Giants rally for four runs in 11th defeat Brewers 9-6

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt connects for a two run home run in the 11th inning. The Giants scored four runs in the top of the 11th to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on Sat Aug 7, 2021 (AP News photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo 

~ August 7, 2021

~ With the game almost written as San Francisco Giants (70-41) was down to their final out, speed and defense combined to change the game and the Giants got the final lift and their 70th win in 11 innings defeating the Milwaukee Brewers (66-45) 9-6. 

While it was another close 2-1 game, extra innings for the second game in a row for both clubs was not necessarily on the radar. It was, though, San Francisco’s third extended game in a row.  

After the Giants were completely shut off the bases the last four innings, a leadoff single to Kris Bryant in the ninth and a misplay by Avisail Garcia in right field, re-tied the game.

Pitcher Brent Suter had come in for the ninth and got Mike Yastrzemski and pinch-hitter Darin Ruf to line and strike out respectively in between. Tommy La Stella was the batter who hit the ball to right field as he made it to third.

Tyler Rogers came in to take down the Brewers in order to bring San Francisco back up to bat.

Milwaukee had to make two pitching changes in the tenth. Miguel Sanchez came in and San Francisco put in pinch-runner Thairo Estrada for Wilmer Flores at second. LaMonte Wade hit a leadoff single and got to second on an error made by Garcia.

Sanchez then issued an intentional walk to Brandon Belt to load the bases and Buster Posey made it 4-2 with a single up the middle. Brandon Crawford then used a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2 before Sanchez walked Bryant and then went off the mound in favor of pitcher Angel Perdomo.

Perdomo got Yastrzemski out, a balk added insult to injury to help runners advance and then Perdomo intentionally walked pinch-hitter Austin Slater to reload the bases before getting the final out. 

The Brewers fought back in huge fashion. Manny Pina hit a leadoff home run to make it a one-run game. One out later, Willy Adames tied the game for the fourth time with his own home run. 

However, the Giants were not to be outdone, scoring four more runs in the 11th that would finally be enough cushion. With one out, Wade made it 6-5 and Belt followed with his second home run to make it 8-5. A Posey single, Crawford groundout and a Bryant double rounded out the 9-6 game.

Milwaukee added that sixth run in the bottom with two outs as Cain singled in Garcia. Cain stole second but Manny Pina popped out to seal the night. Jake McGee, San Francisco’s ninth pitcher got the win and Sal Romano, the Brewers’ seventh, suffered the loss. 

Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff had San Francisco batters swinging the right way in this  matchup of the top two teams in baseball.

Woodruff, with the lowest MLB run support, only had one run backing him in each of his two previous losses, with an additional run in this no decision. He started off efficiently, striking out five of the 10 straight batters he retired. Woodruff threw for six innings, giving up six hits, one run, and one walk while striking out eight. 

Opposing starter Aaron Sanchez, starting for the first time since May 4th, lasted two innings, giving up four hits and one run as he threw 46 pitches. 

The Brewers’ Eduardo Escobar got the hitting going with a double in the bottom of the first inning. Milwaukee also got the Giants’ bullpen active in the second with runners on first and second and one out as Sanchez’s pitches climbed.

Milwaukee made it on base each inning so far and the third was no exception as Sanchez Issued a leadoff walk to Kolten Wong. Adames took advantage, bringing Wong back to home plate with a RBI double.  This took Sanchez out and brought in former Brewers’ pitcherJay Jackson. 

In the fourth, the Giants finally broke through Woodruff with Belt’s second home run in as many games, both coming with one out. Posey and Crawford then followed up with base hits and Bryant got a walk to load the bases. After the second mound visit of the inning, Woodruff was able to keep his strikeout per inning streak alive, getting Yastrzemski. Woodruff then got Alex Dickerson to pop out to keep the game tied. 

It did not take long for Milwaukee to thank Woodruff for keeping the game close as Tyrone Taylor led off with a triple and Cain made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly in the second half. 

San Francisco got more runners in scoring position with one out but Woodruff was able to get the final out by strikeout. This happened in the fifth when Donovan Solano, pinch hitting for the second game in a row, hit a one-out double on his ninth pitch of his at-bat. In the sixth, Crawford and Bryant got on first and second with singles. 

