EXTRA BAGGS: Bochy 'embarrassed' by loss


EXTRA BAGGS: Bochy 'embarrassed' by loss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The Giants didnt have a hit into theseventh inning Thursday night, and you couldnt blame 56-year-old manager BruceBochy if he felt like picking up a bat.

The opposing pitcher was 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, after all.

Moyer pitched like he was hustling to get home in time forMatlock. He faced 12 hitters and set down each of them, needing just 45pitches to complete four innings. Not a one topped 78 mph.

The Giants also made four errors (by four different players)in a 7-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Field.

We were embarrassed tonight, Bochy said. I dont carethat its spring training. Were leaving here in about 10 days and thats nowhow you want to look at this point.

Bochy paused a moment. As bad as it looked, it wasnt theend of the world.

Its one game, Bochy said. Youve got to keep it inperspective. Theyve been playing some good ball. Still, its amazing how offwe were. It started off bad and gradually got worse.

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Moyer had a hand in that. Bidding to make the Rockies astheir No.5 starter, his first outing with Colorado could come when the Giantsplay the second series of the season April 9-12 at Coors Field.

The Giants decided to hide Tim Lincecum in a minor leaguegame instead of pitching against the Rockies. Clearly, Colorado had no suchconcerns with Moyer as much as the Giants hitters might have preferredotherwise.

It screws up your whole week, first baseman Aubrey Huffsaid. Their last guy was throwing 93 and I shattered my bat because Im soused to waiting all day. At least in (batting practice) its 45 feet away, soit gets there quicker.

Huff was quick to congratulate Moyer for just getting out ofbed in the morning, let alone taking the mound.

Id never want to do it, Huff said. Good for him, though.I dont know if Ill be able to walk at that age. Of course, hes been astarting pitcher all his life. Hes only worked one out of every five days.

The Giants everyday guys didnt look so fresh. JoaquinArias, whose defense is the main reason hes under consideration for a finalroster spot, tried a shovel pass on a double-play grounder that got by secondbaseman Mike Fontenot in the first inning. Left-hander Brian Burres had asituation he didnt deserve runners at the corners and no outs and did wellto retire Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton in order to keep theRockies off the board.

Burres wasnt as skillful in the second inning, after thirdbaseman Pablo Sandoval threw away a potential double-play ball. Marco Scutarothreaded a two-run double; an inning later, Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer his first with the Rockies.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera committed another error, and Huffwas charged with one when the ball popped out of his glove as he tried to tagGonzalez running down the line.

Hoo boy, Bochy said. That is about as ugly as you canhave it. The bats, the defense, it was jut an awful game tonight. Give Moyercredit. He carved us up. He made it look easy. (Angel) Pagan had a decent at-batleading off. After that, I dont think there was a decent swing off him.

Until Sandovals double in the seventh off Esmil Rogers, theGiants were in danger of getting no-hit. They havent been involved in a springtraining no-no since the Angels did it to them in 1996. (Shawn Boskie startedthat day, and Mark Eichhorn finished it off.)


Bochy was groping for a positive after the game, so hementioned Dan Otero. Thats a good place to start. Otero threw a 1-2-3 ninthinning to lower his spring ERA to 1.50. Hes a strike thrower (no walks in six innings)and he finds a way to post zeroes everywhere hes been. Those are the kinds ofpitchers that managers like to call up when they face an innings shortage.

I think well see Otero sometime during the season, now thathes on the roster. He might have moved ahead of Steve Edlefsen, who also hashad a good spring, yielding just two hits in 6.2 innings.

No Indians first pitch for 'Wild Thing' in World Series


No Indians first pitch for 'Wild Thing' in World Series

CLEVELAND -- Wild Thing will have to stay in the bullpen during the World Series.

While actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League" offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games, Major League Baseball said the choices have already been made.

A spokesman told the AP on Friday that MLB has worked with the Indians to identify "former franchise greats" to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleveland. An announcement is expected early next week.

The Indians host Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. If necessary, Cleveland will host Games 6 and 7 on Nov. 1-2.

There had been a movement by fans on social media for Sheen to throw the first pitch and be part of the pregame festivities.

Sheen got wind of the buzz and responded on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in his Indians uniform and wrote, "Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I'd be honored."

Sheen made an appearance during the playoffs at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Released in 1989, "Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players including Vaughn, who struggled to find the strike zone and warmed up to "Wild Thing," a No. 1 hit song in 1966 by The Troggs.

The real Cleveland Indians, who overcame injuries to win the AL Central, before knocking off Boston and Toronto in the playoffs, took a page from "Major League" this season.

