The Giants split their day-night doubleheader with the Dodgers on Saturday, losing the first game 5-0 but rebounding to take the second 6-3.
The split put San Francisco a half-game behind Atlanta for the best record in the National League. The Braves lost 7-6 to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Giants have played one less game than the Braves this season—their Aug. 14 game with the New York Mets was postponed due to a blackout. The game was scheduled to be made up on Monday in New York, but the Giants voted unanimously not to play it—even if that means conceding home-field advantage.
If the Giants win and the Braves loses, San Francisco would earn home-field because if it lost the makeup game and finished tied it won the season series with Atlanta.
“Imagine the visual image if the Giants fly out late Sunday afternoon as the Marlins are flying in,” Giants owner Peter Magowan said. “The Giants are supposed to have home-field advantage (in the first-round series), and we’re flying out of town. For an older team like us, we probably wouldn’t recover as well as a younger team.”
J.T. Snow said that home-field advantage isn’t the team’s biggest concern.
“We’ve got to win the first round first,” said J.T. Snow. “Right now, the first round of the playoffs and the Marlins are the most important thing. And who’s to say the Braves would advance anyway? Guys aren’t looking ahead that far—we need to take care of what’s best for us as a team.”
The home-field issue would only come up if the Giants and Braves meet in the NL championship series.
San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk. He remains two home runs behind his godfather, Willie Mays, who ranks third on the all-time list with 660. Bonds did not play in the second game, but manager Felipe Alou said he would be in the lineup in the finale.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 14 1/2 GB, NL West. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wilson Alvarez (6-1, 1.94 ERA). Alvarez gave up one earned run and five hits in seven innings of the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres, but he did not receive the decision. The veteran left-hander made his only career appearance against the Giants on June 25, when he gave up one hit in two innings of relief in San Francisco’s 6-0 win, but he did not receive a decision.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Correia (2-1, 3.48 ERA). Correia gave up five earned runs and six hits in four innings of the Giants’ 7-5 loss to the Dodgers last Sunday, but he did not receive a decision. It was the rookie right-hander’s only career appearance against Los Angeles.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 12-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - OF Green hit his 48th double Saturday, establishing a team single-season record. … OF Rickey Henderson will have arthroscopic surgery on his right biceps muscle Oct. 16. Giants - 1B Andres Galarraga stole his 128th career base Saturday. … The Giants’ two hits in the first game matched their second-lowest total of the season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 39-41 on the road; Giants - 56-24 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Rickey Henderson (shoulder), day-to-day. Giants - RHP Jesse Foppert (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 60-day DL.