Giants Insider notes: Walks haunt


Giants Insider notes: Walks haunt

May 5, 2011

Our MLB Insider takes a look at the Giants' 5-2 loss to the host Mets on Thursday at Citi Field in New York.Wild thing: In his first start since walking four batters in the first inning and issuing a total of eight free passes -- six walks, two hit batters -- over five innings last Friday in Washington, D.C., Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez looked like the exact same pitcher who struggled against the Nationals. He was again his own worst enemy, walking six and allowing five hits on the way to surrendering five earned runs over five innings -- he was lifted with a pitch count of 93 -- in the final game of San Francisco's 10-game road trip. Cliche, it's not: "Walks will come back to haunt you." You hear it all the time, and it's not hollow chatter. Sanchez issues consecutive walks to New York's eighth- and ninth-place hitters with two out in the second inning, and Jose Reyes promptly cashed them in with a triple to center field that capped a three-run rally.RECAP: Sanchez loses control; Giants fail to sweep Mets
Small man, big fly: Diminutive Mike Fontenot, who served as the Giants' No. 3 hitter in all three games of the Mets series, doesn't look like much of a power hitter, but looks are deceiving. Make a point to get out to AT&T Park a little early next time you take in a game and watch him take batting practice. More than likely, you'll see him launch a few bombs similar to the upper-tank shot he slammed off Mets starter Mike Pelfrey on Thursday to get the visitors on the board for the first time.Regulars resting: Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez and Pat Burrell all were left out of the starting lineup for the day game after a night game, but two of the regulars who look like they need a blow as much as anybody -- Cody Ross and Miguel Tejada -- were run back out there and continued to struggle. Combined they went 1-for-8 and are still stuck with batting averages below .200.Mota mows: Veteran righty reliever Guillermo Mota, a non-roster invitee to spring training who had to battle for a spot on the opening day roster, has been extremely consistent for the Giants all season, and he put together one of his best outings of the season in working two perfect innings to give the Giants a chance at mounting a late comeback. Mota's ERA fell to 2.08 for the year.Mission accomplished: The goal for every team at the start of every season and every road trip is to do no worse than play .500 ball away from home. This was an ugly trip for the Giants in many respects, but the bottom line is that they won two of three series and packed up for their return to the Bay Area with a 5-5 roadie record.

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

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After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.

Oakland A's:
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP