Giants Win Second In a Row Against Chicago 4-2

San Francisco Giants hitter Thairo Estrada smacks a top of the fourth inning single against the Chicago Cubs on Sun Sep 11, 2022 at Wrigley Field in Chicago (AP News photo)

Giants Win Second In a Row Against Chicago 4-2

By Barbara Mason

The San Francisco Giants (67-73) finished off their three game series with the Chicago Cubs (58-82) Sunday evening. Saturday the Giants offense came to life with 11 hits scoring five runs and winning game two 5-2.

Sunday San Francisco got more production at the plate again to not only win game three but also the series as they defeated the Cubs 4-2 at Wrigley Field.

The first run of the game came in the fourth inning when Thairo Estrada singled and J.D. Davis scored giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth inning Chicago tied up the game 1-1. Rafael Ortega singled and Zach McKinstry scored on a San Francisco error.

The game remained tied into the seventh inning. Thairo Estrada, who was having an amazing offensive game, hit a solo home run in the inning to take back the lead for the Giants 2-1.

In the eighth inning more long balls for San Francisco. Wilmer Flores homered with Lewis Brinson on base extending their lead to 4-1. This was Flores’ 18th homer of the season. Chicago’s Seiya Suzuki homered in the eighth inning, a solo, but that would be it for the Cubs.

The Giants win their second in a row. They had eight hits in this game continuing to swing the bats very well.

The Giants will be back home for a three game series with the red-hot Atlanta Braves on Monday night. The Braves will be sending Spencer Strider (10-4, 2.69) going up against Giants starter Alex Cobb (5-6, 3.68) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Giants Break Five-Game Skid Beating Cubs 5-2

San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart swings for a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Chicago in the bottom of the second inning (AP News photo)

Giants Break Five-Game Skid Beating Cubs 5-2

By Barbara Mason

After losing the opening game of their series Friday the San Francisco Giants (66-73) were aiming for a win in game two. The Chicago Cubs (58-81) took the first game Friday night 4-2. The Giants will be looking for some offense in this game, something that has been lacking on this road trip.

Although the Cubs were first up on the scoreboard with an Ian Happ double that drove in Nico Hoener, the Giants came back with a highly efficient second inning. David Villar doubled and Joc Pederson scored to tie the game 1-1.

Villar scored on a balk giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. Joey Bart knocked one out of the park with Tommy La Stella on base extending their lead 4-1.

The Cubs answered in the second inning with a single run. Alfonso Rivas tripled to deep right and scored on a throwing error by second baseman David Villar. Chicago continued to trail 4-2.

Five scoreless innings followed going into the eighth inning. San Francisco would top this game off with a Villar solo homer and the Giants had broken their five game slide 5-2.

The Giants had another great performance on the mound from Logan Webb who went seven innings, with six hits and two runs. Along with the great pitching the San Francisco offense stepped up with 11 hits. Solid pitching and life at the plate for the Giants was all the difference in this game.

The Giants will be back on the field tomorrow trying to win this series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM. The starting pitcher for the Giants is still undecided. The Cubs will send Wade Miley 1-0 with a solid ERA of 3.13.

San Francisco Loses Fifth In A Row to Chicago 4-2

San Francisco Giants starter Carlos Rodon wipes his brow after giving up a two run homer to the Chicago Cubs Yan Gomes in the bottom of the second inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Fri Sep 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

San Francisco Loses Fifth In A Row to Chicago 4-2

By Barbara Mason

The San Francisco Giants (65-73) took on the Chicago Cubs (58-80) in a three game series Friday afternoon. The Giants are coming off two losses in a doubleheader played Thursday against the Brewers at American Family Park in Milwaukee. The Cubs are out of the playoff picture and the way it has been going for San Francisco their hopes for a playoff spot are rapidly fading.

Friday game recap from Wrigley Field: It was not a great start for the Giants allowing two home runs, one in the second inning and a second in the sixth inning. Yan Gomes hit the first one with Nico Hoerner on base taking the early 2-0 lead. In the sixth inning Hoerner hit another homer with Franmil Reyes on base extending Chicago’s lead to 4-0.

