EXTRA BAGGS: Melky coasts into NL runs lead, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Melky coasts into NL runs lead, etc.

DENVER Melky Cabrera does not talk nonstop in ahigh-pitched, Louisiana screech. He doesnt talk much at all.

But he and Will Clark have a chance to share a commonattribute.

After crossing the plate eight times in three games at CoorsField, Cabrera leads the NL with 77 runs scored. Hes on pace to score 115,which would be the most by a Giant since Barry Bonds scored 129 in 2004.

No Giant has led the NL in runs scored since 1989, whenClark tied Howard Johnson and Ryne Sandberg with 104.

With Buster Posey remaining red-hot and now Hunter Pence atrue RBI man in the No. 5 spot (and Pablo Sandoval returning soon), theres adecent chance that Cabrera will keep on crossing the plate.

Well, you know what, its really been ridiculous, saidPence, who had an RBI groundout and knocked in Cabrera with doubles in the fifthand seventh. Baserunners are everywhere and I dont feel like those guys havemade an out. Its incredible and Im looking forward to more of it.

Cabrera didnt exactly run while scoring his last run. Hewas in need of an oxygen mask after hitting a triple in the ninth inning, andwhen Buster Posey singled to left, you needed a sundial to time Cabreras timefrom third to the plate.

RECAP: Baggs' Instant Replay -- Giants 8, Rockies 3

We had a couple guys running on fumes there, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said. But they did a good job finishing off that seriesand playing well.

Buster Posey is on pace for 103 RBIs, by the way. He'd become the first Giant to drive in 100 since Bonds in 2004.

It's always worth a moment to stop and reflect on that 2004 season. Bonds drove in 101 and hit 45 home runs even though he was walked 232 times that season, including 120 intentional passes -- both major league records that won't be broken any time soon, if ever.

Joey Votto and David Ortiz lead the majors with 13 intentional walks this season, in case you were curious.

The Giants are averaging 5.08 runs per game on the road. Thatsthe best in the National League and second in the majors, behind the Angels.

You read that right. The Giants own the second best roadoffense in the majors.

What a huge outing for Sergio Romo. He entered abases-loaded situation in the seventh but didnt let the Rockies back in thegame, striking out two batters.

A night earlier, Romo had taken Bochy aside and told him hewas close to figuring something out. He figured out what happened in a four-gameskid in which he retired just nine of 19 batters faced, raising his ERA from0.60 to 2.20.

He wanted his manager to retain confidence in him, to keep puttinghim in leveraged situations. Bochy did.

He saved us in a critical part of the game, Bochy said. Thatsuplifting for the club and its gotta be for him, too.

BAGGARLY: Lincecum regains competitive edge

Romo acknowledged he took his frustrations home with him onthe last homestand, when he gave up a tiebreaking home run to the DodgersHanley Ramirez and served up a tiebreaking shot to the Mets Scott Hairston.

I think very highly of myself and I take a lot of pride inmy ability Ive been given to throw strikes, Romo said. The team needs me tobe good. I want to be good again. I had to finish them off.

I know things werent going right. Its hard not to take ithome, but you have to leave it on the field and come back and have confidencein yourself the next day.

Because it matters. If I can contribute to a happy cause,why not? This thing is not about me.

Hector Sanchez momentarily lost the feeling in his handafter a pitch struck it in the first inning. Thats why he spiked one returnthrow and nearly sailed another.

I thought you had the yips, a teammate said.

Did you happen to notice who warmed up Tim Lincecum in hislast two innings, then warmed up Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth?

It was none other than Brett Pill. The Giants needed someonebecause Sanchez was either on base, in the batters circle or made the finalout at the end of innings.

I used Busters mask and Hectors glove, said Pill, wholisted his catching experience as somewhere between never and (laughing) never.

Timmy took it easy on me, Pill said. Affeldt threw me afew breaking balls.

Of course he did.

Familiar faces trying to find success, health with Giants' Triple-A affiliate


Familiar faces trying to find success, health with Giants' Triple-A affiliate

SACRAMENTO -- A young man named Clayton Blackburn walked into the home clubhouse at Raley Field on Tuesday decked out in Round Rock gear. 

"You're here for my start?" he said, smiling.

