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McCovey Chronicles Jul 22, 2016

Giants drop sixth straight in most frustrating game of second half

If you've watched every game of the second half, which has included a walk-off balk, you'll know that's saying a lot. The Giants lost their sixth straight game on Friday night, losing a one-run game, while going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Crawford made three errors for the first time in his career, and the bullpen faltered late. The only reason I’m not printing that paragraph out and eating it is because it could have been worse. If Brandon Belt had reached base, Trevor Brown would have been the last chance for the Giants because he was an injury replacement for...
Full Count | WEEI Jul 22, 2016

Mookie Betts (knee soreness) removed from game as precaution, day-to-day

It doesn’t appear Mookie Betts’ knee injury is too serious. The right fielder was removed from Friday’s 2-1 loss against the Twins with right knee soreness. Manager John Farrell said it was as a precaution and he’s day-to-day. There’s even the possibility he is back in the lineup as early as Saturday. “He got a […]

Giants being cautious with injured players

Giants being cautious with injured players NEW YORK — Giants manager Bruce Bochy understands the fans’ frustration with the stops and starts of the injury rehabs, because he feels it, too. What’s hard is when they start their rehab, you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The subject arose as Joe Panik (concussion) and Hunter Pence (hamstring) continued their rehab assignments in Sacramento but did not play Friday night. Pence’s rest was planned a night after he homered and doubled in New Orleans, Panik’s because he “just wasn’t feeling great” Thursday, Bochy...
Orange County Register Jul 22, 2016
Final: Angels can't support Matt Shoemaker as winning streak ends with loss to Astros

Final: Angels can't support Matt Shoemaker as winning streak ends with loss to Astros

HOUSTON – Matt Shoemaker needed to be even better than he was last time. And that would have been tough, since he pitched a shutout last time. The Angels didn’t score any runs while Shoemaker was pitching on Friday night, resulting in a 2-1 loss...
Arizona Republic Jul 22, 2016
Shipley could get start with Greinke out

Shipley could get start with Greinke out

The Diamondbacks could turn to prospect Braden Shipley to fill in for Zack Greinke on Monday.         

Giants fight back against Yankees bullpen but lose sixth straight on Crawford’s third error

Giants fight back against Yankees bullpen but lose sixth straight on Crawford’s third error NEW YORK - The Giants' second half is turning into a carnival of horror, and if you want to deny that, consider that they lost their sixth in a row Friday night in part because of Brandon Crawford's defense, while Buster Posey had to visit the X-ray room. The Yankees scored the winning run on Crawford's career-high third error. The Giants, held scoreless through six, tied the game with two runs against the back end the bullpen they might be trying to raid, ending a 31-inning scoreless streak by...

Why Giants’ Brandon Crawford isn’t an All-Star; Terry Collins explains

SAN DIEGO - I caught up with Terry Collins to ask about Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford’s omission from the All-Star Game. “One of the many who should be here and is not here,” said Collins, the National League manager. Collins revealed something that helped explain why he chose the players he did. To review, fans voted Cubs shortstop Addison Russell to start the game, and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was added to the team by virtue of the players’ vote. Collins said the second-place finisher in the player vote was Colorado’s Trevor Story, not Crawford. When Matt Carpenter,...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 11, 2016

McCovey Chronicles #32 - Simply the Best

After a 5-1 week, the Giants have the best record in baseball at the All-Star Break at 57-33. Brandon Belt is finally an All-Star. Is there room to improve? And what else can be said about Brandon Crawford *not* making the All-Star Game? We'll try to find the words. The Giants have the best record in baseball at the All-Star break and we're all very happy about that. Brandon Belt won vote for the final spot on the National League All-Star roster and we're all even happier about that. RIGHT? You had better be, because why not? Brandon Belt has come a long way. So, that just leaves the only...

All-Star Cueto ends his first half with 13th victory

Brandon Belt stumped for All-Star final-five votes with a first-inning triple that keyed a two-run rally against Jorge De La Rosa and an eighth inning double against Gonzalez German, part of a two-run inning that made a tight game more comfy. Brandon Crawford, left off the All-Star team, had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly. The Giants took the series and won for the fifth time in seven games since a three-game losing streak and moved six games ahead of the Dodgers, who lost a 14-inning afternoon game to the Orioles. The first game was at home against the Phillies, when he was warned for...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 6, 2016

Brandon Belt is a finalist for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

If you want a Brandon in the All-Star Game, here's your best chance. Brandon Belt isn't an All-Star. Brandon Crawford isn't an All-Star. Maybe the worst part about this whole mess is that Brandon Moss is also deserving of an All-Star selection, and we’re being confronted by an anti-Brandon faction that’s more powerful than we can possibly realize. No, sorry. The worst part about the 2016 All-Star rosters is that there aren’t enough of my favorite players, and everything is about me in this world. I wake up, and there’s me. When I go to sleep, there I am. When I take a moment to...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 6, 2016

McCovey Chroncast #31 - For Whom the Belt Tolls

The All-Star Game rosters have been announced, and right away there are a couple of notable snubs. Unfortunately, they're both Giants. But is the omission of The Brandons the biggest news of the week or does that distinction go to the smoking crater that was once the Giants' bullpen? It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to complain about the All-Star Game selections, but after three world championships and an All-Giants 2012 All-Star Game, we could be forgiven for scrutinizing the glaring omissions of Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt from the festivities in San Diego. What gives with...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 5, 2016

Brandon Crawford is seriously a wizard

The Giants shortstop has been spectacular over the last few days After a lousy series against the A’s, the Giants rebounded by taking 2 out of 3 in Arizona and then winning the first game against the Rockies. In that time, Brandon Crawford’s been fantastic at the plate, but where he’s really been mouth-agape-in-disbelief looking-up-at-the-heavens-as-if-there-are-answers-there is on defense. Now, we’re all used to Brandon Crawford being sensational in the field – he did win a Gold Glove last year – but over the last few days he’s somehow taken that to another level. Keep in...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 5, 2016

SF Giants Minor Lines, 7/4

Chris Shaw is a Guy edition! The Sacramento Rivercats' mascot respects the troops pic.twitter.com/BL4NIGGKZe — patrick (@patrickredford) July 4, 2016 Hey, hope everybody had a great 4th of July, one of the signature days on the baseball calendar. And there was some great ball being played yesterday. The Reading Fightin' Phils didn't appear to have much fight in them on the 4th, as the Flying Squirrels put it to them in a game that featured both a position player pitching AND a pitcher HR (BINGO!) Ahem, Pitcher Home Run?! We have a rule about that around here! Your browser does not...

Giants bullpen melts down twice, Brandon Crawford can't do it all as Giants lose 13-11 to A's

SAN FRANCISCO – As a young Giants fan, Brandon Crawford’s favorite player was shortstop Royce Clayton. When Crawford finally got the chance to ask his idol for advice, Clayton repeated the words that Robby Thompson spoke to him as a… Continue Reading → The post Giants bullpen melts down twice, Brandon Crawford can't do it all as Giants lose 13-11 to A's appeared first on Giants Extra.

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