San Francisco pitcher Carlos Rodon who had been having some great games went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs and three hits before Giant relievers Yunior Marte and Jarlin Garcia took over on the mound. Marte took one squarely on the chin in the sixth inning allowing the second home run of the day for the Cubs. Marte struck out the first batter he faced and then allowed the home run that won this game for Chicago

Rodon had a great game with 11 strikeouts but did not get offensive support from his team. The Giants did not get on the board until the eighth inning when Longoria hit a double and J.D. Dean and Joc Pederson both scored. The final score was 4-2 and the Giants had lost their fifth game in row. It was just another disappointing loss for the Giants whose bats have gone cold.

The Giants will play in game two Saturday with first pitch at 11:20. Right now San Francisco does not have a lot of offense that they can count on. They have been getting some nice pitching but it has been wasted on the failed efforts at the plate.

The Giants will send another solid pitcher to the mound Logan Webb 12-8 with a 2.89 ERA. San Francisco will need hitting if they hope to break this losing streak in game two. The Cubs will send Marcus Stroman (3-6, 3.73) to the mound for Saturday’s contest at Wrigley Field.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Kapler made tough choice between Wynns or Knapp for back up catcher

San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart congratulates pitcher Camilo Doval after Mon Aug 8, 2022 contest at Oracle Park in San Francisco in a win over the San Diego Padres. Bart has returned to the Giants line up after being on the IL due to a concussion (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler had to choose between back up catchers Austin Wynns or Andrew Knapp to send to Triple A Sacramento with Joey Bart returning to the line up. Kapler went with Wynns because he had performed well and he’s done everything that Kapler has asked him to do.

#2 Kapler did manage Knapp when they were in Philadelphia and said Knapp’s work was commendable but Knapp didn’t have the local ties and wasn’t a switch hitter and that made the decision for which catcher to demote tough.

#3 Brandon Belt who had knee surgery last Saturday is in a wait and see situation. The team captain is hoping that he can get back in the line up at first base by next season if the rehab goes well enough. Belt has been on the club for many years including on the 2012 and 2014 World Championship teams.

#4 Giants outfielder Austin Slater tried his hand at color analysis on the Giants radio network with Giants play by play announcer Dave Fleming. Slater got a positive response when he did color during Giants trip to Los Angeles. Slater is currently on the IL so he has time to do some color.

#5 The Giants Friday open a three game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants and Cubs have not announced starters yet but with the Cubs 9.5 games and the Giants 9 games out of the wild card they will be flexible on choosing prospects to start.

Join Daniel for the Giants podcasts Thursday nights at

Giants Rodon sculpts a masterpiece shuts out Cubs 4-0 at Oracle Park

San Francisco Giants catcher Austin Wynns (16) congratulates closer Camilo Doval (75) after their contest against the visiting Chicago Cubs at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Jul 31, 2022 (@SFGiants photo)

Chicago (41-60). 0. 4. 0

San Francisco (51-51). 4. 9. 0

Sunday, July 31, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–It was over 110 years ago that Franklin P. Adams published his best known piece of doggerel, “Baseball’s Sad Lament.” It begins,

These are the saddest of possible words: “Tinker to Evers to Chance.” Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds, Tinker and Evers and Chance. Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble, Making a Giant hit into a double— Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble: “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

Sunday, neither team has a gonfalon bubble to be pricked. Before game time, San Francisco was 4-1/2 games behind St. Louis for the last National League wild card slot, and Chicago trailed the Giants by another 8-1/2.

Nonetheless, the two teams still have a rivalry that dates back to a couple of decades before FPA, who was a Cubs fan living in New York, penned the words that got the Chicago infielders into the Hall of Fame because, as Warren Brown, the father of the All Star Game, put it, “Don’t let anyone tell you that the poet’s pen isn’t mightier than the scorer’s pencil.”

What this scorer’s pencil recorded Sunday afternoon and evening was that the Giants made a four run outburst in the fourth inning stand up for a 4-0 shutout win over the visitors.

Earlier in the day, the Giants announced that the beaning Thairo Estrada suffered in Saturday night’s game had sent him to the seven day concussion list. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.

To replace the versatile and talented Estrada, the team took advantage of the Cubs’ visit to acquire their farmhand Dixon Machado, a utility man who has a .227 major league batting average over 458 at bats. The Giants sent right handed pitcher Raynel Espinal to Chicago. Dixon started the game at short, batting in the seventh slot.

The Giants’ southpaw starter, Carlos Rodón, came to work with a record of 8 -6, 3.18. His favorite pitch is the four seamer, which he throws at an average of almost 96 mph. His slider clocks in at about 85-1/2 mph.

