Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Cole, Yankees hanging their heads after Wild Card loss; SF Giants avoided a huge concession stand strike for playoffs; plus much more

Losing pitcher of record Gerrit Cole delivers to the Boston Red Sox line up in the first inning during the ALWC game on Tue Oct 10, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, You had a chance to see last night’s Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox just how shocked was this good hitting potent team the Yankees that they only could manufacture just two runs in the 6-2 one and done loss to the Sox in Boston on Tuesday night.

#2 Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole was pulled he coughed up a Kyle Schwaber home run in the third inning. Cole said that he’s sick to his stomach over his poor outing going two innings, four hits, three runs, two walks and three strike outs.

#3 The San Francisco Giants are in the NL Division Series playoffs and will be hosting the series at Oracle Park in San Francisco which starts on Friday. What made a national story was Oracle park concessionaires Bon Appetit were planning to walk out at the beginning of the playoff meaning this Friday. That was averted when both labor and Bon Appetit management came to an agreement giving concession employees a $3 retroactive raise which covers this and the last two years, a $1.50 in hazard pay that also covered the last two years and increases that will total $7 an hour by 2024. The concession staff currently makes over $20.00 an hour.

#4 The Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving is still unclear whether he will take the Covid 19 vaccine but the pressure is on with opening day for the regular season around the corner. If Irving does not get vaccinated he will not be allowed to play any of the Nets home games at Barclay Center in Brooklyn until he does gets that first shot.

#5 Jessica, the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler after he served two seasons with the Padres. The Padres at one time were within striking distance to get the second spot in the Wild Card standings but ended up not being able to seal the deal. Strong possibility to replace Tingler is former San Francisco Giant manager Bruce Bochy who led the Giants three World Series championships.

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

San Francisco Giants podcast with Charlie O: Giants will miss Belt’s bat for NLDS; SF’s photo finish to division title

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt swings for a single against the Colorado Rockies on Sep 25, 2021 the next day he broke his thumb on a bunt at Coors Field. Belt will be out for most of the post season and could be eligible for the World Series. (AP News file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Charlie O for Morris Phillips:

#1 Charlie no breathers for either the San Francisco Giants () or the Los Angeles Dodgers () both teams who got to the finish line, both team who made post season but one team won the division by a photo finish.

#2 The Dodgers series with the Atlanta Braves was no picnic, the Dodgers were on a six game win streak before the start of Sunday’s game but still remained two games behind the Giants in the NL West standings.

#3 Charlie, will the absence of Brandon Belt make a huge impact going into post season and going a club like the Dodgers or the St Louis Cardinals.

#4 The Giants got some crucial pitching out of their starters this season Johnny Cueto, Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, Logan Webb and Kevin Gausman.

#5 How did players like Tommy LaStella, LaMonte Webb Jr, and Donavon Solano make a difference in the mix to win 107 games.

Charlie O is filling in for Morris Phillips for the Giants podcasts heard on Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants crowned NL West Champs, Dodgers streak of division titles end at 8; SF picks up 107th victory over SD 11-4

The San Francisco Giants celebrate their 2021 Western Division Championship clinch at Oracle Park in San Francisco vs. the visiting San Diego Padres on Sun Oct 3, 2021 (AP News photo)

San Diego 4 – 7 – 0

San Francisco 11- 10-0

By Lewis Rubman

October Sunday, October 3

SAN FRANCISCO–It’s over. The Giants are the champions of the National League’s Western Division. They trounced the Padres 11-4 behind the brilliant pitching and hitting (yes, hitting!) of Logan Webb. There will be no tie-breaker tomorrow. The Giants won’t have to face the Cardinals in a wild card game, and they will have the home field advantage for as long as they last in the postseason..

This afternoon’s game against San Diego opened auspiciously for the Giants. It took Webb, who brought a record of 10-3, 2.93 with him to the mound, a mere 14 pitches to strike out Trent Grisham, Fernando Tatís, Jr., and Manny Machado. He pitched two more innings without allowing a base runner.

Webb’s counterpart for the Padres, rookie Reiss Knehr (1-1, 4.85 at game time) pitched well, but not as commandingly as Webb, for two innings but ran into trouble in the third. With one man out, he gave up an improbable single to Webb, who advanced to second on a wild pitch to Tommy Lastella, whose subsequent fly to center resulted in the second out of the frame.

