Subscribe: SFGate: John Shea
http://www.sfgate.com/rss/feeds/jshea.xml
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
bochy  bruce bochy  concussion  games  giants  giants’  manager bruce  marlins  nationals  panik  sandoval  stanton   
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: SFGate: John Shea

John Shea RSS Feed





 



Wednesday’s finale: no homer for Stanton, no win for Giants

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:18:00 UT

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton did not hit a home run for the first time in seven games. That was the Giants’ consolation prize in Wednesday’s 8-1 loss to the Marlins. “I’d rather he hit a home run and we win the game,” manager Bruce Bochy said. No such luck. Matt Cain was charged with four first-inning runs, three of which were unearned because of Nick Hundley’s catcher’s interference and Brandon Crawford’s rare dropped liner. Cain, who lost his ninth straight, exited after four innings, and Crawford was removed with him in a double switch after batting in the top of the fifth.



What Giants see in Pablo Sandoval now and for the future

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:14:31 UT

MIAMI — These final weeks for the woeful Giants are about finishing strong, staying healthy and, most important, making roster analysis for next season and beyond. One assumption taken from the 2-4 trip that concluded with Wednesday’s 8-1 loss to the Marlins is this: Pablo Sandoval isn’t a stopgap. The third baseman isn’t around just to fill a vacancy. Picturing Sandoval as the Opening Day third baseman in 2018 is realistic, so long as he doesn’t trip over himself in the final month and a half. “There’s a reason we have a contract that we have,” general manager Bobby Evans said. “We’d like to give him every opportunity to stick with us.



Giants’ road finale: Posey out, Sandoval in

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:39:38 UT

Giants’ road finale: MIAMI — For the last game of the six-game trip, manager Bruce Bochy considered resting third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who played the first five games including Sunday’s doubleheader in Washington. [...] he’s playing Wednesday’s series capper against the Marlins, batting cleanup. When he doesn’t play, he bounces up and down in the dugout making noise. Bochy is resting Buster Posey, saying the catcher’s legs could use a break, and Sandoval provides a presence in the middle of the lineup, though his numbers aren’t exactly outstanding. Bochy has said he likes Sandoval’s recent swings, aggressiveness at the plate and overall energy. Giancarlo Stanton hit home runs in the first two games of the series and six straight overall. Only three other players have homered 23 times in 35 games, and their names are Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds. Giants lineup: CF Span, RF Pence, LF Parker, 3B Sandoval, SS Crawford, C Hundley, 1B Jones, 2B Tomlinson, RH Cain. Marlins lineup: 2B Gordon, RF Stanton, CF Yelich, LF Ozuna, C Realmuto, 3B Dietrich, 1B Telis, SS Aviles, RH Urena.



Concussion update: DL for Joe Panik, no improvement for Brandon Belt

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:25:02 UT

Concussion update: DL for Joe Panik, no improvement for Brandon Belt MIAMI — After he got hit on the head Sunday in Washington, Joe Panik was cautiously optimistic. Panik’s condition had worsened, and he was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Manager Bruce Bochy said Panik was “not feeling great.” Panik took a blow to the head in Washington when he slid into the plate and was hit by a ball thrown by center fielder Michael Taylor just as catcher Matt Wieters caught it and tagged him. The Giants replaced Panik on the roster with utilityman Orlando Calixte. Tuesday’s second baseman was Kelby Tomlinson, and Miguel Gomez will be an option when he comes off the disabled list. Brandon Belt, who’s also on the concussion DL, will be re-examined Wednesday. Bochy said the first baseman has experienced no improvement. Bochy wouldn’t say when Mark Melancon would return to the closer’s role. Melancon made his second appearance since coming off the DL and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. The Giants held out hope of signing pitcher Jack Conlon, the Orioles’ fourth-round pick who became a free agent after he failed a physical. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. at Marlins Lefty Andrew Suarez has a 1.78 ERA in his past five starts with Triple-A Sacramento, striking out 33 and walking seven.




