Befitting their first-place status in the National League West, the Giants were represented among the leading vote-getters at each position in the first 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot NL update announced Wednesday.
For now, Albert Suarez remains a spot-starter. For the long term, he performed Wednesday night as if he eventually could occupy a key role on the Giants’ pitching staff, either on the lower rungs of the starting rotation or as a long reliever.
Madison Bumgarner is the new home run king … among pitchers. Bumgarner smashed his 13th career homer in the fifth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 6-0 series-finale win Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, breaking a tie with Baltimore’s Yovani Gallardo for the most among active Major League pitchers.
Freddie Freeman hit his third career walk-off homer to complete a comeback that provided the Braves a 5-4, 11-inning win over the Giants on Wednesday night at Turner Field. Freeman hit the first pitch Derek Law threw in the bottom of the inning over the right-center field wall.
Performing on the Turner Field pitcher’s mound Tuesday was more than just another appearance for Giants right-hander Cory Gearrin. Gearrin felt as if this game enabled him to come full circle after missing the entire 2014 season with Tommy John elbow surgery as a member of the Braves.
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence tried to remain upbeat after reinjuring his troublesome right hamstring Wednesday night, but manager Bruce Bochy sounded resigned to losing the offensive dynamo to the 15-day disabled list.
Looking to carry over his May success into June, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner will make his first start of the month against the Braves on Thursday at Turner Field, a park he’s traditionally thrived in. Vying to spoil Bumgarner’s final outing at Turner Field, Atlanta will turn to right-hander Aaron Blair.
As the Braves’ top outfield prospect, Mallex Smith turned heads in the Minors with his blazing speed. But since joining the team in April, the 23-year-old has shown early on that he can do more than run. He’ll go up against Giants right-hander Albert Suarez on Wednesday.
Circumstances prevented Jake Peavy from stealing a base Tuesday night, but he basically stole the show from himself in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 4-0 triumph over the Atlanta Braves.
Jake Peavy celebrated his 35th birthday by completing his most impressive start of the season and setting the stage for Denard Span to deliver a triple that proved decisive for the Giants during Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
Johnny Cueto’s two stellar outings last week led to the Giants right-hander being named National League Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
San Francisco Giants pitching prospects dominated at every Minor League level on Memorial Day as Phil Bickford, Clayton Blackburn, Sam Coonrod and Adalberto Mejia combined to allow two earned runs on 14 hits while piling up 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.