Dickerson picks up a career-high 4 hits in Giants’ 8-4 win

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By Jeremy Kahn

Alex Dickerson is showing the world of baseball that the San Francisco Giants were thinking right when they signed him to a minor-league contract.

Dickerson picked up a career-high four hits, including the game-winning hit in the top of the 10th inning, helping the Giants to an 8-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The inning got off to a rough start, as Brandon Belt flew out to center to lead off the inning against Wade Davis, but then Buster Posey got the rally started, as he walked, as did Pablo Sandoval and then Dickerson lined a single to score Posey and send Sandoval to third base.

Brandon Crawford then extended the lead, as he singled to left-center to score Sandoval and Dickerson ended up on third base.

That was it for Davis, as Bryan Shaw came to replace Davis on the mound and it did not get better, as Mike Yastrzemski singled to center that scored with the third run of the inning. Kevin Pillar then reached on a fielding error by the usually stellar Nolan Arenado at third base that allowed Crawford to score the fourth and final run of the inning.

Despite walking Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the 10th inning, Mark Melancon was able to shut the door on another Giants victory, as they have three in row, five out of six out of the All-Star Break and are now tied with the Rockies for third place in the National League West.

This game went to extra innings, as closer Will Smith blew just his second save of the season, as he gave up two home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning that allowed the Rockies to tie up the game at four.

Trevor Story cut the Giants lead in half, as he led off the inning with a solo home run and after Arenado flew out to right, Daniel Murphy singled and then Ian Desmond hit a two-run home run that was estimated at 467 feet to tie up the game.

Luis Tapia then singled to put the winning run on base, but then Smith struck out Ryan McMahon and Tony Wolters to end the inning and the threat.

Yastrzemski gave the Giants a 4-1 lead in the top of the ninth, as he hit an opposite field home run, his seventh of the season.

Drew Pomeranz was in line for the win, as he went five innings, allowing just one run on just three hits, walking one and striking out four; however, he ended up with a no decision.

Yastrzemski got the Giants on the board in the top of the second inning, as he doubled for the first of his three hits that scored Dickerson.

Joe Panik added a second RBI in the inning, as he reached on an infield single that scored Yastrzemski.

Story cut the Giants lead in half, as he hit into a fielders choice that scored Garrett Hampson from third base.

Dickerson extended the lead in the top of the eighth inning, as he singled to score Belt.

Pillar once again made a couple of great catches, one that saved Wolters from getting extra bases in the bottom of the eighth inning and snared a sinking line drive off the bat of Story in the bottom of the 10th inning.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto, who is currently on the 60-day injured list after undergoing Tommy John surgery is expected to begin throwing in rehab games next month. Cueto, who underwent the surgery on August 2, 2018 could pitch for the Giants before the end of the season.

Evan Longoria, on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot will be re-evaluated by Giants team doctors when the team returns to the Bay Area.

Sam Coonrod, who was the 26th man for the Giants in Mondays doubleheader sweep was sent back to Sacramento along with Dereck Rodriguez, who picked up the win in the nightcap of the doubleheader and the Giants have recalled Andrew Suarez from the Rivercats.

UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson will end the road trip, as he take the Coors Field for the first time in his career, as he looks to improve on his 3-2 record, while the Rockies will send Jon Gray in the series finale, as they try to avoid the sweep.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s rise from last place to making a run at the Astros

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On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 The A’s are making a run at second place in the AL West and chasing the Houston Astros after having a rough first half. They came on strong in the closing weeks of the first half now in sight for a wild card and just six games back behind the Astros.

#2 The San Francisco Giants are another team that has been making noise. They have won 11 of their last 12 games and they didn’t waste any time in Colorado, taking out the Rockies in a doubleheader on Monday.

#3 If the Giants were to trade Madison Bumgarner, would he be a second half trade rental?

#4 The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last six games, including two wins over the New York Yankees on July 4th and 5th. The Rays are in a heated battle with the Yankees, which started Monday night.

#5 The Chicago Cubs had won five of their last six games going into Monday night’s game with the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs are holding a two-game lead in the NL Central.

Amaury Pi-González is a pioneer in establishing Spanish baseball radio play-by-play in the Bay Area that dates back to 1970s. The Spanish broadcast for 72 games are heard on KIQI 1010A/990AM with studios in San Francisco, serving also the Sacramento/Stockton market and does That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com 

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Longoria expected back tonight in Giants-Rockies doubleheader; Beede pitched the game of his career

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants starter Tyler Beede throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Milwaukee.

