San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Giants host old skipper Dusty and former NL team Houston Astros tonight in SF

Houston Astros and manager Dusty Baker are headed to Oracle Park in San Francisco to open a three game series against the San Francisco Giants on Fri Jul 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, I know you take every chance you could take to see and talk with former San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker who is over in the American League manager with the first place Houston Astros.

#2 The Astros get booed wherever they go but still for Giants fans there has to be a special place in their hearts for Dusty who was a former player, coach and manager that led this team to the 2002 World Series and had so many great memories in the Bay Area.

#3 Marko taking a look at this past week’s Dodgers series at Oracle Park the Giants taking the rubber game on Thursday 5-0 after getting landslided on Wednesday night 8-0 it had to be an important come back for the club.

#4 Talk about Brandon Crawford in Thursday’s game coming off the oblique strain injury he didn’t look like he missed a step opening up in the first inning with a two run double against Dodger starter David Price.

#5 The Astros will be starting Framber Valdez (6-2 ERA 2.97) going up against Giant starter Kevin Gausman (9-4 ERA 2.21) tell us how you see this match up to open up the three game series tonight at Oracle.

Marko Ukalovic filled in for Michael who does the Giants podcasts each Friday at

Giants Cueto pitches shutout ball into the sixth; SF pen mops up for 5-0 win over LA

San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto leaves after pitching five plus innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thu Jul 29, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Johnny Cueto for the most part looked like he could have gone further as starter for the San Francisco Giants but was lifted in the sixth inning as he was throwing shutout ball against one of the best line ups in the majors the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The bullpen came in and finished off the Dodgers as the Giants secured the win in the second game of the four game series at Oracle Park for a 5-0 shutout. Cueto struck out five, walked two giving up four hits. He got great help from relievers Jarlin Garcia,  Dominic Leone, Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee.

Garcia, Leone, Rogers and McGee pitched 3 1/3 innings of perfect ball not giving up a single hit and kept the Dodgers off balance to complete the Giants 12th shutout of the 2021 season. The Giants offense started the game scoring two in the first and one in the second that got them a good jump on the Dodgers starter David Price after the Dodgers on Wednesday night shutout the Giants in a laugher 8-0.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford looked like he didn’t miss a step after coming back from an left oblique strain injury. Crawford was responsible for the two runs in the first inning after hitting a two run double. The Giants also got hits from Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater, LaMonte Wade Jr who each got RBIs.

The Giants win puts them three games in front of the second place Dodgers in the National League West. The Dodgers who have one of the best hitting line ups as the Giants know from Wednesday night’s experience have been shutout three times this season.

Dodgers manager and a former Giants player himself Dave Roberts said after the game that San Francisco is a very good ball club, “We have so much respect for those guys, obviously they’re a very good ball club. They’ve earned this right now to this point.”

A former National League team the Houston Astros who is first in the American League West are next to face the Giants at Oracle Park. The Astros will be starting Framber Valdez (6-2 ERA 2.97) against Giant starter Kevin Gausman (9-4 ERA 2.21) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

Bellinger’s throwing error gives Giants dramatic victory 2-1

This was not Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger’s kind of night here is Bellinger walking back to the Dodgers dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh. He would later make a throwing error that would allow Giants catcher Buster Posey to score in the eighth inning. (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Once again, the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers played a tight knit game that came down to the final at-bat.

Buster Posey scored on a throwing error on a ball hit by Darin Ruf, when Cody Bellingers throw to Justin Turner was airmailed that easily allowed Posey to score from third base in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Giants took game one of the three-game series with a 2-1 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park.

Blake Treinen walked both Posey and Mike Yastrzemski to start the rally for the Giants, then Ruf grounded out to Max Muncy, who threw to Bellinger for the first out and then instead of trying to get Yastrzemski at second base, Bellinger tried to get Posey at third base; however, his throw went half way up the netting past third base and Posey scored the eventual game-winning run.

