Giants seek series sweep over D'Backs


Giants seek series sweep over D'Backs

April 17, 2011

(AP) -- The San Francisco Giants tied a major league record last season by having the shortest regular-season winning streak by a World Series champion at five.Manager Bruce Bochy's club has a chance to match that run less than three weeks into its 2011 schedule.The Giants on Sunday seek their fifth straight victory overall, a weekend series sweep and their sixth consecutive win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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En route to their first World Series championship since moving to the Bay Area in 1958, the Giants won a season-high five straight July 10-17. That tied the 1996 New York Yankees and 2007 Boston Red Sox for the shortest regular-season winning streak by a World Series champion.While the Giants (8-6) have a ways to go before even thinking about becoming the first team to repeat since the Yankees (1998-2000), they can match last season's longest winning streak following Saturday's 5-3 victory at Arizona (5-8).Buster Posey hit a two-run homer, Freddy Sanchez knocked in three runs and Guillermo Mota went a career-high 4 1-3 innings of relief to earn the win after Barry Zito left in the second with a sprained right foot."It's tough for Barry. I don't know what happened or the severity of it, but hats off to Guillermo Mota," infielder Mark DeRosa said after the Giants improved to 7-2 since a 1-4 start. "Player of the game, no doubt."The depth of this team was something that was a positive for us last year and I think this year it's the same."Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 9.00 ERA), who takes the ball Sunday, was one of the Giants' standouts last postseason, going 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four appearances. The 21-year-old left-hander has yet to approach that type of success in 2011.He has allowed opponents to hit .406 against him while losing both of his starts this season. After lasting just three innings against San Diego on April 5, Bumgarner went five unimpressive innings in his home debut Monday, a 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers."I felt good the whole time," he told the Giants' official website after walking four and surrendering five runs and eight hits. "It's hard to explain games like that sometimes."Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts against Arizona. He struck out seven in each of those outings.The Diamondbacks, who have lost a season high-tying three straight overall and 15 of 18 to the Giants, are hoping Barry Enright (0-1, 6.00) can get on track when he takes the ball Sunday.The right-hander posted an 8.06 ERA while losing his last five starts as a rookie last season, and has unfortunately picked up where he left off in 2011. Enright has been tagged for four runs over six innings in each of his first two outings. He hit a batter and allowed nine hits in Monday's 8-2 home loss to St. Louis."I lose my aggressiveness sometimes," said Enright, 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts against San Francisco last season. "You get a few guys on base and you start trying to place the ball instead of going after people."Enright should be careful going after Posey, who is 6 for 12 with two doubles and a homer in their meetings. The reigning NL rookie of the year is batting .400 (22 for 55) in 15 career games against Arizona.Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has also been getting great production from his catcher. Miguel Montero is batting .415, and went 1 for 3 with a two-run double Saturday.Montero is hitless in four at-bats against Bumgarner.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern


Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.