San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants getting consistent pitching from starters and bullpen

San Francisco Giants backup catcher Curt Casali has called five straight shutouts behind the plate here he congratulates closer Jake McGee following the Giants victory against the Miami Marlins on Thu Apr 22 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris it’s been a very good week for the San Francisco Giants playing a competitive series in Miami against the Marlins and most importantly getting some good pitching against the Marlins.

#2 To start the series the Giant starter Aaron Sanchez last Thursday went five innings giving up just two hits and the bullpen of Gregory Santos, Matt Wisler, Tyler Rogers, and Jake McGee held the Marlins in check for the 3-0 shutout.

#3 On Friday night the Giants picked up a 5-3 victory in the second game of the series as starter Alex Wood looked good enough to complete the game going seven innings for one run and one hit before being relieved in the eighth.

#4 Giants backup catcher Curt Casali has been getting some ink with his calling five straight games for shutouts on Apr 12 vs. Cincinnati, Apr 14 vs. Cincinnati, Sun 18th in Miami, Mon 19th in Philadelphia, and Thu 22 against the Marlins.

#5 Morris, the Giants host the Colorado Rockies for three games starting tonight at Oracle Park. The last time the two teams meet Apr 9-11 the Giants swept them. The Rockies have struggled losing six out of their last ten games. The Rockies and Giants have not announced tonight’s starters as of this morning.

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

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Webb triples and throws a gem in Giants win 4-3

San Francisco Giants edge the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park in San Francisco taking three out of four on Sun Apr 25, 2021 (@ SFGiants image)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Logan Webb was a one man wrecking man crew in the finale of the four-game series for the San Francisco Giants.

Webb hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the second inning and tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, as the Giants defeated the Miami Marlins 4-3 before a crowd of 7,572 at Oracle Park.

The triple by Webb was just the second hit of his career, and it drove in the second and third runs for the Giants.

It was the first triple for a Giants pitcher since June 21, 2013 when Tim Lincecum tripled off of Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins at what was then called AT&T Park.

Webbs triple off of losing pitcher Paul Campbell went over the head of Adam Duvall and bounced all the way to the 415 mark in the right-center, an area appropriately named Triples Alley.

On the triple, Tommy La Stella and Mauricio Dubon easily scored from first and second base respectively.

Flores walked and then La Stella singled, then Dubon got the Giants on the board, as he singled to give the Giants 1-0 lead and then Webb extended the lead.

Flores was forced to leave the game after he walked in the second inning, due to Feeling Under the Weather.

Jason Vosler took over Flores at third base, and went 1-for-3 in his second major league game. Vosler picked up his first major league hit in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Richard Bleier.

Webb went seven innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, walking three and striking out eight in his first ever appearance against the Marlins.

Curt Casali was attempting to tie Ed Phelps of the 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates, but that all ended when Jesus Aguilar launched a two-run home run off of Matt Wisler in the top of the eighth inning. Casali was trying to become the first catcher ever to accomplish the feat with six different pitchers.

Tyler Rogers closed out the game for the Giants, but it was with a little drama at the end. Rogers gave up a run on three hits, and was able to get Jazz Chisholm, Jr., to ground out to La Stella at second base to end the game.

Brandon Belt drove in the fourth and final run of the game for the Giants, as he hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning that scored Mike Yastrzemski from third base.

NOTES: Belt took the collar on Sunday afternoon, ending his streak of 31 straight games of reaching base against the Marlins, dating back to July 19, 2014.

All 22 of the Giants games this season have been decided by
four-runs-or-fewer…according to Stats, LLC, it’s the Giants’ longest stretch to open a season since 1997 when they played 23 straight games decided by four-runs-or-less.

The Giants have posted a 7-1 (.875) record in day games so far, this season, the best day record in the major leagues.

UP NEXT: After winning three out of four against the Marlins, the Giants will open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night and Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound in the opener, while the Rockies will send Austin Gomber to the hill.

The Marlins will continue their three-city road trip and head to Milwaukee, where left-hander Trevor Rogers will take the mound for the Marlins and the Brewers will counter with Corbin Burns.

Marlins come-from-behind to get win 5-2

The Miami Marlins Jesus Aguilar gets congratulated after belting a tie breaking two run homer in the top of the ninth against San Francisco Giant reliever Gregory Santos at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat Apr 24, 2021 (@ Marlins image)

By Jeremy Kahn

All things pointed towards another win for the San Francisco Giants, but a funny thing happened to hearing I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

Jesus Aguilar hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off of Gregory Santos in the top of the ninth inning, helping the Miami Marlins to a 5-2 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park.

Corey Dickerson added a triple that scored Garrett Cooper and then Cooper scored the final run of the inning, when Jon Berti hit a sacrifice fly for his second run batted in of the evening.

