Giants Wade wins it in night cap with hit in extra innings 2-1

San Francisco Giants baserunner Curt Casali who scored the winning run in the eighth inning on LeMonte Wade’s single claps in the second game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park in Washington DC on Sat Jun 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Playing in the area where he grew up for the first time as a major leaguer, LaMonte Wade, Jr., came up with the biggest hit of the game.

Wade hit a single in the top of the eighth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals, giving them the split of the doubleheader and the Giants became the third team in the major leagues and first in the National League to 40 wins, as they join the Chicago White Sox (40 wins) and the Tampa Bay Rays (41 wins).

The native of Baltimore, who went to the University of Maryland, just across the District line in College Park drove in Curt Casali, who was on second base to start the inning.

After a wild pitch by Kyle Finnegan sent Wade to second, Donovan Solano hit a ground ball that saw Trea Turner throw to Josh Harrison; however, Wade, Jr., slid underneath the tag. Brandon Belt then walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Wilmer Flores pulled the ball into left field and it dropped for a single to easily score Wade, Jr., from third base, and the bases stayed loaded.

The Nationals finally retired a batter, as Ryan Zimmerman made a nifty bare-handed play at first base and threw to Yan Gomes at home for the first out of the inning to retire Belt.

Prior to the Wade, Jr,, single, Mike Yastrzemski came up with the last hit for the Giants in the top of the third inning, when he doubled off of Jeffrey Rodriguez, as he batted for Conor Menez, who started the game for the Giants.

Ryne Harper then came on to replace Finnegan, as he got Mauricio Dubon to ground into a force play that saw Starlin Castro throw to Gomes to get Belt for the second out of the inning. Harper was able to get of the jam, as he got Austin Slater to fly out to Kyle Schwarber to end the inning.

Menez, who went the first two innings for the Giants, allowed just one hit and struck out one before Gabe Kapler went to the bullpen, in this second game of the doubleheader.

Following Menez, Kapler sent Jarlin Garcia, Dominic Leone, Zack Littell, Tyler Roger, Jake McGee each went one inning and finally Kapler called on Caleb Baragar to close it out, and it was an interesting bottom of the eighth inning.

With Gomes on second base to start the inning, Castro got the Nationals on the board, as he doubled off the centerfield wall. Following the Castro double, Baragar then hit Victor Robles on the shoulder to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

Josh Bell came off the bench to pinch hit for Harper, as he hit a fly ball to Slater that saw Castro advance to third base and Robles tagged up and went to second base; however, he went to second base, but dove past the base and began to run towards third base, where he was immediately tagged out for the second out of the inning.

Baragar then got Turner to pop out to Solano at second base to give the Giants the victory and a split of the doubleheader.

It was the first save of the season for Baragar, who gave up a run and one hit, as he saw his earned run average fall to 0.49 on the season.

McGee struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up his second win of the season

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto will close out the series and the road trip, as he will take the mound for the first time since Sunday, when he went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out four and saw his record fall to 4-2 on the season. Berkeley born and Bishop O Dowd (Oakland) graduate Joe Ross will take the hill for the Nationals, as he looks for his third win of the season.

First game of doubleheader: Schwarber provides the offense in Nationals win 2-0

The Washington Nationals Kevin Schwarber rounds the bases after hitting a first inning home run that would stand up against San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman at Nationals Park in DC on Sat Jun 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Kyle Schwarber came up with the only offense that the Washington Nationals would need right off the bat against Kevin Gausman.

Schwarber hit a leadoff home run off of Gausman in the bottom of the first inning, helping the Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the first game of a split doubleheader at Nationals Park.

Gausman lost for the first time this season, as he went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four in his shortest outing as a member of the Giants.

Erick Fedde picked up his fourth win of the season, as he went five innings in his first start since being taken off the injured list due to Covid-19. Fedde did not walk a batter, scattering four hits, not walking a batter and striking out seven in his return to the rotation.

Nationals setup man Kyle Finnegan came on to replace Fedde in the top of the sixth inning, as he gave up a hit and struck out one before giving way to closer Brad Hand, who struck out two, including Austin Slater on a called third strike to end the game.

Josh Harrison put the finishing touches on the scoring for the Nationals in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he doubled to right field to score Juan Soto, who walked to lead off the inning against Gausman.

The Giants could only muster four hits with two coming in the top of the second inning, as Wilmer Flores singled and then Mike Tauchman singled Flores to third base; however, Jason Vosler grounded into an inning ending double play to end the threat and the inning.

