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Quest for Three: Giants drop game two of the NLCS

After tying the game, the Giants lost 4-3 in the ninth. Photo under Creative Commons by SD Dirk.
After tying the game, the Giants lost 4-3 in the ninth. Photo under Creative Commons by SD Dirk.

Game two of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) was anything but perfect for the Giants. After working their magic and tying the game, the Giants lost to the Cardinals 5-4 by a walk-off home run. The NLCS is now tied 1-1.

Jake Peavy was on the mound for the Giants. In the bottom of the third inning, Peavy gave up a home run to Matt Carpenter who scored the first run of the game.  At the fourth inning, Matt Adams scored after Peavy gave up a single to Randal Grichuk. Peavy pitched four innings with four hits, three walks, and two runs. The Giants’ pitching did not get better after Peavy. Both Jean Machi and Hunter Strickland gave up solo home runs, extending the Cardinals’ lead.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Giants scored their first run of the game after Joaquin Arias grounded out to second, allowing Brandon Belt to score. The following inning, Hunter Pence tied the game by singling on a line drive to center field, scoring Pablo Sandoval. The Giants took the lead after Gregor Blanco singled on a ground ball and Brandon Crawford scored.

The top of the ninth inning rolled around and Matt Duffy scored on a wild pitch thrown by Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal, again tying the game. The Cardinals did what they did best all night and in the bottom of the ninth, Kolten Wong hit a solo home run off of Sergio Romo, getting the walk off win for the Cardinals.

Tomorrow will be an off day for the Giants as they make their way back to the bay and prepare to face the Cardinals in Game three of the NLCS, which will be held at AT&T Park.

Quest for Three: The Giants shut down the Cardinals

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Brandon Belt’s sacrifice fly allowed Buster Posey to score in the third inning. Photo under Creative Commons by Buck

The Giants were at Busch Stadium in St. Louis yesterday to face the Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Madison Bumgarner was set to face Cardinals star Adam Wainwright, in a battle to win Game 1. The Giants set their mark, winning Game 1 of the NLCS, shutting down the Cardinals 3-0.

Bumgarner pitched seven and two-thirds shutout innings. He struck out seven batters, allowing only four hits. Bumgarner set a major-league record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings .

The Giants made their mark early, scoring two runs in the second inning, getting Wainwright out of the game before he could throw a complete five innings. Travis Ishikawa‘s bloop single let Pablo Sandoval score. Hunter Pence scored after a fielding error by the Cardinals’ third baseman Matt Carpenter. In the third inning, Brandon Belt hit a sacrifice fly, allowing a score by Buster Posey.

Drama ensued in the seventh inning when Yadier Molina hit a single and got onto base. Jon Jay also reached base and Kolten Wong hit a slow bouncer to Belt. Belt threw the ball to Bumgarner, who tagged out Wong. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argued the called, saying Bumgarner blocked the baseline, but ultimately Wong was called out. With two runners in scoring position, Bumgarner struck out Tony Cruz.

Posey went 1-5, Pence was 0-3, and Crawford was 0-4, while Sandoval went an amazing 3-4 and Belt was 1-1.

The Giants will play Game 2 of the NLCS today at 5:07 p.m. with Jake Peavy on the mound as the Giants face the Cardinals’ right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn.

Survey: How much caffeine do you consume?

A cup of coffee beans.  Photo under  Creative Commons by Asher Isbrucker
A cup of coffee beans. Photo under Creative Commons by Asher Isbrucker

Midterms are in full swing here at SF State, and as usual, students are stressed and sleep-deprived. With late night study sessions at the library, and overlapping assignments and projects, it is hard to catch a decent amount of sleep. The urgency to grab a small, flat latte with an extra shot, to stay awake during a long night of cramming is on.

According to a 2007 report by the Food and Drug Administration, 80 percent of adults in the U.S. consume caffeine on a daily basis. Adults, on average, intake 200 mg of caffeine, or two 5 oz cups of coffee.

Too much caffeine can affect your health. Mayo Clinic researchers found that having 500 to 600 mg a day can cause problems like insomnia, muscle tremors, and upset stomach.

