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
For those who think Carlos Beltran is the Band-Aid to their offensive woes, they should have bought the insurance package, too.
Just ask the Giants.
While Beltran put up good numbers after coming over to San Francisco in a July 28, 2011, trade with the New York Mets for prized pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, he also missed time with nagging injuries that kept the Giants from returning to the playoffs following their 2010 World Series championship. Read More
Lost amongst the euphoria of the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship was Madison Bumgarner’s stellar performance.
Having already logged 193²⁄³ innings between Triple-A and the majors, there was no thought of shutting the rookie down to protect his valuable left arm for the future. All he did in the postseason was post a 2-0 record with a 2.18 ERA in four games (three starts), walking five and striking out 18 in 20²⁄³ innings. Read More
He’s so very San Francisco, Bruce Bochy — unpretentious, unaffected and competent to the max. Maybe not a genius, but as far as managing the Giants, he’ll do until someone better comes along.
“He does a great job of getting the right guys in at the right time,” was Matt Cain’s cogent observation of Bochy’s cogent maneuvers. “That’s the reason he has the job.” Read More
Dozens of lucky Giants fans took the field Tuesday to unfurl an American flag the size of a football field. And among the lucky, there is always the luckiest.
While most of the fans who felt the grass under their feet in a dramatic display of patriotism were season ticket-holders, at least one among the group went to AT&T Park without a ticket or a plan for getting into Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Read More
Home run hitters may rack up the big bucks, and high-scoring slugfests will keep the seats filled, but when baseball enters the postseason, pitchers usually take center stage, and any runs scored will be few and far between.
With six of the best hurlers in baseball, including two coming off legendary performances, there is no reason to think that the Giants-Philadelphia Phillies matchup in the National League Championship Series will change that playoff tradition. Read More
When Buster Posey scored the run that would win the game for the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, Edgar Posada screamed.
“We’ve got this,” 30-year-old Posada said. Read More
Giants fans hoping to watch the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park will have to search hard for tickets.Tickets for the next round — should the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series — sold at a rate of 1,000 per minute. Roughly 20 minutes after going on sale, the 20,000 tickets available for the NLCS were sold out. Just like the NLDS that starts Thursday, the Giants had 5,000 tickets available for all potential NLCS home games. Read More