Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 3, Marlins 2


Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 3, Marlins 2

MIAMI The Giants wont get a four-hit game every day from Melky Cabrera. Three in his last 14 starts is amazing enough.
But crisp defense, solid starting pitching and manager Bruce Bochy using his frontline relievers to fit together the late innings like a jigsaw puzzle? Now that sounds like a familiar formula to victory.The Giants received all of that to make a winner of Matt Cain in a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Cabrera, the major league hits leader, capped a banner road trip with a homer, three singles and two stolen bases. He scored all three runs and outhit all of his teammates, 4 to 3.
The victory allowed the Giants to complete a winning road trip and split four games in their first-ever visit to Marlins Park.

Starting pitching reportThis was one of Cains signature give-no-quarter starts.
With his defense playing crisply behind him, Cain faced the minimum over the first four innings -- even refusing to cooperate when Ricky Nolasco tried to sacrifice in the third. Cain tried to overpower him with a high fastball, and with two strikes, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had his pitcher swing away. It led to a double play when Nolasco whiffed and catcher Buster Posey threw out Chris Coghlan at second base.Cain gave up a run in the fifth inning, but the Giants positioning and some bad luck was more to blame. Cain pitched carefully to Giancarlo Stanton while issuing a leadoff walk, then Logan Morrison took advantage of the shift the Giants played on him all weekend. He waited for just the right moment to spring his trap, pushing a bunt along the vacant left side for an easy single. Morrison even sold the stratagem well, backing out of the box and taking a couple of deep breaths beforehand.Cain nearly fought his way out of the jam when he elevated a fastball to strike out Bryan Petersen and got John Buck to pop up. But Coghlan, the most dangerous .111-averaging No.8 hitter in the league, grounded an RBI single through the right side. (Coghlan hit the tiebreaking three-run homer off Tim Lincecum earlier in this series, too.)Another leadoff walk in the sixth put Cain in the stretch early. With one out, he hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch. But Stantons loud contact was more high than deep, and center fielder Angel Pagan barely was able to make a catch after he seemed to lose the ball momentarily in the roof. Cain got Morrison to ground out to end the threat, although it took a highlight-level play from second baseman Ryan Theriot.Cain did not survive the seventh, though. Petersen hit a leadoff single and took second when Pagan let the ball trickle past him for an error. A ground out and a two-out walk to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs put runners at the corners before Jose Reyes lined an RBI single to end Cains afternoon.
Cains career record is 74-75.

Bullpen reportBochy got burned twice on this road trip when starting pitchers lost the lead in the sixth inning or later. Bochy did not allow that to happen this time.
With Cain laboring in the seventh, he went to Sergio Romo the move he didnt make in Milwaukee, when Ryan Braun hit a home run off Madison Bumgarner.Romo did what Romo does. He threw five sliders from various tilts and angles to Omar Infante to strike him out, strand both of Cains runners and maintain the one-run lead.Romo didnt give in when he faced the dangerous Stanton in the eighth, walking him on a 3-2 slider. Romos mates picked him up, as Javier Lopez strick out Morrison and Santiago Casilla fanned pinch hitter Justin Ruggiano to end the inning.
Casilla pitched around a two-out single in the ninth to complete his first four-out save of the season and the third of his career. Hes 12 for 13 in save chances this season.

At the plateMelky Cabrera had a game that would make any fantasy owner proud. It translated pretty well in the real world, too.He tied his career high with four hits, which hes done nine times-- including three times in his last 14 starts. The other major leaguers to collect a trio of four-hit games this season: Austin Jackson, Joey Votto, Andrew McCutchen and Derek Jeter.Cabrera lined a solo home run in the first inning and sprayed singles in the fourth, sixth and eighth. He also stole two bases, including one that put him in position to score a run in the fourth.
He has 46 hits in May and three games remaining to get the five hed need to match Randy Winns San Francisco-era record for hits in a month.One more on Melky: His major league-best 73 hits are the second most by a Giant through 48 games in SF-era history. The great Willie Mays had an astounding 84 hits through 48 games in 1958.Buster Posey had a productive day in the cleanup spot, too. He singled behind Cabrera in the fourth to set up Pagans sacrifice fly. Posey cashed in Cabrera himself in the sixth, when he hit one of his signature fly balls to center field that just keep on carrying. It hit halfway up the fence near the 418-foot mark.
The Giants did not score again, and Bochy got outfoxed when he tried to squeeze in a run in the ninth. It was a predictable gambit and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen ordered a pitchout on Arias to hang up Pagan in a rundown. (Replays showed that third baseman Hanley Ramirez missed the tag, but umpire Mark Wegner called Pagan out.)

In fieldThe Giants played one of their best defensive games of the season. Third baseman Joaquin Arias, despite playing very deep, charged Stantons slow chopper and made a barehand pickup followed by a strong throw in the second inning.
Pagan turned in a very Paganian game in center field. Along with his error on Peterson, he also contributed a gem of a catch in the third while sliding on his stomach to grab John Bucks sinking line drive an inch off the turf.Theriot isnt known for his defense these days, but he ranged up the middle to keep Morrisons grounder on the infield, then executed a jump-hop throw to record the third out in the sixth.

AttendanceThe Marlins announced 30,199 paid, not including the body-painted servers in the Clevelander nightclub beyond the left field fence.

Up nextThe Giants begin a seven-game homestand with a Memorial Day matinee against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. The club sent left-hander Barry Zito back to San Francisco ahead of the charter flight so hell be well rested. Zito (3-2, 3.53) will oppose right-hander Trevor Cahill (2-4, 3.74).

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.