Those two pitches account for 92% of his offerings. He mixes in a curve and a change of pace, just to keep opposing batters guessing. He went seven scoreless, two hit innings, throwing 98 pitches without 34 of his offerings were balls, but he didn’t yield a single walk.

Rodón struck out ten, the eighth time he reached double digits in that category this season and the 16th time he’s done it in his career. John Brebbia replaced him to open the eighth. He earned, and the verb is absolutely correct, the win, improving his stats to 9-6, 3.00.

His opponent was right hander Adrian Sampson, who was 0-3,3.81 with the Iowa Cubs and 0-1, 3.20 with their parent team. He went 1-2, 2.80 for the south side squad last year and also has a year in Korea, where he went 9-12, 5.40 in 2020.

This was the first time he faced the Giants as a team; the only Giant he ever pitched to before today was Tommy LaStella, who had gone 0-2 against him before singling to right center to open the home first and doubling to right in the third.

Adrian Sampson pitched three shutout innings and a disastrous fourth. He threw 72 pitches, 45 of which were counted as strikes. He yielded four runs, all earned, on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He took the loss, and now stands at 0-2, 3.74.

The game began with a rush of excitement. Christopher Morel led off with a high drive to the left field wall, where Luis González made a perfectly timed leap to bring the ball down for the first out.

That was the closest either team came to scoring until two were down in the bottom of the fourth, when LaMonte Wade, Jr., drew a walk, Mike Yastrzemski, singled to right, and the newcomer, Machado, was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jason Vosler.

Jason Vosler lined a 2-2 fastball to right for an RBI single. Austin Wynns, not to be outdone, took a 1-2 pitch to the base of the center field wall at the 391 foot sign that cleared the bases and put the orange and black on top, 4-0.

After Rodón struck out the side in the Cubs’ fifth, Brandon Hughes replaced Sampson on the mound.

Two fans, one of whom was wearing a Darth Vader mask, leaped onto the field and interrupted the action with Christoher Morel at bat with one out in Cubbies’ half of the sixth. They were carrying signs that read, “Expose Smithfield’s Death Star.” They were ejected and Morel struck out on the way to a 1,2,3 frame for Rodón.

Rowan Wick replaced Hughes, who had thrown an inelegant but scoreless inning, to open the home sixth. Steven Brault followed him in the seventh. Brault surrendered a one out single to Luis González, who, with Slater at the plate, stole second.

Chicago appealed the call, but Jeff Nelson and Mark Wegner in New York would have nothing of it. Their decision, however, didn’t enable San Francisco to stretch its lead although Slater singled to center, sending González to third, and Belt walked, clogging the bases with Giants and driving Brault from the mound, replaced by Eric Uelmen, who struck out Mercedes and Yastrzemski.

On Erich Uelmen’s third pitch, Yermin Mercedes sent a popup into foul territory that first baseman PJ Higgins made a valiant attempt to catch, banging himself up badly against the railing. But he recovered and stayed in the game.

After the San Francisco threat had subsided John Brebbia took over for Rodón. In spite of yielding a pair of base knocks, he kept Chicago off the board.

Uelmen hit two batters in the Giants´half of the eighth but still managed to kept the score at 4-0.

Camilo Doval pitched the ninth for the orange and black. It took him all of 14 pitches to dispose of the Cubs on a hit.

The Dodgers come to town Monday night for a 6:45 pm PDT game that will feature LA’s Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47) and SF’s Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) as starting pitchers.

Gonzalez and Bart take Cubs deep in 5-4 win

San Francisco Giant Luis Gonzalez launches a two run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat Jul 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

Chicago (41-59). 4. 10. 0

San Francisco (50-51). 5. 7. 1

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Ring Lardner famously remarked, “I went to the fights last night, and a hockey game broke out.” That was New York; this is San Francisco, where 40,971 thrill seekers went to a love in this afternoon, and an hour later a baseball game broke out. The love in was a celebration of Will The Thill Clark on the occasion of his uniform number 22 being retired. The game was a nailbitting San Francisco Giants’ win over the Chicago Cubs 5-4.

29 year old right hander Jakob Junis toed the rubber at 6:16 with a record of 4-2, and finished his labors for the day after hurling six innings of shutout ball that included five hits and a walk against four strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches, 45 for strikes. Because he hadn’t pitched the requisite five frames, he got a no decision. His performance lowered his ERA to 3.78.

