National League Game Summary - San Diego at San Francisco|
(Saturday, September 22nd)
Final Score: San Francisco 8, San Diego 4
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The last time the San Francisco Giants
were division champions, they won the World Series.
The Giants locked up the NL West title for the second time in three years by
beating the San Diego Padres, 8-4, Saturday night.
In 2010, the Giants won the Fall Classic over Texas. This team will head into
the postseason with new faces.
Marco Scutaro, who was acquired in a late July trade from Colorado, knocked in
three runs. Brandon Belt, who didn't break into the majors until 2011, homered
in support of Madison Bumgarner's 5 2/3 innings.
Angel Pagan caught pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay's line drive to center field for
the final out and a celebratory jump near the mound was on. The Giants then
took a lap around AT&T Park, slapping the hands of fans.
The Giants won their sixth straight game, a season-best.
"It's unbelievable," Pagan said during an on-field interview after the game.
"We're going to go to war."
Bumgarner (16-10) fanned six batters to win his second straight start.
Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer and Chase Headley knocked in the other two
runs for the Padres, while Andrew Werner (2-2) surrendered six hits and five
runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Chris Denorfia scored on Headley's groundout in the top of the first, but the
Giants went ahead in the bottom half courtesy of sacrifice flies from Buster
Posey and Hunter Pence.
Bumgarner lined a single to center field in the second inning to plate Belt,
and it became 5-1 in the fourth inning. Scutaro lined a base hit to center
field to score Belt and Brandon Crawford.
Alonso homered to right field in the sixth, but the Giants got those runs back
in the bottom half, one on an errant pickoff throw from Brad Boxberger, and
another on an RBI single from Scutaro.
Headley plated a run with a groundout in the eighth, but Belt homered to left-
center leading off the bottom half against Joe Thatcher.
Bumgarner's 16 wins are the most by a Giants left-hander since Kirk Rueter
won 16 games in 1998 ... Since the advent of divisional play began in 1969,
the Giants have won the NL West eight times, including three straight times
when facing the Padres ... Scutaro has a 12-game hitting streak ... San
Francisco is 10-4 against the Padres this season.
09/23 00:35:53 ET