Gausman tried to help out his own cause, as he singled to lead off the top of the third inning, but LaMonte Wade, Jr., hit a sacrifice bunt to get Gausman to second base; however, Mike Yastrzemski and Buster Posey each grounded out to the inning.

NOTES: Yastrzemski was activated prior to the game, as he was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and will be the 27th player for both games of the doubleheader.

The Giants have hit 62 home runs through their first 35 road games, and it is the second most home runs hit in their first 35 games on the road, trailing the 2000 Giants that hit 63 home runs.

Anthony DeSclafani is the first Giants pitcher to have multiple shutouts in a season since Johnny Cueto finished his first season with the team in 2016 with two, and the last Giants pitcher to have more than two shutouts was Jason Schmidt, who finished the 2006 season with three shutouts.

UP NEXT: Conor Menez will take the mound in the second game for the Giants, while the Nationals will send Jeffrey Rodriguez, to the mound after he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

DeSclafani and Posey lead Giants to shutout victory 1-0

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington DC Fri Jun 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

It was the battery of the San Francisco Giants that supplied the winning punch in the opener of their four-game series against the Washington Nationals.

Anthony DeSclafani threw his second shutout of the season, and Buster Posey supplied the big hit of the game, when he hit a solo home run off of Paolo Espino in the top of the fourth inning and the Giants defeated the Nationals 1-0 at Nationals Park.

DeSclafani was on fire from the get go, as he retired the first nine batters he faced and then Trea Turner pit an end to that streak with a single to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. He did not allow another hit until Josh Bell doubled off of DeSclafani with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

It was the third career shutout for DeSclafani and third complete game of his career, as he allowed just those two hits, walked just one and struck out eight on his way to his sixth win of the season against two losses.

This was the Giants major-league leading ninth shutout of the season, while the Nationals were shutout for the eighth time this season.

Posey hit a slider off of Espino that landed in the Giants bullpen for his 11th home run of the season.

The 11 home runs by Posey are more than he hit in both 2018 and 2019, and his career-high is 24 home runs in 2012, the year that he won the Most Valuable Player and helped lead the Giants to their second World Series Championship in three years.

Espino came on to replace Nationals starter Max Scherzer in the top of the 1st inning, as the three-time Cy Young Award winner was forced to leave the game after just 12 pitches after he felt a tweak in his groin.

An MRI was taken of Scherzers groin and it turned out to be an inflammation and he considers himself as day-to-day.

Mike Tauchman came up with another huge catch to rob Juan Soto of a potential game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

It was the second time in three weeks that Tauchman made a game-saving catch, as he robbed Albert Pujols of potential game-winning home run on May 28 at Dodger Stadium.

That was insane huge catch, DeSclafani said. If you dont make that its a tie ballgame and I probably dont go nine.

Espino, who was forced into the game in the top of the first inning went 3.1 innings, allowing the only run of the game on three hits. Following Espino, four more relievers for the Nationals allowed just one hit and retired the final 16 Giants in a row.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Giants traded Matt Wisler to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for left-handed reliever Michael Plassmeyer, who will report to Double-A Richmond.

According to Giants manager Gabe Kapler, Curt Casali, who is out with a left wrist strain and Mike Yastrzemski, who is out with a sprained right thumb should be reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday. While, Darin Ruf, who is on the injured list with a right hamstring could be back when the Giants return home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Oracle Park. Caleb Baragar, out with inflammation in his left elbow was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman goes for his eighth win of the season in the opener of a split doubleheader for the Giants, while the Nationals will send Erick Fedde to the mound.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Gausman looks for his eighth win Saturday against Nats

Kevin Gausman seen here pitching against the Chicago Cubs on Sat Jun 5, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco will make a start Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals in DC (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael talk about some of the call ups that have come through and surprised Sammy Long, Jason Vosler, and Chawick Tromp.

#2 Long pitched four innings after relieving starter Zack Littell, Long gave up a walk and struck out a batter manger Gabe Kapler liked what Long brought to the table during Wednesday’s game in Arlington.

#3 Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski is getting closer to coming back. Yastrzemski said his fingers and knuckles need to be pain free to swing a bat. Yastrzemski said he can play catch without pain.

#4 Talk about Alex Dickerson going on the IL with an upper back injury. Dickerson felt some back in the upper back after taking a swing against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

#5 Due to the rain out on Thursday Giants starter Kevin Gausman (7-0 ERA 1.27) will start against the Washington Nationals Joe Ross (2-6 ERA 4.80) a 11:05 AM first pitch as the front game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park in Washington on Saturday.

