5:11 PM EDT, Sat July 23, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle 4 hours ago

Giants flop starters for final two games at Yankee Stadium

Giants flop starters for final two games at Yankee Stadium NEW YORK — The Giants made a switcheroo without telling anybody, flopping Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija so that Cueto pitches Saturday and Samardijza on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The staff had decided on this for a while, restoring a rotation that puts the Giants’ two best pitchers back to back. The Giants staff, particularly manager Bruce Bochy, and the media-relations officials are usually very quick to provide such information. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Gaslamp Ball Jul 17, 2016

Padres 7, Giants 6: BALKOFF

The Giants lost in delightfully humiliating fashion. Well, that was a weird one. The Padres opened up an early lead against the Giants, then the bullpen blew it. A few wasted opportunities later the game went into extra innings, where the bullpen blew it again... only for Santiago Castilla to gift San Diego with a walkoff balk. The Friars started the game well, as Travis Jankowski and Wil Myers started the first by drawing back-to-back walks off Jeff Samardzija. Then they pulled off a double steal, and Buster Posey airmailed the throw to third, allowing Jankowski to make a run for home. A...

Giants’ rotation switch: Bumgarner, Samardzija, Cueto

Giants’ rotation switch: Manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday he’s altering his rotation in the wake of Cueto’s 32-pitch outing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Bumgarner will pitch Friday’s second-half opener against the Padres, followed by Jeff Samardzija. Rather than returning to the mound on three days’ rest, Cueto was pushed back a day and will start Sunday. Jake Peavy pitches Tuesday in Boston, and Matt Cain will go Wednesday if he comes out OK from his rehab start with Class A San Jose (at Lancaster) on Friday. “Once we saw Johnny would start the (All-Star) game, we knew...

Some perspective on Giants’ bullpen woes

Because perspective is more useful than hysteria, some facts: A blown save occurs when a reliever gives up a lead from the sixth inning on. The Giants have won seven of the 15 games that included at least one blown save. Javier Lopez got a blown save on a David Ortiz bouncer to Brandon Crawford, who missed tagging a runner going by and could not get an inning-ending double play. None of that obviates the need for the coaching staff to try to fix the existing bullpen and the front office to bolster it via trades. Last winter, after spending $326 million on Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija,...
San Jose Mercury News Jul 3, 2016

Giants bullpen blows game

Giants releiver Josh Osich walked the only batter he faced on four pitches, Hunter Strickland served up a three-run home run to Welington Castillo and the Giants bullpen was unable to protect a decision for Jeff Samardzija.

Giants blow four-run lead, waste tape-measure Williamson homer

Giants blow four-run lead, waste tape-measure Williamson homer PHOENIX — Every so often, a batter hits a ball so hard and far the observer reflexively shouts, “Holy ...” Trying to protect a two-run lead in the eighth, Josh Osich walked Jake Lamb and Welington Castillo hit a three-run homer off Hunter Strickland that gave the Diamondbacks a 6-5 victory in a game the Giants led 5-1. Williamson’s homer followed one by Brandon Crawford and gave Jeff Samardzija the four-run lead. Samardzija was on the verge of total collapse in the bottom of the inning and surrendered half the lead...
Athletics Nation Jun 28, 2016

Marcus Semien: Franchise Shortstop?

Improvements in Semien's Game Yesterday Oakland A's shortstop Marcus Semien tied his career-high (set in 2015) mark for home runs in a season with his 15th dinger. This particular home run was Semien's fourth-longest of the season and came off former-Athletic Jeff Samardzija. It also helped jump-start an 8-run showing in the Bay Bridge Series opener. I have not been shy about my excitement over Semien's potential. Call it a man crush. It's been an awesome surprise to see how quickly his defensive competency has caught up to his skills at the plate. It may be a little old now but the heart...
McCovey Chronicles Jun 28, 2016

Jeff Samardzija pummelled again, Giants lose

The A's had no troubles seeing the ball against Jeff Samardzija, who had his worst start since his last one. On December 9, 2015, the Giants signed the pitcher who lead the American League in earned runs and home runs allowed. On June 27, 2016, everyone following the Giants had some concerns about this deal. That’s not the whole story, of course. It omits the months of excellent pitching, the dominant starts where the big baseball man threw the baseball hard. Everything made sense when it was working. It’s not as if Jeff Samardzija was an 89-mph pie-tosser from the bowels of...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 28, 2016

Samardzija's struggles continue as A's pound Giants 8-3

There are days when he lights up the radar gun and is unhittable. Then there are days when he simply gets lit up. Jeff Samardzija threw hard Monday night but merely supplied the power in the Giants’ 8-3 loss to the A’s at AT&T Park.

Jeff Samardzija's slide continues as Giants lose to A's

SAN FRANCISCO – Jeff Samardzija spent half a season in an A’s uniform. He is almost halfway through the first season of his five-year contract with the Giants.   Both Bay Area teams can say they’ve gotten the full Samardzija… Continue Reading → The post Jeff Samardzija's slide continues as Giants lose to A's appeared first on Giants Extra.

A’s rock Giants and Samardzija behind Mengden, Semien

With his handlebar mustache and double-clutch windup, rookie Daniel Mengden introduced himself to the Giants-A's rivalry in a big way Monday night, easily outpitching a woebegone Jeff Samardzija as the renewal of the series began with an 8-3 Oakland victory. Semien hit a three-run homer and RBI double to account for four of the six runs Samardzija allowed in six innings. A's hitters arrived at AT&T Park in a "you hang 'em, we bang 'em" mood after pinning 25 runs on the Angels in a four-game series. The five-run second began with a Valencia single off the right-field wall and Khris Davis'...

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