Andrew McCutchen joins exclusive clubs with walk-off homer

Andrew McCutchen joins exclusive clubs with walk-off homer

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey is out of the lineup today after catching 14 innings last night. Brandon Crawford is out because Bruce Bochy preferred Kelby Tomlinson to face clayton Kershaw. Ditto with Pablo Sandoval replacing Brandon Belt. 

But Andrew McCutchen is in there, of course, and he’ll try to keep the good vibes going after one of the best individual games in Giants history. Here’s a rundown of some of what McCutchen did in a 7-5 win Saturday night … 

  •  He became the eighth San Francisco Giant to hit a walk-off homer in the 14th inning or later. Posey was the last one to do it when he walked the Reds off in the 17th inning last year. (The next day he explained it was dad strength.)
  • McCutchen is the first player since Detroit’s Jim Northrup in 1969 to have six hits and a walk-off homer (per Elias).
  • He’s the first since Guillermo Quiroz in 2013 to have his first homer as a Giant be a walk-off. Quiroz also walked off the Dodgers. 
  • He became the fourth San Francisco Giant to have a six-hit game. Crawford, of course, had seven hits against the Marlins two years ago. 
  • McCutchen became the first big leaguer to hit a walk-off with his team trailing in the 14th inning or later since July 11, 2015 … when Andrew McCutchen did it to the Cardinals. 
  • Per Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions, he’s the first big leaguer with a walk-off at least 12 pitches into a plate appearance since John Flaherty of the Rays in 2000. And finally, from Daren Willman of Baseball Savant, that was the longest plate appearance o McCutchen’s career. 

So yeah, that was one hell of a moment. And it led to some varied celebrations. 

--- I wrote last night about the bullpen, and Bochy today raved about Reyes Moronta. He said Moronta has the equipment to throw in the eighth or ninth, he just needs to tighten up his mechanics a bit. At times, he overthrows. 

--- The Giants have hit 10 homers and allowed two. The latter is more impressive, and more important given how often they got hit by the long ball last year. “That’s two mistakes to this point,” Bochy said. “That’s pretty impressive against the guys we’ve seen.”

--- No, Belt was not preparing to pitch last night. Derek Holland had his spikes on and would have followed Roberto Gomez. Instead, Gomez got his first big league win. He had the ball in his locker this morning. 

Brandon Crawford starts first All-Star Game with family in the stands

Brandon Crawford starts first All-Star Game with family in the stands

Brandon Crawford notched an important first in his second-ever All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday. 

The three-time defending Gold Glove winner started in the game for the first time in his eight-year career in the majors. Crawford finished with just over 3 million votes, and the fourth-most among the NL players that fans picked to start. 

Crawford struck out in both of his plate appearances. He struck out swinging on the first, and looking on the second. Crawford's wife, Jalynne Crawford, was none too pleased with the strike zone on the evening.

He didn't see much action in the field, either. Crawford told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez in a postgame interview he wasn't too upset he had a quiet night.

“I’m excited to be a part of it either way," Crawford said. "Even if I didn't even get in, it would be cool to be here."


"But I would like to get a ground ball. I would like to be involved somehow,” he added with a smile.

The Crawfords surely had a much better time with their four children, all of whom made the trip to the nation's capital. 

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“It's fun. They have no idea what's going on really," Crawford said of his children enjoying the All-Star festivities. "They see that everybody's excited so they get excited about it. That's kind of what makes it so fun.”

Crawford's NL may have lost 8-6 in extra innings to the AL, but Crawford left D.C. with bragging rights. In a trivia contest about his sister, Amy, Crawford bested her husband (and All-Star pitcher) Gerrit Cole.

MLB rumors: Dodgers appear to be leaders for Manny Machado; trade framework in place


MLB rumors: Dodgers appear to be leaders for Manny Machado; trade framework in place

The Dodgers might be on the verge of making a big splash.

Los Angeles appears to be the leader in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, according to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports.

The Orioles have the structure of a deal in place, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Machado, who will play in his fourth All-Star Game on Tuesday night, is hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI this season.

The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent won the AL Gold Glove in 2013 and 2015.

The Dodgers (53-43) lead the NL West by 0.5 games and are four ahead of the Giants (50-48).