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Giants enter All-Star break with a whimper, lose second straight to A's

Giants enter All-Star break with a whimper, lose second straight to A's

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SAN FRANCISCO -- There were many positives in the first half for the Giants, but the All-Star break came with a whimper. 

The lineup scattered five hits, Andrew Suarez had a rare dud, and the Giants fell 6-2 to the A's in the third game of this six-game set. They've lost two straight after a good win on Friday night and enter the break with a 50-48 record and in fourth place in the National League West. 

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--- Suarez was cruising through his final start of the half before the wheels came off in the fourth. Suarez didn’t allow a hit to that point, but Jed Lowrie walked with one out and the A’s followed with four consecutive singles. A sacrifice fly capped the four-run inning. Suarez gave up four earned in five innings, walking two and striking out five. He had allowed four total runs in his four previous starts. 

--- Because of all his injuries, Ray Black often wasn’t allowed to pitch back-to-back days in the minor leagues. Bruce Bochy tested him Sunday, sending him out for the seventh a few hours after Black got a couple outs in relief of Tony Watson. Black easily handled the test, striking out two and getting a pop-up to center. His fastball was down a tick… to 97. 

--- Chase d’Arnaud hit a solo shot, his second since being called up. The veteran is tied with Pablo Sandoval for the team lead in homers in July. That’s nice for d’Arnaud, not so great for this offense. The Giants have just six homers this month. 

Eduardo Nunez DFA'd by Red Sox while Shaun Anderson thriving for Giants

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Eduardo Nunez DFA'd by Red Sox while Shaun Anderson thriving for Giants

On July 26, 2017, the San Francisco Giants traded reliable infielder Eduardo Nunez to the Boston Red Sox for two low-level minor league pitchers.

It was a rental trade at the time with Nunez headed into free agency. He would eventually re-signed on a two-year, $9 million contract and help Boston win the 2018 World Series.

But nearly two years later, Nunez's time with the Red Sox is up. On Monday, the 32-year-old was designated for assignment.

Meanwhile, the Giants are quite pleased with the two pitchers they got in return.

The main piece on that trade, Shaun Anderson, has reached the major league level and has a 4.48 ERA in 60 1/3 innings for the Giants. At 24 years old, he's shown flashes of brilliance and looks like a part of San Francisco's rotation for years to come.

The other player in the trade, right-handed pitcher Gregory Santos, was just 17 years old at the time of the trade and was playing in the Dominican Summer League.

Now, Santos is finding success stateside. In 34 2/3 innings for Class A Augusta, Santos has a 2.86 ERA. MLB Pipeline has the 19-year-old ranked as the Giants' No. 7 overall prospect.

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The Giants liked Nunez's versatility, but they made the smart move to trade him for prospects. Two years after that trade, they are reaping the benefits and are the clear winners in that rental deal.

The Nunez trade should serve as a roadmap for the Giants as the 2019 trade deadline approaches. They can still get valuable pieces for players that are seen as rentals. It might take a few years for the major league team to see the benefits of trades made over the next two weeks, but the Giants are playing the long game. They can afford to take on lower level prospects and let them develop.

Giants, Dodgers score 16+ runs on same day for first time in 123 years

Giants, Dodgers score 16+ runs on same day for first time in 123 years

The Giants and Dodgers' franchises have been around for a really long time.

A REALLY LONG TIME.

On Monday, the two teams scored at least 16 runs on the same day for the first time since May 20, 1896.

EIGHTEEN NINETY SIX.

In 1896, they were the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Yes, Bridegrooms (According to Merriam-Webster, a "bridegroom" is "a man just married or about to be married").

On this day in 2019, the San Francisco Giants scored 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader in Colorado. They would add two more runs in their Game 2 win. As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2.

Brandon Crawford led the offensive outburst for the Giants as he homered three times and drove in nine runs in the doubleheader.

In Philadelphia, Cody Bellinger crushed two more homers and now has 33 this season.

Considering how long the Giants and Dodgers have been around, and how much they've accomplished, it's pretty impressive that there was still something they hadn't done over the last 123 years.