The bottom of the sixth was the first time the Giants kept the Brewers off the bases.

Mikwaukee’s Christian Yelich made his return from the Covid-19 injury list, pinch hitting in the seventh. 

Up Next: The Giants will be back at it to finish the series Sunday at 11:10am before returning home. 

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Excitement builds, Yastrzemski scheduled to play all 3 games at Fenway Park

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski scores after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Phoenix. It was Yastrzemski’s third home run of the game. It was Yastrzemski’s third home run of the game.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Whose got to be more excited about Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski playing at Fenway Park? Starting on Tuesday night, Yastrzemski, his grandfather former Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski or our very own MLB analyst Bill Gould?

#2 On Sunday against the Miami Marlins, Yastrzemski scored on a diving head first slide to score one of the Giants’ two runs, which was enough to get by the Marlins 2-1. Yaz is having a rookie season hitting .265, 56 runs, 87 hits, and 51 RBIs.

#3 Giants starter Johnny Cueto pitched five innings of shutout ball and gave up three hits in the win. The Giants had five pitchers come into relieve after Cueto left and they combined to hold off the Marlins to just one run.

#4 This is kind of a special series besides of the reunion of grandfather and grandson Yastrzemski. The Giants, who do not play at Fenway except for every three years. This is a special place for them to return to since it doesn’t happen often to come to a historical place like Fenway.

#5 This will be Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s last road trip as manager. The Giants conclude their 2019 road schedule in Boston and then to Atlanta. Pablo Sandoval, who was a Red Sox but not on this trip, wouldn’t quite expect the same reception Yaz will.

Morris Phillips does the Giants podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants’ two wins in Oakland puts SF four games back in NL wild card

sfgate.com photo: San Francisco Giants’ Kevin Pillar, right, slides into home to score a run next to Oakland Athletics catcher Chris Herrmann during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 The Giants took two from the Oakland A’s. It was something that was not expected after the A’s had took three out of four from the Astros and swept the Yankees.

#2 With the wins, the Giants cut their games back number from six to four. Manager Bruce Bochy in the past has brought Giants teams back from the doldrums to get into postseason. Does this team have faith?

#3 Special day for San Francisco third baseman Evan Longoria, who got his 1000th career RBI — a two-run single in the top of the seventh at the Coliseum to cap the Giants’ win 5-4.

#4 Longoria was key. He hit his 17th home run of the season. The Giants won by a run and needed every bit of luck they could muster. Was it a series that showed that they’ve haven’t given up?

#5 The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the City for a three-game series with the Giants. It’s another crucial series in the Giants’ bid for the wild card. For the D-Backs, Alex Young (5-3, 4.04 ERA), and for the Giants, Tyler Beede (3-7, 5.82 ERA).

Morris is the podcast host for Giants baseball each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Quakes tie Real Valladolid in friendly 1-1; A’s and Giants keep rolling; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London:

#1 The San Jose Earthquakes are on a roll and picked up a huge win in Los Angeles against the Galaxy on a two-goal win 3-1. Jackson Yueill, Danny Hoesen, and Valeri Qazaishvili scored a goal each to help the Quakes to the win.

#2 London tells us how the success of the club and their turnaround has made this season one for the books. At 9-4-7, the team is in fifth and can very well make the climb in the standing if they can keep this up.

#3 How much of an impact has Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda made on this club, the Quakes? The Quakes had such a good friendly on Tuesday night against Real Villadolid, which ended up in a 1-1 draw.

#4 Turning to the red-hot Oakland A’s, there’s no mercy rule as the A’s keep pounding opponents by hitting as Matt Chapman got five RBIs and homered in the A’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night 9-2 and Wednesday the A’s pounded out six home runs and Chad Pinder and Jurickson Profar both hit two home runs each to beat Seattle 10-2.

#5 The Giants, on Tuesday night, went into the 10th inning tied at 4-4 and rallied for four runs when Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Alex Dickerson, and Brandon Crawford scored runs for the 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants came right back on Wednesday’s matinee and clubbed the Rockies again 11-8 to sweep the series.

