Cabrera grateful for All-Star support


Cabrera grateful for All-Star support

SAN FRANCISCO Buster Posey led all NL players in All-Starvoting and Pablo Sandoval might have shocked the country by zooming past DavidWright to become the starting third baseman.

But both of them probably owe a debt to Melky Cabrera.

It was Cabrera who fell out of the top three among NLoutfielders when the penultimate vote totals were released last week. Giantsofficials responded by increasing the volume on their campaign and fansresponded by flooding the ballot box -- voting for other Giants along the way -- to ensure Cabrera would hopscotch reigningNL MVP Ryan Braun and reclaim a starting spot.

He did, and thats not all. Cabrera ended up leading all NLoutfielders. He garnered 7,521,784 votes. Only catcher Buster Posey receivedmore support on the entire NL ballot.

It resulted in Cabreras first All-Star selection. Its ameaningful honor for the 27-year-old, who played alongside so many perennialAll-Stars with the New York Yankees and was expected to become one himself.

Cabrera said he spoke with Yankees second baseman RobinsonCano on Saturday, and they both expressed hope theyd meet up in Kansas City.Coincidentally, thats where Cabrera broke out for his 201-hit season a yearago.

This is a business, said Cabrera, whom the Royals tradedfor left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and a prospect. They traded me and Imrepresenting the San Francisco Giants. Its due to all the hard work I put inand to the Giants for giving me an opportunity to play every day.

And to the Melk Men, of course. Cabreras crisply ironed fansection continues to be a visible presence at games. The Giants alsodistributed All-Star milk cartons with Cabreras likeness.

Of course I want to thank them, Cabrera said. Theyrepart of the fans. I want to thank the fans and thank the Melk Men for theirsupport.

Cabrera entered Sunday with a major league leading 109 hitsand 35 multi-hit games. He was tied for the major league lead with 11game-winning RBIs and his .350 average was third in the NL. Only the Pirates Andrew McCutchen had ahigher average than Cabreras .420 mark against left-handed pitchers.

Melky, what a year hes having, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. That was an easy one.

Cabrera entered the final week ranked fourth in balloting with 3,045,884 votes. He trailed Braun by less than 150,000. Cabrera ended up beating Braun by more than 2 million. He finished more than 1 million ahead of the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, who accumulated the second most votes among outfielders.

Cabrera's ability to play any of three outfield spots should be an asset to NLmanager Tony La Russa. In addition to Beltran, its likely that Braun, who was named as a reserve, will start alongside Cabrera in the outfield. Braun would appear to be an obvious choice to start in place of elected starter Matt Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start


Madison Bumgarner was back on the hill Sunday night in a Giants jersey for the first time since being placed on the DL on April 21 due to a dirt bike accident

Bumgarner took the mound for the Arizona Rookie League Giants and did not allow a hit in three innings pitched. The Giants' ace also struck out two and walked one. 

In both the first and third innings, Bumgarner pitched a perfect three up and three down frame. 

Bumgarner was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left throwing shoulder and sustained bruised ribs from his dirt bike accident on an off day in Colorado. Pitching in a game for the first time in over two months, Bumgarner was throwing between 88-91 miles per hour, according to Tommy Stokke of FanRagSports. 

After finishing his three innings of work, Bumgarner went down to the bullpen to increase his pitch count, reports Sande Charles of FanRagSports

Before sustaining the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. 

The Giants have gone 21-41 since Bumgarner's injury. They are 27-51 on the year and sit 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. 

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

SAN FRANCISCO — A few minutes after yet another missed opportunity at the plate Sunday, a voice came over a speaker in the press box at AT&T Park and announced a 524th consecutive sellout. It nicely summed up this current stretch of Giants baseball. 

The seats are emptier than they used to be at first pitch, and they were just about abandoned in the ninth inning of an 8-2 loss, but for the most part the fans are still showing up in droves. One woman brought a toaster by the dugout Sunday morning and asked players and coaches to sign it, hoping to recapture the magic from across the bridge. Another, Bryan Stow, made his first appearance of the season at AT&T Park, met with Bruce Bochy, and said he hoped to see a win. As Matt Moore started warming up, a band set up on top of the visiting dugout to play hits that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. 

For a while, AT&T Park was rocking. And then, as has happened so often this summer, the game started. 

The Giants turned in another epic clunker in a season full of them. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 21 of 26, but it’s worse than the raw numbers. On most nights, some in the organization have noted privately, they are simply boring. It’s one thing to lose, it’s quite another to do it in this way. 

“There’s no getting around it,” Bochy said after the sweep. “I’ve been through some tough stretches here and this is as tough as any stretch I’ve seen. For some reason the baseball gods are really testing us here and (testing) this group. It’s not that they’re not coming out ready or trying, but enough is enough.

“At some point, we’ve got to find a way to get this thing turned around.”

Even a slight pivot would be welcomed by the faithful. There were scattered boos Sunday, the latest in a growing trend. This is a fan base that has seen the highest highs, but rarely in franchise history have the lows been this low. 

The crowd no longer turns to the rally lights that were used so often in an awful April, but the noise still grows with each new rally. And then, every single time Sunday, the Giants killed off any hope. 

In the second inning, a Brandon Belt bunt single and Brandon Crawford bloop put two on, but a pair of rookies flied out. 

In the third, the bases were loaded ahead of Buster Posey. He flied out to bring one run across, and there were still runners on the corners for Belt, who leads the team in homers. On a 2-2 count, Hunter Pence inexplicably took off for second. He was caught, the inning was over, and the two-run Mets lead was intact. Bochy said he did not send Pence. 

In the sixth, there were two on with no outs for Posey. Both runners bolted to stay out of a double play. Posey popped up to first -- for a double play.

“He’s not a guy that strikes out, so I’m pretty confident sending runners with Buster,” Bochy said. “We can’t keep laying back. We’re trying to force the issue a bit and stay out of double plays.”

In the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases for Posey and Belt. Posey grounded out. Belt struck out for the third time. 

“We’re getting guys out there,” Bochy said. “We’re not doing enough damage.”

Matt Moore’s damage was self-inflicted. He twice gave up homers to the guy — Rene Rivera — hitting in front of the pitcher. Moore said he has stopped throwing his cutter the past three starts and tried to get his four-seamer going, but the Mets were teeing off. Moore gave up five runs on seven hits. He was pulled in the fifth, left to think about mechanics that still aren’t right. 

“The cutter is a little bit different of a pitch and at times it can take away from the four-seam fastball location-wise, and command of the four-seam was starting to go down the more I threw (the cutter),” Moore said. “I’m anxious to get back to it, but the foundation has got to be throwing the four-seam fastball. I need to execute where they’re carrying through the zone, not running or cutting.”

Moore said his confidence is fine and his problems are not physical. Others can no longer say that. Austin Slater, a rare bright spot in this five-win month, was pulled with a tight hip flexor. He was headed for an MRI. 

Slater is too young to be one of the players Bochy approached after the game. He said he talked to a few, though, passing along that “enough is enough” message. Moore, last in the National League in ERA (6.04), was not one who needed a reminder. 

“I’m sitting on a six right now with not a lot of wins and not enough team wins when I’m throwing,” he said. “It’s been 'enough' for me for the last couple of months.”