GIANTS 83-63 ... Magic number: 9.
Los Angeles 76-71 7.5 GB Series split not what they needed.
Giants lost at Arizona, 10-2.
LA lost to St Louis, 5-2, in twelve innings.
Giants face Colorado in the first of a four-game home series; 7:15 PDT at the 'Bell. Madison Bumgarner starts. It's the beginning of a ten-game homestand which the Giants hope will serve to clinch the pennant.
LA is idle. They're flying east to open a six-game road trip at Washington and Cincinnati, the other two National League division leaders.
It came apart suddenly for Ryan Vogelsong in the fourth after the Giants had tied the game at 2-2. Joaquin Arias, starting at short, booted a leadoff grounder, and our old friend Cody Ransom doubled (why didn't he ever do that here?). The book says that with one out, you walk the eight hitter to load the bases and get to the pitcher, so Vogelsong did so, and opposite number Patrick Corbin tripled down the right-field line to make quick hash of that strategy. One unintentional walk later, Vogelsong was excused for the rest of the afternoon, but Adam Eaton bid him a proper farewell with a two-run double off reliever Shane Loux. After that it was all academic. Bright moments: Brandon Belt up to .271, Buster Posey's 93rd RBI, Angel Pagan 2-for-3 with a run scored in the leadoff spot.