Bochy gets 1,000th win, becomes second Giants manager to do so

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By Jeremy Kahn

NEW YORK — Bruce Bochy began his major-league career just a few 100 feet away from Citi Field, and on this night, he made team history.

The San Francisco Giants scored six runs in the top of the 10th inning, to give Bochy his 1,000th win as manager of the Giants with a 9-3 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of 24,878 at Citi Field.

Bochy joins John McGraw as the only manager to ever win 1,000 or more games with the Giants in the teams 137-year history.

What a special night with the way they played, said Bochy.

It was on July 19, 1978 that Bochy made his major-league debut for the Houston Astros as a 23-year old catcher.

This is a special place, and I played here as well, said Bochy, who played in 17 games for the Mets during the 1982 under manager George Bamberger.

McGraw won 2,583 games between 1902-1932, which included like Bochy, three World Championships in 1905, 1921 and 1922.

This was the fourth win in five games for the Giants, who lost seven in a row prior to their win on Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. With the victory, the Giants are now 4-1 in extra inning games this season.

Tyler Austin got the rally going in the top of the 10th inning as he singled off of losing pitcher Robert Gsellman, who allowed five runs on three hits and walked two in 1/3 of an inning.

Following the Austin single, Brandon Belt walked and then both Austin and Belt, advanced an additional 90 feet, when Gsellman uncorked a wild pitch with Stephen Vogt at the plate. Vogt then gave the Giants the lead for good, as he lashed a double into right field that scored both Austin and Belt.

After a Kevin Pillar ground out for the first out of the inning, Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked; however, the strategy backfired on the Mets, as Steven Duggar doubled off of Gsellmans shoulder into short left field that scored Vogt and sent Crawford to third base. That was the end of the line for Gsellman, and Hector Santiago replaced Gsellman, who left to a chorus of boos from the Citi Field faithful.

Special night for Boch, and it was an honor to be back there like that, said Vogt. Admired him from across the Bay in Oakland, and I want what they have a World Championship, Vogt added.

This is the franchise I grew up loving, said Vogt, who grew up in Visalia.

Pablo Sandoval then greeted Santiago rather rudely, as he doubled to left field to score both Crawford and Duggar. Joe Panik then popped out for the second out of the inning, and then Mike Yastrzemski singled to right field and when the ball skipped by Michael Conforto all the way to the wall, Sandoval scored and Yastrzemski ended up on third with a single and two-base error. The bleeding finally came to an end, when Austin, who was batting for the second time in the inning, struck out to end the frame.

Madison Bumgarner was cruising into the bottom of the sixth inning until he gave two home runs in the frame. It was the second home run of the inning, as Pete Alonso led off the sixth inning with a solo home run on the first pitch thrown by Bumgarner in the inning. It was the 20th home run of the season for Alonso.

Wilson Ramos gave the Mets a brief 3-2 lead, as he hit a two-run home run three batters after Alonso.

J.D. Davis walked with one out just prior to the Ramos home run, his seventh of the season that made a winner out of Noah Syndergaard, who was replaced by Mets manager Mickey Callaway with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Bumgarner went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five and did not fare in the decision.

I love that man, its been an honor to manage this man, help him jell and he is one of my all-time favorites, said Bochy.

Syndergaard, who left with a 3-2 lead also did not fare in the decision, as he went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four. This was the 100th career appearance for Syndergaard and 99th start.

The Giants got to Syndergaard in the top of the fourth inning, as Evan Longoria led off the inning with a walk, then Belt singled and after a Vogt fly out for the first out of the inning, Kevin Pillar gave the Giants the lead, as he singled off of Syndergaard to score Longoria.

Duggar then made it 2-0, as he singled to score Belt.

After the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Giants came back to tie it in the top of the seventh inning with some clutch hitting.

Sandoval came on to pinch-hit for Bumgarner, but was then forced out by Mike Yastrzemski at second base for the second out of the inning. With Yastrzemski running on the pitch, Evan Longoria lined a single to left field off of reliever Seth Lugo, who came on to replace Syndergaard after the Yastrzemski fielders choice.

Belt then tied up the game, as he doubled to right field to easily score Yastrzemski from third base; however, Longoria was thrown out at the plate, when Michael Conforto threw to Adeiny Hechavarria, who threw to Ramos at the plate to end the inning.

