San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Giants Yastrzemski and Longoria hitting for the long ball; Giants open three game series in Cincinnati tonight

Wilmer Flores (left) and Mike Yastrzemski (center) are excited for Evan Longoria (right) of the San Francisco Giants who just hit a three run home run against the New York Mets on Wed May 26, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, quite a turn around for the San Francisco Giants on Sunday and Monday they were whipped by the San Diego Padres 10-1 and New York Mets 13-3 but on Tuesday and Wednesday they beat the Mets by scores of 13-12 and 9-3.

#2 One of the key things for the Giants Evan Longoria had a break out game on Wednesday with his two home runs in building the nine run total for the Giants.

#3 Also Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run to contribute to the cause it was hit fourth homer for the 2022 season.

#4 The Giants Joc Pederson has his groove he hit his fourth home run in two games Tuesday and Wednesday at Oracle Park. Giants manager Gabe Kapler is happy to see Pederson making good contact.

#5  The Giants open a three game series in Cincinnati (14-30) tonight. The Giants will start Carlos Rodon (4-3, 3.43) and the Reds have not announced a starter yet. First pitch is 3:40 pm PDT at Great American Park in Cincinnati.

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

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants Longoria and Yastrzemski homer off rookie Met pitcher Szapucki

San Francisco Giants slugger Evan Longoria rounds the bases in what would be the first of two home runs off of New York Mets rookie Thomas Szapucki in the second inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed May 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 San Francisco Giants (24-19) after getting clobbered in back to back laughers one against the San Diego Padres and another against the New York Mets (29-17) came back to beat one of baseball’s best team for the second straight time 9-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

#2 The Giants scored early and scored often with five runs in the first and four in the second the Giants have been getting run production in their last two games.

#3 Was there any doubt that Evan Longoria would break out and get a home run off of Mets starter Thomas Szapucki. For Szapucki he was making his second Mets appearance. Szapucki was brought up by the Mets as the Mets are facing a lack of bench players.

#4 Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski has been seeing the ball well he hit his fourth home run of the season off Szapucki. Talk about Yastrzemski’s recent success at the plate.

#5 The Giants open a three game series in Cincinnati (13-30) Friday night the Giants will start Carlos Rodon (4-3, 3.43) and the Reds have not announced a starter yet. First pitch is 3:40 pm PDT at Great American Park in Cincinnati.

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

Start Fast, Make It Last: Two innings of fireworks carry the Giants past the Mets, 9-3

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–This Giant lead didn’t precede one of the most confounding, wildest finishes a baseball imagination could conjure up. This giant lead–9-0 Giants after two innings–led seamlessly to a satisfying end to the home stand for a team trying to navigate successfully despite numerous personnel issues.

Mets rookie Thomas Szapucki was the undisputed victim in seeing four of his 49 pitches leave the park, all with 100 mph plus velocities. Evan Longoria was the biggest beneficiary with his first two homers of the season. The Giants survived on Tuesday, winning 12-11 to end a five-game skid. On Wednesday, they built a win streak powered by their early, rapid-fire home runs.

“I knew it was going to take a little bit of time to settle in,” Longoria said. “I was hoping it would happen sooner and quicker, but it’s a long season. I’ve been making some hard contact that hasn’t landed, so just trying to build off those at-bats and keep moving forward.”

Longoria’s three-run blast in the first comfortably cleared the center field wall, and was followed in short order by Joc Pederson’s two-run shot that was his fourth big blast in less than 24 hours.

The second inning went straight to fireworks with Wilmer Flores’ RBI double followed by back-to-back shots by Yastrzemski and Longoria. Longoria’s ended Szapucki’s afternoon, and peculiarly ended the Giants’ offense for the day.

Jakob Junis pitched six innings for the Giants, allowing three hits and single runs in the second and sixth. Junis, thought to be a stop gap has instead been a rock, throwing at least five innings in all six of his starts.

“If he does nothing else, he’s already helped us win several baseball games,” manager Gabe Kapler said of Junis. “I think we envisioned that he would come up and make very important starts for us. So he’s doing what we expected him to do, but he’s done it in a more sustained fashion.”

The Giants played without Brandon Crawford, who got a much-deserved day of rest. They are still without Brandon Belt, LaMonte Wade Jr., Austin Slater, Curt Casali and Steven Duggar making the win and the salvaged home stand that much sweeter.

“It’s huge,” Pederson said. “We built on the momentum from last night. That’s a World Series-caliber team.”

