davis unloaded them with a two run single to left. which brought Pinder to third. Stephen Piscotty’s sacrifice fly to center drove in Pinder, and Oakland was up by five before Texas scored its first run when Fiers began to unravel in the fifth.

That unravelling began slowly and unsteadily, but it progressed surely. In the sixth, Todd Frzier narrowed the gap between the team to 5-2 with a 429 foot round tripper over an 86 mph sinker from Fiers.

After he surrendered a single to Kiner-Falefa and a two run and two run, 391 foot homer to on a change up to Anderson Tejada, making his major league debut, Fiers waa through for the day.He left the game leading 5-4 after posting a line of four runs, all earned, on seven hits, two of which went the distance, and two walks. He struck out two in his six plus innings of work. Of his 80 pitches, 49 were, by MLB’s statistical definition, strikes. T.J. McFarland, last night’s winning pitcher in relief, closed out the inning, although he allowed a double to left by Shin-Soo Choo.

Minor had left the game after recovering enough to retire the A;s 1-2-3 in the fifth, a feat his successor, Jimmy Herget, accomplished in the sixth. But the A’s put additional distance between themselves and pursuing Rangers in the bottom half of the seventh episode.

Joely Rodríguez took over for Herget to open the frame. Davis greeted him with an infield single. Piscotty sacrificed (yes, you read that right) him over to second, and he scored on Sean Murphy’s single to left center. Oakland now led 6-4.

The Rangers’ biggest threat came in the top of the eighth, with the old war horse Yusmeiro Petit on the mound for the Green and Gold. He merged bloody but unbowed, and, most important, unscored upon.

Petit began the inning by striking out Joey Gallo, which is not as easy to do these days as it was a couple of years ago. Then a trio of well-sprayed singles, to left, center, and right by Frazier, Solak, and Kiner-Falefa, respectively, loaded the bases with one out. Tejada, fresh from his single and homer (both to right) popped out on an infield fly to Semien. Then Robinson Chirinos pinch hit for Jeff Mathis. Petit came up big and struck him out on three pitches, all of them cut fast balls.

All that was left was for Liam Hendricks to keep the Rangers at bay for one more inning. He started inauspiciously at the top of bating order, allowing a single to right center by Choo. But he struck out Elvis Andrus on four pitches, three 95 mph four seamers in a row, followed an 87 mph slider.

Then Willie Calhoun hit a scorching line drive between first and second. It was fortunate for the A’s that they were playing in a shift and the ball came straight to Semien, who caught it and threw to first to double off Chou and end the game.

The win, not a pretty one, but a win nonetheless, went to Fiers; the save, his fourth, to Petit. Once again, the Athletics’ bullpen put it all together. It would be nice if you could a recognition joint wins; holds and saves just don’t cut it, especially in a season like this. Minor took the loss. He’s now 0-3 with an ERA of 6.89.

Before the game, the A’s announced that they had optioned Seth Brown and James Kaprielian to their alternate site in San José.

As I write this, Oakland has a two game lead over the Astros in the AL West, but Houston is ahead of the Diamondback 4-3 in the top of the eighth.

Speaking of the Astros, they come to Oakland for a three game series starting tomorrow. Zack Greinke (0-0, 5.00) is scheduled to pitch for the Garbage Can Bangers; Chris Basitt (1-0,0.93) for the Hometown Heroes.

Kings game wrap: Kings come out firing on all cylinders get first win in re-start 140-125

Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) drives against New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, back right, and JJ Redick (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings have had a forgettable experience in the bubble going 0-3 in their first three contests. That is until an early afternoon victory on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans 140-124.

The Kings came out of the gate red hot and didn’t look back. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings in a 48 point first quarter that put the Kings into an enviable position in the game. The Kings did allow the Pelicans to score 39 points in the first, but that did not stop the Kings.

In quarters two through four the Kings were able to maintain a healthy lead over the Pelicans. At times the Pelicans would shrink the lead, but the Kings would expand it to double digits again. The Kings scored 28 in the second, 40 in the third, and 23 in the fourth quarter to wrap up the double-digit victory.

The Kings received an incredible career-high performance from Bogdan Bogdanovic. Bogi scored 35 points with four rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes of action. It was Bogdan who scored 19 first-quarter points to lead the charge out of the gate. De’Aaron Fox, who is no stranger to great performances in the bubble, added 30 points for the Kings. I’m sure Luke Walton was happy with his starting backcourt combining for 65 points.

