San Francisco Giants podcast with Charlie O: Giants face another first place team as Brewers open 3 game series tonight

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Rowdy Tellez (11) argues with umpire Jeremy Riggs as the Brewers come to Oracle Park in San Francisco tonight to open a four game series with the San Francisco Giants (USA Today file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie O Giants going well they have won eight of their last 11 games and when they got into Cobb County at Suntrust Park on Friday were met by a Atlanta Braves club that showed them why their a first place team taking the first game of the three game series 6-5.

#2 The Giants answered right back on Saturday getting a 5-0 shutout victory behind starter Logan Webb who pitched seven innings and gave up five hits. Webb had all his stuff working against the Braves line up on Saturday

#3 Sunday the Giants got shutout in a laugher 9-0 the Braves used five pitchers to accomplish the shutout.

#4 Charlie this is a Braves club that the Giants could very well end up meeting in the post season seeing the Braves at this juncture of the season does that give the Giants a leg up with one more month to go until the post season starts?

#5 Kris Bryant has been a huge help especially with the bat since he’s joined the Giants. The Giants would like him to sign on and stay with the club for next season but everything boils down to money and a good contract. How important do you see it for the Giants to have Bryant sign on and be at spring training for the Giants next season?

#6 The Giants will be facing another first place club the Milwaukee Brewers who hold a 7.5 game lead on the second place Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers have won five of their last ten as they pay a visit to the Giants at Oracle Park for the first of four games which starts tonight at 6:40pm PDT.

Charlie O is filling in for Morris Phillips who does the San Francisco Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Braves shutout Giants 9-0 to end road trip on a down note

Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson throws against the San Francisco Giants line up at Suntrust Park in Cobb County as Anderson and five relievers combined for a five hit shutout on Sun Aug 29, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Jorge Soler loves to hit home runs and he showed it twice over the weekend in a big series between National League Division leaders.

Soler, who hit a three-run home run on Friday night, added a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, helping the Atlanta Braves to a 9-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Truist Park. This was the first series for the Giants since they lost a series to the Pittsburgh Pirates from July 23-25, a span of nine series.

Following the Soler home run, his 20th of the season, Freddie Freeman reached on an infield single and then Austin Riley made it 3-0, when hit his 28th home run for the Braves, who took two out of three from the NL West Leading Giants.

Eddie Rosario broke the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he hit a two-run triple and then Ozzie Albies hit his 23rd home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth.

Ian Anderson made his return to the starting rotation for the Braves, as he allowed just four hits and walked two in 5.2 innings. It was the first start for Anderson since July 11, as he was out with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Anthony DeSclafani also was making his first start since coming off the injured list himself, as he was battling inflammation in his right ankle.

DeSclafani retired the first six batters he faced in the game, and then Rosario singled to start the bottom of the third inning for the Braves and DeSclafani was able to get out of the jam unscathed, when he got Albies to strikeout to end the inning.

After he allowed an infield single to Dansby Swanson with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning, DeSclafani left the game, as he allowed three runs and six hits in those three innings and he saw his record fall to 11-6 on the season.

NOTES: Prior to the game, Brandon Belt was activated from the bereavement list, DeSclafani was activated from the injured list. To make room for Belt and DeSclafani, Thairo Estrada was optioned to Sacramento and Tyler Chatwood was designated for assignment.

With their 15th shutout of the season on Saturday night, the Giants tied Milwaukee Brewers for the most shutouts in the Major Leagues. The last Giants team to have more than 15 shutouts in a season was the 2015 team, who threw 18 shutouts on the season.

Thru 130 games, the Giants are 84-46, just one game behind the best Giants in the San Francisco era, as the 1993 team was 85-45 on their way to a second-place finish in the NL West and finished 103-59, one game behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL West.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto opens the seven-game home stand for the Giants, as he looks for his eighth win of the season, while the Brewers will send Corbin Burnes to the hill and will go for his ninth win of the season for the NL Central Leading Brewers.

Webb dominates Braves in 5-0 win

San Francisco pitcher Logan Webb held the Atlanta Braves in seven innings to five hits throws against the Braves line up in the first inning on Sat Aug 28, 2021 at Suntrust Field in Cobb County (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Logan Webb continues to be one of the most dominating pitchers of the season for the San Francisco Giants, and his numbers show it.

Webb went seven innings, allowing zero runs on five hits, walking one and striking out six, as the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-0 at Truist Park.

Over his last 13 starts, Webb is now 7-0, as the Giants improve to 84-45 on the season and continue to have the best record in Major League Baseball.

