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Giants beat Padres to clinch NL West title

Sep 23, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

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In defeating the Padres 8-4, the Giants won their sixth straight game Saturday to clinch the NL West title with 10 games to play.

“I’ll take this one,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I like a margin of error.”

It’s the second time in three years the Giants have won the NL West. Of course, they won the World Series after taking their division in 2010. However, this will be just the team’s second trip to the postseason in nine years.

“It’s the first step,” Pablo Sandoval said. “We’re excited to get it done early.”

Surprisingly, the Giants have done it with offense of late. They’re on pace to finish with their most runs scored since 2006, Barry Bonds’ next-to-last year in the bigs. However, they’re also going to finish with their most runs allowed since 2008.

As for tonight’s game, it was Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt carrying the load. Scutaro went 3-for-5 and knocked in three runs. He’s working on a 12-game hitting streak that has raised his season average to .304. He’s reached base at least twice in all but one of the games during the streak.

Belt homered, doubled, walked and scored three times.

Madison Bumgarner got the win after allowing three runs — two earned — in 5 2/3 innings. He’s 16-10 with a 3.26 ERA.

  1. sometimesimisscandlestick - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Yay!!! I’m glad the Giants don’t have to be in the wild card derby. Now I’ll be curious to see who Bochy starts to rest.

  2. riverace19 - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    There was something about this team all the way back to Scottsdale… Bochy is clearly manager of the year in my mind. When you are losing 2/3 of the games your #1 pitcher starts, and your NL batting leader gets shut down, you are looking at big challenges. Bochy has always had these guys playing together and believing since day one.

  3. sisqsage - Sep 23, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Scutaro for President.

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