Giants get no relief vs. Mets, but is some on the way?


Giants get no relief vs. Mets, but is some on the way?

SAN FRANCISCO For all the talk of Hunter Pence and theGiants need to lengthen their lineup, GM Brian Sabean has spent just as muchtime trying to bolster his bullpen ahead of Tuesdays 1 p.m. (PDT) non-waivertrade deadline.

The Giants needed relief Monday night. The bullpen brokedown several times in an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the New York Mets, and it wastheir frontline guys who got hit hard.

Sergio Romo gave up a tying, two-run home run to ScottHairston, who saved up another poison-tipped dart for Santiago Casilla with atiebreaking solo shot in the 10th.

It was Hairstons sixth multi-homer game. You might beconvinced all six came against the Giants. (Fact check: Only two of them,really.)

And if that werent enough, the Giants watched another oftheir trade targets drop off the board when the Dodgers acquired right-handerBrandon League from the Seattle Mariners.

League isnt having a good season and his strikeout-to-walkratio (27 to 19) will make you run in fear for the hills, but hes held right-handedhitters to a .224 average and no home runs. If you can keep him away fromlefties, hes a useful piece.

He certainly would have helped to take some of the strain off Romo, whois hitting a rare skid after being flawless for the better part of two seasons.

Romo allowed a tiebreaking, two-run homer to Hanley Ramirezin Fridays loss to the Dodgers. Before that, hed allowed two homers toright-handed hitters in two years.

When I dont execute, thats what happens, said Romo, whoseERA has gone from 0.60 to 2.30 in two games. Its the big leagues. You cantexpect anything else.

Its been a great ride. Im not saying its the end of theride, but Im in a rut. Thats what it is. I just need to keep on pushing.

"The team needs me to be good. Im down for that.

Romo has been good. So was Casilla while saving 19 of hisfirst 20 chances.

We had the right guys out there our setup guy andcloser, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. The only thing you can do in thisgame is get your guys out there, and we did that.

Now its up to Sabean to get more guys on the roster.

The Dodgers already have Ramirez, who appears to have amotivation level that more closely approximates his extreme talent level. Theygot League. Theyre reportedly in on Pence and Shane Victorino, if only todrive up the price on the Giants. And its better than a coin flip that theylladd Ryan Dempster, or trade for another starting pitcher if they cant makethat deal work with the Cubs.

Oh, and Fox Sports is reporting that the ArizonaDiamondbacks, just 3 games back of the co-leaders in the NL West, are bracingto make a potentially blockbuster pitching addition. (Cliff Lee, maybe?)

Its never, ever a good idea to make a baseball decisionbased on pure marketing motives. If you dont believe me, come along for a tour of the S.S.Zito. Shes a fine, sturdy vessel. It won't do much good to make a move for the sake of making a move. (And yes, we saw the CBS Sports report that Alfonso Soriano told the Cubs he wouldn't accept a trade to the Giants. Try not to take it personally.)

But if the Giants stand pat while the Dodgers andDiamondbacks add at the deadline, its not going to be pretty around theseparts.

And that five-game losing streak is going to feel a lotworse than it already is.

Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

The Arizona Fall League hosts six teams featuring many of baseball's top prospects beginning in early October. This year, eight players from the Giants farm system are representing the Orange and Black on the Scottsdale Scorpions, which also consists of prospects from the Angels, Mets, Phillies, and Yankees. 

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Below are the eight Giants prospects on the Scorpions, managed by Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, and their stats through a maximum possible total of 10 games. 

Giants Prospects

RHP Rodolfo Martinez
4 G, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO

RHP Tyler Mizenko
5 G, 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

RHP Tyler Rogers
4 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

RHP Chris Stratton
3 G, 3 GS, 1-1, 4.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO

C Aramis Garcia
7 G, .238/.333/.286, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO

C Eliezer Zambrano
4 G, .400/.400/.400, 4 H

IF Ryder Jones
9 G, .257/.278/.314, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 13 SO

OF Hunter Cole
10 G, .263/.333/.447, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 10 SO


-- The Scorpions hitting coach is former Giants first baseman Damon Minor, who spent four seasons (2000-2002, 2004) with San Francisco. Minor hit .232/.338/.400 with 13 home runs in his four-year career. 

-- Catcher Eliezer Zambrano's .400 average leads the team, though he has played in a team-low four games. 

-- Outfielder Hunter Cole ranks second on the team in both hits and home runs. He also leads the team with 38 at-bats. 

-- Infielder Ryder Jones leads the team in strikeouts at the plate. 

-- RHP Tyler Rogers is one of only two pitchers on the team yet to allow an earned run. 

-- RHP Chris Stratton leads the team in games started and innings pitched. He also ranks second in strikeouts. 

-- RHP Rodolfo Martinez's ERA ranks last on the team after his four games pitched. 

-- Mets outfielder and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow, also on the Scorpions, is hitting .125/.176/.156 in nine games. His on-base percentage is second worst on the team while his batting average and slugging percentage rank third from last.

Three Giants among 2016 Gold Glove finalists

Three Giants among 2016 Gold Glove finalists

On Thursday, Rawlings announced the list of Gold Glove finalists.

Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are in the running at their respective positions.

NL catchers: Posey, Yadier Molina, Jonathan Lucroy.

NL shortstops: Crawford, Addison Russell, Freddy Galvis.

NL second basemen: Panik, Jean Segura, D.J. LeMahieu. 

Brandon Belt, who was a finalist last season, did not make the cut.

Crawford won his first Gold Glove last year, while Posey and Panik have never won the award.

The winners are expected to be announced shortly after the World Series ends.