Giants' big 6th negates Brewers' 3 homers

Giants' big 6th negates Brewers' 3 homers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hit a trio of home runs off Tim Lincecum, but Lincecum's Giants responded with a barrage of base hits for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-4 win at Miller Park on Monday.

Trailing, 4-1, entering the decisive sixth, San Francisco sent 12 men to the plate against four Brewers pitchers during a rally that featured seven hits, two walks and two errors charged to Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez. The first six hits of the inning were singles, including Andrew Susac's tying hit off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse and Gregor Blanco's pinch-hit, go-ahead single on the first pitch from reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aoki enjoys Miller Park reunion with four hits

Former Brewers outfielder hits second HR of season, singles in big 6th

Aoki enjoys Miller Park reunion with four hits

MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park served as Giants outfielder Nori Aoki's first home in the Major Leagues. On Monday, he returned for the first time as a visitor -- and returned with a bang.

Aoki matched a career high with four hits -- one of them a home run -- scored two runs, drove in another two and reached base in all five of his plate appearances in the Giants' 8-4 win over the Brewers, the club he began his Major League career with in 2012.

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Mike Bauman

Gritty Giants overcome Lincecum's rare blip

In midst of revival, maturing righty picks up win thanks to seven-run rally

Gritty Giants overcome Lincecum's rare blip

MILWAUKEE -- Tim Lincecum's career revival took a bit of a detour in Monday's 8-4 Giants victory over the Brewers, but San Francisco is going so well that Lincecum was not only taken off the hook, he became the winning pitcher.

The Giants have won 12 of their last 17, including an eight-game winning streak that ended with a loss on Saturday night. But their situation did not look all that promising on Memorial Day when Lincecum departed the game after five innings, with San Francisco trailing Milwaukee, 4-1.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bumgarner looks to extend success vs. Brewers

Bumgarner looks to extend success vs. Brewers

The Giants will send one of the best pitchers on the planet to the mound Tuesday, when Madison Bumgarner seeks to add to his career of success against Milwaukee. But there's more to the Giants' championship pedigree than sheer talent, Brewers manager Craig Counsell figures.

"I've always thought there's a consistency to them," Counsell said as the series began Monday. "The players -- the faces don't change that much, and the new faces that they do bring in seem to fit in so well. You feel like they've been there a long time as soon as they start playing there.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ishikawa designated for assignment

Giants out of roster room after postseason hero finishes rehab stint

Ishikawa designated for assignment

MILWAUKEE -- The Giants have designated 2014 postseason hero Travis Ishikawa for assignment after being reinstated off the 15-day disabled list. He opened the season with a back injury and had not played with the big league club in 2015.

Ishikawa, 31, recently finished a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento. He wasn't on the 25-man roster before the transaction and was out of options.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crawford adding power to Giants' lineup

Shortstop leads Majors at position in homers, slugging, RBIs

Crawford adding power to Giants' lineup

MILWAUKEE -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford's early-season power numbers haven't caught his manager by surprise. The same could be said about opposing pitchers, too.

Crawford, who's either first or tied for first among Major League shortstops in home runs, slugging percentage and RBIs, is on pace for career highs in those three power categories. Pitchers have taken notice, as he's seen on average more secondary pitches than in his previous four seasons.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big inning sinks Hudson in loss to Rockies

Big inning sinks Hudson in loss to Rockies

DENVER -- An emphatic eight-run fourth inning and Chad Bettis' dominant mound performance were more than enough for the Rockies in their 11-2 win over San Francisco in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field.

After dropping the first two games, Colorado managed a series split with Sunday's win, while also salvaging a .500 homestand at 4-4.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants designate McGehee for assignment

Duffy assumes third-base job; Strickland stays to bolster bullpen

Giants designate McGehee for assignment

DENVER -- Intent on upgrading themselves at third base and expanding the pitching staff to 13 men, the Giants designated Casey McGehee for assignment Sunday, due largely to the third baseman's season-long batting slump.

