Bochy, coaches hold summit with Sandoval


Bochy, coaches hold summit with Sandoval

DENVER The Giants held a summit of sorts with PabloSandoval in an effort to get the free-swinging Panda back to being a productivehitter.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy reviewed film and had a longdiscussion with hitting coach Hensley Meulens and special assistant Joe Lefebvre,then shared their findings with Sandoval.

The Panda was receptive, Bochy said.

Its trying to keep him in control up there, Bochy said. Hegets a little big with his swing sometimes. Weve just got to calm him down.Pablo wants to do something when hes up there. Hes just got to shorteneverything up, including his stride, and improve his balance.

In the past, Sandovals balance issues were related to hisconditioning. He certainly is not slender at the moment, and Giants officialsare hoping he will continue to address the issue by taking off weight in theoffseason.

As for his other physical issues, including the two hamatesurgeries hes had on his hands the past two seasons, Bochy doesnt see a lackof hand strength being the cause of Sandovals failure to drive the ball.

Sandoval has gone 138 at-bats since his last home run July8. He has a .274 slugging percentage since coming back from his last DL stint(a strained hamstring) August 8.

I think his hand strength is there, Bochy said. You watchbatting practice and its obvious its there.

The problem is the approach. He saw four pitches in fourat-bats on Saturday, and was 0 for 5 while making outs twice with runners inscoring position in Mondays 6-5 loss. Sandoval reviewed video as coachesexplained what theyd like him to do.

He saw it right away, Bochy said. Its when he gets in thegame, he gets anxious. Thats the biggest issue.

Sandoval is back in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, ahead of Buster Posey.

In other pregame news, Xavier Nady was available to pinchhit last night and continues to make progress from his strained hamstring.Bochy said Gregor Blanco has had better at-bats of late, but he acknowledgedthat the Giants would prefer to start Nady when they face three left-handedpitchers in Arizona this weekend.

The Giants bullpen is up to 14, and dont think Bochy wontuse them. Clay Hensley was activated from the DL after missing two weeks with astrained groin. This will be a big couple weeks for Hensley, who will battlewith many others to show he deserves a spot on a potential playoff roster. Hecertainly had solid stretches in the first half.

In other rosterifications, right-hander Steve Edlefsencleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno.

Bochy said he would be comfortable playing Brandon Belt inleft field in Wednesdays series finale here, which would indicate Buster Poseyat first base and Hector Sanchez catching Tim Lincecum yet again.

The other mitigating factor is the weather. Theres a 50percent chance of rain later tonight, and its supposed to be constant rain onWednesday. If the game is postponed, the teams share a common off day onThursday. Of course, nobody wants to give that up without a fight.

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.