Wilmer Flores singled to center, sending Webb to third, and advanced to second on Grisham’s throw. A walk to LaMonte Wade, Jr., loaded the bases with Giants. Buster Posey’s single to left drove in Webb and Flores. Only an impressive diving catch of Brandon Crawford’s sinking line drive to right center prevented San Francisco from opening up a bigger lead.

The Padres countered with a lead off double by Grisham. He held his ground at second while Longoria threw Tatís out at first and then broke for third and made it safely. Maldonado plated him with a sacrifice fly to center that brought the Pads to within a run of the Giants.

Dinelson Lamet took over for Knehr in the bottom of the fourth. The Padres’ starter had given up two runs, both earned, on three hits, two walks, and a wild pitch in three innings, during which he threw 45 pitches, 28 for strikes. Lamet walked the first two batters he faced, Bryant and Yastrzemski, but got Longoria on a called third strike .

The brought Webb to the plate. After showing bunt on Lamet’s first delivery and almost getting hit by a pitch that bounced off his bat into foul territory, San Francisco’s new found offensive threat walked on a full count to clog the base paths. They stayed clogged after Lastella’s RBI single to right, each runner moving up a station.

That was it for Lamet, who threw 30 pitches in a third of an inning, gave up on run and one hit, and was responsible for the three men who were on base when Craig Stammen relieved him. Two of them scored on Wilmer Flores’s double to left put San Francisco up, 5-1. The third score sac fly to left that advanced Flores to third with two out.

Buster Posey quickly brought him home with a single to center. When the ninth Giant batter of the inning, Brandon Crawford, struck out swinging, the scoreboard read San Diego 1, San Francisco 7.

San Diego crept towards a comeback in the fifth. Adam Frazier sliced a one out double to left. Jake Marisnick took an 81 mph slider in the ribs. Webb then retired Rivas on a fly to right and struck out a pinch hitting Tommy Pham

Nabil Crismatt pitched the fifth frame for the Padres. He got through his first three batters, yielding only a walk to the first, Bryant. But he didn’t reckon with Wonder Worker Webb, who blasted. Crismatt’s second pitch, an 83 mph change up, 368 feet into the left field bleachers. Need I say that this was his maiden round trip voyage?

The orange and black continued to pile it on. They opened the seventh, still facing Crismatt, with back to back singles by Crawford and Bryant, both of whom Yastrzemski brought home with a ringing double to center, fluffing up the Giants cushion to 11-1. After Longoria struck out, Logan received a standing ovation and then struck out, his only unsuccessful plate appearance of the day.

It was clear in the top of the eighth that Webb was tired. He yielded consecutive singles to Marisnik, Rivas, and pinch hitter Victor Caratini that producd San Diego’s second tally. That was it for Webb on the mound, and Kervin Castro took over. He allowed an RBI single to Grisham, scoring Rivas. Profar struck out, but Ha-Seong KIm and Cronenworth drove in Caratini with a sinking sacrifce fly to left.

After Castro walked Myers, Jarlín García relieved him. Webb had thrown 88 pitches, 63 for strikes. He was charged with four runs, but two of them crossed the plate while Castro was on the mound. Webb struck out eight Padres and didn’t walk anyone. Castro gave up two walks and a hit in his ineffective two-thirds of an inning on the mound.

James Norwood set the Giants down in order in the eighth, setting the stage for Dominic Leone to come in to close the Pads down in their last half inning.

To chants of “Beat LA,” Leone got Marisnick to ground out to Crawford. Then he struck Rivas out swinging. All that stood between the Giants and undisputed possession of first place was the pinch hitting Eric Hosmer. He went down swinging.

It was Logan’s day, and he got the win. The loss went to Knehr.

On Friday, the winner of the NL wild card game between Los Angeles and St. Louis will come to Oracle Park to face the NL West Champion San Francisco Giants in the first game of the NLDS.

Gausman pitches into 8th, Garcia gives up winning run in 10th Pads edge Giants 3-2. SF magic number 1

San Francisco Giants starter Kevin Gausman acknowledges the crowd after being lifted in the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

San Diego. 3 – 11 – 0

San Francisco. 2 – 5 – 0.

