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Giants using opener 'upset the entire rhythm of the game,' Mike Krukow says

Giants using opener 'upset the entire rhythm of the game,' Mike Krukow says

"Big gulps, huh? Welp, see ya later."

Remember the infamous scene from Dumb and Dumber? The eight-second clip sums up the Giants' first experiment with an opener. But the decision to do so was far from dumb. 

The Giants had allowed 42 first-inning runs this season going into Tuesday, compared to scoring only five. Nick Vincent's first start of the year made it 45 first-inning runs for the opposition. 

"I was all on board," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said Wednesday on KNBR. "Anything to shake it up." 

Vincent, who has made 14 appearances out of the bullpen this season, allowed three earned runs in the first inning of a 7-3 Giants loss. Krukow generally sways with the thinking of baseball traditionalists. This time, however, he was ready for a change. 

Once that change happened, though, he noticed a domino effect for the Giants. The first usage of an opener had the team all out of sorts, Krukow believes. 

"It seemed to me like it just upset the entire rhythm of the game," Krukow said. "Everybody was a bit out of whack." 

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That could be true, but it doesn't mean this needs to be the end to this experiment for the Giants. When a team is having this many issues with its rotation and sits at the bottom of the NL West standings, nothing should be off the table. 

"It's not a big enough sample for someone to say that it doesn't work," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the loss. "I don't know when we would do it again, or if we would do it again, but we're not going to let one outcome dictate that."

Why Giants' Bruce Bochy had such a hard time DFAing Mac Williamson

Why Giants' Bruce Bochy had such a hard time DFAing Mac Williamson

SAN FRANCISCO -- It wasn't an easy conversation.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy had to break the news to Mac Williamson that the team had designated the outfielder for assignment Saturday. It was the second time the Giants DFA'd Williamson in the past two months.

As many times as the skipper has had these conversations, and as difficult as they must be, this was different.

"You pull for [the players] every day, but not as hard as I have for Mac, especially with him working hard to get this opportunity," Bochy said prior to the Giants' 10-4 loss to the D-backs later in the day.

But the team needed help, and Williamson was struggling at the plate. He had just six hits in 57 plate appearances with one home run and seven RBI. 

"You just get to a point where we just need some help and so it was not an easy one," Bochy added.

Bochy knows Williamson exemplifies being a Giant -- he was drafted by the team and he, by all accounts, is a Giant.

"He's had to deal with things like the concussion, so he'll go through waivers again and he can elect free agency. I don't know what's going to happen, but he's gotta keep pushing," Bochy said. "He'll get another opportunity and hopefully it works out well."

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A mere few weeks ago, Williamson posted an emotional message on Instagram following a stellar outing with the Giants the day after his big league return. It was just one game, as he said, but it was a good one. 

For Williamson, however, that day in Denver could be one of his last positive memories as a Giant. And that will never sit well with his former skipper.

Watch Kevin Pillar make insane catch vs. D-backs in Giants double play

Watch Kevin Pillar make insane catch vs. D-backs in Giants double play

SAN FRANCISCO -- WOW.

You're not allowed to cheer from the pressbox, but I had my jaw practically on the floor during a crazy Kevin Pillar diving catch from the Giants right fielder.

In the top of the first inning of Saturday's D-backs vs. Giants game, Kevin Cron smacked a line drive to right field. If you watch the play, you were more than likely thinking there was no way Pillar would be able to snag it, but boy was I wrong.

Superman laid out and made the grab. But he wasn't done yet. He threw it in to second baseman Joe Panik who sent it to Brandon Belt for the double play to get Adam Jones out at first.

Insane.

Future note for any batters facing the Giants -- keep it away from anywhere Pillar might be playing.