The San Diego Padres are having a mercurial season.
Swept by the Giants in San Francisco last weekend, the Padres returned the favor by taking three games from the defending World Series champions at Petco Park.
Chase Headley, Nick Hundley and Alexi Amarista homered off Ryan Vogelsong to lead the Padres to a 6-4 victory Sunday. It was San Diego's first three-game sweep of the Giants since May 2010. Read More
When the Boston Red Sox called Orlando Cepeda in December 1972 to inquire whether he would like to be their first designated hitter, the unemployed, future Hall of Famer signed up immediately.
"Boston called and asked me if I was interested in being the DH, and I said yes," Cepeda recalled Wednesday, attending the series finale between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. "The DH got me to the Hall of Fame. The rule got me to the Hall of Fame." Read More
Pinch hitter Will Nieves delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock also drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who beat the Giants in 11 innings on Tuesday night. Didi Gregorius had two hits. Read More
Didi Gregorius scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 Tuesday night after blowing a late four-run lead. Read More
SANTA ROSA — Noah Lowry can barely hold his two young daughters with his left arm, let alone contemplate ever throwing another pitch.Even the simple task of taking the mound for a ceremonial first toss practically makes him cringe. Lowry insists that would be impossible with his troublesome left side and the regular pain he still experiences despite four surgeries. Read More
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt is determined to force his way back into the lineup.
A few more hits like his game-winning single Monday night certainly could help press that issue.
Belt singled to left-center with one out in the ninth, Buster Posey tied it with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the Giants rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 for their seventh straight home victory. Read More
I’m starting to get used to the idea that baseball games are no longer just about beer, peanuts, hot dogs and, lest I forget, the game itself.
Over the past few seasons, I’ve been sussing out the wine choices that are available and have always found some worthy recommendations. However, probably the most exciting wine venue in professional sports has come to AT&T Park with Vintage 58, a new wine bar located right behind home plate on the promenade level. Read More
MILWAUKEE — Yovani Gallardo overcame a tough few days and kept the Milwaukee Brewers on a roll.
Gallardo homered and struck out six in his first start since being arrested on a drunken driving charge, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Francisco 7-2 Thursday for a three-game sweep.
"It was tough," Gallardo said. "It's obviously something you don't want to ever run into or happen. Read More
MILWAUKEE — Rarely used, Blake Lalli quickly showed he was totally prepared.
On the first pitch, the pinch-hitter lifted a long single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Francisco Giants 4-3. Read More
MILWAUKEE — Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam, and Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki also homered as the Milwaukee Brewers used an eight-run third inning to beat Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 10-8 on Tuesday night. Read More