During the 13-game stretch, the Giants are 12-1 that goes back to May 11 versus the Texas Rangers and over his last 73.1 innings, Webb has allowed just 12 earned runs in that span, and Webb has not allowed more than two runs in any of the 13 games, the second-longest streak since 1901

Tommy La Stella, who was robbed of extra bases on a fantastic catch by Joc Pederson to end the game on Friday night, got some redemption in his first at-bat of the night.

La Stella launched a solo home run to lead off the game off of Huascar Ynoa to give the Giants a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and in the long run that would be the only run that the Giants would need against the first-place Braves.

Webb helped out his cause in the top of the third inning, as he doubled to left field off of Ynoa and moved to third on a base hit by LaMonte Webb, Jr.

Following the Wade, Jr., single, La Stella picked up his second RBI of the night, as he hit a sacrifice fly to Friday nights hero Jorge Soler in right field.

The Giants added three more runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings, as Mike Yastrzemski hit his career-high tying 21st home run in the top of the seventh inning and then doubled to centerfield to score Wilmer Flores with the final run of the night for the Giants. Darin Ruf singled just before the Yastrzemski double to score Buster Posey, who singled to lead off the inning with a single.

The bullpen duo of Tyler Rogers and Jay Jackson finished off the 15th shutout of the season for the Giants, the most in the MLB this season.

Rogers gave up two hits, and struck out one, as he was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run.

Jackson came on to finish the game for the Giants, and responded by striking out the side to end the game.

NOTES: With the victory, the Giants have now been the best team in the National League for 105 days, the longest for the team since 1935, when they led the NL for 120 days, this according to STATS, LLC.

With their 84th win of the season, the Giants tie the 1993 team for the best record after 129 games since moving to California in 1958.

Webb threw a three-pitch inning in the bottom of the fourth inning, and it was the first three-pitch inning by a Giants pitcher since Madison Bumgarner during the 2010 season.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani will be activated from the 10-day injured list to take the mound in the series finale for the Giants. DeSclafani was on the IL with inflammation in his right ankle. Ian Anderson is expected to make his return to the Braves rotation and expected to make his first start since July 11, as he returns from inflammation in his right shoulder.

Soler ends Giants winning streak on one swing of the bat; Five consecutive wins ends with 6-5 loss to Braves

Atlanta Braves slugger Jorge Soler slugs one so far out of the park for a three run home run in the eighth inning that it helps keep the game close against the San Francisco Giants at Suntrust Park in Cobb County (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Joc Pederson maybe from the Bay Area, but he will do anything to beat the San Francisco Giants and he did it again in the opener.

Pederson made a fantastic catch, as overran the ball and crashed into a wall for the final out and the Atlanta Braves hung on to defeat the Giants 6-5 at Truist Park.

Tommy La Stella hit the ill-fated pitch that Pederson caught, as La Stella attempted to tie up the game off of Braves closer and former Giants closer Will Smith, who was able to notch his 29th save of the season.

The Giants were able to get to Smith earlier in the inning, as Wilmer Flores led off the ninth with a home run; however, Smith was able to get out of the jam and end the Giants five-game winning streak.

Following the catch, the umpires did go to the video review and it was confirmed that Pederson did catch the ball for the final out.

Jorge Soler gave the Braves the lead for good, as he hit the first pitch he saw from Zack Littell and put it into the left field seats to give the Braves a 6-4 lead.

Littell replaced Tony Watson, who came on to replace Kevin Gausman in the bottom of the seventh inning and struck out former Giant Adam Duvall for the first out. Pederson then walked and then Guillermo Heredia came off the bench and singled.

Ozzie Albies then doubled in Pederson and was the end of the night for Watson, and then Sler hit a 430 foot three-run home run to give the Braves the lead for good.

Georgia native Buster Posey gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as he hit an opposite field two-run home run just inside the right field foul pole.

After a 35-minute rain delay in the first inning, Kris Bryant left the game due to right side tightness and according to Giants manager Gabe Kapler, the decision to pull Bryant was made before the delay.

The Giants lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers remained at 2.5 games, as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Dodgers 4-2 at Dodger Stadium.

Gausman went the first six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, not walking anyone and two strikeouts, as he did not fare in the decision.

Max Fried like Gausman also went six innings, as he gave up four runs (three earned), not walking a batter and struck out five and also did not get a decision.

NOTES: Gausman was activated from the injured list, and Chadwick Tromp was optioned to Sacramento to make room for Gausman.

The home run by Posey was the 194th by the team this season, as they continue to lead the majors in that category over the Toronto Blue Jays.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb goes for his eighth win of the season for the Giants, as he takes the mound on Saturday. The Braves will Huascar Yoa to the mound, as he looks for his fifth win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Solano and Viele staying in NY to quarantine for 7 days; Will Bryant stay with Giants after season?

