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."

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died early Sunday from a traffic accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.

Marte, a 33-year-old infielder, played for several Major League teams, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona, and was most recently playing in the Korean league.

Marte was playing in the Dominican winter league with the Aguilas Cibaenas team.

"We have awoken this Sunday with this sad news that we have lost a special being," club president Winston Llenas said in a statement about Marte.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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.”