How much caffeine do you consume? Does that number increase during midterms and finals?

Take this survey and let us know!

 

Quest for Three: Giants win the National League Division Series

Giants' fans go crazy when the Giants win and advance to the NLCS. Photo by Naya Duran.
Giants’ fans go crazy when the Giants win and advance to the NLCS. (Photo courtesy of Naya Duran/ Xpress Magazine)

Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants faced the Nationals today at AT&T Park for Game 4 of the NLDS. After losing last night, the Giants were still leading the series 2-1, and today was the game to win. The Giants won tonight, 3-2 against the Nationals, winning the NLDS.

Vogelsong pitched 5.2 innings, with two hits, two balls, one run, and only eighty-one pitches thrown. The only run that Vogelsong gave up was when Bryce Harper hit a double off him, allowing Ian Desmond to score in the seventh inning. Vogelsong pitched like a winner, holding the Nationals at one run.

The Giants got to work early, scoring a run in the second inning after the bases were loaded and Gregor Blanco was walked, letting the Giants score the first run of the game. Following that, Joe Panik hit a ground ball,  giving Juan Perez an opportunity to score.

The Nationals tied the game up in the seventh inning after Bryce Harper hit a solo home run. But that had no effect on the Giants as they came back stronger in the seventh inning. While Pablo Sandoval was batting, a wild pitch was thrown and Panik scored. At this point, the Giants were up  3-2. After trying to walk Sandoval, another wild pitch was thrown, but Buster Posey was thrown out at home.

The top of the ninth inning was intense for Giants fans. Santiago Casilla closed the game and after easily getting two outs, Bryce Harper was up to bat. Harper stayed alive with a 3-2 count and eventually was walked by Casilla. Wilson Ramos was the deal breaker for the Giants and grounded out in the ninth inning, giving the Giants the win.

Posey went 2-4, Pence went 1-3, Sandoval was 0-3 and Belt was 0-4. Even though the Giants are still not hitting to their true potential, they are scoring runs and that is all that matters.

The Giants will now advance to the NLCS and face the St. Louis Cardinals on their quest to get their third world series victory.

 

Quest for Three: Giants fall to the Nationals

The Willie Mays statue at AT&T Park. Photo under elcapitan79
The Willie Mays statue at AT&T Park. Photo under elcapitan79

The Giants were home today for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Nationals and one major mistake cost them a win . The team lost 1-4 against the Nationals and are currently in the lead by taking the NLDS 2-1.

Madison Bumgarner was on the mound and pitched a pretty good game until the seventh inning. Bumgarner threw a sacrifice ball to Pablo Sandoval, trying to get the force out at third, but instead over throwing the ball in the Giants’ bullpen and costing the Giants two runs. Bumgarner pitched seven innings, giving up three runs. Jean Machi replaced Bumgarner and pitched nearly perfectly except for giving up a home run to Bryce Harper in the ninth.

Nationals’ pitcher Doug Fister kept the Giants at bay for seven innings. The Giants avoided a shutout when Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Pablo Sandoval.

The Giants were not amazing behind the plate. Buster Posey, Sandoval, and Hunter Pence all went 1-4, while Brandon Belt went 2-3 and Brandon Crawford was 0-3.

The Giants will try to end the NLDS tomorrow at home with Ryan Vogelsong on the mound.

Breaking: Hundreds of Giants fans turned away at gate

 

Photo under  Creative Commons by randychiu
Photo under Creative Commons by randychiu

Update: After the fiasco of what happened last Monday, the Giants acknowledged their error and attempted to make it right to their fans by either offering assistance in purchasing tickets to the National League Championship Series before they went on sale to the public or compensating a game in the 2015 season.

The Giants are also making sure this issue does not happen again by sending out emails notifying fans that their ticket should read “NLCS Home Game One” and posting examples on their Twitter and Facebook. As for the expense that were put out to get to the game, i.e. parking, Bart, or toll, they will not be reimbursing fans for those expenses.

