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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.

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants were in a different situation, Tuesday night’s loss was the kind that really would sting for a few days. As is, it was simply loss No. 77 in a stunningly bad season. 

The Giants went down 4-3 in somewhat familiar fashion, with their offense failing to break through and their bullpen coming up short. But this loss, No. 77, was also about small mistakes, both mental and physical. Let’s count down some of the ways the Giants went down:

--- Gorkys Hernandez, a late addition to the lineup because Hunter Pence has a tight hamstring, dropped a fly ball in deep right in the fourth inning. That cost Jeff Samardzija a run and a few more pitches. Bruce Bochy said Pence likely will be off Wednesday and then return Friday in Arizona. 

--- Bochy pulled Samardzija after just 89 pitches, and it was certainly peculiar in the moment. The thing is, the intention fit in with the reality of this season. Samardzija has carried a heavy load and Bochy was trying to protect his arm a bit. 

“The inning before, he logged some pitches,” Bochy said. “I’ve worked him pretty hard and I’m really looking after him as much as anything. We’re trying to give some guys a break and it didn’t work out. We had some guys lined up in the seventh, eighth, ninth — it just didn’t work out in the seventh.”

--- You can’t really argue with protecting a big-money pitcher in a down year. But Bochy probably wishes he had chosen someone other than Albert Suarez, who was fresher than others but has now given up runs in six of seven appearances. Suarez turned a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. It was more glaring when Kyle Crick entered and pitched 1 1/3 sharp innings. 

--- The Giants still had a chance — it helped that the Brewers took a dominant Josh Hader out of the game just because he’s a lefty and Nick Hundley bats right-handed — and they put two on in the eighth. Denard Span hit a soft single to right and Phil Nevin waved Hundley, who has catcher’s legs. He was out by a mile. Bochy said he was fine with forcing the issue there, although that’s a call Nevin probably wants back. 

Another twist on the play: Bochy could have put speedy Orlando Calixte in for Hundley and then moved Pablo Sandoval over to first in the next inning, with Calixte at third. He didn’t second-guess that decision.

“He was out pretty easily,” Bochy said. “I don’t know if a little more speed would have helped out.”

--- In the bottom of the ninth, Kelby Tomlinson singled. He was promptly caught stealing second with the heart of the order coming up. Again, a decision that went the visiting team’s way. 

Those moments could be defended or second-guessed. On another night, maybe they all work out and the Giants win 3-2, or 6-4. On this night, it was simply a familiar script, and loss No. 77.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Just when it seemed the Giants were starting to find some continuity in their bullpen, they have taken a couple of steps back. 

Two days after Hunter Strickland imploded late, Albert Suarez gave up the lead. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Brewers in a game that dragged. The Brewers did open the window a bit in the bottom of the eighth and Denard Span bounced a single to right with two outs and two on. Phil Nevin waved Nick Hundley all the way around third and Hundley was thrown out by 10 feet to end the inning. 

Anyway, here are five other things to know … 

—- Just one of Jeff Samardzija’s six innings went 1-2-3, and Bruce Bochy turned to the bullpen after just 89 pitches. Samardzija was charged with two runs, one of them earned. It was a little odd that he came out so early. 

—- Suarez entered in the seventh with a one-run lead and gave up two runs before being lifted. He has allowed a run in six of his last seven appearances. 

—- Brandon Crawford momentarily gave the Giants the lead with a two-run homer, his 11th. He is definitely starting to hit his stride. Crawford has four extra base hits and six RBI on the homestand. 

—- Why is it so hard for the Giants to sign power bats? Well, just ask Eric Thames. He hit a 433-foot blast to lead off the third but ended up with just a triple when it bounced off the top of the bricks in right-center. Per Statcast data, Thames is the first player in the last three years to hit a ball more than 430 feet and not get a homer. He was stranded at third. 

—- Over in Sacramento, a couple of rehab appearances went as planned. Johnny Cueto threw three scoreless innings for the River Cats; he will make at least one more minor league start. Joe Panik was 0-for-2 in five innings; he will join the San Jose Giants on Wednesday for another rehab game.