Giants’ win streak ends at hands of Clayton Kershaw

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May 17, 2017 - 8:43pm
The biggest enemy of a win streak is a Lurch-sized Texan who takes the mound with great enough stuff to make a hitter wish he chose professional tennis. When Kershaw retired the first 10 hitters with what seemed like zero exertion, a boisterous crowd at AT&T Park had to know the Giants were not going to complete a three-game sweep of Los Angeles. At least the Giants did not lose their bid for a 6-1 homestand to the only pitcher who owns them more than Kershaw, a guy by the name of Soft-Throwing Lefty The Giants Have Never Seen Before. In taking three of four from the Reds and two of three from the Dodgers, the Giants prevented a tumble into complete irrelevance. Matt Moore gets the first crack at lowering it in the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday night. Manager Bruce Bochy put the onus on the pitching staff. Stay away from the big inning, the three-, four-, five-, six-run innings. On Wednesday, the Giants were all but done after Yasmani Grandal golfed a two-run double to right in the first off a less-than-crisp Johnny Cueto, which gave Kershaw the support he required and set off a chain of events that led to a brief clearing of benches in the third inning. Cueto and Grandal continued their discussion when Cueto batted in the bottom of the inning and made nice. Cueto ended a five-run outing after six innings and lost a rematch with Kershaw, whom he beat at Dodger Stadium on May 1. The Giants announced Wednesday that Barry Bonds will be enshrined on their Wall of Fame on Saturday, July 8, at 3:30 p.m., before a game against the Miami Marlins.

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