Coming into the game, Bumgarner was a perfect 6-0 in six starts and two complete games all-time at Citi Field with two complete games, if you include the 2016 Wild Card Game.

In his career, Bumgarner is 6-0 in seven starts and the Mets are the only team to never defeat him.

Glad to see him get that, pretty cool, I actually did not know that, said Bumgarner. He is one of my best friends in the game, Bumgarner added.

NOTES: With the 2019 draft taking place across the Hudson River in Secaucus, New Jersey, the Giants drafted Hunter Bishop out of Arizona State with the 10th pick in the first round. Bishop, who went to Serra High School in San Mateo hit a team-high 22 home runs for the Sun Devils this past season.

Logan Wyatt, a first baseman from the University of Louisville was drafted in the second round to complete the first day.

Eight more players were drafted on the second day. Third-round pick Grant McCray, Tyler Fitzgerald, Garrett Frechette, Dilan Rosario, Armani Smith, who went to De La Salle High School in Concord, Caleb Kilian, Simon Whiteman and Jeff Houghtby to round out the second day.

Yastrzemski became just the sixth Giants player since they moved to San Francisco in 1958 to get at seven hits and seven runs in his first eight games, this according to STATS, LLC.

Alonso reached the 20 home run plateau faster than any Mets player in team history, as he did it in 59 games. Also, is the seventh player since 1908 with 20 or more home runs in his first 59 games.

Only Darryl Strawberry in 1983 with 26 hit more home runs as a rookie than Alonso in Mets history.

UP NEXT: Tyler Beede looks for his first major league win, as he takes the mound on Wednesday night, while the Mets will send Jason Vargas to the mound, as he looks for second win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants’ Crawford makes easy work of Orioles with two homers

abc.news.com photo: San Francisco Giants catcher Stephen Vogt (21) greets Steve Duggar, who scores on a Evan Longoria RBI double in Sunday’s game at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 The San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford didn’t waste any time, blasting two home runs in Camden Yards to trounce the Baltimore Orioles 8-1.

#2 Giants starter Jeff Samardzija got the win as he got a quality start over the struggling Orioles, going six innings and giving up three hits.

#3 With Sunday’s win, SF manager Bruce Bochy gets him just one short of the Giants record for managers with 1000 wins — one victory shy of joining John McGraw.

#4 You knew that Giants third baseman Evan Longoria was going to come around sometime. Longoria had a homer, double for two RBIs and got his second three-hit game this season.

#5 On Tuesday, the Giants will start Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 4.01 ERA) against the New York Mets Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA). Morris goes over the matchup.

Morris Phillips does the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Rough outing for Pomeranz in 9-6 loss to O’s

photo from mercurynews.com: San Francisco Giants pitcher Drew Pomeranz delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday May 31st’s contest to open a three-game series.

By Jeremy Kahn

BALTIMORE — Things got off to a great start for the San Francisco Giants, but they all disappeared before a blink of an eye.

After scoring five runs in the top of the frame, Drew Pomeranz gave it all away in the bottom half and the Baltimore Orioles ended up defeating the Giants 9-6 before a crowd of 17,545 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Thats baseball, it humbles you pretty quick, said Mike Yastrzemski.

Dwight Smith, Jr., hit a grand slam to complete the first inning comeback and Trey Mancini added a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to add on to the damage that was suffered in the first inning.

Things got rough for Orioles starter Andrew Cashner in the top of the first inning, as he walked leadoff batter Joe Panik, then Yastrzemski began the hit parade, as he tripled down the right field line to score Panik.

Buster Posey then singled in Yastrzemski, and moved to third on a Pablo Sandoval single and then scored the third run of the inning on a Brandon Crawford sacrifice fly.

After Kevin Pillar, singled that loaded the bases, Steven Duggar got in on the act, as he singled to left field to score Sandoval and Evan Longoria.

All of that disappeared in the bottom of the first inning, as Pomeranz was unable to hold on to the lead.

Jonathan Villar got the rally started for the Orioles, as he walked, then Mancini singled and then the Orioles got on the board, when Renato Nunez singled to score Villar and on the errant Crawford throw, Mancini went to third.

It was a great play by Crawford, who dove into the hole to stop the ball from going into left field; however, his throw to Panik went behind him and Villar scored easily from third.

Mancini then scored on a single by Pedro Severino, and after Keon Broxton walked to load the bases, Smith, Jr., hit his first career grand slam to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead.