Pitching for the Windy -but not as windy as Clark’s beloved Candlestick Park- City was southpaw Drew Smyly, totting a 3-5,3.93 record with him. He, too, lasted only four innings on the mound, but with less impressive results. He gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits, two of which left the park (one into McCovey Cove), and a pair of walks He managed to rack up five Ks. He took the loss that left him 3-6, 4.42.

It was the Giants who drew first blood. With one away in the bottom of the third, Darin Ruf drew a walk and motored his way home on Austin Slater’s booming double to center. Slater, in turn, notched San Francisco’s second tally on an authoritative single to left off the bat of Yermín Mercedes. That’s where the score stood when the inning drew to a close, 2-1 in favor of the home team.

The Giants extended their lead in the next frame. David Villar led off with a grounder that bounced off the glove of third baseman Wisdom, going to his left, and into left field for a single. Luis González then launched a 394 foot splash hit for his fourth home run of the season, only to be followed by Joey Bart´s seventh, a 411 shot into the left field bleachers. That one-two punch put San Francisco ahead five zip.

One inning short of qualifying for the win, Junis left the game in favor of submariner Tyler Rogers, who pitched a perfect fifth and sixth. Jarlín García replaced him in the top of the seventh

Smyly also exited after four innings. replaced by Mark Leiter, Jr., whose performance in the home fifth was marred by his beaning Estrada with an 84 mph changeup that kept the Giants’ shortstop supine and motionless, for several minutes before he was moved to the clubhouse. Lieter remained in the game until there were two down and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh. That’s when Steven Brault relieved him.

After García yielded singles to pinch hitter PJ Higgins and second sacker David Bote, interspersed with a strikeout of Alfonso Rivas, Yuniór Marte took over mound duties of the home team. Nelson Velásquez as pinch hitter was the countermove and he hit a run producing single to right that brought in PJ Higgins with Chicago’s first tally.

It was charged to Jarlin García. Marte then quickly disposed of Willson Contreras and Seiya Suzuki to keep the score 5-1.

Austin Slater just missed a home run to open the Giants’ half of the seventh. He slammed a drive inches outside the left field foul pole before striking out. Leiter walked Yermin Mercedes and then caught Flores looking.

At this point, southpaw Steven Brault came in to face the left handed Belt and Jason Vosler, who had replaced the injured Thairo Estrada. The tactic worked, and we went into the eighth with San Francisco leading the Cubs, 5-1, where it stayed after Marte’s one, two, three put down of the North Siders.

Marte came out in the top of the ninth to face the bottom third of Chicago’s batting order. He began by plunking Yan Gomes with an 85 mph slider. He advanced to second on a hit to third that was so weak it didn’t draw a throw.

But it was enough to drive Marte from the mound and bring in Dominic Leone in search of his third save in six opportunities. David Boite touched him for a first pitch single to center that loaded the bases with none out and the top of the order coming up.

Nelson Velásquez hit a grounder to short, and for some reason second base umpire Charlie Ramos called Bote safe at second, which scored a run. Contreras hit another double play ball to short but Wilson Flores´s relay to first drew Belt off the bag at first. Higgins scored, and Boite went to third.

Suzuki also grounded out to short, which brought in David Bote. Just like that, it was. one run game. Then, with the count at 3-1, Ian Hopp grounded out to second, and the Giants had pulled off a 5-4 skin of their teeth victory.

The scorer named Tyler Rogers as the winning pitcher. He’s now 2-3, 4.56. Leone got that third save.

So far, there has been no report on Estrada’s condition.

The series continues tomorrow at 4:08 pm PDT. Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.20) will start for Chicago and Carlos Rodón (8-6, 3.18) will take the mound for the home team at Oracle Park.

Giants get too much Wisdom who homered for second straight night as Cubs win seventh of last eight 4-2

Chicago Cubs third base coach Willie Harris (33) and Patrick Wisdom (16) get a leg up after Wisdom’s top of the fifth inning home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri Jan 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Chicago (41-58). 4. 6. 0

San Francisco (49-51). 2 13. 1

Friday, July 29, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–The season’s records for Friday’s starting hurlers gave some hope for a pitcher’s duel. As could be expected when San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Cobb is scheduled to start, the Giants games notes remind us that although “his ERA is ccurrently 4.26, his ERA is 2.88 … that is in the top 14 percent of the MLB,” which prompts the suspicion that perhaps the relevant statistic is Cobb’s age and not his, (for “expected” ERA).

