Bochy to be patient with Pagan, Cabrera

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Bochy to be patient with Pagan, Cabrera

Programming Alert: Tune into the CLBlitz on CSN Bay Area tonight as our panel discusses the Giants - Mets trade and more! Leave your comment below to chime in on the Blitz.DALLAS -- General manager Brian Sabean is in charge of acquiring the pieces, and it will be Bruce Bochy's job to figure out how they will all fit together. But don't expect a finished puzzle anytime soon, the Giants' skipper will likely wait until spring training to get a clearer picture.

"Going into spring training, really I think I'll start putting guys where I think they'll end up. Keep my options open, get some flexibility and versatility with these guys," Bochy said Wednesday from the MLB Winter Meetings.

More than likely, it will be a fluid situation. Bochy said he plans to have newly acquired outfielders Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera share time in the leadoff spot while utilizing each player's versatility in the outfield.

"Aubrey Huff will be playing some left in spring training, some first, I'll be moving Pagan around and Cabrera. I think when we get to the last two weeks of spring training we'll know where these guys are gonna be," Bochy said.

"We're excited about getting Angel Pagan. He's a very exciting type player. Great speed, way above average runner, he can play center right and left he's at the top of order, get faster, and helps us do that with the speed he's gonna bring," Bochy said. "He'll hit, a switch hitter, hit the ball out at times. Looking for him to get on base and wreak some havoc. I'm looking forward to him playing for us."

As for filling the shoes of Ramon Ramirez in the bullpen, there's a good chance Guillermo Mota will be once again wearing a Giants uniform.

"We're talking about that now. We have some options. We're talking to Mota right now, see if that works out. We have Dan Runzler and some other options," Bochy said. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla are two can pitch the 7th and 8th. We think we can get a guy to fill Ramirez's role. He did a good job, he's a great pitcher and you hate losing a guy like that but we got the type of player I think we needed."

As for saying farewell to Andres Torres, goodbyes are never easy.

"I talked to Andres and he got emotional," Bochy said. "It didn't surprise me, we've all seen him and he's pretty appreciative for his time here and I'm thankful for his time here. We won a World Series and he went to Taiwan with me. So it's hard to say goodbye to someone who's contributed to us winning. He's excited about his chance in New York and his playing time. With us he's looking at more of a backup role so this is good thing for him too."

Of course, stay tuned, as the Giants still could make another deal before the Winter Meetings wrap up on Thursday.

"We're still in the war room talking about what else we can do to improve the club and the bench," Bochy said. "These are the things we're talking about, if Sabes thinks it makes sense for us and works within our budget then he'll do it.

"We haven't stopped, we'll be here through tomorrow, so it's an ongoing process."

Also of note: It sounds like the Giants will indeed be wearing those throwback road unis this season, most likely on Sunday road games.

Span clinches win for Giants and Gearrin, who had walk-off dreams of his own

Span clinches win for Giants and Gearrin, who had walk-off dreams of his own

SAN FRANCISCO — With the winning run on second and a bat in his hands, Cory Gearrin allowed himself to dream. He was a second baseman at Mercer University years ago and he entered the night with a 1.000 batting average in the big leagues. Why couldn’t this be his night on the mound and at the plate?

Gearrin stopped on the way to the plate and told Buster Posey that he was going to walk it off. He dug in against right-hander Chad Qualls and waited for the first sinker. He swung over the top of it, but he felt it was a quality hack. And then he missed the next sinker, and then the next. 

“I felt good going into that at-bat,” Gearrin said. “It was fun getting that opportunity. I’ve never faced a sinker like that. I felt like I missed it … by a lot.”

Gearrin can take solace in two facts. First, using his own sinker, he pitched three shutout innings, more than earning his keep, and he was a well-deserved winning pitcher in a 4-3 win over the Rockies that became official one minute after midnight.

Second, perhaps he gave the next hitter, Denard Span, a better view of an opposing pitcher’s repertoire. 

“Yeah ... he gave me a lot of information during that at-bat,” Span said as he laughed. 

