Giants Insider notes: Bumgarner earns win No. 1


Giants Insider notes: Bumgarner earns win No. 1

May 19, 2011

Our MLB Insider takes a look at the Giants' 3-1 victory over the host Dodgers on Thursday night in the curtain closer of a two-game series at Chavez Ravine.Thus endeth thy drought: Left-hander Madison Bumgarner entered the game 0-6 in eight starts for the Giants, but he'd posted three consecutive quality starts to establish a modicum of momentum, and it carried over into the last game of San Francisco's six-game road trip. Although he allowed a baserunner in each of the first six innings, Bumgarner never faced more than four batters in a frame, didn't allow a runner past first base through the first eight innings and got sharper as the game wore on. In complete command of his full arsenal of pitches throughout, he ran the count to three balls only four times and was one out away from his first career shutout before being chased by Jerry Sands' RBI double.
RECAP: Bumgarner tosses gem, Giants sweep Dodgers
A little something extra: Giants catcher Buster Posey, who entered the game 9-for-19 (.474) in his past five games but hadn't collected an extra-base hit since doubling on April 30, opened the second inning with a two-bagger to right field of Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley. Posey scored the game's first run when Mike Fontenot, 3-for-24 (.125) over his previous seven games but back at shortstop in the wake of Mark DeRosa's return to the disabled list, spanked a two-out double to left. Both hits were to the opposite field, the product of the same approach that proved successful Wednesday night against lefty Clayton Kershaw.Self-help guru: If the Dodgers looked at Bumgarner's 2-for-14 offensive line for the year and figured he was a typical weak-hitting pitcher, they soon learned that Bumgarner is very much a pitcher who knows how to handle the bat. He smoked a double into the right-center gap to open the bottom of the third inning, moved to third on a bunt single by Andres Torres and scored to give himself a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Freddy Sanchez.No second opinion at second: For one play at least, the Giants were probably glad that instant replay has not yet been expanded. After Jamey Carroll's one-out single in the bottom of the third, Juan Castro hit a comebacker that Bumgarner fielded and threw to shortstop Fontenot at second base in hopes of starting a double play. The throw was on the money, but Fontenot lost his handle on it as soon as it hit his glove. Second-base umpire Jerry Layne ruled that the bobble came on the exchange from glove to bare hand, calling Carroll out at second, but replays were far from conclusive in backing the arbiter's opinion. Nonetheless, instead of having two on and one out, Bumgarner had to deal with a runner on first and two out, and Andre Ethier's popup in foul ground near third base ended the inning.Knee's fine, thanks: Freddy Sanchez, who sat out Tuesday's loss at Colorado to rest his swollen -- and surgically repaired -- left knee after collecting three hits on Monday, banged out two hits Wednesday and picked up his second RBI of the night Thursday with a two-out single to center that scored Miguel Tejada, who had opened the sixth with a single. After going 0-for-4 in the first game of the road trip at Chicago, Sanchez closed the trip by going 7-for-15 with a double and three RBIs. He also turned in a spectacular defensive play in the second inning by sliding across the right-field line while hauling in an overthrow from third base by Tejada on an infield single by Juan Uribe, preventing the former Giants infielder from moving into scoring position.Tejada turning it on: Hitless in both games at Chicago, Tejada trudged to Colorado with a .195 bating average on the year and was the object of widespread scorn among Giants fans. It's going to take more than seven hits in 16 at-bats over four games for the veteran infielder and former American League MVP to win anyone over, but his third multi-hit game of the trip pushed hit batting average to .221, the highest it's been since it was at .224 on April 17.Better than it looked: For the second road trip in a row, the Giants finished up with the .500 mark that every team sets as its goal before leaving home, and a case could be made that if Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez had made good throws on the crucial comebackers on which they erred, San Francisco could have gone 5-1 instead of 3-3. Regardless, any trip that ends with a sweep of your rivals is a decent trip, and for all of their injury and offensive issues this month, the Giants have won 11 of their past 15 games.
Nate the Great: Right fielder Nate Schierholtz turned in what might have been the defensive play of the Giants' season to date, when with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth he left his feet to make a lunging catch on Jamey Carroll's line drive to end the game. The most impressive part of the catch was the degree of difficulty; when Schierholtz went into his dive he was perfectly lined up with the ball, but as he got closer to the ground he had to extend his glove arm in mid air to reach the slicing, sinking shot.
Injury updates: Closer Brian Wilson, who twisted his left ankle while closing out a wild 8-5 victory Wednesday, came in to get the final out for Madison Bumgarner, but not before making things interesting. Outfielder Aaron Rowand, who jammed his back while lunging for first base in Wednesday's game, took batting practice with the team and remains listed as day-to-day.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft


Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline. 

The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A. 

Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips. 

Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster. 

Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year. 

The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a  waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster. 

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.