Wilson wants to be ready for 162


Wilson wants to be ready for 162

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Brian Wilson has obeyed everyinstruction from trainers and followed every step in the conservative timeline created forhim this spring as the Giants ease his right elbow back to full strength.

But when the season begins, Wilson doesnt want to be heldback.

I make the team healthy, there shouldnt be any worries orwhat-ifs or (thoughts of) maybe lightening the workload, he said on Saturday.You should be ready for 162 games.

Wilson continues to look healthy, if not completely lockedin. His third outing of the spring wasnt nearly as smooth as his first two andhe couldnt complete his scheduled inning on Saturday. But third baseman PabloSandoval threw away a potential double-play grounder that wouldve gottenWilson out of the inning quickly.

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Instead, Wilson had to push himself while throwing 30pitches before Scott Munter remember him? was summoned to get the finalout. The long outing was a good test for Wilsons elbow.

His stuff was fine and he had velocity, Giants managerBruce Bochy said. He was down to his last hitter and, never fails, he had tothrow nine or 10 pitches.

Wilson is starting to move from a rehabbing player to ahealthy, unrestricted one. He didnt think he needed to appear on consecutivedays until the end of the spring, saying its a valid point but that therewas no need to risk anything this early.

Bochy said he is eager to see how Wilson is able to bounceback, though.

Yeah, and Willie knows it, Bochy said. It would be greatto get that checked off and maybe get an out and go back out there.

Bochy said hed also like Wilson to go one-plus innings atsome point. He planned to avoid using Wilson for four- and five-out saves asmuch as he did in the past, but youd still like to have that option. Itd benice for Willie to occasionally do it.

Wilson is certainly sticking to the rest of his routine.Right-hander Clay Hensley has joined Wilsons intensive, constantly moving, boot-campstyle drills on the field that include running cones, crawling on all fours andsprinting with a parachute strapped to his waist.

Its not easy, Wilson said. I know that. He knows that.But thats the point. Its not easy to pitch.

Wilson went three-up, three-down in his first two outings. On Saturday, he was charged with an unearned run and struck out two while allowing a hit in addition to his two walks.

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Practically speaking, the 50th loss is no different than the one before or the one after, but this sport is built on milestones, and this one came quickly.

The Giants lost their 50th game on August 12 last year. This season, it was clinched when Ryder Jones grounded out in his fourth career at-bat, handing the Mets a 5-2 win on June 24. 

Bruce Bochy called losing 50 of your first 77 games "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." Johnny Cueto, who went seven strong, said the reality was "hard and sad." Brandon Belt, who got Cueto off the hook for a loss, agreed with his manager.

"That's a pretty good word to use -- it is embarrassing to come out and lose every day, especially with the group of guys we have," Belt said. "When you're losing as much as this, it is embarrassing. We're trying to do whatever we can to turn this thing around."

Lately, that has meant changes to the roster. It is officially audition season, and in that respect, it was not a particularly inspiring day for the bullpen. The Giants felt they would have a better mix this year, but it hasn't played out. Instead, they're once again trying to find pieces for the next successful Giants bullpen.

With Hunter Strickland suspended and Derek Law in the minors, two young relievers, a middle-innings stalwart, and a newcomer pitched the final two frames. They gave up four runs.

Sam Dyson was the first on the mound in the eighth. Belt had homered a few minutes earlier, tying a good starter's duel. Dyson gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson and walked Asdrubal Cabrera before throwing two good sliders past Yoenis Cespedes for the strikeout. With two lefties coming up and the go-ahead run still on third, Bochy turned to Steven Okert. He immediately gave up a seeing-eye RBI single to Jay Bruce. Wilmer Flores doubled off George Kontos later in the frame to make it 3-1. 

In the ninth, Kyle Crick showed some of the wildness that kept him in the minors for seven years. He, too, gave up a leadoff triple, a sin you always pay for. A walk helped put another run into scoring position and a wild pitch extended the Mets’ lead to four. 

Before the game, Bochy talked of getting an extended look at Jones. He was 0-for-4 in his first big league game but he’ll be back out there tomorrow. It’s time to fight for a job, and the same holds true of some relievers who didn’t fare well Saturday. It is a group with a closer locked into a longterm deal and little else decided. 

Are Strickland or Law eighth-inning guys? Will Dyson be a worthwhile reclamation project? Will Kontos be back, and will he carve out a different role? Are Okert and Josh Osich capable of giving Bochy lefties he trusts? Is Crick’s improvement in Triple-A a sign of things to come? There are many questions to be answered over the next three months. 

“This is a good time for them, this is what players get up here for, to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “Because of our situation, we’re going to take a look at these guys and we know there are going to be growing pains.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 50th loss of the season

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 50th loss of the season


SAN FRANCISCO — The promotion of an intriguing prospect can bring a certain buzz to the ballpark. It didn’t last long. 

The debut of Ryder Jones came in the latest flat performance from the Giants, who collapsed late and fell 5-2 to the Mets. The loss was their 50th of the season. They did not lose their 50th game last season until August 12. 

With the score tied in the eighth, Curtis Granderson crushed a leadoff triple into the alley. Sam Dyson walked the next batter and then whiffed Yoenis Cespedes, but Jay Bruce greeted Steven Okert with an RBI single to right. It kept going poorly from there. 

Here are five things to know from a cool day by the water … 

—- Jones grounded out to second in his first at-bat and then flied out to center, grounded out to first, and grounded out to second. He had one chance in the field, starting a double play that ended the second inning.  

—- Johnny Cueto seems to have turned a corner. Over his past two starts, he has allowed just three earned runs over 14 innings. Whether they trade him or not, the Giants certainly could use a nice little hot streak for the next six weeks. 

—- A few seconds after Bruce Bochy shook Cueto’s hand, Brandon Belt got him off the hook for a loss. He hit the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh into the seats in left-center, tying the game. The homer was Belt’s 14th. He’s on pace for 29. 

—- The Mets got eight one-run innings out of Jacob deGrom, who is quietly the most reliable of a star-studded rotation. He struck out seven and gave up just four hits. 

—- If Madison Bumgarner wants another Silver Slugger Award, he’ll have to chase down deGrom, who hit a homer in his last start. His single in the third was his 10th hit, and he finished the day with a .294 average.