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

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca and Daniel Dullum: If Smith and Bumgarner go, so will any chance for a wild card go for SF

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On the Giants podcast with Michael and Daniel:

#1 The Giants are 5 1/2 games out from a wild card spot as the second half starts tonight. Critics says forget those odds, the team hasn’t had enough offense to get back. What does Michael say to those critics?

#2 If the Giants are sellers and unload starter Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith, that would pretty much crush any chance the team has at the postseason.

#3 Buster Posey has — like last season — been off limits for any trade deals and most likely that will be the case this July too. Posey has had several concussions and his hitting has been below where it normally is at this time of year. How much does Posey’s past injuries play even though he’s untouchable?

#4 If the Giants deal Bumgarner and Smith, how much will their departures impact the Giants for years to come?

#5 The Giants open up a three-game series in Milwaukee tonight and a six-game road trip. Milwaukee has always been a tough customer. The Giants will be starting Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.23 ERA), and for the Brewers, Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.32 ERA).

Michael Duca and Daniel Dullum does the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sportstalk remote podcast at One Market Restaurant San Francisco Monday July 1, 2019

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Cast: Michael Duca (host), David Zizmor (analyst), Jeremy Kahn (Giants beat writer), Morris Phillips (A’s and Giants beat writer), Amaury Pi-Gonzalez (Oakland A’s Spanish announcer), and Lee Leonard (producer).

Our thanks to our hosts at One Market: Larry Bouchard (Owner/Partner), Tonya Pitts (Wine Director & Sommelier) and Catlin Roche (server). On an unbelievable Monday night in downtown San Francisco, Sportstalk was enjoying the fine dining selections from the One Market menu, Halibut,  Steak, Scallops, New York Steak, Red Snapper, and much more.

We are glad to return to One Market Restaurant for the first time since Thursday, October 20, 2016, which seems like yesterday. On today’s podcast: Discussions on the Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala’s departure to Brooklyn and Memphis respectively. Will San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner be dealt before the trade deadline and the New York Yankees make it no secret their interested.

Locastro’s RBI single in 10th helps Snakes sink Giants 3-2

sfgate.com: Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Phoenix.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, June 23, 2019

PHOENIX — After losing six games in a row, the Arizona Diamondbacks were ready to celebrate something.

Centerfielder Tim Locastro lit the fuse for the occasion with a 10th inning walk-off run-scoring single that gave the D-Backs a 3-2 NL West win over the San Francisco Giants Sunday before 25,071 at Chase Field.

As soon as Locastro’s drive shot past Giants third baseman Evan Longoria, the Diamondback dugout emptied onto the field.

“Those are the things you look for as a team, when you finally have something good happen,” Arizona Manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’ve been coming in here talking about losing baseball games, and that’s hard. It’s tough on the team and tough on everyone.

“But you have to find a way to keep grinding. That showed the personality of this team.”

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases against San Francisco reliever Mark Melancon (3-2) before Locastro delivered his game-winner. After Christian Walker led off the Arizona 10th with a single, he was erased at second when Nick Ahmed hit into a fielder’s choice. Pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson walked and Carson Kelly was intentionally walked.

Ahmed scored the winning run from third on Locastro’s drive over the third base bag.

‘With one out, I’m just trying to get the ball to the outfield,” Locastro said. “Actually, I knew that (Melancon’s) tendency is to come in a little bit, so I was looking in there and got one over the third baseman’s head.

“As soon as I hit it, I saw (Longoria) jump up for it. As soon as I saw it drop, I gave it a fist pump and knew we had the win. I was very excited.”

“It didn’t surprise me that (Dyson) drew that walk,’ Lovullo said. “He was fighting off pitches and that was a key moment of the game. It’s built because of Christian Walker having a good at-bat and getting on base.”

Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the third when Caleb Joseph drew a one-out walk and scored on Locastro’s base hit.

The Giants tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Evan Longoria led off with a single, moved to third on Brandon Belt’s double and scored on an infield groundout by Stephen Vogt.

The Diamondbacks regained the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Adam Jones reached on a strike three wild pitch, moved to third on Eduardo Escobar’s single and scored on a base hit by Christian Walker.

