Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 16, Rockies 4


Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 16, Rockies 4


SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy laid into his club during a pregame meeting, challenging them to get mentally tough and compete at the plate instead of fixating on personal stats.

His players responded by competing well and then padding those stats.

Buster Posey hit a three-run home run, Angel Pagan took out his frustrations on the baseball while reaching four times in his first start at leadoff since May and the Giants scored a season-high in runs while throttling Jonathan Sanchez and the Colorado Rockies 16-4 Friday night at Coors Field.

The Giants opened up a 3-0 game when they scored four runs in the seventh inning, six in the eighth and three more in the ninth. It was their biggest output since Aug. 25, 2010 vs. Cincinnati.

No need to worry about that run differential, which had slipped to minus-3 for the season entering Fridays game.
Starting pitching report

Ryan Vogelsong (9-5) was pitching as brilliantly as any point this season when he carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning.

The right-hander faced the minimum in five of his first six innings and got a bases-loaded double-play grounder to escape his only threat in the fourth. He entered the seventh as the major league leader with a 2.12 ERA.

He was cruising toward history, too. He was well on his way to a 17th consecutive quality start (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs), which would match the San Francisco-era franchise record established by Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry in 1967-68.

But the Giants bullpen hasnt been so reliable lately, so you could understand Bochys desire to squeeze another inning out of Vogelsong. The right-hander couldnt deliver, retiring only one of five batters. Dexter Fowler tripled, Jordan Pacheco and Todd Helton hit consecutive doubles and power-hitting catcher Wilin Rosario followed with a two-run blast as the Rockies trimmed the Giants lead to 7-4.

Just like that, Vogelsongs ERA rose to 2.38 and his streak of quality starts ended. Hes now second in the N.L. in ERA behind the Nationals Jordan Zimmermann.

At least his decision stayed intact.

Bullpen report

George Kontos brought the tourniquet in the seventh inning, Jeremy Affeldt threw a scoreless eighth and Santiago Casilla was able to regain some confidence in a 1-2-3 ninth.

At the plate

The Rockies are trying to survive with a four-man rotation and limit each member to 75 pitches per outing. To which we say good luck with that, especially with Sanchez as a part of the puzzle.

In a sight all too familiar to Giants fans, Sanchez threw 36 pitches in a two-run first inning while walking two and slinging one offering to the backstop. It didnt help when shortstop Josh Rutledge let Melky Cabreras ground ball tick off his glove for an error.

The Giants started the rally when Pagan, leading off for the first time since May 23, laced a double and Ryan Theriot singled him in. Hunter Pence hit into a bases-loaded fielders choice that scored Theriot, but the Giants couldnt break the game open. After Brett Pill walked to load the bases again, Joaquin Arias flied out.

With Arias fly out, the Giants fell to a staggering 1-for-39 with two outs and the bases loaded this season. Their only hit in those situations was a two-run single by Gregor Blanco back in May.

The Giants added a run in the fourth when Pill, who started because the Giants faced a left-hander, belted a home run to greet (wouldnt you know it?) right-hander Adam Ottavino.

But they sustained a rally in the seventh that Vogelsong started with a double for his first extra-base hit of the season. Pagan followed with an RBI triple, marking the first time since July 5 that he reached base three times in a game.

After Theriot walked, Cabrera -- who was acquired for Sanchez from Kansas City -- continued to leave no doubt that the Giants pulled the trade of the offseason. He hit a two-run double for his major league-leading 146th hit of the season as the Giants gave themselves some breathing room.

They got plenty more in a six-run eighth inning, as Buster Posey fouled off a 3-0 pitch before clubbing the next one for a three-run home run.

Pagan contributed an infield single, marking the first occasion since May 18 -- 62 games ago -- that he reached base four times in a game via hit or walk.

In field

The Giants didnt make any tough plays, but they ran the bases well. Pagan aggressively scored on a wild pitch and Theriot showed a good motor while scoring from first base on a double.

There was a bit of late-inning extracurriculars when the Rockies Carlos Torres buzzed Posey with an up-and-in pitch in the ninth. Did we mention he swung 3-0 with a six-run lead in the eighth.


The Rockies announced 30,176 paid, and fans cheered loudest when the Rockies showed highlights of Coloradoan Missy Franklin swimming the backstroke to a gold medal. Hey, maybe Franklin would fit in the Rockies rotation. They both go backwards in a hurry.

Up next

The Giants continue their series at Coors Field against the pitching paupers of the N.L. West. Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.09) takes the mound against Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis (3-3, 5.43).

Giants catching prospect Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League


Giants catching prospect Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League

After the Giants selected him in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft, catcher Aramis Garcia quickly opened eyes with his power. Garcia totaled 15 home runs between Rookie Ball and Short Season Single-A in only 28 games after the draft. 

The next year, Garcia equaled his 15 long balls and spent the majority of his first full pro season at High Single-A. He also improved overall as a hitter, raising his 2014 slash line of .225/.301/.343 to .264/.342/.431 in 2015. Garcia's promotion to the next rung in the farm system ladder -- the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels -- was derailed by a rough injury. 

He sustained a facial fracture in May while sliding into second base, taking a knee to the face in an attempt to break up a double play. The injury kept him out until the end of July and limited Garcia to 47 games in 2016.

When the chance to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions arose, Garcia jumped at the opportunity. 

"First thing I did was call my parents and let them know," Garcia told on Monday. "I was just really excited for getting the opportunity to play against guys who are extremely talented and obviously make up for reps, which are extremely important."

Garcia never did exactly find his rhythm after the injury and finished the season batting .257/.323/.340 with two homers in 41 games. In the first half, the 23-year-old hit .298/.359/.369 compared to a lowly .200/.273/.300 in the second half. 

The catcher known more for his offense than defense is off to a slow start at the plate while facing some of the top prospects in baseball. Through six games, he has gone 3-for-17 at the plate, good for a .176 average. But, Garcia acknowledged he's focusing heavily on his defense in the AFL. 

"I feel like when somebody tries to steal on me, I tend to take it a little bit personally," he said. "It's definitely something I take pride in, something I work on hard every day. There's a little routine I do with receiving and footwork, things like that every day."

Behind the dish, Garcia caught 38 percent of base runners looking to swipe a bag on him last season. Through his three years in the minors, Garcia has erased 34 percent of base stealers and owns a .993 fielding percentage. 

Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series


Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series

World Series ace Jon Lester is all set to start Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs.

Lester will be fully rested when he pitches Tuesday night at Cleveland. Corey Kluber will start for the Indians.

The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.

Lester is 3-0 in three starts in the World Series with a sparkling 0.43 ERA. He helped the Boston Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is "really, really in the moment" right now.


Indians ace Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he will go with Kluber, an 18-ame winner during the regular season, in the opener on Tuesday night. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his first postseason.

Francona has right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively. The order could change depending on how Bauer's injured right pinkie heals over the next few days.

Bauer's start in the AL Championship Series lasted less than one inning after his pinkie began bleeding against Toronto. He injured his finger when he sliced it open while repairing a drone.

Also, injured starter Danny Salazar could be available against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness but he's made major progress in the past week and could be on the World Series roster.