Oracle gets naming rights, but Oracle Park draws mixed emotions

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By: Ana Kieu

All day Wednesday, Giants fans said goodbye and snapped selfies using their smartphones to bid farewell to AT&T Park, which used the name from 2006 to 2018. Previously, it was named SBC Park from 2004 to 2005 and Pacific Bell Park from 2000 to 2003.

Fast forward to Thursday morning when the Giants’ stadium staffers took to the front plaza of the waterfront ballpark and hung up a new banner that read “ORACLE PARK: Home to the San Francisco Giants.” While this shocking move took place, news outlets, fans and passerby were witnessing a change that drew mixed emotions. Some were able to soak in the new name, but many cringed at the name.

“Are we not considered one of the best stadiums in the league?” wrote a tweeter named Drew. “Can we please get something nicer that stands out in the history books like Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium does? #OraclePark”

I, myself, tweeted to ask the masses if I was the only one who wasn’t digging AT&T Park’s new name Oracle Park and got a couple of reactions. Even my friend Manny, who’s not really a sports fan, asked me: “Why would they do that? They just can’t rename history.” And I 100% percent agree with Manny along with anyone else with a similar thought like Manny’s.

Also, I think Oracle Park is a little too corporate sounding. But, you know, Oracle was the highest bidder in the bidding war and got their hands on the latest naming rights, so there’s that. Oracle is a $40 billion business software company that was founded in 1977.

“We really like the fact that Oracle is a local company,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer told SFGate. “They’re not going anywhere. We’re not going anywhere. Having a Bay Area-based company with the naming rights was a consideration.”

At the end of the day, all Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and company can do is play ball at Oracle Park this coming season. The same goes for the fans and media who watch the ballgames.

Many memories of McCovey shared at AT&T Park

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — There may not be a game at AT&T Park on this Thursday morning, but there are people in the stands.

Fans of the San Francisco Giants have flocked to the corner of Third and King Streets to say goodbyes, and pay their respects to number 44, Willie McCovey, who passed away on October 31, at the age of 80.

McCovey, who played 19 of his 22 seasons wearing the Orange and Black was probably the most beloved Giants player of them all, with the exception of fellow Alabama native, the incomparable Willie Mays.

During his Hall of Fame career, McCovey hit 521 home runs, tying him with his boyhood idol Ted Williams and Frank Thomas for 20th place all-time.

In 2588 games, McCovey hit .270, and also drove in 1555 runs in his career. He was also walked 1345 times, including getting intentionally walked 260 times. He also hit 18 grand slams during his career.

When McCovey made his Major League debut on July 30, 1959 for the Giants against the Philadelphia Phillies at Seals Stadium, a game that the Giants would win 7-2 behind a complete game by Mike McCormick before a crowd of 10,114 at Seals Stadium.

In that game, McCovey went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. He also hit two triples all against future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

McCovey played 52 games in that 1959 season, McCovey hit .354 with 13 home runs and 38 runs batted in, as he was named the National League Rookie of the Year. Twenty-seven of McCovey’s 68 hits that season were extra base hits.

McCovey was intentionally walked a then record 45 times in 1969, which would stand as the major-league record until Barry Bonds obliterated that record in 2002, as he was intentionally walked 68 times. Two years later, Bonds was intentionally walked a whopping 120 times, over 2.5 times as many times as McCovey in 1969.

It was in that 1969 season that McCovey won his only National League Most Valuable Player award, as he batted .320 with 45 home runs and drove in 126 runs.

McCovey led the National League in home runs and RBIs, and finished fifth in batting behind Pete Rose, who led the National League with a .348 average.

After the 1973 season, McCovey was traded to the San Diego Padres with Bernie Williams for Mike Caldwell.

In two and a half seasons with the Padres, McCovey played in 321 games, while batting .242 with 52 home runs and 167 runs batted in.

On August 30, 1976, McCovey was purchased by the Oakland Athletics from the Padres. In 11 games with the A’s, McCovey batted .208 with zero home runs and zero runs batted in.