The Giants open a nine-game trip in Cincinnati on Friday night with first pitch 3:40 pm PDT. Carlos Rodon (4-3, 3.43) will pitch in that one while Cincinnati hasn’t yet announced a starter.

Crawford’s RBI single scores Ruf for walk off run in ninth for SF’s 13-12 win

Let the celebration begin the San Francisco Giants Roc Pederson (23) and Brandon Crawford (35) jump for joy after Crawford’s walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scores Darrin Ruf at Oracle Park in San Francisco against the New York Mets on Tue May 24, 2022 (San Francisco Giants twitter photo)

New York (NL). 12. 18. 0

San Francisco. 13. 19. 0

Tuesday May 24, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Before the Mets came to town, I asked James and Max Wood, my Massachusetts Mets Mavens, what they could expect from the National League East’s first place team.

Max wrote, “The person on the Mets I’d pay the most attention to is Pete Alonso. Since the start of this month, he’s hitting over .300, has hit 6 homers, and has an OPS of close to 1.000.” James commented,

The Mets are playing all-around great ball so far. Aggressive but smart on the bases. Consistent fielding. Pitching has been solid, even without Jacob DeGrom.

As far as specific players:

-utility infielder Luis Guillorme is red-hot at the plate and in the field. His last 10 games (with an at-bat) he’s 14 for 32 (.438).

-Brandon Nimmo (CF) leads off and is my favorite player on the team. Runs hard on EVERYTHING (including HRs and BBs!).

-Jeff McNeil (2B and LF mostly) is also a scrappy player who hits the ball everywhere.

-I guess with DeGrom and Max Scherzer out, Pete Alsonzo is their “superstar” (sorry, Francisco Lindor). Aside from how far he can hit the ball, he’s also just fun to watch—young, enthusiastic, and friendly. He’s not Keith Hernandez, but I think he’s quite good at first. Easily the best Met there since John Olerud (but that’s not saying much).

Well, all the mentioned players who appeared in Wednesday night’s 13-3 rout of the Giants performed as Alex Wood had expected. Brandon Nimmo went two for five; Pete Alonso, three for five with three runs batted in; and Jeff McNeill, two for four with two ribbies.

Game recap: So you can see that Logan Webb, coming into the game with a record 5-1,3.54 after his frustrating last start, when the bullpen blew his 5-2 lead against the Rockies, faced a daunting task in front of him when he threw his first pitch, a ball, at 6:45.

Ex-A’s keep coming to Oracle to haunt win starved Oakland fans. Tonight, two of the three ghosts of glory (or at least contention) past were Starling Marte, playing in right field, and Mark Canha, in left. The other was Chris Bassitt, taking the mound to start for the team from Queens.

Bassitt had been mediocre in his start, lasting 6-1/3 innings and yielding four earned runs on nine hits, two of the four base variety, escaping with a non decision that left his record at 4-2, 2.77. The 33 year old righty has a large arsenal of pitches.

It features, in descending order of frequency, a sinker, slider, cutter, four seamer, curve, and change of pace. He uses his favorite pitch about 27% of the time.

When it was all over, the Giants had outlasted the Mets, defeating them 13-12 in a contest that defies description and may well have caused heart attacks all around the Bay Area and in the households of east coasters who stayed up late to listen to or watch the game.

Another ex Athletic, Tommy LaStella, led off against Bassitt in the bottom of the second with a single to short. MikeYastrzemski’s double into the left field corner put two runners in scoring position with none down.

Darin Ruf’s grounder to short scored LaStella, but neither Joc Pederson nor Brandon Crawford enabled Yaz any further advancement.

McNeill opened the top of the second with a rifle shot down the right field line that Ruf’s dive just missed blocking. Then Eduardo Escobar took an 0-2 pitch into right for a single that put runners on the corners.

Canha’s single to center knotted the score at one, and there it stood after Dominic Smith forced Canha out at second, Tomás Nido grounded out to Web, and Nimmo ended the frame with a soft liner to short.

Lightening struck in the home third. With one out, Yastrzemski walked. Ruf fanned on three pitches, and then Pederson took Bassitt´s first offering, an 87 mph cutter, 363 feet deep and over the right field wall. San Francisco was up again, this time 3-1.

The home team continued attacking in the fourth. With one down, Luis González bounced a double off the right field wall. Kevin Padlo grounded out to second, allowing González to take third. Michael Papierski, batting in the ninth position and still looking for his first big league hit, did his bit by walking.

With the count at 2-1, Bassitt threw him a 93 mph four seamer, an LaStella deposited it 347 feet away, over the wall in right. Suddenly, the Giants had six runs on the board, and they led by five.