San Francisco Giant Kris Bryant gets congratulations from first base coach Antoan Richardson while rounding first base after hitting a fourth inning home run against the New York Mets on Wed Aug 25, 2021 at Citi Field in Flushing (AP News photo)

Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Giants second baseman Donovan Solano was experiencing cold like symptoms and will be quarantined in a New York hotel for the next seven days. Manager Gabe Kapler was asked if Solano was a breakthrough case and Kapler said he didn’t want to add anything to what he had said in the post game presser. Also hitting coach Justin Viele is also staying back in New York after testing positive for quarantining purposes.

#2 Kris Bryant will be a free agent this winter, Bryant said that he makes all his business decision in spite of having heavy power broker Scott Boras as his agent and with the Giants being the hottest team in the game Bryant is weighing if he’d liked to come back next season.

#3 Bryant also said about playing for the Giants that they just put their head down and go to work no egos just hard work is the key to their success.

#4 The Giants are rolling and have won seven of their last ten games that said their getting some serious consideration from the oddsmakers to make the World Series. That said MLB has just recently released the schedule for post season and have scheduled game 7 of the World Series for Nov 3rd.

#5 The Giants open a three game series at Suntrust Park in Cobb County against the Atlanta Braves tonight for a 4:20pm PDT first pitch. The Giants will start Kevin Gausman (12-5 ERA 2.74) and for the Braves Max Fried (11-7 ERA 3.49).

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsrasdioservice.com

Giants enter the defining stretch of their season: at Atlanta, home for Milwaukee and the Dodgers

By Morris Phillips

After today’s much-needed off day, the Giants play 16 games in 16 days, a stretch that will undoubtedly define their season that has them at 80-44, and in first place in the NL West.

What’s especially intriguing about the stretch is the “middle” 10 games against the Braves, Brewers and Dodgers–all three almost locks to qualify for the postseason just like the Giants. Each series will be a referendum on the Giants’ wildly successful formula thus far: can they continue to play home run ball against playoff-caliber pitching, and can their starting rotation stand up given the questions surrounding Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani and Johnny Cueto?

The series against the Dodgers will be the pair’s final regular season meetings. The season series is tied, 8-8 and each club will have just 25 games remaining after it concludes.

The Braves have won 15 of 17 and taken control of the NL East, leading by five games over the Phillies. The Giants will see two of the Braves’ best starters on Friday and Saturday in Max Fried and Drew Smyly.

The Brewers and Giants had an entertaining series in Milwaukee a couple of weeks back that saw the Giants pull out a couple of sneaky wins to capture that series. Since then, the Brewers have won 10 of 13 and still have a chance to capture the NL’s best won-loss record if the Giants or Dodgers falter.

The last seven games of the stretch–against the Brewers and Dodgers–will be at Oracle Park.

MLB The Show 2019 Postseason podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cole enjoys what could be his last days in Houston; Yanks in front of Twins with 2-0 lead; plus more

photo from latimes.com: The Astros’ Gerrit Cole struck out 15 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rays in Game 2 the ALDS.

On the MLB The Show 2019 Postseason podcast with Daniel:

1 Astros’ Gerrit Cole making the most of what might be his last days in Houston

2 Yankees in the driver’s seat with 2-0 lead over Minnesota in ALDS

3 NLDS – Braves, Cards even at 1-1, Nats unsure if Max Scherzer will start game 3 vs. Dodgers

4 A’s Bob Melvin, Billy Beane believe Khris Davis will bounce back

5 Giants working to get GM in place while searching for manager

MLB The Show 2019 Postseason podcast with Matt Harrington: Verlander throws Hall of Fame stuff as Astros take Game 1; Yankees, Braves and Nats win

sfgate.com photo: The Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, who struck out eight Tampa Bay Rays hitters on Friday night in Houston, picked up his first win in the ALDS.

On the MLB The Show 2019 Postseason podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is doing his Dizzy Dean or Hall of Fame best as he shuts the door on the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Verlander has a career 14-7 record in postseason play.

#2 Verlander threw for seven solid innings, giving up only one hit and eight strikeouts. He looked like he could have pitched well enough to complete the game.

#3 Verlander got some run support a home run from Jose Altuve and the Astros scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to add onto their run production.

#4 Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz threw shutout ball for seven innings giving up three hits, and seven strikeouts. He looked good enough to complete the game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

#5 After the Dodgers shutout the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, the Nats came right back and defeated Los Angeles by two runs 4-2 to tie the series at 1-1. Strasburg, who started for the Nats, pitched six, for three hits, one run, and 10 strikeouts.

#6 The New York Yankees win with a defeat over the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Friday. The Yankees’ DJ Le Mahieu drove in four runs and hit a home run to provide some offense.

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

Photo credit: @SFGiants

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.