Baggs' Instant Replay: Dodgers 3, Giants 2


Baggs' Instant Replay: Dodgers 3, Giants 2


SAN FRANCISCO The Giants finally got the stalwart start they needed from a sagging rotation. They scored a tiebreaking run in the seventh inning after Hunter Pence put down the first sacrifice bunt of his six-year big league career, too.

Most days, that is enough to cue Tony Bennett at AT&T Park.

But the Dodgers are not going away, and the NL West is far from won.

Matt Cains last act was a wild pitch that scored the tying run in the eighth, and the Dodgers battered Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth inning to take a 3-2 victory at AT&T Park on Saturday.

Adrian Gonzalez tripled to the deepest part of right-center field and Hanley Ramirez scored him with a double to nearly the same spot as the Dodgers moved to within 4 games of first place.

Starting pitching report
Cain gave the Giants the kind of quality outing they have lacked of late. For just the second time in 14 games, a Giants starter completed seven innings and Cain was working efficiently enough to go the distance.

He faced one more than the minimum over the first five innings, using double-play grounders to escape the first and second. Then he effectively added and subtracted off his fastball while mixing in a very good curve to induce plenty of weak contact in the air.

But the Dodgers manufactured a run in the sixth after pitcher Chris Capuano reached on a one-out single. Mark Ellis singled to put runners at the corners, and after looking overpowered while falling behind 0-2, Shane Victorino managed to lift a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the score.

The Giants went ahead in the seventh, but Cain couldnt hold the lead in the eighth. He had his share of bad fortune, though, as Juan Riveras leadoff double near the right field stripe bounced out of Hunter Pences glove as he slid in the dirt.

A.J. Ellis sacrificed Rivera to third and Cain, trying to make a perfect pitch to pinch hitter Bobby Abreu, skipped his 3-2 offering past catcher Buster Posey and to the backstop. Cain arrived at the plate at the same time as pinch runner Alex Castellanos, but only inhaled a cloud of dust for his efforts. With the score tied, it was time for Bochy to go to his bullpen.

Cains final line: 7 13 innings, six hits, two runs (both earned), five strikeouts and two wild pitches. He threw 103 pitches, 69 for strikes.

Bullpen report
Santiago Casilla was strong again while stranding Abreu in the eighth, but Jeremy Affeldt could not preserve the tie in the ninth. Gonzalez jumped on a first-pitch curveball to hit his first triple of the season, and with the infield playing partially in, Affeldt fell behind Ramirez before throwing a hittable 3-2 fastball.

Affeldt hadnt given up a run in his previous eight appearances.

At the plate
The Giants did well to manufacture their two runs off Chris Capuano, but Pablo Sandoval saw only four pitches in his four at-bats and the Giants couldnt put enough consistent pressure on the left-hander.

The Giants pecked Capuano for a run in the first inning after Marco Scutaro doubled, Pablo Sandoval hit a first-pitch single and Buster Posey lined an RBI hit off the glove of third baseman Luis Cruz.

It wasnt Poseys cleanest hit of the year but an important one, since the Giants cleanup hitter had begun to cool off while hitting .231 in the first six games of September.

The Giants could not bust open a big inning on Capuano, as Hunter Pence lined out to left field and umpire Chad Fairchild ruled that Posey was out on a close play after shortstop Hanley Ramirez bobbled Joaquin Arias grounder before flipping to second base for the force.

Those were the first two of 12 consecutive batters that Capuano retired, and the Giants needed the benefit of a blown call to break that streak in the fifth.

Gregor Blanco laid down a bunt but replays clearly showed that Capuano stepped on the bag first. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly argued to no avail. The bad calls evened out, though, when Blanco tried to go from first to third on Cains sacrifice bunt. Catcher A.J. Ellis alertly sprinted to cover third base and applied a tag on Blanco; umpire Alfonso Marquez called Blanco out even though replays appeared to show he reached the bag before he was tagged. This time, it was Bochys turn to argue a call.

Posey started the Giants tiebreaking rally in the seventh with a wicked double that ate up Cruz and rolled into the left field corner. Hunter Pence followed with a bunt the first sacrifice hit of his six-year major league career and Brandon Belt scored Posey with a line drive that Capuano only managed to knock down. Capuano was able to recover in time to throw out Belt at first base.

The Giants had a chance in the eighth against Ronald Belisario after Scutaro drew a one-out walk, but Sandoval hit into a fielders choice on the first pitch. After Posey drew a two-out walk, Pence struck out to strand two.

The Giants were down to their last strike in the ninth when Blanco hit a surprising double that Castellanos couldnt handle as he crashed into the left field wall. But pinch hitter Hector Sanchez lined out to third base on Brandon Leagues second pitch to end it.

In field
Bochy said prior to the game that the strong sun makes left field tougher to play during day games at AT&T Park, which is part of the reason he started Gregor Blanco against a left-handed pitcher. Blanco demonstrated it, struggling on rubbery legs to catch a pair of fly balls.

The most impressive defensive contributions were made by Posey, who threw out all three Dodgers who attempted to steal against him.

The Giants announced 41,791 paid. And zero Melky Cabrera T-shirts given away.

Up next
The Giants play the all-important rubber match of their three-game series with the Dodgers on Sunday, with the first pitch pushed back to 5:06 p.m. (PDT) to accommodate ESPN. Barry Zito (10-8, 4.51) will pitch on his scheduled day against left-hander Clayton Kershaw (12-8, 2.79), whom the Dodgers moved up so he could face the NL West leaders.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."


Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.


Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.


Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.