Major League Baseball
The Giants meet the Cardinals in St. Louis Saturday in the first game of the National League Championship Series.
The San Francisco Giants may have knocked off the team with the National League’s best regular season record but that doesn’t mean they’re the new favorites to win the World Series, or the National League Pennant for that matter.
Sonny Gray threw a 6-hitter to win for the first time in 5 September starts and the A’s beat the Rangers 4-0 Sunday to clinch the American League’s second wild card.
The A’s couldn’t take advantage of their first chance to clinch an AL wild-card spot on their own, allowing homers to rookie Jake Smolinski and Robinson Chirinos in a 5-4 win for the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
San Francisco (87-74) already has clinched a playoff berth and will play at Pittsburgh or St. Louis in the one-game, wild-card playoff on Wednesday.
The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night.
Josh Reddick drove in 3 runs, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in 7 starts and the Oakland A’s moved close to their 3rd consecutive playoff appearance with a 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.
Andrew Cashner pitched brilliantly into the 9th inning and the Padres beat San Francisco 3-2 Saturday night to keep the Giants from gaining ground on the NL West-leading Dodgers
The A’s missed an opportunity to extend their lead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-0 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Zack Greinke pitched 6 scoreless innings and hit his 4th career home run, and the Dodgers romped past the Giants 17-0 on Saturday night to build on their lead in the NL West.