Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 9, Braves 0

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Baggs' Instant Replay: Giants 9, Braves 0

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ATLANTA Buster Poseys hometown of Leesburg is three hours south of Atlanta on I-75 and a world away.He said it more than once during the NL Division Series in 2010: Atlanta is not his hometown, nothing like the place where he grew up.But maybe its not such a bad place to hit.Playing in only his second regular-season series at Turner Field, Posey exploded for a three-hit, five-RBI game while leading the Giants to a 9-0 red-velvet cakewalk over the Braves Tuesday night.The Giants achieved just their second shutout in the 16-year history of Turner Field. Both times, they got seven shutout innings from Barry Zito. The other shutout came in 2008.It was also the Giants largest shutout win in Atlanta since Sept. 29, 1976 the day John Montefusco threw his no-hitter in a 9-0 victory.Posey powered this one. He hit a two-strike, two-out RBI double in the first inning, a two-strike, two-out RBI single in the third and a two-strike, bases-clearing double in the fourth off reliever Luis Avilan. He lined out and struck out in his last two trips, leaving him one short of matching his career high of six RBIs, which he set July 7, 2010 at Milwaukee.Posey started at first base but moved behind the plate in the fourth inning after Hector Sanchez sprained his left knee on the basepaths. The severity of Sanchezs injury was not immediately known, but all sprains are ligament tears to some degree. If Sanchez must go on the disabled list, Eli Whiteside is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.The Giants, at 50-40, became the fifth major league club to reach the 50-win mark.Starting pitching reportThe Giants offense carried the day against right-hander Jair Jurrjens, but there was no understating the importance of Zitos highly effective start especially against a Braves lineup that had mashed for an average of 6.1 runs over a seven-game winning streak.Zito entered 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four career starts at Turner Field and improved on those numbers. He gave up just three hits two singles and a double in seven shutout innings and issued just one walk as the Giants shut out the Braves for the second time in the 16-year history of Turner Field.The other time? It was Aug. 18, 2008 when Zito threw seven shutout innings, and Keiichi Yabu and Sergio Romo followed with scoreless frames.Prior to that, the Giants hadnt posted a shutout in Atlanta since Sept. 30, 1992, when Jeff Brantley, Bill Swift and Rod Beck combined for a 1-0 win at old Fulton County Stadium.Zito (8-6) set the tone the rotation needed on this six-game road trip to Atlanta and Philadelphia; the Giants entered the trip with a 4.85 road ERA that ranked as the third worst in the major leagues.Bullpen reportThe roles of Messrs. Yabu and Romo were played by George Kontos and Clay Hensley, Esq.At the platePosey had a big return to his home state, but two former Braves had productive nights as well. Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco were constantly on base in front of Posey.Blanco walked twice, scored two runs and hit an RBI single. Cabrera hit a hustle double and an RBI single for his major league-leading 41st multi-hit game of the season. He also leads the majors with 122 hits.In 2010 with the Braves, Cabrera had 117 hits all season, and just 27 multi-hit games.Its July 17, by the way.In fieldThe Braves made most of the highlight grabs. Left fielder Martin Prado made a running catch on Ryan Theriot near the wall in the fifth inning, and future Hall of Fame third baseman Chipper Jones robbed Pablo Sandoval of a hit in the sixth.But the Braves also made the biggest goof of the night when Angel Pagan grounded to first baseman Freddie Freeman to start the fourth. Jurrjens failed to step on the bag after receiving the throw, leading to an infield hit and opening the door to a six-run inning.AttendanceThe Braves announced 29,623 paid. Many foam tomahawks went unchopped.Up nextThe Giants continue their series at Turner Field on Wednesday as right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36) takes the mound against left-hander Mike Minor (5-6. 5.97). The Giants have won 10 of Vogelsongs last 12 starts; they even have a winning record (4-3) in his road assignments. Vogelsong has faced the Braves just once in his career, when he threw 3 13 scoreless relief innings in April of last season.

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

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At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — An hour after he gave up a run, walked two, and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings, Matt Moore stood in front of his locker and smiled.

“I usually stink in spring training,” he said. 

That’s not entirely true. By spring training standards, Moore’s 4.06 ERA over 19 exhibition appearances is practically Cy Young-worthy. But the Giants have come to find that Moore, acquired at the deadline last summer, has high standards. He lived up to them the last time he took the mound in orange and black, throwing eight brilliant innings in the final game of the 2016 season. 

Moore had a long offseason to think about the way the postseason ended. He said he doesn’t have regrets. 

“The ball doesn’t go your way, but there’s nothing about what happened that night that I second-guess,” he said. “We all showed up. Boch managed the game, we played the game … that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

The Giants are counting on Moore to help them get back to October. To recover from last year’s lengthy run — his first full season back from Tommy John — Moore pushed the start of his offseason throwing program back a month. Sunday’s outing was just the second time facing hitters this spring because rain messed with some of the coaching staff’s workout plans, but Moore said he feels strong. 

“We got him where we wanted,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He looked good.”

GAME RECAP: The ball was flying at Goodyear Ballpark Way Out In The Middle Of Nowhere and the Giants took full advantage. Conor Gillaspie, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker homered in a 9-5 win over the Reds. The Giants are 3-0 in Cactus League play … Tyler Beede struck out one in two scoreless innings. Beede gave up two hits, but he finished his 2017 debut by getting a double-play ball … Jimmy Rollins scored twice while leading off … Albert Suarez made his debut, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings … Cincinnati’s pitching was mostly brutal, but former Giants prospects Luis Castillo and Keury Mella finished off the day with three scoreless innings. 

POSITION BATTLE: Parker had two hits and walked twice. His homer was a laser shot. “He smoked that one,” Bochy said. “I didn’t think it was going out, but he scalded it. It shows the kind of power he has.”

Mac Williamson had two hits, a walk, and two runs. He made a slick sliding catch for an out near the left field wall. The left field candidates are off to a good start. 

QUOTABLE: “It’s great. There are a lot more places to eat.” — Moore, on his first spring in Arizona. Moore is from New Mexico, so he’s happy with the switch from having camp in Florida.