Rookie Matt Duffy, who substantially outperformed McGehee through one-fourth of the season, inherited the everyday third-base role. Right-hander Hunter Strickland, who joined the Giants as their designated 26th man for Saturday's day-night doubleheader, will remain with the club to bolster bullpen depth.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants relieved to escape rainy, wild Denver

San Francisco endures more than seven hours of delays, taxed bullpen

Giants relieved to escape rainy, wild Denver

DENVER -- The Giants' series against the Colorado Rockies became a success when their charter flight took off Sunday night for Milwaukee, the team's next stop.

Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers' playpen, has a retractable roof. That assures the Giants of avoiding the seven hours and seven minutes of rain delays that tested their patience here.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Lincecum freakishly good again after reboot

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner successful despite diminished stuff

Lincecum freakishly good again after reboot

DENVER -- Reality finally settled in.

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has made the transition from overpowering hitters to understanding the art of pitching. He is again combining with lefty Madison Bumgarner to give the Giants a top-flight 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants booth enjoys Rockies' mullet cap giveaway

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Giants booth enjoys Rockies' mullet cap giveaway

The mullet remains one of mankind's most deeply misunderstood hairstyles. Sure, it may give off the vague impression that a woodland creature somehow managed to 1) climb on top of your head and 2) promptly die there, but is there not some sort of honor in that? Have we no respect for the man who can stare decency in the face and coolly reply "No, my Ratt records and I are good, thanks"?

Thankfully, the Colorado Rockies realize the brilliance inherent in the mullet (they do have some experience in this department), and have decided to celebrate accordingly during Sunday's game against the Giants. That's right, everybody -- it was Coors Field's Mullet Hat Night, and even the Giants' broadcast booth got in on the action: 

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Rockies' homer ends Giants' winning streak

Rockies' homer ends Giants' winning streak

DENVER -- Daniel Descalso's two-run homer in Saturday night's sixth inning enabled the Colorado Rockies to inch ahead and helped them claim a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending the defending World Series champions' eight-game winning streak.

"It was a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Crawford emerges as impact bat

Shortstop's clutch hitting has defending champs rising in NL West

Crawford emerges as impact bat

DENVER -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford always felt he belonged in the big leagues.

Now, at the age of 28, in his fourth full big league season, he knows it.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blanco nabbed at third to snuff rally

Giants' win streak ends after double play in ninth; review also looms large

Blanco nabbed at third to snuff rally

DENVER -- A slide that wasn't and a slide that was conspired to end the Giants' eight-game winning streak Saturday night.

Their 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies couldn't be pinned directly on Gregor Blanco's decision not to slide into third base on a ninth-inning double play or Casey McGehee's fifth-inning run that was nullified by a replay review.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants outlast Rockies for eighth straight win

Giants outlast Rockies for eighth straight win

DENVER -- A remarkable display of two-out hitting carried the San Francisco Giants to their eighth consecutive victory, a 10-8 decision Saturday over the Colorado Rockies in the first half of a day-night doubleheader.

Victimizing Rockies starter Jordan Lyles (2-5) -- who left in the fifth inning with a sprained toe on his left foot -- and reliever Yohan Flande, the Giants scored all of their runs from the fourth through sixth innings. Each came with two outs as Giants hitters went 9-for-12 in those situations. San Francisco's 4-5-6 hitters, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, combined to drive in seven runs.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strickland pitches in as 26th man for twin bill

Strickland pitches in as 26th man for twin bill

DENVER -- Hunter Strickland departed from Sacramento for Denver on Friday afternoon, an hour or two before he and a handful of Sacramento Rivercats were scheduled to receive their 2014 World Series rings.

Strickland wasn't concerned. He knows that he'll eventually get his ring. The right-hander figured that a summons to the big leagues -- even for a 24-hour assignment such as Saturday's, to bolster the Giants' roster for the day-night doubleheader against Colorado -- was worth the wait.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gregor Blanco strikes out, advances to third on error

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Gregor Blanco strikes out, advances to third on error

Generally, pitchers can safely regard a strikeout as a positive outcome for an at-bat -- worst case scenario, the batter ends up on first base after a wild pitch, but a K removes 99 percent of possible defensive/fluky baseball shenanigans. We say "99 percent" because, as the Rockies proved Saturday against the Giants, one should never underestimate the power of baseball shenanigans:

