Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.

PITTSBURGH - Vin Scully's voice jumped and he let out a short gasp as Madison Bumgarner viciously swung through a 92 mph fastball at the letters.

When the Pirates faced San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner on July 28, they had a 4-0 lead before the Giants came to bat.

Buster Posey hit a two-run homer, and the playoff-bound San Francisco Giants finished the regular season with a 9-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

A look at the National League wild-card playoff between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates:

Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco Giants as expected, the Pirates announced Monday morning.

It should be a wild atmosphere in Pittsburgh on Wednesday when the Pirates host the San Francisco Giants in the National League wild card game at PNC Park.

SAN FRANCISCO - In order to play another game in their waterfront park, the Giants will have to win along the banks of the Allegheny River.

The final game of the season for the San Diego Padres pretty much went like most of the year: It started out with promise, collapsed in the middle and ended quietly.

Buster Posey hit a two-run homer, and the playoff-bound San Francisco Giants finished the regular season with a 9-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

At the end of a long and sporadic regular season for the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Pence held the microphone to his mouth and gave fans at AT&T Park a pep talk.



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