Found September 09, 2013 on San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants...:
 Bobby Bonds. Felipe Alou. Chili Davis. Candy Maldonado. Even Glenallen Hill. The San Francisco Giants have enjoyed a long line of productive right fielders in their franchise history. Unfortunately, since Hill left in 1994 the Giants have featured a rotating cast of aging veterans with a few good years left (Reggie Sanders, Ellis Burks, Carlos Beltran) or young players (Dan Ortmeier, Todd Linden, Nate Schierholtz) who never quite developed the way the Giants hoped.   Enter Hunter Pence. After coming over to the Giants in a midseason trade with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012, Pence struggled to put up a .219/.287/.384 line in 59 games with the Giants. However, Pence provided the team with much needed leadership and enthusiasm after Melky Cabrera‘s suspension for PED’s. He also drove in 100+ RBI for the first time in his career, which helped the Giants recover some of the production they lost with Cabrera. Pence’s inspirational speeches during the postseason have since become lege...

Giants win, but are eliminated from NL West race

These are not the elimination games the Giants wanted to be playing. Last fall they were unbeatable in elimination games the type that kept them alive in the postseason. Knowing a loss would send them home they beat the Reds and Cardinals three times apiece on their road to the World Series. The elimination games they're in now? The worst kind. The kind they don't care...

Barry Zito as a Disappearing Exception

Barry Zito's time with the Giants is coming to a close. The Giants probably signed him to his huge contract in part because he seemed to be able to out-pitch his peripherals, While he did so in Oakland, that ability seemed to disappear in San Francisco.

Posey Homers, Belt Knocks In Two As Giants Walkoff For Second Day In A Row

The Giants walked off for the second time in as many games on Monday night as they beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 in ten innings. Tim Lincecum allowed just two runs through eight innings of work at AT&T Park. He walked one and struck out three, the first time he’d struck out so few in an eight-inning outing. Poor fundamentals hurt the Giants early in the field. The Rockies were...

Miley gets ball as D-backs look to finish series win

The Giants' Madison Bumgarner has received very little run support during his season-worst six-start winless stretch. He has typically been plagued by the same issue against the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner goes for his first victory in over a month Sunday as the Giants try to salvage a four-game split against the D-backs. Among the NL leaders in ERA and opponents' batting average...

Giants earn series split with walk-off win over Diamondbacks

It was “Star Wars” day on the shores of McCovey Cove and Madison Bumgarner fit the theme. His fastball was on hyperdrive. And his slider was nastier than the smell of a tauntaun’s entrails. But the Giants are giving Bumgarner the paduan treatment after he threw so many innings two of the last three Octobers. So he was pulled after shutting out the Diamondbacks through six...

Giants Walk Off With A Win In 11

It was torture from the bottom of the eighth inning on during today’s San Francisco Giants’ (64-79) game as they battled against the Arizona Diamondbacks (72-70). Starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner (11-9, 2.82 ERA), threw a gem giving up only four hits with nine strikeouts with 89 pitches in just six innings. It looked as though the Giants had the win for Bumgarner in the bag...

Yusmeiro Petit’s Penultimate Pitch of Perfection

The last pitch Yusmeiro Petit threw while he had a perfect game was the one that ended his perfect game. It was a fastball, thigh-high, over the outer edge, and Eric Chavez got around it and lined it to right. The ball was very nearly caught, but everything in baseball is very nearly something else, […]

Almost Perfect

Now, a few days later, last Friday night was…unexpected.  To put it mildly. I’ve often told people that being at Matt Cain’s Perfect Game was more special than being at one of the World Series games, because with a Perfect Game, you can’t force it to happen.  You know you’re going to a World Series game when you buy the ticket.  You never know when a Perfect Game will...

Pence's big night not enough as Giants lose

Hunter Pence joked with Giants third base coach Tim Flannery before Tuesday night's game that perhaps he was due for a big hit or two. Or three. Or four. Problem was, Michael Cuddyer had two of his own - and they both cleared the fence as the Colorado Rockies rallied for a 9-8 win against San Francisco. Pence hit a three-run homer in the first inning, an RBI double in the...

D-backs come up just short in finale with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday. Pagan singled sharply off Joe Thatcher (3-2) after Hector Sanchez singled and Gregor Blanco reached safely on a fielder's choice. Pinch runner Ehire Adrianza beat the throw home. Javier Lopez (3-2) got the win. Sanchez also...

Rockies-Giants Preview

Jhoulys Chacin flirted with a no-hitter the last time he faced the San Francisco Giants. Now he'll face them in a place where he has excelled. The Colorado Rockies starter has pitched well at AT&T Park heading into Monday night's matchup with Tim Lincecum to start a three-game set. Chacin (13-8, 3.16 ERA) battled through a high fever to throw 6 2-3 hitless innings...

Pence Knocks in Six, Joins 20-20 Club, Still Not Enough in Giants 9-8 Loss

In a four hour and two minute game that felt like much longer, Ryan Vogelsong allowed five, Hunter Pence knocked in six and the Giants fell to the Rockies 9-8 on Tuesday night. The Giants got off to a quick start at the plate, thanks to a three-run home run off the bat of Pence. The blast marked his 20th home run of the season, as well as the first season in his career with 20 homers...

What You Need to Know: A Weekend of Almosts by Daniel Rathman

Yusmeiro Petit comes close to perfection, the Pirates stay stuck on 81 wins, and Red Sox nearly sweep the Yankees, and more.

Sammy Sosa’s ‘Conditioned’ Skin Still Looks Weird on Former Cubs Slugger

While Barry Bonds continues to be vilified and Mark McGwire is supposedly qualified to be allowed back into a big league clubhouse, Sammy Sosa has just kind of been forgotten. Sosa, the third head of the late-1990s hydra of steroid-shooting sluggers, has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his retirement in 2007. Major League Baseball is in no hurry to welcome him back into...

Every Pirates Pitcher With Doug Drabek's Mullet and Mustache

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates won their 82nd game of the 2013 season, a remarkable accomplishment for a franchise that hasn't sniffed .500 since George H.W. Bush was our president and I had a Commodore 64. In a 162-game season, 81 wins got the team to .500-at-worst...82 takes the Buccos over the hump and into "winning season" territory. THIS IS FINALLY HAPPENING...
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