McCovey was granted free agency after the 1976 season, and returned to the Giants, with whom he played his final three and a half years before retiring on July 6, 1980 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. In his final at-bat, McCovey hit a sacrifice fly off of Rick Sutcliffe to score Jack Clark.

Over his 22-year career, McCovey played in one World Series, where he lined out for the final out to Bobby Richardson in Game Seven of the 1962 World Series that gave the New York Yankees their 20th World Championship. If that hit would have been three feet higher, the Giants would have won the World Series.

Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame issued a cartoon on December 22, 1962 that shows Linus and Charlie sitting down and looking somber, and finally Charlie cries out “Why Couldn’t McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher.”

McCovey was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 with 81.4% of the voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Giants Public Address Announcer Renel Brooks-Moon shared a memory of when her mother met McCovey, and Mrs. Brooks reminded him of what he did in his first game on July 30, 1959.

Team President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer, who grew up in the city shared many memories of McCovey, including the first time he met him and sat on his lap at a store on the corner of Geary Blvd. and 29th Ave. Baer told McCovey story years later, and McCovey replied by saying that is why he had all those knee problems.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed shared stories about McCovey the person, as she wanted to leave the baseball stories to the players. Breed spoke about the Junior Giants, and his days in the community of San Francisco.

“This is a family, and we are celebrating a life,” said 1989 Willie Mac Award winner Dave Dravecky.

“I have never been around a more humbler man than Willie McCovey,” Dravecky added, as he stood there on the dais right in front of the pitchers’ mound.

McCovey’s godson Jeff Dudum talked about the man off the field, and shared the stories of how his family found a house for him in the East Bay, and McCovey replied by saying, “Now Jeffrey, I am a Giant and there is no way I can live in A’s territory.”

Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson shared stories about the five Hall of Famers from Mobile, Alabama. That included McCovey, Hank Aaron, Ozzie Smith, Billy Williams and Satchel Paige.

McCovey wore the number 44 in honor of Aaron, who made his debut for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.

Smith mentioned to Idelson that he got his first major league hit off of Jim Barr at Candlestick Park on April 8, 1978, and McCovey gave Smith the ball and said good luck.

Former teammates Gaylord Perry, Felipe Alou, Joe Amalfitano and Orlando Cepeda all shared great stories of their late teammate.

Barry Bonds thanked McCovey for letting him call him Uncle Mac, and mentioned how he was in left, his godfather Willie Mays was in center, his father Bobby in right, Uncle Mac at first, Fuentes at second, Chris Speier at short, he wished Jim Ray Hart could have been at third, Perry on the mound and Dave Rader was the catcher back when Bonds was a kid.

Mike Krukow and the other Willie Mac Award winners in attendance came up, and Krukow spoke about when he faced McCovey at Candlestick Park and McCovey hit his 19th grand slam, but it went foul. McCovey called Krukow number 19 for the rest of his relationship.

Krukow was joined on the dais by Buster Posey, Clark, Shawon Dunston, Nick Hundley, Marvin Benard, Dravecky and Joe Morgan.

The program then continued with a call from a Sunday afternoon game on June 29, 1980, where McCovey hit a game-winning double off of Bobby Castillo of the Dodgers to score Rennie Stennett, as the Giants defeated the Dodgers 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader between the two longtime rivals.

Finally, like in any Giants home win, the song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” by Tony Bennett was played, as the San Francisco Fire Department Fire Boats sprayed water from their spouts in McCovey Cove.

Giants Get Crushed by Dodgers 15-0 to Cap 2018 Season

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By: Joe Lami

The season finally came to an end for the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. They did so in perfect fashion, to sum up, the 2018 season, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-0 at AT&T Park.

Fans came to say a final goodbye to Hunter Pence, the emotional leader of two of the franchise’s three titles in recent years. 2018 was a struggle for Pence, as he finished batting .229 with 24 RBI and four homers in the 96 games he played. It wasn’t the sunset ending Pence, who has wished for either, as he finished the day 0-for-4, including three strikeouts from the lead-off spot.