Slugger Mike Napoli and second baseman Jason Kipnis constructed a shrine in an empty clubhouse stall between their lockers like one in the movie. In the film, character Pedro Cerrano practices Voodoo and prays to an idol named, "Jobu" to help him hit curveballs.

Like Cerrano, Napoli and Kipnis have their own "Jobu" and have left gifts, including small bottles of rum and cigars, to keep them out of hitting slumps.

Cubs homer twice in win over Dodgers; tie NLCS 2-2


Cubs homer twice in win over Dodgers; tie NLCS 2-2


LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and the rest of the Chicago Cubs' bats broke out in a big way.

Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.

Kenta Maeda is set to pitch for the Dodgers in Game 5 on Thursday against Jon Lester. Before the game, manager Dave Roberts said he will not start Clayton Kershaw on short rest after the Los Angeles ace threw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Chicago ensured the NLCS will return to Wrigley Field for Game 6 Saturday.

To break out of his prolonged slump, Rizzo used teammate Matt Szczur's bat.

"I know Szczur's bat has a lot of hits in it," Rizzo said. "I've done it a few times this year, just switching up the bat, switching up the mindset."

Following consecutive shutout losses, the Cubs rapped out 13 hits on an 80-degree night with the warm Santa Ana winds fluttering the flags in center field.

Rizzo and Russell had three hits each. Chicago's 3-4-5 hitters - a combined 2 for 32 in the first three games - busted out. Every Cubs starter got at least one hit except Kris Bryant, who walked twice.

"Today was a must-win for us," Ben Zobrist said.

Los Angeles was limited to six hits and made four errors in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 58 minutes.

Mike Montgomery won in relief of John Lackey, who was chased after consecutive walks opening the fifth. Four days shy of his 38th birthday, Lackey allowed two runs, three hits and three walks.

Julio Urias, at 20 years, 68 days the youngest postseason starting pitcher in major league history, gave up four runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was the third consecutive left-hander to start the series for Los Angeles.

Chicago rattled off three straight hits to open the fourth, sparked by Zobrist's leadoff bunt single to third.

"With the way that our bats were swinging it at the beginning of the game, we just had to do anything we could. That was my thought process," Zobrist said. "I felt like if he threw a strike, I could get one down in a good spot and was able to do it.

He took second on Javier Baez's single to left, and Willson Contreras followed with a single to nearly the same spot in shallow left, scoring Zobrist.

Baez moved up to third and Contreras took second on left fielder Andrew Toles' errant throw to the plate that skidded all the way to the backstop.

Jayson Heyward hit a run-scoring groundout, and Russell followed with his first extra-base hit since Sept. 30 and his first homer since Sept. 19. He jubilantly pumped an arm as he rounded the bases on his two-run drive, which put the Cubs ahead 4-0.

Rizzo homered off Pedro Baez leading off the fifth, snapping his 0-for-11 skid in the series. Rizzo had entered 2 for 26 in the postseason.

Los Angeles closed to 5-2 in the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Justin Turner's likely double-play grounder caromed off Montgomery's outstretched glove and Russell, who scrambled on all fours at shortstop as the ball went into left-center field for a two-run single.

Chicago tacked on five runs in the sixth off relievers Ross Stripling and Luis Avilan. Dexter Fowler singled in the first run, Rizzo added two more on a bases-loaded single and Javier Baez hit a sacrifice fly, with a second run scoring on an error by center fielder Joc Pederson.


Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was tagged out at home to end the second. A sliding Gonzalez stretched his left hand toward the tip of the plate as catcher Contreras applied the tag with his left hand near Gonzalez's upper left arm.

The Dodgers challenged Angel Hernandez's call, which was upheld on video review. That drew online scorn from Washington star Bryce Harper.

"He was safe! Replay system still broke..Same thing all year long! (hashtag)DontMessItUp," Harper tweeted.


Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will attend Thursday's game, his first time back at Dodger Stadium since calling his last home game on Sept. 25. The 88-year-old ended his 67-year career this month with the regular-season finale at San Francisco.


Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. left in the seventh because of left hamstring tightness.


Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis announced the Dodgers' starting lineup. Also on hand were Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, George Lopez, Larry King and Mary Hart.


Lester allowed one run in six innings of Game 1 in the series, getting a no-decision in Chicago's 8-4 victory. ... Maeda has a 9.00 ERA in two postseason appearances. He allowed three runs and four hits in four innings of the NLCS opener and didn't factor in the decision.