Giants bullpen throws 3-0 shutout at Rockies

The San Francisco Giants Mike Yastrzemski who hit a home run against the Colorado Rockies on Thu Sep 22, 2022 at Coors Field in Denver (San Francisco Chronicle file photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Mike Yastrzemski homered, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Joc Pederson each added run-scoring singles, and the San Francisco Giants blanked the Colorado Rockies 3-0 Thursday at Coors Field in Denver.

Jharel Cotton (1-0), the fourth Giants pitcher in a six-man bullpen game, gave up two hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Opener John Brebbia threw the first inning, followed by Tyler Rogers, Jarlin Garcia, Cotton, Scott Alexander and Camilo Doval, who struck out one and earned his 24th save of the season.

The Giants bullpen scattered 10 hits with one walk in the combinerd shutout.

Starter Jose Urela (3-7) gave up the first two San Francisco runs in 5 2/3 innings and took the loss for Colorado.

The Giants went ahead to stay in the top of the first when Yastrzemski doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Pederson’s two-out single to center.

In the top of the fifth, Yastrzemski homered to right, making it 2-0. The Giants extended their lead to 3-0 in the seventh when Luis Gonzalez reached on an infield single, moved to second on Joey Bart’s groundout, and scored on Wade’s single to center.

The Giants open a three-game weekend series in Phoenix Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Yastrzemski HR and Giants use six pitchers to shutout Rockies

San Francisco Giants Mike Yastrzemski rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was hitting .207 after Tuesday’s contest he came into Thursday’s game and slugged a much needed home run and was relieved to make contact with the baseball once again. There had been talk whether he would come back next season or not.

#2 The Giants Joc Pederson and LeMonte Wade both hit for an RBI single to contribute to the Giants two other runs in the 3-0 win.

#3 The win for the Giants helped get their first four game sweep over the Colorado Rockies since Jul 15-17, 2019.

#4 The loss Thursday was the Rockies fifth straight loss and this was the 12th time they got shutout this season.

#5 The giants open a three game series in Arizona Friday night Carlos Rodon starts for the Giants (13-8, 2.84) no pitcher announced for the Arizona Diamondbacks a 6:40pm PDT first pitch.

Join Daniel for the Giants podcasts Thursday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Buster Posey joins Giants ownership group

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey talks with a friend as he hugs his children Addison and Lee with his wife, Kristen, right, Thu Nov 4, 2021 Posey said he was retiring from baseball but has announced he is joining the Giants ownership team as of Tue Sep 20, 2022 (AP News file photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Former San Francisco Giant catcher Buster Posey will become one of the first former players to join the ownership group does this come as a surprise to you?

#2 Giants chairman Greg Johnson said that it was Buster who approached the ownership group and the group noted that they were excited that he would become part of the ownership group. That said will Buster be the face of the ownership much like Derek Jeter was for the Miami Marlins or Magic Johnson was for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

#3 Posey who moved to Georgia and said that he feels a connection to the Bay Area, the Giants organization, and said being a former player he would be beneficial to growing he game.

#4 Mike Yastrzemski’s numbers have slipped after hitting 21 home runs in 105 games in 2019 has dropped to a .225 batting average with 25 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2021 and currently is hitting .207 as of Tuesday. Is his status of returning to the Giants in 2023 in jeopardy?

#5 Michael the Giants conclude their four game series with the Colorado Rockies in a day game today at 12:10pm at Coors Field. Starters for the Giants John Brebbia (6-2, 2.86) and for the Rockies Jose Urena (3-6, 5.49) a 12:10 pm PDT.

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants score early and often in 6-3 win over Rockies

Top of the third inning San Francisco Giants hitter Joey Bart watches the flight of his triple against the Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland at Coors Field in Denver on Tue Sep 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The San Francisco Giants, behind s timely nine-hit attack and a solid effort from the bullpen, defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Tuesday at Coors Field in Denver.

Tyler Rogers (3-4) picked up the win in relief, throwing two scoreless innings after replacing Giants opener John Brebbia. Sean Hjelle gave up two runs on six hits in four innings, and Thomas Szapucki gave up the other Rockies run in the eighth.

Yunior Marte worked 2/3 of the ninth, and Jarlin Garcia got the final out for his first save of the season,

Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (9-10) took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits over six innings,

The Giants never trailed in the NL West contest. Mike Yastrzemski’s RBI single opened the scoring in the top of the third. In the San Francisco sixth, the Giants got run scoring doubles from Thairo Estrada and Evan Longoria. C.J. Cron’s solo home run in the bottom of the sixth put the Rockies on the scoreboard at 3-1.

