The Giants-Cubs series in Chicago ended last night when Joe Panik struck out looking on a breaking ball on the outside corner. The Cubs were up 5-4 and the Giants were threatening with a man on second and two outs. Panik held on for a 3-2 count through six pitches, but Wade Davis finally got him with a curveball:
Over the weekend, the Giants bumbled into a series split with the Cardinals by losing the last two games of the series with the ultimate combination to kill any baseball team’s playoff aspirations: Poor relief pitching and impotent offense.
Up 4-2, Giants closer Santiago Casilla loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. And to everybody’s surprise—especially Casilla’s—manager Bruce Bochy came out to give him the hook.
Pablo Sandoval’s first season with the Red Sox was a horrid disaster. He accrued a career-low .292 on-base percentage, got in trouble for using Instagram in a bathroom during a game, swung at practically anything, and just couldn’t run the bases by the end of the season, forcing the team to shut him down out of mercy.…
Whenever just-fired former Nationals manager Matt Williams found himself on the receiving end of pointed questioning about a decision he made, his go-to move was to simply state one of his players’ role.
If you're looking for an argument that having a smart manager in the dugout is integral to a baseball team's success, last night's Cardinals-Giants game is it. Not only did it feature Mike Matheny badly managing his club right into a walk-off homer, it had the manager on the other side of the field, Bruce Bochy,…
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The San Francisco Giants had one bright spot as the Dodgers drubbed them 17-0 last night. Manager Bruce Bochy and pitcher Brett Bochy became a fun piece of trivia after a pitching change in the sixth inning. Brett's major-league debut marked the first time in MLB history that a manager called for his son in relief.
Yesterday, Alex Smith revealed that the NFL has threatened him with $15,000 fines if he continues to wear his San Francisco Giants cap during press conferences. It's non-approved gear from a competing league, you see, and that's not cool. Postgame is prime time for marketing NFL products, and the league isn't about to…
These are down days in The City, with Pablo Sandoval out for weeks after hand surgery, Willie Mota busted for drugs, and a defense that's let down every pitcher on the staff.
You might not realize it, but the most interesting place in the baseball universe is Scottsdale, Arizona. Last week saw a mass bee attack hold up a Giants game, and yesterday brought us our first feud of the 2012 season as Giants manager Bruce Bochy kicked out an Angels scout.
Tipster Andrew sent us the above photo of the San Francisco Giants manager and added this: "Check out this screen shot of Bruce Bochy's postgame interview. Notice anything odd in the background? Is it possible the man is giving an interview while dropping a deuce?"
We love it when a manager uses the rulebook to his advantage. Bruce Bochy caught acting Dodgers manager Don Mattingly inadvertently stepping off the mound during the visit to his pitcher, and the resulting nitpick gave the Giants a victory.