Posey pleased after catching five, running bases


Posey pleased after catching five, running bases

MESA, Ariz. It wasnt much of a test, but Buster Posey ranthe bases Friday his first game experience as a baserunner in more than ninemonths.

Posey was 1 for 2 with a walk, and both times he didntadvance. He ran on fly balls with two outs, both times hitting second base withhis right foot.

One small step for man

Im sure its in the back of my mind, said Posey, abouthitting the base with his good foot. But when youre trying to get from onebase to another, its not going to happen every time.

Posey caught a spring-high five innings and said he washappy with it again. The next step is to get five at-bats as a DH in minorleague camp on Saturday. Hell lead off every inning. In that relaxed-rules environment, he could elect to use apinch runner each time, too. But hes not planning on it.

Show off my speed, he said.

Manager Bruce Bochy plans to give Posey a long break after Saturday's activity. He'll rest Posey on Sunday and the team is off Monday. The plan is for Posey to get back behind the plate on Tuesday and catch six innings.

Posey didnt show any noticeable signs of struggle with his surgically repaired left ankle and he formed a solid battery with left-hander Eric Surkamp, then Jeremy Affeldt.

I thought he looked good, Posey said of Surkamp, whoallowed just a home run to Mike Rizzo in four innings. He did a good jobmixing pitches. With command of his fastball, he struggled in the first inning.But he got better as he went along.

Surkamp struck out four, walked one and flashed a goodbreaking ball that resulted in some swing-throughs. Surkamp also hasincorporated his slider in his last two outings.

That comes with just getting arm speed back, Surkamp said.The first couple outings, I felt my arm stopping. Its just keeping the armmoving along with the lower body.

About Posey, Surkamp said, He looked great. Its nicethrowing to him. He puts down the signs and you just roll with it.

Posey, whose first hit of the spring was a home run on Wednesday, had a good at-bat while lining a single in the second inning. With a two-strike count against Cubs left-hander Matt Garza, Posey threw his bat at an outside pitch and got enough barrel on it to whistle it past the second baseman.

You never unlearn how to hit, do you?

"Any time you can go deep into the count and get barrel on a tough pitch, you're happy with the at-bat," Posey said.

Bochy liked what he saw from his cleanup hitter, too.

"He's not there. He's got a ways to go, and he'd tell you that," Bochy said. "But to see him with two strikes, going the other way on a pretty good breaking ball, that's what he does so well. He's one of those talents (who) has the ability to adjust on the fly. That's what he did with that pitch. He's a great two-strike hitter, So I think that was a great sign."

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


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.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

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."

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.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

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.