In all, that first inning took 40 minutes and saw 90 pitches thrown.

I cant think of one, said Bruce Bochy.

Yastrzemski tied up the game in the top of the second inning, as he powered his first major league home run into the right-center field seats. “Deep down, I always wanted to come here and hit one. Always. Now its a reality, and thats pretty special, said Yastrzemski.

Nice to get one, Yastrzemski added, who hit a Cashner fastball and met the gentleman after the game who caught the ball.

The man identified as Tim Smith received a signed bat from Yastrzemski and took a picture together.

Yastrzemski ended the night going 2-for-3 with a walk, as he continues to make a great impression in his first week in the majors.
Great nice by the kid, said Bochy.

Unfortunately, Pomeranz was unable to hold on to the tie, as Villar singled with one out and then Mancini smashed his 11th home run of the season and the Orioles reclaimed the lead.

That would be the end of the night for Pomeranz, who went 1.1 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out two, as he saw his record fall to 1-5 on the season.

This was the shortest outing of Pomeranz’ career and continues a stretch where he was unable to go past five innings, as the streak now stands at five consecutive starts. It was the first career loss for Pomeranz when he received five-or-more runs, as he is now 19-1 when he receives that many runs.

I do not want to make excuses, said Pomeranz.

As for Cashner, who got roughed up in that first inning, he ended up with the victory, as he went the necessary five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, walking five and did not require a strikeout and saw his record improve to 6-2 on the season.

Dereck Rodriguez went 4.2 innings, allowing just two hits, walking two, striking out two and hitting a batter.

He used all four pitches, said Bochy.

Since returning to the majors, Rodriguez has pitched twice out of the bullpen and it was the fourth of his career.

I came out of the bullpen in winter ball, said Rodriguez, who was a starter for most of last season.

Sam Dyson came on to replace Rodriguez, and was greeted ratherly rudely, as Nunez slammed a 444 foot home run into the left field seats.

NOTES: Brandon Belt extended his hitting streak up to six games, and has a six-game hitting streak versus the Orioles and is (9-for-29) with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs during the streak.

On the flipside of the Belt streak, Posey snapped a 0-for-17 streak against the Orioles and was 1-for-21 prior to getting two hits in four at-bats. Overall, he is now 3-for-25 lifetime against the Orioles, the lowest versus any opponent.

As a starting rotation, this will be a month that the Giants will want to forget and definitely put behind them. They ended the month with a 7.32 earned run average (96 earned runs in 118 innings pitched). That is the highest earned run average by a Giants starting staff since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. The previous high was a 6.56 earned run average in September of 2006.

Smith Jr.s grand slam was the second of the season by an Orioles player, with the first coming on May 6 off the bat of Villar and the Orioles defeated the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox 4-1.

This weekend marks the Giants first appearance since the 2004 season, when they won two out of three.

The starting rotation consisted of Dustin Hermanson, Noah Lowry and Jerome Williams. Barry Bonds went 5-for-11 with two home runs, five runs batted in and was walked six times. In the second game of a doubleheader on June 12, 2004, Bonds was walked five times (four of those intentionally).

UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson looks to get the Giants back into the win column on Saturday afternoon, as he will make his first ever start on the road. David Hess will take the mound on Saturday, as he looks to improve on his 1-6 record.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Belt, Posey expected back in the lineup tonight in Arizona

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On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he kept first baseman Brandon Belt out of the lineup due to his inflamed knee Bochy says Belt is listed as day-to-day.

#2 Belt has had two knee surgeries. He went 0-3 with a walk on Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Did his 0-for-3 have something to do with his knee being inflamed?

#3 The bobblehead for Pablo Sandoval reads “Let Pablo pitch” but someday the bobblehead for Giants pitcher Shaun Anderson will read “Let Shaun hit” because two hits in his first MLB game and some solid hitting would make only teammate Madison Bumgarner proud.

#4 Buster Posey is expected to be in the lineup on Friday night to open up the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was out with a concussion for seven days. How cautious will the Giants and Posey be about his return?

#5 Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto is doing a 40-pitch bullpen session as he catches up with the team in Arizona. Bochy said he’s not sure if Cueto will be back this season after having Tommy John surgery, but he wants to see how and where Cueto is at in these bullpen sessions.