Today at AT&T Park, hundreds of Giants fans were turned away at a game for having tickets to “home game three,” a game that does not exist since there will be only two home games at AT&T park.

According to Giants representatives, the tickets were originally sold when there was belief that the Giants were going to have a game three, this was before the Giants played the Pirates. When the Giants won the wildcard and continued on to face the Nationals, the schedule changed but not the tickets.

The Giants failed to email and notify hundreds of fans that their tickets, which were already purchased, were invalid for any NLDS game. The Giants informed their fans that their money would be reimbursed after the Giants’ season was over. As for all other expenses, well sometimes you have take a loss.
 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 Recap

Yo La Tengo performs at the Arrow stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Photo under  Creative Commons by btwashburn
Yo La Tengo performs at the Arrow stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Photo under Creative Commons by btwashburn

Festival Review: Friday Recap

By Airha Dominguez

With temperatures in the nineties, festival-goers walk barefoot on the grass, refill their bottled waters, and reapply sunscreen after each performance. Thousands have gathered at Golden Gate Park for day one of the fourteenth annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival started back in 2001, when founder Herman Warren, worked with other San Francisco organizers to create a festival that celebrated music. Originally, the festival was one day, one stage, and twelve performances. Now, the festival is a three-day long event, with seven stages and 120 performances.  This year’s performers include popular headliners like Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, and Ryan Adams.

Yo La Tengo, an indie rock band from New Jersey, was one of many artists who performed Friday night at the Arrow Stage. Ira Kaplan, the vocalist and guitarist of the band, played his electric guitar passionately, closing his eyes and focusing on the music while fans danced. 

Alternative country star, Ryan Adams, performed with a more romantic tone at the Banjo Stage. Adams performed, “Come Pick Me Up,” the melodramatic ballad from his debut solo album, Heartbreaker.

Friday’s festival gathered a diverse audience, from college students to families with their kids.

Sofia Mehta, a country music lover, made her own schedule of the bands she wanted to see, and kept the sheet of paper folded in her wallet.

“My friends like different music, but everyone comes to see different musicians,” she said. “I’m here to see John Prine who is a legend of the country music.”

Jennifer Adrian, a San Francisco resident, said this was her first time attending this event. She waited to see Ryan Adams perform.

“It’s crowded, but everyone is very respectful,” she says.

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The crowd during Built to Spill’s performance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Saturday October 4, 2014. (Martin Bustamante/ Xpress Magazine)

Festival Review: Overall Recap

By Calla Camero

Fans made the most of San Francisco’s heat this past weekend by attending the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park. Temperatures reached a record high on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the heatwave and festival were in sync perfectly with one another to bring the city’s residents together.

The lineup this year did not disappoint as classic bands like Social Distortion, Poor Man’s Whiskey, The Aquabats!, Built to Spill, Whograss, Deltron 3030 with the 3030 Orchestra and more, joined one another to produce not just bluegrass-folk-dancing music, but also headbangers and rock anthems alike. The fourteenth annual music festival has certainly extended its genres beyond its early bands of “strictly” folk and bluegrass.

Doug Martsch (guitar) and Steve Gere (drums), of band Built to Spill, perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Saturday October 4, 2014. ( Martin Bustamante/Xpress Magazine)
Doug Martsch (guitar) and Steve Gere (drums), of band Built to Spill, perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Saturday October 4, 2014. ( Martin Bustamante/Xpress Magazine)

The change in music did not seem to bother the audience. According to promoters, the festival drew an estimated crowd of 750,000 people joining in on some free music, free sunbathing, and extremely expensive food. Nevertheless, people of all ages showed up. The audience included a mix people, from an older crowd and college students, to families with moms and dads jamming together with their children, many of which couldn’t sit still due to all the commotion. It seemed as though the whole city was there for a good three days together.

Attendees dressed accordingly for the classic San Francisco event despite the extreme heatwave. A woman was seen wearing ram horns whilst holding a wine cooler and jamming out to Built to Spill. A man in a sequence and rainbow onesie, all pulled together with a silver cane made an appearance at the (very fitting) Gold Stage on Saturday afternoon. There were tons of aloha shirts, flower headbands and flower crowns, since this is San Francisco after all.