Berti put the Marlins on the board in the top of the seventh inning, when he hit his first home run of the season off of Giants starter Kevin Gausman.

Austin Slater gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, when he grounded out to third base to score Alex Dickerson and on the play, Buster Posey advanced to third base.

Unfortunately, the potential big rally came to screeching halt, when Mauricio Dubon lined to Jazz Chisholm, Jr., who threw to Berti at third base to complete the double play to get Posey to end the inning.

Gausman picked up the no decision, as he went eight innings, allowing one run on just two hits, walking one and striking out 11.

Pablo Lopez pitched a great game for the Marlins, as like Gausman, he did not fare in the decision. Lopez went six innings, allowing one run and also allowed two hits, walking just one and striking out seven.

The Marlins bullpen was just a little bit better, as they allowed only one run on three hits over the final three innings to secure the victory for Dylan Floro, who pitched the eighth inning for the Marlins.

Closer Yimi Garcia came on in the bottom of the ninth inning in a non-save situation and gave up a solo home run to Mike Yastrzemski, and double to Brandon Belt before getting Alex Dickerson to fly out to left field to end the game.

NOTES: Belt went 2-for-4 on the night, as his streak reached 31 straight games of reaching base against the Marlins, dating back to July 19, 2014.

Once again, the Giants played a game, where the game was decided by four-runs-or-fewer, extending the streak up to 21 games, the second longest streak by the Giants to a start a season since 1997, when they played 23 consecutive games in that fashion.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb closes out the series on Sunday afternoon, as he takes the mound, looking for that first win of the season for the Giants. While the Marlins, who look to split the series will send Nick Neidert to the hill.

Wood dominant in his Oracle Park debut; Giants defeat Marlins 5-3

The San Francisco Giants Mike Yastrzemski (5) is congratulated by Tommy LaStella (18) at home plate after hitting a two run home run against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park in San Francisco (Bay Area News Group photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Jazz Chisholm, Jr., gave the Miami Marlins a quick 1-0 lead, but that was all Alex Wood allowed in his Oracle Park debut.

Wood went seven innings, allowing just that one run on just one hit, walking one and striking out seven and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Marlins at Oracle Park.

Chisholm, Jr., took Woods pitch and launched it over the arcade to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead after just one batter.

Mike Yastrzemski continues to break out of his early season funk, as he hit his third home run of the season, a two-run opposite blast that gave the Giants the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning.

Sandy Alcantara fell to 0-2 on the season, as he allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of work, as he also walked four and struck out four.

The Giants broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Wilmer Flores singled to center to score Mauricio Dubon.

Yastrzemski then scored his second run of the night, as he scored on a Brandon Belt singled that sent Flores to third.

Darin Ruf drove in the third and final run of the inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Flores from third.

Things were sailing, as Jake McGee came on in a non-save situation and probably struck out the first two batters; however, Miguel Rojas reached on a Flores fielding error, just the fifth error for the team and then Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run home run that was just out of the reach of Ruf in left field.

McGee then settled down, as he struck out Garrett Cooper to end the game and give the Giants their second win in as many nights.

NOTES: Last night, C Curt Casali caught his fifth straight shutout, becoming the fifth catcher in the modern era (since 1900) with at least five straight shutouts in his starts, joining: Francisco Cervelli in 2015, Chris Hoiles in 1995, Alan Ashby in 1986, Ed Phelps in 1903 (six straight). Casali is also the first to do it with five different starting pitchers, this according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Buster Posey will become the first player in the Giants’ 139-year history to catch 1,000 games…that would leave the Twins as the only one of MLB’s 16 oldest franchises (pre-1960s expansion) without a player who has caught 1,000 games, according to STATS, LLC.

All 20 of the Giants games this season have been decided by four-runs-or-fewer…according to Stats, LLC, it’s the Giants’ longest stretch to open a season since 1997 when they played 23 straight games decided by four-runs-or- fewer.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman goes for the series win on Saturday night, as he takes the mound for the Giants, while the Marlins will send Pablo Lopez.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants pitch third shoutout within their last five games

San Francisco Giants pitcher Aaron Sanchez threw for over five innings of shutout ball and his bullpen pitched shutout ball against the Miami Marlins in a win on Thu Apr 22, 2021 (WKRC file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Once again this is the third shutout the Giants have pitched in and the bullpen kept runners off the scoreboard since their shutouts on April 18 and 19th. They got another one against the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Thursday night.

#2 Michael, talk about Aaron Sanchez throwing 5.2 innings and giving up two hits before being relieved.

#3 After Sanchez’ departure the Giants had four relievers come in and shut down the Marlins a team that has a few tough outs in their lineup.