Join Miguel for the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: How does Holland get in front of the media? It should’ve been kept in house

dallasnews.com photo: Starting pitcher Derek Holland #45 of the San Francisco Giants throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 8, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Giants pitcher Derek Holland said he faked an injury, which the Giants countered by saying Holland had a left bruised index finger. The Giants say medical records back up the injury while Holland was listed as injured and demoted from a starter to the bullpen.

#2 Holland was listed with the injured bruised finger and sat last month, Holland has insisted he was not injured and the Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi said, “The guy gets hit by a truck, he can’t walk out on the field. That I guess an unequivocal injury, but there’s a lot of gray area beyond that.”

#3 Holland, no doubt, was disappointed that he was forced to sit for the April 29th injury, and said there was nothing wrong with him and he really wanted to pitch.

#4 Holland says the front office doesn’t know what their doing with the exception for Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Holland said, “I did fake an injury. I’m not happy about that. But at the end of the day I’m going to do whatever they ask me to do.”

#5 Morris has the Giants day off report tonight. On Tuesday, the Giants host the Toronto Blue Jays for two games. The Jays will start Trent Thornton (0-4, 5.06 ERA) and the Giants will start Tyler Beede (0-1,18.69 ERA). Both pitchers are looking for their first win of the season.

Morris does the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports with London Marq: Machado locked in, will Pads shop for more big signings?; Donaghy uncovered fixed NBA games; Baseball superstars still unsigned; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London Marq:

#1 Manny Machado signed baseball’s biggest contract with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for 10 years and $300 million. What does this do for the Padres and how does someone like Machado get away from the Dodgers?

#2 Former NBA official Tim Donaghy was accused of betting on basketball, but it was never really revealed how he fixed games until an ESPN report saying that Donaghy was paid to fix games and got paid to do it. Some of the top NBA officials came from Philadelphia and Donaghy was from those parts. The influence as to why was simple…money!

#3 Baseball superstars Dallas Keuchel, Bryce Harper and Craig Kimbrell are still free agents looking for that longterm lucrative contract and all three are not in a MLB spring training camp holding out until some big league team comes calling with boatloads of money in the neighborhood of $300 million. At this early stage of spring training, are they fooling themselves or are they onto something?

#4 One of the first African American pitchers in baseball history, Dan Newcombe passed away on Tuesday at age 92. Newcombe joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. He finished his ten-year career with the Dodgers at 149-90 and an ERA of 3.56. Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said he was the best hitting pitcher he ever saw.

#5 Knowing that San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who has announced his retirement after this season, was it a matter of Bochy losing his magical touch in the last few seasons or he just simply doesn’t have the talent on the Giants roster to win a World Series again–much like he did previously?

London Marq does the Sports Headlines podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Bruce Bochy to retire after 2019 season ends

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By Jeremy Kahn

When Bruce Bochy arrived in San Francisco to manage the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2007 season, the team last won the World Series in 1954.

Well, that changed within four seasons, as he led the team to the World Series Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Bochy, who is entering his 13th season with the Giants decided that this will be his last season on the bench, as he announced his retirement at his daily press conference.

“In my mind it’s time,” said Bochy, who told the team prior to the teams’ workout at Scottsdale Stadium.

Bochy, who will be 64 on April 16 is only the manager to win three World Series as manager that is not in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York; however, that will most likely change five years from now.

“I haven’t even thought about that,” he added.

Bochy spent the first 12 years of his managerial career as the manager of the San Diego Padres from 1995-2006 that included a trip to the 1998 World Series, where the Padres were swept by the Yankees.

Going into the 2019 season, Bochy is 1,926-1,944, good for 11th place on the all-time wins list.

During his big league career, Bochy played nine seasons for the New York Mets, Houston Astros and the Padres.

Headline Sports with Tony Renteria: Will Murray stay with the A’s and baseball?; New name for Giants park; All of sudden, fans love Levi’s Stadium; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Tony:

#1 The Oklahoma Sooners’ Kyler Murray signed a MLB contract with the Oakland A’s for $4.66 million. Murray is expected to stay with baseball, but could very well end up a number one NFL Draft pick. Will Murray leave baseball for the NFL or keep his commitment with the A’s?

#2 Pac Bell Park, SBC Park, AT&T Park, and now Oracle Park. AT&T and the Giants split and the higher bidder, Oracle, will have naming rights.

#3 At one time, people used to criticize Levi’s Stadium that it was too hot in August through October to sit in the stands. Now after the college playoffs, it’s the toast of the town with its VIP lounges, nice carpeted turf, and nuances. Why the fans’ change of heart?