Up Next: The Kings prepare to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 2 PM PST.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Memory Lane The 1981 Oakland A’s

Copy of a delivered Sports Illustrated cover of the starting rotation of the 1981 Oakland A’s pitching staff top left to right, Rick Langford, Steve McCatty, Brian Kingman, bottom Matt Keough (left) and Mike Norris (right)

Memory Lane: The 1981 Oakland Athletics

That’s Amaury News Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

This current 60-game abbreviated season and the strike-abbreviated season of 1981 have many similarities. For the Oakland A’s 1981 was a bittersweet year. The A’s went far in the postseason, but felt short of the World Series. Some of us remember that year, in my case it was another crazy baseball season. The 1981 season and strike lasted from June 12 until July 31. It was all about arguing for free-agent compensation, in case anybody forgot. About one-third of the regular season was cancelled that year.

The 1981 season was actually split in half and there was quite a controversy because some teams missed out the postseason. The strike lasted a total of 50 days. All Star Game was postponed and then played August 9 in Cleveland, the second time an ASG was played in the month of August. Seems were settled and owners gave teams that won their divisions the right to advance to the Postseason.

The Oakland Athletics won the west that year with a record of 64-45 and got the right to travel to Kansas City for the best of five Divisional Series vs. the Royals. My broadcast partner, Julio González (RIP) and yours truly traveled to Kansas City for the first two games. The A’S won their two games in Kansas City and then returned to Oakland, were they finished the Royals via sweep.

While in Kansas City I wanted to visit the Harry Truman Library, in Independence, Missouri, not far from Kansas City, I convinced Julio we should visit. As somebody who likes history, I thought that would have been a good time to visit the former President hometown and library, but time was of an essence and we never visited. We were not more than 12 miles or so away, since we were staying at the hotel just outside Kaufman Stadium across the freeway, a big Marriott Hotel.

The next stop for the Athletics was New York. Yankee Stadium as we traveled for the American League Championship Series and a win would find us in the World Series. The first two games where in New York, I remember we took the team bus and I was wearing an A’s warm-up jacket (I should have known better, I lived in NY in the late 60’s) as we came out of the bus, some kids where throwing pebbles and stuff at all of us, players and alike as we came out of the bus right in front the stadium. Not a good omen.

The Yankees took the first two games in New York, and ultimately they also beat the A’s on the game at the Oakland Coliseum. We were done for the season. A crazy strike-year, A’s swept the Royals, and then got swept by the Yankees.

In 1981 Julio and yours truly were doing the games for KIQI 1010AM when the owner was Cuban-born Rene DeLa Rosa, a lifelong baseball aficionado, who just a couple of years’ before bought the station from Bay Area communications magnate James Gabbert.

Today and during the last few years the A’s broadcast Spanish station are aired on that same frequency 1010AM/990AM although with new management, studios, but still in San Francisco. The 1981 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

I covered the games in LA for the radio station with interviews and pre-post game reports, Fernando Valenzuela who was the man for the Dodgers and one of the most popular players in all of baseball sat down with me for a one-on-one, among other players, also colleague friend and Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, with whom I would be working a few years later during playoffs for the US and Latin-American Radio networks.

At the end, the Los Angeles Dodgers won in six games and their celebration took place inside their dressing room at Yankee Stadium, as they took that game six in the Bronx.

My memories of the 1981 season are still there, and it reminded me of the current 2020 season. We all know the reasons this season was “delayed” and we know a player strike also reduced 1981 which ended with a bi-coastal World Series between the Yankees and the Dodgers, the TV network dream. Ironically, today 39 years later, the two favorite teams to meet in the World Series in this 60-game season are, the Yankees and the Dodgers. Stay well and stay tuned.

Catch Amaury Pi Gonzalez and Manolo Hernandez-Douen for all of the Oakland A’s Spanish play by play on 1010 KIQI Le Grande San Francisco and Amaury does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

MLB podcast with Jessica Kwong: Fourth woman to be baseball’s play by play announcer; Ohtani will DH only no more pitching for the year; plus more

(photo from awfulannouncing.com) Baltimore Orioles announcer Melanie Newman became Major League Baseball’s fourth woman play by play announcer when she broadcasted Tuesday’s game at Camden Yards in Baltimore

On the MLB podcast with Jessica:

#1 Another breakthrough for women in Major League Baseball as Melanie Newman became baseball’s fourth woman to be a play by play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles calling Tuesday night’s game Newman is the fourth active woman announcer in MLB.