Andrew Suarez was handed the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits in 2.1 IP as the Dodgers delivered a seven-run blow in the third to make it 9-0. They continued to pour it on with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.

The Dodgers had everything to play for, as the win secured a one-game playoff with the Colorado Rockies to decide who wins the NL West tomorrow at Dodger Stadium. The winner takes the division with the loser having to play in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday.

The Giants could’ve played spoiler for their rival. A Dodgers’ loss would have secured them the Wild Card spot, but instead, LA swept the Giants capped off by the second-worst shutout in rivalry history

Giants fans will wake up tomorrow when September is finally over, looking back at a 5-21 record for the nightmare month. The worst month in franchise history since 1958 pushed them eight games below .500. They finished 73-89, the eighth-worst record in the big leagues.

The off-season will begin for San Francisco, including the search for a general manager after Bobby Evans was relieved of his position for the unacceptable season. Once a general manager is placed, it will bring attention around who will stay and who will go for next season.

Dodgers clinch final playoff berth with 10-6 victory over the Giants

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — With the last playoff spot on the line, all the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to do was to defeat their longtime rivals, the San Francisco Giants, on their home field.

Manny Machado, who was acquired by the Dodgers near the trade deadline gave them the hit that they were looking for, as he hit a triple with two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the Dodgers defeated the Giants 10-6 before a sellout crowd of 41,768 at AT&T Park on Saturday.

With the victory, the Dodgers clinched their sixth consecutive playoff appearance. According to STATS, LLC., it is the third longest such in Major League history.

Only the Atlanta Braves, who made it to 14 consecutive postseasons from 1991-2005, and the New York Yankees, who went to 13 straight from 1995-2007, have longer streaks.

Machado tripled off of Mark Melancon to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead and then Max Muncy hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning, as the Dodgers blew the game wide open to take a 10-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning.

Bay Area native Joc Pederson got the Dodgers on the board in the top of the first inning, as he hit a leadoff home run off of Giants Starter Derrick Rodriguez.

It was the eighth leadoff home run of the season for Pederson, breaking the record of seven that was set by Davey Lopes back in 1979.

Pederson now has 11 leadoff home runs in his career, tied for the third most in Dodgers history with Johnny Frederick, trailing Rafael Furcal, who hit 14 and Lopes, who hit 28 in his career.

Yaisel Puig extended the Dodgers lead up to 2-0 in the top of the second inning, as he launched a Rodriguez pitch into the left field seats.

Gorkys Hernandez cut the Dodgers lead in half in the bottom of the second inning, as he singled in Brandon Crawford.

Joe Panik gave the Giants the lead in the bottom of the third inning, as he singled to score Gregor Blanco and Hunter Pence.

Enrique Hernandez doubled to center field to score Puig in the top of the fourth inning to tie up the game.

Clayton Kershaw helped out his own cause in that fourth inning, as he singled to right field to score Yasmani Grandal and Hernandez to give the Dodgers a 5-3 lead.

Hunter Pence got the Giants within one in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he doubled off of Kershaw to score Abital Avelino, who singled.

Panik tied up the game in that fifth inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to score Pence from third base.

Rodriguez lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits, walking and striking out one in his final start of the season.

It was also a rough day for Kershaw, who went just five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, not walking a batter and striking out four.

Alex Wood pitched 1.1 innings in relief, as he won for the ninth time this season and Melancon took the loss, as his record fell to 1-4 on the season.

UP NEXT: The Giants and Dodgers will wrap up their regular seasons with a Sunday matinee finale at 12:05 pm PT.

Andrew Suarez will close out the season for the Giants, as he goes for his eighth win of the season, while Walker Buehler goes for the Dodgers.

Giants can knock Dodgers out of the playoffs

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By Jeremy Harness

We’ve seen this a few times before in the long history of these two teams.