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

Giants and Nats to make up rain out as doubleheader Saturday

Heavy rains in Washington DC postponed Thursday’s opening game of the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals series at Nationals Park on Thu Jun 10, 2021 (photo courtesy of KGO ABC 7 Sports San Francisco)

By Jessica Kwong

The series opener between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Thursday night was postponed due to inclement weather, specifically heavy rain.

“It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader this Saturday, June 12th,” the Giants and Nationals said in tweeted statements.

The first game that day is scheduled to begin at 11:05 a.m. and the second game is slated to follow at 4:15 p.m. Both will be seven-inning regulation games. Weather in Washington, DC, on Thursday was forecast as unpredictable, but wound up in a downpour.

Giants right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (5-2, 3.51 ERA), who was set to start on Thursday, will now start on Friday. Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman will start on one of the two games on Saturday. The pitcher for the other game in the doubleheader has not been announced. Right-hander Johnny Cueto was originally planned for Saturday, but it is unclear if he will still take the mound with the changes.

Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer (5-4, 2.22 ERA), who was ready to start on Thursday, will also open on Friday. Right-hander Joe Ross was already scheduled to start for Washington on Saturday and will pitch one of the games. The other pitcher for the Nationals that day has not been announced.

Fans who had tickets for Thursday’s game will be able to use them for the early game on Saturday. Those who are unable to attend are offered the chance to get a refund or trade for a later date at the box office.

San Francisco is 1-1 in one doubleheader this season. The four-game series is scheduled to wrap up on Sunday with first pitch at 10:05 a.m. The Giants will then head home to Oracle Park to host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a four-game series.

11th inning single puts the Holt in Rangers 4-3 win over Giants

The Texas Rangers Brock Holt gets congratulations from teammate Isiah Kiner-Falefa for getting the 11th inning walk off single against the San Francisco Giants at the Ball Park in Arlington on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants lost 4-3 in extra innings to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on Wednesday afternoon, missing the chance to walk away with another series victory.

San Francisco had a one-run lead in the ninth inning but blew the chance to win when a grounder got infield. After a stolen base and bad hit, the Rangers tied the game.

The Giants made a run first in the 10th inning, but the Rangers also scored. In the 11th inning, Texas did not allow San Francisco to score and then Brock Holt got a two-out RBI single to give the Rangers the 4-3 win. The loss for the Giants was particularly surprising because they have the best record in the MLB at 38-22, while the Rangers at 23-39 are in last place in the AL West.

San Francisco used Zack Littell as the starting pitcher – his first opener since 2018 – before putting lefty Sammy Long in. Long struck out seven in four innings in his major league debut for San Francisco.

He allowed a run on one hit, a double by Eli White, in the sixth inning, and walked one. Long threw 47 of 69 pitches for strikes. Long, who stopped playing baseball after the Tampa Bay Rays released him three years ago, said he felt great on the mound.

‘That was above and beyond right there on,’ Long said. ‘Just felt like I was in my element.’

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he didn’t think they could have drawn it up any better for Long.

‘I thought he was poised, obviously used all of his weapons, able to execute all of them for strikes,’ Kapler said. ‘The line is incredibly impressive for the first time out at the major league level.’

The Giants beat the Rangers on Tuesday, 9-4. They still hold the best record in the NL. The Giants start a four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Nationals Park. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m.

Tauchman hits a grand slam in Giants win 9-4

The San Francisco Giants Mike Tauchman (29) connects for an eighth inning grand slam home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Josh Sborz on Tue Jun 8, 2021 in Arlington (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Mike Tauchman gave the allegiance of San Francisco Giants fans much to cheer about on one swing of the bat.

Tauchman lined his first grand slam of his career into the first row of the right field seats, helping the Giants to a come-from-behind 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field.

Lufkin, Texas native Brandon Belt got the eighth inning rally started, as he singled to lead off the inning, then Brandon Crawford walked and after Wilmer Flores struck out for the first out of the inning, Steven Duggar walked to load the bases. That was enough for Joely Rodriguez, as he was replaced by Josh Sborz, who got Donovan Solano to line out to Isian Kiner-Falefa for the second out of the inning.

On a 3-1 pitch to Tauchman, Sborz threw a four-seam fastball that ended up in the seats to give the Giants the lead for good and to get that monkey off their back, as they could not get a break with runners on base, as they were 1-for-9 prior to the Tauchman grand slam.

Jose Alvarez got the final two outs of the seventh inning to pick up his second win of the season. Alvarez came on with two on and one out, but was able to get out of the jam.

Alvarez then gave way to Jake McGee, who pitched a perfect eighth inning, as he got three ground balls to end the frame and then Dominic Leone got the final three outs of the game to secure to huge win to start this road trip.

Alex Wood ended up getting the no-decision, as he went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two.