#4 The Giants got runs scored by Mike Yastrzemski, Evan Longoria, and and Darin Ruf enough runs to help make the pitching stand up and get the their third shutout in as many as four days.

#5 The Giants host the Marlins again on Friday night the Marlins will start Sandy Alcantara (0-1 ERA 3.28) he’ll be opposed by Giants starter Alex Wood (1-0 ERA 0.00)

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

Phillies, Harper slip past Giants 6-5

The Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper takes his swings in the on deck circle as he prepares to face San Francisco Giants pitching at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Tue Apr 20, 2021 (@Phillies photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper tied Wednesday’s game against San Francisco with a home run, then scored the game-winning run on Andrew Knapp’s ninth-inning single, as the Phillies edged the Giants 6-5 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

In the bottom of the ninth, Harper started the final rally by drawing a walk off Giants reliever Wandy Peralta (2-1). Harper moved to second on a one-out single by Brad Miller and scored the game-winner when Knapp singled to left-center.

Hector Neris (1-1) struck out two in the top of the ninth and picked up the win.

Harper tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to right-center off Camilo Doval. The Giants had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh on Alex Dickerson’s RBI single to center. Earlier in the inning, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hit a three-run home run to center, measured at 415 feet.

Philadelphia led 4-1 in the sixth after Nick Maton’s run-scoring single to left. Buster Posey scored San Francisco’s first run when Mauricio Dubon hit into a fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth.

Mickey Moniak’s three-run home run to left-center put the Phils up 3-0 in the second inning.

Miller went 4-for-5 to lead the Phillies’ 12-hit attack, while Dickerson was 3-for-4 for San Francisco. Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin worked six innings, giving up one earned run on seven hits, and struck out three without a walk. Anthony DeSclafani, the Giants starter, struck out five and walked two while giving up three runs on five hits in four innings.

The Giants return home on Thursday to start a four-game series against Miami. Probables are Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.45) for San Francisco, while the Marlins will start Daniel Castano (0-0, 1.80).

Wood throws a gem in Giants debut 1-0 over Marlins

Alex Wood throws for the San Francisco Giants against the Miami Marlins at Loan Depot Park in Miami on Sun Apr 18, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Alex Wood made a great impression in his debut wearing the Orange and Black of the San Francisco Giants.

Wood, who signed a one-year contract worth three million dollars in the off-season, went five innings, allowing three hits and not walking a batter, as the Giants salvaged the finale of the three-game series with a tough 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park.

The left-hander, who resides in the Miami area in the off-season made his debut after being shut down in the middle of spring training with a back issue and looked great in his first start as a member of the Giants.

Alex Dickerson drove in the only run of the game in the top of the third inning that Tommy La Stella from third base. La Stella reached third base with two outs, as Jesus Aguilar was unable to field the ground ball hit by Brandon Belt to first base.

Tyler Rogers was placed in the closers role and pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season, as the Giants picked up the third shutout in the last seven games.

The Giants bullpen, which lost the past two games retired the last 13 batters of the game to get the victory.

Camilio Doval, who was brought to the big club after Johnny Cueto was laced on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain and threw a perfect seventh inning, including getting Adam Duvall to strikeout to end the inning.

Austin Slater made the play of the day in the bottom of the third inning, as he dove to his left to rob Pablo Lopez of extra bases.

Lopez, who saw his record fall to 0-2 on the season struck out a career-high nine in six innings, as he allowed an unearned run.

NOTES: Closer Jake McGee and Logan Webb were placed on the injured list due to lingering effects from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Buster Posey sat out the game with a bruised left elbow that he sustained in Saturdays game, when he was hit by a pitch against Sandy Alcantara and the x-rays were negative.

Wood was activated prior to the game and Chadwick Tromp was called up from the Alternate Training Site.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman will head to the mound on Monday evening at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, as the Giants open a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alfaro’s walk-off gives the Marlins the win in extra innings 7-6

Miguel Rojas (left) of the Miami Marlins gives Jorge Alfaro (right) the water works after belting the game winning walk off home run on Sat Apr 17, 2021 at Miami (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

The once reliable San Francisco Giants does not seem so reliable right about now, as for the second straight game, they were unable to hold to the lead.

Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning, helping the Miami Marlins to a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Giants at loanDepot Park.

Alfaros double off of losing pitcher Jarlin Garcia got by left fielder Austin Slater, who was able to recover to get the ball to the plate; however, it was too late, as Jazz Chisholm, Jr., and former Giants infielder/outfielder Adam Duvall both cross the plate to give the Marlins their second come-from-behind victory in as many nights.

The Giants took the lead in the top of the 10th inning, as Brandon Belt doubled to right-center field to score Slater with the tie-breaking run and pinch-hitter Anthony DeSclafani, who bunted into a Fielders Choice stopped at third.