There was 1982, when Joe Morgan’s homer knocked the Dodgers out of the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. However, the Giants also suffered heartbreak at the hands of the Dodgers in 1993, as the Dodgers blasted them 15-1 on the final day to keep them out of the postseason.

Compelling, potentially season-altering moments like these are exactly why the Giants and Dodgers engage in a three-game series to end the regular season year in and year out.

The Giants have been out of the playoff picture for quite some time, but the Dodgers are right in the middle of it. In fact, the three-game weekend series – the final three games of the regular season for both teams – is a make-or-break one for LA in every sense of the word.

The Dodgers are currently sit one game behind the Colorado Rockies for the National League West.

However, they are only one game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL’s final playoff spot. In other words, the defending National League champs are hanging on by a thread.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals end the season with a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs, a team that has already clinched the top spot in the National League and will most likely look to rest its key players in order to get ready for the league’s Division Series next week.

To start the three-games series at AT&T Park, the Dodgers will send Hyun-jin Ryu (6-3, 2.00 ERA) to the mound against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.20 ERA).

Ryu enters this matchup in fine form, as he did not give up a single run in each of his last two outings, giving up a total of eight hits over 13 innings in wins over the Rockies and San Diego Padres. Bumgarner has not been too bad himself, as he shut out the Rockies on Sept. 15 but gave up three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals last Saturday.

Dereck Rodriguez (6-4, 2.50 ERA) will take the ball for the Giants on Saturday against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.53 ERA). Rodriguez has lost each of his last two decisions, while Kershaw has won each of his last five.

To end the season, there will be a pair of rookies who take the mound, and this could very well decide the Dodgers’ season. Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) will go for the Dodgers against Giants lefty Andrew Suarez (7-12, 4.22 ERA).

Bumgarner’s walk-off single lifts Giants to 5-4 win over Padres in 12 innings

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner came up with the biggest hit of the night when it was needed the most.

Bumgarner, who was forced to pinch hit after there were no more pinch hitters hit a walk-off single off of Brad Wieck in the bottom of the 12th inning, as the San Francisco Giants came back to defeat the San Diego Padres 5-4 before a crowd of 36,063 at AT&T Park on Tuesday night.

The Bumgarner single off of Wieck scored Gorkys Hernandez from third base, after Hernandez tripled to lead off the inning against Wieck.

This was the first walk-off of Bumgarner’s career, and his fourth career pinch-hit with the last coming on July 21, 2016 against the Washington Nationals.

Chris Stratton went just 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking five and striking out five.

The win by the Giants stopped their five-game losing streak, as they won for just the fifth time in their last 22 games.

The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Gregor Blanco came off the bench and doubled down the left field line to score pinch-hitter Joe Panik, who singled and Hunter Pence, who singled Panik to third base. Gorkys Hernandez led off the inning with a double, but was thrown out trying to steal third base for the first out of the inning.

Unfortunately, Will Smith was unable to close it out, as he gave up a one-out double to Wil Myers and then Framil Reyes singled to score Myers.

Eric Hosmer gave the Padres the lead in that third inning, as he singled in Robbie Erlin and Myers, on the play, Hernandez to control the ball for an error that sent Reyes across the plate.

Abiatal Avelino then committed the Giants second error in as many at-bats, as he was unable to field the Hunter Renfroe ball that scored Reyes from third base.

Erlin went the minimum five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, not walking a batter and striking out four, but did not fare in the decision.

Evan Longoria gave the Giants an early 1-0 lead on a double that scored Pence, who led off the by reaching on an error by Javy Guerra.

Pence, whose contract with the Giants comes to an end on Sunday got the Giants within one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he hit his fourth home run of the season.

NOTES: With the victory, the Giants raise their record to 52-19 when they score four or more runs in a game.

Bumgarner is the first MLB player since Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs to get a walk-off single without pitching in a game. Lester’s walk-off came on July 31, 2016 against the Seattle Mariners at Wrigley Field.

UP NEXT: The Giants and Padres conclude their series Wednesday night at 7:15 pm PDT.

