Sept. 13, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARDSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Mark DeRosa hit a game-ending RBI single off second baseman Orlando Hudson's glove in the 12th inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.DeRosa's two-out drive against Brad Bauch (0-2) just evaded Hudson, allowing Cody Ross to score from the third.Pablo Sandoval and Justin Christian also drove in a run for the Giants, who have won three straight. Ramon Ramirez (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win.Jason Bartlett had a two-run double for the Padres, who have lost five of six.Cody Ross kicked off the Giants 12th with a leadoff single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked. Sandoval bounced into a fielder's choice before DeRosa recorded his fifth career game-ending hit and first in four years.Giants starter Matt Cain gave up one run and four hits, struck out six and walked three in 6 1-3 innings. He is 2-3 with a 2.01 ERA in his last eight outings.Cory Luebke struck out eight in six innings for the Padres, yielding two runs and 10 hits. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.28 ERA in his last five starts.The Giants grabbed the lead in the first. Ross led off with a single, moved to third on Carlos Beltran's double and scored on Sandoval's base hit.Sandoval and Brett Pill opened the fourth with singles. After Orlando Cabrera struck out, Christian lined a single into center to give the Giants a 2-0 edge.Javier Lopez came in for Cain with a runner on first. He got pinch-hitter Andy Parrino on a groundout but gave up a double to pinch-hitter Aaron Cunningham.Gullermo Mota took over for Lopez and Bartlett drilled his first offering to the wall in left-center field, tying it at 2.NOTES: Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez (ankle) threw off flat ground. ... LHP Jeremy Affeldt is the Giants nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. ... RHP Mat Latos (7-13, 3.72) pitches for the Padres in the series finale Wednesday. Latos is 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA over his last eight starts. He has a career 1.33 ERA at AT&T Park. ... INF Orlando Hudson is the Padres nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. ... RHP Tim Lincecum (12-12, 2.68 ERA) starts for the Giants on Wednesday. Lincecum returned to form in a no-decision his last time out, allowing one run and six hits over eight innings. He's 8-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 17 starts against the Padres. ... Giants speedster Darren Ford was picked off at 1B by Chad Qualls in the 8th.
CHICAGO -- Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.
Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.
Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.
"It feels good to hear World Series," Kershaw said. "It's been a long time coming for this team."
After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of Dodgers. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and Justin Turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.
The Dodgers will host the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Yankees have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS heading into Game 6 at Houston on Friday night, so one more New York win would set up another chapter in an old October rivalry between the Yankees and Dodgers.
The Dodgers made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner took the loss when Los Angeles was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.
He was just OK in his first two starts in this year's postseason, but Los Angeles' loaded lineup picked him up each time. Backed by Hernandez's powerful show in Chicago, Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts in his sixth career playoff win - matching Burt Hooton for the franchise record.
When Kenley Jansen retired Willson Contreras on a liner to shortstop for the final out, the party was on. The Dodgers poured out of the dugout and mobbed their dominant closer near the mound, and a small, but vocal group of Los Angeles fans gathered behind the visitor's dugout and chanted "Let's go Dodgers! Let's go Dodgers!"
Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs.
Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News.
The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff.
Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff.
The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants.
Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor.