Baggs' Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 7, Giants 2

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Baggs' Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 7, Giants 2

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SAN FRANCISCO It really didnt matter if the Giants lost Tuesday night. Only that they didnt look bad doing it.WellThe Giants didnt exactly follow manager Bruce Bochys pregame credo to play the game the way its supposed to be played. Tim Lincecum had little notion where his pitches were going, but Paul Goldschmidt did. The Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman feasts on them like Popeye on canned spinach, rocking Lincecum for a three-run home run in the third inning as the Giants lost 7-2 at AT&T Park.The Giants have lost consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 4-5, when the Diamondbacks beat them twice at AT&T Park.Starting pitching reportIf the home faithful see Lincecum pitch again at China Basin in 2012, itll be in the postseason. And they have to hope the playoff pressure will light a fire under him. He didnt record an out in the fourth inning while giving up seven earned runs. He took his 15th loss for the first time in his career.And his ERA is back to 5.15 which ranks dead last among the 47 NL starting pitchers with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title.Lincecum (10-15) was plenty deep even before Goldschmidt hit his fifth home run in just 14 career at-bats against him. The right-hander struggled in the first inning, when Arizona loaded the bases on a leadoff walk and two singles the second of which struck Lincecum on the back with a glancing impact. Goldschmidt hit a deep sacrifice fly and another run scored when catcher Hector Sanchez let a wild pitch sneak between his legs.Aaron Hill led off with a single in the third and Lincecum issued a one-out walk to Miguel Montero before Goldschmidt stepped in the box again. With Sanchez calling for an 0-1 slider down in the zone, Lincecum missed up and in the one place on a foggy night where Goldschmidt had a chance to park one. The powerful first baseman almost seemed to swing with his chest as he muscled the ball off the left field pole.Against all other pitchers, Goldschmidt owns 22 home runs in 634 career at-bats. He has five in 14 at-bats against Lincecum. Thats more than Lincecum has surrendered to any other opposing hitter; Ryan Howard is next with four. Seth Smith has three and nobody else has hit more than two against him.Lincecum threw 77 pitches and was operating with two extra days of rest, but Bochy had seen enough after Aaron Hill singled for a third time and Upton walked to start the fifth. There was no way Bochy would let Lincecum face Goldschmidt one more time.Bullpen reportFive relievers combined to hold Arizona to one hit and one walk over five shutout innings. Dan Runzler allowed one of Lincecums inherited runners to score on another Goldschmidt sacrifice fly, but he also struck out two.Brad Penny was impressive while striking out two in his scoreless inning.At the plateMarco Scutaro hit a leadoff double in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Buster Posey doubled off the third base bag to give him 99 RBIs this season. With one more, hell become the first Giant to drive in 100 since Barry Bonds in 2004.The Giants came up with a couple of pinch hits in the ninth, when Xavier Nady singled and showed his hamstring was sound while scoring from first base on Ryan Theriots double.In fieldFlip on those space heaters in the dugout and bundle up. The fog is back and it feels almost time for postseason baseball.AttendanceThe Giants announced 41,153 paid. The sellout streak is impervious to your clinching celebrations.Up nextThe Giants continue their final regular-season home series on Wednesday. Matt Cain (15-5, 2.86) is scheduled to oppose left-hander Wade Miley (16-10, 3.25).

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

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Madison Bumgarner was back on the hill Sunday night in a Giants jersey for the first time since being placed on the DL on April 21 due to a dirt bike accident

Bumgarner took the mound for the Arizona Rookie League Giants and did not allow a hit in three innings pitched. The Giants' ace also struck out two and walked one. 

In both the first and third innings, Bumgarner pitched a perfect three up and three down frame. 

Bumgarner was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left throwing shoulder and sustained bruised ribs from his dirt bike accident on an off day in Colorado. Pitching in a game for the first time in over two months, Bumgarner was throwing between 88-91 miles per hour, according to Tommy Stokke of FanRagSports. 

After finishing his three innings of work, Bumgarner went down to the bullpen to increase his pitch count, reports Sande Charles of FanRagSports

Before sustaining the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. 