#2 In 2019 Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani went through Tommy John surgery fast forward to this year Ohtani was looking forward to a full healthy season of pitching but now is suffering from a strained arm and Angels manager Joe Maddon says that Ohtani will not pitch for the rest of the season.

#3 The Miami Marlins after a nine day lay off from having over 15 players and two coaches positive with Coronavirus will resume play. The Marlins after this latest scare say they will take every precaution not have a have a repeat outbreak.

#4 The St Louis Cardinals had been cleared for travel they will fly from Milwaukee after the team has tested negative. They are expected to be back for this weekend. The team was in quarantine after the Minnesota Twins who were there has positive tests.

#5 Without not too much fanfare the New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced that Yoenis Cespedes was no longer with the team after Cespedes disappeared from his hotel room after he didn’t report for pregame meetings at the hotel and the bus to Sunrise Field in Cobb County to play the Braves. It was confirmed by Cespedes’ by Van Wagenen that Cespedes has left the team for Covid-19 related reason and this was the final year of his contract.

Join Jessica every other Thursday for the MLB podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Piscotty and that historic grand slam; The acqusition of pitcher Kaprielian replacing Weems

Oakland A’s pitcher James Kaprielian who threw during the MLB layoff in Arizona was acquired by the A’s on Tuesday to replace injured Jordan Weems (photo from Baseball America)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry talk about the A’s getting into the MLB history books for being the team getting two walk off grand slams the earliest in a season?

#2 Stephen Piscotty who did get that second grand slam for the A’s on Tuesday night has really had a good season so far this year he’s hitting .276, with five RBIs, four runs scored and the one homer the grand slam.

#3 The A’s who acquired right hand pitcher James Kaprieleian on Tuesday night was part of the Sonny Gray deal with the New York Yankees will replace injured Jordan Weems. Kaprielian in 19 minor league appearances had an ERA of 1.63 in seven games in double A.

#4 Weems who was a catcher turned pitcher suffered a strained latissimus dorsi in the right arm. Weems will be on the ten day IL. Weems pitched three innings on July 28th and has pitched in two games and feeling pain in the right arm after the last outing.

#5 A’s pitcher Sean Manaea said that Kaprieliean has some nasty stuff, he’s a hard thrower and has a good change up, Kaprielian and Manaea he threw with Kaprielian during the MLB layoff in Arizona.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s game wrap: A’s get key hits in late innings win fifth straight 6-4 over Rangers

Oakland Athletics’ Austin Allen, left, celebrates with Tony Kemp after hitting a two run home run off Texas Rangers’ Ian Gibaut in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Ben Margot/AP

Texas Rangers. 4.-7-0

Oakland Athletics. 6-7-0

August 5, 2020

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The division leading A’s, hoping to extend their slender half-game advantage over Houston, sent Sean Manaea to the mound this evening, hoping to extend the number of innings he could pitch effectively in a start. The promising southpaw, who spent most of last season rehabbing from shoulder surgery, hadn’t made it out of the fifth frame in either of his two starts in this year’s stop and start season.

Starting strong and running out of gas wasn’t Manaea’s problem tonight. Shin-Soo Choo blasted his first offering into the State Farm banner just to the left of the 388 foot sign in left field. It was his third round tripper of the season.Manaea settled down after that, striking out three of the four batters he faced in what was left of the first, retiring the side in order in the second, and escaping without damage in spite if Elvis Andrus’s double and steal of third in the third.

Manaea’s opponent on the mound, Kyle Gibson, who signed with the Rangers during the off season as a free agent after spending seven years with the Minnesota Twins, came into game having made one appearance with his new club, a five inning start against Arizona, in which he gave up three runs, none of them earned, while giving up five hits and three walks. He also notched four strikes outs.

Gibson also had trouble with the long ball in the first. With one down and Marcus Semien on base with a lead off single, Matt Olson drove the runner home by driving Gibson’’s 92 mph four seamer over the 367 foot sign in right center field, putting the A’s up, 2-1.

That lead held until top of the fourth inning. Todd Frazier led off with a single to center, advancing to second when Manaea walked Robinson Chirinos. Burch Smith began warming up in the A’s bull pen when the next Texas batter, Nick Solak, came to the plate. Solak smacked Manaea’s 65th pitch into the right field corner for a double that plated Frazier and sent Chirinos to third.