San Francisco made it 5-1 in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by David Villar, and an RBI double by Austin Slater.

The Rockies pulled to within 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Cron doubled to deep center, driving in Alan Trejo and Yonathan Daza. But the Giants tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth on Estrada’a RBI single.

San Francisco and Colorado meet again on Wednesday. Logan Webb (13-9, 3.02) starts for the Giants, facing the Rockies’ German Marquez (8-11, 5.14).

Dodgers score twice in 10th and hold on to win4-3

The San Francisco Giants JD Davis connects for RBI double against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Sep 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles (101-44). 4. 6. 1

San Francisco (69-77). 3. 6. 0. 10 innings

Sunday, September 18, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Nothing in the record of Andrew Heaney, who started for Los Angeles in this afternoon’s heart breaking 4-3 Giants loss to the Dodgers in the NL West champions’ warm up for the postseason suggests that he is a Giant killer.

The southpaw, whose overall record for the year was 3-2, 2.84. was 1-3, 6.92 lifetime against San Francisco. He’s faced them twice this year, pitching decently here on August 1 but lasting only four innings, in which he yielded a run on four hits. In his other, most recent start, the Giants got to him for six runs, all earned, on six hits in six innings, handing him his second loss of the season

This afternoon, however, the nine year veteran southpaw turned in an outstanding performance, although as he had in August, Heaney went a mere four innings into the game. He shut the Giants out on two hits and a walk, striking out eight. He threw 65 pitches, of which 44 were strikes. He left with a. 1-0 lead without having lasted long enough to get a decision but did bring his ERA down to 2.66.

On the bump for the slumping hosts was 6-6, 3.48 Alex Cobb. When the Dodgers had gotten through dealing with their hosts, those numbers were unchanged. Cobb, as the Giants game notes never fail to tell us, has expected earned run and fielding independent pitching averages well below his real ones; 3.09 vs. 3.48 and 2.83 vs. 2.88, respectively.

I recognize the importance of statistical analysis, but I put at least as much emphasis on the noun as on the adjective. A statistician is, as the old quip has it, someone who drowns crossing a river that has an average depth of three feet.

Cobb’s performance today was what you’d expect from his real, not expected ERA. The 6’1″,207 lb. righty went 5-1/3 innings, in which he allowed two runs, both earned, which left his ERA where it was when he began, 3.48. He yielded four hits and three walks, throwing 95 pitches, 60 for strikes. He wasn’t involved in the decision, the loss being charged to John Brebbia in relief. He’s now 6-2, 2.90.

From the start, the strong winds off the bay were a frequent problem for whichever team was in the field; Mookie Betts’ game opening windblown fly was Los Angeles’ only hit until the top of the fourth.

Heliot Ramos’s racing catch of Trea Turner’s wind aided fly to deep right in the third and a brief spell of sunshine drew more applause than anything else until Justin Turner’s line drive just over the glove of a leaping Evan Longoria with Freddie Freeman on first and nobody out landed in in left field for an RBI double that put LA ahead 1-0.

A portion of the crowd, which was fairly evenly divided between Dodger and Giant fans, roared its approval. One out later, Ramos made another spectacular catch, this time of Tayce Thompson’s drive to deep right center caused an uproar from the other portion. Then, with Chris Taylor at bat, the clouds burst, the field was inundated, and the game was suspended at 5:15.

Play resumed some 20 minutes later, with Cobb striking Taylor out looking.

Thairo Estrada, leading off for the Giants immediately after the strikeout, stroked the orange and gold’s first safety of the day, a single to right center. David Villar took a called third strike. Then Wilmer Flores smacked an automatic double that would have scored Estrada had it not hopped over the left center field fence at the Konica Minolta advertisement.

A walk to JD Davis loaded the bases with one down.. But Heaney stopped the Giants’ in their tracks, fanning Longoria and Bart on fastballs in the mid 90s.

Fellow portsider Caleb Ferguson relieved Heaney to start the home fifth and yielded a full count leadoff double by Lewis Brinson that flew over the glove of the leaping Max Muncy at third into left field.

Brinson moved up to third with a head first slide on Luis González’s fly out to center and held his base when Heliot Ramos grounded out to third. Estrada then sent a grounder to short on which Trea Turner made a nice play, but his throw to first was high and drew Freeman off the bag, allowing Brinson to score the unearned run that tied the game.

Los Angeles came roaring back in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double to right center by that selfsame Turner. Brinson, whose slide into third had resembled a stumble, seemed to slip in his attempt to get to ball.