Giants beat Marlins, Madison Bumgarner gives up latest Giancarlo Stanton HR

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:04:43 UT

Giants beat Marlins, Madison Bumgarner gives up latest Giancarlo Stanton HR The two faced each other in Tuesday night’s 9-4 Giants victory, each celebrated player wanting to one-up the other, each wanting mano [...] the first two times Stanton stepped to the plate, the Marlins had one out and nobody on. “It was a matchup a lot of baseball fans and us in the game look forward to,” manager Bruce Bochy said. At the plate, Bumgarner lined a wicked single off the left-field wall but got picked off second base. [...] no one with at least 14 at-bats against him has a higher slugging percentage than Stanton’s 1.105. With the new Derek Jeter ownership group, one of the biggest decisions is whether to move Stanton’s contract off the books, and the Giants can’t be faulted for wanting to keep in touch. Span had three of the Giants’ 14 hits and one of their two home runs, along with rookie Ryder Jones, who also doubled. The momentum-changing inning was the Giants’ three-run seventh that turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead. Carlos Moncrief, hitting for Bumgarner, singled home a run, and his aggressive baserunning — going from first to third on Span’s single to right — led to an errant Stanton throw that enabled Moncrief to score. The offensive surge got Bumgarner, who gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings, the win.




Giants place Panik on 7-day concussion DL

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:59:44 UT

Giants place Panik on 7-day concussion DL MIAMI — Joe Panik’s condition worsened by Tuesday afternoon, according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, and the team placed the second baseman on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Panik took a blow to the head Sunday in Washington when he slid into the plate and was hit by a ball thrown from the outfield just as Nationals catcher Matt Wieters caught it and applied the tag. Panik, who did no baseball work for a second straight day and spent much of Tuesday’s pregame in the trainer’s room, missed a month last season on the concussion DL and said he didn’t fully recover until the offseason. The Giants replaced Panik on the roster with utility man Orlando Calixte.



Giants’ Joe Panik candidate for concussion DL

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:24:55 UT

Giants’ Joe Panik candidate for concussion DL A day after he got hit hard at the plate, he took more vision and balance tests and passed them all. The Giants might make that choice easy for him. Panik was knocked down in the doubleheader nightcap in Washington on Sunday as he tried to score. The ball thrown from the outfield plunked him on his head right as Nationals catcher Matt Wieters applied the tag to the head. Panik, who seemed dazed after the play but stayed in the game, had a scheduled day off Monday anyway, manager Bruce Bochy said. Considering Panik’s concussion issues in 2016, the Giants need to be especially cautious. The likely roster replacement would be Orlando Calixte, who was the Giants’ 26th man for Sunday’s doubleheader. Pablo Sandoval’s right-handed hitting (3-for-25 on the season, 0-for-5 as a Giant) hadn’t been spectacular, but Bochy put the third baseman in the lineup with the Marlins starting a lefty, Adam Conley. If Sandoval truly is part of the Giants’ future, they need to see whether he can produce from the right side. For his career, he’s a .294 hitter from the left side, .257 as a righty. In his first at-bat Monday, Sandoval hit an opposite-field single to begin a three-run rally. With the doubleheader, the Giants needed someone to make a spot start, and the choice was Cain over Albert Suarez, who threw 27 pitches Sunday. ... Johnny Cueto played catch in the outfield again and soon will throw his first bullpen session since suffering an elbow injury. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer.




Stanton homers in Giants’ loss; now imagine him in black and orange

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:23:56 UT

Stanton homers in Giants’ loss; now imagine him in black and orange The Giants continued their way to obscurity Monday night with an 8-3 loss to the Marlins while getting buried by the greatness of Stanton, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a Giants uniform since the Barry Bonds administration. Stanton’s two-run homer off Blach was his 43rd of the season, breaking Gary Sheffield’s team record. Stanton has homered in five straight games. “He’s a hot hitter,” manager Bruce Bochy said. In a dream world, Stanton is the answer to the Giants’ biggest woe, a legitimate power hitter who would fit wonderfully in the heart of the order, taking pressure off Buster Posey and everyone else who would benefit from the type of protection Stanton provides. [...] drew an intentional walk. In his final at-bat, Stanton had to duck from a Kyle Crick breaking pitch before striking out. “This is the beauty of this game, these great hitters or power hitters getting on these rolls,” Bochy said, and they’re fun to watch. The Marlins pounded Blach for six runs on nine hits — Marcell Ozuna also homered — in six innings, a rare clunker for the left-hander, who has been pitching his way into the rotation for 2018. The Giants need to figure out their rotation, bullpen, outfield, third base. If Jeter and new majority owner Bruce Sherman want to move Stanton’s money off the books, and if Stanton is game, they’d start by talking to any team willing to take most, if not all, of the contract. If Stanton were to waive his no-trade clause, it could be for the Dodgers, who have loads of top prospects and are freer spenders than the Giants.




