Baggs' Instant Replay: Rockies 6, Giants 5


Baggs' Instant Replay: Rockies 6, Giants 5

DENVER Many are wondering where struggling right-hander Ryan Vogelsong would stand in a playoff rotation, should the Giants hang on and clinch the NL West.But perhaps its time to question where Pablo Sandoval will fit in, too.Lest anyone forget, an out-of-shape Sandoval lost his job down the stretch in 2010. And he had a night to forget in the Giants 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Monday.Vogelsong struggled again while giving up four runs in five innings. But Sandovals careless error in the sixth led to two unearned runs that proved to make all the difference. And Sandoval was 0 for 5 at the plate, too, including a fly out to left field in the eighth that stranded the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position.Buster Posey hit a two-run home run as part of a three-hit night. But the Giants, so good in the clutch since the All-Star break, were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.Starting pitching reportIt was more of the same for Vogelsong, who continued to pay for fastballs down the middle while allowing four runs in five innings.Just more than a month ago, Vogelsong was the NL ERA leader and consistently kept hitters off balance with his sinking, cutting, running fastball. Now that fastball has straightened out, and he isnt getting away with many mistakes.Tyler Colvin and Josh Rutledge both doubled off four-seamers to start the game, and Jordan Pacheco served another fastball up the middle for an RBI single as the Rockies jumped to a 2-0 lead.Vogelsong (12-8) even paid for a 1-2 fastball to .125-hitting pitcher Alex White, who slipped it over the left field fence for his first career home run. It was the first homer Vogelsong has allowed to an opposing pitcher, too.Vogelsong settled down and began to induce ground outs, but he left a slider over the plate to Ramon Hernandez that resulted in a ground-rule double to start the fourth inning. Oddly, Hernandez injured his hamstring as he broke out of the batters box; he needed to limp to second base with a trainer in tow before the Rockies could substitute pinch runner Wilin Rosario.Vogelsong threw just 73 pitches (52 strikes), but the Giants had to pinch-hit for him with two aboard and a 4-2 deficit in the sixth. It marked the sixth consecutive start that Vogelsong gave up at least three earned runs; he has just one quality start amid that run.Bullpen reportGiants manager Bruce Bochy tried to stay away from his frontline relievers and use new faces from his 13-man bullpen. The Rockies scored twice after Vogelsong left the game, but those were unearned runs against Dan Otero.At the plateHunter Pence hit a solo home run in the second inning, his 20th of the season, and the Giants manufactured a run in the sixth. Buster Posey singled, moved up on a wild pitch and advanced the rest of the way on a pair of ground outs.But the offense didnt get a real spark until the seventh, when Posey hit one of his patented, backspin home runs that kept carrying until it disappeared over the center field fence. Poseys 21st homer of the season, a two-run shot, cut the Rockies lead to 6-4. It was Poseys second consecutive day with a homer and it was also the 20th he hit as a catcher, a feat that hadnt been done by a Giants backstop in 42 years. Tom Haller (1966) and Dick Dietz (1970) were the only other Giants catchers to hit 20 home runs in a season during the clubs San Francisco era.It took until the eighth for the Giants to get their first hit with a runner in scoring position, though. They set up the chance when Brandon Crawford drew a one-out walk and pinch hitter Aubrey Huff lined a single. Angel Pagan followed with an RBI double into the left field corner that got the Giants within a run.But they went back to their un-clutch ways. With the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position, Marco Scutaro grounded out to first base and Sandoval flied out to left field.The club was 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position; Sandoval had two of those empty trips as part of an utterly forgettable, 0-for-5 performance.In fieldThe Giants had their moments, not all of them good ones.Shortstop Brandon Crawford put on a clinic with a couple of tough, slowly hit balls to his backhand side that he deftly turned into outs for Vogelsong. Pagan made a tumbling catch in center field in the eighth, too. And Scutaro took a page from Crawford while spinning to execute a tag-and-throw double play in the seventh.But Sandovals error was damaging, and difference making. On a simple ground ball that he merely needed to bend over and pick up, Sandoval managed to fumble it. Wilin Rosario reached on the error to extend the sixth inning, which led to two unearned runs. Chris Nelson tripled off the wall in left field and Charlie Blackmon singled him home.The games strangest moment came in the second inning, when Colvin hit a line drive off Vogelsongs right foot that caromed to Posey. The catchers throw was wide and struck first base umpire Eric Cooper just below his navel. Colvin, expecting the ball to go into right field, made a motion toward second base as he ran through the bag before turning and walking back to first base. Brandon Belt alertly applied a tag, and although Cooper ruled the runner safe, the umpires conferred and reversed the call.Vogelsong was checked by trainers and remained in the game. Bochy rushed onto the field as well, but passed up his pitcher and made a beeline for Cooper to argue the initial call.AttendanceThe Rockies announced 25,817 paid on what they call Purple Mondays. Judging from the crowd participation, its a lighter shade than Orange Fridays.Up nextThe Giants continue their three-game series at Coors Field on Tuesday night. Itll be left-hander Madison Bumgarner (14-10, 3.15) looking to snap a three-start losing streak while squaring off against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (2-4. 4.85).

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League


How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.