SAN FRANCISCO -- In what amounted to a skull session on what-to-dowhat-not-to-do if the Giants All-Star catcher ever finds himself in such a homeplate collision situation again, manager Bruce Bochy and Buster Posey watched video Saturday of Pablo Sandoval's Friday night hit of Houston catcher Chris Snyder."If it came up, would you do anything different?" Bochy said he asked Posey. "It's part of what we do."Those are two big boys there and that's a play that's part of baseball. He was right there at home plate, trying to get a handle on the ball, and those (collisions) are unavoidable. The one with Buster is a little bit different and that's the pedestal I got on, that Hey, as long as the (runner) is going for home plate, instead of the catcher, that's when, I think, a guy is more susceptible to injury."You always feel for someone when they get hit there at home plate, and I think especially since I caught, and anybody's that caught, you realize that. There's a lot of force and mass coming in there and if you're not in somewhat good position, you're very susceptible to getting hurt."After Posey's ankle was shredded and his season ended by his collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins last May, Bochy in particular and the Giants in general were very vocal in there displeasure with homeplate collisions.So you could imagine the more cynical waiting for the Giants brass to complain about Sandoval's hit of Snyder. Keep waiting.For his part, Sandoval said he emerged from the scrum no worse for the wear, physically or mentally."It's part of the game; you don't have time to think about it," Sandoval said. "It's really reaction and the intention is to score a run. It was clean. All I was trying to do was score. It's part of the game."I'm glad we're OK and that no one got hurt so that's why I think it's clean."And the ball popping free?"That," Sandoval said with a smile, "makes it even better."Bochy said there's an art to a catcher taking a hit and said Snyder successfully shielded himself by turning, making himself a smaller target and taking Sandoval's hit at an angle."Sometimes it's hard to get in a good position because the throw will dictate that," Bochy said."If I thought my runner went at it the wrong way, sure, I'd talk with him about it."Despite reports that Tim Lincecum would be on a short leash Saturday against Houston, Bochy said he would not address the topic until after the game.Hector Sanchez was in the starting lineup to catch Lincecum for the fifth straight outing, though Bochy said calling Sanchez a "personal catcher" would not be accurate. Same for Sanchez for Barry Zito, despite his catching him most of the season.In fact, Bochy said Posey would catch Zito in his next start, at Atlanta.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.
In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.
Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.
"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."
Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.
Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.
Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.
Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.
"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."
It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.
Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.
"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."
UMPIRE GOES DOWN:
Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.
RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.
Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.
The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.
Fox Sports was the first to report the news.
The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.
Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.
Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.
Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.
In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.
Source: Eduardo Nunez to #RedSox.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2017