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Giants name Gabe Kapler as Bruce Bocky´s replacement

Kapler has been hired as San Francisco’s manager a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler received a three-year contract to replace Bruce Bochy, a beloved figure who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.

The Giants made the statement late Tuesday and planned a formal introduction Wednesday afternoon at the ballpark. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. On Monday, Zaidi introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.

Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as director of player development and Zaidi the general manager.

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“The most important trait, if we could have summarized it in one sentence for the next manager, was somebody who was capable of building trust and relationships with both the players and the front office,” Zaidi said. “And in my experience with Gabe, and as we went through the interview process and got to learn more about him, it became clear to us that he was the person who could best execute on that.”

The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after going 161-163 over two seasons with the Phillies.

With slugger Bryce Harper their blockbuster asset, the Phillies ended 81-81 this year for their first non-losing season since 2012.

Harris said he was impressed with the reference checks done on Kapler around the game. The Giants also received feedback from current San Francisco players.

A former outfielder, Kapler played parts of 12 major league seasons with six teams and was a career .268 hitter. Bochy stated in February at spring training that he would retire after the season. He managed the Giants to World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14. San Francisco went 77-85 in his final year.

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San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics

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(sportschatplace.com)- The Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants face off on Friday in Oakland for game one of their MLB interleague series of Bay Area rivals.

The Oakland A’s have the worst record in the American League as they play out the season. The A’s are 3-7in their last 10 games, 33-45 at home, and they lave lost their last five games. As a team the A’s are hitting .252 with Billy Burns hitting .297, Josh Reddick hitting .273, and Brett Lawrie hitting .267. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 4.57. For game one against the Giants the Athletics start Sonny Gray who has allowed 161 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 162 over 202 innings for a 13-7 record and a 2.72 ERA.

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The San Francisco Giants have had a decent season but it looks like they will come up short of making the post season. The Giants are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 35-42 on the road, and they are 7.5 games back in the National League West. As a team the Giants are hitting .267 with Buster Posey hitting .324, Matt Duffy hitting .297, and Brandon Belt hitting .280. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.66 with the starters at 3.91 and the bullpen at 3.18. For game one against the A’s the Giants start Mike Leake who has allowed 43 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 25 over 40.1 innings for a 1-4 record and a 4.69 ERA.

Oakland is 4-1 in their last five interleague games, 6-15 in game one of a series, and 1-6 in Gray’s last seven starts. San Francisco is 9-22 in their last 31 interleague road games, 7-2 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter, 2-5 in Leake’s last seven starts. San Francisco is 0-5 in their last five games in Oakland.

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San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

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The San Francisco Giants are mathematically alive for a postseason berth and it might stay that way a little longer as they visit the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

The San Francisco Giants begin the stretch drive looking to go on a season ending hot streak. The Giants knocked off Arizona 5-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept at home. Veteran Tim Hudson came up big with a four hits shutout over six frames to even his record at 8-8 and the offense didn’t waste the effort. SF mustered six hits and walked four times with Buster Posey clubbing a three run bomb while Matt Duffy scored twice. Christopher Heston gets Tuesday’s start against the Padres for the 4th time this year. Heston did not get a decision in a 9-8 loss to Cincinnati with three runs scored on three hits and four BB in five frames.

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The San Diego Padres had held out hopes of finishing the season at .500 but that would be a stretch right now. The Padres will be shooting for consecutive victories following a 10-4 win at Coors Field on Sunday. Everything went well with starter James Shields holding the Rockies to four runs on two hits and four BB through 6.2 innings. The offense amassed 15 hits with Matt Kemp, Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg and Jedd Gyorko each slamming long balls. Tyson Ross gets the series opening start against San Francisco for the third time on the year. Ross did not receive a decision in a 6-4 loss at Arizona with a lone run allowed over six innings.

San Francisco are 5-16 in their last 21 road games. The over is 8-1 in San Diego’s last 9 vs. National League West and  is 16-5-1 in their last 22 games following a win while going  36-13-2 in their last 51 overall. San Francisco are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Giants RH Chris Heston (11-10, 3.61 ERA) vs. Padres RH Tyson Ross (10-10, 3.18)Heston received a no-decision after allowing three runs, three hits and four walks while striking out eight in five innings of San Francisco’s 9-8 loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 15. The 27-year-old Floridian won his first two starts coming out of the All-Star break – including one over San Diego – before posting a 5.12 ERA during his slide. Heston is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts covering 19 1/3 innings versus the Padres this season.Ross settled for a no-decision after permitting one run and four hits while matching a season high with nine strikeouts in six innings of San Diego’s 6-4 loss in Arizona on Sept. 15. The 28-year-old Californian’s last victory came Aug. 31, when he yielded three hits and fanned seven in seven innings of a 7-0 victory over Texas. Ross is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against the Giants – 1-1, 3.46 in two turns early this season.

WALK-OFFS

  1. Ross has 194 strikeouts – one shy of his career high – and needs six to reach 200, which would mark the first time in Padres history two pitchers reached that plateau in the same season. James Shields went over 200 on Sunday
  2. San Francisco has tied a major league record with five pitchers homering in the same season – Madison Bumgarner five; Mike Leake (one with the Giants), Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong (one apiece) – and its total of nine is the most since the 1934 staff belted 10.
  3. San Diego is 58-0 when leading after eight innings this season.

 

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San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Thursday night on the back of a fantastic start by Charlie Morton. The Pirates were able to get to Jake Peavyearly and give Morton the lead as he cruised to his ninth win of the season. After he exited the reinforcements from the bullpen did not let up and the Pirates took the first game of the four-game series.

The Pirates got one run off of Peavy in the first inning when Aramis Ramirez blasted a ground rule double to score Starling Marte, who was hit by a pitch for the 14th time this season. Peavy was tagged for a second run in the third inning off of a double byJung Ho Kang that brought in Marte and moved Ramirez to third. During Ramirez’s at-bat, Marte stole his first of two bases on the evening, giving him 24 in total on the season.

Pittsburgh padded its lead in the sixth inning when Neil Walker connected for his 13th home run of the season, a two-run blast that gave the Pirates a 4-0 lead. This would prove to be all the Pirates would need as the Giants were not able to get anything going against Morton.

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Madison Bumgarner is in position to become the first pitcher since 2011 to throw three consecutive complete games in part because of his dazzling stuff on the mound, but also because his hitting has been strong enough for manager Bruce Bochy to save pinch hitters.

The San Francisco ace returns to the mound Friday night in Pittsburgh as the Giants try to slow the streaking Pirates, and that’s exactly what Bumgarner did in last year’s wild-card game.

Cliff Lee was the last pitcher to throw three straight complete games, and he did so with a shutout in each. Bumgarner (14-6, 2.98 ERA) hasn’t been quite on that level, but the latest was the fourth shutout of his career after he gave up three hits with 14 strikeouts in Sunday’s 5-0 home win over Washington.

On a three-start winning streak, he’s posted a 0.73 ERA and 0.63 WHIP with 35 strikeouts in 25 1-3 innings.

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