The Mets got one of those runs back in the top of the fifth. Catcher Thomas Nido led off with a single to center and moved on to second when Nimmmo was hit by a pitch.

Marte hit into what crew chief and first base umpire James Hoye thought was a 6-4-3 double play, but the review crew in New York disabused him of that misapprehension, and Marte was ruled safe at first. The force out left Nido on third base, from which he scored on Lindor’s sacrifice fly to center.

That run, while drawing the Mets closer, did little to turn the tide because Ruf opened the home fifth with a single to left center, and Roc Pederson went yard with his eighth round tripper of the year, a no doubter that carried 436 feet into right. It came on a 93 mph sinker

Bassitt fanned Crawford on a full count for the first out of the frame, issued a walk to Thairo Estrada and then went to the showers. His replacement was Stephen Nogosek, who struck out Luis González and Kevin Padlo to end the episode.

Bassitt had lasted 4-1/3 innings and allowed eight runs, all of them earned, on eight hits, three of them four baggers, and three walks. He struck out four. His pitch total was 92, 52 of them strikes. His ERA rose to 3.91.

Webb didn’t come out to pitch the sixth. In his five innings of work, he held the Mets to two runs, both earned, on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He threw 93 pitches, 63 for strikes, and lowered his ERA by a tiny amount to 3.54. Jarlín García replaced him and, in spite of a one out double to Escobar, held New York scoreless in his inning before yielding to Dominic Leone at the top of the seventh.

Facing Leone, Francisco Lindor cut into the Giants´ lead. After Marte beat out the throw on a two out grounder to third, the Mets´shortstop sent a 95 mph four seamer into the seats above the Levi’s Landing sign in right to make the score 8-4, San Francisco.

Tyler Rogers brought his magical spinning bag of sidearm tricks to the mound in the New York eighth, but none of them seemed to work. McNeil singled to right and went to second on an Escobar single to left center. Canha hit a squeakily grounder to third that, perhaps because of the strange spin on Rogers’ pitches, Padlo couldn’t handle.

Drew Smith sent a solid single to right center, scoring McNeil and Escobar, and Canha reached third. With the score now 8-6, Luis Guillorme rounded to first, Ruf threw home, and Papierski threw to Padlo at third, who tagged Canha for the first out of the inning. Nimmo got an infield single.

Starling Marte hit a grounder to third, and it looked like a throwing error on the throw to second that allowed. Nimmo to reach that base and Marte to be safe at first. It was ruled a hit. Lindor hit a liner, Pederson fell over himself trying to field it, and the Mets’ shortstop was on third with a bases clearing triple.

He scored on a sac fly by Alonso. McNeil and Escobar singled, and Camilo Doval replaced Rogers, who had pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed seven runs, all of them earned, on seven hits. Doval got Canha to ground out to short to stop the massacre

Drew Smith was given the task of preserving New York’s three run lead in the bottom of the eighth. He breezed through the first two batters he faced but then yielded a single to Yaz and walked Ruf. All of a sudden, Pederson was at the plate representing the potential tying run. All of a sudden, he scored it, with a splash hit, no less! On a 98 mph four seamer. Exit Smith, enter Joely Rodríguez.

Crawford lined back to him, the ball bounced to third, and Crawford beat Escobar’s throw to first. Estrada followed with a single to right. Crawford rounded second and had to scramble back to beat Marte’s throw to the bag. González grounded to second.

McNeil got his glove on it but couldn’t control it, and Gonazález’s infield hit loaded the bases. Exit, Rodríguez, enter Adam Ottavino, wearing number zero. He struck Padlo out, and we went into the ninth tied at eleven.

Believe me, I’m not making this up. (But I am having a tough time following it).

John Brebbia, pitching for SF in the ninth, was greeted by a triple (surprise!) by Dominic Smith. Travis Jankowski ran for him and scored on Nimmo’s sac fly to left. Marte grounded out to short.

The Giants were down to their last three outs.

Edwin Díaz strolled in from the bull pen to try to earn the save.

Wilmer Flores singled to ccnter.

LaStella grounded into a double play, second to short to first.

Mike Yastrzemski came to bat. He worked a full count.

He walked.

Darin Ruf singled to right, moving Yaz into scoring position at second.

The Mets huddled on the mound.

Joc Pederson stood in the batter´s box. He took a strike.

He took a ball that almost hit him on his front knee.

He singled to center, scoring Yastrzemski, tying the game, and moving Ruf to second.