IsiahKiner-Falefa then hit a dribbler that Chapman, his counterpart at third, wasn’t able to barehand. It advanced Solak to third and was scored correctly as a hit. That ended Manaea’s work for the night, and Burch Smith took the mound to relieve him. The first Ranger Smith faced was Rob Refsnyder, whose sacrifice fly to right center drove in Solak with the fourth run for Texas. That closed out to book on Manaea, whose line was four runs, all earned, on six hits one walk in three and a third innings pitched. He threw 74 pitches, 48 of which were strikess, and struck out five Rangers.

Ramon Laureano closed the gap to 4-3 with a 419 foot solo homer to center on a 92 mph sinker from Gibson, who finished up that inning and the sixth without further damage before yielding to Ian Gibaut, who took over to start the bottom of the seventh.

Gibaut struck out Pescotty, Semien, and Laureano, but in between he gave up a single to Kemp and a 406 foot home run to rookie catcher Austen Allen, undoing a respectable performance by Gibson and giving Oakland a 5-4 lead, which was stretched to 6-4 when Olson greeted Luke Farrell, Gibaut’s replacement in the bottom of the eighth, with his second four bagger of the night, again to rightcenter.

T.J.McFarlan was the was the pitcher of record for Oakland when Allen sent the ball sailing into the seats and so was credited with the win. Joakim Soria, who pitched the last inning and two-thirds for the A’s got the save. The loss went to Gibaudt.

The Astros were trailing Arizona 14-7 after eight innings when the game here ended, so, for the moment, the A’s enjoy a one game lead over Houston in the AL West.

The Athletics will send Mike Fiers to face the Rangers’ Mike Minor at 12:40 tomorrow afternoon.

Aces topple defending champions, 83-77

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Photo credit: Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

By Shawn McCullough

It’s always a good test when playing the 2019 WNBA champions to assess a team’s potential.  The Aces proved that they could very well be an elite team in the league.

Forward A’ja Wilson scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Las Vegas to an 83-77 win over the Washington Mystics at the IMG Bubble in Bradenton, FL.

Wilson scored 20 or more points in three of her first five games of the season, averaging 19.8 per game.

Guard Danielle Robinson came off the bench and also scored 20 points, shooting 7 for 12 from the field in just over 23 minutes.

Guard Kayla McBride dropped 14, while forward Angel McCoughtry added 13.

The Mystics all-star forward Elena Delle Donne did not play in the game after opting out of the 2020 season in the bubble.

With the win, the Aces improved to 3-2 heading into their next game on Friday against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Las Vegas Aces – http://aces.wnba.com

Game Notes:

  • The Aces shot 49.1% from the field and held the Mystics to just 41.9%.
  • The Mystics took 26 shots from 3-point range, making eight.
  • Dearica Hamby registered a double-double scoring 12 and pulling down 13 rebounds.

Game Starters:

F – 22 A’ja Wilson
F – 35 Angel McCoughtry
C – 4 Carolyn Swords
G – 15 Lindsay Allen
G – 21 Kayla McBride

Giants edge Rox 4-3

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

By Jeremy Harness

There are not a lot of expectations for the Giants for this traveling fiasco otherwise known as the 2020 baseball season, but at least for one night, the team had a reason to feel good.

For one thing, someone other than Donovan Solano or Mike Yastrzemski got a meaningful hit, which is certainly noteworthy.

After Solano and Yastrzemski reached base in the fourth, Brandon Belt pounced on a hanging slider from Colorado starter Jon Gray and flew it over the right-field wall for a three-run homer that gave the Giants a one-run lead.

Belt wasn’t done with Gray just yet. He added a double into the gap in right-center, and second baseman Wilmer Flores scored him with an insurance RBI single in the sixth, and the bullpen held on to nail down the Giants’ 4-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field Wednesday night, before a crowd of about 50 cut-outs of former Rockies players directly behind home plate.

For his part, young righty Logan Webb kept his team in the game and was rewarded with his first win of the season, giving up a pair of runs – one of them earned – on four hits. He struck out four hitters on the process and did not walk anyone.

However, the defense remains an adventure. The Giants spotted the Rockies a run in the first inning, when Solano booted a grounder at shortstop to allow leadoff man David Dahl to reach base. Two batters later, Charlie Blackmon singled in Dahl to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.

Dahl knocked in Sam Hilliard two innings later to double that lead.