4:17 PM EDT, Mon June 27, 2016

Giant reserves, Panik star in win that ends 6-1 trip

Thursday’s 5-3 win against the Pirates completed a 6-1 trip that gained the Giants no ground on Los Angeles. The Giants took three of four from the Pirates, who also are depleted by injuries, and improved to 25-14 on the road. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford both sat as a lineup featuring five Sacramento RiverCats - at least they were when the season began - got it done against left-hander Jonathan Niese. Getting through the fourth and fifth inning when an early exit seemed possible was huge for manager Bruce Bochy a day after the bullpen worked six innings. Suarez handed the Pirates...

Angel Pagan hits grand slam, Giants collect 22 hits in romp over Pirates

PITTSBURGH – Brandon Crawford sprayed a foul ball over the Pirates dugout. He dribbled another off the end of his bat. He hugged the wrong side of the first base line. He got a piece of something down and in.… Continue Reading → The post Angel Pagan hits grand slam, Giants collect 22 hits in romp over Pirates appeared first on Giants Extra.
San Jose Mercury News Jun 14, 2016

Giants power past Brewers

Crawford gives San Francisco a boost with his bat and his glove

Brandon Crawford preserves and provides as Giants beat Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO – There are days when Brandon Crawford creates a lead with his bat. There are days when he preserves a tie with his glove.   Crawford did both against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Giants’ 11-5 victory on… Continue Reading → The post Brandon Crawford preserves and provides as Giants beat Brewers appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Jun 3, 2016

Brandon Crawford is having an amazing defensive season

You knew that. But here are the stats. The Giants are in the top-half of defensive teams in the National League this season. The metrics play out about how we expected -- stellar infield work, kinda okay outfield work, and a catcher to rule them all. When it comes to individual players, though, Brandon Crawford stands alone. Dives alone. Turns the pivot alone. Or, by definition, with the help of someone else. Regardless, he's been the very best shortstop in baseball this year, and the very best defensive player in the National League according to several metrics. Mark Simon of ESPN did a...
McCovey Chronicles Jun 3, 2016

Please buy these very important Giants shirts

You, there. You, with the disposable income. You probably need these shirts. Hello, and welcome to another edition of Please Buy These Very Important Giants Shirts. Father's Day is coming up, you know. And we turn to our good friends at Breaking T, who have come up with two new shirts for us. The first one celebrates Madison Bumgarner, who hits baseballs with great gusto and aplomb. You might say he rakes, so now wear him raking. Or something. You can buy it here. You should probably buy it there. The second shirt is probably the most important...
McCovey Chronicles Jun 3, 2016

SF Giants Minor Lines, 6/2

Tyler Beede was just this side of perfect. Tyler Beede had the Bowie Bay Sox swinging early and often yesterday, piling up quick outs. One pitch outs. Two pitch outs. It seemed like three pitch At Bats were epic. He went 5.2 IP before he gave up his first hit. And when it was all over, he left after 8 having allowed just a hit and a walk, and still hadn't hit 80 pitches yet. Had they not wanted to get some work in for Ray Black he easily could have gone back and tried for the CG shutout. A truly masterful performance. Seriously, it took longer for some of these guys to get in the batter's...
McCovey Chronicles Jun 3, 2016

Welcome to a kinder, gentler Barry Bonds

Bonds opened up to Terence Moore for a fascinating interview. Barry Bonds, the most famous hitting coach in Marlins history, has a public relations problem. Specifically, he was disrespectful, rude, and abrasive for decades, and people started to take offense for some reason. It just doesn't add up, but that's people for you. If you read my overwrought hagiography of Bonds, you'll know that one of the conclusions was that he sure seems happy now. That's Bonds taking a selfie at an Earth, Wind & Fire concert. So happy. And now he has regrets. He talked to Terence Moore about...

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