10 innings

By Lewis Rubman

Saturday October 2, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO–With 106 wins under their belt and having clinched a postseason berth with their win over the San Diego (79-82) Padres on Thursday night, you’d think that the Giants’ (106-55) two remaining games against the Pads would be meaningless but it took ten innings to get a result tied up 2-2 the Padres scored a run in the top of the tenth to put the Giants chances to clinch the NL West on hold one more day in a 3-2 loss.

You would, however, be laboring under a misapprehension. The results of this weekend’s contests at Dodger Stadium and Oracle Park are of cardinal importance.

A Dodger sweep of the NL Central champion Brewers and a Giant failure to sweep the friars would set up a 163rd regular season game to determine which of the two teams would receive a bye and which would have to face the red hot St. Louis Cardinals in a wild card game that would send the loser home until spring training. And that’s not all. The winner of the LA-SF duel after either 162 or 163 games, would go on to have the home field advantage in any postseason series.

That’s important for any team, and the Giants, for all of the wins they have under their belt, will need every break they can get, not least because Brandon Belt’s having broken his left thumb on September 27 will keep him on the injured list until at least October 7, if San Francisco should get that deep into the postseason.

The Dodger game won’t start until 6:10 this evening, so when the dust had settled at Oracle Park after this afternoon’s nail biting loss to the Padres, nothing had been settled except that the Dodgers would last to fight another evening.

San Francisco took the lead in the bottom of the second, when, to chants of “MVP, MVP” Brandon Crawford looped a shift be damned lead off double to right off Padres starter Joe Musgrove and came home on Kris Bryant’s clean single to center.

San Francisco’s starter, Kevin Gausman, avoided any serious trouble until Fernando Tatís, Jr., fisted a double down the line to right with one down in the top of the fourth. The Padres left him stranded after Gausman retired Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth on ground outs, preserving the home team´s slim lead.

The Giants threatened again in the fifth, putting their first two men on base via an infield single (Ruf) and a hit batter (Crawford). But Musgrove worked his way out of that jam with a liner to Machado at third (Bryant), another to Marisnick in left center, and nubber to the catcher (Duggar).

Musgrove was lifted for pinch hitter, Adam Frazier, with one out in the sixth. It turned out to be a smart move because Frazier singled to left. Trent Grisham forced him out of a sharp grounder, Ruf to Crawford, and then advanced to third on Tatís´s Texas League single to right center.

Machado’s sharp single to left drove in Tatís before Cronenworth grounded into a force, short to second to end the frame, but not before the damage had been done and the score was tied at one all.

Musgrove had turned in an admirable five innings of work, allowing just one run. on three hits and, although he hit Crawford with a pitch, no walks. He struck out four Giants, and threw a total of 70 pitches, only 18 of which were balls.

It took one pitch from Ross Detwiler, Musgrove’s replacement, for Austin Slater, batting for Wade, to untie the knot. He drove an 89 mph four seamer over the left center field fence for his 12th home run of the year.

It was the team’ s 18th quadradrangular pinch hit of the year, breaking the record in that category it had shared with the 2016 Cardinals. Detwiler set the next three Giants down in order and gave way to Pierce Johnson, who pitched a perfect seventh frame.

The 40,767 fans in attendance, or at least most of them, cheered Gausman as he walked off the mound before throwing a pitch in the top of the eighth, replaced by Zach Littell. San Francisco’s starting pitcher had gone seven full innings and allowed but one run, earned, on six hits and a walk. He threw 84 pitches, 63 for strikes, and struck out five Padres.

Tommy Phan, hitting for Johnson, led off with a 3-2 single to center and immediately was replaced by pinch runner Javy Guerra, who motored to third on Grishman’s double down the line to right, putting the tying and winning runs in scoring position. Tatís whiffed on a 97 mph four seamer for the first out.

Machado worked the count to 3-2 and then lifted a sacrifice fly to left for the Pads’ second out but also their second run. That ended Littell’s stint. José Alvarez took over and got Cronenworth out on a grounder to Crawford, once more eliciting chants of ¨MVP, MVP.¨

Daniel Hudson opened the eighth for San Diego. After disposing of Wilmer Flores, hitting for Alvarez he surrendered a single to left to Tommy LaStella but recovered to strike out Alex Dickerson, pinch hitting for Slater.

Like LaStella and Dickerson, Ruf worked the count full, but he swung and missed for the third strike, and we went into the ninth tied at two and with Camilo Doval on the hill for San Francisco.

