San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres
San Diego; Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: TBD; Padres: Sean Manaea (7-9, 5.15 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 150 strikeouts)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Saturday in San Francisco.
A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb pitched six strong innings for his ninth win to keep the Giants rolling into the All-Star break with a 9-5 victory over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford hit a game-ending RBI single, and the San Francisco Giants rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Wednesday.
Wilmer Flores tied the game in the eighth with a pinch-hit homer.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — After his last start, when San Francisco lost its fifth straight game, Carlos Rodón said the Giants needed to “play with a little more fire.”
It turns out that Rodón was the one to light the flame.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Whit Merrifield broke a 2-2 tie with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly and the Kansas City Royals edged the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Andrew Benintendi led off the inning with a pinch-hit double off Giants reliever John Brebbia.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford homered, leading Alex Cobb and the San Francisco Giants past Colorado 7-1 Wednesday for their 10th straight win over the Rockies.
Crawford drove in three runs and scored twice as San Francisco extended its overall winning streak to five.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood pitched into the sixth inning and didn’t allow an earned run, Brandon Belt had an RBI double in his return to the lineup and the San Francisco Giants won their ninth straight against the Colorado Rockies, 9-2 on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals pounded out a season-high 22 hits, ending an eight-game losing streak by beating the virus-ravaged San Francisco Giants 14-4 Friday night.
San Francisco Giants (7-5, fourth in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (6-8, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: TBD; Nationals: Patrick Corbin (0-2, 7.50 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 11 strikeouts)
NEW YORK (AP) — On Brandon Belt's first birthday in the majors, he was shipped back to the minor leagues. And in the 10 seasons that followed, he failed to gift himself one measly hit.
So when the 34-year-old Giants slugger launched a second-inning homer Wednesday night, he felt he'd earned a rendition of “Happy Birthday” from teammates in the dugout.
NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched no-hit ball into the sixth inning of his anticipated home debut and the New York Mets rode their $130 million ace to a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night for a doubleheader sweep.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Wood didn't succumb to the cold or the Guardians.
Despite near-freezing temperatures, Wood took the mound Sunday wearing just his Giants jersey on top — like he does for every game.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Belt scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded grounder by Wilmer Flores in the eighth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt rode into the ballpark on a trailored boat with his signature captain hat on while tossing baseballs into the stands in a festive pregame scene. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch, then delivered an insurance home run hours later in the eighth inning.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants will open defense of their NL West title without two key components. It's a situation they managed well a year ago.
Third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder/first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr.
Capsules of National League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani reached agreement Monday on a $36 million, three-year contract to remain with the San Francisco Giants.
DeSclafani emerged as a key member of manager Gabe Kapler's rotation during the NL West champion Giants' record-setting 107-win season, going a career-best 13-7 with 152 strikeouts and a 3.17 ERA over 31 starts.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander reached a $25 million deal to remain with the Houston Astros as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, and Brandon Belt accepted an $18.4 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto is not on the San Francisco Giants' roster for the NL Division Series as manager Gabe Kapler went with his established bullpen after the right-hander missed time through the season with elbow troubles.
San Diego Padres (78-82, third in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (106-54, first in the NL West)
San Francisco; Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Joe Musgrove (11-9, 3.27 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 199 strikeouts) Giants: Kevin Gausman (14-6, 2.87 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 222 strikeouts)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants keep finding ways to win key games as more players go down injured, still chasing a coveted NL West crown.
Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, bases-loaded single in San Francisco's four-run sixth inning, Brandon Crawford added an RBI hit two batters later and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night after losing Brandon Belt to a broken left thumb.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians won their last home game before becoming the Guardians, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Monday to close a run that started in 1915 and will continue next season with a new identity.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants first baseman and home run leader Brandon Belt has a broken left thumb and his availability for the final week of the regular season and playoffs is unclear.
The Giants said an X-ray Monday showed the broken bone and that Belt will “continue to meet with doctors over the next couple of days to develop a recovery plan and timetable for his return.”
San Francisco Giants (101-54, first in the NL West) vs. Colorado Rockies (71-83, fourth in the NL West)
Denver; Sunday, 3:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Kevin Gausman (14-6, 2.92 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 211 strikeouts) Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (4-9, 4.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 103 strikeouts)
DENVER (AP) — Brandon Belt wasn't thinking too deep about his team's looming home run record.