Overall, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend had a great turnout, despite the expensive food, blistering heat, and the Giants game to distract from bringing people together and remembering what the festival really represents. Good music and good people.

Seven things all freshmen should know

Photo under  Creative Commons by rafael-castillo
Photo under Creative Commons by rafael-castillo

 

Hi, I am Anais Fuentes.  I will be graduating in December (FINALLY) and  feel like I should share some of the knowledge I have acquired throughout my years here at SF State. Here are seven tips I wish I would have known going in to college.

 

  1. Get to know your professors.

-Trust me, professors do not bite. In fact, the more questions you ask, the more you meet them at their office hours, and the more you talk to them after class, the easier the semester will be for you.

 

  1. Download the NextBus and Routesy apps

-No more waiting endlessly for the bus every morning. Once you download these apps, you can sleep in little longer and actually have time to eat breakfast in the morning; both of these apps provide information on Muni and BART times, making your morning compute much easier.

 

  1. $1 Monday nights at El Rio.

-Most of you probably are not even twenty-one yet, but this tip is for your future selves. Every Monday, El Rio, located in the Mission district, serves one dollar Tecates and three dollar well drinks. Basically the best deal ever and a great way to blow off some of the stress college supplies. You are welcome.

 

  1. Get a Clipper Card. (If you take public transportation)

-Trust me, I did not get one until my senior year, and after three hundred dollars in Muni fines, I decided it was time. It is totally worth it. No more freaking the fuck out every time a ticket inspector walks into the bus, because BAM – you can whip out your Clipper card.

 

  1. There is a campus Pub.

-Yep, located right in the heart of the Cesar Chavez Center. When you turn twenty-one, you can chill out and get a beer after your three-hour class, or before it, or during. Whenever.

 

  1. Get a student ID

-I did not know how or where to get a student ID OneCard until a couple of years into college and once I found out I got one every year. First of all, it is FREE so why not? Also, you can get student discounts with that card. All you have to do is go down to the OneStop Student Services building and get your picture taken.

 

  1. Do not buy textbooks before the semester starts.

– I made this mistake one too many times. I thought that I would be all prepared for the semester and get my books ahead of time, but that turned out to be a horrible idea. Many times, the books would just sit around on my desk for the whole semester collecting dust because the professor decided not to use them or I later realized the book is available for free online. So yeah, do not be an overachiever and get your books ahead of time because you will regret it.

 

 

Quest for Three: Giants Rally in the Eighteenth

Pablo Sandoval came through in the ninth inning by hitting an RBI single into left field. Photo under  Creative Commons by Rajiv Patel
Pablo Sandoval came through in the ninth inning by hitting an RBI single into left field.
Photo under Creative Commons by Rajiv Patel

Tim Hudson faced Nationals’ ace Jordan Zimmermann in game two of the NLDS (National League Division Series) and it was downright nerve-wracking. A week ago, Zimmermann pitched his first career no-hitter and coming from a high like that, who knew how he would pitch. The Giants and Nationals played the longest game in postseason history with18 innings, playing for an epic total of six hours and twenty-four minutes. The Giants won 2-1 in the eighteenth inning.

Hudson had an up and down season this year due to a hip and shoulder injury. It appears he has gotten better though, since Giants manager Bruce Bochy sent him to the mound.

In the bottom of the third, Hudson gave up a run after Anthony Rendon singled, allowing Asdrubal Cabrera to score. From there on out, it was a pitching dual between Hudson and Zimmermann. In the ninth, Joe Panik was walked by Zimmermann.

Buster Posey hit a bloop into center field, moving Panik to second and Posey on first.  Pablo Sandoval was up, with two on and two out. Sandoval came through in the ninth by hitting an RBI single into left field, and Panik scored, tying the game. Tim Flannery, the Giants’ third base coach, sent Posey home trying to make the Giants lead by one run.

After being called out at home, Bochy questioned the call. It was a long three minutes while everyone waited for the outcome, but the play stood, and Posey was out at third, with the game tied in the ninth.

