7:55 AM EDT, Wed August 24, 2016

A DL trip of convenience for Giants’ Cain

A DL trip of convenience for Giants’ Cain The Giants needed to clear a spot for reliever Cory Gearrin, and no team wants to cut a player this close to roster expansion. Odds were the Giants would place another pitcher on the disabled list instead, and on Thursday they did. Matt Cain went on the 15-day DL with what manager Bruce Bochy called a lower-back strain. The Giants will use Monday’s off day to skip Cain’s spot in the rotation and do not need a fifth starter until Aug. 27. Cain retired 12 of his first 13 hitters, then gave up six runs in a fifth inning that included three...
San Jose Mercury News Aug 18, 2016

Giants place Cain on disabled list

Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain Thursday, a day after giving up six runs in 42/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cain to disabled list with lower back strain, Gearrin activated

Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain Thursday, a day after giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin was activated from… Continue Reading → The post Cain to disabled list with lower back strain, Gearrin activated appeared first on Giants Extra.

Bumgarner vs. deGrom, and Jay Bruce comes back for more

Put all your troubles woe aside and revel in tonight's pitching matchup, Madison Bumgarner vs. Jacob deGrom. The ghost of Cy Young will be watching. Here's the Giants' lineup, and this should be familiar by now: CF Span, LF Pagan,… Continue Reading → The post Bumgarner vs. deGrom, and Jay Bruce comes back for more appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Aug 18, 2016

Ranking the possible Matt Cain replacements

We're not there yet, but it's time to at least think about it. Unless we've been there for years, I can't even tell anymore ... EDIT: GOOD THING I WROTE ALL THIS FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THIS: #SFGiants have activated RHP Cory Gearrin from the DL and placed RHP Matt Cain on the DL with a low back strain.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 18, 2016 Consider this a postscript to yesterday’s game recap. Because you aren’t done with that game, and that game isn’t done with you. Matt Cain was outstanding for four innings, and then furrrrrrrrrffffpfhffff. It was quite memorable, really. If...
McCovey Chronicles Aug 18, 2016

Let’s say nice things about the Giants

C’mon. It won’t kill you. It will just make you a deceptive and dishonest person. There’s a rule of thumb in managing people that goes like this: For every piece of criticism you give an employee, you should provide two compliments. I must say, I have been IMPRESSED with your commitment to getting regular haircuts, and you certainly have MASTERED holding a telephone right-side up. HOWEVER, you are stealing money from the register, which actively HURTS my ability to make money. Like that. And while the Giants aren’t necessarily our employees, we can pretend they are in a...
McCovey Chronicles Aug 18, 2016

SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/17

Quick quiz: The home team in an extra-innings game wins by four runs. What happened? Are you ready for Minor Lines, where everybody is learning about playing the game better? You should shift Mac 10 feet toward center. This guy loves to pull to that gap. #ManagerInTraining pic.twitter.com/lUkTIGfAbU — River Cats (@RiverCats) August 18, 2016 Sacramento lost to Iowa (Cubs), 8-7 Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG Kelby Tomlinson 3B 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .286 Mac...
San Jose Mercury News Aug 17, 2016

Giants lose 6-5, swept at home by Pirates

Matt Cain gives back four-run lead and team falls to 9-21 since All Star break

UPDATED: Matt Cain implodes, reeling Giants blow another lead as Pirates complete sweep

Updated from version posted at the final out. -AB SAN FRANCISCO – Bruce Bochy owns a vast library of books on leadership and motivation. At times over his managerial career, he has recited Bible stories to his team and screened… Continue Reading → The post UPDATED: Matt Cain implodes, reeling Giants blow another lead as Pirates complete sweep appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants notes: Bruce Bochy meets with players, club discusses skipping Matt Cain's next turn, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO – For the first time since May 11, the Giants awoke Wednesday morning as a second place team.   And that might be just the jarring bit of news they need to break them out of their doldrums.… Continue Reading → The post Giants notes: Bruce Bochy meets with players, club discusses skipping Matt Cain's next turn, etc. appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants hope to dull the pain on Nova-Cain day, plus lineups

Giants hope to dull the pain on Nova-Cain day, plus lineups If you’ve thought of a Giants game as a trip to the dentist the past month, Wednesday is your day because it’s Nova-Cain Day. Wish it was. Ivan Nova, who shut the Giants down for seven innings when he was a Yankee last month, faces Matt Cain, coming off a loss to the Orioles in which he allowed a career-high-tying 10 hits. If the Giants win, Cain will started four of the Giants’ 10 victories since the break. Buster Posey is catching the day game after a night game despite his back issue. Madison Bumgarner is...
McCutchen's 17th home run caps six-run fifth as Pirates complete sweep of Giants

McCutchen's 17th home run caps six-run fifth as Pirates complete sweep of Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew McCutchen’s two-run blast off San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain capped a six-run fifth inning Wednesday at AT&T Park. The Pirates rumbled to a 6-5 comeback win and a series sweep, closing their West Coast road swing with five wins to one loss.

What has seemed inevitable is reality: Giants a second-place team and even Derek Law is now part of the nosedive

The Giants, frontrunners in the National League West since May 10, suddenly find themselves looking up at the Los Angeles Dodgers from second place. Jung Ho Kang’s eighth inning, two-out solo homer off Bruce Bochy’s most reliable reliever, rookie Derek… Continue Reading → The post What has seemed inevitable is reality: Giants a second-place team and even Derek Law is now part of the nosedive appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Aug 13, 2016

Giants lose to Orioles, 5-2

Tonight's game featured a mismatch of oranges as the Orioles showed off their talented roster against the lifeless Giants'. Matt Cain and several other familiar Giants played as well, but none of them looked quite like themselves. If you're a regular visitor to this site, then you know there's usually a gamethread on the front page for every contest. That didn't happen tonight, but there *was* a gamethread in the system, it was just never edited and then posted. See? But intention and execution are separate things and this is where I tie the gamethread bit into this...
San Jose Mercury News Aug 13, 2016

Giants starter Matt Cain gets pounded as Orioles come out slugging

Pitcher's three-game win streak ends with a boom as he lasts just four innings

Matt Cain Photos