Sunday, September 4, 2016

NL West W L GB
LA 75 60 - Lead's held steady for ten days.
GIANTS 73 62 2 Good baserunning wins games.
Wild Card W L GB
GIANTS 73 62 - 10 hits in last 3 games. 
St Louis 70 64 - Beaten bad in Cincinnati.
New York 70 66 1 Gained ground on WC rivals.
Pittsburgh 67 66 2.5 Five straight losses.
Miami 68 68 3 On the bubble at .500.

Giants defeated Chicago, 3-2.
LA defeated San Diego, 5-1.
New York defeated Washington, 3-1, St Louis lost at Cincinnati, 9-1, Pittsburgh and Miami both also lost.

Giants finish up with Chicago; 1:20 local time, 2:20 EDT at the Friendly Confines. 
LA has an afternoon start against San Diego at Chavez Ravine.
New York's on the ESPN Sunday Night game at home against Washington, while St Louis is at Cincinnati, Miami at Cleveland, and Pittsburgh at home against Milwaukee, all afternoon starts.

Yesterday's Game
Madison Bumgarner struck out ten and walked none over six innings, and the Giants scored all three of their runs on Cubs mistakes. Bum's opponent, ace Jake Arrieta, threw two wild pitches in his six innings, and they may have cost him the game.  It was a playoff-style atmosphere, with strong pitching, "small ball," and bold baserunning throughout. Three of the game's five runs scored without a ball leaving the infield, and the Cubs twice had bases loaded but couldn't score.  In the sixth, Brandon Crawford, who had singled, stole second, and then third when he saw Javy Baez was playing too far off the bag. Arrieta's second wild pitch of the game then brought him home with what turned out to be the winning run. Two innings earlier, Arrieta's first wild pitch moved Joe Panik into scoring position, and Eduardo Nunez drove him in. And in the top of the first a wild throw on Hunter Pence's grounder allowed Angel Pagan to score. Not to be outdone, the Cubs also stole a run in the fifth, when Arrieta's roller pulled Nunez out of position and Baez came all the way around from second to score. Bright moments: Hunter Strickland, after loading the bases in the seventh, being allowed to pitch his way out of it-- and doing so; Santiago Casilla earning his 30th save on a crucial double-play ball with one on and none out in the ninth.

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