Monday, September 8, 2014

LA             81-62      ...                  40-21 record against division opponents.
GIANTS    78-65     3  GB            Must take 2 of 3 at home just as LA did.

Giants lost at Detroit, 6-1.
LA defeated Arizona, 7-2.

The Weekend
Giants took two of three against the Tigers; LA did the same against the Diamondbacks. Status quo.

Giants have the day off; they're back home by now awaiting the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-game series opens Tuesday night at the 'Bell.
LA stays home to host the San Diego Padres for three, starting tonight.

Last Night's Game
It was the ESPN Sunday night "Game of the Week": the two teams which met in the 2012 World Series battling for their respective division leads down the stretch to the postseason. Tim Hudson and rookie lefthander Kyle Lobstein, neither of whom pitched in that series, started the game. Hudson lasted a little bit longer, but also took on more damage, including a monster home run by Miguel Cabrera, resulting in his 10th loss. After the Giants squandered a two-on nobody-out seventh, Detroit tacked on three more against Javy Lopez, George Kontos, and Jeremy Affeldt just to make things a little more certain.

Weekend Series
Madison Bumgarner won his 17th game Saturday afternoon with a tepid effort bolstered by a four-run first inning. The big blows on the day were struck by the catchers: Andrew Susac's two-run double which keyed the opening salvo, and a fifth-inning homer by Buster Posey, his 20th, as he started at first base again. Buster's hitting .500 over the last couple of weeks and is increasingly mentioned in the MVP talk. Detroit's Victor Martinez is an AL candidate, though the Angels' Mike Trout is the favorite, but the Tigers' weekend definitely belonged to Cabrera, who hit three homers in the three games.

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