12:35 PM EDT, Thu August 25, 2016

Preview: Marlins at Pirates, Sunday, 1:35 p.m.

Marlins vs. PiratesWhen/where: 7:05 p.m., PNC Park, PittsburghOn the air TV: FSF; Radio: 940-AM, 710-AM (Spanish)On the mound RHP Jose Urena (1-4, 6.80) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (2-2, 3.20): Urena is getting another shot in the rotation because Adam Conley is on the disabled list, but he hasn't found...
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.
Beaver County Times Aug 16, 2016
Pirates' Ryan Vogelsong gets win in 'amazing' return vs Giants

Pirates' Ryan Vogelsong gets win in 'amazing' return vs Giants

Gregory Polanco had a homer and four RBIs, and Ryan Vogelsong and the Pirates beat the Giants 8-5 on Monday night.

The tailspin continues, but Vogelsong's emotional return made it a night removed from the angst

Ryan Vogelsong came home Monday night and was showered with love from the AT&T Park crowd. The locals weren’t loving the hometown Giants nearly as much, however. Following up Sunday’s gut-punch loss in which they blew a 7-1 lead to… Continue Reading → The post The tailspin continues, but Vogelsong's emotional return made it a night removed from the angst appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Aug 16, 2016

Giants lose to Pirates, Ryan Vogelsong

The Giants wasted 12 hits, five walks, two homers, and an amazing catch from Hunter Pence. Keep doing your thing, second half. The Giants lost to the Pirates on Monday night, 8-5, and the game was more meaningful than you think. The nine innings of dull pain contained several moments or stretches that could serve as a microcosm of the second half, if not the season. It was a metaphor game, a mess that served to explain everything wrong with the Giant right now. Here, let me show you what I mean: The bottom of the 8th inning as a microcosm of the second halfTrevor Brown checked his swing on...

Giants lose 8-5 to Pirates and old friend Ryan Vogelsong

Vogelsong was lifted two outs into the sixth inning, and before reaching the visitors’ dugout, he stopped to wave his cap to the cheering crowd, an acknowledgment that they shared two World Series championships together. Fans knew about his inspirational journey that brought him back to the Giants, his original team, and all his October success stories -- the Giants won all seven of his postseason starts. Vogelsong exited with a 5-4 lead, and the Pirates scored twice in the seventh when Josh Harrisson and Jordy Mercer singled off George Kontos and scored when Sergio Romo gave up hits to...
McCovey Chronicles Aug 15, 2016

Hunter Pence just made the most ridiculous catch of 2016

Hunter Pence fought gravity, and gravity should have won. On previous episodes of Hunter Pence, Unorthodox Baseball Player, our hero ran into a fence, hit a ball off his face, and made contact with a ball three times on an RBI single. This week's episode features perhaps his most amazing play yet. Your browser does not support iframes. It's funny because he fell down and went boom, but don't underestimate just how much concentration that took. The legend of Hunter Pence continues to grow and grow and fall and grow and injure itself and grow ...

Giants update: facing Vogelsong, handling Casilla, missing Posey, lineups

Giants update: facing Vogelsong, handling Casilla, missing Posey, lineups Ryan Vogelsong is back in in town and starting Monday night’s series opener for the Pirates, and he’s expected to get a nice reception from Giants fans who recall his inspirational story and postseason success. Vogelsong has had two quality starts since coming off the disabled list (one earned run in 12 innings) after recovering from facial fractures sustained from getting hit by a pitch May 23. Vogey was really popular in this clubhouse, very well respected. Buster Posey is out of the lineup a second straight...
McCovey Chronicles Aug 15, 2016

Cory Gearrin is coming back soon, which means there’s going to be an unexpected roster move

How are the Giants going to make room for Cory Gearrin, who is likely to return before the end of the week? There isn't an easy answer. Cory Gearrin, he of the snarling grimace and heavy sinker, is coming back soon. Gearrin will pitch one more for Sacramento, likely tomorrow. Said he feels great physically. — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 15, 2016 The Giants aren’t going to pull a dominant bullpen out of their top hat, but they can supplement what they have with depth. Gearrin was having a solid season before a meltdown outing against the Rockies that was followed by a trip...

Posey out for opener against Pirates, Vogelsong

Buster Posey's back is still cranky. He did some pre-game on-field work, but apparently it's still not feeling right. Here's tonight's lineup in the compelling match against Ryan Vogelsong. Span CF, Pagan LF, Belt 1B Crawford SS, Pence RF, Panik… Continue Reading → The post Posey out for opener against Pirates, Vogelsong appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Aug 15, 2016

When has Bruce Bochy demoted his closer in the past?

Thanks to Trevor Hoffman, Bruce Bochy hasn't needed to demote his closer often, but there are still some case studies to inspect. Bruce Bochy managed Trevor Hoffman for 12 seasons, and that was a pretty easy gig. Even when Hoffman blew a save, it’s not like the manager’s decision was going to be scrutinized. There was no guess work. If he just called on Hoffman for every single save situation, Bochy knew everything would probably work out just fine. That’s, uh, not the case this season. Santiago Casilla had perhaps his second-worst blown save of his Giants career on Sunday, turning a...
McCovey Chronicles Aug 15, 2016

SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/14

The Greenjackets are unbeatable! And Chris Stratton and Cory Taylor come up with terrific outings. Deviating from the Giants' system for a moment, the big story in minor league baseball for the last several weeks come from the Indians' Francisco Mejia, who put together the longest hitting streak in professional baseball in the last half century. Mejia's streak somewhat controversially reached 50 games Saturday night, when the official scorer made a somewhat dubious reversal to his scoring decision after the game was completed. But that was as far as he got, and yesterday the historic run...

Extra Baggs: One more inspirational comeback as Ryan Vogelsong faces Giants on Monday

SAN FRANCISCO – Left-hander Matt Moore will make his first home start as a Giant on Monday, and he faces a rather odd proposition.   The opposing pitcher might get a louder ovation.   It won’t be any well-traveled right-hander… Continue Reading → The post Extra Baggs: One more inspirational comeback as Ryan Vogelsong faces Giants on Monday appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants to face Vogelsong: ‘He’s never a foe’

Giants to face Vogelsong: ‘He’s never a foe’ All teams face their former mates in this itinerant era.
Return to San Francisco emotional for Pirates' Vogelsong

Return to San Francisco emotional for Pirates' Vogelsong

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Vogelsong circled this day on his calendar when he signed with the Pirates in December. Vogelsong expected his return to AT&T Park today would be his emotional high this season, penning another page in the love story of San Francisco and an underdog pitcher.

Ryan Vogelsong Photos