Giants move Steven Duggar back to center month after Kevin Pillar trade


Giants move Steven Duggar back to center month after Kevin Pillar trade

PHOENIX -- One of the best catches of Steven Duggar's career came here at Chase Field last summer, and in their first visit to Arizona in 2019, the Giants decided to put Duggar back in his favorite spot. 

Duggar moved back to center field and Kevin Pillar moved to right field for the first time since being acquired in early April. Manager Bruce Bochy said he met with Pillar, who has been a center fielder for just about all of his career. 

"We're going to take a look at this," he said. "We've giving Duggar some time in center field. He's younger and there's a little more room to cover here and in our ballpark."

Pillar has been an elite defender throughout his career but, aside from a home run robbery in Cincinnati, that hasn't always shown since the trade from Toronto. It has been clear over the past month that Duggar is getting to more balls, and the metrics back it up. 

Defensive metrics aren't very reliable in small samples, but still, Duggar has been worth five Defensive Runs Saved in just 61 innings in center field. That ranks him fifth in the Majors, and every other center fielder who has been above average by DRS has played at least twice as many innings in the spot. 

Bochy wouldn't say it, but there are two other aspects at play here, too. The Giants already are out of contention, and Duggar is the center fielder of the future. Plus, moving Pillar makes it easier for Bochy to handle the lineup if he wants to take a look at Aaron Altherr in a corner without pulling Duggar from the lineup.

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Altherr hasn't played since being activated Tuesday but Bochy said he's looking for a spot. 

"At the same time, Mac (Williamson) has come up here and you want him to get a full opportunity to see what he can do," Bochy said. 

Drew Pomeranz was thinking 'attack' in historic effort in Giants' loss

Drew Pomeranz was thinking 'attack' in historic effort in Giants' loss

Drew Pomeranz had a career night Monday at Oracle Park. Unfortunately for the Giants starter, he still came away with his eighth loss of the season.

In five innings pitched, Pomeranz matched a career high with 11 strikeouts. It's the third time in his nine-year career that he's struck out that many batters in a game.

But that's not even the best stat regarding Pomeranz's 11 strikeouts against the Rockies.

That's right. Pomeranz did something that no other Giants pitcher had accomplished in 126 years.

"I was just thinking attack," Pomeranz told the media after the Giants' 2-0 loss to the Rockies. "Didn't want to walk guys, even though I did walk guys. Some of the other guys had three-pitch strikeouts, so that helps balance things out."

Pomeranz walked just two batters. He pitched well enough to win, but his one mistake — a two-run homer allowed to Rockies outfielder David Dahl — cost him.

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"He had good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the media. "His curveball got better as he went. Had a good fastball going tonight, good life on it, and I think it showed on the strikeouts."

Rockies vs. Giants lineups: Red-hot Alex Dickerson batting second

Rockies vs. Giants lineups: Red-hot Alex Dickerson batting second

Giants fans at Oracle Park on Monday night will get an early look at Alex Dickerson.

As the team returns to San Francisco from a seven-game road trip, Dickerson will be batting second in the lineup against Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies.

Dickerson joined the Giants on Friday in Arizona and went 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI in the three-game series. He batted seventh in all three games.

Giants starter Drew Pomeranz takes his 7.09 ERA to the mound and will look to bounce back from a rough outing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

First pitch for Rockies-Giants is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT, with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

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Here are the full Rockies-Giants lineups:

Colorado Rockies (40-37)
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
2. David Dahl (L) CF
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
5. Ryan McMahon (L) 2B
6. Raimel Tapia (L) LF
7. Pat Valaika (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Jon Gray (R) P (7-5, 4.18)

San Francisco Giants (33-43)
1. Mike Yastrzemski (L) RF
2. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 1B
5. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
6. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Donovan Solano (R) SS
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P (2-7, 7.09 ERA)