Giants pass through first fiery hoop, edge Reds


Giants pass through first fiery hoop, edge Reds


CINCINNATI This wasnt Kirby Puckett or Jim Leyritz. Thiswasnt Jack Buck and his lawnmower voice, kicking up gravel with "And wellsee ya tomorrow night!"

The Giants didnt survive with a swift stroke to thebleachers or a bold scamper from second base or even an emphatic strikeout thatwill be replayed for generations.

They survived while going 3-for-36 and striking out 16 times Tuesday night.They survived despite needing to squeeze five innings from their bullpen. Theysurvived with two runs that arrived by aid of a sacrifice bunt, a sacrificefly, a passed ball and a short-hop error off the chest of an eight-time GoldGlove Award winner.

When you escape a burning house, you dont care if yourewearing one shoe.

The Giants will live to see tomorrow after a 2-1, 10-inningvictory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

This is a group of guys that love each other and loveplaying together, said right fielder Hunter Pence, who delivered a screaming,passionate speech in the clubhouse a few minutes before the first pitch.

We want to play more baseball together. Thats what itsall about.

This was not a courtesy win. The Giants are down 2-1, theyare on the road, they are hitting .121 over three games, and sure, no team hasever come back to win an NL division series after dropping the first two.

But they are very much alive in this series, and the Redsshould be very nervous.

Reds manager Dusty Baker was not ready to announce a Game 4starter to oppose Barry Zito on Wednesday, mostly because he has no earthlyidea whom theyll choose. It could be Mat Latos on short rest after he threw 59pitches Saturday. Or they could add Mike Leake to the roster, but that wouldmean sacrificing Johnny Cuetos eligibility for the NLCS should the Redsadvance. (Cueto, who threw just eight pitches in Game 1, has a strainedoblique.)

Well try to come up with a solution tonight, said Baker,who finds himself once again facing a postseason pitching dilemma. I mean, Iwish I had an answer. But I dont.

There is this, too: Latos reportedly is battling flusymptoms, although he called it mere congestion.

I dont know what theyre going to do on the other side, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said. But this was a game we had to throw everything atthem. You never know what can happen, but I do know we had to win today. We hadno choice.

This game, it was do or die for us.

The Giants lineup didnt do much of anything. But RyanVogelsong and four relievers would not let them die.

Both teams combined for seven hits. Reds right-hander HomerBailey allowed just one while striking out 10 in seven overwhelming innings(and on just 88 pitches).

Even Vogelsong had to marvel at the way Bailey tore throughone batter after another while taking a no-hitter to the fifth inning whilestriking out six consecutive at one point. Then Vogelsong came back to theclubhouse after his five innings, watched Bailey on television and came awayeven more stunned at how well he was locating his fastballs.

Vogelsong, after a 30-pitch first inning, found a way tomatch a guy throwing a no-hitter. That is seldom easy to do. The bullpen tookit from there. And after 28 innings in this series, the Giants scratched outtheir first lead on two singles, a passed ball and Joaquin Arias grounder thatbounced away from Scott Rolen.

Theres no time for panic, center fielder Angel Pagansaid. If you panic, I dont think you win a game like this. You have to go outthere and believe youre going to get it done.

Even a team hitting .121 can register a pulse.

That fight we had out there? That is the fight we have tobring tomorrow, Pagan said. Whoever it is, weve got to be ready for him.

We came here to win three games in a row. We didnt come towin one game."

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.