Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GIANTS       84-63   ...         Magic number: 8.
Los Angeles  76-71   8 GB    Schedule-maker does no favors.

Giants defeated Colorado, 2-1, as Madison Bumgarner won his 15th game.
LA was idle.

Giants host Colorado; 7:15 PDT at the 'Bell. Tim Lincecum, who has pitched three quality starts in a row since September began, bids to join his four rotation-mates in the double-digit-win club.
LA is at Washington for the first of three; 7:05 EDT. The Sena-- whoops, Nationals-- have hit a rare three-game losing skid, and Atlanta has pulled within five games. Maybe the Dodgers have come to town at the right time.

Last Night's Game
It wasn't pretty-- it never is when you walk five men in six innings-- but it was enough, and that's what we look for in September. Madison Bumgarner won his 15th game with big-time help from his fielders. There was a double play, two caught stealing, and a runner thrown out at the plate. Hunter Pence's RBI single in the sixth broke the tie; he has 35 RBI in 44 games since joining the Giants. And the familiar five-man tag-team finished up in fine fashion, allowing one baserunner over the final three.

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