Tony does the Headline Sports podcast each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Shaw helps the Giants to a 5-4 win over the Padres

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By Jeremy Kahn

After dropping 11 in a row, the San Francisco Giants have turned it and got a little streak going on in the better direction against the San Diego Padres.

Chris Shaw hit a two-run single that landed just out of the reach of Hunter Renfroe in left field, as the Giants came back to defeat the Padres 5-4 at Petco Park on Tuesday night.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Giants, who started the month of September by losing a season-high 11 in a row.

The Shaw single scored Nick Hundley, who grounded into a fielder’s choice that sent Evan Longoria to third base on a Cory Spangenberg throwing error. Crawford then hit for Aramis Garcia, and walked to load the bases.

Longoria led off the inning with a sharp single to centerfield off of eventual losing pitcher Craig Stammen.

After the Crawford walk, Hunter Pence ground into a fielder’s choice that saw Longoria get thrown out at the plate by a step, as Stammen threw to Austin Hedges, who barely kept his foot on the plate.

Shaw then gave the Giants the lead for good with his flare down the left field line just out of reach of Renfroe.

Pence gave the Giants the lead in the top of the second inning, as his two-run home run gave the Giants a 2-1 lead. He also added a run-scoring double in the top of the fourth inning that once again gave the Giants a one-run lead at 4-3.

Franmil Reyes gave the Padres the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning just out of the reach of Shaw, who claimed possible fan interference. The umpires went to video review, and the home run stood.

It was the second and third runs batted in of the night for Reyes, who also drove in a run on a single in the bottom of the third inning. Renfroe got the Padres on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he drove in a run on a double.

Sam Dyson pitched one inning to get his fourth win of the season for the Giants, and Will Smith finished it up for his team-leading 14th save of the season.

Derek Holland pitched five innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out six.

East Bay native Joey Luchessi also pitched five innings for the Padres, as he gave up three runs on seven hits, walking just one and striking out eight.

UP NEXT: The Giants and Padres will wrap up their series with a finale Wednesday night at 6:10 pm PDT.

Chris Stratton will go to the mound for the Giants, as they look for a sweep. Stratton coming off his first career shutout on Friday night, as the Giants stopped their 11-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. Robbie Erlin goes for the Padres, as he looks to stop a career-high tying four-game losing streak.

Giants lose to Rockies 3-2 in Sunday matinee finale

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By: London Marq

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — It was a sunny and pristine mid-September afternoon at AT&T Park right by the Bay as the San Francisco Giants hosted the Colorado Rockies in the final matchup of a three-game series. Entering the game, the Giants sat 12 games back of the NL West-leading Dodgers, but have proved resilient against the Rockies, winning the first two games of the series to threaten the sweep. The Rockies sit in second place in the NL West and are competing with Wild Card Spot with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies came into game three of this series looking to steal one back on the road and stay in playoff contention.

Determined not let the Giants play spoiler for the third time in a row, the Rockies were constantly swinging the bats. Giants’ rookie pitcher Dereck Rodriguez made it through the first inning unscathed, but with one out in the second inning, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez reaches first base on an error. That was followed by Ian Desmond getting a single and Iannetta being walked. With the bases loaded, the Rockies’ pitcher Antonio Senzatela came to the plate and helped his own cause with a liner into left field, allowing Gonzalez and Desmond to score. A few batters later, still with only one out in the inning LeMahieu hit a sac-fly to center and Iannetta tagged up and scored.  The Giants eventually escaped the jam–down 3-0.

The score remained stagnant until the sixth when the Giants manufactured a run off two hits and a walk to bring Panik around to score and bring the score to 3-1 to end the sixth.

The Giants continued to push in the eighth inning when Panik would round the bases again to decrease the Rockies’ advantage to just one. The late game heroics gave the Giants a chance in the ninth, but the Rockies shut the door to show why they are in playoff contention. They got the win, 3-2.

The Giants, despite being well out of contention, prove that they can play competitive baseball. With rumors swirling, that manager Bruce Bochy may not be re-signed next season, series like this may go a long way to dispel such rumors.

The Giants will play three more series this season. Two of those series will be the Cardinals and Dodgers, both of whom are playoff contenders. The Giants will look to finish 2018 strong, play some spoilers, and get some quality wins before the offseason.