Giants update: Panik’s condition, Cain’s start, Sandoval’s swing, Stanton’s power

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:15:28 UT

Panik’s condition, Cain’s start, Sandoval’s swing, Stanton’s power Bruce Bochy said the second baseman was scheduled to be off all along. Panik was knocked down at the plate in the doubleheader nightcap in Washington as he tried to score. The ball thrown from the outfield plunked him on the head right as Nationals catcher Matt Wieters simultaneously applied the tag. Considering Panik’s concussion issues in 2016, the Giants need to be careful and cautious. With Sunday’s doubleheader, the Giants need someone to make a spot start, and the choice is Cain over Albert Suarez, who threw 27 pitches Sunday. Pablo Sandoval was moved down in the lineup with the Marlins starting a lefty, Adam Conley. Bochy was asked about approaching Giancarlo Stanton, who entered the game with 42 homers, including one in each of the prevous four games. “This is the beauty of this game, these great hitters or power hitters getting on these rolls,” Bochy said, and they’re fun to watch. Giants lineup: CF Span, LF Hernandez, RF Pence, 1B Posey, C Hundley, SS Crawford, 3B Sandoval, 2B Tomlinson, LH Blach. Marlins lineup: 2B Gordon, RF Stanton, CF Yelich, LF Ozuna, C Realmuto, 1B Moore, 3B Dietrich, SS Rojas, LH Conley.



After Stratton wins opener, grand slam then beats Giants

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:56:11 UT

After Stratton wins opener, grand slam then beats Giants The Giants’ second baseman was shaken when clobbered on the head on a strange play in which he and the ball simultaneously arrived at the plate in the second game of a day-night doubleheader. Yet he stuck around and wound up reaching base seven times in 10 plate appearances. In the opener, the Giants’ Chris Stratton made his third big-league start and pitched 62/3 scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory. [...] three mighty forces — outfielder Michael A. Taylor’s throw, catcher Matt Wieters’ mitt and Panik’s face — converged, and Panik was out. Last year, Panik was beaned (by then-Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore) but played another week and a half before spending a month on the concussion disabled list. The Nationals won the nightcap on Howie Kendrick’s walk-off grand slam off Albert Suarez, who gave up singles to Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman and intentionally walked Anthony Rendon. Moore pitched seven innings to match Max Scherzer, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, giving up solo homers to Murphy and Zimmerman. Pablo Sandoval hit a homer to the upper deck, his first since returning to the Giants, to tie the score 2-2. Strickland gave up a two-run homer to Rendon in the opener and pitched a scoreless ninth in the nightcap.



Nationals’ fans boo, cheer appearance by Strickland

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:24:44 UT

Nationals’ fans boo, cheer appearance by Strickland WASHINGTON — When Hunter Strickland was introduced and headed from the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning of Sunday’s doubleheader opener, thunderous boos echoed throughout Nationals Park. “I had said standing ovation,” Bochy said. The Giants led 4-0 when Bochy summoned Strickland, and the boos turned to cheers when Brian Goodwin reached on an infield single and Anthony Rendon smacked a two-run homer — just the third homer Strickland yielded this year. Strickland pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the nightcap. The injury wasn’t as bad as feared, and the Nationals said it’s possible Harper will play again this season. Bochy, who knows what it’s like to miss a superstar for an extensive period of time — see Buster Posey, 2011, among other examples — was relieved to hear the Harper update. : Pablo Sandoval hit his first home run with the Giants since Sept. 5, 2014, an upper-deck shot off Max Scherzer. Sunday’s two games lasted 20 innings and 6 hours and 40 minutes with a long break in between. “It was a long day at the office,” said Sandoval, who played every inning. [...] three games were played Sunday because Saturday’s lasted past midnight. A total of 29 innings were played in just more than 24 hours. ... Bochy and Dusty Baker each picked up his 1,836th career win as a manager, one ahead of Lou Piniella on the all-time list. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. The Giants recalled infielder Orlando Calixte as their 26th man for the doubleheader. The Nationals called up catcher Pedro Severino.



