Vogelsong criticizes Quentin after loss to Padres

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Vogelsong criticizes Quentin after loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO Brandon Belt had an angry, red bruise just above his right hip.

Ryan Vogelsong was even angrier.

The Giants' intense right-hander was incensed that Belt was hit in what the Giants viewed as a clear retaliatory act in the fourth inning of a 7-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Vogelsong had hit Carlos Quentin two innings earlier. And after the game, Vogelsong sent a verbal shot whizzing in Quentin's direction.

"The guy hammers balls over the plate and then gets pissed when you throw them inside," Vogelsong said. "Doesn't make sense."

Vogelsong fills up his tank with fury when he pitches.Thats just how he competes. At times, it can spill over. Remember earlier this season against the Reds' Bronson Arroyo, when Vogelsong threw his bat after getting brushed back? Or last year at Florida, when he visibly reacted after recoiling from some chin music?

So it was a bit odd for Vogelsong to say this after a frustrating, abbreviated start at Petco Park: "Every time you hit a guy in this game, they think you did it on purpose. It's tired."

This much was clear: Vogelsong was tired of the Padres fouling off one two-strike pitch after another. He said he wasn't worn down by Everth Cabrera's 13-pitch at-bat to start the game, when the right-hander showed his stubborn streak by throwing all fastballs in a confrontation that finally ended with a strikeout. But the Padres saw it differently.

"It gave us the mometum," Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso said. "We could see Voglesong was frustrated about pitch nine or 10. And then he got mad. Cabby Ks and we're all, `Way to go, good job!' We fed off that."

Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "It was foul ball day, it seemed."

It's the reason Vogelsong threw 96 pitches and wasn't able to record an out in the fourth inning. After completing six innings in each of his first 21 starts, he's lasted 2 2/3 and 3-plus in his last two outings.

Neither he nor Bochy see any physical issue, dead-arm phase or drop in stuff as the culprit.

"No, and in fact, he was getting strikeouts," Bochy said. "He just had to work so hard today. He was frustrated. He was making some pretty good pitches and give them credit. They grinded out some good at-bats."

Yet Vogelsong departed with the Giants trailing just 3-1.

As he pointed out, all eight of the Padres' hits against him were singles, including a couple that weren't squared up.

And many more that were turned into souvenirs.

"Once again, I can't control where the ball goes after it leaves my hand," he said. "When it's that many, it starts to get a little frustrating. But that's part of the game. It happens."

Bad starts happen, too. But the Giants will need more of those solid, consistent starts from Vogelsong the rest of the way -- especially since the bullpen gets taxed on days that Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum pitch. So perhaps it's a good thing that Vogelsong is keeping his ornery edge.

Oh, and as for Belt? Bochy said no question the Padres were throwing at him with two outs and the bases empty in the fourth inning. But the affable, unassuming first baseman was no worse for wear.

"Yeah, its kind of a compliment," Belt said. "I think I was just the guy up in that spot. It's baseball. You cant be upset about it. It hurt for a couple minutes and then it was all right."

Padres non-tender former A’s P Ross, former Giants C Sanchez

Padres non-tender former A’s P Ross, former Giants C Sanchez

NEW YORK -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.

Washington outfielder Ben Revere and Philadelphia outfielder Cody Asche also were cut loose, along with Arizona catcher Welington Castillo and pitcher Rubby De La Rosa; Baltimore pitcher Vance Worley; and Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Louis Coleman.

Milwaukee first baseman Chris Carter and Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Locke were non-tendered as well; their teams had already designated them for assignment earlier this week.

Teams cut players at the tender deadline to avoid committing to salary arbitration, in which about one-sixth of next season's salary is guaranteed.

Ross, a 29-year-old right-hander, was 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA in 2014 and 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA the following season. He was limited to one major league appearance this year and had surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome. Recovery time was expected to be four to six months, and the Padres deemed him too pricy for arbitration after he earned $9,625,000 this year.

Asche, 26, was designated for assignment earlier Friday to clear a roster spot for left-hander David Rollins, claimed off waivers from Texas. Asche hit .240 with 31 homers and 125 RBIs for the Phillies during 371 games in the past four seasons and would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time.

The 28-year-old Revere was acquired from Toronto in January for reliever Drew Storen but strained his right oblique in his first at-bat of the season, left after four innings and went on the disabled list. Revere returned May 6, hit just .217 with two homers and 24 RBIs in 103 games and would have been on track for a raise from his $6.25 million salary.

Castillo batted .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs and would have gotten a big raise from his $3.7 million salary.

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with two of them. 

Right-hander Cory Gearrin will get $1.05 million and infielder Ehire Adrianza will receive $600,000, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Giants will exchange figures with George Kontos, Will Smith, Eduardo Nunez and Conor Gillaspie. They traditionally have avoided going to actual arbitration hearings. 

Gearrin, Kontos and Smith will make up a chunk of the bullpen next season, while Nunez is expected to start at third base. Gillaspie, the postseason hero, should see more playing time and Adrianza is currently slated to return in his familiar bench role. 

The day was smoother for the Giants than other NL West teams. The Diamondbacks non-tendered Welington Castillo and Rubby De La Rosa and the Padres later sent mini shockwaves through the market by non-tendering former ace Tyson Ross, who is coming off a season lost to injury. Ross was one of six Padres to be let go, a list that included former Giant Hector Sanchez.