In the first 14 games between the Giants and the Dodgers, nine of those games have been decided by two runs or less.

Treinen was able to regroup and got Wilmer Flores to ground out to Muncy for the second out, and got LaMonte Wade, Jr., to strikeout for the fourth time on the night to end the inning.

Despite giving up two hits to Luke Raley and recent nemesis Chris Taylor that allowed the Dodgers to put runners on second and third with one out in the top of the eighth inning, Tyler Rogers was to get out of the jam, as he got Muncy to ground into a fielders choice that saw Ruf throw to Posey and get Raley for the second out. Rogers was able to get out of the jam, as he retired Turner on a fly ball to Yastrzemski in right field.

Rogers pitched one inning and picked up his second win of the season against one loss.

Jake McGee came on in the top of the ninth inning to nail down his 21st save of the season, as he retired his former team in order and the Giants increased their lead over the Dodgers in the National League West up to three games.

It was a pitchers duel between Logan Webb for the Giants and Julio Urias for the Dodgers, that is until the Dodgers finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning.

Bellinger, who was 0-for-27 on the season against the Giants singled against Webb for the Dodgers first hit of the night, and then scored on a Billy McKinney single to centerfield; however, McKinney was thrown out at second base by Austin Slater to Thairo Estrada.

That would be the score until the bottom of the sixth inning, as Posey singled to centerfield that scored Slater to tie up the game between the two longtime rivals.

Webb went the first six innings for the Giants, as he allowed one run on three hits, walking just one and striking out five; however, he did not fare in the decision.

Like Webb, Urias also did not fare in the decision, as he went five and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on six hits, not allowing a walk and striking out five.

NOTES: This was the Giants 100th game of the season and with their 63rd win of the season, they tied the 2003 team for the third-best record since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Only the 1962 and 1993 teams had more wins after 100 games.

On the season, the Giants have scored 486 runs and allowed 365 runs to opponents, and the difference of 121 runs in the third biggest difference in the majors, trailing the Dodgers (plus 145) and the Giants next opponent, the Houston Astros, who are plus 141.

Sammy Long was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and to make room for Long, Zack Littell was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his 11th win for the Giants on Wednesday night, while the Dodgers will send Walker Buehler to the mound, as he also looks for his 11th win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Has Gausman run out of gas, concerns in most recent outings

San Francisco Giants number one starter Kevin Gausman seen in a previous game has struggled in his last two outings including Saturday night at Oracle Park on Sat Jul 24, 2021 against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates (Mercury News file photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko for Morris:

#1 San Francisco Giants starter Kevin Gausman was all the rage going into the All Star Break with a record of 9-2 he was the ace of the Giants pitching staff and is the number one starter. But his last two games have been rough particularly his last start on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates were he got lit up in four plus innings for eight hits and six runs.

#2 In his first loss last Monday the Dodgers scored six runs and eight hits off Gausman in over four innings of work identical numbers of his work on Saturday night against the Pirates.

#3 Gausman’s splitter was dropping and he didn’t have Pirate hitters hitting off balance like he did in his previous wins. He didn’t have his old effectiveness and also didn’t throw as many splits. Could Gausman be hurting, is his mechanics off?

#4 Gausman’s wife Taylor was giving birth and experienced complications and Gausman had to take emergency family leave to be with Taylor in Louisiana that could also be on Gausman’s mind as well.

#5 The Giants have Monday off and host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The two clubs last met last week and the Giants took three out of four in LA. After this rough Pirates series could the tide change in the upcoming series on Tuesday?

Marko Ukalovic filled in for Morris Phillips who does the Giants podcasts each Monday at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants open three game series against Pirates tonight at Oracle Park

San Francisco Giant starter Johnny Cueto seen here throwing against the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park on Fri Jun 25, 2021 will start against the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight to open a three game series (AP file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 The San Francisco Giants second baseman Wilmer Flores has really come into his own hitting a gamer on Wednesday night at Dodgers Stadium for the game winner and hitting .250, 61 hits, 11 homers and 33 RBls.