Sorry, Clayton, I was on Panda Watch for two days. But it was fun watching Blackburn, DFA’d in a weird move earlier this year, face former teammates. Blackburn hasn't had a great season with Texas, but he is still just 24 and he has gotten into terrific shape. Given what happened during his call-up last year, you should root for him to get a second chance. 

Blackburn gave up three runs over six innings against his former team. The River Cats won on Jarrett Parker’s walk-off homer to dead center with two outs in the ninth. Parker was one of many familiar faces in the lineup Tuesday. Here are some thoughts on guys you know, and guys you will: 

--- Trevor Brown is the backup catcher in Sacramento, which is certainly a fall from his run as Buster Posey's backup. Brown is batting .168 in what has been a very frustrating season for him. The groin injury that slowed him early lingered, he had a concussion, and he hasn't been able to find any BABIP luck. This year seems a lost one for a guy who was a big part of 2016. I’m still intrigued by his versatility.

--- Chris Shaw is the latest podcast guest. You can stream it here. We talked about his power, his move to left, thinking he was a Ray, and more. I didn't see many at-bats, but I saw enough in left field to be confident he'll be fine out there. 

--- Parker started in center field and made a nice running catch at the wall. He wouldn't hold up as a big league center fielder, but perhaps the Giants should throw him out there a few times down the stretch to see if he can be a backup option next season. Parker said he finally found his swing over the past few games. His rehab assignment ends in about a week, and he’s expected back in San Francisco. 

--- Reyes Moronta, who spent a day in the majors in May, was promoted to Triple-A. In his first inning, Drew Stubbs took him deep. I found that quirky. It's been a long season with far too many transactions. 

--- If Steven Duggar would stay healthy, he would probably make it up to SF in September. Unfortunately, his hamstring was tight again this week, keeping him out of San Jose’s lineup for a few days. Speaking of health: Tyler Beede’s groin injury will keep him out longer than just the standard DL time … Melvin Upton Jr. is still in Sacramento rehabbing a shoulder injury, but he’s not throwing yet so it’s hard to picture him making any noise before September call-up time …Christian Arroyo is in Arizona rehabbing from hand surgery. 

--- Derek Law was smiling because Derek Law is always smiling. He has a 4.32 ERA but said he feels much better than those results. “My slider is back,” Law said. He should be, too, when the Giants expand their roster. There are some other interesting relievers in Sacramento. A first baseman told me opposing hitters grumble about facing D.J. Snelten (1.84 ERA) and Tyler Rogers has a 1.94 ERA as a dirt-scraping right-hander. 

--- A teammate predicted Carlos Moncrief would hit .270 in the big leagues if called up, and he ended up getting that call Wednesday morning. Moncrief is a fun clubhouse addition. He gave Sandoval some good-natured heckling for talking to reporters after going 1 for 4. 

--- The Giants have had a lot of veterans visit San Jose this season. They all bought the postgame spread, but word around the block is that Madison Bumgarner provided the best meal. He had steak and lobster delivered to San Jose Muni. 

Eduardo Nunez 'forever grateful' for his time spent with the Giants

Eduardo Nunez 'forever grateful' for his time spent with the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Eduardo Nuñez left San Francisco in a strange way. The third baseman was traded in the middle of Tuesday night’s game and mostly said his goodbyes in a stairwell behind the home dugout at AT&T Park. Before joining the Red Sox, Nuñez took to his social media pages to send a message to the Giants and their fans. 

On Twitter, Nuñez thanked the organization for “the great opportunity and experiences learned” and wished the team the best of luck. His Instagram message was a bit longer. 

“I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing team,” Nuñez wrote. “I value the experiences learned during my time here and I will miss my teammates, the fans, and the beautiful city of San Francisco very much. Best wishes to the Giants organization during the rest of this season. God Bless.”

Nuñez is expected to join the Red Sox on Friday. Boston’s manager, John Farrell, told reporters that his new infielder will get “a high number of at-bats” despite the presence of top prospect Rafael Devers. 

"This is someone who's swinging the bat very well right now,” Farrell said, according to "A high energy player that can run the bases well. He’s got really good line drive power so his .300-plus batting average to mix into this lineup is a good addition."