Instead, he just went deep — twice.
Belt's blasts helped San Francisco set a franchise mark for homers in a season, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Saturday night to extend their lead in the NL West.
DENVER (AP) — The San Francisco Giants reached one milestone and are close to another in their resurgent season. The real goal is another World Series title.
Mike Yastrzemski hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls by San Francisco, and the NL West-leading Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 Friday night to become the season’s first 100-win team.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Late Night LaMonte" struck again for the San Francisco Giants.
LaMonte Wade Jr. singled over leaping All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in the ninth inning to bring in the go-ahead run and the Giants beat the staggering San Diego Padres 6-5 Tuesday night to keep a one-game lead in the NL West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It took more than four hours and San Diego finally returned to the win column — and the Padres desperately needed this one to stay right in the playoff race.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey is hitting, moving on the bases and catching with an encouraging strength in mid-September for someone who had hip surgery three years ago and chose to sit out the shortened 2020 season to protect his young family.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s been five years since Brandon Belt got to toast a playoff berth, so the Giants first baseman was admittedly out of practice when the champagne started to flow in San Francisco’s clubhouse.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants became the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot this season, hitting four home runs to beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Monday night for their season-high eighth consecutive victory.
CHICAGO (AP) — Tommy La Stella and Brandon Belt each hit three-run homers, and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Chicago Cubs 15-4 on Saturday for their sixth straight win.
La Stella finished with three hits, including a double, five RBIs and scored three runs for surging San Francisco, which improved to a major-league best 92-50.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward left Saturday’s 15-4 loss to San Francisco in fourth inning after sliding into third and getting kneed in the head by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.
San Francisco Giants (91-50, first in the NL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (65-77, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Kevin Gausman (13-5, 2.58 ERA, .99 WHIP, 192 strikeouts) Cubs: Zach Davies (6-10, 5.16 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 108 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant drew a pair of standing ovations in his return to Wrigley Field, Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt homered in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Friday for their fifth straight victory.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant drew a pair of standing ovations in his return to Wrigley Field, then Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt homered in the seventh inning to send the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 6-1 Friday for their fifth straight win.
DENVER (AP) — LaMonte Wade Jr. and Evan Longoria each had two RBIs during a four-run rally in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday.
The streaking Giants (90-50) won their fourth straight and became the first team in the majors to win 90 games.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If the Dodgers and Giants just provided a glimpse of a possible playoff series, an October matchup between these rivals could be one for the ages.
“I can imagine that would be the most intense postseason series I’ve ever been a part of,” San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lorenzo Cain homered and added an RBI single, and the Milwaukee Brewers won their second straight over San Francisco, beating the Giants 6-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kris Bryant left the Chicago Cubs and NL Central late last month figuring he had seen about enough of Corbin Burnes.
Matching up again, Bryant and his new Giants teammates certainly couldn't figure out the Milwaukee ace.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hours after learning his grandmother died, Brandon Belt texted his wife and parents Tuesday, admitting he was struggling and uncertain he could play.
His dad reminded him that his grandma, Margaret Peterson, would have wanted to see him out there.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler went to the right player at the right time once again.
Pinch-hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. connected for a two-run homer in the ninth inning, helping the Giants rally for a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit two home runs, Kevin Gausman set a career high for wins and the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 7-5 on Monday night.
Brandon Crawford had four hits to continue his surge at the plate over the past month.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Sunday to take two of three in the series between division leaders.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The San Francisco Giants delivered another improbable come-from-behind victory by displaying the tenacity that has enabled them to produce the best record in baseball.
Brandon Belt hit his second homer of the night during a four-run outburst in the 11th inning to help the Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 in a wild Saturday night matchup between first-place teams.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rhys Hoskins broke out a 2 for 40 slump with a pair of home runs and a career-best six RBIs, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 13-6 on Saturday.
Ronald Torreyes also homered and drove in three runs as the Phillies won at San Francisco for the second time in nine games since 2018.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto struck out five in six uneven innings, Brandon Belt homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 on Friday night.
LaMonte Wade Jr. doubled, tripled and drove in two runs as the Giants won in manager Gabe Kapler’s first home game against his former team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hours before first pitch, many of the Arizona Diamondbacks were busy working in an outdoor weight room at Oracle Park as others prepared for their pregame fielding drills.
The little things aren't leading to winning results right now, which makes the constant losing all the more painful.