Friday afternoon, dark clouds converged on the Giants Spring Training camp in Scottsdale.
The San Francisco Giants have long since been characterized as a team built on pitching and defense.
Thousands of fans packed the field -- yes, the field -- of San Francisco's AT&T Park Saturday.
The takeaway from Friday's press conference: Everything is going according to plan for the Giants, and they're not done.
San Francisco's road to recovery from 98 losses back into postseason contention is a hazardous one.
The Giants lost their 93rd game Saturday, a two-and-a-half hour dose of Ambien disguised as a 2-0 defeat.
The Giants were asleep at the wheel again, uninspired by another stellar performance by their starter.
Since these last few weeks will play out as teasers to the Giants' prep for 2018, it's time to decide what gaps can be filled.
Posey: "I'm pretty sure they hit me on purpose. ... I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."
The Cubs came to San Francisco feeling good about the slate of Giants starters they'd face.
The worst fear of any baseball player became Brandon Belt's reality on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nunez slapped a two-run double in the fourth amid a three-inning, 10-run flurry. He laughed as Span flipped on his back sliding home.
The Giants were 0-5 in Madison Bumgarner's starts, in which his offense had given him eight total runs.
The first half San Francisco didn't want to see any more kept going for two extra innings.
Bruce Bochy and his crew have already started discussions on how they plan on adjusting the rotation with Madison Bumgarner's impending return.
Madison Bumgarner taking swings at AT&T Park was a welcome sight for a team fresh off a disappointing sweep.
The Giants are 28-48, 21.5 games back of the first-place Rockies in the NL West and on track to record an historically awful season.
Last season, Johnny Cueto allowed just one home run in all of June -- 15 all season. A trio of home runs surrendered to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon helped him eclipse that season mark just 14 days into June.
It's not been for a lack of hustle, but the out-of-sync Giants (22-33) were swept by the Nationals 33-19) after falling 3-1 Wednesday night.
Despite unrelenting boos from fans when Bryce Harper took the batter's box, the dust seemed to have settled in the wake of Monday's madness.
Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper learned their fate following Monday afternoon's brawl. Strickland was issued a six-game suspension with an undisclosed fine, Harper will get four with his own undisclosed fine.
It was tale of two games. The San Francisco Giants had a 2-0 lead, cruising into the ninth.
Michael Morse took the batter's box at AT&T Park, down one run in the eighth -- it felt all too familiar.
The Dodgers gave Kershaw a mighty one-run lead he'd keep through his 7-inning, seven-strikeout outing.
Left arm up in a sling, Madison Bumgarner took some time before Friday's game to tell a sea of cameras and reporters, in very vague terms, what happened that fateful off-day he sprained his throwing shoulder.
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career Friday.
Madison Bumgarner will eventually get his first win of the year. But it won't happen during this home stand.
Matt Cain hadn't won a game in April since his complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 -- a simpler time for the staff ace of yesteryear.
Though it did not deter them from winning the World Series in 2014, the San Francisco Giants have not claimed the National League West division title since 2012. That streak is primed to end.
AT&T Park opened its gates to waves of Black and Orange fanatics hungry for another season of baseball.
Despite the Cubs' 2-0 NLDS series lead, the mythical patterns through which we predict the fate of an otherwise sputtering team lean heavy in the Giants' favor.
As impressive as it was, the Chicago Cubs did nothing more than what was expected -- hold serve at home.
Though San Francisco got some runs in, their lack of productivity at the plate has put them into elimination mode.
The Giants did all the little things necessary to become the first team to win multiple winner-take-all wild card games.
Conor Gillaspie's ninth-inning bomb off one of the best closers in baseball forced a collective exhale across the Bay Area.
Conor Gillaspie is just one of several players the Giants have brought in as waiver pickups, who help out in a big way during the postseason.