Profar greeted him with a single to right. Ha-Seong Kim laced a sharp line drive to left center on which Ruf, who had just moved to left field, made a nice running catch. But Marisnick singled to left, putting the potential go ahead run in scoring position at second. Eric Hosmer then batted for Hudson. With the count at 1-1, he fouled off a 100 mph fast ball before swinging at and missing an 89 mph slider.

Now Tim Hill was on the mound for San Diego. Crawford sent Grisham to the 391 foot marker in straight away center field to corral his fly for the first out. Evan Longorria, who had replaced Bryant at the hot corner, flew out to right, and Yastrzemski grounded out to second.

The zombie runner in the top of the tenth was Caratini, since the last out of the ninth had been made by the pitcher’s spot. Kevin Castro was on the mound, facing the top of San Diego’s batting order. Grisham moved Caratini to within 90 feet of pay dirt with a grounder to second. Tatís struck out swinging, and Castro gave Machado a free pass, a decision that would please ironic students of Cuban history.

Then Castro returned to the dugout, replaced by Jarlín García. Cronenworth sent a hard liner past a diving Flores at first base, driving in Caratini and sending Machado to third, where he was stranded when Profar fouled out to Longoria.

Ex-Giant reliever Mark Melançon came in to try closing out the win for San Diego. He struck out Duggar. Buster Posey, who had been given a rest for this day game after a night, pinch hit for Casali and grounded weakly to the mound, sending the placed runner, Yastrzemski, to third. It was up to Wilmer Flores. He flew out to center, and it was time for the Giants to wait out the results of the Dodger-Brewer game down south.

Tim Hill was the winning pitcher. His record stands at 6-6, 3.62. Kelvin Castro, 1-1, 0.00, took the loss. The save went to Melançon, his 39th.

Sunday’s game is slated to start at 12:05. Logan Webb (10-3, 2.93) is San Francisco’s probable starting pitcher. The Padres haven’t decided who will go for them.

Giants lower magic number to one with 106th victory over Pads 3-0

San Francisco Giants Darrin Ruf (33) gets congratulations from third base coach Ron Wotus (8) after hitting a first inning home run at Oracle Park in San Francisco against the visiting San Diego Padres on Fri Oct 1, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-With the chant of BEAT LA reverberating around Oracle Park, it is quite possible the San Francisco Giants players and coaching staff heard the chant.

Darin Ruf hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning and Mike Yastrzemski added a run-scoring single, helping the Giants to a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres before an announced crowd of 33,975 at Oracle Park.

With the victory, the Giants have now won seven games in a row and this was their 106th win of the season, tying the 1904 New York Giants for the most wins in franchise history.

Also with the victory, the Giants lowered their magic number to win their first National League Western Division Championship since 2012 down to just one.

Anthony DeSclafani went the first five innings for the Giants, as he did not allow a run, scattered four hits, walking no one and struck out three on his way to his 13th win of the season.

It looked like the Giants might clinch the division on this night, especially when the NL Central Division Champion Milwaukee Brewers took an early 5-1 lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium; however, Chris Taylor hit a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning and then the Dodgers took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Matt Beaty hit a pinch-hit home run off of former Giants reliever Jandel Gustave.

Mookie Betts was then hit by a pitch, Corey Seager then singled and then Gustave unleashed a wild pitch that sent Betts and Seager up an additional 90 feet.

With runners on second and third, Gustave intentionally walked and threw his second wild pitch that scored Betts from third base.

After Justin Turner grounded out for the second out of the inning, Max Muncy drove in the third and final run of the inning, when he hit an infield single that scored Seager.

Following the Ruf home run, after Buster Posey flew out to Wil Myers for the second out of the inning, Brandon Crawford reached on a fielding error by Ha-Seong Kim at third base, Wilmer Flores then walked and then Yastrzemski drove in Crawford with a single.

The defensive play of the game came in the top of the sixth inning, when it looked like the Padres would have the bases loaded with two outs or would have cut the Giants lead in half; however, neither one happened.

