Nate Schierholtz goes deep for Philly the day after being traded away, along with stud catching prospect Tommy Joseph and a rosin bag (aka minor-league pitcher Seth Rosin), for Hunter Pence.
Pence, meanwhile, goes 0-for-4 with a pair of punchouts for the G-Men.
Cue the panicked reactionary chorus: Brian Sabean got fleeced! Read More
Jimmy Rollins still believes the Philadelphia Phillies can make a run at a playoff spot.
The Encinal High School product helped his team’s cause by lining an RBI single in the 12th inning to lead the Phillies over the Giants 4-3 on Sunday.
The five-time defending NL East champions are 10½ games behind Atlanta for the second wild-card spot. They snapped a seven-game home losing streak with the win and improved to 5-4 since the All-Star break. Read More
Issue: Offensive on defenseAnalysis: Much has been made after the first month of the season of the sloppy glove work seen in San Francisco, mainly because it wasn’t expected to be a problem.When the season started, you figured, in order:Catcher: Buster Posey. Above average with the leather, right?First base: Brandon Belt. Way above average by all accounts. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In baseball, it’s great to be known as a terrific defensive outfielder.
It’s not so great, though, to be known as a fourth outfielder.
So this is the year for Nate Schierholtz to break through.
Schierholtz, after years of serving as a reserve — he was a key defensive backup in the drive to the World Series in 2010 — is set to start in right field. Read More
Several schools in San Francisco and the Peninsula won grants of up to $5,000 for physical education, sports and other programs, Bay Area radio station KNBR announced. The schools were nominated for the Step Up To The Plate For Education program by radio listeners, who wrote 500-word essays explaining why their school could use the money. Read More
Maybe playing this “torture” brand of baseball is even more difficult than we thought.
These new-look Giants are certainly struggling to do it.
There is no way it could be labeled as a step backward by adding Carlos Beltran, Orlando Cabrera and Jeff Keppinger to the how-are-they-doing-this roster the Giants were fielding the early parts of July. Read More
I don’t know what’s in the water at AT&T Park, but the Giants continue to drink from the fountain of unexpected good fortune.
Amazingly, San Francisco has a better record since Buster Posey was lost for the season than with him.
Too bad the Giants can’t morph Eli Whiteside’s gamesmanship with Chris Stewart’s arm and Hector Sanchez’s bat. Read More
“You move on because you have to.”
Bruce Bochy, the philosopher, said that Saturday. And later, when the Giants were smacked around by the Cincinnati Reds 10-2, you sensed the only place they were moving was down.
It was so bad, Bill Hall, who had been waived Friday by the Houston Astros and signed Saturday by San Francisco, was put in the game — and walked. Read More
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has shown a remarkable ability to plug the right player into a situation, and now, he has more pieces with which to play.
The latest is Darren Ford, who is as fast as anybody I’ve seen on a baseball diamond. He may never hit enough to be a regular, but he has been a base-running dynamo. He scored the winning run in Sunday’s 11-inning win over the A’s despite a perfect throw from A’s right fielder Ryan Sweeney. Read More