The bottom on the tenth rolled around and things took an ugly turn for the Nationals’ when Cabrera and Matt Williams, the Nationals manager, were ejected after arguing a called strike.

Belt came through in the eighteenth, hitting a home run off Roark, putting the Giants ahead 2-1. Hunter Strickland was called in to finish the Nationals. With one on, Strickland struck Jason Werth out and got the save for the Giants.

Hudson pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up one run, no balls, and eight strikeouts. After allowing a hit to Rendon in the eighth, Hudson’s night was over, and Jean Machi made his post season appearance for the Giants. After Rendon stole second, Machi exited the game and Javier Lopez entered, trying to keep the Nationals’ from doing any more damage. In the bottom of the ninth, Sergio Romo kept the game tied.

Yusmeiro Petit came in during the bottom of the twelfth and pitched spectacularly until the seventeenth inning. Petit pitched six innings with one hit, three balls, seven strikeouts, and no runs.

The Giants were not their usual selves yesterday. Pablo Sandoval went 1-7 extending his hitting streak to thirteen and Hunter Pence was 2-7. Buster Posey, who got the first hit for the Giants, and then another in the ninth, went 3-6.

The Giants will have Sunday off and fly back to San Francisco where game three will take place at AT&T Park.  Madison Bumgarner will be back out of the mound to try to get a win and have the Giants win the NLDS at home.

 

Otaku Obscura: a tribute art show to Japanese animated films

Joshua Budich does a sketch of a donut on one of his prints for a fan. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)
Joshua Budich does a sketch of a donut on one of his prints for a fan. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)

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  • Joshua Budich fans stand outside Spoke Art Gallery before the debut of his exhibition, "Otaku Onscura", on Oct. 4. 2014.
  • Photographer, Jean-Baptiste Petitpas, looks at Budich's pieces inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro".
  • Art enthusiasts and anime fans, Jung Lah and Liz Clinkenbeard, discuss Budich's art.
  • Spoke Art regular, Peepers stopped by to take a peep at "Otaku Obscura" with her owner Jon Wentz, a painter who also shows at the gallery.
  • Spoke Art assistant director, Jessica Ross (right), rolls up a print of "Mei" for Wen Pan.
  • Prints inspired by the animes "Cowboy Bebop" (left) and "Neon Genesis Evangelion".
  • Budich's homage to Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro".
  • Budich's art inspired by "Akira".

Photos & Words by Lorisa Salvatin

Not even the sweet sounds of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass can keep anime fans and art enthusiasts from lining up half an hour or more before Josh Budich‘s San Francisco debut of his exhibition at the Spoke Art Gallery. But what else can be expected from what people may call, Otaku, or individuals with obsessive interests? The Maryland-based artist shares and portrays his passion for anime and art in his latest exhibition, properly named “Otaku Obscura.”

“I was a child of Saturday morning cartoons,” says Bundich, explaining that he started getting into anime to try to get away from the more conventional cartoons playing on television, such as “Looney Tunes.” As he grew out of kids’ cartoons into his teens, he yearned for something with a little more punch.

Budich began watching the anime Akira in his freshman year of high school. And after discovering other animes like Robo Punch and Dragon Ball Z, he was hooked. Such classic anime would inspire the current exhibition that is displayed in the Spoke Art Gallery until Oct. 24.

He wanted his art to bring people back to familiar animes that invoked a sense of nostalgia, allowing them to say “Oh! I remember that!” “Otaku Obscura” includes familiar screen printed images from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and My Neighbor Totoro.

“We’ve barely scratched the surface,” said Budich, on using silk screen as his method of art. He points out that while screen printing has the ability to bring out the colors and vibrance of his work, he also wants to show his appreciation for the growing culture of screen printers. With every piece he aimed to combine anime and art.

“I wanted to pay homage to the original art,” says Bundich.

While the larger pieces depict more scenic frames from anime, such as Mei and The Wolf Stole Her Soul, and Now She Lives to Kill Me, his 12×16 artworks are more character based, taking art from manga and making portraits of Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell and Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. The Otaku inside him comes out when he talks about how his print, “Mei,” was inspired by his daughter.