Bryce Harper injury big concern to Nationals; Giants can relate

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:32:57 UT

WASHINGTON — The Giants know more than most teams the importance of staying healthy in a postseason run. None of their core players, give or take an Angel Pagan in 2014, were missing in October, permitting the Giants to be at their physical best at the most important time. Fans at Nationals Park held their collective breath as the National League’s best overall player writhed in pain. Baker, with no World Series title on an otherwise decorated managing resume, placed his hands on his head and initially appeared expressionless except when he shook his head in shock. Harper, hitting .326 with 26 homers and 81 RBIs, needed help getting up and was carried off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard. “It was a freak accident,” said Giants first baseman Ryder Jones, who noted the bag was wet because it rained in the first inning. “I don’t know the extent of Bryce’s injury, and hopefully he’ll be there for them because they’re in a great situation,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. First base was slippery Saturday night following a 3-hour, 1-minute rain delay. Friday’s scheduled opener was postponed because of rain, so the first pitch of the series, Edwin Jackson to Denard Span, was delivered 27 hours late. After making a diving stop on the line, Jones beat Harper to the base, and pitcher Jeff Samardzija lunged out of the way at the last moment to avoid contact. Samardzija gave up one more run on Adam Lind’s double in the sixth, his final inning.



Giants’ baseball marathon: 3 games in 24 hours

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:49:49 UT

Giants’ baseball marathon: 3 games in 24 hours WASHINGTON — The Giants’ baseball marathon resumes with Sunday’s day game at Nationals Park, the second of three games in a 24-hour span. Chris Stratton is pitching Sunday’s opener, Matt Moore the nightccap. WASHINGTON — The Giants’ baseball marathon resumes with Sunday’s day game at Nationals Park, the second of three games in a 24-hour span. Chris Stratton is pitching Sunday’s opener, Matt Moore the nightccap. Stratton might wonder what it’s like to get a normal amount of notice before taking the mound. No structural damage in his left knee, no ligament or tendon damage. The All-Star right fielder, as a result of Saturday’s fall at first base and hyperextension of his leg, sustained a significant bone bruise on the inside portion of the knee. Based on examinations and results of an MRI, the team said it’s possible Harper will play again this season, which prompted a sigh of relief throughout the clubhouse, front office and fan base. Michael Taylor, who came off the disabled list. Both teams were able to call up a 26th player for the doubleheader, and both chose hitters over pitchers: Giants: 2B Panik, SS Crawford, LF Parker, 3B Sandoval, C Hundley, 1B Jones, RF Moncrief, CF Hernandez, RH Stratton.




Giants’ Mark Melancon activated from DL

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:37:16 UT

Giants’ Mark Melancon activated from DL The Giants activated the closer from the disabled list Saturday, and Melancon allowed a hit and struck out one in a shutout inning against the Nationals in San Francisco’s 3-1 loss. Melancon, signed in the offseason for four years and $62 million, hadn’t pitched since June 27, and his pronator strain twice sent him to the DL, a short stint in May followed by a longer one that prompted a more deliberate timetable. “Get back to what I’ve done the past three years,” he said when asked what he wants to accomplish the final six weeks. Get back in a routine, get back to what I’m capable of doing. Melancon made four rehab starts, his latest a scoreless, two-strikeout inning on Wednesday. To create a roster spot, the Giants placed infielder Miguel Gomez on the DL with right knee inflammation. In Melancon’s absence, Sam Dyson assumed the closer’s role and has eight saves (in nine chances) and a 2.22 ERA in 23 outings. Manager Bruce Bochy said he’ll ease Melancon back into the fold in lower-leverage situations. With Dyson not eligible for free agency until 2021 and left-hander Will Smith coming off Tommy John surgery, Melancon said the Giants’ bullpen could be “exciting and promising for years to come.” Meantime, the name Melancon chose for the Aug. 25-27 Players Weekend — when players will wear nicknames on their jerseys — is clever: “Stretch.” Not to steal from Hall of Famer Willie McCovey but to make light of a Fox Sports report that he “rubbed teammates the wrong way” by altering the time relievers take the field to pregame stretch. Infielder Orlando Calixte will be the Giants’ 26th man for Sunday’s doubleheader. The Giants say he’s eligible for both games. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer.



Bryce Harper injured in Giants-Nationals opener

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 03:46:15 UT

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper, the best all-around player in the National League and the main force in the Washington Nationals’ pursuit of their first World Series title, was carried off the field Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury. Harper was running out a first-inning grounder to Giants first baseman Ryder Jones and stretched with his left leg to the bag, only to slip on the slick surface and collapse, his leg hyperextending and his foot sliding onto the dirt. Harper needed help getting up and was carried off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard, the Nationals’ postseason hopes resting largely on the All-Star right fielder. After making a diving stop on the line, Jones beat Harper to the base, and pitcher Jeff Samardzija lunged out of the way at the last moment to avoid contact. In the second inning, center fielder Brian Goodwin took Harper’s spot in right and Andrew Stevenson entered to play center.