Kevin Pillar tied the game at 2-2 with his 10th home run of the season to lead off the Giants seventh, hastening Merrill Kelly’s departure. He worked six-plus innings, struck out nine, walked two, and gave up two earned runs on four hits.

The D-Backs bullpen — Andrew Chafin, Yoan Lopez, Greg Holland and winning pitcher Matt Andriese (4-4) held San Francisco scoreless in the final four innings, with a combined three strikeouts and no walks or hits.

“It was pretty bad to give up that leadoff homer to Pillar. It would have been liked getting out of there with a lead, but the guys did a great job of picking me up and getting a huge victory,” Merritt Kelly said. “Hopefully, we’ve got some good energy going.”

Giants starter Shaun Anderson threw a strong six innings, giving up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Relievers Reyes Moronta and Sam Dyson held the Snakes scoreless and hitless in their combined three innings.

“We just couldn’t get anything going with the bats,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said. ‘They got the big hit, we didn’t. That’s the difference in the game.”

Lovullo said that Ketel Marte was not available for today’s game, even going into extra innings. Marte had been listed as day-to-day after suffering a left groin cramp on Friday.

“There was a minimal risk, but we held him back today. (Marte) will be out there when we play the Dodgers.”

Locastro added, “Now we have to get on a streak and that’s the goal moving forward.”

The Giants return home to host Colorado Monday through Wednesday. Lefthander Drew Pomeranz (2-7, 7.09 ERA) faces the Rockies’ Jon Gray (7-5, 4.18 ERA) in Monday’s series opener. San Francisco’s probables for Tuesday and Wednesday are Madison Bumgarner (3-7, 4.28 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (4-6, 4.23 ERA).

TAGS: Tim Locastro, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, MLB

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants getting key pitching in recent wins

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On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Shaun Anderson looks like a keeper he pitched an effective game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night, going six innings, four hits, two runs, six strikeouts and three walks.

#2 Giants closer Will Smith brought his A game with the bags juiced in the top of the ninth. He got his 16th save in 16 tries.

#3 The Padres had a short time lead in the top of the fifth 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when the Giants scored twice and Padres manager Andy Green said that they had a shot at winning the game, but just didn’t have enough to get over the hump.

#4 When the Padres acquired star third baseman Manny Machado, the Padres thought they had their road paved to postseason, but now the Padres are two below .500 and in fifth place just a place above the Giants.

#5 Friday the 14th, the Milwaukee Brewers and Giants open a three-game series with the Brewers sending out starter Zach Davies (7-0 ERA 2.41) against Giants starter Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 7.16 ERA).

Michael Duca does the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips and Michael Duca: By trade deadline, you can expect a lot of changes to come to the Giants

photo from nbcsports.com: San Francisco Giants pitcher Shaun Anderson during his second major league outing last Tuesday at Oracle Park. Anderson pitched five innings and gave up eight hits and two runs.

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips and Michael Duca:

The San Francisco Giants are everything you would have expected them to be the way the pitching staff has been going were not sure if manager Bruce Bochy could name the five man starting rotation. The Giants are playing to the trade deadline, you can expect a lot of changes to come to this team.

On Tuesday night, for the 27th time in their entire history, they came from behind for a win in the ninth inning and there were 12,000 more people in the ballpark than usual. The Giants were 21-27 after their loss on Wednesday night at Oracle Park. The Giants are desperate for runs they have won eight of their last 10 wins by one run and 13 of 21 wins of one run.

Michael and Morris do the Giants podcasts weekly at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips and Michael Duca: Break out the bats, Giants starting to find their offensive mojo

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By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips

The San Francisco Giants season at best has been difficult and sometimes hard to watch. The Giants finally find their power stroke on the road. Giants catcher Buster Posey awakens from nine months of hibernation to go deep in Pittsburgh and steal a come from behind victory there. Then, they go to Toronto and hit four home runs in one game.

They were the least home run hitting team in the majors and then they hit four home runs in a game and of course two of those home runs are from guys who are hitting their first home runs of the season. It looks as if the Giants have a new weapon. It’s interesting that their doing this on the road we know that Oracle Park is a pitcher’s park and we know it suppresses home runs but they haven’t been hitting any on the road either.

Michael Duca and Morris Phillips does the Giants podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com