When warriors go into battle, they favor their truest blade. For Tim Lincecum, that has always been his changeup. But not Tuesday night in L.A.
Right-hander Chris Stratton, the Giants top draft pick in June, was taken by ambulance to a hospital after he was struck in the head with a line drive during batting practice for Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League.
Left field is a serious issue for the Giants following Melky Cabreras suspension. That has led to Bruce Bochy's decision to have Ryan Theriot practice in the outfield for two straight days.
Bruce Bochy doesnt want Tim Lincecum panicking. But its also time for a sense of urgency. The Giants need Lincecum to be nearer to his Cy Young form as he takes the ball at Dodger Stadium with first place at stake.
Giants officials saved themselves a lot of waste and even more embarrassment, canceling an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just as their supplier was about to print them.
That both Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw were masterful Monday night was obvious. But the two young lefties combined for a feat only seen twice before in the live-ball era.
Shane Victorino stole second and third with two outs and Matt Kemp at the plate Monday night. Those two add to the 71 bases stolen on Buster Posey this season, most in the NL.
It was a late-August game in a pennant race, and the winner would be guaranteed to end the day in first place.But it was even more than that.
Angel Pagan scored twice against Clayton Kershaw, who has now lost to the Giants three times this season, to back Madison Bumgarner and give the Giants sole possession of first place.
The Giants trail the Dodgers by a half-game in the NL West. The arch-rivals will open a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday, and Giants players and coaches alike understand its importance.
The Giants believe Clayton Richard intentionally hit Brandon Belt after Ryan Vogelsong hit Carlos Quentin in the second inning. After the game, Vogelsong sent another shot whizzing in Quentins direction.
Ryan Vogelsong didn't make it out of the fourth inning Sunday, as the Padres fouled off pitch after pitch, forced Ryan Vogelsong to throw 96 pitches, and prevented the sweep with a 7-1 win.
For all the candor and contrition in Melky Cabreras statement on Wednesday, it was preceded by a month-long web of deception. That much is becoming clearer by the day.
Every MVP candidacy is built on a good story, and what better story than Buster Posey returning to form to lead a team without Melky Cabrera to the postseason. Most Valuable Player?
With no closer and 13 pitchers, Bruce Bochy will be asked to make tough matchup decisions late in important ballgames -- just like he did in 2010.N.L. West Watch: Dodgers 6, Braves 2 D'backs 12, Astros 4