EXTRA BAGGS: Who should catch Timmy next?


EXTRA BAGGS: Who should catch Timmy next?


SAN FRANCISCO Buster Posey wanted to catch Tim Lincecum onWednesday, and Bruce Bochy knew it.

The Giants manager usually makes sure to explain his lineupdecisions to players in advance, and so he brought Posey into his office afterTuesday nights game.

I told him the plan, Bochy said. He wants to catch. Healso knows it makes sense (to go easy) with a day game after a night game. Ijust want to make sure he knows why, because he does a great job for us andwith this staff, going back to when we brought him up in 2010. Hes a specialtalent. Hell be back there.

Did Bochy think that Lincecum and Posey were having anyissues working together?

I dont, but I do think its fair to say that theres timesa pitchercatcher relationship can get off being on the same page, Bochy toldme. For no particular reason, you can get in a rut. Its something that getsresolved with time.

With Buster, though, you wont have any more confidence ina guy being able to handle the staff. Just look at the ERAs of pitchers whenhes out there. This is more of a Lets break it up kind of a thing.

Bochy shared those thoughts with me before Hector Sanchezcaught seven shutout innings from Lincecum, who emphatically broke his 10-startwinless streak. It was the second consecutive time Sanchez worked with thetwo-time Cy Young Award winner.

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All of a sudden, Lincecum has a streak of 12 consecutivescoreless innings.

So Bochy will have a tough decision to make when Lincecummakes his next start Tuesday at Washington. The Giants will be coming off atravel day. There wont be any reason to rest Posey.

This looms as a very interesting and sensitive issue, ifsomething less than a full-blown controversy. Even with Matt Cains perfectgame and Melky Cabreras All-Star first half and Pablo Sandovals constantenergy, no two Giants have a national profile to match that of Lincecum andPosey.

Now Lincecum is finally having success -- and its withSanchez behind the dish. In some markets, on some teams, with some pricklier ormore prideful personalities, this could be a very big deal.

Instead, here is what Posey said after Lincecums brilliantouting in their 3-0 victory over the Dodgers:

Give Sanchez a lot of credit. I think he got beat up todayand he hung in there and did a great job.

I asked Posey: Was it important for Bochy to take him asideand explain the plan?

Oh, I think its nice to just have that heads up so I knowIm playing first base, just from a mindset standpoint, he said. And theysure have worked well together the last couple times, havent they?

But Posey said he didnt get the message that Lincecum wouldbe working with Sanchez from now on.

Not at all, Posey said. As of now, I look forward tocatching him the next time. But well see.

What is Bochy saying? Will Sanchez, who already has becomeBarry Zitos regular batterymate, catch Lincecum the next time

Could be, Bochy said. I could put Buster at first base. But I dont want toget caught in whos going to catch who now. Sure, its been two good games.Thats why I did it the last game, to break it up.

Weve got one of the best in the game in Buster. Hes ourcatcher and hell be doing the lions share of the catching.

Lincecums take? It didnt seem to matter who was catching him.His battles were more internal.

Ive just been trying to eliminate any kind of doubt I had,even leading up to whether it would be Sanchez catching or not, he said. Iwas just trying to eliminate negatives and get back to throwing strikes andjust compete out there.

No doubt, Lincecum was energized by that foul pop thatSanchez caught with an incredible, body-thudding grab in the fourth inning.Sanchez got the wind knocked out of him and was dizzy for a bit, but was fineand finished the game. He got whacked on the side of the helmet by a foul ballon Monday, too.

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He did an outstanding job back there, Lincecum said. Iknow I threw a lot of balls in the dirt to beat the crap out of him, but hestill stuck with it and stuck with me.

There isnt any talk of moving Posey out from behind theplate for good. But theyve got a talented, 22-year-old switch-hitter anddefender in Sanchez. So its only natural that Poseys position will remain atopic for discussion.

Brandon Crawford was in a 1-for-14 slump that knocked hisOPS down to .584, with some hard outs and line drives mixed in there. Hedecided something needed to change.

So he and Emmanuel Burriss huddled together to choose somenew walk-up music. He wanted something poppy and upbeat. Crawford was thinkingabout Call Me Maybe, but friends dont let friends make decisions like that.

Its never a bad idea to listen to your wife, though. Sowhen Jalynne Crawford suggested Stronger by Kelly Clarkson, thats what wentinto the rotation.

Wouldn't you know it? Her husband got three hits, including a triple. He even hadthe good mojo of getting an infield hit after a ground ball had originally beencalled an error. The official scorer reviewed the play and changed the call.

So Crawford is stuck with Kelly Clarkson now.

Worked so far, he said. Gotta keep it going.