The Giants’ Casey Kelly takes the mound, as he looks for his first win, while the Padres will Eric Lauer to the mound in the series and season finale between the two teams.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Giants Have Many Decisions to Make This Winter

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By: Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

The Giants could go in a new direction. Would if be towards analytics and be more creative with their player acquisitions and trades? AT&T Park will never be a home run friendly park, even if they acquired Bryce Harper; that alone might not be enough for them to contend on their division. Many decisions now rest with the new person that will take over Baseball Operations, replacing Bobby Evans, who was fired prior to the game Monday against the Padres at AT&T Park.

The Giants have $132.9 million committed in 2019, $129.4 million in 2020 and $94.1 million in 2021–just five players.

The Giants have a lot of money tied up into a handful of players and most of them are bound to return in 2019.

Next year’s Giants will have Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey (coming back for surgery), Johnny Cueto $130 million (coming back from surgery), Jeff Samardzija–$90 million, and Mark Melancon–$63 million, These players are veterans who are in their 30’s.

Yes, the Giants need to get younger. Are the Giants going to pick up the 2019 option for Bumgarner? $12 million, that is a bargain, but maybe the new General Manager/Baseball Operations that will take Evans’ place might consider trading him for a few young prospects. I would trade Bumgarner if I was able to find a few young, exciting, promising players. Why not? He is the best bait you’ll have for a nice deal.

The Giants had a good run and won three World Series, but they got melancholic with their established players,  pouring big money on them and hoping for another run, which never happened. It is understandable, as they have a great fan base and want to keep that winning style of baseball happening at AT&T Park. But the last two seasons were not exciting at all. When you do not hit in today’s game, you become a boring team.

Yes, their pitching this year surprisingly was not that bad, but this is not Soccer/Fútbol, there is no tie and you have to win. You have to hit and hit with power in today’s game. The Giants are the only MLB team this year with no player hitting at least 20 home runs. Look across the bay, that A’s team has Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Stephen Piscotty, Jed Lowrie, Mark Canha, Marcus Semien and company–they all hit home runs and that is a huge part of the game and they ended up winning.

And by the way, the Coliseum–just like ATT Park–is also not a home run friendly park.

Good luck to the next man or woman who will be running the Giants’ Baseball Operations.

Giants fire Bobby Evans after four seasons

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By: Mizuho Takagi

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants announced in a statement Monday that Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans would be removed from his general manager duties effective immediately. The team said Evans would be reassigned with responsibilities to be determined.

“I want to thank Bobby for his tireless work on behalf of the Giants. He played an important role in our team’s success throughout his tenure, which includes three World Series championships, four NL pennants and eight playoff appearances,” said Giants President and CEO Larry Bear in a statement.

The Giants will immediately begin a search for its next head of baseball operations.

“I take great pride in the long standing continuity of our baseball department. I want to express my thanks to Bobby for all he has given to the Giants over the past 25 years and for his countless contributions,” said Giants Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean in a statement. “I will be working closely with Larry as the organization finds its next leader of baseball operations.”

Evans first joined the Giants as a minor league administrative assistant in 1994 and later promoted to director of minor league operations in 1998,  and director of player personnel in 2005. He became vice president of baseball operations in 2009 and was named as general manager in April, 2015. Evans is signed through 2019.

The Giants opened their final homestand of 2018 and lost 5-0 to the Padres on Monday. The Giants are in fourth place of National League West Division with a 72-85 record in its second straight losing season.

Giants lose to Rockies 3-2 in Sunday matinee finale

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By: London Marq

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — It was a sunny and pristine mid-September afternoon at AT&T Park right by the Bay as the San Francisco Giants hosted the Colorado Rockies in the final matchup of a three-game series. Entering the game, the Giants sat 12 games back of the NL West-leading Dodgers, but have proved resilient against the Rockies, winning the first two games of the series to threaten the sweep. The Rockies sit in second place in the NL West and are competing with Wild Card Spot with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies came into game three of this series looking to steal one back on the road and stay in playoff contention.