The Giants have gone 21-41 since Bumgarner's injury. They are 27-51 on the year and sit 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. 

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

SAN FRANCISCO — A few minutes after yet another missed opportunity at the plate Sunday, a voice came over a speaker in the press box at AT&T Park and announced a 524th consecutive sellout. It nicely summed up this current stretch of Giants baseball. 

The seats are emptier than they used to be at first pitch, and they were just about abandoned in the ninth inning of an 8-2 loss, but for the most part the fans are still showing up in droves. One woman brought a toaster by the dugout Sunday morning and asked players and coaches to sign it, hoping to recapture the magic from across the bridge. Another, Bryan Stow, made his first appearance of the season at AT&T Park, met with Bruce Bochy, and said he hoped to see a win. As Matt Moore started warming up, a band set up on top of the visiting dugout to play hits that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. 

For a while, AT&T Park was rocking. And then, as has happened so often this summer, the game started. 

The Giants turned in another epic clunker in a season full of them. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 21 of 26, but it’s worse than the raw numbers. On most nights, some in the organization have noted privately, they are simply boring. It’s one thing to lose, it’s quite another to do it in this way. 

“There’s no getting around it,” Bochy said after the sweep. “I’ve been through some tough stretches here and this is as tough as any stretch I’ve seen. For some reason the baseball gods are really testing us here and (testing) this group. It’s not that they’re not coming out ready or trying, but enough is enough.

“At some point, we’ve got to find a way to get this thing turned around.”

Even a slight pivot would be welcomed by the faithful. There were scattered boos Sunday, the latest in a growing trend. This is a fan base that has seen the highest highs, but rarely in franchise history have the lows been this low. 

The crowd no longer turns to the rally lights that were used so often in an awful April, but the noise still grows with each new rally. And then, every single time Sunday, the Giants killed off any hope. 

In the second inning, a Brandon Belt bunt single and Brandon Crawford bloop put two on, but a pair of rookies flied out. 

In the third, the bases were loaded ahead of Buster Posey. He flied out to bring one run across, and there were still runners on the corners for Belt, who leads the team in homers. On a 2-2 count, Hunter Pence inexplicably took off for second. He was caught, the inning was over, and the two-run Mets lead was intact. Bochy said he did not send Pence. 

In the sixth, there were two on with no outs for Posey. Both runners bolted to stay out of a double play. Posey popped up to first -- for a double play.

“He’s not a guy that strikes out, so I’m pretty confident sending runners with Buster,” Bochy said. “We can’t keep laying back. We’re trying to force the issue a bit and stay out of double plays.”

In the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases for Posey and Belt. Posey grounded out. Belt struck out for the third time. 

“We’re getting guys out there,” Bochy said. “We’re not doing enough damage.”

Matt Moore’s damage was self-inflicted. He twice gave up homers to the guy — Rene Rivera — hitting in front of the pitcher. Moore said he has stopped throwing his cutter the past three starts and tried to get his four-seamer going, but the Mets were teeing off. Moore gave up five runs on seven hits. He was pulled in the fifth, left to think about mechanics that still aren’t right. 

“The cutter is a little bit different of a pitch and at times it can take away from the four-seam fastball location-wise, and command of the four-seam was starting to go down the more I threw (the cutter),” Moore said. “I’m anxious to get back to it, but the foundation has got to be throwing the four-seam fastball. I need to execute where they’re carrying through the zone, not running or cutting.”

Moore said his confidence is fine and his problems are not physical. Others can no longer say that. Austin Slater, a rare bright spot in this five-win month, was pulled with a tight hip flexor. He was headed for an MRI. 

Slater is too young to be one of the players Bochy approached after the game. He said he talked to a few, though, passing along that “enough is enough” message. Moore, last in the National League in ERA (6.04), was not one who needed a reminder. 

“I’m sitting on a six right now with not a lot of wins and not enough team wins when I’m throwing,” he said. “It’s been 'enough' for me for the last couple of months.”