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Tyler Beede, young relievers show 'poise' in Giants' win vs. Dodgers

Tyler Beede, young relievers show 'poise' in Giants' win vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants faced Clayton Kershaw on Friday night and will see Walker Buehler on Sunday. In between, they got a reminder that this frightening Dodgers player development pipeline goes far beyond the names most fans already know. 

Tony Gonsolin, a hard-throwing right-hander with a Jeff Samardzija vibe, started on Saturday night. In the sixth, the Dodgers turned to another rookie, Dustin May, an even-harder-throwing right-hander who looks like Carrot Top but pitches like Noah Syndergaard. 

They are part of a future at Dodger Stadium that never seems to stop showing up. It's a roster the Giants will need to find a way to compete with one of these years, which is why they keep running Tyler Beede out there despite the struggles. 

The 26-year-old entered the night with a 7.05 ERA over his previous eight starts, but against the best team in the National League, Beede tossed five shutout innings. A young and inexperienced bullpen did the rest and the Giants walked away with a 1-0 win

Beede's night really came down to one sequence in the fifth, when manager Bruce Bochy showed remarkable confidence. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases ahead of MVP frontrunner Cody Bellinger, but Bochy let Beede try and figure it out, even though he had a bullpen full of fresh arms, particularly left-handed ones. As Andrew Suarez warmed up, Bellinger ended the inning. 

"His stuff was still good. He's had a tough go the last seven or eight starts, so that was hopefully a big out for him to get that win and get one of the best hitters out in the game with what was at stake," Bochy said. "I just wanted to give the kid a shot there, and he came through."

Beede opened up with two balls, but then reached back for a 95 mph fastball on the outer edge. Bellinger fouled it off of Stephen Vogt's glove. The battery went to the exact same location and Beede again pumped 95, this time getting a harmless fly ball to left. He walked off the mound without watching it land in Mike Yastrzemski's glove. 

"I think it was probably the pitch (Vogt) and I had the most confidence in at that point with command and location to get an out," Beede said. "He's a good fastball hitter. Very talented. To have the ability there to throw it on the corner and execute a couple fastballs was what I needed to do. I have a lot of respect for him. In that situation, going right after him was the plan. It worked out well."

The rest of the plan was one nobody could have seen coming. With Tony Watson nursing a sore hand and Will Smith down with a tight back, Bochy turned to four rookies and two left-handers who spent most of the season in Triple-A. 

Shaun Anderson dominated in the sixth, getting six swinging strikes in a clean frame. Tyler Rogers and Suarez got through the seventh, with Suarez coming back out to start the eighth. Sam Coonrod and Fernando Abad also pitched in that inning, with Abad getting Bellinger to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Jandel Gustave took the ninth, and after walking the leadoff batter, he got Kiké Hernandez to bounce into a game-ending double play.

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The Giants have taken two straight against the best team in the National League and have done so using mostly inexperienced pitchers. Bochy leaned back in his chair and smiled as he talked about them. This wasn't how he ever drew it up, but it sure worked beautifully.

"Those kids just did a terrific job today against a tough lineup," he said. "They kept their poise out there and made pitches all night."

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

The Giants' three-game series at Fenway Park was filled with so much history. 

Between a Yastrzemski reunion and San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career managerial win, there was much to be celebrated. That was until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner took the mound.

Across five frames in the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Giants, MadBum gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks. He struck out seven, but struggled in the second frame as he approached 200 innings on the season. 

The balls that were hit off of Bumgarner's in his ninth loss of the season weren't hit all that hard. Boston beat him by putting the bat on the ball with singles from Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few.

"This has probably been his worst year as far as luck," Bochy told reporters after the game. "I thought he threw better than what the numbers are going to show."

A pattern developed this year for Bumgarner on the road, and it wasn't a pretty one.

Away from Oracle Park this season, the four-time All-Star has a career-high 5.06 ERA with an opposing batting average of .280.

Call it tough luck, but as much as this sounds like a broken record, Bumgarner will be one of the top names in free agency this offseason, and it's no secret home/road splits are taken into account. 

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Bum talked about his outing after the loss, and couldn't explain some of the hits Boston got off him.

"Things don't always go your way," he said. "It's frustrating, you know. I feel really good about the way I threw."