Freeman then drove that Turner home with a single to right that put LA back head, 2-1 and brought the other Turner, Justin, to the plate. He hit a hard liner to left that González caught for the first one. But that was enough to end Cobb’s outing. Lefty Scott Alexander took his place on the mound and shut the Dodgers down without further damage in spite of a single by Muncy.

Ferguson gave way to righty Phil Bickford, who disposed of the Giants in the bottom without allowing a base runner.

Alexander pitched to one batter in the seventh, retiring Cody Bellinger on a line drive to Davis at first. Submariner Tyler Rogers put his particular spin on things, retiring Austin Barnes and Mookie Betts out on nine pitches and retiring the side in order in the eighth.

Evan Phillips pitched the home seventh for the visitors. He allowed a single to LaMonte Wade, Jr., hitting for Bart, but struck out his other three adversaries, including Yastrzemski, who hit for Brinson.

Alex Vesia’s first acts on assuming mound duties for Los Angeles in the bottom of the eighth was to walk number nine hitter Ramos and number one hitter Estrada. Pederson made an ill-advised attempt to bunt with two strikes and struck out.

Flores sent Bellinger to the Konica-Minolta sign, where he made a leaping catch of the Giants’ second sacker’s drive for the second out, Ramos taking third on the play. Then Davis tied the game with an automatic double over the right center field fence that brought in Ramos.

After an intentional pass to Longoria that loaded the bases, the rally ended with Wade going down swinging.

Camilo Doval tried to preserve the tie in the top of the ninth. He started off inauspiciously with a four pitch walk to Muncy but recovered to whiff Thompson and Taylor and get Bellinger to fly out to Ramos in right.

Now Craig Kimbrel had to keep the Giants off the board to keep the Dodgers in the game. Yaz popped out to third. Austin Wynns, now the catcher, grounded out to short. Ramos was fooled on an 0-2 knuckle curve and went down swinging for the third out. Kimbrel was the eventual winning pitcher and now. is 5-6, 3.96.

John Brebbia, who started yesterday’s bullpen game, came in to pitch the 10th inning in tonight’s extra inning thriller. Austin Barnes sacrificed zombie runner Bellinger to third, and Betts drove him in by lacing in a double to left.

Trea Turner smacked deep right, on which Ramos made a beautiful catch and a strong throw, but Betts reached third safely. Brebbia granted an intentional walk to Freeman, stole second, and an unintentional. one to Justin Turner to clog the basepaths.

Thomas Szapucki to the rescue! Vain hope! Szapucki walked Muncy, with his BA of .201, to force in the second Dodger tally of the frame and reload the bases. Szkapucki whiffed Thompson to allow San Francisco a reasonable chance of turning things around against Andre Jackson, who had pitched two big league innings so far this season.

Ramos was, of course, the placed baserunner. Jackson walked Estrada. Pederson almost gave the Giants the win with a drive to the portals in right that moved Ramos to third. Flores dropped a single to right that brought in Ramos.

Estrada stopped at second, in scoring position with one down. After an eight pitch at bat, Davis went down swinging for the second out. It now was a battle between Jackson and Longoria. The count went to 3-2 before the Giants’ third baseman walked to load the bases.

Now it was Justin Bruihl the lefty who got the final out in last night’s Dodger win, pitching for them against LaWade, Jr. He drove a 2-2 pitch into McCovey Cove … just a few feet to the right of the foul pole. Then, on a full count, Wade grounded out, first Freeman to Bruihl, who gained his first major league save.

The players of the game today were the grounds crew, who kept the field in playing condition in spite of the repeated soakings it endured.

The Giants move on to Denver tomorrow, where Jakob Junis (4-6, 4.15) will face the Blake Street Bombers, who will counter with Chad Kuhl (6-9, 5.33). Game time is 5:40 pm, Pacific time.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Flores’ go ahead sac fly puts Giants in drivers seat for 9-8 win over Rockies in 11 innings

San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria who hit a grand slam home run is greeted in the Giants dugout at Coors Field in Denver on Sun Aug 21, 2022 (NBC Bay Area photo grab)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, nothing like getting the key hit which turned out to be a sac fly by the San Francisco Giants Wilmer Flores in the top of the 11th inning that gave the Giants an eventual win over the Colorado Rockies 9-8.

#2 The Giants Evan Longoria is swinging a hot bat with a grand slam and three hits against the Rockies on Sunday.

#3 Elehuris Montero is swinging a hot bat for the Rockies hitting a home run in each of his last three games. Randal Grichuk and Brian Serven contributed with a homer a piece but all for not as the Rockies fell short by a run in the loss.

