EXPLAINER: What exactly is a check-swing?
(AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — It’s always been one of the most murky areas in baseball: What exactly constitutes a check-swing? So how far does a big league hitter have to go with his swing in order for a pitch to be called a strike? Don't bother looking for it in the Official Baseball Rules: Amazingly, in the nearly 200 pages that govern Major League Baseball, there's no mention of how to decide. By rule, judgment calls are not reviewable under Major League Baseball replay rules and there's not been any movement to change that. When it happened live I thought he went, so that’s why I called it a swing,” Morales said.wftv.com
Last call for Giants: Flores rung up, super SF season ends
NLDS Dodgers Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants players watch during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — Wilmer Flores swung — or he didn’t — and that was it. Last call for the San Francisco Giants. Instead, their final chance ended when Flores was rung up on an 0-2 pitch from Dodgers ace Max Scherzer pitching in a rare closer's role. Plate umpire Doug Eddings checked with first base ump Gabe Morales, who ruled Flores swung — check-swings are judgment calls and not reviewable under Major League Baseball replay rules.wftv.com
Urías hits, pitches Dodgers past Giants to even NLDS series
Julio Urías shut down San Francisco and contributed an RBI single for his cause, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two-run doubles to blow it open in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Giants 9-2 to even their NL Division Series at one game apiece.
Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener
Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 in the opener of their NL Division Series.
Harrison, Marte lead Oakland offense, A's top Giants 4-1
Giants Athletics Baseball Oakland Athletics' Starling Marte gestures toward teammates after hitting an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — (AP) — Josh Harrison hit a two-run single, Starling Marte added an RBI double, and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night. Mike Yastrzemski homered for San Francisco. As Marte stole third, Jose Alvarez’s throw bounced past third baseman Wilmer Flores and into foul territory, and Marte scored easily. He had been unbeaten in 11 starts following a San Francisco loss.wftv.com
Giants rally in 9th for 2nd straight night to beat Dodgers
San Francisco took three of four in a tense series between the longtime rivals. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts threw his cap and argued vehemently, leading to him being ejected in the ninth inning for the second consecutive night. Wade then hit a sinking liner to right field that dropped just in front of newly acquired Billy McKinney, giving San Francisco a 5-3 advantage. The teams have a three-game series beginning Tuesday in San Francisco before playing their final series of the season Sept. 3-5. Dodgers: RHPs Corey Knebel (right lat strain) and Jimmy Nelson (back) both pitched an inning during a simulated game.wftv.com
Flores' homer off Jansen in 9th rallies Giants past Dodgers
Giants Dodgers Baseball San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores connects for a two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday night. The Giants had just four hits before Flores' drive, which quieted the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles starter Julio Urías pitched a gem, allowing just three hits in seven innings. AJ Pollock hit an RBI double to the right-field corner off Logan Webb in the fourth to score Bellinger and give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.wftv.com
Smith's pinch 3-run HR in 9th rallies Dodgers past Giants
Pinch-hitter Will Smith connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from five runs down to defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-6 in the second game of a pivotal series between NL West rivals.
Posey comes through in return as Giants defeat Dodgers 7-2
Giants Dodgers Baseball San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores, left, celebrates his solo home run with Donovan Solano during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 19, 2021, in Los Angeles. San Francisco pitchers had retired 11 straight Dodgers until AJ Pollock led off the ninth with a single. With the win, the Giants expanded their lead to two games over the defending World Series champion Dodgers. San Francisco has been in first place since May 31. Jarlín García (2-2), the third of six San Francisco pitchers, got the win by striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.wftv.com
Posey comes through in return as Giants defeat Dodgers 7-2
Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, Thairo Estrada had a key double in the seventh and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the NL West rivals.
Giants' Kevin Gausman allows first vs St. Louis hit in 7th
Cardinals Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — San Francisco right-hander Kevin Gausman had his no-hit bid ended by St. Louis slugger Nolan Arenado's one-out single to left on Monday. Gausman turned an inning-ending double play getting Harrison Bader to fly out and Carpenter was caught off first. Gausman began the day with a 1.68 ERA, the lowest through 16 starts of any Giants pitcher since the team moved West in 1958. There have been seven no-hitters in the majors this season, matching the mark for most in a season since 1900.wftv.com
Giants' Gausman through 6 hitless innings vs St. Louis
Cardinals Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — San Francisco right-hander Kevin Gausman hasn't allowed a hit through six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, closing in on what would be the record-tying eighth no-hitter in the majors this season. Gausman turned an inning-ending double play getting Harrison Bader to fly out and Carpenter was caught off first. Gausman began the day with a 1.68 ERA, the lowest through 16 starts of any Giants pitcher since the team moved West in 1958. In addition, Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning hitless game in a doubleheader on April 25 that is not recognized as a no-hitter by Major League Baseball.wftv.com
D-backs match MLB record with 22nd straight road loss
Diamondbacks Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey hits a three-run home run in front of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Stephen Vogt during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) (Tony Avelar)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their 22nd straight road game Wednesday night, matching the 1963 Mets and '43 Philadelphia Athletics for the major league record with a 13-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores added a two-run drive in the fifth and Brandon Belt hit his ninth homer that inning. Asdrubal Cabrera homered and Ketel Marte hit a two-run double in the D-backs' five-run sixth. “Excited to get back.”RHP Kevin Gausman (7-1, 1.43) pitches for San Francisco.wftv.com
The Latest: Giants manager, some players, get vaccinated
Kapler said he experienced no side effects from his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. He said others, who looked into vaccination possibilities in the Phoenix area at the end of spring training, had Moderna or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots. Opening day is Thursday at Seattle, and Kapler says any of his players who need some downtime before then will have it. School officials said COVID-19 opt-outs made it impossible to field the required number of players in key position groups to meet Southern Conference playing guidelines. The Mocs were 3-2 this spring and were set to head to Western Carolina for a game on Saturday.