Giants' skid continues after three-hit effort in D.C.

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Giants' skid continues after three-hit effort in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Miguel Tejada knew his none-on, two-out fielding error in the seventh inning led to the only two runs in the San Francisco Giants' 2-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night.Still, Tejada was incredulous when his miscue was brought up after the game, telling a reporter: "You asked me the question like we lost the game because of that ball?"OK, Miggy. Everyone knows why the Giants are losing games - a lot of them - these days.Put simply: The World Series champions are having a really rough time at the plate.
URBAN: Two at-bats speak to Giants' troubles
"There's not much we can do if we're not hitting," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're awful right now. We know it."The latest opposing starter to take advantage was Tom Gorzelanny (1-2), who allowed only three hits in eight innings Monday - his longest outing in more than 3 12 years. Michael Morse and Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in runs after Tejada's error, helping the Nationals win for the fourth time in their last five games.San Francisco, meanwhile, has lost eight of its last 11, scoring a total of 23 runs in that span."You can put it on the offense," said Aubrey Huff, who went 0 for 3 and is hitting .190 for the season. "We're not doing anything offensively - including myself. We're all struggling. I'm the worst of it."He has plenty of company.The Giants were shut out for the third time in their last six games, including twice during this series, when Washington took three of four. Jason Marquis pitched the Nationals to a 3-0 victory Friday."We feed off each other's outings," Gorzelanny said.He gave up Aaron Rowand's double leading off the game and single in the third, as well as Cody Ross' single in the eighth. Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances, closing out a game that took just 2 hours, 2 minutes - the fastest nine-inning game in the majors this season, according to STATS LLC."Mixing in and out. Changing speeds quite a bit. Trying to keep guys off-balance. I wasn't trying to trick guys. I was trying to let guys hit the ball," Gorzelanny said. "My defense played outstanding out there. Guys made terrific plays. That's obviously key to an outing like this. You don't just mow down guys as a pitcher."He retired 15 consecutive batters during one stretch and was helped by a diving catch by center fielder Rick Ankiel on Tejada's sinking liner in the fifth.Bochy was asked whether Gorzelanny's performance surprised him."Nothing surprises me right now. We're struggling right now. We're seeing some well-pitched games against us," he said. "I think teams are catching us at a good time. There's no getting around that."Madison Bumgarner (0-5) retired Washington's first 12 batters and didn't allow an earned run but wound up with the loss because of two unearned runs in the seventh, his last inning. He allowed four hits."It's a shame we couldn't get him a win tonight," Bochy said.The first Nationals player to reach base was rookie catcher Wilson Ramos, hitting cleanup on a day off for first baseman Adam LaRoche. Ramos doubled to start the fifth and was sacrificed to third, but Bumgarner got out of it by striking out Morse and Hairston.After those back-to-back Ks, those two Nationals had a chat, and the veteran Hairston encouraged the younger Morse, pointing out: "Sometimes you have your good months, sometimes you have your bad months. But you have to keep grinding. He did that. He picked himself up and got a huge hit for us."Indeed, that part of the lineup was trouble for Bumgarner in the seventh. Ramos reached on a ball that went off Tejada's glove at third; it originally was ruled a single, then changed to an error after the game. That was followed by three consecutive hits for Washington: Ian Desmond singled, Morse hit an RBI single and Hairston hit an RBI double.After coming through there, Hairston said, "We looked at each other and kind of smiled."NOTES: It was Military Appreciation Night - something that first was planned in the offseason - and the Nationals offered free tickets to active or retired military personnel. The announced attendance was 15,342; the Nationals said they couldn't say yet how many free seats were provided. ... Gorzelanny hadn't lasted eight innings in a game since Aug. 12, 2007, when he threw a shutout for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Giants.

Barry Bonds predicts he can still smash Splash Hit: 'Without a doubt'

Barry Bonds predicts he can still smash Splash Hit: 'Without a doubt'

Barry Bonds stepped into Giants' broadcast booth with Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow during the top of the third inning Sunday and Kuiper immediately brought up the shape Bonds is in at 52 years old. 

"Still think you can play, probably?" Kuiper asked Bonds. 

After giving Kuiper the look, Bonds replied, "About an inning or two."

Moments later, the cameras moved to McCovey Cove past the right field wall at AT&T Park where Bonds famously hit home runs deep into the water. Of the 73 Splash Hits off Giants bats into the cove, Bonds is responsible for 35 of them. 

Now an avid cyclist who still picks up a bat from time to time, Bonds is fully confident that number would rise if he stepped into the batter's box again. 

"I promise you I will," Bonds replied when Krukow asked if he could still hit home runs into the water. "Without a doubt." 

Krukow predicted Bonds would need 10 swings to get it done. Bonds says he might need just a few more.

"Well it would take me eight swings to get warmed up, three pop ups and then I'd get it," he said with a laugh. 

During spring training this year, Bonds joined the Giants as a special instructor. And he proved his claim of more Splash Hits could certainly be true as he showed off his legendary swing and cracked balls over the wall in Scottsdale

Bonds hit his final home run of his career, No. 762, on Sept. 5, 2007 on the road against the Rockies in a 5-3 Giants win. The Giants are adding Bonds to their Wall of Fame on July 8. 

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

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The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.