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Bochy maintains faith in slumping Pagan, Blanco

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Bochy maintains faith in slumping Pagan, Blanco

SAN FRANCISCO Everything went wrong in the Giants 10-0loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Barry Zito got roughed up and the relieversthat followed him didnt fare much better. On the other side of the ball, theGiants bats strung together just five hits in the shutout loss. Dont forgetto throw in an error for good measure.Giants manager Bruce Bochy understands the significance of Sundays seriesfinale, even if he is hesitant to single out one game as more important thananother.Youre at home and the first two didnt go well, especiallyyesterday, Bochy said. All series are important, but this one sure. Theyvegot a tough pitcher going and we do too.The Dodgers tough pitcher is Clayton Kershaw, who owns a 6-3 lifetime recordand 1.45 ERA against the Giants.I hope we come out and play better ball today, Bochy said.Were quiet with the bats right now. We need to get those going.
After experimenting with Nate Schierholtz in the leadoff spot over the last week,Bochy is going back to a more prototypical leadoff man in Gregor Blanco Sundayagainst the Dodgers southpaw ace Kershaw. The left-handed Blanco has reversesplits, hitting lefties at a .272 clip this season, compared to .234 vs.right-handed pitchers. Bochy referenced that as one of a few reasons why hewent back to Blanco as his leadoff hitter.We need someone to spark the club, Bochy said. Last timehe gave us that spark. Hes done it in the past and he brings energy to theclub.Bochy is referring to the Giants mid-May struggles, which led to Blancogetting more playing time. Starting with San Franciscos road series win overthe Diamondbacks from May 11 to 13, Blanco went on a mini-tear that suggestedhe could be the true table setter the Giants have been seeking for over adecade. From that series in Arizona until the end of the month, Blanco hit.310, got on base at a .424 clip, scored 17 runs and stole four bases. He alsowalked 14 times compared to just 18 strikeouts.Since that time, however, Blanco is hitting .216 with a .291OBP and has watched his playing time diminish as a result. Angel Pagan is also slumping, to use Bochys least favorite word, but hasntbeen punished with less opportunities. The Giants centerfielder, acquired inan offseason trade with the New York Mets for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez,had a terrible Cactus League performance, but didnt take long to get goingonce the games started to count. In July, however, Pagan is just 16-for-74(.216) and has gone 145 at-bats since his last home run. Bochy said that Pagan demonstrated an ability to snap himself out of funks likehe did after spring training, which is why hes still in the lineup regularly.He came out of it and took off, Bochy said. We need him,particularly with him in the five hole. He has the experience to come out ofit.Experience goes a long way, but plate discipline and pitch selection have beenPagans problem of late.When you dont see the ball as well as you were, youre notgoing to be as selective, Bochy said.Bochy needs to maintain faith in some of his strugglingplayers because he doesnt have many other options thanks to a banged-uproster.Pablo Sandoval just hit the disabled list and Hector Sanchez isnt eligible toreturn until August 2. Bochy remains confident that Sanchez will be activated once his 15 days are up,barring any setbacks, but isnt ready to go on record with a timetable forSandoval yet.Hes coming along but hes a ways away, Bochy said ofSandoval. No need to push him.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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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

BOX SCORE

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."

ELFIN PAINED IN LOSS

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.

PHILLIE FANATIC

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

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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.