San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Why so many no hitters? MLB hitting average has been .240

San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman seen here delivering against the Cincinnati Reds on Wed May 19, 2021 was throwing a no hitter into the sixth inning before being lifted (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 After may five no hitters in baseball you might question that’s a lot but after seven and if the San Francisco Giants Kevin Guasman was able to keep the Cincinnati Reds off base on Wednesday night that might have been the eighth no hitter of the season.

#2 At the pace of no hitters being pitched there could be up to 20 no hitters thrown by the end of June.

#3 One of the top reasons brought up why there are so many no hitters is the league batting average is .236 going into Wednesday’s games with 12 MLB teams hitting an average of .240.

#4 Is the other part of the reason why there are so many no hitters is that the pitching is better and ball is not as tight as it was.

#5 The Seattle Mariners have been struggling at the plate needless to say and have been no hit twice already is less than a week.

Join Michael for the San Francisco Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants laughing all the way to a sweep clobber Reds 19-4 in Thursday matinee

The San Francisco Giants Kevin Duggar goes yard for a grand slam in the top of the third inning at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati against the Cincinnati Reds Thu May 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Thursday in blowout fashion — with a 19-4 victory that was the best offensive showing in MLB so far this season.

Steven Duggar hit a 427-foot grand slam, the first of his career, in the third inning. Brandon Crawford hit his 11th, the most within the team, and drove in six runs. Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer also in the third inning. The Giants lead 10-1 by the end of the third.

In the seventh inning, Evan Longoria had a two-run shot and San Francisco was up 18-2.

“It was just a contagious day today,” Duggar said. “It was a good day to be at the plate, for sure.”

The Reds scored two runs in the eighth inning but the Giants had a final run in the ninth and sealed the victory at 19-4.

“You don’t expect a 19-run outburst like this. It happens once once in a blue moon, but I do think it’s an indication that we’re having quality at-bats,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

He added of Duggar’s longest homer in his career: “He had a pretty magnetic smile as he came into the dugout.”

It was San Francisco’s first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1983 as well as their first sweep of the Reds since 1990.

The Giants finished the East Coast road trip with six wins in eight games against the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. They improved to 28-16, the best record in the league, and strengthen their spot at the top of the NL West.

Kapler was very pleased but made clear the team is far from being comfortable.

“We’re staying humble and we’re staying hungry, because we’ve got a long way to go,” Kapler said. “We’re not going to ever be disappointed with a 6-2 road trip to the East Coast, it’s very encouraging, but we know that we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

But as it stands, the Giants are in exactly the position they want to be in ahead of their biggest series of the year.

San Francisco hosts the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Friday for the first of a three-game series. It is the first meeting of the season between the rivals. First pitch is at 6:45 p.m.

Guasman pitches one hit ball into the sixth inning; Giants defeat Reds 4-0

San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman throws to the Cincinnati Reds line up in the third inning at Great American Ball Park on Wed May 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

San Francisco Giants ace Kevin Gausman propelled the team to a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night to clinch the series at Great American Ball Park and stay on top of the NL West by a half game.

Gausmin allowed one hit and two walks in six innings. He retired the first 10 batters, then let Nick Castellanos walk in the fourth inning. The Reds missed the opportunity to score as Mike Tauchman made a leaping catch at the left field wall.

In the fifth inning, shortstop Mauricio Dubón doubled and Tauchman had a single. With a one run lead and two runners on base, the Giants took a 1-0 lead.

Catcher Buster Posey had a three-run double to left center field with two outs in the eighth inning.

At the top of the ninth inning, Reds reliever Carson Fulmer loaded the bases and Posey hit a double clearing the bases and boosting San Francisco to 4-0.

The Giants used relievers Zack Littell and Jack McGee in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. They saved Tyler Rogers for the ninth against the best Reds batters. The first two Reds got past Rogers but he retired the next three and gave San Francisco a shutout win.

Reds starter Wade Miley, who had a no-hitter on May 7, gave up one run and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

San Francisco beat Cincinnati for the third straight night after Logan Webb threw six shutout innings for a 6-3 victory on Monday night and Anthony DeSclafani allowed just one run in seven innings for a 4-2 win on Tuesday.