#1 Giants pitcher Tyler Beede has a great outing on Sunday, going 6.2 innings, seven hits, three runs all earned, and seven strikeouts.

#2 Sunday was Beede’s best outing of his career. He pitched well enough to complete the game he was going that well.

#3 Beede’s outing saved the bullpen and gave them some rest with relievers Derek Holland and Mark Melancon pitching an inning each to close the door

#4 Evan Longoria, who suffered a left foot injury and was replaced at third by Pablo Sandoval, is expected back tonight in Colorado for the second game of tonight’s doubleheader.

#5 Starting pitchers for tonight in the first game. For the Giants, Jeff Samardzija (6-7). For the Rockies, German Marquez (8-4), and in the second game — for the Giants, Dereck Rodriquez (3-5, 5.27 ERA), and for Colorado, to be announced.

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

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca and Daniel Dullum: If Smith and Bumgarner go, so will any chance for a wild card go for SF

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On the Giants podcast with Michael and Daniel:

#1 The Giants are 5 1/2 games out from a wild card spot as the second half starts tonight. Critics says forget those odds, the team hasn’t had enough offense to get back. What does Michael say to those critics?

#2 If the Giants are sellers and unload starter Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith, that would pretty much crush any chance the team has at the postseason.

#3 Buster Posey has — like last season — been off limits for any trade deals and most likely that will be the case this July too. Posey has had several concussions and his hitting has been below where it normally is at this time of year. How much does Posey’s past injuries play even though he’s untouchable?

#4 If the Giants deal Bumgarner and Smith, how much will their departures impact the Giants for years to come?

#5 The Giants open up a three-game series in Milwaukee tonight and a six-game road trip. Milwaukee has always been a tough customer. The Giants will be starting Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.23 ERA), and for the Brewers, Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.32 ERA).

Michael Duca and Daniel Dullum does the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Bumgarner looks dominant in Giants’ 4-2 win

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — After one of his worst starts of the 2019 season, Madison Bumgarner came back with a vengeance.

In six innings of work, Bumgarner struck out a season-high 11 and added a RBI single, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-2.

Bumgarner, who raised his record to 4-7 on the season followed up a terrible start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he allowed six runs in 3.2 innings of work.

“He’s shown that ability so many times to come off a bad start and put it behind him and wash it off and bounce back,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He did that tonight. What a great game he threw.”

Bumgarner did not give up a hit until Ian Desmond hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning, as he stopped a streak of retiring 10 in a row.

The Rockies also scored in the top of the sixth inning, as left fielder Alex Dickerson lost the ball in the lights that allowed Charlie Blackmon score on a double by David Dahl that cut the Giants lead down to one run.

“I’ve been getting caught just pitching to just one side pretty much every pitch,” Bumgarner said. “These guys are too good to do that to. The plate is small enough as it is so you better use the whole thing.”

In six innings of work, Bumgarner gave up two runs on three hits and three walks along with 11 strikeouts. It was the first double-digit strikeout game for Bumgarner since April 2, 2017 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Donovan Solano picked up a single of his own in the bottom of the fourth inning, and then Bumgarner came up with one of his own to lengthen the Giants lead up to 3-1.
This was the first appearance for Chi Chi Gonzalez in the majors since the 2016 season, and he got off to a great start, as he struck out the side in the top of the first inning. In all, Gonzalez gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work.

Tyler Austin put the finishing touches on the scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he hit a pinch-hit home run.

It was the seventh home run of the season for Austin and his second pinch-hit home run for him this season.

The bullpen trio of Sam Dyson, Tony Watson and Will Smith pitched a perfect three innings, following up Derek Hollands three innings of perfect work on Monday night.
Smith pitched the ninth inning to notch his 21st save in 21 chances this season.

NOTES: Bumgarners 11 strikeouts moved him past Matt Cain for third place in San Francisco Giants history.

Brandon Belt batted leadoff for just the second time in his major-league career, and he struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat against Gonzalez.

“It didn’t look too smart the first at-bat,” Bochy said. “I told him, `You’re supposed to make me look good, but three pitches and you sit down.’ He laughed.”

