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Instant Replay: Giants 4, Pirates 3

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Instant Replay: Giants 4, Pirates 3

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Before the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Freddy Sanchez is close to a rehab start. Emmanuel Burriss isn't ready. Burriss led off the bottom of the ninth inning and slapped a solid base hit to right field on the first pitch he saw, spurring the Giants' walk-off rally.

Brandon Belt, who was in the on-deck circle, was called back and veteran Ryan Theriot was sent out to sacrifice Burriss over. Only he failed to do so, worked an eight pitch at-bat and executed a textbook hit-and-run to get Burriss to third base.

After Angel Pagan was intentionally walked, the Giants' hottest hitter Melky Cabrera came to the plate. Cabrera, 0-for-3 on the night, wouldn't get his first hit of the night, but he would win the game. Shortstop Clint Barmes' throw home short-hopped Rod Barajas, who could not coral it, allowing the winning run to score.

Starting pitching report: The Pirates made sure there would be no back-to-back shutouts for Barry Zito early. With two outs in the first inning, Andrew McCutchen roped a single into left field. Casey McGehee's bloop single and a walk to Rod Barajas brought Neil Walker to the plate. Walker delivered a two-run base hit to open the Game 2 scoring.

Zito settled down, though, going three-up-three-down in the second and third.

He was tagged with an unearned run in the fifth inning on a forgettable defensive play for the Giants.

With his pitch total at 97 after six innings and the top of the order coming up in the seventh, Zito's night looked to be done. But he emerged from the dugout in the seventh, induced a first pitch fly-out, struck out Tabata and got Andrew McCutchen to fly out to end the seventh. It sent the AT&T Crowd into a frenzy, and Zito didn't so much as raise his head walking back into the dugout.

Bullpen report: Santiago Casilla entered the game in the eighth inning. Zito's final pitch -- a cutter -- came in at 80 miles per hour. Casilla's first pitch registered a 95 on the gun, and a decidedly different sound entering Hector Sanchez's glove.

Casilla and Javier Lopez were dominant, allowing one hit in two innings of work.

With the bats: The Giants came out swinging in the second. Four consecutive hits from Hector Sanchez, Nate Schierholtz, Brandon Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss plated two and tied the game.

Schierholtz's opposite-field triple was scorched. It got to the wall in a hurry and gave Sanchez enough time to lumber in to score all the way from first.

His chest's rise and fall was clearly visible as he removed his helmet, stuck out his tongue, and headed for the dugout for congratulations.

Sanchez led the rally off with a base hit. He has hit safely in each of the three games he's played in this year.

In the bottom of the fifth, Angel Pagan got his first AT&T Park triple. It was a three-bagger all the way as his drive landed right in Triple's Alley. Third-base coach Tim Flannery contemplated sending Pagan home for more than one arm circle.

With the gloves: The Giants suffered their second two-error play of the season. With one on and one away in the fifth inning, Jose Tabata hit a slow bouncer to third. Pablo Sandocal charged, but didn't get his glove down and the ball rolled into shallow left field. Brandon Crawford tracked it down and threw off balance to second. The throw was off line and ended up in the no-man's land in the middle of the infield, allowing Alex Presley to score the then-go-ahead run.

In stark contrast, Crawford ended the inning by ranging far to his left to vacuum a ground ball up the middle, spinning and firing to first to retire Casey McGehee and prevent a fourth Pittsburgh run.

Sandoval again erred in the sixth inning, bringing his error total to three after going all of last year with just 10.

Crawford drew the crowd's applause again in the eighth when he bare-handed McGehee's chop over the pitcher's mound and threw on the run in time to record the first out.

Attendance: It was the 86th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park with an announced attendance of 41,657. Nobody left early and they were loud at all the right times.

On deck: The Giants and Pirates are scheduled to play the third and final game of the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. It's an interesting pitching matchup. Ryan Vogelsong returns from a strained back to make his first start of the season. It's a familiar face that will be opposing him; former Giant and 2011 All-Star Kevin Correia gets the nod in Game 3 for the Pirates.

Odds and ends: Barry Zito will perform at The Fillmore Sunday night, helping Train with "Save Me San Francisco." ... 49ers QB Alex Smith was at AT&T Park Saturday night, sitting in Row 1 next to the Giants' dugout.

Before the game, Matt Cain presented Smith with a jersey signed by members of the Giants.

Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

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Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

Every time the Journey song “Lights” plays throughout AT&T Park, the lyrics When the lights go down in the City ring too true for the Giants’ offense. There’s a power outage in San Francisco. 

The savior to this issue can soon be prospect Chris Shaw, who turns 24 years old on Oct. 20. Shaw, along with five other Giants prospects, is continuing his 2017 season among a multitude of baseball’s best young up-and-comers in the Arizona Fall League. As he takes the field for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Shaw’s bat is far from the top focus for the Giants. 

After playing right and left field at Boston College, the Giants turned Shaw into a first baseman once they selected the 6-foot-4, 235-pound lefty in 2015. This year, the Giants’ front office decided to make a change. As the big league team continued to look for their own answers, Shaw saw himself in left field in 94 of the 125 games he played between Double-A and Triple-A this season. 

“I saw improvements through the course of the year,” Brian Sabean said about Shaw’s outfield defense on The Giants Insider Podcast. “The problem is playing left field in our left field isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do.” 

The AFL is all about reps in left field for Shaw as the Giants have already said he will get a long look in spring training. He earned that right after a breakout year at the plate.

One week into the AFL though, Shaw’s bat is way behind. Through four games, Shaw is batting a pedestrian .133 (2-for-15), both hits being singles. But even in such a slow start there are positives. 

Shaw has walked three times to only two strikeouts. His only downfall at the plate once he reached Triple-A Sacramento was his on-base percentage fell from .390 in Double-A to .328 at the higher level. With the River Cats, Shaw struck out 106 times, leading the team, while taking his base 20 times.

Early on in the desert, Shaw is showing more patience and putting the ball into play more often. The ball simply isn’t finding grass.

In the outfield, every ball Shaw sees -- practice or game -- during the AFL is a step in the right direction for he and the Giants. He is yet to make an error in his short time at the AFL. The big lefty will never be a guy to make the spectacular play, but if he improves his instincts with the glove and improves his eye at the plate, the Giants can finally have their left fielder of the future. 

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.