San Francisco Giants' Andres Torres is forced out at home plate by Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in San Francisco. Scutaro was save at first base. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Bay Area Buzz 7/28: Giants Continue Slide, Norris Saves the Day, Kings Mural Vandalized


Giants Stumble to Another Galling Defeat

In their continuing search for rock bottom, the Giants landed with another thud Saturday night. Nate Schierholtz homered against his old team with one out in the ninth inning, propelling the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 victory at AT&T Park.

The Giants’ heartbreak was complete only after they squandered bases-loaded chances in the eighth and ninth innings. Tony Abreu grounded into a double play to finish it, a fittingly frustrating ending for a team that fell a season-worst nine games out of first place.

- Daniel Brown, San Jose Mercury News

Norris Saves the Day

While much of the rest of the A’s offense is on hiatus, it’s less prominent hitters like Derek Norris who are keeping the show on track.

Norris hit his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot off Scott Downs to give the A’s their first runs of the game in the seventh inning, and Oakland, wearing vivid yellow and green, went on to beat the Angels 3-1 on Turn Back the Clock Day at the Coliseum.

- Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle

Popular Kings Mural Vandalized Again

The battle to keep the Kings in Sacramento is over. But the battle over how much the new arena should cost and who should pay those costs?

Well, that’s still very much ongoing.

In an unlikely way, this midtown mural has become a field of that battle. When things looked dire for the Kings in Sacramento, “Baby please don’t go” dominated the scene. Now, someone has taken it upon themselves to write “Schools not stadiums” across the street art.

- Ben Deci, Fox40

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