UP NEXT: Jeff Samardzija takes the mound for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon, while the Rockies will counter with German Marquez.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Dickerson and Anderson have great series, but Giants can’t overcome D-Backs

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants pitcher Shaun Anderson throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Phoenix.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 How impressive was the Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson in the Arizona Diamondbacks series? He was collecting the hits in his first series with the team.

#2 Shaun Anderson, the Giants pitcher, has had himself a great year so far. Who can forget his first game at Oracle Park getting two hits to help his own cause and winning, and on Sunday, no exception again — pitching in a 3-2 loss, but a good outing getting six innings in five hits and two runs while striking out two.

#3 Anderson said during the game manager Bruce Bochy could have pinched hit for him, but kept him out there and he got that quality start.

#4 Critics have said the Giants have the worst lineup in the franchise’s history? No one is hitting .300 or above at this stage of the season.

#5 The Colorado Rockies come to Oracle Park tonight and will start Jon Gray (7-5) against the Giants’ Drew Pomeranz (2-7).

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


San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: As much snow balls as there were runs and hits in Rox 12-11 win Thursday

sfgate.com photo: Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Denver.

On the Giants podcant with Michael Duca:

#1 If you like a lot of runs, this was your ballgame. The Giants paid the Colorado Rockies a visit to Coors Field on Thursday for a 12-11 Rockies win.

#2 The snow at Coors was an afternoon that would give goosebumps to chill fans trying to warm up during cold hockey nights in Canada, but this was Denver in May, did the snow give the hitters an advantage as pitchers might had a hard time to stay warm and hit their spots?

#3 The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado got a home run in the first and three hits to contribute to the cause. Arenado got on base five times. Arenado hit a ball that was ruled a foul in the second inning, which would have been his second home run and 11th of the season.

#4 Ian Desmond and Mark Reynolds poured it on with a home run each. Both teams keep swinging away in the snow and 40-degree weather.

#5 The Giants open up a three-game series Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park in San Francisco for the Reds, who were almost swept by the Oakland A’s in Oakland for the Reds Luis Castillio (3-1, 1.97 ERA) and for the Giants Derek Rodriguez (3-4, 5.75 ERA).

Join Michael Duca each Friday for the Giants podcasts heard at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants fight through snow, but comeback falls just short in 12-11 loss to Rox

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By Jeremy Harness

The old saying is that “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, it’s the month of May and it was snowing in Denver Thursday afternoon.

In fact, the first-pitch temperature was a chilly 39 degrees, and the Colorado Rockies used that to their advantage in the early going, knocking around Derek Holland for seven runs in the first two innings, an explosion that was highlighted when Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds hit back-to-back homers off Holland on consecutive pitches in the midst of a snow flurry.

The Giants, however, came back valiantly to make it a two-run game after the fourth inning and then tied it in the sixth on Tyler Austin’s three-run homer off Colorado reliever Bryan Shaw.

Colorado, however, pushed the lead back to three when it scored a trio of runs in the bottom of the sixth.

That lead would stand until the top of the ninth, when the Giants made one last stand, and they came within a batter of tying the game. Brandon Crawford knocked in Kevin Pillar with a double, and then Crawford himself was singled in by Joe Panik to bring the Giants to within a run.

However, the rally was ended when Steven Vogt struck out, and the Giants fell 12-11 to end the road trip on a sour note.

The Giants will now head home to face the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game weekend series that starts Friday night at Oracle Park.

Williamson comes up big in return, Giants rout Rockies 14-4

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By Jeremy Kahn

It was not a big lead, but once again, the San Francisco Giants were forced to come from behind to get a win.

Mac Williamson, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day came up with the big blow, as he hit a three-run home run as part of a five-run fourth inning and the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 14-4 at Coors Field.

This was just the Giants third win over the Rockies at Coors Field in their last 21 games.

Williamson was not the only one to go deep in that five-run fourth inning, as Kevin Pillar hit a two-run home run to give the Giants a 6-1 lead.

Charlie Blackmon gave the Rockies an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he he hit a home run off of Madison Bumgarner and the Giants came back from that little deficit to pick up their third win of the road trip.

Lately, a five-run game involving the Giants is not safe, but this one was essentially over, as Bumgarner was dealing.

In six innings of work, Bumgarner gave up three runs on eight hits, walking just one and striking out eight and won for the second time this season.

Bumgarner also came up with fourth hit of the season, as he singled off of Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, who lasted just four and two-thirds innings, as he gave up seven runs on eight hits, while walking just one and striking out three and saw he his record fall to 2-2 on the season.