After Jose Alvarez retired the first two batters of the inning, Fernando Tatis, Jr., singled to right field and then Jake Cronenworth followed that up with an infield hit that sent Tatis to second base. Following the Cronenworth single, Eric Hosmer hit one of third base that bounced right to Evan Longoria, who saw that Tatis, Jr. rounded the third base bag and headed towards home plate, in which Longoria followed Tatis, Jr. and eventually tagged him out for the final out of the inning, thus ending the rally.

LaMonte Wade, Jr., gave the Giants a little breathing in the bottom of the sixth inning, when he hit a sacrifice fly to center field that was deep enough for Donovan Solano to score that all important third run of the game.

Solano doubled to lead off the inning off of Drew Stammen, who was able to get the next three out; however, that the sacrifice fly by Wade, Jr.

Alvarez pitched the sixth inning in relief of DeSclafani, as he allowed three hits, including that last one to Hosmer that saw Tatis get tagged out by Longoria to end the inning.

Yastrzemski saved what could have been a home run by Myers that ended up being a double that led off the top of the seventh inning off of Dominic Leone.

That would be the only blemish that Leone would allow in the inning, as he then retired Kim, Victor Cartini, as Myers went to third and Jurickson Profar popped out to Longoria to end the inning.

Tyler Rogers came on in the top of the eighth inning, as he allowed a double to Tatis, Jr., with two outs; however, he was then able to get out of the little jam, when Cronenworth struck out looking to end the inning.

Camilo Doval came on in the top of the ninth inning, and struck out the first two batters before Kim to ground out to Crawford to end the game that sent the Oracle Park crowd into a frenzy.

This was the third save in three opportunities for Doval, as he struck out two in his only inning of work.

NOTES: Wade, Jr., was named the winner of the Willie McCovey award, the most prestigious honor in the Giants organization.

Joining Wade, Jr., in the pregame ceremony on the field were past winners like Chris Speier, Dave Dravecky, Mike Felder, J.T. Snow, Andres Torres, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey (from the bullpen), Crawford, Yastrzemski and Mike Krukow (who was in the broadcast booth). Wade, Jr., received the award from Allison McCovey the daughter of McCovey, who passed away of October 31, 2018 at the age of 80.

Scott Kazmir was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain and Sammy Long was recalled from Sacramento to replace Kazmir on the roster.

The 106 victories by the Giants are the most by a team that finished the season under .500 in the previous year.

When the month of September came to a close on Thursday night, the Giants ended the month with a record of 21-5 (.778) was the best September ever since they moved to California in 1958 and their best September since they went 20-5 (.800) in 1951, the same year they came back from 13 games out to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers on Bobby Thomsons three-run home run off of Ralph Branca in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave then New York Giants a thrilling 5-4 victory to give the Giants the NL Pennant on October 3, 1951 at the Polo Grounds.

With the Giants game coming to a close early, the Giants allowed their fans to stay in the ballpark to watch the conclusion of the Dodgers versus Brewers game on the big screen in centerfield.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman heads to the mound, as he searches for his 15th win of the season for the Giants, while Joe Musgrove will take the mound for the Padres, as he goes for his 12th of the campaign.

Giants reach 100 wins on the season, beat Rockies 7-2 to hit three digit mark

San Francisco Giants Kris Bryant flies out in the top of the fourth against the Colorado Rockies on Fri Sep 24, 2021 at Coors Field in Denver (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Who would have ever thought that the 2021 San Francisco Giants would do something that the organization as a whole accomplished only seven times prior its 139-year history?

Backed by four home runs, the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-2 at Coors Field and with the victory, the Giants have won their 100th game of the season. Also, with the Giants maintained their first-place position in the National League West and their magic number lowers to eight.

Tommy La Stella led off the top of the first inning with a home run off of Peter Lambert, who was making his season debut for the Rockies after missing the entire shortened 2020 season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The La Stella home run gave the Giants a quick 1-0 lead; however, the lead would not last long, as the Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the first when Charlie Blackmon hit an opposite field single to score Raimel Tapia with the tying run. Elias Diaz gave the Rockies the lead, when Elias Diaz to right field to score Brendan Rodgers.

Unfortunately, for the Rockies, that lead would only last into the top of the second inning, when Brandon Crawford hit his 22nd home run of the season into the second deck of the right field seats.

Brandon Belt gave the Giants the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, when he hit his team-leading 27th home run.

Mike Yastrzemski hit the fourth and final home run of the game, as he hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, as the Giants broke the game wide open. Buster Posey drove in the seventh and final run of the game for the Giants in the top of that same seventh inning, when Wilmer Flores scored.

