Vogelsong leads Giants to 3-1 win


Vogelsong leads Giants to 3-1 win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong has heard the critical words all year: One-hit wonder. Fluke.It fueled him every fifth day. It will fuel him for the next four months.Vogelsong wrapped up his extraordinary, improbable comeback season with one final gem for the home Giants crowd.The All-Star right-hander pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Fontenot hit a two-run triple and San Francisco beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Monday night.This winter, at last, Vogelsong will allow himself some time to reflect on his remarkable 2011 run - as he sits on his couch and watches reruns of "The Franchise.""I haven't had much time to really think about it," Vogelsong said. "Once I get home and melt down a little bit from the season, it's going to be a lot of good thoughts and I'm probably going to realize how amazing it all is. It's been fun, it really has. All I can hope for right now is that I keep it going, come back and do it again."Brett Pill had two hits and drove in a run and Pablo Sandoval added a pair of singles and his first career sacrifice bunt for the Giants, who ended a four-game losing streak with their fifth straight home win at soldout AT&T Park.The switch-hitting Sandoval bunted left-handed because he couldn't find his batting helmet to hit righty.Mark Ellis - back in the Bay Area after being traded by the Oakland Athletics this summer - had two hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who lost for the 10th time in 12 games and have dropped six in a row to the Giants. Seth Smith also had two hits.Vogelsong (13-7) won his third consecutive start following a five-game losing streak and improved to 4-0 this year against Colorado. He allowed four hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He retired 17 of 18 during one stretch.The journeyman Vogelsong became an unlikely All-Star and among the most reliable pitchers for the reigning World Series champions - at age 34."My years in baseball, it's the best story of a guy who has persevered like he did to get another shot at pitching in the big leagues," manager Bruce Bochy said.A non-roster invitee to spring training on a minor league deal, Vogelsong emerged during Barry Zito's first stint on the disabled list. Vogelsong toiled through three seasons in the Japanese League before Triple-A stints last year for the Phillies and Angels. In the Bay Area with the team that originally drafted him in the fifth round in 1998."I've got a lot of motivation to come back and do this again and not be the one-hit wonder," Vogelsong said. "I've heard the things through the season - 'it's going to end' and 'he's a fluke' - and that stuff drove me all year and it's going to drive me through the offseason."Jhoulys Chacin (11-14) took the loss despite a solid outing. He gave up the two runs on eight hits over seven innings. Chacin walked one and struck out three.Ellis' RBI single in the eighth ended Sergio Romo's 21 2-3 scoreless inning streak, a span of 29 games.Romo got through the eighth, Javier Lopez got an out and Santiago Casilla finished off the game for his sixth save in seven chances.Vogelsong allowed three or fewer runs in 23 of his 28 starts this season and increased his lead among Giants pitchers with his 12th hit.Chacin lost his fourth straight start after not receiving any run support for the second straight game and fourth this year."I finished the season strong and healthy," Chacin said. "I'd like to get 200 innings next year if I'm healthy."Chacin (11-14) gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out three. Fontenot drilled a two-out, two-strike pitch from Chacin into the right-center field gap for a triple, driving in two runs in the third inning."It was a pitch I wanted to make but I guess I didn't get it away enough for him to hit it that far," Chacin said. "I was focusing on the glove and trying to hit the glove."Fontenot's triple capped a two-out rally in the third after Vogelsong singled and Andres Torres walked ahead of him.After stranding five runners in scoring position, Ellis' two-out single in the eighth put the Rockies on the board.Pill added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.Bochy said closer Brian Wilson won't pitch again this season in order to protect his troublesome elbow. Wilson didn't seem happy about the decision after the game."I'm not going to talk about myself," he said before making a quick exit.NOTES: Vogelsong didn't walk a batter for the first time since April 22 vs. Atlanta. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez had his injured right wrist examined by 49er team doctor Tim McAdams, who confirmed a deep bone bruise and tendon inflammation. ... Colorado hitting coach Carney Lansford said he will likely undergo right hip replacement surgery sometime in October. ... RHP Alex White (3-3, 7.04) will start Tuesday's game for the Rockies. He's lost his last two starts, giving up 11 runs in 10 1-3 innings. The Rockies won each of his first four starts and six of his first seven. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-13, 3.32) pitches for the Giants on Tuesday. He had a five-game winning streak snapped in his last start. He's 1-3 in six career starts against the Rockies, but with a 2.43 ERA. ... Rachael Flatt, the 2010 women's national figure skating champion, and San Jose Sharks' players Torey Mitchell and Logan Couture were among those in attendance. ... Rockies' manager Jim Tracy said he doesn't expect to use Huston Street the rest of the way as the pitcher nurses a groin injury. Street experienced discomfort after his last throwing session. ... The Giants set an all-time attendance record with 3,303,060.

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.

One week 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


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.