Jeff Samardzija gave San Francisco a chance to grab momentum after a big offensive outburst a night earlier, but the playoff-hopeful Giants wasted it with a costly dud in a 2-0 loss to the Colora
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Lineup: Giants (83-74) vs. Rockies (73-84)
- 1. Denard Span, CF (L)
- 2. Brandon Belt, 1B (L)
- 3. Buster Posey, C (R)
- 4. Hunter Pence, RF (R)
- 5. Brandon Crawford, SS (L)
- 6. Angel Pagan, LF (S)
- 7. Joe Panik, 2B (L)
- 8. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (L)
- 9. Jeff Samardzija, RHP
ESPN Stats and Information
Something to watch from Giants starter Jeff Samardzija tonight (vs Rockies, ESPN, 10 ET): Samardzija has thrown more than twice as many sinkers in 2016 (173) as he did in 2015 (82). He had 4 K with his sinker in his last start, his most in a game. He's also throwing a curve 15% of the time since the All-Star Break, after not throwing it at all before. Opponents are hitting .184 against it.
Dodgers beat writer Doug Padilla talks Dodgers baseball and comments on Vin Scully's farewell ceremony that is to be hosted by the San Francisco Giants this weekend.
Sabean: Season a 'collective failure'
In a Q&A with Andrew Baggarly, Giants executive vice president Brian Sabean shared his disappointment toward his team's performance this season: "We've underperformed across the board and in almost every department." East Bay Times
What's ahead for NL wild-card teams?
Every game matters for the Mets, Giants and Cardinals, who are all still tightly packed together in the standings. On paper, the Mets might have it easiest by ending their season against the struggling Phillies.
Time running out on Cardinals?
Although St. Louis won on Tuesday, so did New York and San Francisco, meaning the Cards' playoff chances look bleaker as the end of the season approaches.
Giants want more of this Matt Moore
After lasting an inning and striking out nobody in his last start, Matt Moore had 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in Tuesday's win. The last Giants pitcher to record double-digit strikeouts in a start directly following one with no K's was Gaylord Perry in Sept. 1970, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Buster Posey is a hit in San Francisco
On Tuesday night, Posey became the first Giants player to reach 1,000 hits, all in a San Francisco uniform, since Rich Aurilia in 2003, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
'I don't know how Willie did it, but he's been doing it all year.'
Buster Posey reaches No. 1,000 in style
Posey homered for the 1,000 hit of his career on Tuesday, but he didn't get all of it. In fact, the 370-foot blast was his shortest homer in over two years, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
With blowout wins for all three contenders on Tuesday, let's lay out the scenarios for a potential three-way tie for the NL wild card.
Pitcher to watch: Jeff Samardzija
It's easy to criticize pitchers like Samardzija, but the reality is that his durability has been key to the Giants this season. The right-hander has been on a roll lately and will look to keep it going on Wednesday. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)
Some players roar into free agency, while others see their chance to cash in slip away. Who has helped and hurt themselves most?
Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto tested his groin strain Tuesday and is on schedule to start Thursday.
ESPN Stats and Information
Giants starter Matt Moore's dominance was attributable to a new pitch for him, his cutter. Moore had 4 strikeouts with it, his most with the pitch in any game. All four strikeouts were swinging. Moore has thrown 129 cutters since his first start with the Giants. He threw 85 in his career prior to that. Giants pitchers have seven games with 4+ K with their cutter. No other team has more than 3.
Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.
Giants somehow still in the mix
San Francisco has won one series in the entire month of September and hasn't won a series at home since Aug. 26-28. But if the wild-card game was today, the Giants would still be in it. To lock things up, they have to get a few more wins this week. Baseball's final week madness
Bruce Bochy said he doesn't plan on stepping down at the end of the season and hasn't lost his hunger for winning.
The Giants acquired infielder Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Braves to give themselves some help for the final week with Eduardo Nunez injured.
Giants vs Rockies
AT&T Park - Thu 9/29