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Instant Replay: Giants 2, Rockies 1

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Instant Replay: Giants 2, Rockies 1

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SAN FRANCISCO Madison Bumgarner snapped out of a four-start slump and the Giants scored their only runs on a passed ball and three straight singles to win 2-1 in the first of four games against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.The Dodgers enjoyed a day off before starting a lengthy road trip, so the Giants magic number now sits at eight.Starting pitching report Madison Bumgarner established a new career-high with five walks, but danced out of danger enough to work six innings and put himself in line for his 15th win, another career-high.Bumgarner entered Mondays series opener 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA and nine walks in his last four starts. It didnt bode well when he walked leadoff man Dexter Fowler. But Fowler was caught stealing ahead of a Jordan Pacheco double and Bumgarner snagged Wilin Rosarios comebacker to end the inning.The second inning started with another walk and Bumgarner made matters worse when he gave up a single to Josh Rutledge, Troy Tulowitzkis replacement. But Bumgarner once again escaped the jam by striking out Matt McBride and getting D.J. LeMahieu to hit into a 6-3 double play. For the first time in the game, Bumgarner didnt walk the leadoff man in the third, but he issues back-to-back one out walks to the top of the order. Thanks to a beautiful backhanded play by Brandon Crawford ahead of a strikeout, Bumgarner kept the Rockies off the board again. After putting together his first 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, Bumgarner was back in the stretch thanks to pitcher Jhoulys Chacins one-out double. Chacin came around to score the only run on Bumgarner when Rutledge came through with a two-out triple.Bumgarner walked his fifth batter with two outs in the sixth inning, but erased the mistake with a 1-3-6 pickoff that ended his evening.Bumgarners final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. He threw 101 pitches, 55 of which were strikes.Bullpen report Bruce Bochy turned to his bullpen in the seventh, and wasted no time racking up the mound visits. Guillermo Mota relieved Bumgarner to open the inning, but was yanked after issuing a one-out walk to D.J. LeMahieu. Jose Mijares took over for Mota and struck out pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin before giving way to Santiago Casilla, who ended the inning by getting Dexter Fowler to fly out to left.Casilla remained in the game to start the eighth and kept Bochy in the dugout with a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout of Wilin Rosario. With the luxury of an expanded September roster, Bochy has been switching pitchers late in games with regularity. But he let Casilla hit for himself in the bottom of the eighth and keep the ball for the top of the ninth. The Giants one-time closer induced a ground ball to short for the first out of the ninth, but gave way to lefty specialist Javier Lopez when the Rockies brought in the left-handed hitting Carlos Gonzalez as a pinch hitter. After Lopez induced another 6-3 groundout, Bochy brought in Sergio Romo and Jim Tracy countered with Jason Giambi. Romo won the battle with the aging slugger, getting him to lunge at a two-strike pitch way off the plate to end the game.At the plate Brandon Crawford led off the third inning with a triple after the Giants mustered just a Pablo Sandoval walk in the first two frames against Jhoulys Chacin. Crawfords triple hit off the top of the wall in dead center, eerily similar to the double Ian Kinsler hit in Game 2 of the 2010 World Series at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner couldnt bring Crawford home, but with Angel Pagan at the plate, Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario allowed a ball to get away for a run-scoring passed ball.After the Rockies tied the game in the top of the fifth, the Giants appeared poised to take the lead again in the bottom half. Crawford hit a ball to Triples Alley that skipped over the wall for a ground-rule double, the second time in as many as many at-bats that the wall robbed him of an extra base. Bumgarner failed to execute a sacrifice bunt to move Crawford over to third, which proved costly when Angel Pagan singled and Crawford was called out at home. Rockies left fielder Andrew Brown ranged close to the left-field line to get to Pagans ball, then fired a strike to Rosario at home. Crawford was called out on a very close play, but replays suggest he may have been safe.The sixth inning started with three straight hits from the heart of manager Bruce Bochys lineup and gave the Giants the lead again, but it ended in disappointment. Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence all singled, with Pences poke to right scoring Sandoval and moving Posey over to third. The single gave Pence 27 go-ahead RBIs this season, which is tied for the third best in the National League. But one run is all the Giants would get, as Brandon Belt and Xavier Nady both popped up and Crawford ended the inning with a swinging strikeout.After taking the lead in the sixth, the Giants were held to just a Marco Scutaro single and a Pence walk the rest of the way. Santiago Casilla even got another chance with the bat after coming through with an RBI single his last time at the plate. He didnt drive in a run this time, but still made contact, a feat on its own considering his ugly swing.The Giants racked up nine hits, but scored just the two runs, due in large part to a 1-for-8 performance with runners in scoring position.In field Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner each made spectacular defensive plays to keep the Rockies off the board in the first inning. After Bumgarner issued a leadoff walk to Dexter Fowler, Posey erased the mistake with a perfect throw to second base that led both Fowler and his manager Jim Tracy to question second base umpire Ed Hickoxs vision. Bumgarner also allowed a two-out double to Jordan Pacheco, but kept him from scoring when he made a reflexive grab on Wilin Rosarios screaming comebacker to end the inning.It took another amazing defensive play to get Bumgarner through a scoreless third. Brandon Crawford continues to dazzle at short, as he ranged far to his right to backhand a slow-hit ground ball by Jordan Pacheco with runners at first and second. Crawford completed the play with a perfect off-balance throw across his body to Brandon Belt at first for the second out of the inning.Pablo Sandoval, who struggled defensively in consecutive games in Colorado last week, went to the ground to glove a screaming liner off the bat of Wilin Rosario. He collected himself and calmly threw across the diamond to complete the play.On the bases Angel Pagan stole his 26th base of the season after his single in the fifth inning. He didnt get a great jump but beat out a low throw by Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario.Attendance The Giants announced a sellout crowd of 41,280 for their 156th consecutive regular season game with all seats accounted for. Other than during run-scoring rallies, the fans were at their loudest for the celebration of Hall of Famer Orlando Cepedas 75th birthday, during an M-V-P chant for Buster Posey, and to congratulate a woman who was proposed to during the Kiss Cam feature.Up next The Giants play the second of four straight games against the Rockies Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. with RHP Tim Lincecum (9-14, 5.09 ERA) opposing LHP Jeff Francis (5-5, 5.68 ERA).

Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park

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Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have made a habit in recent winters of “kicking the tires,” so to speak, on as many free agents as possible. General manager Bobby Evans is committed to being thorough, but at times there is probably no need. 

Hitters have made no secret of the fact that they prefer friendlier confines, and if you’re a power hitter, you’re going to ask Evans for a significantly larger check to play 81 of your games at the harshest power park in the majors. That’s what makes Giancarlo Stanton, readily available via trade, so intriguing. But would Stanton be fully immune to the realities of AT&T Park?

The numbers, at least in a small sample, suggest he would. Stanton has played 27 games in San Francisco and taken 108 at-bats. He has nine homers, 11 doubles and a triple. His .676 slugging percentage at AT&T Park isn’t far off his mark at Coors Field (.714), and his 1.048 OPS is higher than his OPS during the 2017 season, when he hit 59 homers. 

The damage has been done in limited time, but the Giants clearly believe it’s fully sustainable, and a recent study done by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski backs that up. Szymborski ran his ZiPS projection system to estimate Stanton’s stats over the next 10 years for a variety of suitors. The numbers in orange and black are overwhelming. 

The projections have Stanton at 46.2 WAR over the next 10 seasons, including 7.1 in 2018 and 6.8 in 2019, the two seasons the organization should be focused on given Madison Bumgarner’s contract situation. ZiPS projects Stanton at 46 homers next season if he plays for the Giants, followed by 43, 42, 39, 35 over the following four years. For comparison’s sake, Brandon Belt led the Giants in homers each of the last two seasons and he has 35 total during that span. 

Any sort of projection system needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt, especially with a player who has had injury issues in the past. But ZiPS believes Stanton -- who plays in a huge park already -- is a rarity, the kind of power hitter who can keep crushing well into his 30’s and put up huge numbers even if he is limited by the realities of getting older and getting hurt. Szymborski’s projections have Stanton playing just 102 games in 2025, but he’s still projected to hit 23 homers, 20 doubles and post an OPS+ of 121. Even in the 10th year of the projections, ZiPS has Stanton down for 16 homers. 

There are no sure things in this game, but as Evans continues to chase a blockbuster deal, he can be confident that Stanton is one player who should be able to provide power for years to come, no matter what AT&T Park does to hold hitters down. 

Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'

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Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'

Former A's left fielder/DH and Bay Area native, Jonny Gomes, last played Major League Baseball in 2015. The next year, Gomes looked to continue his career in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. 

Gomes struggled in Japan, batting just .169 in 18 games. While in Japan though, Gomes saw firsthand the two-way talent of Shohei Ohtani. 

"The dude throws 100 miles per hour consistently," Gomes said Tuesday to MLB Network Radio. "That plays."

With MLB, the Players Association, and the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization agreeing to a new posting system, Ohtani should soon be available as a free agent to MLB teams. Gomes was adamant that Ohtani will live up to the hype. 

"If you have the arm speed to throw 100 miles per hour, guess what your slider's gonna do -- yikes. And he also has a split, which is yikes with that arm speed. And he also has a changeup, and he also has a curveball. You're talking about five plus, plus, plus pitches.

"If he was in the draft, I think it would be a no-brainer right now that he'd be No. 1 overall," Gomes said. 

Since turning pro as an 18-year-old, Ohtani has been a dominant force on the mound. The 6-foot-3 right-hander owns a 42-15 career record with a 2.52 ERA and 1.076 WHIP. 

What makes Ohtani, 23, so intriguing is that he's not only the best pitcher in Japan, he may be the best hitter too. In 2017, Ohtani hit .332 with eight home runs in 65 games. The left fielder/DH owns a .286/.358/.500 career slash line with 48 home runs. 

"Now hitting wise, is it gonna transfer, is it not? I've seen the dude hit a fly ball that hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome," Gomes remembers. "So, what does that tell you? That bat speed's there, that power's there, that he's generating a lot out front.

"To be able to hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome is way more impressive than hitting any other roof in the states. It would be like hitting the roof in Seattle when it was closed, it's way up there."

Everyone knows about Ohtani off-the-charts talent. The stats are there. What we don't know as much about is his personality. Gomes does and he believes his leadership will make him be a star in the states. 

"I'm a big fan of the dude," Gomes says. "I saw his work ethic, I saw how players treated him, I saw how respectful he was. Over there it's all about seniority. Granted he was the biggest star on the field at any given moment, but still gave the utmost respect to seniority guys on his ball club."