In any case, Friday the 10 year veteran began the day at 3-4, and the aforementioned 4.26. His best game came on July 16 when he dominated Milwaukee here at Oracle Park, allowing only one run, and that unearned, in 7-1/3 inning of work.

The extent of his improvement since his recovery from a shoulder inflammation was still to be determined. Cobb’s progress, on the basis of tonight’s activity, has been more than satisfactory. When he left the game in the top of the seventh, Giants were trailing, 1-0, but Cobb had been terrific.

There was a runner on first, Nico Hoerner, who had just received the only base on balls Cobb had issued all night. Cobb had thrown 90 pitches, 55 of which were counted as strikes. The one tally he had surrendered was earned and came on a home run that was one of the only three hits charged to him, one of which could easily have been scored as an error by Jason Vosler. He reduced his ERA to 4.06, but he still took the loss, leaving him at 3-5.

His opposite number for the visiting Chicago Cubs, Marcus Stroman, stood at 2-5, 4.38 at game time. In his last outing, six days ago in Philadelphia, he held the Phllies to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings, leaving with a no decision.

Like Cobb, he has been hampered by injuries. In his two previous starts he had posted an ERA (real not expected) of 1.26 over 14-1/3 innings.His performance at Oracle Park this evening consisted of six frames of shutout ball in which he yielded eight safeties and a walk.

He struck out three Giants and threw a total of 95 pitches, 67 going down as strikes and brought his earned run average down to an even 3.00. He got the win, putting his W-L numbers at 3-5.

In the end, the Cubs prevaled in an exciting 4-2 battle.

Before game time, the Giants announced a piece of bad news that put a damper on last night’s sturing 4-2 win over the Cubbies, in which all the breaks had seemed to be in San Francisco’s favor.

Joc Pederson, who had banged his head against the wall leaping in vain to catch Patrick Wisdom’s seventh inning home run, was placed on the seven day IL with a concussion, at least the second he’s received in an MLB game. His roster replacement was Jason Vosler, who started tonight at third, batting in the eighth position.

The teams traded zeroes for four innings until Chicago broke through with a lead off the fifth with a home run by Wisdom, his 19th roundtripper and 50th RBI of the year. It travelled 368 feet, into the left field bleachers and came on a 94mph sinker. It was only the Cubs’ second hit of the contest.

After Cobb walked Hoerner to open the seventh, Dominic Leon relieved him and walked the first two Cubs he faced. Things looked dire, but Leone induced a rally killing 6-4-3 double play by Christopher Morel.

Scott Effross took over for Marcus Stroman after the fans murdered “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” He got two outs after granting a free lead off pass to Yermín Mercedes, hitting for Joey Bart. Wilmer Flores doubled to left, and Brandon Belt drew a full count walk, but the budding rally was nipped when Mike Yastrzemski grounded out to first.

It was John Brebbia on the mound for the orange and black in the top of the eighth. He set the Cubbies down in order.

Mychal Givens was the next hurler to hop on the Windy City carrousel, coming on board to start the home eighth. With one out, LaMonte Wade, Jr. lifted a fly ball to left center that fell for a Texas League double, a good example of why baseball should adopt the concept of a team error.

Austin Slater went to second as a pinch runner, and Vosler went down swinging for the second out, bringing on Austin Wynns, who replaced Bart behind the plate. He struck out swinging, stranding Slater at second, the 12th man San Francisco had left on base in eight innings.

Camilo Doval took over on the mound for the visitors’ ninth. After disposing of Ian Happ on a bounder to the mound, he walked Hoerner on four pitches, and then the roof fell in. Jason Wisdom hit a shot to left that third base umpire Charlie Ramps called fair before it bounced out of play.

The Giants challenged the call, but Jeff Nelson and Mark Wegner in New York let it stand. The rule book double put runners on second and third. Hoerner scored on a little nubber to the mound, and Wisdom followed suit when Alfonso Rivas singled to right, ending Doval’s abortive attempt to hold Chicago in check.

Sam Moll got Morel to hit a soft fly near the right field line that bounced off the heel of Yastrzemski’s glove. It looked like an error, but for some reason it was scored as a hit. Between innings, the scoring error was corrected, and Yastrzemski was charged with an error. Moll got his next two men, but the damage was done.