Slater, who was on second base when the top of the 10th inning easily scored from third, as he got there when Donovan Solano picked up his second hit in as many at-bats; however, Slater was forced to stop at third base due to the arm of Starling Marte.

Duvall gave the Marlins the lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he tripled to center field that scored Marte.

That would be the score when Jesus Aguilar doubled to score Marte and Corey Dickerson, who went 4-for-6 on the evening against Giants pitching.

The Giants finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning, as they scored five runs to take a 5-3 lead.

Belt got the rally started, as he hit a solo home run to get the Giants on the board. Brandon Crawford drove in the second run, as he singled to score Evan Longoria.

Slater then gave the Giants the final three runs of the inning, as he slammed a three-run home run to centerfield to score both Crawford and Buster Posey.

That would be the score in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Alfaro singled to center to score Chisholm, Jr. and sent pinch runner Magneuris Sierra to second base.

Marte then tied up the game when he singled to score Sierra from second game and send the game into extra innings.

Aguilar made a sensational play at first base to end the top of the 10th inning, as he dug the ball out of the dirt and into his bare hand. Chisholm was able to stab the ball, as he dove to the turf on the ball hit by Mauricio Dubon.

Aaron Sanchez went just 4.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking three and striking out five.

Sandy Alcantara went 6.2 innings for the Marlins, allowing four runs on six hits, not allowing a walk and striking out seven.

NOTES: With the loss, the Giants streak of winning series comes to a halt at three, as they lost their first series since the opening series against the Seattle Mariners.

Both Tyler Beede and John Brebbia threw at the alternate site in Sacramento, as both of them recover from Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT: Alex Wood makes his Giants debut on Sunday afternoon, as he takes the mound against the Marlins, who will send right-hander Pablo Lopez to the hill.

Marte’s three-run home run wins it for the Marlins 4-1

The body language on the San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (left) says it all after the Miami Marlins Starling Marte (right) hits a three run home run and is congratulated by Magneuris Sierra, center at Loan Depot Park in Miami on Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

In what was a pitchers duel between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants all came to a halt with one swing of the bat.

Starling Marte hit a three-run home run off of Wandy Peralta in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Giants at LoanDepot Park. It was the fifth win in six games for the Marlins.

Jesus Aguilar came off the bench to get the decisive rally off to a great start, as he walked against eventual losing pitcher Matt Wisler. Corey Dickerson then singled that advanced Magneuris Sierra, who came on to pinch run for Aguilar moved up an additional 90 feet and then Marte launched a Peralta pitch into the left field seats.

Anthony Bass picked up his first win of the season, as he pitched a perfect eighth inning before giving way to closer Yimi Garcia, who picked up his third save of the season.

Evan Longoria gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, as he singled off of Marlins starter Daniel Castano. Mike Yastrzemski, who is trying to get out of a slump, doubled to lead off the inning and then scored the Giants lone run of the evening on the Longoria single.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched six strong innings for the Giants, as he gave up just one run, scattering four hits and continues to be sharp, despite not being involved in the decision in his three starts this season, DeSclafani has allowed just three runs.

DeSclafani made just one mistake, as he gave up a solo home run to Jazz Chisholm, Jr.in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Castano, like DeSclafani did not fare in the decision, as he went five innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in his first appearance of the season.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain that he suffered in Wednesdays start versus the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park. To replace Cueto on the active roster, the Giants called up right-handed pitcher Camilo Doval from their minor-league camp.

Both the Giants and the Marlins wore the number 42, honoring Jackie Robinson, who made his major-league debut 74 years ago yesterday for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will take the mound for the Giants on Saturday, while the Marlins will send Sandy Alcantara to the mound.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants depending on pitching from Wood and Webb; SF opens up tonight in Miami

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler (left) checks on starter Johnny Cueto (right) who told Kapler he couldn’t go any further after experiencing pain in the sixth inning of Wed Apr 14, 2021 game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Micahel:

#1 San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto who suffered lat tightness in his pitching arm after going 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday afternoon.

#2 Cueto threw a 93 MPH fastball in the top of the sixth to Cincinnati Reds hitter Nicholas Castellanos felt extra pain and gestured across his throat with his finger he was done for the afternoon.

#3 Michael, tell us about pitcher Alex Wood who now steps into the rotation. Wood last month was on the injured list with a spinal ablation is scheduled to start on Sunday in Miami.

#4 Michael, talk about Logan Webb moving into the bullpen and having a right handed pitcher in a mostly left handed bullpen.

#5 The Giants are coming off a day off and open up a three game series in Miami tonight. Starting for the Giants Anthony DeSclafani (1-0 ERA 0,82) and for the Marlins Daniel Castano (0-0 ERA 0.00) the Marlins are on a three game win streak.

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