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Blach blasted by Marlins, Giants filleted in Miami as Stanton sets record

Blach blasted by Marlins, Giants filleted in Miami as Stanton sets record

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MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton took care of business right away.

Stanton hit his team-record 43rd home run, connecting in his fifth straight game and sending the Miami Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Monday night.

Stanton broke the club mark of 42 homers set by Gary Sheffield in 1996, doing it in the Marlins' 117th game of the season.

"When you're one homer or one hit away from a record, you don't want to let it linger because then every at-bat is, `Is he going to do it? Is he going to do it?'" Stanton said. "So luckily I got it out of the way right away, put us on top, and able to finish."

Stanton has homered 22 times in his last 34 games.

"He's on a sick terror," Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon said. "He's amazing."

Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "Stanton is in one of those streaks very few power hitters have done what he's doing right now."

Stanton set another team record for most consecutive games with a home run when tagged Ty Blach (8-8) for a two-run drive in the first inning.

Blach said, "I thought I made a pretty decent pitch. He's such a strong guy."

The All-Star slugger later had an RBI single as Miami won its fourth in a row.

"For him to finally have a smile on his face and have a little charisma about himself and stop being so monotone all the time is pretty cool," Gordon said.

Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins. Dee Gordon had three hits, scored twice, and drove in a run to help back Adam Conley (5-5), who allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings.

"A lot of good things happened where you play the kind of game you like to see," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously Giancarlo's been incredible, but we know there's going to be nights he's not going to do it and we're going to have to be able to score runs somehow."

Denard Span's two-run double tied the game in the third and Hunter Pence's single put the Giants on top 3-2. Christian Yelich tied it with an RBI single in the bottom half.

Gordon and Stanton hit back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth. Ozuna hit a solo home run, his 27th, in the fifth.

GORDON HEATS UP:
Gordon has a 10-game hitting streak at Marlins Park and is hitting .415 (17 for 41) during that span after his 16th three-hit game of the season.

Gordon led off with a single before Stanton immediately followed with a home run.

"It's been my fault the last week-and-a-half because I haven't been getting on base in front of him to start the game," Gordon said. "He's only been getting one RBI."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: 2B Joe Panik was hit in the head during the second game of Sunday's doubleheader at Washington and did not play. "He's doing well," Bochy said. "He's doing just fine. He was going to get the day off anyway playing both games, all three games there in one day. We'll see in another 24 hours to make sure he is OK. Looks good right now."

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (arm) has a one-inning simulated game scheduled for Tuesday. ... SS JT Riddle (left shoulder) had labrum surgery last week and has been ruled out for six months.

UP NEXT:
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-5, 2.71 ERA) will start the second game of the series with RHP Matt Cain (3-9, 5.22) getting the start on Wednesday. Bumgarner is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts against the Marlins.

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.74) will take the mound looking for his first win since July 7, a span of six starts. Straily is 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA during the span.

Giants lineup: Hernandez leads off, Williamson in left to start series vs Dodgers

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Giants lineup: Hernandez leads off, Williamson in left to start series vs Dodgers

It's the last road trip of the season for the Giants and it starts with a trip to Los Angeles to face the rival Dodgers. Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for the series opener...

San Francisco Giants:
1. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) 1B
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
8. Mac Williamson (R) LF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Andre Ethier (L) LF
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B
9. Rich Hill (L) P

Gary Brown never recovered on the field from 2015 DFA: ‘Hurt me to my core’

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Gary Brown never recovered on the field from 2015 DFA: ‘Hurt me to my core’

There was a time when Gary Brown was considered the Giants’ top prospect – their center fielder of the future. Hype was never higher than in 2011, when the fleet-footed 22-year-old set a franchise record with 188 hits in 131 games, earning California League Rookie of the Year honors with the San Jose Giants in his first full minor league campaign.

But six seasons and seven major league at-bats later, Brown’s professional baseball career ended at 28 years old.

“I feel like I let my emotions get the best of me in the years after that (2011 season),” Brown told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive phone interview. “I think I started to believe the hype that everyone started to give to me.”

Brown never matched his magical .336-season in High-A ball with 14 home runs plus 53 stolen bases, and then struggled finding a routine with the rigors of the Pacific Coast League’s travel schedule once he reached Triple-A. Despite three hits in his seven at-bats as a September call-up with the Giants in 2014, Brown was designated for assignment on March 31, 2015.

Brown’s career spiraled playing the draining waiver game. Unsuccessful stints with the Cardinals and Angels sent Brown to the land of the last chance: Independent ball in the Atlantic League.

“It was not fun for me for quite a few years. I wasn’t a very happy person,” Brown said. “After I got DFA'd by the Giants, that really took a toll on me. I never really recovered from that, so I was kind of stuck in the past and things kind of just got away from me. 

“I was kind of heartbroken to be honest. I mean, it hurt me to my core.”

Through tumultuous career turns, the Southern California native never turned on the team that drafted him 24th overall in 2010.

“I'm thankful for the opportunity the Giants gave me. No matter how big or small mine was, I am very thankful” Brown said emphatically. “I definitely wish I could have shown what I feel like my true potential was, but it didn't work out that way. 

“I still root for the Giants. All my friends with the Giants, I'm still pulling for them. They run that organization so well. I have no ill intentions or anything bad to say about the Giants organization.” 

Far removed from his days with the Giants, Brown found new life with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2016. Brown batted .249 and returned to the team in 2017. He started strong with a .298 batting average in 31 games while having fun for the first time in years, but injuries struck at an inopportune time.

Chronic aches in his hip joints and intense back spasms, in addition to a frustrating lack of interest from MLB teams and the fact he and his wife had twins on the way, spurred Brown to retirement in the middle of the season on July 5.

“Retirement has nothing to do with the lack of competitiveness (of the Atlantic League). It was the distance and the time away, matching the minor league salary,” Brown said. “Going back to that makes it really hard on the family and when you get older it really becomes about what you value more.”

The player he once was is gone, but the person he is has only grown. There’s one piece of advice which goes beyond the diamond that Brown was sure to pass on to the next wave of future top Giants prospects.

“Never stop making adjustments,” Brown said ruefully.

Days away from turning 29 on Sept. 28 and out of baseball for the first time in his life, Brown is certainly making his own.

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Part 2 of our interview with Gary Brown focusing on where he is now in his life will be released Friday on NBCSportsBayArea.com.