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Mark Melancon recorded his first save of the season in Thursday's win over the Padres, tossing a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit.

The Giants held a 3-0 lead after posting a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning, certainly a welcome bit of breathing room for Melancon when he trotted out to open the top of the ninth. That frame began in wobbly fashion -- he surrendered a leadoff single to Hunter Renfroe -- before he settled in to shut the door. This was just the veteran reliever's eighth appearance of the season, as he missed the first two months of the season battling a forearm injury. With Hunter Strickland (hand) expected to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks, Melancon will be in the mix for saves along with Tony Watson and Sam Dyson moving forward.
Jun 22 - 1:10 AM

Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Posey didn't have a supernova offensive performance in this one, but his hit was an important one, as it drove in a run in the eighth inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. They had been clinging to a 1-0 advantage since the fifth inning prior to the All Star backstop's clutch knock. Posey is slashing .290/.364/.429 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 61 games this season. It hasn't been a bad year, exactly, more a muted one. His counting production is less than robust.
Jun 22 - 1:03 AM

Madison Bumgarner fired off a gem in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Padres, striking out eight across eight scoreless innings while scattering three hits.

Just a dominant performance by the veteran ace, who finished off his eight innings having thrown a slickly economic 100 pitches (69 strikes). He walked two in the outing. At the dish, he also came up with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. That would be the only run to score in the game before the home team tacked on two late insurance runs. This was by far MadBum's best outing in four tries since he was activated from the disabled list earlier this month. He missed the first two months of the season rehabbing a fractured left pinkie sustained in spring training. Thursday's start was a tantalizing reminder of what Bumgarner's capable of on a baseball mound. He'll try to build on this strong outing in a home showdown with the Rockies next time out.
Jun 22 - 12:45 AM

Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) surrendered four hits and two earned runs over four innings Thursday in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento.

Samardzija struck out seven while throwing 46 of his 73 pitches for strikes. He allowed a home run to Padres catcher Austin Hedges, who was rehabbing in El Paso. The 33-year-old looks poised to return to the Giants' rotation sometime next week. Teammate Johnny Cueto (elbow) is also on the comeback trail. He'll join Sacramento for a rehab start on Saturday.
Jun 21 - 11:46 PM

Johnny Cueto (elbow) will make a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

He's finally ready for game action after sitting out the past two months with a sprained elbow. Cueto will need three rehab outings to build up his pitch count after missing so much time (he's slated to throw 40 pitches on Saturday). The 32-year-old was off to a stellar start before his injury, logging a 0.84 ERA over 32 innings in March and April.
Jun 21 - 7:52 PM

Alen Hanson (knee) is in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Hanson fouled a ball off his knee Wednesday against the Marlins but escaped with only a bruise. He'll play left field and bat leadoff Thursday against Padres right-hander Tyson Ross.
Jun 21 - 7:05 PM

Giants activated SS Brandon Crawford from the paternity leave list.

He'll start at shortstop and hit fifth Thursday against the Padres. Crawford's wife, Jalynne, gave birth to the couple's fourth child earlier this week. The 31-year-old is in the midst of a career year, slashing .315/.370/.492 with eight homers over 248 at-bats. To make room for him, the Giants optioned Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A.
Jun 21 - 6:36 PM

Giants optioned INF Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A Sacramento.

Brandon Crawford will be activated from paternity leave in the corresponding move. Tomlinson went hitless in five at-bats during his brief stay in the majors. His demotion suggests Alen Hanson's knee injury isn't serious.
Jun 21 - 6:22 PM

Sam Dyson was pulled from Wednesday afternoon's save opportunity against the Marlins after allowing two runs on four hits.

Dyson was relieved by Reyes Moronta, who struck out J.B. Schuck to earn a save and preserve the Giants' 6-5 victory. Dyson's meltdown came one day after a clean two-out save against the Marlins, and ballooned his ERA from 2.45 to 2.94. The development adds intrigue to Dyson's status as the Giants' fill-in closer in place of Hunter Strickland, but he should get another crack at it before the Giants devolve into a ninth inning committee.
Jun 21 - 5:24 PM

Bruce Bochy told reporters that Alen Hanson is "fine" after undergoing X-rays on his left knee.

Hanson was removed in the bottom of first after fouling a ball off of his knee and was diagnosed with a contusion. It sounds like the X-rays came back negative, but Bochy also told reporters that Hanson is likely to be sore on Thursday, so there's a chance he'll be out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. Consider Hanson day-to-day for now.
Jun 20 - 7:06 PM

Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in a victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Pence singled in a run in the sixth inning to give the Giants a 3-1 lead, and he doubled his run-production with a bloop single in the bottom of the eighth inning; a run that proved crucial in the 6-5 victory. It's been a terrible year for the 35-year-old outfielder, as he's still hitting just .195/.245/.218 with no homers and seven RBI over 32 games.
Jun 20 - 6:58 PM

Reyes Moronta picked up the final out on Wednesday to record his first save of the 2018 season against the Marlins.

Moronta came on to replace Sam Dyson, who gave up two runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. The right-hander came in with the tying run on second and go-ahead run on first, but he was able to strike out J.B. Schuck to earn the save. He now owns a 1.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the 2018 season, and he's struck out 39 hitters in his 33 innings for the Giants.
Jun 20 - 6:56 PM

Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-5 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Belt's RBI came on a ground-rule double, and he had two more singles in the contest. The three hits push his average to .305 on the 2018 campaign, and it's his 35th RBI in 58 games with the Giants. He's looked like the same hitter he was before the emergency appendectomy, and somewhat quietly, he's been one of the best first baseman in all of baseball in 2018.
Jun 20 - 6:53 PM

Derek Holland gave up three runs in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts in a victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Holland has struggled to get deep into games in 2018, but he was able to pitch into the seventh in this one. Unfortunately he gave up two runs in that seventh inning, and exited without getting an out. It was still a relatively strong start for the southpaw, even if it didn't end quite as well as he'd have liked. Holland's next scheduled start comes Tuesday against the Rockies.
Jun 20 - 6:51 PM

Alen Hanson left Wednesday's game with a contusion in his left knee.

Hanson looked to be in significant pain after he fouled the baseball of his leg in the bottom of the first, and Kelby Tomlinson took over for the infielder. He'll likely undergo testing to make sure there's no structural damage, and we should find out more about his status by Thursday.
Jun 20 - 4:57 PM


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