Friday, September 16, 2016

NL West W L GB
LA 82 64 - Still can't put it away.
GIANTS 78 68 4 Cueto wins 16th.
Wild Card W L GB
GIANTS 78 68 -  
New York 77 69 - Twins in town.
St Louis 76 70 1 Two games behind Giants.

Giants defeated St Louis, 6-2, as Johnny Cueto pitched a complete-game five-hitter.
LA lost at Arizona, 7-3.
New York was idle.

Giants host St Louis; 7:15 at the 'Bell. Matt Moore against rookie right-hander Luke Weaver, who has struck out 39 and walked only 8 in his first 31 innings.
LA is at Arizona again.
New York hosts the AL Minnesota Twins, hoping to fatten up on the worst team in baseball.

Last Night's Game
"These guys know what's at stake," Bruce Bochy said after the disastrous sweep at the hands of San Diego, and yesterday the Giants again played like it. Baseball's most exasperating team looked capable of beating anybody as Johnny Cueto shook off two early runs, got stronger as the game went on, and finished with a five-hit masterpiece, walking one and striking out 7. Buster Posey was 4-for-5, Brandon Belt walked twice and scored twice (his OPS is back up to .850), Hunter Pence belted another homer, and Eduardo Nunez had three hits. Even Denard Span, dropped to eighth in the lineup, went 2-for-3 with two RBI.  Wise guys will immediately opine that the Giants have finally found a sure-fire formula for success: just pitch complete games from here on out. We will caution that the Giants face a hard-throwing rookie tonight, one they've not seen before, and these are the type of pitchers that have, in the past, tied our guys in knots. Yes, the Giants know what's at stake, and they know what to do. They need to do it again tonight.

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