Mac Williamson called up to Giants after red-hot start in Triple-A


Mac Williamson called up to Giants after red-hot start in Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO -- For a second straight year, Mac Williamson has forced the issue.

Williamson will join the Giants on Tuesday in Denver, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned, after being called up from the minors.

The Giants later confirmed the news as part of a flurry of moves. 

The outfielder hit three homers for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday night, giving nine for the season. He has a .378 average and 1.215 OPS, and in recent days has shown more plate discipline, something new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was looking for as he evaluated Williamson's powerful start to the season.

Williamson has 11 walks in his last seven games, raising his on-base percentage to .459.

Williamson did this same thing last year, slugging his way to the big leagues by April 20. He hit three homers in his first five games in place of Hunter Pence and appeared poised for an everyday role, but a concussion suffered when he tripped over a bullpen mound put him on the sidelines. Williamson was never right when he returned, and his season ended prematurely as he tried to get his concussion symptoms under control.

This year has been tumultuous in a different way. Williamson was designated for assignment at the end of the spring when the Giants opted to go with Michael Reed and Connor Joe in the corners on Opening Day. With a crowded outfield in Triple-A, it appeared the Giants wanted Williamson to try and find an opportunity elsewhere. 

But he cleared waivers, ended up back in Sacramento and again has been the Triple-A club's most feared hitter. One of his homers Monday was estimated in the 500-foot neighborhood.

Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves


Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- Every part of Johnny Cueto's rehab from Tommy John surgery went according to plan. The first surprise came Saturday. 

Cueto walked five Braves in the Giants' 8-1 loss. For just the second time in his career, he walked at least five and failed to throw more than four innings. 

"I was a little surprised, to be honest," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been so good to this point."

Cueto also used the word "surprised" in discussing the loss. 

"I felt frustrated," he said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "I felt really good and felt strong, but on occasion, I felt frustrated because every time I would throw the ball it tailed toward first base."

A little rust is not unusual after a year of rehab, but Cueto had thrown 10 shutout innings in his first two starts and had no issues with command. The Braves got him for four in the second inning, with three walks being issued. All three of those runners scored. 

"Johnny -- rarely, rarely does he beat himself," Bochy said. "It's fair to say he did that tonight."

This wasn't all on Cueto's loss of command. Not even close.

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The Giants were 0-for-SunTrust Park before scratching a lone run across in the seventh inning. They've looked completely overmatched in two games against the NL's second-best team, and they'll need to win out just to finish at .500. The odds are overwhelmingly strong that they end up with a third straight losing season. That can become official as soon as Sunday. 

"We were hoping for a winning season," Bochy said. "We were so close there, and I know we stumbled."

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance


Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance

After a night to forget, the Giants will once again take the field in Atlanta against the mighty Braves, who clinched the NL East division title in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night.

Bruce Bochy’s group got a front-row seat to the Ronald Acuna Jr. show, as the superstar 21-year-old reached base all four times he went to the plate, including a towering two-run homer off Tyler Beede.

The Giants will send Jonny Cueto to the mound, who continues to impress in his return from offseason Tommy John surgery. Cueto didn’t factor into the decision but tossed five scoreless innings with just three hits allowed in his last start at Oracle Park against the Marlins.

Opposite Cueto will be 25-year-old Max Fried, who has had a breakout season in 2019. Fried is second in the NL in wins with 16 on the year.

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Coverage begins at 3:00 PT with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming in the MyTeams App.

Here are the lineups for Giants-Braves:
San Francisco Giants (74-80)
SS Mauricio Dubon
1B Austin Slater
C Buster Posey
3B Evan Longoria
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Joey Rickard
RF Jaylin Davis
2B Cristhian Adames
RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Atlanta Braves (95-60)
CF Ronald Acuna Jr.
2B Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Josh Donaldson
LF Adam Duvall
C Francisco Cervelli
1B Austin Riley
SS Dansby Swanson
CF Billy Hamilton
LHP Max Fried (16-6, 4.25 ERA)