The Giants have the chance to sweep the Reds in the series on Thursday, before returning home to host the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch in Cincinnati is at 9:35 a.m.

DeSclafani enjoys return to Cincinnati, home runs propel Giants past Reds 4-2

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitching against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Bank Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tue May 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Anthony DeSclafani enjoyed a successful return to Cincinnati on Tuesday, as he worked seven strong innings for San Francisco as the Giants defeated the Reds 4-2 at Great American Ballpark.

The win was the fourth for San Francisco in six games on its current road trip.

DeSclafani (4-1), who spent six seasons in Cincinnati, gave up one run on six hits, two walks and struck out seven while throwing 107 pitches over seven innings. He settled in after surrendering a first-inning leadoff home run to Jesse Winkler.

Luis Castillo (1-6) logged 11 strikeouts in six innings, along with three walks and six hits.

Alex Dickerson provided the offensive punch for the Giants with a three-run home run into the right field corner in the fourth inning, giving San Francisco a 3-1 lead. Dickerson’s round-tripper – his fourth of the season – also helped set a franchise-record 15 consecutive road games with at least one home run.

Brandon Crawford connected on a hanging slider from Heath Hembree in the seventh, extending the Giants’ lead to 4-1 with his 10th home run of the year. Crawford also has 23 runs batted in.

Dickerson was 3-for-4 and Crawford was 2-for-4. Both teams had eight hits.

Nick Castellanos homered to left-center off Giants reliever Zack Littell, closing the Reds’ deficit to 4-2. Jake McGee earned his 11th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

San Francisco second baseman Wilmer Flores left the game in the second inning after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. The Giants said Flores would be evaluated further on Wednesday.

Lefthander Wade Miley (4-3, 3.69) will start for Cincinnati on Wednesday, facing Giants righthander Kevin Gausman (3-0, 1.84). Miley threw a no-hitter on May 7, but went three innings in his last start.

Giants day off report: Giants open four game series in Pittsburgh Thursday night

San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is seen here in as the Los Angeles Dodgers general manager in this Nov 9, 2016 photo said that he will be looking for left handed hitting for the Giants when the trade deadline comes around in July (AP News file photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants enjoyed a day off on Wednesday after a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday to sweep the two-game series and safeguard their spot at the top of the NL West. They now lead the San Diego Padres by two games and the Los Angeles Dodgers by three games.

Holding a 22-14 record, the Giants are tied at the most wins with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox. San Francisco and St. Louis, with a .611 win percentage, are the best in the league.

The Giants are on the road to face the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds before returning to Oracle Park to host the defending champion Dodgers. First pitch for Thursday’s game at PNC Park is at 3:35 p.m.

On Tuesday, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi spoke about the MLB trade deadline more than two months away, in light of how well the team is doing now. Zaidi said that last year the organization talked quite a bit about adding a left-handed bat which could have been the difference. The Giants ended up finishing last season a pitch away from making the playoffs.

“A lot of the best pieces in July are if you add a complementary piece that really addresses an area of need and can really clean up the roster. We’ll be looking at all those things,” Zaidi said on KNBR’s “Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks” show.

“It’s really early and I don’t see ourselves positioning as a buyer or a seller, but we’re in this to be competitive,” he continued. “You like to reward a clubhouse and a group that’s playing well like the way our guys are right now.”

The Giants spent much of Tuesday also celebrating a home run by right fielder Drew Robinson in their Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats. Robinson’s solo homer in the top of the second inning was cheered across the minor and major leagues because it was his first since he lost an eye in an attempted suicide in April 2020.

— _

Offense comes though in a big way to give Giants a huge win 7-6

San Francisco Giants Wilmer Flores right who hit a sacrifice fly to score Donavon Solano (left) for a run in the bottom of the seventh inning that stood up as the Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds by a run at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tue Apr 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

After seeing their four-game winning streak come to an end in the opener, the San Francisco Giants wanted to get off to a fast start; however, it was the Cincinnati Reds who did that.

The Reds scored four runs in the first inning, but the Giants came back with four of their own in the bottom half and finally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on their way to a 7-6 victory at Oracle Park.

