Sandoval sees nothing wrong in passing Wright


Sandoval sees nothing wrong in passing Wright

SAN FRANCISCO Pablo Sandoval strode through the clubhousewith a huge smile, a loud whistle and no apologies.

He had just learned he was elected the NLs starting third baseman for the NLAll-Star team, sacking the Mets David Wright as Giants fans stuffed the ballotbox with an unrelenting deluge of votes in the final week.

Wright ranks second in the NL with a 1.013 OPS and a .355batting average. Meanwhile, Sandoval has posted productive numbers but missed40 games with a fractured left hand.

Nobody in a Giants uniform could come out and say that Sandovaldeserves to start over Wright. But they couldnt claim the opposite, either.

These fans of ours, they love their players, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said. Theyre passionate and they came out in full force.You look at what David Wright has done hes having an incredible year andPablos missed some time. But hes got some good numbers, too.

No doubt, its all because of these fans. They came out innumbers and got it done.

Entering the final week of online voting, Wright had nearly2.7 million votes and held an edge over Sandoval that exceeded 400,000. Butwhen the final totals were announced Sunday, Sandoval powered his way to a 1.6million vote landslide victory. He finished with 5,743,542 to Wrights4,133,380.

A bit awkward? Yes. But it didnt diminish Sandovals gleeupon winning.

The Kung Fu Panda acknowledged Wrights remarkable season.

Hes having a great year, said Sandoval, who is batting.316 with six home runs and 25 RBIs. Im surprised I made it because I thinkhes had a great year. But the fans give you great support. They give you apush.

I just say thank you to the fans. I focus on playing mygame and you see what happens. When youre having fun, then your dreams cancome true.

Its the second time that Sandoval made the All-Star teamdespite missing more than a month with a hamate fracture. Last year, he was alate selection to the NL team by Bochy as an injury replacement.

Last year I was a backup guy, Sandoval said. This yearits going to be different.

Sandoval said he had no idea until he arrived at theballpark and received the news.

I just keep praying and my fingers crossed, he said. Imhappy I made it. Every moment, Im excited with this organization. They gave methe opportunity to be here.

Its been a trying first half for Sandoval, who dealt withthe frustration of fracturing the hamate in his left hand one year after havingthe same surgery to remove the bone in his right hand.

Club officials continue to keep on him about his wellpublicized weight issues, although he has responded by slimming down in recentweeks.

Sandoval also remains the subject of a sexual assaultinvestigation by the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department, which is in thefinal stages of completion. Sandovals attorney, Eric Geffon, said he andSandoval continue to cooperate with detectives but that his client committed nocriminal acts.

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start


Madison Bumgarner was back on the bump Sunday night in a Giants jersey for the first time since being placed on the DL due to a dirt bike accident on April 21.

Bumgarner took the mound for the Arizona Rookie League Giants against the Arizona Rookie League Angels and did not allow a hit in three innings pitched. The Giants' ace also struck out two and walked one. 

In both the first and third innings, Bumgarner pitched a perfect three up and three down frame. 

Bumgarner was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left throwing shoulder and sustained bruised ribs from his dirt bike accident on an off day in Colorado. Pitching in a game for the first time in over two months, Bumgarner was throwing between 88-91 miles per hour, according to Tommy Stokke of FanRagSports. 

After finishing his three innings of work, Bumgarner went down to the bullpen to increase his pitch count, reports Sande Charles of FanRagSports

Before sustaining the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. 

The Giants have gone 21-41 since Bumgarner's injury. They are 27-51 on the year and sit 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. 

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

SAN FRANCISCO — A few minutes after yet another missed opportunity at the plate Sunday, a voice came over a speaker in the press box at AT&T Park and announced a 524th consecutive sellout. It nicely summed up this current stretch of Giants baseball. 

The seats are emptier than they used to be at first pitch, and they were just about abandoned in the ninth inning of an 8-2 loss, but for the most part the fans are still showing up in droves. One woman brought a toaster by the dugout Sunday morning and asked players and coaches to sign it, hoping to recapture the magic from across the bridge. Another, Bryan Stow, made his first appearance of the season at AT&T Park, met with Bruce Bochy, and said he hoped to see a win. As Matt Moore started warming up, a band set up on top of the visiting dugout to play hits that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. 

For a while, AT&T Park was rocking. And then, as has happened so often this summer, the game started. 

The Giants turned in another epic clunker in a season full of them. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 21 of 26, but it’s worse than the raw numbers. On most nights, some in the organization have noted privately, they are simply boring. It’s one thing to lose, it’s quite another to do it in this way. 

“There’s no getting around it,” Bochy said after the sweep. “I’ve been through some tough stretches here and this is as tough as any stretch I’ve seen. For some reason the baseball gods are really testing us here and (testing) this group. It’s not that they’re not coming out ready or trying, but enough is enough.

“At some point, we’ve got to find a way to get this thing turned around.”

Even a slight pivot would be welcomed by the faithful. There were scattered boos Sunday, the latest in a growing trend. This is a fan base that has seen the highest highs, but rarely in franchise history have the lows been this low. 

The crowd no longer turns to the rally lights that were used so often in an awful April, but the noise still grows with each new rally. And then, every single time Sunday, the Giants killed off any hope. 

In the second inning, a Brandon Belt bunt single and Brandon Crawford bloop put two on, but a pair of rookies flied out. 

In the third, the bases were loaded ahead of Buster Posey. He flied out to bring one run across, and there were still runners on the corners for Belt, who leads the team in homers. On a 2-2 count, Hunter Pence inexplicably took off for second. He was caught, the inning was over, and the two-run Mets lead was intact. Bochy said he did not send Pence. 

In the sixth, there were two on with no outs for Posey. Both runners bolted to stay out of a double play. Posey popped up to first -- for a double play.

“He’s not a guy that strikes out, so I’m pretty confident sending runners with Buster,” Bochy said. “We can’t keep laying back. We’re trying to force the issue a bit and stay out of double plays.”

In the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases for Posey and Belt. Posey grounded out. Belt struck out for the third time. 

“We’re getting guys out there,” Bochy said. “We’re not doing enough damage.”

Matt Moore’s damage was self-inflicted. He twice gave up homers to the guy — Rene Rivera — hitting in front of the pitcher. Moore said he has stopped throwing his cutter the past three starts and tried to get his four-seamer going, but the Mets were teeing off. Moore gave up five runs on seven hits. He was pulled in the fifth, left to think about mechanics that still aren’t right. 

“The cutter is a little bit different of a pitch and at times it can take away from the four-seam fastball location-wise, and command of the four-seam was starting to go down the more I threw (the cutter),” Moore said. “I’m anxious to get back to it, but the foundation has got to be throwing the four-seam fastball. I need to execute where they’re carrying through the zone, not running or cutting.”

Moore said his confidence is fine and his problems are not physical. Others can no longer say that. Austin Slater, a rare bright spot in this five-win month, was pulled with a tight hip flexor. He was headed for an MRI. 

Slater is too young to be one of the players Bochy approached after the game. He said he talked to a few, though, passing along that “enough is enough” message. Moore, last in the National League in ERA (6.04), was not one who needed a reminder. 

“I’m sitting on a six right now with not a lot of wins and not enough team wins when I’m throwing,” he said. “It’s been 'enough' for me for the last couple of months.”