Williamson was at it once again at the plate, as he drove in two more runs, as he singled in Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria.

The road back to the major leagues took a long time for Williamsson, who suffered a concussion on April 24, 2018, when he fell over the bullpen mound and then lingering symptoms, caused him to miss most of the regular season.

Williamson was then designated for assignment during spring training and he accepted the teams assignment to Sacramento, where he was batting .378 with nine home runs, which included three home runs on Monday night against the Fresno Grizzlies. One of those three home runs traveled an estimated 511 feet at Raley Field, the home of the Rivercats.

Chris Iannetta attempted to get the Rockies back in the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he hit a solo home run off of Bumgarner to get the Rockies within five runs; however, the Giants were not going to relinquish this lead.

Steven Duggar got in on the act in the top of the eighth inning, as he singled to left field to score Pablo Sandoval and Williamson, who scored for the third time on the evening.

Luis Tapia doubled in the bottom of the eighth inning, as he once again got the Rockies within five runs, but the Giants blew the game wide open in the top of the ninth inning and this lead was too insurmountable.

Brandon Crawford, who came up with the big two-run home run in Sundays come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati Reds wanted to get in on the act and he singled to right field to scored Buster Posey and Longoria.

Tyler Austin gave the Giants a nine-run lead, as he hit a two-run triple that scored Crawford and Pillar.

Joe Panik then followed the Austin triple up with a single of his own to close out the scoring for the victorious Giants, who scored their most runs in a game this season.

NOTES: Williamson was not the only one on the move for the Giants on the day, as the team purchased the contract of infielder Donovan Solano and reliever Williams Jerez from Sacramento. After Mondays 12-4 to the Reds at Great American Ballpark, the team sent Mike Gerber and Pat Venditte to Sacramento. Gerber was eventually outrighted to Sacramento; however, he opted to become a free agent and Yangervis Solarte was designated for assignment.

Venditte was also designated for assignment.

UP NEXT: Derek Holland is scheduled to be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start the second of the three-game series. Holland is on the injured list with a bone bruise on the index finger on his pitching hand.

Jon Gray goes to the mound for the Rockies, as he looks to pick up his first ever win against the Giants. In his career, a span of seven starts, Gray is 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA.

Marquez throws one-hitter in Rockies’ 4-0 win over Giants

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — German Marquez came within five outs of baseball immortality for the Colorado Rockies in the series finale.

Marquez was throwing a no-hitter, but Evan Longoria broke it up, when his ground ball was just out of the reach of Nolan Arenado at third base and the Rockies defeated 4-0 the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 35,513 at Oracle Park.

The loss broke an eight-game losing streak for the Rockies, who now head to San Diego with a record of 4-12.

In all, Marquez went nine innings, allowing just that one hit, a hit batter and nine strikeouts and faced one over the minimum.

Arenado finally got on the home run scoreboard, as he launched a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning.

It was the first home run for Arenado of the season after 15 games were played by the Rockies on the season.

Despite taking the loss, Derek Holland was productive, as he went six innings, allowing four runs, while scattering four hits, walking four and striking out six; however, he lost for the second time this season versus just one win.

Arenado scored the first Rockies run of the game, as he walked against the Holland with two outs and then scored the only run that the Rockies would need, as he scored on a Trevor Story double.

The sixth inning proved to be the downfall for Holland, as he gave up back-to-back singles to Charlie Blackmon and Garrett Hampson and then Arenado launched his first home run of the deep into the left field bleachers.

Kevin Pillar was the Giants first runner of the game, as he was hit by a pitch when he led off the bottom of the sixth.

Once again, the Giants was fantastic, as they worked three scoreless innings in relief of Holland and have not allowed a run in their last 20.0 innings. On the season, the Giants bullpen is posting an earned run average of just 1.77.

NOTES: This was the Rockies longest losing streak since they lost eight in a row since June 21-28, 2017.

The Arenado home run was his 25th career home run against the Giants in his career, moving within one of the active lead and the lead is currently held by Matt Kemp. Eleven of the 25 home runs have been hit at Oracle Park, tying him for the active lead by an opponent, with Paul Goldschmidt.

UP NEXT: Following an off-day on Monday, the Giants begin a three-city, 10-day and eight-game road trip against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Then it is onto Pittsburgh for a three-game series, and then a two-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Dereck Rodriguez will take the mound in the opener for the Giants, while the Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound on Tuesday night.