Determined not let the Giants play spoiler for the third time in a row, the Rockies were constantly swinging the bats. Giants’ rookie pitcher Dereck Rodriguez made it through the first inning unscathed, but with one out in the second inning, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez reaches first base on an error. That was followed by Ian Desmond getting a single and Iannetta being walked. With the bases loaded, the Rockies’ pitcher Antonio Senzatela came to the plate and helped his own cause with a liner into left field, allowing Gonzalez and Desmond to score. A few batters later, still with only one out in the inning LeMahieu hit a sac-fly to center and Iannetta tagged up and scored.  The Giants eventually escaped the jam–down 3-0.

The score remained stagnant until the sixth when the Giants manufactured a run off two hits and a walk to bring Panik around to score and bring the score to 3-1 to end the sixth.

The Giants continued to push in the eighth inning when Panik would round the bases again to decrease the Rockies’ advantage to just one. The late game heroics gave the Giants a chance in the ninth, but the Rockies shut the door to show why they are in playoff contention. They got the win, 3-2.

The Giants, despite being well out of contention, prove that they can play competitive baseball. With rumors swirling, that manager Bruce Bochy may not be re-signed next season, series like this may go a long way to dispel such rumors.

The Giants will play three more series this season. Two of those series will be the Cardinals and Dodgers, both of whom are playoff contenders. The Giants will look to finish 2018 strong, play some spoilers, and get some quality wins before the offseason.

Stratton throws first career shutout; Giants shutout Rockies 2-0 to snap losing skid

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Despite the fact that they are most likely out of the playoff race, the San Francisco Giants can still play spoiler against the Colorado Rockies.

Chris Stratton threw a complete game, allowing zero runs on just two hits, walking two and striking out seven. The Giants put a stop to their longest losing streak since 1951 with a 2-0 victory over the Rockies before a crowd of 37,800 at AT&T Park Friday night.

This was the first career shutout for Stratton, the first shutout of the season for the Giants, and just the 18th complete game shutout this season.

The 11-game losing streak that the Giants put a halt to was the longest in the National League this season, and ties the Detroit Tigers for the longest in the Major Leagues this season.

With the victory, the Giants defeated the Rockies for the first time since June 28, a span of seven games.

This is the ninth straight that the Giants’ offense have scored three runs or less in a game, the last time that they scored more than three in a game was on September 3, when they scored eight in a 9-8 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.

Stratton got all the offensive help he needed in the bottom of the second inning, Austin Slater singled in Nick Hundley and Joe Panik, who both singled in front of Slater. The two got into scoring position when Rockies starter Tyler Anderson unleashed the first of his two wild pitches in the inning.

With the victory, Stratton won for the 10th time this season, and also got some big time from his defense, as Gregor Blanco made a leaping catch of a Nolan Arenado hit in the top of the sixth inning that robbed Arenado of extra bases. Brandon Crawford also snared a Trevor Story ball that would have gone for a single.

Stratton also helped himself at the plate, as he lashed a single off of Anderson in that two-run second inning that saw the Giants score the only runs of the game. The right-hander is first Giants pitcher since 2016, when Johnny Cueto won 18, Madison Bumgarner won 15 and Jeff Samardzija won 12, as the Giants made to the National League Division Series, where they lost to the eventual World Champion Chicago Cubs in four games.

Brandon Belt left the game after the bottom of the seventh inning due to right knee soreness.

NOTES: When the Giants lost those 12 straight in 1951, they did it from April 19-29 and a month after the losing streak ended, a 20-year old outfielder was called up to the team on May 25, his name was Willie Howard Mays, Jr.

The Giants lost 13 in a row from August 9-20, 1944, their longest losing streak since 1908.

During the month of September, the Giants have scored a total of 28 runs, an average of 2.33 a game.

Samardzija threw the last Giants shutout on August 28, 2017 against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

UP NEXT: Madison Bumgarner takes the mound on Saturday night at 6:05 pm PDT, as he looks for his sixth win of the season, while German Marquez will head to the hill for the Rockies in search for his 13th win of the season.