#2 The Giants had lost the night before to the Dodgers and dropped from two to one game ahead of the Dodgers but the win on Wednesday got them right back with a two game lead.

#3 Going back to Flores once again he was facing the Dodgers relief ace Kenley Jansen who had 21 saves and an ERA of 1.45. Was it a matter of Jansen throwing a bad pitch or Flores just reaching out grabbing and taking Jansen deep.

#4 Michael what is the concern for outfielder Mike Tauchman whose hitting .156 with 33 strikeouts in his last 41 games and has an overall batting average of .176. He sat out Wednesday night’s game.

#5 Starting pitchers for Friday night baseball at Oracle Park in San Francisco as the Pittsburgh Pirates come in for a three game series. For the Pirates Chad Kuhl (3-5 ERA 4.31) he’ll face the Giants Johnny Cueto (6-5 ERA 4.01) how do you see this pitching match up.

Michael Duca does the Giants podcasts each Friday at

Giants four-run rally in 9th stun Dodgers 5-3, take series

The San Francisco Giants Thairo Estrada slides after a LeMonte Wade Jr ninth inning single at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thu Jul 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

LOS ANGELES—Kenley Jansen might be public enemy number one in the Los Angeles area.

For the second straight game, the Los Angeles Dodgers closer blew a save in the ninth inning. This time it was a four-run rally by the San Francisco Giants in a 5-3 comeback win over their division rival on Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium.

San Francisco won the series taking three out of the four games. They are now three games up on Los Angeles in the National League West with the Dodgers four back in the loss column. The Giants finished 4-3 on their road trip.

The ninth inning consisted of a lot of drama and controversy that left the Dodgers irate at the end of the game.

With two outs and William Flores on first after a one-out single, Donovan Solano hit a double over the head of Cody Bellanger to centerfield. Jason Vosler worked a walk to load the bases. Thairo Estrada hit a ball to the left side where shortstop Chris Taylor threw to second base for the force out. The Giants challenged the call and it was overturned as Vosler clearly beat the throw thanks to his good lead off of first and hustle toward second base.

“”You don’t see it mean so much to a win as you did tonight”, said Giants manager Gabe Kapler regarding Vosler keeping the game alive. “I thought it was the most important play of the game.”

Darren Ruff, who came into the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch where he appeared to not have checked his swing. First baseball umpire Ed Hickox ruled no swing on the appeal and that not only allowed the tying run to score but sent Dodgers manager Dave Roberts into one of his best temper tantrums of his career as he was ejected from the game for a second straight night.

“There are lot of people that are pissed off, and I’m leading the way,” Roberts said after the game.

Lamont Wade Jr. played the hero role with a two-run single right after to give the Giants an improbable victory.

Buehler continued to his mastery of the Giants batting lineup even though it ended in a no decision for him. He pitched seven and a third innings holding the Giants to one run on five hits while striking out nine and walking just one.

In four starts this season versus San Francisco, Buehler has allowed only three earned runs in 27 innings.

Anthony DeSclafani, who hasn’t had any personal success against Los Angeles, pitched one of his best games against his nemesis going six innings and giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out seven with only one walk.

“I think he got stronger as the outing went on. The ball he threw to Will Smith is probably one he’d like to have back. But other than that, I thought he pitched a good game. And I thought he was going toe to toe with (Walker) Beuhler, who also pitched an excellent game,” Kapler said.

The Giants (61-35) drew first blood early in the first inning. After a Lamont Wade Jr. leadoff double that followed with him stealing third base, Mike Yastrzemski hit a sacrifice fly to left field for a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers (59-39) answered back in their half of the first inning with three straight singles off DeSclafani to even the score at one.