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After Vogey's gem, Giants hang on vs. Rockies

After Vogey's gem, Giants hang on vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong tossed six scoreless innings, and San Francisco poured on enough offense late, helping the Giants to an 11-8 win in Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

Vogelsong (3-2) held the Rockies to two hits and struck out five. The Giants led, 1-0, before Brandon Belt launched a two-run, 475-foot homer into the upper deck in the sixth off Kyle Kendrick (1-6). The Giants had five hits, including Buster Posey's two-run double, in a four-run seventh.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

DENVER -- Those who witnessed Brandon Belt's long-distance home run Friday probably described it in superlatives, logically enough. "Awesome," they might say. "Crushed." Not to mention "spectacular, titanic, gargantuan."

But only Belt really knew how it felt to drive a baseball into Coors Field's upper deck, a feat that San Francisco's first baseman accomplished in Friday's sixth inning as the Giants outscored the Colorado Rockies, 11-8.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vogelsong defies history at Coors Field

Giants righty pitches six shutout innings after three rough starts there

Vogelsong defies history at Coors Field

DENVER -- Any lingering doubts about Ryan Vogelsong's latest surge in performance dissolved Friday night in Coors Field's rarefied atmosphere.

Vogelsong continued his ascent, blanking the Colorado Rockies on two singles for six innings as the Giants roared to an 11-8 triumph. In his last four starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA while combining with Chris Heston to buffer the club from the absences of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Vet, rookie shore up Giants' rotation

Vogelsong, Heston star in filling holes created by injuries to Peavy, Cain

Vet, rookie shore up Giants' rotation

DENVER -- Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum are the headliners in the Giants rotation.

It is the Ryan Vogelsongs and Chris Hestons, however, who are the difference makers.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

DENVER -- Umpire Paul Nauert left Friday night's Rockies-Giants game after being hit on the right hand by a Brandon Belt seventh-inning line drive.

Nauert was the second-base umpire, positioned to the shortstop side of the infield, when Belt's liner hit him. Belt ended up with a single. The runner at second, Buster Posey, had to stay there by rule because there was no runner at first base at the start of the play.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants relievers don't pine for starting roles

Giants relievers don't pine for starting roles

DENVER -- The Giants' plan to use all relievers in Saturday's second half of their day-night doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies begged a question: Though Yusmeiro Petit will start the game for the Giants, did any of his bullpen mates wish they could get the ball at the game's outset instead?

None of the Giants quizzed sounded especially envious of Petit.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

World Series champ Giants look the part

San Francisco's shutout sweep of Dodgers highlights team's surge

World Series champ Giants look the part

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are performing as if they were caught in a time warp. Every day seems like October.

Maybe that's an exaggeration, but if so, it's only slight. The club that has won three of the past five World Series, including last year's, owns a 19-8 record since April 21 -- the best in the Major Leagues during that span.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Double-threat MadBum, Giants get sweep

Double-threat MadBum, Giants get sweep

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner supported himself with a home run and distinguished himself with a 6 1/3-innings effort Thursday as the San Francisco Giants completed their three-game shutout sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4-0 victory.

The defending World Series champions lengthened their winning streak to six games while improving to 7-2 this season against the Dodgers. The Giants last blanked Los Angeles in a three-game series June 25-27, 2012.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

3 reasons why fastball from LA lefty landed in the seats

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

Clayton Kershaw has faced more than 5,700 hitters over his eight-year career, but never once had he allowed an opposing pitcher to hit a home run -- never, that is, until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner crushed a first-pitch third inning fastball into the AT&T Park seats for the first run in what would be a 4-0 Giants win. Let's start by giving fair credit to Bumgarner, who now has seven homers to his name, third among active pitchers behind Yovani Gallardo (12) and Travis Wood (9).

But all due respect to the outstanding Bumgarner, this is the defending NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner we're talking about in Kershaw. How in the world does the best pitcher in baseball give up a homer to his opposite number, even one who can swing the bat like Bumgarner? Let's dig into Statcast™, which calculated the distance of the homer at 415 feet with an exit velocity of 105 mph, and the other tools at our disposal to point out three reasons how that ball ended up in the stands.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.