#4 The San Francisco Giants starter Jakob Junis was the first of eight pitchers, Junis went 6.2 innings, five innings, three earned runs, and six strikeouts. The Rockies scored a lot of runs but Junis went long enough to help in the starting role.

#5 The Giants snapped a four game losing streak they got grand slam help from Evan Longoria it seems that everything had to go just right for the Giants go come away with this win on Sunday.

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

San Francisco Breaks Four-Game Losing Streak Beats Colorado In 11th Inning 9-8

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria (10) gets congratulated as the Giants defeat the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on Sun Aug 21, 2022 (@SFGiants photo)

San Francisco Breaks Four-Game Losing Streak Beats Colorado In 11th Inning 9-8

By Barbara Mason

Sunday afternoon the Colorado Rockies (53-70) and Coors Field hosted the San Francisco Giants (60-61) in the final game of their three game series. The Rockies took the first two games of the series and the Giants were hoping to avoid the sweep.

Unlike the first two games, San Francisco got on the scoreboard early. Brandon Crawford singled in the second inning driving in Evan Longoria for an early 1-0 lead. The Giants extended their lead in the same inning when Austin Wynns also singled driving in Thairo Estrada, the score now 2-0.

Just when it looked like the Giants had something going in this game, Colorado tied it all up in the fifth inning. Brian Serven sent a bullet out of the park and Sam Hilliard scored. The Rockies had evened the score at 2-2.

In the seventh inning, the Giants after four quiet innings, erupted with an Evan Longoria homer with the bases loaded. Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Slater and J.D. Davis all scored giving San Francisco a 6-2 lead. The Rockies added another run in the seventh inning off a Elehuris Montero solo home run.

The Giants were leading after eight innings 6-3 and Colorado was running out of time if a sweep was in their future. Although the Giants only had seven hits in the game the turning point was the grand slam from Longoria.

The Rockies continued to hang around and scored a run in the eighth inning. Charlie Blackmon singled driving in Ryan McMahon, the Rockies now trailing 6-4. Colorado tied up this game when Randal Grichuk homered and Blackmon scored. San Francisco found themselves in the same position as they did yesterday; tied up going into the ninth inning.

Neither team could finish this game off in the ninth inning and again the teams went into extra innings, a repeat of yesterday’s game. Unlike yesterday, the Giants took the lead in the tenth inning Thairo Estrada singled driving in Joc Pederson for a 7-6 lead.

The Giants would add to that lead off a Wynns double that scored Estrada. Leading 8-6 San Francisco was three outs away from breaking their four-game losing streak.

The Giants were not off the hook by a long shot. In the bottom of the tenth inning Colorado’s McMahon hit a single and Bernard on second scored, now only trailing by a single run. Blackmon would remedy that.

He singled driving in McMahon and we had a tie game 8-8. With the bases loaded and two outs, Colorado was looking for the sweep. San Francisco held on and this game was on to 11th inning.

Wilmer Flores hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning giving the Giants back the lead 9-8. Yastrzemski scored the run that would prove to be the winner. The San Francisco Giants were able to grind this one out the final 9-8.

They had to pull out all the stops to win this game and put an end their losing streak. It was long and at times ugly but the Giants refused to give this game away.

Tuesday night the Giants begin a two-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. San Francisco will be sending ace Carlos Rodon to the mound with a 2.89 ERA and an outstanding win/loss record of 11-6. The Giants offense will be facing Tiger pitcher Drew Hutchison (1-6, 4.23). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM PT.

Rocks Beat Giants in tenth 4-3; SF suffers fourth loss in a row

San Francisco Giants third baseman J.D. Davis, right, puts the tag on Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon who got hung up between third and home trying to score on a grounder hit by Randal Grichuk in the bottom of the third inning at Coors Field on Sat Aug 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

Rockies Beat Giants In Tenth Inning 4-3.

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the San Francisco Giants (59-60) were back at Coors Field taking on the Colorado Rockies (53-69) in game two of their three game series and just couldn’t hold on and lost in ten innings 4-3. Friday night the Giants lost game one 7-4 despite a valiant effort in the seventh inning scoring three runs.

Saturday game recap: The Rockies were first up on the scoreboard in the third inning scoring twice for the 2-0 lead. Brendan Rogers doubled driving in Jose Iglesias for the first run. Ryan McMahon would follow that up with a single that drove in Rogers.

San Francisco would tie up this game 2-2. Both runs came off solo homers; the first in the sixth inning off the bat of Joey Bart. In the seventh inning Brandon Crawford homered to right center field and we had a tie ball game.