Los Angeles took the lead in the fourth inning when Will Smith smashed a two-run home run halfway up the bleachers in left center fielder off of DeSclafani. Smith’s 13th home run of the season was his second in the series against San Francisco.

Jake McGee pitched the bottom of the nine and earned his 20th save of the season.

GAME NOTES: For the first time in the series, the Giants did not hit a home run.

UP NEXT: The Giants return home on Friday 7/23 to host a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:45pm at Oracle Park.

Ninth-inning rally lifts Giants past Dodgers 4-2

San Francisco Giants Wilmer Flores connects for a ninth inning two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wed Jul 21, 2021 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

The San Francisco Giants nearly had company atop the National League West, until a ninth-inning rally off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen extended their long stay on top of the heap.The Giants won 4-2, maintaining their 2-game lead over Los Angeles. A sellout crowd of 52,076 was on hand at Dodger Stadium.

With San Francisco trailing 2-1 going into the top of the ninth inning, Buster Posey led off with a pinch-single. Wilmer Flores followed with a two-run home run to left off Jansen.

Jansen struck out Mike Yastrzemski, but Darin Ruf doubled and walks to Donovan Solano and Thairo Estrada loaded the bases with one out. Jansen was booed off the mound as left-hander Victor Gonzales came on. Gonzales fanned Lamonte Wade Jr., but walked Curt Casali for the fourth San Francisco run. Yastrzemski opened the scoring with a first-inning solo home run, his 16th.

Jose Alvarez (3-1) was the winning pitcher in relief, throwing a perfect eighth. Tyler Rogers recorded his 11th save, and Jansen (1-3) was tagged with the loss.

The Giants and Dodgers wrap up their series on Thursday night at Chavez Ravine. Anthony DeSciafani (10-4, 2.78) starts for San Francisco, facing the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler (10-1, 2.37)

Smith walks it off for Dodgers 8-6

Los Angeles Dodger Will Smith (16) reaches home to the entire Dodgers bench to greet him after hitting a three run in the bottom of the ninth inning at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles against the San Francisco Giants on Tue Jul 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Will Smith came off the bench to pinch-hit for former San Francisco Giants reliever Jimmy Sherfy, and he ended it with one swing of the bat.

Smith hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Tyler Rogers came onto get the save for former Dodgers starter Alex Wood, but Rogers walked both Chris Taylor and Matt Beaty and then Smith ended it with one swing of the bat.

The Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead, as nemesis Max Muncy singled off of Wood in the bottom of the first inning to score Taylor.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the lead would not last long, as Alex Dickerson hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

It was the ninth home run of the season for Dickerson, and then an inning later, LaMonte Wade, Jr., also hit his ninth home run to extend the Giants lead up to 3-1.

Thairo Estrada hit a solo home run and then Mike Yastrzemski added a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, as the Giants broke the game wide open after they took a 6-1 and it looked Like the Giants were on their way to another victory and extending their lead in the National League West up to three games.

Unfortunately, somebody forgot to tell the reigning World Champions that the game was lost, as Taylor hit the first of his two home runs that cut the Dodgers deficit down to 6-2 against their longtime rivals.

Austin Barnes then cut the Giants in half in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he doubled to left field that scored the speedy Cody Bellinger.

Taylor hit a two-run home run later in the inning that got the Dodgers within one run, and that was the score when Smith hit his walk-off home run that gave the Dodgers a dramatic win over the leaders in the NL West.

Wood, who was in line for the win, as he went the required five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out seven ended up with a no-decision.

John Brebbia gave up a two-run home run to Taylor, as he went 0.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, walking zero and striking out two.

The duo of Jarlin Garcia and Jake McGee pitched a combined 2.1 innings, allowing a hit and a striking out and held the lead for Rogers, who walked two and then gave up the game-winning three-run homer to Smith and the series was even after two games with two to go.

Darien Nunez started for the Dodgers, and lasted just two innings, allowing two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out two before giving way to Josiah Gray.