Alex Wood went just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out seven; however, he did not fare in the decision, as the game turned into a bullpen game.

La Stella, who hit a home run to lead off the game went 3-for-5 on the evening.

Kervin Castro went two innings, and continues to impress, as he allowed a hit and struck out two and picked up his first Major League victory.

Castro turned the ball over to Tony Watson, who threw a perfect seventh inning and then Tyler Rogers came on in the bottom of the eighth inning, and despite giving up three hits, Rogers struck out two and the Rockies left the bases loaded, when Rogers got Ryan McMahon on a called third strike to end the inning and get out of the jam.

Camilo Doval came on to finish it out for the Giants, and despite giving up a hit to Tapia, Doval got Brendan Rodgers to strikeout for the second out after Rodgers started the night by going 3-for-4 against Giants pitching.

Lambert went the first 3.2 innings for the Rockies in his first start of the Rockies, as he allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.

Ashton Goudeau came on to replace Lambert and went 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out two and gave up two home runs to Belt and Yastrzemski and lost for the first time in his MLB career.

NOTES: This team, who was projected to win 75 games this season became the eighth team to reach the 100-win plateau.

The Giants join the 1904 NY Giants (106), 1905 NY Giants (105), 1912 NY Giants (103), 1962 SF Giants (103), 1993 SF Giants (103), 1913 NY Giants (101) and 2003 SF Giants (100) as previous teams to reach triple digits in wins.

With four more home runs tonight, the Giants have now hit 234 home runs on the season, moving within one of tying the 2001 team for the most home runs by the team in history of the franchise.

Also with the four home runs on the evening, this was the 17th time that the Giants have hit at four home runs or more in a game, stretching their MLB lead up over the Toronto Blue Jays.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his 13th win of the season on Saturday night, while Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies in search for his ninth win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Bullpen keeping Giants in the slim hunt with Dodgers in NL West race

San Francisco Giants pitcher Dominic Leone has done a bang up job as a starter and reliever in helping the Giants in their pennant drive (file photo KNBR)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael talk about Dominic Leone he’s been pitching in the starting role and a reliever he’s 3-4 ERA 1.69 and has been lights out.

#2 Over the last three outings for Leone he’s pitched against the Atlanta Braves twice and the San Diego Padres once and has shut them out each of the one inning appearances he’s made and giving up only one hit.

#3 Michael talk about that crucial sixth and seventh innings last night in San Diego. Where the Giants scored two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh as they won by two runs 8-6 every run and every win counts these days.

#4 Michael, talk about the bullpen strength how they’ve been closing down games in late innings and managing to keep the Giants heads above water and the surging Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

#5 Giants conclude their three game series with the Padres today the Giants will start Logan Webb (10-3 ERA 2.79) and for the Padres Yu Darvish (8-10 ERA 4.13) a 1:10 PM PDT

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

Giants build big lead and then hang on at the end for 8-6 win over Padres. Magic Number down to 9

Camilia Doval San Francisco Giants reliever reaches for the stars after getting the San Diego Padres Tommy Pham to ground into a top of the fifth inning double play at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed Sep 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

Torture is back!

The San Francisco Giants had a seven run lead late in the game and then hung on for dear life in a 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday evening at Petco Park.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco gained a game on their NL West rival and are now two games up on the Dodgers with 10 games left to play. In the process, the Giants reduced their magic number to clinching the division to nine.

Scott Kazmir made his first major league appearance since June 4th. The 2020 silver medalist for Team USA this past summer, pitched four strong innings before the wheels came off for him in the fifth inning.

He opened up the fifth inning with a walk, single (which was generously given by the official scorer as the ball hit by pinch hitter Jake Marisnick went under the glove of shortstop Brandon Crawford) and walk to load the bases. Buster Posey was called for catcher interference on a swing by Jake Cronenworth which resulted in the Padres scoring their first run.

Kazmir finished with 4+ innings pitched, allowing an unearned run on four hits while striking out three and walking three batters on 71 pitches.

Despite being a veteran with 12 years of major league experience, Kazmir admitted to having some butterflies before the game and being involved in a pennant race.

