New Gen Giants load up on the Rockies, win 8-3 in series finale

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO–Anyway you dissect it, this is a week of permanent transition for the Giants with the retirement of manager Bruce Bochy looming on Sunday. But that’s not all the change. The Giants offered an interesting lineup on Thursday for the finale of the series with the Rockies without Brandon Crawford, BrandonContinue reading “New Gen Giants load up on the Rockies, win 8-3 in series finale”

Giants get first hand lesson in St. Louis on how to grind, Cardinals win 3-1

By Morris Phillips The Giants proved to be battlers again Monday in St. Louis, but the Cardinals handed them a first hand lesson on how the art form works. By winning 3-1, the Cardinals improved to a National League-best 33-16 since the All-Star break, and this one came under difficult circumstances, their fifth game inContinue reading “Giants get first hand lesson in St. Louis on how to grind, Cardinals win 3-1”

Beede, Giants can’t avoid getting bit by the Snakes, Arizona takes series opener 6-4

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Three thousand at-bats into a now, surprisingly, lengthy big league career–and in the midst of a breakout season–Edwin Escobar wasn’t about to overlook the opportunity afforded him in the seventh inning on Monday. Giants’ Trevor Gott was suddenly lifted by manager Bruce Bochy after it became apparent the pitcherContinue reading “Beede, Giants can’t avoid getting bit by the Snakes, Arizona takes series opener 6-4”

Spinning Their Wheels: Giants fail to seize momentum in 9-5 loss to Oakland

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Whatever momentum the Giants were attempting to seize Wednesday flew over the centerfield wall on the 14th pitch of the ballgame. Matt Chapman homered off Tyler Beede–the first of his two home runs on the day–and the A’s were off to the races in their 9-5 win that gainedContinue reading “Spinning Their Wheels: Giants fail to seize momentum in 9-5 loss to Oakland”

Flawed NL Wild Card hopefuls make for an intriguing, hard-to-predict stretch run

By Morris Phillips The Giants can’t seem to keep up, but the foes they’re chasing can’t seem run away. As the weeks dwindle in the 2019 season, that reality may be the flawed Giants biggest asset. Within the crowded field of NL Wild Card hopefuls, no team can seem to separate themselves from the pack.Continue reading “Flawed NL Wild Card hopefuls make for an intriguing, hard-to-predict stretch run”

At Home in Hotels: 2019 Giants hang their hats on road performances

By Morris Phillips Winning road games is hard work, airports, ignoring witty fans yelling from half empty concourse sections, and maintaining focus in late inning situations while outdueling baserunners, sluggers, aggressive coaches and managers. It’s all that. 81 games a year. And apparently, the 2019 Giants are pretty good at it. It didn’t happen rightContinue reading “At Home in Hotels: 2019 Giants hang their hats on road performances”

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Yaz goes 4-5 with two doubles; Bum gets win in narrow 7-6 final; plus more

sfgate.com photo: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitches to the San Diego Padres in the first innings in Petco Park on Sunday On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris: #1 You just never know whose going to contribute to the San Francisco Giants winning causes Mike Yastrzemski went 4-5 with two singles andContinue reading “San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Yaz goes 4-5 with two doubles; Bum gets win in narrow 7-6 final; plus more”

Yastrzemski goes 4-for-5 in Giants win 7-6; Final game at Petco for Bochy

sfgate.com photo: San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski scores on a Solano Donavon single the top of the fourth at Petco Park in San Diego on Sunday By Jeremy Kahn In what was Bruce Bochy’s final game at Petco Park, the San Francisco Giants gave their manager a nice going away present. Mike Yastrzemski pickedContinue reading “Yastrzemski goes 4-for-5 in Giants win 7-6; Final game at Petco for Bochy”

Heavy Trumps Hot: Streaking Giants cooled by the Cubs’ home run bats, 4-1

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Now that the Giants have achieved some level of competency by surpassing the .500 mark in 2019, know that these two statistical numbers weigh heavily on the mind of GM Farhan Zaidi as the July 31 trade deadline fast approaches. The Giants have hit 108 home runs this season,Continue reading “Heavy Trumps Hot: Streaking Giants cooled by the Cubs’ home run bats, 4-1”

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants’ climb to get out of the cellar a long way off

Photo credit: mccoveychronicles.com On the Giants podcast with Michael: #1 The San Francisco Giants’ loss last night represented their fifth loss in six games and they have not been out of the NL West cellar since May. #2 They faced some solid pitching from the Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Alex Young (1-0, 1.80 ERA) whoContinue reading “San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants’ climb to get out of the cellar a long way off”