Thursday, September 18, 2014

LA             86-66      ...                  Can they wrangle three wins at Wrigley?
GIANTS    84-68     2  GB            Another hopeful weekend ahead.

Giants defeated Arizona, 4-2, to take the three-game series.
LA lost at Colorado, 16-2, dropping the last two games by a combined 27-5.

Giants have the day off.  They open a weekend set at San Diego against those "pesky Padres," as Mike Krukow calls them, tomorrow night.
LA's at Chicago in the first of four. Greinke tonight, Kershaw tomorrow, and then... what?

Yesterday's Game
Madison Bumgarner did not win his 19th game, but he and the rest of the Giants will take this one anyway, thankyaverymuch. "Bum" and Arizona's Andrew Chafin engaged in a rather lugubrious pitchers' duel, one marked more by offensive failure than by razor-sharp pitching-- the teams combined to strand 17 runners. Arizona had a man thrown out at the plate in the first and wasted a leadoff double in the fourth; their first run scored on a RBI single by Chafin himself, and their second came about on a wild throw. For the Giants, successive sacrifice bunts plated one run, while Brandon "4 for 4" Crawford continued to revive his bat with an RBI double for the other. It came down to the ninth, with walks by Pablo Sandoval and pinch-hitter Brandon "Welcome Back" Belt sandwiched around Crawford's fourth hit of the day. Matt Duffy then batted for Sergio Romo and drilled a two-run single to center, enough to make Romo a winner and give Santiago Casilla opportunity for his 17th save, which he nailed.

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