“For sure”, said Kazmir. “There’s always butterflies in any big league ballgame, especially in September. The (playoff type of) atmosphere was there. To be in a pennant race like that and to be able to perform like that, it’s a good feeling. Hopefully I can keep progressing and keep getting stronger.”

Camilo Doval, who has been a revelation for Giants manager Gabe Kapler since he’s been called up from Triple-A Sacramento, came in and struck out Manny Machado on three pitches. Then induced Tommy Pham into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

“Doval was the pivotal point of the game,” said Posey. “For him to come in, strike out (Manny) Machado and then induce (Pham to hit into a) double play gave us momentum going forward.”

San Diego went with a bullpen game and opened with Vince Velasquez, who came into the game having given up four runs in four innings in his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-2 loss.

Kris Bryant opened up the scoring when hit a one-out bases loaded double that cleared the bases in the first inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. Velasquez only lasted one inning.

The Giants tacked on to their lead with two runs in the sixth inning. RBI singles by the Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski gave San Francisco a 5-1 lead. Crawford leads the team with 83 RBI on the season.

San Francisco padded their lead with three runs in the seventh inning. Catcher Buster Posey hit an RBI double down the right field line to score Tommy LaStella. Then Lamont Wade Jr. continued his clutch hitting with an two-run single to right field to score Brandon Belt and Posey and extended the Giants lead to 8-1.

Posey was in a zone as went 4-5 with an RBI and three runs scored as he was a nemesis to the Padres all night long. His fifth and final at bat he just missed a home run as he fly ball to right field was caught at the wall by Will Meyers.

“When he’s getting the ball in the air to the opposite field, on a line, Buster is at his best. Last ball he hit, he didn’t get rewarded for. That was an excellent swing off of a pitcher that’s difficult to get in the air. It’s good signals for Pose,” Kapler said.

San Diego chipped away at their deficit in their half of the seventh inning. Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his National League leading 40th home run to spark a three-run innings off of reliever Jarlin Garcia. RBI-singles by Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer cut the Giants lead in half 8-4.

Hosmer finished the game 4-5 with an RBI and one run scored.

Tony Watson pitched a scoreless eight inning for San Francisco.

Tyler Rogers provided another dose of torture for Giants fan. He gave up two runs in the ninth inning with an RBI groundout from Todd Frazier and and RBI single by Trent Grisham. Tatis Jr. came to the plate as the game winning run with two man on and two out. However Rogers induced Tatis Jr. to fly out to left field to end the game.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco stranded six runners on base. San Diego left 11 runners on base.

The Giants are 9-6 in the season series with the Padres with one more left in San Diego. The Giants finish the regular season with hosting the final three game against the Padres at Oracle Park.

UP NEXT: The Giants close out the three-game series with the Padres on Thursday 9/23 at 1:00pm from Petco Park.

Late night LaMonte comes through again in Giants 6-5 win

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt slides in safely after Lamonte Wade Jr hits an RBI single in the top of the ninth as San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola comes up empty handed at Petco Park in San Diego on Tue Sep 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Brandon Belt might have scored the biggest run of his big-league career, when it was needed the most for the San Francisco Giants.

Belt scored on a single by Lamonte Wade, Jr., with one out in the top of the ninth inning, helping the Giants to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres in game one of a pivotal three-game series at Petco Park.

This was a win that the Giants so desperately needed, as they held on to their slim one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 in 10 innings at Coors Field.

Wade, Jr., came with the big hit just out of the reach of Fernando Tatis, Jr., at shortstop and Belt just beat the throw of Tommy Pham, when Austin Nola was unable to hold to the ball at the plate.

This was the 13th hit in 19 at-bats for Wade, Jr., in the ninth inning or later and has now defeated the entire National League West in the 9th inning.

Belt singled with one out off of Giants closer Mark Melancon, then Buster Posey singled Belt to second and then Wade, Jr., came up with another big hit in the late innings.

Melancon was able to regroup and get Kris Bryant to ground into a double play to end the inning; however, the Giants regained the lead.

Tyler Rogers came on to close out the game for the Giants, and it did not get off to a good start, as Brandon Crawford committed a fielding error on a ball hit by Wil Myers, but then Rogers got Tatis, Jr., to strikeout looking for the first out of the inning to bring up Jake Cronenworth, who singled to put runners on first and second to bring up Manny Machado with the game on the line.