There was history made in the first inning, as it was the first time in the 22-year history of Oracle Park that there were four home runs in the first inning.

Joey Votto and Mike Moustakas each two-run home runs in the top of the first off of Kevin Gausman, but the Giants got a pair of two-run home runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, as Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford each slammed two run home runs to knot up the game.

That would be the lead for a half-inning, as Nick Castellanos doubled to left field off of Gausman to score Jesse Winker and that could have been the end of the night for Gausman; however, he stayed in the game.

Evan Longoria continued his hot start to the 2021 season, as he tied up the game with one swing of the bat, as he hit his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning. Austin Slater then gave the Giants their first lead of the game, as he tripled to center field to score Buster Posey.

Unfortunately for the Giants, the Reds tied it up, as Alex Blandino singled off of Crawfords glove to score Jonathan India.

Wilmer Flores gave the Giants the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to score Donovan Solano.

Once again, the Giants got solid starting pitching from their starter, as Gausman ended up going six strong innings, allowing five runs on four hits, walking two and striking out seven before giving way to the strong Giants bullpen.

Even though Gausman went six innings, but the streak of starters allowing three runs or less ended at 10 games, as Gausman gave up five runs. The 10-game streak tied for the second longest in team history, tying the 1937 team and two shy of the 2002 team, oh yeah, both of those went on to win the National League pennant.

After going six strong with Gausman, Gabe Kapler went to the bullpen; however, Wandy Peralta was unable to hold the lead, as he committed a balk, one run on two hits, including that game-tying single to Blandino; however, the Solano sacrifice fly ended up giving Peralta his second win of the season.

Tyler Rogers pitched a perfect eighth inning, as he struck out the side before giving way to closer Jake McGee in the top of the ninth inning.

McGee got Nick Senzel to fly out for the first out of the inning, but then walked India and then bounced back to get Aristides Aquino and Tyler Stevenson out on called strike threes to notch his fifth save of the season.

NOTES: After a terrible start to the season in 2020 on defense, the Giants once did not commit an error and thru the 11 games of the season, they have committed only two errors. Thru the first 11 games of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the defense committed 11 errors.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto closes out the home stand on Wednesday afternoon, as he takes the mound, while the Reds will send Tyler Mahle to the hill.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants getting good starting pitching at the start of season

San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto seen here working in the first inning later pitched into the ninth inning on Sat Apr 9, 2021 against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

#1 The San Francisco Giants (5-3) have won five of their last seven games most of those wins have come on the road. They opened the home season last Friday and have won the series form the visiting Colorado Rockies.

#2 The Giants are getting key hits as the Giants Brandon Belt demonstrated with his three run home run on Saturday it proved to be a vital homer has the Giants would win that game by a run.

#3 The Giants also have been getting key pitching from starter Johnny Cueto in Friday’s home opener he got into the ninth inning and held the Rockies to just one run and gave up four hits.

#4 In Saturday’s 4-3 game the Giants starter Logan Webb gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings of work but four pitchers mopped up in relief not giving up a run for that win as the bullpen comes through.

#5 The Giants open a series with the Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds (5-3). The Reds until Saturday had a six game win streak going. The have been getting excellent pitching in their series last week against the Pittsburgh Pirates they’re offense scored 36 runs in the four game series against the Bucs. How do you see this series which kicks off tonight at Oracle Park?

Join Morris for the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips Mon Apr 12, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Giants take Thursday off before homestand with Rox and Reds

San Francisco Giants hitter Evan Longoria swings hard enough to break his bat for a ground out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Mon Apr 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Following a much-needed extra-inning victory over San Diego on Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants have an off day on Thursday before starting a weekend homestand hosting the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.

The Rockies are off to a 2-4 start, while the Giants are 3-3. Colorado is fifth in the National League in runs scored (37), but struggle with an overall team batting average of .228 (16th). In between a season-opening win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and Wednesday’s 8-0 victory over Arizona, the Rockies lost four straight games.

Ryan McMahon leads the Colorado offense with four home runs and a .381 average and seven runs batted in.

Giants hitting leaders in the early going include Donovan Solano (.409 average), Evan Longoria (.318 avg., .773 slugging percentage, three home runs and five RBI), and Darin Ruf (three RBI, .400 OBP).

