SAN FRANCISCO -- Although everybody knows the Giants aren't exactly a basestealing team, the Giants media relations department made an eye-opening discovery.Before Andres Torres stole second base in the first inning Sunday, the Giants had not recorded a stolen base in their previous 18 games. Since stealing a season-high five bases June 6 at Pittsburgh, the Giants had only attempted four steals. "We're not going to steal a lot of bases," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Torres is our basestealer, but the other guys aren't basestealers. I've said this many times: You don't want to diminish your return where you try to force it and run into outs. We tried a couple times and we've been thrown out." The Giants have stolen a National League-low 26 bases. In comparison, the Mets lead the league with 73.
Posey could continue Bumgarner pairing
SAN FRANCISCO -- The battery of catcher Buster Posey and left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Saturday night had a future-has-arrived feel to it, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy hinted after the game that the club's top two prospects could form a duo from here on out.For the past week, Bochy has said he wants to find more time behind the plate for Posey, the club's 2008 first-round Draft pick. With Bumgarner -- the Giants' 2007 first-round pick -- recalled to San Francisco on Saturday, Bochy said he could pair the two rookies. On Sunday, Bochy said he was impressed with Bumgarner's start, especially after hearing the youngster admitted to leaning on his fastball too much. "He wanted to establish his fastball and the command of it and he was a little hyped up, but you learn from that," Bochy said. "Madison, it's good that he's looking back [asking], 'What could I have done differently?'" Bochy also said he was impressed with the Posey's game-calling. "I thought he did a nice job," Bochy said. "It's tough when Madison was probably a little hyped up and pitching behind; that's tough for a catcher. But after he settled down, they really were in sync."
Giants ink 24 drafted players, four free agents
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants announced Sunday the signing of 24 players from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, as well as four amateur free agents.Among the signees were 12 of the club's first 20 selections, including third-round pick Carter Jurica (shortstop, Kansas State) and fourth-round pick Seth Rosin (right-handed pitcher, Minnesota). The club also signed 20th-round pick Brett Bochy, a right-handed reliever from Kansas and son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants' first two picks -- first-round selection Gary Brown (center fielder, Cal State Fullerton) and second-round pick Jarret Parker (center fielder, Virginia) -- are still unsigned. The four free agents San Francisco signed were first baseman Brice Cutspec (Azusa Pacific College), right-hander Andrew Altemus (West Virginia), catcher Mike Murray (Wake Forest) and first baseman Danny Brock (St. Louis).
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.