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Giants acquire former Rockie Tom Murphy for even more catching depth

Giants acquire former Rockie Tom Murphy for even more catching depth

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're a catcher who is on the edge of an MLB roster, find some orange cleats. There's a decent chance you'll be a Giant by the end of the week.

For the third consecutive day, the Giants made a roster move involving a catcher. This time they claimed former Rockies backstop Tom Murphy, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The Giants later confirmed the transaction.

This comes two days after they released Rene Rivera, who looked headed for an Opening Day job, and one day after they traded for Erik Kratz, who was named the backup catcher by manager Bruce Bochy on Sunday evening. 

It's unclear how it will all be sorted out by Thursday morning, although at this point there seems a very real possibility that Aramis Garcia is being shopped for outfield help. 

Murphy, 27, has a .219/.271/.439 slash line in parts of four major league seasons with the Rockies. He had a .637 OPS last season with 44 strikeouts and just three walks in 96 plate appearances, which makes him the opposite of what the Giants have been looking for.

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He would seem a good candidate to provide depth at Triple-A, except he's out of options, so the Giants would have to sneak him through waivers, something the Rockies weren't able to do. The Giants have had success, though, in doing that with other additions this offseason. 

Joe Panik's walk-off aided by slow Giants alertly stealing two bases

Joe Panik's walk-off aided by slow Giants alertly stealing two bases

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have the slowest roster in the big leagues, but they won a game Tuesday night with some speed. Or rather, by mixing some smarts with some speed. 

Braves closer Luke Jackson showed zero interest in checking on runners in the ninth and Kevin Pillar and Mac Williamson took advantage, twice stealing second before Joe Panik’s single brought them both home in a 4-3 win. The late rally came in drips, but it led to a thrilling win on a night when the Giants were absolutely flat for eight innings. 

Jackson seemed to be having issues with the signs, repeatedly asking catcher Brian McCann to run through them again. He was deliberate, and Pillar took advantage first, a few moments after his RBI single with two outs brought Brandon Crawford screaming home and cut the deficit to one. Jackson never checked on Pillar with Pablo Sandoval at the plate and he took off, sliding in just ahead of McCann's throw. 

Sandoval ended up with his 10th pinch-hit of the year, but with Pillar at first, Josh Donaldson's diving stop at third would have led to a game-ending force. Instead, Pillar eased into third as Sandoval raced to first with no throw, reaching on an infield single. Sandoval was replaced by Williamson, who also received no interest from Jackson. On an 0-2 pitch to Panik, he stole second without a throw. 

"That was huge," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Kevin, he's a basestealer and that was a huge base. Once Mac got it, now you realize it just takes a hit to win the game. That's a big base."

Panik's eyes got wide once Williamson touched second. 

"I don't have to hit a double to win the game," Panik said. "I can stay within myself, stay in the middle of the field, and you can win the game with a single."

Panik did, ending a great at-bat by pulling a curveball into right, a few feet past a diving Ozzie Albies. The only speed Panik needed was to get away from a rush of teammates waiting with kidney punches and turkey taps. But before that, he took advantage of tendencies, too. 

Panik has been as locked-in as an Giants hitter the last three weeks, and he fouled off three pitches while getting to 2-2. When Jackson threw a fastball that never threatened the plate, Panik thought back to the scouting report. 

"I thought it was a setup pitch for his breaking ball," he said.

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It was. Jackson went to his curve on 3-2 and the game was over a few seconds later. 

"That's a great comeback," Bochy said. "We looked pretty flat. We just couldn't get going offensively. Their guy (starter Julio Teheran) did a great job on us. That's a huge win.

Joe Panik gives Giants 4-3 win with two-run walk-off single vs. Braves

Joe Panik gives Giants 4-3 win with two-run walk-off single vs. Braves

The San Francisco Giants were on the verge of their 27th loss of the season.

But second baseman Joe Panik had other ideas Tuesday night.

With runners on second and third base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Panik roped a single to right field. Kevin Pillar scored from third, and pinch-runner Mac Williamson beat the throw from Braves right fielder Nick Markakis, giving the Giants a dramatic 4-3 win.

What little crowd remained at Oracle Park on a damp evening went crazy.

It was Panik's third career walk-off hit.

The Giants now are 21-26 on the season.