EXTRA BAGGS: Crawford prefers large portions, etc


EXTRA BAGGS: Crawford prefers large portions, etc

PHILADELPHIA Brandon Crawford has six major league homeruns. Two are grand slams. Two others are three-run shots. Hes got one of eachon this road trip.

I like to get my moneys worth, I guess, he said.

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Crawford is having a road trip to remember, and now its theGiants turn to get greedy and fill the plate. Theyve already guaranteed noworse than a split on this road trip to Atlanta and Philadelphia, two of thetoughest places to play in the NL regardless of where the home clubs sit in thestandings. Now they can go after these next two games with house money and tryto make it a banner trip, beginning with Matt Cain against Cole Hamels onSaturday.

Tim Lincecum rushed up to Crawford at some point after theslam, reminding the young shortstop that his other one came in a Lincecum startat Milwaukee. Lincecum was just as grateful for the pair of highlight playsthat Crawford made, including a diving stop on Placido Polanco that used allthe meaning of full extension.

Incredible, Lincecum said. I gave him a golf clap.

I feel hes just growing and hes a great competitor.

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How did Crawford view the play he made on Polanco?

Off the bat, I wanted it, he said. Thats basically how Iapproach every ground ball. I want to make a play on it.

As mentioned here a few weeks back, Giants officials nowacknowledge they made a mistake last season when they traded for OrlandoCabrera at the end of July and sent Crawford to the minor leagues. Although thetrade market can be unpredictable, they have no plans to supplant Crawford thistime around. They plan to ride it out with him, knowing how much his defensestabilizes the entire infield.

It helps that Crawford entered Fridays game with a .292average in his last 17 contests. And while he hasnt turned on many pitches,his 17 doubles are third on the club behind Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera. Sohe hasnt exactly been a singles swinger.

Now Crawford is implementing a few adjustments that allowhim to use his pull side.

Hes quieted down at the plate, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. He was overstriding a little and getting out in front, and consequently,was tying himself up a little bit.

Crawford followed up his slam in the sixth by collecting atwo-out, RBI single to right field in the eighth. He was very much aware ofhis .197 average with runners in scoring position that he carried into the game,as well as his .077 mark (3 for 39) with RISP and two outs.

So that last hit felt as good as the grand slam, he said.

Crawford is sporting two gnarly, purplish nebula-lookingbruises on or above both knees, both sustained on foul tips in the last week.

Cutters, he said. All of them cutters.

Ryan Theriot quietly had four hits, which deserves amention. Call it a quiet riot.

And Eli Whiteside contributed with an RBI double and a solideffort with Lincecum. I know it wasnt a popular decision to start him today,but give him credit for a solid start. There isnt a soul in the clubhouse whois unhappy to see Whiteside back among them.

OK, so Im officially overexposed after my Jeopardy! appearance. But Ill leave you with one thought from todays episode:

If Matt LeBlanc ever stars in a silent movie, count me IN.

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win


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.