Brandon Crawford

Pigs Fly, Giants Win Game

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The sky was tinged with pink at AT&T Park on Saturday, and it wasn’t just the sunset. Pigs took to the air and flew, helping the Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Or maybe it was because they finally got their World Series rings, and remembered that they were actually a baseball team last October. If anyone was going to stop this…

Andre Iguodala

Warriors Hold Off Pelicans To Take Game One

By: Alex Qiu The Golden State Warriors opened their quest for the 2015 NBA championship against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday afternoon. With Golden State as one of the favorites to win the championship, the Pelicans, led by star Anthony Davis, look to pull an improbably upset in this best of seven series. The opening quarter started off with both teams looking noticeably nervous, but then the Warriors started…


Giants Lose In Extras, Losing Streak Goes to Seven

By: Joe Lami Despite their best effort and a three-run comeback, the San Francisco Giants were beaten by the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 in 12 innings on Thursday night.  The loss marks their seventh straight loss (3-8), as they still haven’t been able to find the win column at AT&T Park. San Francisco had high hopes coming in as their ace, Madison Bumgarner, was on the bump.  He started early with…

Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon

Taxed Giants Lose Sixth Straight

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard If I wanted to, I could have written the same recap for the last three games, switching in and out different names. It was the same depressing story once again at AT&T Park, as the Giants (3-7) were swept in three games by the Rockies (7-2) in a 4-2 loss on Wednesday, their sixth consecutive overall. It’s evident that Hunter Pence’s presence was invaluable for this…

Even Lou Seal's down

Same Old, Same Old For Giants

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard It feels like a broken record. The Giants’ woes with clutch hitting have continued, stranding 21 runners on base in the last two games against the Rockies and their apparently otherworldly pitching staff, including 9 in a 4-1 loss to Colorado, their fifth straight defeat. The Giants haven’t gotten a hit with a runner in scoring position since Brandon Belt’s RBI single in the third inning of…

Klay Thompson, Mike Conley

Thompson’s Huge Night Carries Warriors Over Grizzlies

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Warriors needed Klay Thompson to be on his “A” game for the quickly approaching playoffs. He did that and then some for the Warriors (66-15) on Monday, scoring 37 points in the first half in a 111-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (54-27). He had already scored 37 points in a quarter earlier this season, so why not make it in a half, too?…

Joe Panik

Bumgarner’s Horse Can’t Carry Giants to Victory

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard It was Opening Day for the Giants (3-5), so logically, Madison Bumgarner rode a horse. His horse might have symbolized how Bumgarner carried the Giants to their third title in five years, but it didn’t help the Giants hit with runners in scoring position. The Giants stranded ten runners in the first five innings and were shutout by the Colorado Rockies, 2-0. Hall of Fame…

Gregor Blanco

Giants Lose Third Straight, Series to Padres

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard They say baseball is a game of inches. Just a few lower on Jake Peavy’s fastball to Wil Nieves and the Giants might have walked out of PetCo Park with a series split. Instead, the high fastball with two outs carried just over the 357 foot sign in left, giving Nieves his first career grand slam and the Padres a 4-2 lead in the fourth….


2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

By: Joe Lami For the first time in 10 seasons (12 years due to lockouts), the San Jose Sharks are not in the playoffs. However, the Stanley Cup playoffs will go on, which means the best time of the year is on the brink of starting.  Our Sharks writer here at BASTA, Joe Lami, dishes out his predictions for the next two months, when the Stanley Cup will be raised by a…