5 Things: A Week Of Walk-Off Wins In MLBEverywhere Major League Baseball fans turned last week, a team was winning a game with a walk-off plate appearance. The Chicago White Sox won two games via the walk off last week, yet they also lost two games via the walk off. The Oakland Athletics won two straight games over the Tampa Bay Rays, and at the Coliseum, that means pies in the face for the player that just won the game. The St. Louis Cardinals won a big game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a walk-off home run this week, too.
5 Things: All-Star Home Runs To Remember And A Giant NightmareMiami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton put on the kind of power display in the All-Star Home Run Derby baseball fans only have dreamed about, while San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto didn't fare so well in the actual game itself. Coming out of the All-Star break, the Marlins used Stanton's momentum to win two of three against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, while the Giants fell into a funk in San Diego, losing three straights to the Padres.
Jackson Takes No-No Into 7th, Padres Win 5-3 To Sweep GiantsEdwin Jackson held San Francisco hitless until Conor Gillaspie's three-run homer with one out in the seventh inning, and the San Diego Padres held off the Giants 5-3 Sunday for their first sweep of the season.
5 Things: Midwest And West Coast Baseball Is Where It's AtWith just one week to go before the 2016 Midsummer Classic, the Major League Baseball action just gets better and better. Last week, we saw history from a Chicago Cubs third baseman, while the Oakland Athletics demonstrated they're still the dominant Bay Area baseball franchise. Teams in Cleveland and Detroit put together big win streaks, while a San Diego Padres outfielder became a one-man show—and the Los Angeles Angels scored three touchdowns in Fenway Park.
Giants Beat Padres 4-3 In 10 innings, 13th Win In 14 GamesBrandon Crawford's alert baserunning in the second inning gave the Giants an early lift. His long single in the 10th capped another walkoff win.
Crawford, Samardzija Lead Giants Past Padres Again, 8-2Brandon Crawford drove in four runs and Jarrett Parker homered to lead Jeff Samardzija and the streaking San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Tuesday night.
Pence's Bloop Double In 9th Lifts Giants Past Padres 1-0Belt led off the ninth with a single against Brad Hand (1-1). Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco both struck out swinging before Pence lofted a shallow fly on a 1-1 pitch.
Cueto, Pence Lead Giants Past Padres 2-1Johnny Cueto threw a four-hitter and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, leading the San Francisco Giants to their seventh straight win with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Bumgarner's Complete Game, Crawford's 5 RBIs Carry GiantsMadison Bumgarner threw a five-hitter and struck out 11 for his first complete game this season and Brandon Crawford homered and drove in all five runs.
Giants' Cueto Goes The Distance In 1-0 Win Over PadresWith Madison Bumgarner still working out the kinks in his delivery, Johnny Cueto has emerged as the Giants de facto ace through the first month of the season.
Bumgarner Wins For First Time In Four Starts Since OpenerBumgarner (2-2) struck out nine in 6 2-3 innings to snap a two-start skid with his first victory in four starts since April 4 at Milwaukee.
30 Players: Colin Rea Looks To Make Most Of Padres’ Rotation SpotThe Padres took a step back last year, but getting a breakout season from Rea could help them be a surprise team this year.
Heston Strikes Out 4 In 4 Scoreless Innings For Giants Chris Heston stepped in when Madison Bumgarner was scratched and pitched four scoreless innings to help the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 8-1 on Sunday.
California To Big-League Ballplayers: Stop Chewing Tobacco California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do: Stop players from stuffing those big wads of chewing tobacco into their mouths during games. With Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill earlier this week banning the use of smokeless tobacco in all California ballparks, a practice dating to the days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb now seems headed toward the sport's endangered species list.
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