Baggs' Instant Replay: D'backs 10, Giants 2


Baggs' Instant Replay: D'backs 10, Giants 2


PHOENIX For all their Mad Max road warriorism since the All-Star break, the Giants finally looked like a gassed group ready to turn for home.

You could understand a flat afternoon at the end of an otherwise resounding trip. But Sundays 10-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks only reinforced an important question the Giants must answer in the next two weeks:

Does Ryan Vogelsong have anything left in the tank?

Vogelsong might have hit a low point in his second-half slide. How else to explain surrendering a three-run triple to Patrick Corbin, a .071-hitting pitcher? And how else to excuse a 1-2 fastball straight as a South Dakota highway?

Before his rotten, seven-start run, Vogelsong led the NL in ERA (2.27). Now he ranks 18th (3.65). And his place on a postseason roster is tenuous, at best.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias made a fielding error to start the Diamondbacks five-run rally in the fourth, but Vogelsong couldnt retire the opposing pitcher to pick up his teammate.

Still, the Giants return for a 10-game homestand after winning two more road series at Colorado and Arizona. They went 4-2 on the trip and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 road series.

Starting pitching report
Someone needs to tighten Vogelsongs lug nuts. He lasted just 3 13 innings and Shane Loux cashed in his two baserunners, leaving him with seven runs (six earned) and giving him a 10.31 ERA over his last seven starts.

His afternoon started off much better. Vogelsong (12-9) held the Diamondbacks to one single and one walk while striking out five in his first time through the lineup. But Arizona hitters made one heck of an adjustment. In their second look at the right-hander, they were 5 for 7 with two walks.

One of those was intentional after Cody Ransoms double put runners at second and third. But Vogelsong couldnt put away Corbin, who rapped his triple down the first base line to clear the bases and give Arizona a 5-2 lead.

Vogelsong walked the next batter, Adam Eaton, to end another disappointing start. He was throwing 92-93 mph, but once again, too many were at the belt.

Bullpen report
Even before the game, Bochy signaled that he would use the rather large back-end of his bullpen. His frontline guys needed rest, and pitchers like Brad Penny and Shane Loux have been pawing at the dirt.

They were beyond rusty. Loux gave up a two-run double to Aaron Hill and it didnt get much better as Clay Hensley, George Kontos and Dan Runzler struggled as well. (Upton hit a home run off Hensley that seeded a rain cloud.) Only Penny managed to work a moderately clean inning.

Jean Machi was the only reliever who might have convinced Bochy to try him in a more leveraged role. He worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and impressively struck out Miguel Montero.

At the plate
Angel Pagan sparked the Giants yet again with a double to lead off the game. Marco Scutaro sacrificed him to third base and Buster Posey hit a two-out, RBI single.

Pagans early-run theory usually holds water. The Giants were 11-2 in games when he led off with a hit since the All-Star break.

This time, there was a rip in the lining. The Giants did manage to tie the game in the fourth when Posey walked and Brandon Belt yanked a double past first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

But then Arizona opened the floodgates and the Giants were swept away. Corbin became the first opposing pitcher to drive in four runs against the Giants since the Astros' Bob Knepper in 1985.

In field
Posey made another impressive throw while nabbing Adam Eaton trying to steal second base in the first inning. Second baseman Marco Scutaro applied a deft tag as well.

But the Giants did not distinguish themselves in the field. Pablo Sandoval juggled another ball at third base, Justin Christian threw a ball from center field to the backstop and Arias had the games lowlight when he couldnt handle Goldschmidts grounder to start the fourth.

The Giants always complain about the concrete-hard infield here at Chase Field. At least they wont have to return here again this season.

The Diamondbacks announced 29,051 paid on Hispanic Heritage Day. On a semi-related note, I highly recommend the red corn chicken taquitos near aisle 313.

Up next
The Giants begin their final homestand of the regular season a 10-game set with a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies. Madison Bumgarner (14-10, 3.32) will try to stop a four-start winless streak in Mondays series opener. Hell oppose right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (2-5. 4.86). After that, itll be Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Barry Zito against left-hander Jeff Francis, right-hander Tyler Chatwood and left-hander Drew Pomeranz.

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers


SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Morse hoped to bring a little levity to a battered clubhouse Wednesday. On his first day as a Giant since the 2014 World Series, he ended up bringing the most thrilling win of the season. 

Morse’s pinch-hit homer in the eighth shook AT&T Park and tied the game. His good friend Hunter Pence won it with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. 

The 10th-inning rally started with Gorkys Hernandez’s single off Ross Stripling. Hernandez stole second and Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, and both runners were safe when Adrian Gonzalez went to third on Nick Hundley’s bunt. Pence flied out to deep left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. The Giants had been 0-13 when trailing after seven. Morse  helped change all that.

Morse’s homer came an inning after Christian Arroyo’s first career homer. The newcomers saved a night that started with nothing but failure. 

The Giants entered with four games this month where they failed to put a runner on the first time through the order. Lefty Alex Wood stayed with the theme. Brandon Belt finally touched first with a one-out walk in the fourth but it wasn’t until the sixth that a Giant — Drew Stubbs — picked up a hit.

By that time, the Dodgers led 3-0. Johnny Cueto worked around some early trouble but Corey Seager got to him in the sixth. The young shortstop led off with a mammoth blast on a 3-2 pitch that landed a couple dozen rows up in left-center. The homer was tracked at 462 feet per Statcast, tied for the longest in the Majors this season.

The Dodgers went up 2-0 when Chase Utley blooped a single to left with the bases loaded. Utley was 1-for-31 at the time. Andrew Toles beat out a grounder to bring home a third run. 

The Giants looked dead in the water, but Wood — the Dodgers’ swingman — was pulled after 77 pitches and old friend Sergio Romo immediately opened the door. Buster Posey hit a one-out single and Arroyo lined a slider just over the fence in left-center.

Morse’s first at-bat as a Giant in three years sent an even bigger charge through the park. He got a 97 mph fastball from Pedro Baez with two strikes and blasted it to left. Morse held his arm up right away and screamed as he rounded first.

Starting pitching report: Cueto was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks. He’ll finish April with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. After holding opposing hitters to a .238 average last year, he’s getting hit at a .271 clip this season. 

Bullpen report: Steven Okert did a great job of settling the place down, throwing a scoreless inning before Arroyo’s homer and retiring two more immediately after. 

At the plate: The 21-year-old Arroyo calmly clapped his hands once as he rounded first. He was pushed out of the dugout for a curtain call as the park roared. Most impressive of all, his mom, Kimberly, didn’t drop a single nacho as she celebrated in the stands.

In the field: Stubbs made a diving catch to open the seventh and Gorkys Hernandez followed with a nifty sliding catch at the wall.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,572 human beings. Thursday will be the 500th consecutive (announced) sellout.

Up next: Matt Moore (1-3, 5.87 ERA) will try to turn his month around. The Dodgers will trot out young lefty Julio Urias, who spent three weeks in the minors to control his innings count. 

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

After recording his first hit in the big leagues, the Giants are making Christian Arroyo into Buster Posey's protection vs. the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)

1. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Andrew Toles (L) CF
9. Alex Wood (R) P

San Francisco Giants (7-14)

1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
6. Joe Panik (L) 2B
7. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P