TAIPEI, Taiwan (APCSN) Robinson Cano doubled in a runin the seventh inning to help Bruce Bochy's MLB All-Star team beat Taiwan'snational team 5-3 Thursday in the second game of a five-game series.The New York Yankees' second baseman also singled and scoredin the sixth inning in the game in Taichung."They got a great team," Cano said. "Theyplayed a pretty good game."The Taiwanese went ahead 3-2 in the fifth, scoring twice onthree hits and a walk. The MLB squad tied it in the sixth and added two moreruns in the seventh.Relievers Rich Thompson of the Los Angeles Angels, RamonRamirez of the San Francisco Giants and Bill Bray of the Cincinnati Reds keptthe Taiwanese scoreless from the sixth inning on.In the series opener Tuesday, the MLB team won 7-0 in a gamehalted in the sixth inning because of rain. The teams play in Taichungon Friday before closing the series with two weekend games in Kaohsiung.The Giants' Pablo Sandoval singled in the sixth inning,advancing Cano from first to third.Later in the inning, Cano came home on a Ronny Paulino single to tiethe game at 3-3.Sandoval had another single and finished the night 2-3 witha walk. Giants outfielder Andres Torres also started and went 0-0 with twowalks and a sacrifice bunt.The lowlight of the night was when Chinese Taipei centerfielder and Seattle Mariners prospect Kuo Hui Lo dislocated his right ankle andfractured his leg as he was thrown out on a slide into home plate. He had to becarried out on a stretcher and went to a local hospital for surgery."We're still concerned about the accident at homeplate," Bochy said in a postgame news conference,according to MLB.com's Doug Miller. "That was really a tragedy in a goodballgame, so that takes away a little bit from a good ballgame."
There was something almost disturbingly surreptitious about the Giants’ decision to announce Dave Righetti’s removal as pitching coach (for a front office job) Saturday. Saturday, after all, is the day you typically bury sports news that isn’t football, or related to football in some way.
But that could just be us being needlessly conspiratorial. We’re willing to bestow, if not the benefit of the doubt, at least the lack of doubt.
Still, Righetti’s reassignment, and those of bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker, makes it clear that however the Giants want to avoid the use of the word “rebuilding,” they are indeed rebuilding – just not in the traditional new-players-for-old way.
General manager Bobby Evans made it clear without saying the words that Righetti’s messaging had lost its efficacy with the younger pitchers, who for the most part had not been part of the franchise’s most glorious times. And since the only pitchers still on the 40-man roster who had been with the club for its last World Series parade are Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Strickland, Evans clearly concluded that the message to the new staff needed to come from elsewhere.
Now this assumes that the problem with the Giants’ pitching was not the talent level or the execution, of course. Typically, it takes a lot for a manager or coach to screw up his job so profoundly that he needs to be replaced – mostly it’s considered an environmental matter that a new voice saying the old stuff is sufficient. It’s really more alchemy than science, and alchemy is fairly hit-or-miss.
But it is change where the Giants feel they can change; their four starters (Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore) and closer (Mark Melancon) are in for $70.8 million this coming year, so a full-on demolition is not cost effective, and the young’uns (Chris Stratton, Strickland, Cory Gearrin, Derek Law, et. al.) remain in that tenuous middle ground between dependable and disposable. In other words, there aren’t a lot of options for dramatic player change, and the Giants don’t look to be aggressive buyers in the off-season, crackpot Giancarlo Stanton rumors notwithstanding.
So this is the face of the Giants’ rebuild so far – Dave Righetti, Mark Gardner and Steve Decker. Make of the act and the circumstances of the release of the information what you will, but as it is neither the manager (Bruce Bochy is golden) or the players (who with only a few exceptions are decidedly meh, with a side of feh), it will have to do as the first answer to the question, “What do they intend to do about 64-98?"
I mean other than keeping a low profile about it.
With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.
Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.
The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.
Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.
As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.