As the Sacramento Bee pointed out, the only Dodger to reachthird base in the entire three-game series was pitcher Chad Billingsley.


Here's a list of the other six times in Giants franchise history that they threw three consecutive shutouts:

July 5-8, 1988: Terry Mulholland and Rick Reuschel beat the Cubs, then Mike LaCoss shut out the Cardinals at Candlestick Park.

May 11-13, 1960: Sam Jones and Jack Sanford shut out the Phillies, then Mike McCormick outdueled the Dodgers' Don Drysdale.

April 24-25, 1954: Marv Grissom beat Robin Roberts, then Sal Maglie and Johnny Antonetti did the rest in a doubleheader sweep.

July 27-29, 1948: Raise your hands if you've heard of Giants pitchers Larry Jansen, Clint Hartung or Dave Koslo. They yielded nothing to a Reds team in a series that included opposing pitchers Johnny Vander Meer (yes, that one), Herm Wehmeier and Ken Roffensberger. That is one Teutonic rotation right there.

April 19 to May 2, 1919: This was the least likely string of three shutouts in franchise history because it came at Philadelphia's old Baker Bowl, which makes Coors Field look like Petco. The scores were 6-0, 15-0 and 6-0.

The Giants have never thrown four consecutive shutouts. Not since 1919, at least. No pressure, Madison Bumgarner.

Not only did the Dodgers fail to score a run in a three-gameseries against their archrivals for the first time in history, let slip solepossession of first place for the first time since April 10 and lose AndreEthier to an oblique ailment in the first inning, but

Their equipment truck broke down on 101 while en route toSFO.


Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Kelly doesn't play much, but he's learned to make the most of his opportunities.

"He's my secret weapon," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Mackanin summoned him at the most opportune of times on Saturday night, and Kelly delivered.

Kelly had a pinch-hit grand slam, Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants 12-9.

"I take anything positive, but that was pretty amazing," Kelly said.

Down 12-4, the Giants scored five times in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris struck out Carlos Moncrief for his 14th save.

Adam Morgan (1-1) threw just one pitch and got the win.

Kelly batted for Morgan and hit a slam off Cory Gearrin that capped a seven-run burst in the sixth inning for an 11-4 lead. He has 14 RBIs on 14 hits this year.

"The one thing he does is he doesn't overswing," Mackanin said. "He doesn't try to do too much and he's got some quickness in his bat. If you make a mistake like they did tonight, he doesn't try to overpower, he just tries to put the head on it and that's what he did tonight."

Denard Span became the first Giants player to lead off with an inside-the-park home run in 72 years. The last Giant to do it was Johnny Rucker on June 20, 1945, when the team played in New York and was at the Polo Grounds against the Boston Braves, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ty Blach (8-9) took the loss.

Cameron Rupp homered and doubled, and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies.

Rupp doubled off Blach with one out to start the sixth, with Span losing the high flyball to center field. The ball landed in front of him.

"He lost it. He never saw it in the twilight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The ball is tough to pick up at that time of the night."

Giants star Buster Posey was 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 21 games going back to 2014.

Hoskins homered for the fourth time in seven games. Since going hitless in his first 12 at-bats after being called up from Triple-A, the rookie is 7 for 21 with four home runs in seven games.

His power surge has coincided with his team making a trip to the Bay Area, near where he grew up in the Sacramento area. He had about 35 to 40 friends and relatives at Saturday's game.

"I grew up a Giants fan, to play in this ballpark is pretty special," Hoskins said. "It's something that I dreamt of, especially to get a win the way we did tonight is pretty cool."

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin's status for his next turn in the rotation is uncertain after the 23-year-old reported tightness in right shoulder, Mackanin said. ... RHP Ben Lively is with the team and will be activated before Sunday's game to start the series finale, Mackanin said. Lively will take the roster spot of outfielder Odubel Herrera, who on Friday was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury (retroactive to Aug. 15). Lively will take RHP Mark Leiter's spot in the rotation in a move that sends Leiter to the bullpen.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto will pitch in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and likely make one more rehab start before being activated, manager Bruce Bochy said. Cueto has been on the disabled list since July 15 with blisters on his right hand. He will throw 50 to 60 pitches on Monday, Bochy said.

Phillies: Lively (1-4, 3.80 ERA) recorded his lone career win against the Giants on June 3, when he gave up one run in seven innings of four-hit ball. Lively was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on pitch in the majors for the first time since July 5.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99) is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies. He was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season.

Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys


Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys

The Giants scored early and often Friday night, giving Bruce Bochy no reason to switch anything up Saturday in San Francisco.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-77)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Jorge Alfaro (R) 1B
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Ty Blach (R) P