Crawford laced a 2-2 pitch into left, Ruf rounded third and headed home

He slid between catcher Patrick Mazeika’s legs with the winning run.

John Brebbia got the win. He’s 2-0, 2.70. Díaz got charged with the loss. He’s 1-1, 2.89.

The rubber game of this amazing series is scheduled to start at 6:45 the Mets will start left hand pitcher Thomas Szapucki (0-0, 0.00) the Giants will go with Jakob Junis (1-1,2.70) at Oracle Park.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants can’t stop Padres Machado; SF’s Gonzalez comes in from leftfield to relieve; Giants meet the Mets tonight at Oracle

The San Diego Padres Manny Machado (left) greets Jake Cronenworth (right) after scoring on the San Francisco Giants in the top of the fourth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, the San Diego Padres (22-14) Manny Machado was being Manny again three doubles and a triple he had an MVP type game lending to the Padres 10-1 laugher and series sweep on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants (22-18).

#2 For Machado it was a career high and tied the Padres all time record for extra base hits in a ball game Machado also picked up two RBIs. Becoming the eighth Padre to accomplish four extra base hits in a game.

#3 The Padres improve their record to four games over .500 and Machado said after the game that San Diego is a good ball club and said that if things continue this way things will fall into place.

#4 The Giants brought in relief pitcher Luis Gonzalez who had been playing in rightfield. Gonzalez who pitched against the Padres in the top of the seventh got the side in order and came out again in the top of the eight giving up a hit but again got out of the inning unscathed after two a 80 plus MPH change up and mostly 48 MPH lob balls that kept the hitters off balance.

#5 The New York Mets (28-15) who are one of baseball’s hottest teams come to Oracle Park to open a three game series with the Giants on Monday night. Starting pitcher for the Mets lefthander David Peterson (1-0, 1.89) Peterson will be opposed by Giant starter Alex Cobb (3-1, 5.61) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

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

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Lots of blow back Rangers manager calls Yankee Stadium a Little League Park; Umpire leaves game after getting hit by foul ball; plus much more

The New York Yankees Gleyber Torres gets ready to walk it off against the Texas Rangers last Sun May 8, 2022 at Yankee Stadium after the bottom of the ninth home run Ranger manager Chris Woodward said the stadium is like hitting in a Little League Park (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward called Yankee Stadium a Little League Park after Sunday’s front end of a doubleheader when the Yankees Gleyber Torres hit a walk off home run. Woodward got an avalanche of heat for calling one of baseball’s cathederals a Little League Park.

#2 How much was it based on frustration for Woodward on losing to the Yankees on Sunday as Yankee Stadium does have a short porch. You could be assured Woodward heard it from Yankee fans on Monday.

#3 Scary moment as home plate umpire Ron Kulpa was hit in the mask by Chicago White Sox third baseman Jake Burger by a foul ball on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Burger was checked by trainers after falling at the plate walked off the field under his own power and was replaced by Marty Foster.

#4 New York Mets coach Eric Chavez said that balls are being juiced to get out more there is no secret that all big league clubs are using humidors but on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN prime time games Chavez said that he first didn’t believe it when players came to him about it but watched and said the ball was traveling further on the eye test but it also lined up with what the analytics were telling them.

#5 Amaury the last three games in Minnesota against the Minnesota Twins the Oakland A’s lost by some low scoring games but they can’t seem to break out the bats and get the run production that manager Mark Kotsay would hope. Luckily the Detroit Tigers are a struggling bunch and the A’s got a couple runs to get by them on Monday night to end their nine game losing streak at Comerica Park 2-0.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez with Manolo Hernandez Douen for all the play by play action on the Oakland A’s Spanish flagship station 1010 KIQI San Francisco and for News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Twins Sano to have knee surgery; Ohtani to pitch Thursday at Fenway Park; plus more

The Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano charges first base on a Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe ground ball in first inning action at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg on Sat Apr 30, 2022. The Twins announced that Sano will be on the IL due to having knee surgery (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, we’ll start tonight talking about the Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano who will need knee surgery the Twins have said that they have no idea when he will be returning. Sano is going into surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. Sano has been on the team 10 day IL since Monday night.

#2 The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani has had to go through all sorts of pains and injuries including have Tommy John surgery two years ago. Ohtani hit a ninth inning double on Sunday and he slowed down his running and left the game but is expected to be back on the mound to pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night in the last game of that three game series.

#3 Another player has join the Coivd 19 IL the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto who has been put on the list as a precautionary measure and is day to day according to Reds manager David Bell. Votto who was a six time all star was hitting just .122.

