SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/25

Austin Slater bashes his way into some heavy company. In the annals of unexpected multi-HR games, Austin Slater's might well be near the top, seeing as how he just spent 250 PA in the Cal League posting a .100 Iso and hitting just 3 HRs. Apparently it was just taking him a year or so to shake the Stanford out of his swing. Now I certainly bow to no one in  my early and full-throated...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 hour ago

Justice: Magic? Giants making wins appear

If this kind of thing was happening to a team other than the San Francisco Giants, we'd say it was magical. Actually, we'd say this is what a team does in a championship year. Things just fall a certain way.
12 hours ago

Postgame: Giants beat Padres in 10 innings; Jake Peavy pitches into seventh

Brandon Crawford, right, is greeted by teammates after hitting the game-winning single off San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand on Wednesday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had a lot to feel good about before they boarded their plane for Colorado. The hottest team in the major leagues completed its third three-game sweep of the San Diego...
Via Giants Extra
12 hours ago

San Francisco Giants get the Sweep Behind Second Walk-Off in two Days

The allure of the walk off is vibrantly pure, full of a euphoric flush through bodies mobbing to greet the triumphant victor. To do it in front of your home crowd only further illuminates the treasured tale. To do it twice in two days, well, that’s a whole new degree of special. Punch the teams ticket to a divisional matchup sweep with the walk-off? Sure, add it aboard. Tight ball...
Via The Sports Journal
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red-hot Giants call on Cain against Rockies

The surging Giants, winners of 13 of their last 14 games, will kick off a 10-day road trip on Friday with the first of a three-game series against the Rockies, who wrap up a three-game series against Boston on Thursday.
13 hours ago

Belt exits after awkward slide into second

Brandon Belt exited the Giants' game against the Padres on Wednesday after appearing to injure his left ankle while sliding into second base with the game tied at 3 in the eighth inning.
16 hours ago

Let’s Watch Jeff Samardzija Tip Some Pitches

An interesting nugget from a recent edition of the always-excellent Ken Rosenthal notebook: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper accepted responsibility for Jeff Samardzija‘s struggles last season, telling reporters, “Man, I failed.” Samardzija, with the benefit of hindsight, takes a more magnanimous view, saying that Cooper only was trying to help him. As it turns out, the...
Via Fangraphs
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants pregame notes: Hunter Pence still not in lineup; Denard Span gets a day off

Denard Span, who has three hits in 24 at-bats on the homestand, is getting a day off Wednesday. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO -- As expected, Hunter Pence is not in the lineup for the series finale Wednesday against the San Diego Padres as the right fielder continues to recover from a sore hamstring. “He’s real close,” manager Bruce Bochy said before the...
Via Giants Extra
19 hours ago

Johnny Cueto Starting Off Hot in San Francisco

After a highly successful 2014 season in which he posted a 20-9 record, 2.25 ERA, and 242 strikeouts en route to a second-place finish in the National League Cy Young Award voting, 2015 was forecasted to be a big year in Johnny Cueto‘s career. He was slated to become a free agent after the season and would likely be in for the first big payday of his career. However, with the Cincinnati...
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Crawford, Samardzija lead Giants past Padres again, 8-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Crawford drove in four runs and Jarrett Parker homered to lead Jeff Samardzija and the streaking San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Tuesday night. Buster Posey and Denard Span each knocked in a run for the Giants, who have won four straight and 12 of 13. John Jay homered for the Padres, who lost their third in a row and fell to 0-8...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Giants notes: Angel Pagan lands on DL, Hunter Pence still sidelined, club promotes PCL home run leader, etc.

The San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) celebrates homer in dugout against Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, April 10, 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO – With two of their starting outfielders getting MRIs on their hamstrings over the past 48 hours, the Giants had to address their lack of roster...
Via Giants Extra
1 day ago

Giants place OF Angel Pagan on 15-day disabled list

According to a statement released by the club on Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants have placed outfielder Angel Pagan on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  Often hindered by injuries throughout the course of his big league career, Pagan was limited to 71 games in 2013, 96 in 2014 and 133 in 2015 due to various setbacks. In a corresponding roster move, the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

San Francisco Giants Injury Report — Hunter Pence and Sergio Romo

The Giants head into a divisional series with fierce momentum, but will again do it without one of their biggest weapons, right-fielder Hunter Pence. The exuberant slugger who provides an uncanny spark has missed the past two games with tightness behind his right knee. “He had an MRI,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “He will take BP and can go into the line up today.” Pence,...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Who needs a bullpen?

If this past week has shown anything, it’s that the San Francisco Giants only need a closer in the bullpen. Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardjiza, and Matt Cain have all pitched at least 7 innings in their most recent starts and were dominant in those starts. It really shows that the Giants are in good hands for the rest of the year. Easing many anxieties about the exorbitant...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner does it all as the Giants take 2 of 3 from Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and doubled in a run in the fifth to lift the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Sunday night.The Giants won for the 11th time in 12 games and took two of three from a Cubs team with the best record in baseball.Bumgarner (6-2) struck out six and allowed three hits and two walks while winning his fifth...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cain, Posey lead Giants over Cubs 5-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt Cain pitched six strong innings and helped himself with his bat, Buster Posey added a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Saturday. Cain (1-5) got his first victory since July 22, 2015, against San Diego, snapping a streak of 15 consecutive winless starts. The Giants were 3-12 over that stretch. Cain also had a two-run...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Woes of Jake Peavy Snap San Francisco Giants Winning Streak

The San Francisco Giants have been on fire thanks to their bullpen. Starters Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija have all found reasonable strides since season opener, and it’s almost expected the Giants can scrape a win with one of these three on the mound. However, the Giants have been suffering at the back end of their pitching rotation, due to the painful mediocrity...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds upset over ‘racism’ at daughter’s school

Officials at a private school in California are investigating a video that students shared on social media that features offensive language, and the incident has hit close to home for former MLB slugger Barry Bonds. Bonds, whose daughter attends Brentwood School, sent a tweet on Tuesday condemning the racist language used by a group of students: I am sad that i had to see this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds: Bryce Harper needs to steal more bases

Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history (whether or not his performance was enhanced), and that hitting prowess led to him getting intentionally walked a fair bit. His 688 career intentional free passes are more than twice as many as the player in second place on the all-time list, Albert Pujols (who has *just* 297). Bryce Harper got the Bonds treatment in...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tim Lincecum, Angels close to deal

Tim Lincecum will likely not be out of baseball for much longer. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that the two-time Cy Young Award winner is close to signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Jeff Passan later added that the deal will be a Major League contract. It’s likely that the opportunity to start factored into his decision, as other interested teams were not...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Where’d the Giants bullpen go?

The National League West is the San Francisco Giants division to win or lose. They are the most talented team in the division and despite all their problems are tied for first in the West. The problems have been pitching, as expected. The question marks starting the season for the Giants were the back-end of the rotation. Jake Peavy and Matt Cain have had rough starts to the season...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla throws a fit

Right hand reliever for the San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla was not happy Thursday night after getting pulled in the ninth inning. Casilla came into the ninth inning to relieve Cory Gearrin and managed to almost bring the Arizona Diamondbacks back into the game. The Giants were leading 4-2 in the ninth inning when Casilla came in and gave up a single, a double and issued a...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla was furious Bruce Bochy pulled him in 9th

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla has blown three saves already this season, and manager Bruce Bochy was not about to give him a chance to blow a fourth on Thursday night. When Casilla got himself into another 9th-inning jam, Bochy pulled him. You can imagine how the right-hander felt about it. With the bases loaded and the Giants leading 4-2, Bochy turned to left-handed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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