San Francisco Giants

West is best as sun sets on East

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has become increasingly irrelevant. Photo: AFP

There was an unseasonable chill this past week blowing across New England down to New York. Baseball weather this was not and the only thing colder than the temperature was the prognosis for the two teams shivering through opening day in Yankee Stadium. By the time the first game of the season between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees finished, the stands were virtually empty.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 4:18am

Right Field: Streets of San Francisco are paved with sporting gold

The San Francisco Bay Area is blessed with spectacular landscapes, a booming economy and, now, championship-calibre sports teams. Photo: Corbis

There is clearly no place in the universe that needs humbling right now more than the San Francisco Bay Area. But unfortunately for those not residing there, it doesn't look like it will be happening anytime soon.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Right Field: The good, bad and ugly of 2012

Right Field: The good, bad and ugly of 2012

The apocalypse came and went and, phew, here we are still in one piece left to both reflect and genuflect, to give thanks for what has gone before and for what awaits. The end of a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar was on December 21. It was supposed to be curtains for Planet Earth but apparently we dodged a huge bullet, at least temporarily.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:58am 1 comment

Right field: Why the San Francisco Giants mean so much to me

Members of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after winning game four of the World Series at Comerica Park. Photo: EPA

You tried to stand up but your knees could not move. They were frozen, locked in place by winter's chill. But this was not January, it was the middle of July. Of course, seasons have no logic when you are watching a baseball game at night in San Francisco's soulless icebox known as Candlestick Park.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:31am

San Francisco Giants secure 2-0 lead in World Series over Detroit Tigers

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner looks sharp on the mound as he throws against the Detroit Tigers in game two of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Photo: MCT

The Giants' extended family lingered on the field long after the final out, posing for pictures and savouring the win. Cars honked in the streets outside AT&T Park and fans celebrated in the bars.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Giants beat Cards to stay alive

Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Saint Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Photo: AFP

San Francisco pitcher Ryan Vogelsong rose to the do-or-die occasion on Sunday, striking out nine as the Giants beat Saint Louis 6-1 to stay alive in their race for a World Series berth.

The Giants victory tied the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at three games apiece ahead of the decisive game seven on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Cardinals beat Giants 3-1 after rain delay

San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford throws to first base for a double play. Photo: AP

Jason Motte had a lot more time than usual to get ready, learning the plan before the grounds crew took the tarp off the field. It was nice to get some advance notice before going for the first two-inning save of his career under October pressure.

19 Oct 2012 - 2:21am

Giants crush 49ers as Falcons remain only unbeaten team

Safety Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants celebrates as cornerback Prince Amukamara intercepts a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Photo: AFP

The New York Giants crushed the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in an ominous sign of their intentions to defend their Super Bowl title.

The Giants (4-2) made light work of the 49ers (4-2), the team that beat last year’s NFC Conference final, to win 26-3, while last season’s AFC champions, the New England Patriots, suffered a surprise loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

16 Oct 2012 - 10:03am

Giants stave off post-season elimination by beating the Reds

The San Francisco Giants took advantage of two Cincinnati miscues to beat the Reds 2-1 in 10 innings and avoid elimination from the National League Division Series.

The visiting Giants, who had just one hit in the first nine innings, broke through in the 10th thanks to a passed ball and an error to beat Cincinnati, who lead the best-of-five playoff series 2-1.

11 Oct 2012 - 5:12am

Giants beat Reds in 10th

Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds. Photo: AFP

Third baseman Scott Rolen’s error with two outs in the 10th inning gave San Francisco the go-ahead run, and the Giants edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Tuesday night to cut their NL playoff deficit to 2-1.

The Giants avoided a division series sweep when Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, bobbled Joaquin Arias’ short-hop grounder and threw late to first.

10 Oct 2012 - 11:05am

Giants lose to Dodgers 3-2

 Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single to tie the score in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo: AFP

Marco Scutaro tied the game with his bat, then lost it with his glove.

Elian Herrera hit a liner off Scutaro’s glove with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the NL West champion San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

2 Oct 2012 - 3:05pm