Okay, so maybe Gearrin’s contributions were limited to the mound, but oh what a job he did against one of the best lineups in the National League. Span didn’t glean anything from Gearrin’s brief battle, but he didn’t need to. He spat on a changeup and then ripped a sinker into right, allowing Gorkys Hernandez to race home for a 14th-inning victory. 

Span, who is open about his distrust of birds, had spent nearly two hours standing under a circling flock of seagulls. Between pitches, he often dropped his hands onto his knees, looking more eager than anyone for the night to end. 

“Those birds were dropping stuff all around me,” he said. “I was like, you know what man, I don’t got time for this.”

The single gave the Giants back-to-back wins for the first time since May 27-28. It validated so much good work, from the five relievers who got the ball to Gearrin, to the Brandons who turned a snazzy double play in the 11th, to Buster Posey, who twice threw out runners at second in extra innings. Gearrin shouted out the defense in his post game media session. 

“It’s not news to us that we’ve got gold glovers all over the field,” he said. 

The Giants trailed by a pair after Matt Cain hung a curveball to Mark Reynolds, but they chipped away. The Rockies were the jumpier team in extra innings, but every rally was cut down by stellar defense and quality pitches. Gearrin threw 34 of them. 

The veteran right-hander had never before recorded more than six outs in a big league game. He got nine outs Tuesday, giving Bochy one extension after another as he battled to make it through a game shorthanded. With Conor Gillaspie headed to the DL, the Giants had just three position players on the bench. That meant Ty Blach was used as a pinch-runner. Jeff Samardzija pinch-hit in the 11th. Bochy thought of using Matt Moore in the 14th when the pitcher’s spot came up. Hunter Strickland was warming up to pitch the 15th, but …

“I could have hit Moore — I probably should have,” Bochy said, smiling. “But Cory is a pretty good athlete and had a pretty good average going into that at-bat. The numbers swayed me.”

Gearrin got his first career at-bat last season and singled. He has not even taken batting practice since that day, but he was fired up when given the opportunity. He was still so fired up after the Giants chased Span into the outfield that he didn’t mind the fact that his shiny 1.000 batting average has been cut in half. 

“I got to use that line for a year,” he said. “But I’ll gladly sacrifice the 1.000 average for a walk-off win.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 14-inning win over Rockies

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 14-inning win over Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO — This, at long last, is a winning streak. A modest one, but still. 

Denard Span hit a walk-off single to right in the bottom of the 14th inning, giving the Giants a 4-3 win that became official one minute after midnight. The Giants have back-to-back wins for the first time since May 27-28. 

The Giants led early, fell behind on a three-run dinger, and then chipped away until the game went to extras. Buster Posey twice gunned runners down at second to help keep the score tied and the bullpen held tough, with Cory Gearrin throwing three scoreless innings. 

Gearrin had a chance to win it for himself in the 14th, but he struck out with Gorkys Hernandez on second. Span promptly singled. If you’re just waking up for work, here are five things to know from a night when the seagulls outnumbered the humans … 

--- Matt Cain needs an assist on the first run of the night. With Gorkys Hernandez on first, he got a sacrifice bunt down on a two-strike curveball that was headed for the dirt. Hernandez went to second and promptly scored on Denard Span’s single to right. The curveball wasn’t so kind in the sixth. With a runner on, the Giants intentionally walked lifelong nemesis Nolan Arenado to get to Mark Reynolds. Cain hung a curve and Reynolds crushed it to left for a three-run homer. 

--- The Giants got a run back in the sixth when Brandon Crawford’s deep fly allowed Buster Posey to trot in from third. Crawford leads the majors with nine sacrifice flies. He also turned a ridiculous double play that can’t adequately be described, except to say that he should expand his trophy case. 

--- Kelby Tomlinson came off the bench to tie it in the bottom of the eighth. His single to right brought Brandon Belt in from third. Tomlinson is 9 for 27 as a pinch-hitter this season. That’ll keep you on the chartered jets. 

--- Sam Dyson, with a fastball that reached 97 and an infield defense that was just as firm, pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in extras. What a find. 

--- With the go-ahead run on first and no outs in the 13th, Nolan Arenado put down a sacrifice bunt. That's one of the five best moments of the Giants' season.