All that Chicago needed to even the series was for David Robertson, who came on in the bottom of the ninth, to hold the Giants to three runs or less and retire three batters. Tommy La Stella opened the inning with a double to right center, but Luis González flew out to left.

Flores brought the crowd to its feet with a high fly, deep to the left field corner that made it over the fence. All of a sudden, the score was 4-2. Belt singled to left, bringing Yastrzemski to the plate as the potential tying run. The only redemption Yaz got was that Belt moved into scoring position on his ground out to second. David Robertson kept him there by fanning Thairo Estrada to end the game.

The Giants will retire Will Clark’s number Saturday evening. The ceremony will start at 5:00, followed by a 6:05 start with the Cubs Drew Smyly (3-5,3.93) going against the Giants’ Jakob Junis (4-2,2.98)

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Will Rodon be on the trade deadline list?; Teams rumored to be interested

San Francisco Giants starter Carlos Rodon says he would like to remain in San Francisco but other teams more than likely will come calling before the trade deadline (AP News file photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Francisco are coming off a seven game losing streak an ugly road trip that saw them lose the entire trip something they haven’t done since 1985.

#2 Amongst the trouble on the trip pitcher Carlos Rodin became the talk of town after giving up the homers, kicking a bat into Thairo Estrada leg on Tuesday night.

#3 Rodin could be a rental and some say after Tuesday’s temper tantrum he could be out at the deadline.

#4 Manager Gabe Kapler said there’s a lot to deal with including the lack of Giant offense the Giants who have scored only six runs during the three game visit in Arizona.

#5 Cubs and Giants do battle for the Cubs Justin Steele (4-6, ERA 4.02) and for the Giants Alex Wood (6-8, ERA 4.21) how do you see this match up?

Marko Ukalovic filled in for Daniel Dullum for the San Francisco Giants podcasts at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants simply were snake bitten by D-Backs; Giants hope to get back on track against Cubs tonight

Alex Wood gets the call tonight for the San Francisco Giants in the first of four games against the Chicago Cubs starting Thu Jul 28, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

SF Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael if you had to explain why this team is having so much trouble where would you start?

#2. Talk about manager Gabe Kapler can he clearly see what the problems are for the club and are they difficult or easy fixes.

#3 The San Francisco Giants (48-50) had lost three out of four to the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park to end the first part of the season and once the second half started they were swept in four in Los Angeles and now three in Arizona what’s going to take to be a good team on the road?

#4 Looking at Logan Webb’s outing on Sunday he pitched seven innings, surrendering four earned runs on seven hits it just seem Webb and the Giants starters were snake bitten all series long by the Diamondbacks.

#5 Giants will open up a four game series starting tonight at Oracle Park against the Chicago Cubs (40-57). The Giants look at this as an opportunity to get back on the winning track returning back home and a change of scenery after their battles in LA and Arizona. The Cubs’ Justin Steele (4-6, 4.02) will get the start against Alex Wood (6-8, 4.21) for San Francisco a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

#6 Now for the fun part of the show and as many of you know Michael grows his own food in his own backyard. Jeremy Harness wanted to know if you grow mushrooms in your backyard and which are the best tasting?

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts Friday mornings at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Former Giant Bumgarner shows good command in D-Backs 8-3 win over Giants at Chase? White Sox cancel fireworks show over shooting that killed six; plus more news

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner walks to the dugout before their game before the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field in Phoenix on Mon Jul 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Arizona Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner said that he was excited to pitch on July 4th and picked up a win going five innings, giving up three earned runs, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts defeating his former team the San Francisco Giants 8-3.

#2 The Diamondbacks did most of the damage in the later innings against the Giants scoring twice in the sixth and eighth innings. It was the Giants 11th loss in 14 games and fifth loss in row.

#3 In the Chicago suburb Highland a lone gunman shot and killed six and 31 wounded at a Fourth of July Parade. Many of the dead and injured were sitting in seats along the parade route. The White Sox canceled their fireworks show which was to conclude after their game against the game almost was canceled but after talking to MLB the game was played.

#4 The Chicago Cubs Wilson Contreras who slide into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning at Wrigley Field and sliced the thigh of Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts who required seven stitches when his cleats hit Bogaerts right outside thigh.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels promoted catcher’s coach Bill Haselman to interim interim manager. The Angels current manager is Phil Nevin and acting interim manager Ray Montgomery are serving ten and two game suspension respectively.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at