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Giants say good-bye to longtime reliever, RHP claimed on waivers by Pirates

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Giants say good-bye to longtime reliever, RHP claimed on waivers by Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO -- On Wednesday, George Kontos made his 300th appearance with the Giants. Three days later, his run with the organization ended. 

Kontos was claimed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Giants let him go, opening up a roster spot for Chris Stratton, who will start in place of Matt Cain on Saturday. The Giants were going to non-tender Kontos at the end of the season, but this ends his time in San Francisco nearly two months early. 

Kontos has had a rough couple of weeks on the mound, but his tenure in San Francisco was underrated. Over six seasons, he posted a 3.05 ERA and carved out a spot as a reliable middle-innings fireman for Bruce Bochy. Kontos, known as "Everyday George," made at least 50 appearances in each of the last three seasons. He often warmed up on other days, and Bochy was able to use him several days in a row, saving others in the bullpen. 

Kontos has had trouble with inherited runners this season and he never was given a late-innings role in a rebuilt bullpen. The Giants are embracing a youth movement of sorts, and they're expected to experiment with bullpen roles in September. 

Kontos now goes to a semi-contender, where he'll team with Chris Stewart. The Giants originally traded Stewart to acquire Kontos from the Yankees. 

 

POLL: Giants Memorable Moments -- Cain's Perfect Game vs Winning 2010 NL Pennant

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POLL: Giants Memorable Moments -- Cain's Perfect Game vs Winning 2010 NL Pennant

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the Giants' 60 Memorable Moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into Giants Pregame Live at 3pm to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Giants and Mets conclude, tune into Postgame Live to see which moment will move on.

1. Matt Cain's Perfect Game in 2012 (15-time winner -- Defeated Giants win 2012 NL Pennant against Cardinals in rain-soaked Game 7)

(From Matt Cain - Giants Pitcher, 2005-2017)

The Perfect Game was one of the most memorable nights of my playing career. 

I had always dreamed of throwing a no-hitter. I had come so close so many times throughout my career and in my younger years, but never had one. 

The ballpark was so electric that night. We had the TaylorMade guys out hitting golf balls. Dustin Johnson hitting monster drives into McCovey Cove, and I snuck one good swing in there as well. 

Pretty surreal day. I still think back to all the plays and pitches during that game. To have every single player on the same wave length and all realizing what was unfolding is truly something special. Everyone likes to say I pitched a perfect game and I get the credit for it but I’m in debt to everyone of the guys who made a play behind me , one that still doesn’t make sense in right center field, and I owe the most to the guy who called 125 perfect pitches behind the plate. 

Thanks to all the fans that have come up to me and shared there story about that night. So fun to hear them all!!

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2. Giants win 2010 National League Pennant

(From former Giants outfielder and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Andres Torres)

If you ask me what was harder...winning the World Series against Texas or beating Philly in the NLCS...it was beating Philly. They had a great lineup and pitching staff and those fans there...they're no joke. Fans yelling at you all the time. It wasn't easy to play against them when they were at home.

Juan Uribe was really good...he had that stance...that power...he used to hit with a weight on his bat...he's really strong...great hitter. When he hit that home run...we were going crazy...really pumped. Cody Ross was also great that series. Two home runs off Roy Halladay.

I was so excited, we were going to the World Series and we were going to win. Think about beating Philly with that lineup and that pitching staff was no joke either. We were built like a great like a great company and everbody coming into the clubhouse, we made them feel comfortable, when new guys came in we made them feel welcome and comfortable and we had fun. That's how the Giants are, and when we beat Philly...I thought we had already won the World Series because we believed in each other.

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MLB rumors: Giants place Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers

MLB rumors: Giants place Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers

NEW YORK — The Giants did not sell at the trade deadline, preferring to give a .500 roster a few more weeks to try and climb into the race. It appears the weekend in Cincinnati finally led to some decisions from the front office. 

According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the Giants have placed Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers, potentially clearing the way for a trade over the coming days. McCutchen is only owed about $3 million at this point and could be a fit for a contending team looking for outfield help down the stretch. If McCutchen is claimed, the Giants will have little leverage in negotiations, but they should be able to salvage a prospect or two in exchange for a player who will be a free agent at the end of the season. 

The interest in McCutchen at the deadline wasn’t enough to have the Giants seriously consider a deal, but his numbers have ticked up a bit in the second half. Trading McCutchen would serve multiple purposes. The veteran could potentially find himself in a playoff race, in search of his first ring. For the Giants, a deal would clear salary space and get them further from the tax line, and potentially allow for more September call-ups. It also would clear playing time in the outfield, allowing Austin Slater to play every day, or Chris Shaw to get an audition over the final month. 

The Giants have avoided any talk of putting up the white flag, but they were swept over the weekend in Cincinnati and have not had the road trip they had hoped. They won 2-1 Tuesday, but still will face Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom in this series.