Baggs' Instant Replay: Cardinals 3, Giants 1


Baggs' Instant Replay: Cardinals 3, Giants 1

ST. LOUIS Buster Posey cant hit a home run every day. This isnt a video game, you know.And you cant expect Melky Cabrera to roll out two or three hits every time he takes the field.Posey did extend his hitting streak to 13 games, but Adam Wainwright silenced the middle of the Giants lineup and they had to settle for a four-game split at Busch Stadum after a 3-1 loss Thursday afternoon.The Giants still jet home having won five of seven on their road trip to Colorado and St. Louis, and now they look to carry that momentum into a six-game homestand.Cabrera entered the day hitting .409 on the road trip, with 11 runs scored in six games. Posey, making a rare start behind the plate in a day game after a night game, had sizzled for a .462 average on the trip along with four home runs and 11 RBIs to vault his name into the MVP conversation.Marco Scutaro, who drove in seven during Wednesdays 15-0 victory, had 11 RBIs on the trip, too.But Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run off Madison Bumgarner in the first inning and Wainwright was the flame retardant the Cardinals needed as they salvaged a split in the six-game season series between the clubs.Starting pitching reportFor the fifth consecutive start, Bumgarner averaged better than a strikeout per inning. He worked quickly and threw strikes, but paid for a 2-1 slider that stayed up and broke onto the barrel of Beltrans bat in the first inning.Beltrans two-run home run was his 27th of the season and gave him 80 RBIs, which leads the NL.It was the 18th home run Bumgarner has allowed this season, and his 15th on the road.Bumgarner pitched the rest of the afternoon like a snorting bull. He was never more aggressive than in the fourth inning, when he struck out Beltran on three pitches, then nonchalantly stabbed sharp comebackers from David Freese and Yadier Molina.The Cardinals scratched him for one more run in the sixth after Jon Jay hit a leadoff double and got a huge jump while stealing third base. But replays appeared to show that third baseman Joaquin Arias tagged him before he slid in safely. Umpire Tim McClelland appeared to be blocked out on the play. The apparent blown call led to a run, as Allen Craig followed with a sacrifice fly.Bumgarners line: Six innings, three hits, three runs (all earned), one walk, seven strikeouts on 90 pitches58 strikes.Bullpen reportBrad Penny hasnt been consistent out of the bullpen, but he certainly had good stuff Thursday while flashing a 93 mph fastball in a scoreless eighth inning.Santiago Casilla, who has been limited by a recurring blister issue, threw firm stuff while retiring Allen Craig in the eighth.At the plateA day after gushing for 15 runs, the Giants couldnt squeeze more than a few drops against Adam Wainwright. The right-hander finally is rounding into Cy Young form after having Tommy John surgery last season.He didnt allow a hit until Marco Scutaro singled in the fourth. The Giants had runners at the corners and two out, but Wainwright got Brandon Belt to pop out.The Giants made Wainwright work hard in the fifth, too. Joaquin Arias hit a one-out single and got a head start on a 2-2 pitch to Madison Bumgarner, who snuck a single under the shortstops glove to put runners at the corners again. Angel Pagan walked to load the bases and Scutaro hit a sacrifice fly that Jay left his feet to catch in center field. But Melky Cabrera popped out to end the inning.Buster Posey singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, but once again, the Giants couldnt get the two-out hit with runners in scoring position. This time Arias struck out to end the threat and strand two.Wainwright departed after seven innings and 119 pitches, and the Cardinals have had their share of issues getting the ball to closer Jason Motte. But Mitchell Boggs made quick work of Cabrera, Posey and Pence in the eighth. And Motte struck out pinch hitter Hector Sanchez with a man aboard to end it.In fieldAngel Pagan made a sliding catch in center field to take a bloop single away from Allen Craig in the third inning. But Bumgarners impression of Patrick Roy in the fourth made him the games defensive star.AttendanceThe Cardinals announced 32,810 paid. Fredbird was much more mirthful than the previous night.Up nextThe Giants begin a six-game homestand with the Rockies and Nationals on Friday, as Tim Lincecum (6-11, 5.43) takes on Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood (1-2, 6.61). Game time was moved back to 7:35 p.m. PDT to accommodate Matt Cains perfect game ceremony.

Giants sign veteran catcher Nick Hundley

Giants sign veteran catcher Nick Hundley

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants announced a one-year deal with catcher Nick Hundley on Tuesday, giving them a veteran backup behind Buster Posey. 

Hundley received a Major League deal worth about $2 million, putting him in pole position in the battle to be the second catcher. The 33-year-old has spent nine seasons in the big leagues, the majority of them with the Padres. He hit .260 with 10 homers last season with the Rockies. 

“His experience overall brings added value to our club,” general manager Bobby Evans said, noting that Hundley is very familiar with the NL West. “The attractive elements of his game and experience bring needed depth for us.” 

Hundley getting a Major League deal means he’s almost certainly ticketed for an opening day job, ousting incumbent Trevor Brown, who spent all of 2016 in the big leagues. Brown hit .237 with five homers in his first full big league season, but the Giants had quietly been looking for a more experienced option who could allow Brown — 25 years old and still relatively new to catching — to get additional seasoning in Triple-A. 

The Giants have not fully ruled out carrying three catchers. Brown, who was drafted as an infielder, occasionally takes ground balls at second and third, and there has been some discussion about a more varied role. 

“It is with some mixed feelings about how much to move him around off catching because catching is a very complex and difficult challenge,” Evans said. “When you move him around you don’t want to take away from what he’s doing behind the plate and at the same time you don’t want him to get hurt at another position. But (manager Bruce Bochy) and I have discussed the fact that we’ll look at him more at different positions this spring than we have in the past because we appreciate the value that he brings.”

The Giants have spent all offseason looking to add a third catcher to the mix, and if Brown is in Triple-A, they will have a third catcher on the 40-man roster who can be optioned back and forth. There will be veterans in camp on non-roster deals, including Tim Federowicz, but opt-out clauses may leave the depth chart short when the regular season arrives. 

In Hundley, the Giants have an option who should provide a little pop off the bench and lessen the drop off when Posey gets a day off. Evans said this move does not indicate that Posey will get additional rest or time at first base in 2017. He caught a career-high 122 games in 2016, winning his first Gold Glove Award. 

“The more we can keep Buster behind the plate and healthy, the stronger our team is,” Evans said. “The ideal is to keep him back there as much as possible and 120 (games) is a very fair target.”

Hundley, a native of the Northwest, is the second player signed to a big league deal this offseason, joining new closer Mark Melancon. The Giants do not expect to make another move of significance. To clear a 40-man roster spot, Ehire Adrianza was designated for assignment. If the Giants can’t line up a minor trade, Adrianza will return to the organization.

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

The Dodgers' months-long search for a second baseman is over.

Los Angeles has acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Rays, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Dodgers are sending top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay.

In 127 games for the Rays in 2016, the 30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is set to make $7 million in 2017 and has a team option worth $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2018.

De Leon, 24, made his major league debut for the Dodgers during the 2016 season. In four starts, he posted a 6.35 ERA while striking out 15 batters in 17 innings. In 16 startts for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, De Leon registered a 2.61 ERA and struck out 111 batters in just 86.1 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, De Leon was recently ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Baseball America.

For most of the offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but the two sides couldn't come together on a deal.