The Giants were shoved to the brink of extinction Thursday night by the St. Louis Cardinals and now, trailing 3-1, they trot Barry Zito out.
There is one tiny ray of hope for the Giants. If they could somehow win today and take the NL Championship Series back to San Francisco, they’d have Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain ready for the final two games.
But, have I said they’re starting Barry Zito today? Read More
One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat.
Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series. Read More
Game 3 of the NL championship series resumed Wednesday night after a 3½-hour rain delay with the St. Louis Cardinals leading the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in the seventh inning.
There were puddles on the warning track when play restarted and the temperature was 57 degrees, down 8 degrees from the first pitch. Read More
Two playoff starts, two mediocre performances.
That’s been the story thus far for the Giants’ Matt Cain, who draws the tough assignment today of trying to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in front of their rabid fan base.
After a dazzling effort in 2010 in which he didn’t allow a single earned run in 21¹⁄³ postseason innings — shutting down one potent lineup after another — much was expected of Cain when the calender turned to October.
Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is expected to play Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals after injuring his hip during Game 2 of the NL Championship Series.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday there is a “good chance” Scutaro will play in Game 3. The best-of-seven series is tied at one apiece. Read More
The most significant story line for the Giants heading into Game 2 of the National League Championship Series was, without question, their heralded starting rotation’s failure to post a “quality start” to that point in the postseason. Read More
Ryan Vogelsong notched his first career postseason win Monday providing exactly what the Giants needed: a quality start.
Vogelsong (1-0) threw seven strong innings, allowing four hits and a run en route to a 7-1 Giants win over the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park, tying the best-of-seven NL Championship Series at one game a piece.
“The last thing we wanted to do was go into St. Louis down two games,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Read More
While any player making his first appearance in the postseason is bound to get a thrill out of the experience, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has a few extra factors in play during the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Crawford was born in Mountain View and grew up in Pleasanton, and though he has gotten used to playing for the team he rooted for as a kid, having his loved ones close by has made a difference. Read More
Is it possible to decline home-field advantage in the postseason? Read More
This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead — and held onto it, barely.
Beltran and Freese hit two-run homers and these wild, wild-card Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series. Read More