Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants loss to Marlins

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants loss to Marlins


SAN FRANCISCO — Before Friday’s game, manager Bruce Bochy said the second-half rotation was sketched out with Madison Bumgarner in and one current starter out. If Matt Moore was a lock to be included, perhaps a second conversation needs to be had. 

Moore had another ugly start to cap a first half that was the worst of any starter in the National League. He gave up 12 hits and lasted just 10 outs, and the Giants went down 6-1 to Dan Straily and the Marlins in their return home. 

Here are five things to know from a forgettable Friday ... 

—- Moore had previously allowed 10 hits just five times in his career. The Marlins had 10 hits by their 16th at-bat of the game. In all, Moore tied a career-high with 12 hits allowed. Opposing hitters are batting .307 off him this season after a .233 mark following the deadline deal in 2016. 

—- Moore is the only player keeping Matt Cain from having the highest ERA in the National League. Cain is at 5.58, Moore is at 6.04. Moore also ranks last in the NL in WHIP (1.69). 

—- Cory Gearrin pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of Moore, which was the second-longest outing of his career. He went three innings in the 14-inning game late last month. Gearrin did not get an at-bat, and I’m not pleased. 

—- Giancarlo Stanton’s first-inning blast was just the 40th by a right-handed batter to right field at AT&T Park. Stanton became the first opponent to do it in three years, and amazingly, he came about five feet away in the fourth inning from clearing the Levi’s Landing sign a second time. 

—- Austin Slater stopped running right before he reached the bag in the eighth and he grabbed at his hip, which was tight on the last homestand. The Giants should just shut him down through the All-Star break. Slater is one player who absolutely should be ready to play every day in the second half. 

Giants' minor league affiliate will allow fans to rent stadium on Airbnb

Giants' minor league affiliate will allow fans to rent stadium on Airbnb

Have you ever wanted to field grounders on the same patch of dirt as Brandon Crawford? Or hit in the cage that Buster Posey has used to hone his swing? If you have a little disposable income, and an easy way to get to Oregon this summer, a Giants minor league affiliate is trying to make those dreams come true. 

With the minor league season almost certainly canceled, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes found a creative way to make use of their stadium in Keizer, Oregon, a small town south of Portland. They listed it on Airbnb. 

For $1,000 a night, individuals or groups can stay in the ballpark of the short-season affiliate that was home to Posey and Crawford in 2008, Tim Lincecum in 2006, and more than 100 other big leaguers over the years. Last year, Hunter Bishop and Marco Luciano were among the prospects who spent time in Salem-Keizer. 

The listing says you'll have full access to the clubhouse and training facility, which includes four indoor cages and pitching machines. You will also have use of the field and batting practice can be set up. The Volcanoes offered to supply cots for overnight guests, or you can bring sleeping bags to set up somewhere in the ballpark. Oh, and this is important: The park has WiFi. 

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The Volcanoes are offering dates throughout the summer with the caveat that bookings could be impacted by games. That's extremely unlikely, though. MLB organizations do not expect to hold a normal minor league season, and the Volcanoes are also unfortunately at risk if MLB follows through with a plan to cut 42 minor league teams permanently. 

Giants scout compared Mark McGwire to better Dave Kingman as prospect

Giants scout compared Mark McGwire to better Dave Kingman as prospect

It was clear when watching Mark McGwire at USC that he was set for stardom in the big leagues. McGwire was an eighth-round pick in high school but then dominated for the Trojans. 

When Giants scout George Genovese saw McGwire play in March of 1984, he was blown away.

"This boy has outstanding power," Genovese wrote in his official scouting report. "... I feel he will be a good power hitter as he makes good contact and hits to all field with power. He is a tough out at the plate and it takes a good curve ball or excellent pitch to get him out." 

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As's Matt Kelly notes, Genovese even saw a better version of a former No. 1 overall pick -- Dave Kingman -- in a young McGwire.

"As much power and better contact at the plate than Dave Kingman," Genovese wrote.

McGwire wound up hitting .387 with 32 home runs, 20 doubles and 80 RBI at USC in 1984. And the Giants had a chance to select McGwire with the No. 9 pick in the '84 MLB Draft. Instead, they took outfielder Alan Cockrell, who had nine at-bats in his MLB career and never played for San Francisco.

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The A's grabbed McGwire one pick later at No. 10 overall, and he became an instant star. The powerful first baseman hit a then-rookie record 49 homers for the A's in 1987 on his way to winning AL Rookie of the Year. 

McGwire finished his career with 583 long balls. Kingman, who started his career with the Giants and ended it with the A's, hit 442. And Cockrell had two career hits ... none went over the fence.