Brandon Crawford, who became the Giants all-time leader in games played by a shortstop broke the game wide open in the top of the ninth inning, as he his second home run of the game and 14th of the season, when he hit a three-run home run off of Rangers reliever Taylor Hearn.

Buster Posey singled with one out in the inning, then Belt picked up his third hit of the night and then Crawford hit a Hearn offering into the right-center field seats.

Crawford gave the Giants a short lived 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning, as he hit a solo home run off of Rangers starter Jordan Lyles that landed near where his second home run landed in the top of the ninth inning.

It was a tough no-decision for Lyles, who went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as Duggar reached on a fielding error by Nate Lowe at first base that scored Belt.

Unfortunately, that lead did not last long at all, as Joey Gallo hit his 11th home run of the season to tie up the game.

Adolis Garcia tied up the game after Crawford hit his first home run of the game, as he doubled to left field that scored Kiner-Falefa. Nick Solak then gave the Rangers the lead, as he doubled to score Willie Calhoun and Garcia and things were looking good for the Rangers until that fateful eighth inning.

LaMonte Wade, Jr., went three-for-five, as he continues to lead off for the Giants, while Belt returned to the lineup also picked up three hits and walked; however, the biggest hit of the night was the Tauchman grand slam that gave the Giants the lead for good.

NOTES: Belt was activated prior to the game, as he missed the previous 11 games with a left oblique strain. To make room for Belt, Camilo Doval was optioned to Sacramento following the game on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

With the victory, the Giants have won 10 out of their last 13 games.

The Giants are now 20-13 on the road, good enough for the fourth-best road record in the major leagues.

By hitting three more home runs, the Giants have now hit 59 home runs on the road, and have multiple home runs in six straight road games, tying the third longest streak in team history.

Crawford passed Travis Jackson for the most games played by a Giants shortstop, and was acknowledged by the crowd, as he went on the field in the bottom of the first inning alone. Crawford doffed his cap to the crowd, and eventually his teammates came out on the field to greet him.

Alex Dickerson was forced to leave the game with back tightness after he struck out in his second at-bat.

UP NEXT: Sammy Long will make his major-league debut on Wednesday afternoon, as he takes the mound for the Giants. Long grew up in Sacramento, and first went to Rosemont High School before transferring to Del Campo High School and ended up being the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2014 and was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, as he went 8-2 with a 3.03 earned for Sacramento State.

The Rangers will send their ace Kyle Gibson to the mound, as he looks to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Kuiper to begin Chemotherapy immediately

San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper will take time some time off to begin chemotherapy released a statement saying he hoped to return this season after treatment (file photo from NBC Bay Area TV)

By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–San Francisco Giant broadcaster Duane Kuiper in a statement announced that he will immediately begin Chemotherapy treatment. Kuiper said he will be missing a few games but eventually plans to return later this season after receiving treatment.

Kuiper said he had taken some tests and doctors said he needed to start chemotherapy treatment and said he was confident that he has a talented medical team of doctors and healthcare professionals. Kuiper expressed his appreciation of those around him his family, fans, those close to the Giants, NBC Sports Bay Area, and everyone working at KNBR 680 the Giants flagship station.

Kuiper said while he will be taking a few games off is confident that he will be back to work broadcasting at some point this season. Kuiper’s statement to the media and fans is below:

“I wanted to let you know that I may be missing a few more Giants broadcasts than usual and I wanted to share what’s going on with me,” Kuiper said. “After some tests and visits with doctors, I was diagnosed with a medical condition that requires me to immediately begin chemotherapy treatment. I feel very fortunate that I have an incredibly talented team of doctors and healthcare specialists who will be assisting me throughout my treatment plan.

“And, of course, the support and love of my entire family, along with our incredible fans, everyone at the Giants, NBC Sports Bay Area and KNBR is overwhelming and deeply appreciated. I still plan on broadcasting this season, though I may take a few more games off if I’m not feeling well and I want to thank my broadcast partners for their unconditional support and willingness to step in and cover for me. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me the space and privacy to focus on my health at this time. While this was not the adventure I anticipated, I’m staying positive for a quick and full recovery.”

Michael Duca and Morris Phillips podcast San Francisco Giants baseball each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

The Giants have the best record in MLB, It’s June. How long can it continue?

By Morris Phillips

Who saw this coming?

The Giants (37-22) have the best record in MLB, the most road wins of any National League Club by a clear margin, and they’re atop the standings in the most challenging division in baseball, despite the heavy presence of the World Champion Dodgers and the loaded San Diego Padres.

