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Krukow: Giants have been patient with Kyle Crick, 'he just hasn't responded'

Krukow: Giants have been patient with Kyle Crick, 'he just hasn't responded'

The Giants selected Kyle Crick in the first round (49th overall) of the 2011 draft.

Over 23 starts at Double-A Richmond last year, Crick went 4-11 with a 5.94 ERA

"He has push in his delivery, and push and shove in delivery is inconsistency of release point," Mike Krukow explained on KNBR 680. "And that's gonna cause you to struggle in the strike zone. When he misses, he usually misses up because of the shove. And he's got to fix that. He's gotta get a better set of mechanics that allows him to crack the whip when you get to that release point and not push when you get to that release point.

"And the other thing, too, about a guy who shoves or pushes, is he shows you the ball early. So even if he's throwing hard, you're gonna see it. They're trying to be patient with him and he just hasn't responded."

Crick was recently optioned to minor league camp.

He put up solid numbers during Cactus League games -- one earned run over seven innings, six hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

But according to Krukow: "He's not ready for the big leagues; he cannot find the strike zone. And if you cannot find the strike zone, you cannot be apart of a big league bullpen or a starting rotation. You can't. You have to have command.

"So he's got some work to do... he's taken a long time to find it and at this point, I don't know if he can."

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

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Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

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Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

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. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

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. Matt Moore (L) P