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Orange and Black Tuesday Inside Scoop

September 30th, 2014 at 8:50 AM
By Michael Almonte

After playing 162 regular season games, the San Francisco Giants season comes down to a one-game playoff Wednesday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates with a spot in the National League Division Series on the line.

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If the Giants want to a capture a third World Series title in five years, all eyes will be on their ace Madison Bumgarner (0-0), who will face Edinson Volquez (0-0) in the winner-take-all showdown. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07 pm and the game can be seen on ESPN.

Bumgarner owns a career 3-2 postseason record with a 3.79 ERA in six starts, recording 32 strikeouts and holding the opposition to a .263 batting average. The Giants are 4-2 in his postseason starts.

Keep your eye on Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval, who have done well against Volquez. Belt is batting .444 (8-for-18) with one homer and five RBI's, while Sandoval is batting .461 (6-for-13) with three RBI's and three doubles off Volquez.

The Giants will be entering a hostile environment at PNC Park, where the Pirates have won 17 of their last 23 games and finished the year with a 51-30 home record. The Giants are no strangers to playoff success on the road dating back to 2010 and 2012. They went 6-2 on the road in each of those postseasons, equaling a 12-4 combine record.

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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

September 27th, 2014 at 11:37 AM
By Michael Almonte

Even though the San Francisco Giants lost 4-1 Friday night to the San Diego Padres, the team will be making their seventh appearance in the postseason during the Wild Card Era. The last time the Giants entered the playoffs as the Wild Card team was back in 2002 and they reached Game 7 of the World Series.

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The loss Friday night guaranteed that the Giants will be the road team Wednesday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. There is a chance the Giants could be playing in St. Louis versus the Cardinals should the Pirates win the National League Central. The Giants went 1-2 in Pittsburgh and 3-1 in St. Louis. The Giants finished the year with a 43-36 road record.

Madison Bumgarner will get the ball in the one-game playoff and the Giants lefty has pitched great on the road this season, going 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA in 18 starts. Prior to Friday's game, Bumgarner was chosen as the winner of the 2014 Willie Mac Award. The Willie McCcvey Award is given annually to the most inspirational player on the team, voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff and fans. Bumgarner received a plaque with the words "Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership" engraved on it.

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Orange and Black Tuesday Inside Scoop

September 23rd, 2014 at 8:45 AM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants needed 13-innings Monday night to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2, keeping their slim chances of winning the National League West crown alive. They trail the Dodgers by 3.5 games with two games remaining in the series and will need to beat their rivals two best pitchers in Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to pull off the sweep.

The Giants are 9-8 versus the Dodgers, 6-2 at Dodger Stadium and 9-4 in extra-innings this season. The Giants bullpen did their job Monday as they held the Dodgers scoreless the last 7.1 innings. They are 37-33 against the NL West, 21-16 on the road facing them and 63-17 when scoring first.

Jake Peavy once again gave the team a great outing in a no-decision, allowing four hits, two runs and four strikeouts in seven innings. The Giants are 7-4 in his starts and Peavy is 6-4 with the club, recording a 2.20 ERA and 55 strikeouts. The Giants kept pace with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the Wild Card standings, but they need to finish with a better record over the Pirates if they want to host that one-game playoff at AT&T Park on Wednesday, October 1st. The orange and black have a magic number of two games to clinch a playoff berth.

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Orange and Black Sunday Inside Scoop

September 21st, 2014 at 5:49 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants chances of winning the National League West took a big hit this weekend in San Diego as the Padres swept them, winning 8-2 Sunday afternoon. The Giants were outscored 16-4 and never led throughout the series, finishing the season with a 3-6 record at Petco Park.

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Ryan Vogelsong earned the loss on the day, dropping his season record to 8-12 and the Giants recorded a .156 batting average during the three-games. The pitching showcased a 4.13 ERA and the Giants are 36-33 versus the NL West. The team is 6-9 against the Padres this year and 20-16 on the road facing their division rivals. One special moment did occur Sunday as Chris Dominquez produced his first career home run in the top of the seventh.

The orange and black trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4.5 games with seven games remaining in the season. The team begins a three-game series tomorrow night in Los Angeles and will need to sweep the Dodgers if they realistically want to capture the division. The Giants are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the Wild Card standings, but since the Pirates won the season-series 4-2, they would host that one-game playoff at PNC Park.

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Orange and Black Wednesday Inside Scoop

September 17th, 2014 at 4:43 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants won their second straight game Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 to finish the year with a 13-6 record against their division rivals. The Giants have won seven consecutive series at Chase Field and finish the year 7-3 in Arizona.

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The game was tied at 2-2 in the top of the ninth when pinch-hitter Brandon Belt, making his first at-bat since August 6th, drew a walk to load the bases for pinch-hitter Matt Duffy. Duffy smacked a two-run RBI single on a 3-2 count to give the Giants a 4-2 lead and proved to be the difference in the game. Duffy is 4-for-10 this season as a pinch-hitter with four RBI's.

Madison Bumgarner earned a no-decision on the day, allowing seven hits, two runs and six strikeouts in six innings. The Giants are 20-12 in his starts this season. Brandon Crawford had himself quite the day, going 4-for-4 with an RBI. Crawford is 21-for-54 in his last 15 games with 15 RBI's, recording a .389 batting average.

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