They also have a boatload of injuries, a gaping hole in their rotation, and a clear need for bullpen upgrades that dates back to the season’s inception and spring training. So what do they do to keep this freight train moving?

Well, cross their fingers for one. The latest news is the toughest, as Evan Longoria has landed on the disabled list and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a shoulder sprain after his collision with Brandon Crawford on Saturday. Manager Gabe Kapler acknowledged this may be more than just “next man up” with Longo’s absence.

“He was swinging the bat very well,” Kapler said. “He was very patient at the plate, playing great defense. He’s one of the core pieces and leaders on this club. It’s going to be a major challenge to fill his shoes. I’m not sure we’re going to have anybody step right in and do what he was doing. At the same time, we have to turn the page and get ready to compete.”

So there you go from Kapler’s words: take a deep breath, and get ready to compete on Tuesday at Arlington, Texas against the Rangers. All the blanks will be filled in prior to first pitch.

Good news? The Giants next to opponents are struggling. The Rangers are on pace to lose 100 games, and the Nationals have seen injuries and poor play land them near the bottom of the NL East. In the absence of any assurances, the Giants approach will be to take advantage of those two first. Helping that cause, first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to come off the injured list and resume his spot at first base during the week long trip.

The methodology stays the same: the Giants have hit 85 home runs in 59 games, second best in baseball, and they’ve made those homers count by maintaining a 3.30 ERA that’s kept their games close, low scoring and prime to be affected by a timely home run or two.

Yes, one or two. The Giants just ended a stretch over the weekend in which they hit multiple home runs in eight of nine games. The first six games established a stretch that hadn’t been done since 2001, when Barry Bonds was resetting the season-long home run market with a record 73. Also, the team batting average which was abysmal earlier has ascended to .235, just off the MLB average of .237. Along with the homers, and the walks drawn (235 thus far, nearly four walks drawn per game) the Giants need to hit more consistently to withstand the NL’s best starting pitchers, several of whom reside in their division.

To keep that process moving in Longoria’s absence, Donovan Solano, Mauricio Dubon, Lemonte Wade Jr. and Alex Dickerson are the likeliest names to pick up their offense. Belt’s return will help as well with the hope that Crawford and Buster Posey maintain their strokes that have the veteran pair among the league leaders in several categories.

The other major question is who will join Kevin Gausman, Johnny Cueto, Alex Wood and Anthony Desclafani in the team’s rotation? Scott Kazmir, who made two starts, and Logan Webb are out of the mix with Webb injured and the 37-year old Kazmir designated for assignment over the weekend. The Giants are scheduled for play on 13 consecutive dates starting Tuesday so temporarily shortening the rotation won’t be an option. Another arm will have to deployed.

On Tuesday, the Giants have Alex Wood scheduled to face the Rangers” Jordan Lyles. Wood is looking for a bounce back after getting tagged with losses in each of his last three appearances after a 5-0 start to the season. Lyles faced the Giants at Oracle Park on May 11 and took the loss, part of a stretch where Lyles has lost four of his last five decisions over his most recent nine starts.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants acquire former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell; Giants in Texas for two game series Tuesday

San Francisco Giants have acquired former Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell from the New York Mets Triple A farm club. Maxwell will join the Giants double A affiliate the Richmond Flying Squirrels (file photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Morris wanted to start with a top story the San Francisco Giants (37-22) have picked up former Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell from the New York Mets. Maxwell is well remembered for being baseball’s first player to take a knee during the national anthem during a game with the A’s. Gabe Kapler manager of the Giants noted for being a strong equal rights advocate on the team is very excited to get Maxwell who will join the Giants double A affiliate the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

#2 The Giants took three away from the Chicago Cubs (33-26) in the four game series which gave the Giants a good opportunity to show case the club against one of baseball’s best to see how their talents are matched up against the Cubs.

#3 The Giants lost the fourth and final game Sunday at Oracle in a close one 4-3 and thanks to home run help from Patrick Wisdom the Cubs avoided getting swept in four games.

#4 How much did it surprise you that the Cubs as good of a season that they were having got taken three games out of four to the Giants this weekend?

#5 The Cubs Kyle Hendricks who started the game gave up all the Giants runs they would get for the afternoon. Hendricks pitched 6.1 innings and seven hits and three earned runs for the win.

#6 The Giants turn their attention to the Texas Rangers (23-38) in a two game series starting Tuesday night in Arlington’s Ball Park starting for the Giants Alex Wood (5-3 ERA 3.48) and for the Rangers Jordan Lyles (2-4 ERA 5.75) how do you see this match up to start the series?

Michael Duca filled in for Morris Phillips for today’s Giants podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com