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Giants' Bruce Bochy shares funny story of time he tripped arguing call

Giants' Bruce Bochy shares funny story of time he tripped arguing call

Bruce Bochy is in the midst of his final year as the skipper of the Giants, as he announced before the season that he plans to retire at the end of 2019.

He's also in the middle of his farewell tour, where many opposing teams are paying tribute to the three-time World Series champ.

And while he takes trips down memory lane, some of the stories he recalled were even embarrassing. When he was at Coors Field over the weekend, he remembered a particularly embarrassing moment that happened in Colorado.

"It's hard to say one that stands out," Bochy told reporters, via's Cut4.

"It's funny that the tough ones stand out a little bit more than the good ones. I've seen a few walk-off homers here, but I won't talk about that because I want to stay in a good mood right now."

And he did just that by telling a story when he -- well, fell.

"Probably my most embarrassing moment here was when Bip Roberts was safe at home and they called him out. I ran out to argue and tripped and faceplanted right in the dirt. The next day, Larry Walker had a chalk outline in that spot."

You can vaguely see Boch (the Cut4 article has a clip embedded there), who was managing the San Diego Padres at the time, trip in the background as he heads up the stairs of the dugout to talk to the umpire while Roberts threw off his helmet.

Roberts, now an analyst for NBC Sports California, told me he knew his manager would be out to have his team's back.

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"That was on Boch," Roberts said. "He was going out there to defend us."

Roberts doesn't quite remember the chalk outline then-Rockies outfielder Walker left -- this was back in May of 1995 -- but he does remember that he barely was ever thrown out at the plate during his career.

Perhaps that's why Bochy reacted the way he did. 

Tyler Beede continues to struggle in Giants' loss to Rockies at Coors

Tyler Beede continues to struggle in Giants' loss to Rockies at Coors

Tyler Beede's up-and-down season continued Sunday with another rough outing at Coors Field. The Giants starting pitcher allowed five earned runs over just 3 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Rockies.

"Too many mistakes with the offspeed," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the loss. "This is not a park that you can do that." 

Giants shortstop Donovan Solano gave Beede an early cushion with a leadoff homer to start the game, but that wasn't enough. The right-hander allowed three earned runs -- on two homers -- in the first frame alone. 

"That first inning, everything was up," Bochy said. "He was trying to incorporate his offspeed pitches a little bit more but he was leaving them up and he was paying for it." 

Beede now has lost twice at Coors Field this season -- once out of the bullpen -- and has allowed seven earned runs in just 5 2/3 innings. But Beede's struggled aren't unique to the hitter-friendly ballpark, he's been struggling everywhere lately.

After Sunday's ugly start, Beede now has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts. In that span, he's allowed 28 hits and 13 earned runs over 14 1/3 innings. And this comes right after he put together four straight solid starts. 

Prior to this tough stretch, Beede had only allowed six earned runs in his last 27 innings. A streak that spanned four starts. That's how this season has gone for him, though. Beede owns a 3-6 record and 5.38 ERA on the year.

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While Beede has improved his command and shown the ability to strikeout big league hitters, he's been far too inconsistent. 

The Giants can't just rely on Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija. Beede and the rest of the young staff have to step their game up if San Francisco wants to compete in the NL wild-card race.

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Evan Longoria returns after three-week injury

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Evan Longoria returns after three-week injury

The Giants received a big boost to their Sunday with the return of third baseman Evan Longoria.

San Francisco reinstated Longoria from the 10-day injured list and sent Zach Green down to Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.

Longoria found himself on the shelf right when he was catching fire at the plate. Through nine games in July, the 32-year-old was hitting .400 with six home runs. He hasn't played since July 14.

In his second season with the Giants, Longoria is batting .241 with 13 home runs and a .764 OPS. He'll bat fifth in his return to the lineup against the Rockies.

Coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. PT with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the My Teams app.

Here are the full lineups for Saturday's Rockies vs. Giants game:

San Francisco Giants (56-55)

Donovan Solano, SS
Brandon Belt, 1B
Austin Slater, RF
Buster Posey, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Mike Yastrzemski, LF
Tyler Beede, RHP (3-5, 5.01 ERA)

Colorado Rockies (51-60)

Charlie Blackmon, RF
Trevor Story, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Ryan McMahon, 2B
Raimel Tapia, LF
Yonathan Daza, CF
Chris Iannetta, C
Kyle Freelander, LHP (2-9, 7.48 ERA)