At around age 10, Hunter Pence acquired a Barry Bonds poster from his elementary school fair. It was then that Pence started choking up on his bat just as Bonds did in that prized picture that wound up on his wall.
Pence has become one of the Giants’ most reliable hitters with his unique, funky style — and no question emulating baseball’s home run king has served him well for two decades since his days of youth baseball. Read More
With all the ups and downs in recent seasons, including his demotion to the bullpen for the playoffs, Tim Lincecum can appreciate the strong starts when most everything goes right — reminding himself, from his own experiences, how quickly things change.
Backed by solo home runs from Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Marco Scutaro, Lincecum looked in his best form so far in 2013 as the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Sunday to wrap up an impressive homestand. Read More
Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and an RBI single in his third game this season after coming off the disabled list, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday night to begin a four-game series between NL division leaders. Read More
Buster Posey and Andres Torres waited three hours before making their contributions to yet another walk-off win for the Giants.
Make it five such victories for the reigning World Series champions by early May.
Torres lined a game-ending single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning to score Posey with the winning run, lifting the Giants to a 4-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday to avoid a sweep. Read More
Cliff Lee has established quite a comfort zone in the energized confines of pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. He found the strike zone again Monday, outpitching a fellow southpaw who has been rather solid himself on this mound: Madison Bumgarner.
Lee shut down the Giants once again with eight strong innings in the ballpark where he thrives, Michael Young hit a two-run double among his three hits, and the Phillies stopped San Francisco's season-best six-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Monday night. Read More
Cliff Lee shut down the Giants once again with eight strong innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double among his three hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies stopped San Francisco’s season-best six-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Monday night.
Domonic Brown hit a solo home run and Delmon Young and Jimmy Rollins each added sacrifice flies as the Phillies began a seven-game trip.
Lee (3-2) outpitched fellow southpaw Madison Bumgarner and kept intact his perfect career regular-season record against the Giants. Read More
Hunter Pence doubled twice and drove in four runs, Matt Cain pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory of the season and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday night to complete a series sweep.
Leadoff hitter Andres Torres had three hits for San Francisco while Marco Scutaro had two hits and scored twice. The Giants extended their season-high winning streak to six games and defeated Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu for the second time this year. Read More
Tim Lincecum’s seeming return to form had been good news for the Giants’ rotation, but then Lincecum regressed, giving up five runs in five innings to Arizona on Wednesday night, though the Giants rallied to win the game.
So as the Giants head into an important series against the Dodgers at AT&T Park this weekend, their only reliable starter is Madison Bumgarner. Read More
PHOENIX — Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Giants rallied against Arizona’s bullpen for the third straight game, beating the Diamondbacks 9-6 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Belt hit a two-run single off Brad Ziegler in the opener and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer off Arizona closer J.J. Putz on Tuesday.
Belt finished off the series of comebacks with his homer off David Hernandez (1-2), giving San Francisco its first road sweep over the Diamondbacks since July 22-25, 2010. Read More
The Giants are in desperate need of a strong outing from a starting pitcher to put an end to their current five-game skid and normally Matt Cain would be just the man for the job.
But Cain hasn’t been his normally reliable self in 2013.
The right-hander is off to an 0-2 start and is sporting a 6.59 ERA. To make matters even more troubling, Cain will be tasked with stopping the losing streak in hitter friendly Chase Field in Phoenix. Read More