“I’m really happy with all of it,” as he looks through the windows at his work.

 

Quest for Three: Giants Hung On for the Win

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Photo under Creative Commons by Martin Alleusl

Today was game one of the National League Division Series, NLDS, in Washington and Jake Peavy was nothing but spectacular in his first post season appearance as a Giant. With the same line-up behind Peavy as the wildcard, it was going to be a good game with the Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the mound. The Giants won game one of the NLDS with a score of 3-2.

Peavy pitched five and two-thirds with one hundred and four pitches thrown, two of those being walks, three balls, and three strikeouts. Javier Lopez replaced Peavy in the bottom of the fifth followed by Hunter Strickland. At first, Strickland dominated the Nationals, showing us why Bruce Bochy called him up from the minors, but in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Nationals finally had their time to shine. Strickland allowed two separate home runs, one to Bryce Harper and the other to Asdrubal Cabrera, giving the Giants a one run lead.

Jermey Affeldt came in to save the struggling Strickland and helped the Giants get out of the seventh inning. In the eighth, Giants favorite Sergio Romo made his appearance and gave the team a whirlwind of an eighth inning. Romo gave up a single with threat, Jason Werth, on deck. After getting Werth out, the Nationals continued to hurt the Giants when Romo had two on with one out. Romo barley made it out of the eighth, but no damage was done.

In the ninth, Santiago Casilla made his appearance to close the game out, preserving the Giants one run lead. Casilla pitched flawlessly with a one, two, three inning, getting his first save of the postseason. He helped the Giants defeat the Nationals.

Joe Panik started the rally for the Giants, after Travis Ishikawa moved to third on a passed ball by the catcher, he was able to score after Panik hit an RBI in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Hunter Pence was able to steal second, which greatly benefited the Giants when Brandon Belt hit an RBI (run batted in) single, scoring Pence. In the seventh, Panik was at it again, hitting a triple that brought Buster Posey up to the plate. Posey then hit an RBI single, scoring Panik.

Game two of the NLDS will be tomorrow in Washington. Tim Hudson will be on the mound for the Giants in his first 2014 postseason start.

Quest for Three: Giants win the National League Wildcard

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Photo under Creative Commons by Rajiv Patel

The Giants beat the odds again, after being plagued with injuries and not doing as well as most, the Giants won the National League Wildcard slot against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 8-0.

Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ ace, was on the mound tonight and pitched flawlessly, throwing a complete game shutout, with one walk, four hits, and ten strikeouts. Brandon Crawford was tonight’s hero, hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning and giving the Giants their first runs of the game. Pablo Sandoval made an amazing play in the bottom on the seventh, catching a foul ball over the railing of the Pirates’ dugout before falling in and keeping a hold of the ball.

Things could have taken a turn for the worse in the first inning though, after a routine fly ball was hit toward Pence, causing a Pence/Panik collision when Panik did not hear Pence calling him off and the two collided. Amazing enough, Panik did not drop the ball and kept a runner from scoring.

The runs kept on coming when Brandon Belt hit an RBI (runs batted in) single in the fifth, scoring Hunter Pence, and then hitting another RBI in the seventh, scoring Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval. The Giants kept hold of their lead, making amazing play after amazing play and defying odds.

Pablo Sandoval went 2-4, hitting two singles, Panik went 3-5, all singles, but still getting on base, while Posey went 2-5 with an RBI in the eighth and Pence hitting 1-4.

In a post game interview, Bumgarner says he did nothing special, just tried to make pitches, adding that he feels good going in against the Nationals, knowing that Peavy and Hudson will be on the mound.

The Giants’ skipper, Bruce Bochy says that he told his guys to be patient and slow it down out there. He added that it is hard to put together a better game than what we had [tonight]. Bochy says that they are all still very excited to be playing.

The Giants are off to Washington to face the Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS), playing Friday and Saturday night before flying home to start game three of the NLDS at AT&T Park. It is speculated that Jake Peavy will most likely start the series in Washington, followed by Tim Hudson.