Casilla injures right knee in Bumgarner's victory


Casilla injures right knee in Bumgarner's victory


SAN FRANCISCO Giants closer Santiago Casilla, who isputting up All-Star caliber numbers as the replacement for Brian Wilson, leftFriday nights game in the ninth inning after injuring his right knee.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he did not know the severityof Casillas injury, which occurred as he planted while trying to make a playon an infield single in the Giants eventual 4-3 victory.
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But left-hander Madison Bumgarner spoke with Casilla and didnot get an indication that the injury was significant.

I think hes OK, Bumgarner said. Hopefully hell be fine.He thinks so.

Other relievers told me that they thought Casilla justcramped up. Hell be reevaluated and Bochy said he would have more informationprior to Saturdays game.

The ninth inning was painful enough for the Giants, who nearlyblew a 4-0 lead. Bochy was booed loudly upon removing Bumgarner followingback-to-back hits to start the ninth inning, even though the left-hander hadthrown just 102 pitches (and struck out a season-high 11 batters).

Casilla was wild before giving up a three-run homer toAlfonso Soriano. He allowed two of the next three batters to reach, too. BryanLaHair hit a one-out double and Darwin Barney hit a dribbler that Casilla triedto field on the third-base side of the mound.

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Why did Bochy not stick with Bumgarner, who appeared to haveplenty of pitches remaining to go for the first complete game of his career?

"Once the first two got on, I wasnt going to let him grindthrough that, said Bochy, who had Casilla warming up from the beginning of theninth. We had our closer ready. Madison gave up a couple hits and they hadsome right-handed hitters coming up. He did his job. Once you get your closerup, you use him."

Left unsaid: Bochy let Bumgarner try to work out of a late-inning jam at Milwaukee on the last road trip, and Ryan Braun took him deep.

(Bumgarner) was going to have to work hard to get out ofit," Bochy said. I was looking to protect him there.

Bumgarner tried to talk his way into staying, catcher BusterPosey said.

Its not just me, Bumgarner said. Everybody here wants tostay out there and throw 200 pitches, if theyd let us.

Bumgarner has struck out 28 batters over his last threestarts and said he isnt trying to pile up the K cards against the bricks. Butwith two strikes, he admitted hell get into ticket-punching mode.

I just try to keep making pitches and it happens that way,he said.

Posey said Bumgarner established his fastball and cutterearly, then flipped in curveballs when he needed to. He stopped a streak ofthree consecutive losing decisions.

It was the first time in his career that Bumgarner (6-4) struckout double-digits without issuing a walk.

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

The Giants return to San Francisco and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

The Giants return home and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. 

Braves (20-25)
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

Giants (20-29)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Christian Arroyo (R) 2B
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday's game in Chicago, Bruce Bochy talked of the bullpen and said "we've got to get our lefties going." One of them is no longer in the big leagues.

The Giants optioned Steven Okert back to Triple-A Sacramento before Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Aaron Hill. Hill hasn't played since April 22. He was batting .120 in 12 games before feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, and the recovery was slower than the Giants first expected.

Okert took on a big role in the bullpen upon being recalled, and he had a couple of huge multi-inning outings in wins. But the ERA is up to 6.23 and Bochy felt Okert had lost some confidence on the mound.

The Giants are again back to one lefty, Josh Osich, in the bullpen.