The Rockies wasted no time regaining the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Wynton Bernard singled driving in Sam Hiliard going back on top 3-2. Colorado would take the 3-2 lead into the ninth inning. The Giants were three outs away from losing game two of this series.

Tommy LaStella hit a single in the top of the ninth inning and San Francisco was still alive with two outs. Austin Slater came in to run for LaStella. Brandon Crawford doubled driving in Slater and the Giants had tied up the game 3-3. San Francisco held the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth with a six pitch inning and this game was going into extra innings.

The Rockies won this game in the tenth inning, a walk off for the 4-3 win. Brandon Rodgers singled to center and Wynton Bernard crossed home plate for their second win in this series. San Francisco had lost their fourth game in a row. San Francisco only had five hits in the game while Colorado had 12. The Giants offense continues to struggle. They got some monster hits from Brandon Crawford in this game but it was just not enough.

San Francisco will play a day game Sunday to finish off this series. They will try to avoid the sweep sending Jakob Junis to the mound with a 3.53 ERA and a 4-3 win loss record. Colorado will send Kyle Freeland 7-8 with a 4.82 ERA, the best pitcher that the Giants have faced in this series. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 PM PT.

Giants Lose Series Opener To Colorado 7-4; Giants drop third game in a row

San Francisco Giant Joc Pederson celebrates after hitting a top of the sixth inning home run for a solo shot at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies (AP News photo)

Giants Lose Series Opener To Colorado 7-4

By Barbara Mason

After splitting a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Francisco Giants (59-60) traveled to Colorado to take on the Rockies (52-69) in a three game series. The Giants had really gotten back on track but hit a slight bump in the Arizona series. There was no bump on Friday night at Coors Field with a 7-4 loss as the Giants dropped their third game in a row.

The Rockies got off to a quick start int the first inning. Elehuris Montero homered with Randle Grichuk on base and Colorado had taken an early 2-0 lead. Connor Joe would add another run for the Rockies with a solo homer to left giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

The fifth inning extended the Colorado lead and it was not looking promising for the Giants through five innings. Jose Iglesias doubled driving Wynton Bernard home extending their lead to 4-0. Montero would hit his second home run of the game in the fifth with Iglesias and Grichuk on base and the Rockies had built a 7-0 lead.

San Francisco finally got up on the board in the sixth inning when Joc Pederson hit a solo home run. They still had a lot of work left to do trailing 7-1.

It was an encouraging seventh inning for San Francisco. They came away with three runs cutting the Colorado lead to 7-4. With the bases loaded Lucas Gilbreath hit Joey Bart and Mike Yastrzemski came home from third base. With the bases still loaded, Austin Slater singled and both Brandon Crawford and J.D. Davis scored.

Going into the ninth inning, the Giants were three outs away from losing the series opener. San Francisco had dug too deep a hole to recover. Colorado pitcher Jose Urena had an exceptional game going 6.2 innings and giving up 3 hits and 3 runs. The final was 7-4 in favor of the Rockies. San Francisco only had five hits to Colorado’s ten.

Tomorrow the Giants will be looking to tie up the series. Alex Cobb (4-6, 3.00) will take the mound for San Francisco. The Rockies will send Ryan Feltner (2-4, 6.39) who is a bit shaky with a 10.38 ERA in the last seven days. First pitch at Coors Field is scheduled for 5:10 PM PT.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Webb suffers sixth loss for Giants; SF drops to .500 at 59-59

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb gets lifted by Giants manager Gabe Kapler in the top of the fifth at Oracle Park in San Francisco while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thu Aug 18, 2022 (AP news photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 There was little doubt that Arizona Diamondbacks (55-63) pitcher Zac Gallen had good control of the San Francisco Giants (59-59) line up on Thursday afternoon at Oracle Park.

#2 Gallen who shut the Giants out 5-0 pitched 7.1 innings striking out 12 batters, didn’t walk a batter and gave up just four hits.

#3 Gallen’s numbers are impressive he improved his record to 9-2. He’s on a Sandy Koufax type track throwing 21.1 innings of shutout ball. 

#4 The Giants signed a free agent pitcher Andrew Vasquez on Thursday how effective will he be in helping the rotation?

#5 The Giants open up a three game series in Colorado at Coors Field on Friday night at 5:40 pm PDT. Starting pitcher for the Giants Alex Wood (8-9, 4.18) he’ll be opposed by the Rockies Jose Urena (1-4, 4.80).

Catch Daniel for the Giants podcasts Thursday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com