San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Bummed out–Giants and Bumgarner get shutout 2-0 in opener

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On the SF Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Madison Bumgarner started for the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day and was able to keep the San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado under control, but the Padres still won it 2-0.

#2 The Padres’ Fernado Titas got two hits to help contribute towards the win. The Padres’ Wil Myers got a home run off Bumgarner and the Padres had a 2-0 lead.

#3 This was Machado’s first game as a Padre playing in Opening Day. Although Machado didn’t get a hit, the game was a win and it should be memorable for Machado.

#4 Padres starter Eric Lauer (1-0) pitched six innings of shutout ball against the Giants, surrendering four hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

#5 Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (0-1) pitched seven innings along with five hits and two runs and posted nine strikeouts for the loss.

Michael Duca does the Giants podcasts each Friday at

Relievers stop Giants

By Jeremy KahnAugust 4, 2013
9195111_448x252Despite the fact that the usually stellar Tampa Bay Rays starting staff was unable to get the job done, the bullpen picked up the slack.Wil Myers hit a home run, and four relievers pitched four and one-thirds innings of work and were able to hold off the San Francisco Giants 4-3 at Tropicana Field.

Alex Torres went one and one-third of an inning, striking out two on his way tohis fourth win of the season.

Jake McGee pitched a perfect seventh inning, before giving way to Joel Peralta in the eighth and finally the closer, Fernando Rodney in the ninth to notch his 27th save of the season.

The Rays took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning on a hit by former Stanford star Sam Fuld, as the Rays took two out of three from the defending World Champions and have won 25 out of their last 31.

Brandon Crawford drove in two runs with a triple to give the Giants 3-2 lead, but Evan Longoria pulled the Rays even with a single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Guillermo Moscoso made his first start of the season in place of Barry Zito, who was removed from the starting staff after his last start in Philadelphia.

Moscoso went four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on four hits and did not fare in the decision.


Rookie with the walk-off to beat Giants

By Jeremy KahnAugust 3, 2013
wil-myersFans at Tropicana Field came to see a pitchers duel, and they were not disappointed; however it was a rookie who came up with the biggest hit.Wil Myers hit a bases loaded single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-1.Myers’ heroics was setup by a Desmond Jennings leadoff walk against eventual losing pitcher Jean Machi, then stole second, Ben Zobrist received an intentional walk and then Evan Longoria walked on four pitches and then Myers hit the second pitch he saw from Machi into left field for the game-winner.

Brandon Crawford could have been the hero in the top of the 10th inning, but he struck out with two runners on to end the threat against Fernando Rodney.

Crawford drove in the Giants lone run of the night in the top of the third inning with a run-scoring single.

Zobrist tied up the game in the bottom of the third inning, as he grounded out to score Jose Molina.

Rays pitcher David Price pitched a great game, as he gave up one run on five hits and struck out five in nine innings of work.

Since returning from a triceps injury, Price returned to his dominant self, as in 57.1 innings of work, the lefty issued one walk, striking out 40, giving up 10 runs on 38 hits.

Price’s opponent Tim Lincecum was not too shabby either, as he went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking one and striking out five.