Sunday, September 25, 2016

  W L GB
New York 82 73 - Hold home-field tie-breaker.
GIANTS 82 73 - Survived a serious scare.
St Louis 81 73 .5 Scored ten after being shut out.

Giants defeated San Diego, 9-6, in ten innings.
New York lost to Philadelphia, 10-8.
St Louis bombarded Chicago, 10-4.

Giants finish up at San Diego; 1:40 PDT (4:40 EDT) and then it's back home to wind up the 2016 campaign. Rookie lefthander Ty Blach gets the start against Clayton Richard.
New York concludes the Philly series at home. 
St Louis is at Chicago tonight in ESPN's Sunday night game.

Yesterday's Game
Madison Bumgarner was rollin' along with a no-hitter through three and a 3-0 lead. The Giants added three more in the top of the fourth, "Bum" himself contributing with a double and a run scored. The storm clouds were barely visible in the bottom of the frame, when Hunter Renfroe ended the no-hitter and the shutout with a solo homer. Then it was a two-run shot in the fifth, and another one in the sixth-- and a one-run game. Meanwhile, with starter Jarred Cosart safely out of there, the Padres' bullpen was putting up a string of six scoreless innings. Bumgarner didn't come out for the seventh, and this fazed the San Diego hitters not at all: as the Giants waltzed through their multi-reliever procession, the "Pads" batched two base hits around a Derek Law wild pitch to tie the game. Ready were we to wax furious again about a team blowing a 6-0 lead, to a last-place club, with their ace pitcher on the mound, and still being deluded enough to think they belong in the postseason. But, blessedly, Hunter Strickland and Will Smith kept it scoreless through the end of regulation. And then the Giants put up their third and final three-run outburst of the evening. Kelby Tomlinson, who always seems to feature in these things, drove in the first run ahead of Denard Span's two -run homer, and it was up to our old new closer, Sergio Romo, to nail down his third save, which he did via a game-ending double-play ball. Every Giant starter except Ehire Adrianza either scored or drove in a run or both; interestingly, Bruce Bochy moved Brandon Belt to the two-spot and Angel Pagan to 7th. 

The Road Ahead
Well, it's one game, but winning today and taking three of four is critical. And rather than going with retreads Matt Cain or Jake Peavy, bless their hearts, "Boch" is looking to the future as young Ty Blach gets a real start in a real game that really means a lot... With Monday off, Johnny Cueto is expected to start Tuesday after six full days of rest...  LA can clinch their fourth straight NL West division title with a win today. Rookie manager Dave Roberts certainly has silenced the doubters, of which there were many... Texas in the AL West and Washington in the NL East have clinched their divisions, and Cleveland is on the brink of doing the same in the AL Central...  The Boston Red Sox are finishing out the season in grand style. They've now won ten straight, opened up a five-and-a-half-game lead in the AL East, and David Ortiz, in his walk-off season, is a MVP candidate... The AL wild-card is still up in the air. Though dusted in the division race, Toronto now has a clear lead over the competition. Meanwhile, Baltimore is only a half-game up on Detroit, with Seattle and Houston close behind and the Yankees on life support, four and a half back. Defending world champion Kansas City has faded into the background... The Chicago Cubs have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League postseason, and will certainly break the 100-win mark... It kills us to even think about this, but y'all probably realize that the @#$%^*! Dodgers, in addition to winning their @#$%&*! division title, will also likely have the chance to be @#$%&*! spoilers next weekend when they come to San Francisco to finish out the @#$%&*! season. 

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