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Giants elevate Sam Coonrod, demote Andy Suárez after nine-run Saturday

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The Giants (21-30) called reliever Sam Coonrod up from Triple-A for his first stint in the majors Sunday, optioning Andy Suárez back to Sacramento after he allowed nine runs (seven earned) over four innings Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

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Coonrod said his whole family will be present Sunday including his parents, grandparents, wife and in-laws. He said he was told he was being called up right before a game against the River Cats in Albuquerque:

“[Manager Dave Brundage] called me in the office right before the game and asked me if I could pitch. I said, ‘Of course,’ and he said that I was going to go to the big leagues instead. I was pretty happy about it.”

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The right-hander was previously a starter but moved to the bullpen in recent years. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he’s been really pleased with what the 26-year-old has done in Sacramento this spring and looks forward to adding him to the bullpen:

“He’s been throwing the ball very well. The last four or five outings have been good outings for him. He’s been mainly a one-inning guy recently, but he could go couple for us. We need some help with the bullpen situation.”

In his last five outings over 4-2/3 innings, Coonrod held batters hitless with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Coonrod said he’s started throwing a two-seam fastball this season and he’s enjoyed success combining it with his slurveball (a cross between a slider and a curveball):

“I used to throw [the two-seam fastball] when I was a starter in Richmond but I just kind of went away from it. I have no idea why, but I shouldn’t have. I’ve been happy to have it back.”


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