Machado hit a ground ball to Belt, who threw to Crawford for the second out and then got Machado at first base by a step to end the game and give the Giants their 98th win of the season.

Things got to a rousing start for the Giants, as Tommy La Stella led off the top of the first inning and the game with his sixth home run of the season.

After that, it became the Padres home run show, as Machado hit his 25th home run of the season onto Western Metal Supply Company building to tie up the game in the bottom of the first inning.

The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the second inning, as Tatis, Jr., gave the Padres the lead when he singled off of Kevin Gausman to score Trent Grisham.

Machado then hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the third inning that increased the Padres lead up to 3-1, it was the 26th home run for Machado. Pham then increased the lead up to 4-1 a few batters later, as he hit his 15th home run of the season.

The Giants began to make a comeback that eventually gave them the lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Wilmer Flores cut the Padres lead in half, as he singled to left field to score Evan Longoria and send Mike Yastrzemski to second base, who then scored on a Buster Posey sacrifice fly.

Crawford then got the Giants even in the top of the sixth inning, as he doubled to the opposite field to score Bryant and then Yastrzemski hit a sacrifice fly to give the Giants the lead to score Crawford.

Once again, the Padres tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Nola hit his second home run of the season and that setup the heroics by Wade in the top of the ninth inning.

Gausman went only four innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three; however, he allowed three home runs and turned the ball over to the bullpen.

Camilo Doval gave up a single in his only inning of work, then Zack Littell gave up the game-tying home run to Nola in the bottom of the sixth inning and that would be the last hit allowed by the bullpen until Rogers gave up the single to Cronenworth in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Doval, Jose Alvarez, Dominic Leone, Tony Watson, who pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out two on his way to his sixth win of the season and then Rogers picked up his 13th save of the season, despite allowing a single and a huge strikeout of Tatis, Jr., for the first out of the bottom of the ninth inning.

NOTES: This was the Giants 49th win of the season on the road, good enough for their sixth best road record in team history and have 13 out of their last 15 games on the road.

With two more wins, the Giants will reach the 100-win plateau just seven Giants teams in franchise history have won 100 games: 1904 NY Giants (106), 1905 NY Giants (105), 1912 NY Giants (103), 1962 SF Giants (103), 1993 SF Giants (103), 1913 NY Giants (101) and 2003 SF Giants (100).

UP NEXT: Giants will send Scott Kazmir to the mound on Wednesday night, as he looks for his first win of the season, while the Padres will send Vince Velasquez to the hill, as he looks for his fourth win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Charlie O: Belt seeing ball well; Wood looks like he never missed a step great start on return

San Francisco Giants slugger Brandon Belt arrives in the dugout after hitting a forth inning two run home run against the San Diego Padres on Mon Sep 13, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

San Francisco Giants podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie, the Giants in this last homestand split four with the San Diego Padres and won the three game series from the Atlanta Braves. Both clubs could give the Giants fits but manager Gabe Kapler had to be pretty happy with the way they played.

#2 Brandon Belt has been on a tear lately on he nearly hit two home runs on Thursday clearing the fence once and hitting into a double that look like it had the distance. Later in the game in the sixth Padres right fielder Jurickson Profar caught a Belt drive in deep right center.

#3 You have to hand it to the Giants pitching staff on Saturday for the fine piece of work they turned in getting a great start out of Alex Wood who just came out of Covid 19 quarantine and pitched three innings four strike outs, Wood was followed by six relivers who combined to shut out the Atlanta Braves on Saturday 2-0.

#4 Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto’s rehab from an elbow injury is coming along Cueto played catch for the second day in a row throwing some 120 feet. The Giants are hoping to see him back out on the hill on Sep 27 and 28th he will be throwing in bullpen sessions and looking past Sep 27 the Giants would like to get him ready for post season.

#5 Former San Francisco Giants owner Bob Lurie was on hand to be honored on the Giants Wall of Fame. Lurie who saved the Giants from moving to Toronto in 1976 when he purchased the team with the late Bud Herseth. Later Lurie sold the team to the late Peter Magown and the late Walter Shorenstein at the end of the 1992 season preventing the Giants from moving to Tampa Bay. Giants CEO Larry Baer said of Lurie, “Bob’s fingerprints are all over Oracle Park”

Charlie O is filling in for Morris Phillips for the Giants podcasts heard Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com