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Sami Higgins

9/16 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Kevin Gausman vs. Pierce Johnson

The San Francisco Giants finish off this four game series against the San Diego Padres today, hoping to take the series and gain back some ground on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who do not play today.

Taking the mound for the Giants is Kevin Gausman, who enters today’s game with a 2.65 ERA, 2.87 FIP, with 201 strikeouts to 48 walks in 170 innings pitched. Gausman’s last start was Saturday’s blowout win over the...

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Brady Klopfer

Giants recall Sammy Long, option Jay Jackson

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Predictable roster moves after a bullpen game.

The San Francisco Giants had a bullpen game on Monday and on Wednesday, which made a roster move ahead of Thursday’s matinee all but a guarantee. And it ended up being a rather predictable on.

Shortly before their game against the San Diego Padres, the Giants recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Long, a starter-reliever hybrid who can fit into whatever role the Giants need to eat some innings. In turn,...

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Brady Klopfer

Minor League round up, Sept. 15

Catcher Patrick Bailey doubled and walked for Low-A San Jose. | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A round up of the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates.

Just three games for the San Francisco Giants affiliates on Wednesday, with off days in AAA, the Arizona Complex League, and the Dominican Summer League

Let’s get into the action.

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Sami Higgins

Thursday BP: Injury updates for Wood, Cueto, Solano and Dickerson

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Wood and Solano could return to the team in the next few days

Good morning, baseball fans! I know we’re not thrilled about losing ground in the division, but let’s try to keep some perspective. The winning streak they were just on was amazing. Very impressive. But they literally can’t win every game and the Padres are better than the Cubs and Rockies. It was bound to happen.

Breathe. Step away from the stairs.

You can’t say they didn’t put...

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Brady Klopfer

Giants lose for the first time in my life

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Despite hitting four home runs, the Giants lost 9-6 to the Padres on a night when the Dodgers won.

The story has a sad ending.

I just need to preface that for you. I don’t know how the rest of y’all are feeling these days, but personally, I need to know ahead of time if a story has a happy or a sad ending. It’s 2021; the last thing anyone needs is to be aimlessly scrolling through their oversized phone while enjoying their morning constitutional, and...

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Sami Higgins

9/15 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Dominic Leone vs. Joe Musgrove

The San Francisco Giants take on the San Diego Padres again tonight. Get used to reading that sentence because there are still seven more games against them this season after tonight.

Opening for the Giants will be Dominic Leone, who enters tonight’s game with a 1.41 ERA, 3.32 FIP, with 41 strikeouts to 20 walks in 44.2 innings pitched. The Giants have been favoring Leone to play the role of the opener in bullpen games...

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Is Kris Bryant Staying With The Giants A Possibility?

The San Francisco Giants, owners of the best record in MLB, made one of the splashes of the trade deadline back in July when they acquired third baseman Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for two prospects.

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Brady Klopfer

Minor League round up, Sept. 14

Arismendy Alcántara homered and doubled for AAA Sacramento | Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

A round up of the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates.

An eight-game slate for the San Francisco Giants affiliates on Tuesday. High-A Eugene had their game cancelled due to COVID-19, but one of the Dominican Summer League teams finished off a game from last month to keep things extra busy.

Let’s jump in.

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Sami Higgins

Wednesday BP: Never fear, Captain Belt shirts are here!

The Giants have been unstoppable since Brandon Belt declared himself the Captain last Friday. Now you can join the crew with these “Captain Belt” shirts from Breaking T!

Good morning, baseball fans!

The Giants have won nine in a row for the first time since 2004. Nine games in which they’ve scored six runs or more. The last team to do that was the 2017 Houston Astros (though maybe that’s not the best team to be compared to, in some ways. There have been enough “cheating”...

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Yasi Khan

Giants win ninth straight, take down the Padres 6-1

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A solid start from DeSclafani is backed up by the offense, as Posey hits his 18th homer of the year and the Giants collect hits galore to beat the Padres.

Many people have asked me, “What makes you like baseball so much?” And there are so many answers I can give them — how a batter’s eyes glitter as he watches his home run leave the yard; the grind of a 162-game season culminating in a euphoric postseason release; the way Lincecum’s hair spiraled out...

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Sami Higgins

9/14 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Anthony DeSclafani vs. Jake Arrieta

The playoff-bound San Francisco Giants take on the playoff-hopeful San Diego Padres again tonight in game two of this four game series.

Taking the mound for the Giants will be Anthony DeSclafani, who enters tonight’s game with a 3.33 ERA, 3.75 FIP, with 137 strikeouts to 40 walks in 146 innings pitched. DeSclafani’s last start was last Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, in which he allowed seven hits, three...

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Brady Klopfer

Minor League round up, Sept. 13

Infielder Jason Vosler homered for AAA Sacramento | Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A round up of the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates.

No AA, High-A, or Low-A games on Monday, but doubleheaders in AAA and the Dominican Summer League means there’s lots to talk about in the San Francisco Giants farm.

Let’s check it out.

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San Francisco Giants become first MLB team to reach 2021 postseason

The San Francisco Giants entered the 2021 Major League Baseball season with only a 5.8% chance of making the playoffs according to powerrankingsguru.com.

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Sami Higgins

Tuesday BP: The Giants are headed back to the playoffs!

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Just like we all predicted.

Good morning, baseball fans! And it sure is a good one.

It is September 14th and the San Francisco Giants have already secured a playoff appearance, with 18 games left to play. Which is most assuredly not a sentence anyone expected to be writing or reading at the beginning of the season. And the team isn’t letting anyone forget it.

How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/8YFZLFGfMu

— SFGiants (@SFGiants)...

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Yasi Khan

Giants clinch playoff spot with 9-1 rout of the Padres

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The Giants wasted no time, teeing off on Yu Darvish to send themselves into the postseason for the first time since 2016.

With their 9-1 rout of the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants took the first game of the series and clinched a playoff berth (i.e. they will at least hold a wild card) for the first time since 2016. The Giants are 94-50, and have 18 games left to play. According to the broadcast, it’s their earliest clinch (Sept. 13th) in franchise...

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Giants Clinch 1st MLB Playoff Berth Since 2016 with Win over Padres

Coming into the 2021 season, the expectation for the National League West was that it would be a two-team race between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres ...

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Sami Higgins

9/13 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Dominic Leone vs. Yu Darvish

The San Francisco Giants welcome the San Diego Padres to Oracle Park tonight to kick off a four game series. The Giants will be seeing a lot of the Padres over the final few weeks of the season, and with both teams having playoff intentions, these series will be quite impactful. The Giants, however, can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight.

They’ll be looking to do so behind their bullpen tonight, with...

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Brady Klopfer

Mauricio Dubón optioned as José Quintana returns

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Dubón returns to AAA Sacramento, while Quintana has been reinstated off of the Paternity List.

The San Francisco Giants made a move prior to their series opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday, optioning utility player Mauricio Dubón to AAA Sacramento, and welcoming back left-handed pitcher José Quintana from the Paternity List (congratulations, again, to the Quintana family!)

GIANTS ROSTER MOVES: LHP José Quintana reinstated from the...

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Brady Klopfer

Please stop being useless, Padres

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Is that too much to ask?

It’s OK if you’re mad at the San Diego Padres. I’m also mad at them.

The Padres got swept in their last series, which in and of itself is not a bad thing. But they got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the San Francisco Giants were off doing impressive road work against the Chicago Cubs, the Padres were keeping the Giants from expanding their NL West lead by rolling over and playing dead for the Dodgers.

They also...

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