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Giants top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson to make MLB debut Wednesday

Giants top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson to make MLB debut Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants using an opener for the first time Tuesday will be followed by a much more traditional baseball concept: The debut of a top prospect. 

Shaun Anderson will start for the Giants on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, marking the MLB debut for a hard-throwing right-hander widely viewed as one of the organization's most promising prospects, and their top young pitcher. Anderson, a 24-year-old who gives off a Thor vibe, was in camp with the Giants this spring and impressed with his stuff and demeanor, and he was always expected to make his debut at some point this year.

This is earlier than anticipated, though. 

Picked up in the Eduardo Nunez midseason trade in 2017, Anderson has looked like a future contributor since the moment the Giants added him to the organization. He had a 3.51 ERA the rest of that season for San Jose and posted a 3.45 ERA in 17 Double-A appearances last season before getting promoted to Triple-A.

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In the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Anderson had a 4.18 ERA last year and was at 4.11 in seven starts this year. He had 37 strikeouts in 35 innings and had allowed just three homers in a league where the ball is flying out of the park at absurd rates. 

Source: Giants planning to call up slugging third baseman Zach Green

Source: Giants planning to call up slugging third baseman Zach Green

SAN FRANCISCO — Conner Menez won’t be the only newcomer in the clubhouse on Sunday.

The Giants plan to call up power-hitting third baseman Zach Green from Triple-A, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. Green has 23 homers for the River Cats this season with an OPS of 1.099. 

Green, a 25-year-old Sacramento native, was taken in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Phillies. He put up good numbers in their system, hitting 20 homers a year ago, but never got his shot and signed with the Giants over the offseason. He was in big league camp this year as a non-roster invitee.

Green has shown his power throughout the minor league season but was blocked at the big league level because he is primarily a first and third baseman. It’s unclear what his immediate role is, but Evan Longoria is out at least a couple more weeks with a left foot strain. The Giants have been concerned about wearing Pablo Sandoval down, although they do also have Donovan Solano as an option. It's possible Solano will see more time at second base.

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Green could make his MLB debut with Menez on Sunday. The lefty will take Drew Pomeranz’s rotation spot. Menez is also a local, having grown up in Hollister. 

Giants' 11-4 loss to Mets 'a bump in the road,' Bruce Bochy believes

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Giants' 11-4 loss to Mets 'a bump in the road,' Bruce Bochy believes

All good things must come to an end.

The Giants' seven-game winning streak? Good, but over.

The New York Mets hit four long homers on Saturday, handing the Giants an 11-4 loss in front of the home crowd at Oracle Park.

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija couldn't keep the momentum going as he gave up six hits and four earned runs over five innings. He did strike out seven Mets batters, though.

"A tick off as we were as a team," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Samardzija to reporters after the game. "We didn't swing the bats like we had been, so just a little off. It was just one of those days where they had their day and it was a tough day for us."

The Giants came out of the All-Star break on fire, winning eight of their first nine games. They swept a four-game series in Colorado and had won the first two games against the Mets in walk-off fashion. But the bats couldn't get going against New York starter Walker Lockett, who allowed just one earned run in five innings.

"You're going to have days," Bochy said. "We've been playing so well and had a bump in the road here. That's how we have to look at it. Regroup and come out and be ready to go tomorrow."

Bochy was asked if the Giants' recent schedule had something to do with Saturday's lackluster performance.

"It probably looked [like] it today," Bochy said. "It's been a tough schedule for these guys and not taking away from Lockett. He threw the ball well and we had a hard time figuring him out. When you look at this past week, four games in Colorado, 16 innings, but Pablo [Sandoval] went out there and swung it well today, he's been out there almost every inning. [Brandon] Belt, he got a couple hits.

"But it's going to look that way when you don't swing the bats. We're going to have a game like this. But we gotta keep going, keep grinding. We're playing well and this one was just not a good game for us."

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The Giants have a chance on Sunday to erase the bitter taste of this defeat. Left-handed pitcher Conner Menez will make his major league debut Sunday, taking the place of Drew Pomeranz in the rotation. In 18 appearances (17 starts) between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento this season, Menez has a 3.13 ERA and has struck out 123 batters in 95 innings.