Bumgarner dominant in Giants' 5-2 win over Pads

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Bumgarner dominant in Giants' 5-2 win over Pads

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Edinson Volquez dealt with a case of nerves Thursday as he pitched in a San Diego Padres uniform for the first time.The veteran pitcher allowed a run and two hits in two innings as the Padres lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-2.Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out five in three shutout innings in his spring debut.

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"First time in this uniform," Volquez said. "I don't always get nervous, just this time, especially with a new organization and a lot of eyes on me. A friend told me sometimes it's good when you're nervous, but you can't be scared."Bumgarner was very good in his first start as he needed only 44 pitches to get through the third inning.The left-hander, who went 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 starts last season, limited the Padres to two hits and walked one."My command feels pretty good," Bumgarner said. "Everything seems to be on schedule. It's better than usual. I'm just trying to focus as if it's the regular season."San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan had an RBI single in three at-bats.Kyle Blanks hit a solo home run for the Padres and Everth Cabrera went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Micah Owings allowed a hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings for the Padres.An 18-game winner in 2008, Volquez came to the Padres in a Dec. 17 trade that sent Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres hope to get Volquez, who was 5-7 with a 5.71 ERA in 20 starts last season, back on track.Volquez had reconstructive elbow surgery in 2009 and received a 50-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2010.Pitching coach Darren Balsley has worked closely with Volquez this spring, encouraging him to be aggressive earlier in his starts. He has also made several minor adjustments to Volquez's setup.Thus far the Padres like what they see from Volquez, who threw strikes on 23 of 31 pitches. Volquez walked one and struck out one."Every time he has been on the mound we've seen a focused guy," Padres manager Bud Black said. "His velocity was there and he had good secondary pitches. The delivery was good."Volquez said he approves of the Padres' adjustments. He also likes the way he adjusted after his bout with nervousness in the first inning."I like what I've been doing," Volquez said. "That's what I want is to be consistent and get ahead in the count."NOTES: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is expected to start his first game of the spring on Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Posey hasn't played in a game since he broke his leg May 25 in a collision at the plate. He is expected to catch two innings. ... Bochy said second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who had surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, will make his spring debut and serve as the team's designated hitter on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds. ... RHP Ryan Vogelsong threw off a bullpen mound for the first time this spring. Vogelsong has been sidelined with a sore back. ... Padres infielder Logan Forsythe is headed back to San Diego for surgery on a fractured left foot, manager Bud Black said. Forsythe will be out for at least eight weeks.

Giants lineup: Belt in left, Posey at first in finale against Rockies

Giants lineup: Belt in left, Posey at first in finale against Rockies

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The banged-up Giants are shifting things around as Brandon Belt will patrol left field and Buster Posey will play first base Sunday.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Colorado Rockies:
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
5. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
6. Gerardo Parra (L) LF
7. Trevor Story (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Kyle Freeland (L) P

 

After another loss, Bochy challenges staff to 'tighten it up here'

After another loss, Bochy challenges staff to 'tighten it up here'

DENVER — For the second straight start, Matt Moore watched an outfielder chase down a rocket, slam into the wall, and immediately leave the game with a hurt shoulder. 

“You’ve got to feel a little responsible,” he said Saturday night, shaking his head. 

That’s not entirely fair. The Jarrett Parker and Denard Span injuries have been flukes, but there is a different kind of responsibility for the starting staff. Bobby Evans built this team on the starting five, and through three weeks, the group has been a letdown. 

Madison Bumgarner was hurt during an off-field incident. Johnny Cueto has an uncharacteristic 5.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through four starts. Moore gave up six runs in four innings Saturday, raising his own ERA to 5.87. On the other side, a rookie — Antonio Senzatela — held the Giants to four hits, leading the Rockies to a 12-3 win.

“He just made mistakes. You saw them,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Moore. “They caught too much of the plate and they were up and they took advantage of them. This can be a tough park but they pitched well tonight with a young kid. You’ve got to make your pitches. Keep concentrating and don’t give in. That’s the way it works and we’re not doing a very good job of that.

“Obviously our staff, we’re a much better staff than what’s happened. We’ve got to tighten it up here and wake up. We’re not a team that goes out and pounds it with you. We’ve got to pitch.”

The starting staff, even without Bumgarner, is more important than it first seemed. That's because the rest of the Giants are dropping, too. Span went out in the third when he slammed into the wall while making a catch, and while the initial read is positive, he was going for X-rays Saturday night. At the very least, a right shoulder sprain will keep him out a couple of days. 

That means Bochy, 18 games in, is dealing with one of his Bomb Squad situations. Buster Posey will play first on Sunday after a couple of long days in the squat, and it’s possible Brandon Belt will get a day in left. Gorkys Hernandez, hitting just .088, is the man in center while Span is out. Hunter Pence (knee bruise) is expected to return to right field Sunday, but the outfield is hanging by a string. The Giants have even talked about putting Eduardo Nuñez in left, and on Saturday he played several innings in right because of the Span injury. 

Bochy challenged his starters, but the regulars behind them will need to be better, too. The bats didn’t get going until the eighth inning at Coors Field, and even then, a rally was cut short and the Giants promptly gave up six more runs. Nuñez was late getting over on a pop-up that clanked off Joe Panik’s glove and extended the inning. 

“You’re going to deal with that,” Bochy said. “He’s going to feel discombobulated.”

Bochy had just one positive to point to, and he lit up when asked about Chris Stratton, who threw three hitless innings to keep the Giants within shouting distance. 

“Boy, that kid did a nice job," he said. 

Stratton isn’t far down the depth chart if there are further injuries in the rotation, and with a fastball that touched 95, he looked better than he has in years. The Giants hope they don’t need to test him. They’re banged-up, but at the moment, they still have four of their projected starting pitcher, along with Ty Blach. Without Bumgarner, the group will have to be better, and Bochy let them know it Saturday.