Kevin Gausman has yet to win a decision for San Francisco, but has an 0.66 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings along with 11 strikeouts and a 1.32 earned run average in two starts. Jake McGee has a win and two saves out of the bullpen with five strikeouts in four innings.

The weekend probable pitchers (Colorado-San Francisco): Friday – Austin Gomber (0-1, 3.00) vs. Johnny Cueto (0-0, 4.76); Saturday – Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 5.40) vs. Logan Webb (0-1, 5.06); Sunday – German Marquez (0-0, 3.60) vs. Anthony Desclafani (0-0, 1.80).

Following the series with Colorado, the Giants host Cincinnati Monday through Wednesday before an eastern road trip to Miami and Philadelphia.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Pete Rose How do you like me now?

washingtonpost.com file photo circa 1989: Former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is questioned over betting on baseball in the Reds dugout before a game in 1989 at Riverfront Stadium

Pete Rose: How do You Like me Now?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

Amid the controversy over the sign-stealing scandal,which followed the steroids-era,it is fair to say that Peter Edward Rose,also known as “Charlie Hustle”, Pete Rose, who played in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986, might be “looking good” today. Rose hit 4,256 hits more than any other player. He gambled but only on his own team winning as a manager. Ty Cobb ended second in hits with 4,191 and nobody alive today is close to 4,000 hits.

The question today: Is it time to let Pete Rose into Cooperstown? I believe so. I know baseball ultimate sin is gambling, and there are lots of degenerate gamblers all over, many go to Las Vegas to bet on baseball games,but nobody has 4,256 hits. Charlie Hustle was always on base, played for 24 Years (10 of those years 200 plus hits) 3,562 Games,15,890 Plate Appearances,14,053 at Bats. Only one season he struck out over 100 times. Total strike outs for Rose in those 24 seasons:1,143. This strike out category is very similar to Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio, two of the greatest pure hitters in history. I will render my verdict at the end, the way I see it as if I was a juror.

Twenty-nine years have gone-by since 1991 when the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those “permanently ineligible” list from induction. Those players were previously excluded by informal agreement among voters. Pete Rose admitted in 2004 that he bet on baseball and on the Reds. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Major League Baseball are two different entities. However (as of today) the Hall of Fame states that no one on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list can be inducted into Cooperstown. So this means Pete Rose is out.

Hypocrisy? MLB has changed their attitude toward gambling. On November 27,2018 they announced that MGM had become its “official gaming partner”. I know people that bet on different legal sites in the US, the Fantasy Draft attracts a lot of sports betting fans, they have fantasy players on their list and is very popular, specially with the younger crowd of fans. And isn’t that what MLB wants? To bring young people back to baseball?

If it sounds confusing, mixed signals. It is. At the end is baseball that will have to deal with this,with the changes in the culture we live in. I do not have the answer.That is for the “moral philosophers” out there that examine the nature of ethics and foundation of good and back character in our society. Not to mention we are now in the robotic era and social media.

One last question, before my verdict. What stops somebody that stole signs from betting on those games they knew they had the edge?

My verdict: Put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame, as a player and put an asterisk on his plaque as a manager. And stop fooling yourselves.

Hasta la Vista!

Headline Sports with London Marq: AT&T underway with Mickelson back; Warriors dealing at the deadline; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: Comedian Bill Murray takes a cut on the green at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am on Thu Feb 6, 2020

On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 The AT&T at Pebble Beach Pro Am is under way and fan favorite Phil Mickelson is there. Mickelson won last year’s tournament by three shots.

#2 The Golden State Warriors were sellers dealing Glen Robinson III and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night and dealing D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night

#3 Talk about some of the San Francisco Giants pitchers vying for a spot in the rotation to name a few, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Shaun Anderson, Tyler Beade, Derek Rodriguez, and Aaron Saurez.

#4 Former Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is asking MLB for reinstatement citing sign stealing and steroids issues that might support his defense to have a shot into the Hall of Fame

#5 The Sacramento Kings host a very talented Miami Heat team on Friday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento. The Kings are coming off a big win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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