#4 The Chicago Cubs left handed pitcher Drew Smyly who is on bereavement was replaced by Robert Gsellman who was called up from the Cubs minor league Triple A Iowa club. Gsellman was 0-1 ERA 3.77 with the Mets last season.

#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will be offering backdrop events in two venues for the 2022 All Star Game one location at LA Live in downtown and the other at Santa Monica Pier which are 18 miles apart from each other. “No city and no city’s fans have supported their team like the Dodgers’ fans have,” said Dodgers team president Stan Kasten.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Mets Carrasco strikes out seven goes seven in 6-2 win

The New York Mets starter Carlos Carrasco pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning on Thu Apr 21, 2022 at Citi Park in New York (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 The New York Mets (6-8) starter Carlos Carrasco pitched 7.2 innings, four hits, two earned runs, no walks, and seven strike outs in their 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants (8-5) on Thursday.

#2 The Mets Francisco Lindor had three hits and a homer and teammate Eduardo Escabar also hit a home run to help the Mets in their four run victory on Thursday.

#3 The home run by Escobar was the go ahead run as the Mets took three games from the Giants at Citi Field to conclude the long series for the Giants.

#4 Lindor exclaimed after the game “Were the New York Mets” and “Were a good team” also it was the return of manager Buck Showalter after he was out for a medical procedure on Wednesday and managed Thursday’s win.

#5 The Giants starting pitcher Sam Long (0-0 ERA 0.00) goes in Washington against the Nationals for Friday night at Nationals Park. The Nats will start Patrick Corbin (0-2 ERA 7.50) at 4:05 pm PDT

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

Mets get to Giants DeSclafani early; New York gets four run win 6-2

San Francisco Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York on Thu Apr 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants lost a series for the first time this season, falling 6-2 to the New York Mets at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon. Along with getting defeated in the series 3-1, the Giants had their longest streak in the majors without an opposing player hitting a homer, snapped.

It happened in the first inning.

“We weren’t not going to give up a home run all year,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “When you go through a stretch where those things are not happening, you are pleased with the results. But you also always know there are going to be some times that aren’t perfect.”

Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani had a slow start, allowing the Mets to get nine hits and five earned runs in five innings. DeSclafani has allowed 22 hits in his first 13 1/3 innings. Kapler said “he doesn’t have his best stuff right now.”

“I think it’s just one of those things where we have to hang in there with him. We trust Tony, he was a great pitcher for us last year, and he went through some starts last year where he didn’t have his best stuff as well,” Kapler said. “I think they were getting some pretty good swings off but there were some balls that weren’t hit particularly well – that happens, that’s just part of it.”

Too many balls stayed up, DeSclafani said, including the pitches resulting in homers. The second one happened on a changeup to Eduardo Escobar.

“I definitely don’t feel crisp at all,” DeSclafani said. “I feel like I’m kind of coming off the ball early, not staying back, and (pitches) are kind of left up in the zone.”

The Giants had a run in the second inning and one in the eighth, but the Mets also had one in that inning to lead San Francisco 6-2.

Giants center fielder Steven Duggar suffered a left oblique injury as he fouled off a pitch against Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the second inning. He will go on the injured list.

The Giants (8-5) continue their East Coast road trip with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch for Game 1 is at 4:05 p.m. PT.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Rodon goes five shutout innings; Belt hammers solo shot in second in Giants 5-2 win

The San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon throws to the New York Mets in the first inning of action at Citi Field in New York on Wed Apr 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 One thing that San Francisco Giants (8-4) first baseman Brandon Belt didn’t have to count on on his 34th birthday on Wednesday was former New York Met (9-4) manager Casey Stengel popping out of Belt’s birthday cake after hitting a second inning home run up in the second deck.

#2 Giants starter Carlos Rodon threw for five innings not giving up a run, three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts and kept the Mets line up off balance all night line.

#3 Met’s manager Bucky Showalter was out for an disclosed medical procedure after sweeping the Giants on Tuesday and Showalter how much of a difference did that make for the Mets not having him on the bench on Wednesday night?

#4 For Rodon he’s struck out 29 hitters over a 17 inning period in three starts the most since New York Giant Cliff Melton had 26 strikeouts back in 1937.

#5 The Giants and Mets conclude the four game series at Citi Field this afternoon the Giants will be sending starter right hander Anthony DeSclafani (0-0 ERA 4.32) and starting for the Mets Carlos Carrasco (0-0 ERA 0.84) at Citi Field first pitch 10:10 AM PDT

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