In his major-league debut, Gray pitched four strong innings, allowing four runs on four hits, walking one and striking out seven.

Garrett Cleavinger and Joe Kelly got the Dodgers thru the seventh and eighth innings unscathed, as they struck out three before Dave Roberts gave the ball to Sherfy, who struck out two in the top of the ninth and picked up his second win of the season when Smith launched that three-run home run into the Los Angeles night that gave the reigning World Champions a huge victory.

NOTES: With three more home runs on the night, the Giants have now hit 141 home runs on the season, tying them with the Toronto Blue Jays for the most home runs in the major leagues.

When the Giants and the Dodgers each went back-to-back in the top of the first inning on Monday night, it was the first time in the history of the rivalry that both went back-to-back in the first inning. According to STATS, LLC, it is only the second time in major league history that two teams hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, and the last time it happened was on July 29, 2004, when the Oakland As and the Texas Rangers accomplished the feat at the Ballpark in Arlington.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb looks for his fifth win of the season on Wednesday night, as Julio Urias goes for his 13th win of the season for the Dodgers.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Robinson’s story inspirational; Yaz seeing the ball well

San Francisco Giant Mike Yastrzemski pictured getting congratulated by teammate Thario Estrada after hitting a two run third inning home run at Chase Field in Arizona on Sat Jul 3, 2024. Yastrzemski hit two home runs on Fri Jul 16th in St Louis at Busch Stadium (AP file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Drew Robinson will be working with the San Francisco Giants. Robinson known for his attempted suicide and lost sight of one of his eyes an inspirational story about his comeback and his coming to work for the Giants.

#2 In the series in St Louis Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski went deep a couple times on Friday in St Louis and has been seeing the ball well. 64 hits, 14 homers and batting .236.

#3 The Giants had their five game win streak come to an end on Saturday after a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals no Giants hit a home run in that contest.

#4 The Giants hold a one game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers who are just a game behind San Francisco do you so these teams battling for first place all the way till the end of the season?

#5 Speaking of the Dodgers Morris four game series starts tonight in LA as the Giants and Dodgers match up this could be one of those traditional grudge matches

Join Morris for the Giants podcasts each Monday at

Giants hoping to salvage road trip in Arizona after getting swept in LA

San Francisco Giants’ LaMonte Wade Jr., right, is congratulated for hitting a third inning home run by Mike Yastrzemski at Dodgers Stadium on Mon Jun 28, 2021, Yastrzemski is expected to be back in the line up Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks after suffering a contusion on Monday. (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants had the day off on Wednesday after getting swept in a two-game series by the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Still, the Giants hold their place at the top of the NL West.

“No real explanation other than we’re going to have to do a better job against the best teams in baseball, including the Dodgers, in those big spots,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

San Francisco was hit with another injury on Tuesday — right fielder Mike Tauchman suffered a mild knee contusion and potentially a mild sprain as he made an outstanding catch. Tauchman, who had an MRI on Wednesday, was filling in for Mike Yastrzemski who himself suffered a contusion on Monday. But there is hope for the Giants — Kapler said Yastrzemski could be ready to play on Thursday.

The Giants travel to Chase Field on Friday for the first in a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m.

San Francisco’s starter will be right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto. Cueto has 73 hits, 29 runs (27 earned), eight homers allowed, 12 walks and 53 strikeouts over 67 innings this season. He has a 3.63 ERA overall.

The Diamondbacks also got swept in their last three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arizona is starting with right-handed pitcher Merrill Kelly. Kelly has 93 hits, 51 runs (48 earned), 12 homers allowed, 25 walks and 82 strikeouts over 91.1 innings this season. He has a 4.73 ERA overall.

The Giants (50-29) are 9-0 in their last nine games after a day off and 10-4 in their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks (22-60) are fifth in the NL West and are 7-46 in their last 53 games overall and 7-20 in their last 27 home games.