EXTRA BAGGS: Bochy 'embarrassed' by loss


EXTRA BAGGS: Bochy 'embarrassed' by loss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The Giants didnt have a hit into theseventh inning Thursday night, and you couldnt blame 56-year-old manager BruceBochy if he felt like picking up a bat.

The opposing pitcher was 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, after all.

Moyer pitched like he was hustling to get home in time forMatlock. He faced 12 hitters and set down each of them, needing just 45pitches to complete four innings. Not a one topped 78 mph.

The Giants also made four errors (by four different players)in a 7-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Field.

We were embarrassed tonight, Bochy said. I dont carethat its spring training. Were leaving here in about 10 days and thats nowhow you want to look at this point.

Bochy paused a moment. As bad as it looked, it wasnt theend of the world.

Its one game, Bochy said. Youve got to keep it inperspective. Theyve been playing some good ball. Still, its amazing how offwe were. It started off bad and gradually got worse.

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Moyer had a hand in that. Bidding to make the Rockies astheir No.5 starter, his first outing with Colorado could come when the Giantsplay the second series of the season April 9-12 at Coors Field.

The Giants decided to hide Tim Lincecum in a minor leaguegame instead of pitching against the Rockies. Clearly, Colorado had no suchconcerns with Moyer as much as the Giants hitters might have preferredotherwise.

It screws up your whole week, first baseman Aubrey Huffsaid. Their last guy was throwing 93 and I shattered my bat because Im soused to waiting all day. At least in (batting practice) its 45 feet away, soit gets there quicker.

Huff was quick to congratulate Moyer for just getting out ofbed in the morning, let alone taking the mound.

Id never want to do it, Huff said. Good for him, though.I dont know if Ill be able to walk at that age. Of course, hes been astarting pitcher all his life. Hes only worked one out of every five days.

The Giants everyday guys didnt look so fresh. JoaquinArias, whose defense is the main reason hes under consideration for a finalroster spot, tried a shovel pass on a double-play grounder that got by secondbaseman Mike Fontenot in the first inning. Left-hander Brian Burres had asituation he didnt deserve runners at the corners and no outs and did wellto retire Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton in order to keep theRockies off the board.

Burres wasnt as skillful in the second inning, after thirdbaseman Pablo Sandoval threw away a potential double-play ball. Marco Scutarothreaded a two-run double; an inning later, Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer his first with the Rockies.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera committed another error, and Huffwas charged with one when the ball popped out of his glove as he tried to tagGonzalez running down the line.

Hoo boy, Bochy said. That is about as ugly as you canhave it. The bats, the defense, it was jut an awful game tonight. Give Moyercredit. He carved us up. He made it look easy. (Angel) Pagan had a decent at-batleading off. After that, I dont think there was a decent swing off him.

Until Sandovals double in the seventh off Esmil Rogers, theGiants were in danger of getting no-hit. They havent been involved in a springtraining no-no since the Angels did it to them in 1996. (Shawn Boskie startedthat day, and Mark Eichhorn finished it off.)


Bochy was groping for a positive after the game, so hementioned Dan Otero. Thats a good place to start. Otero threw a 1-2-3 ninthinning to lower his spring ERA to 1.50. Hes a strike thrower (no walks in six innings)and he finds a way to post zeroes everywhere hes been. Those are the kinds ofpitchers that managers like to call up when they face an innings shortage.

I think well see Otero sometime during the season, now thathes on the roster. He might have moved ahead of Steve Edlefsen, who also hashad a good spring, yielding just two hits in 6.2 innings.

Jones finally gets the call, will be Giants' everyday third baseman for now

Jones finally gets the call, will be Giants' everyday third baseman for now

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryder Jones is 23 years old and Christian Arroyo just turned 22, so when Jones got the call to the big leagues, the first step in the preparation process was about what you would expect. Jones and Arroyo fired up the PlayStation and Arroyo started pumping pitches as Jacob deGrom, the starter Jones will face in his debut Saturday. 

“I faced him last night and got a hit and a pop-up,” Jones said, smiling. 

The real thing will be considerably tougher, but Jones said he’s looking forward to the challenge, noting that deGrom will help make his debut that much more memorable. The Giants are looking forward to the debut, too. Jones is a player Bruce Bochy has been eyeing for a while, and he has finally been deemed ready. 

While Eduardo Nuñez is on the disabled list, Jones will be the everyday third baseman. He’s hitting seventh Saturday, one spot ahead of 24-year-old Austin Slater. Arroyo is sidelined by a bone bruise but he should join the other two at some point later this season. 

“Unfortunately we’ve put ourselves in a position here (with our record) where we’re going to look at younger players, but the good thing is that these guys are going to get a chance to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “They’re going to get some playing time. I look forward to watching him play.”

Jones took Aaron Hill’s roster spot after the veteran was designated for assignment. Bochy said Hill was one of his favorite players to manage, noting his professionalism and solid at-bats, despite the .132 average. He hopes Hill gets a shot on a contender, but that won’t be the case in San Francisco this year, and the Jones promotion was the latest indication that a rebuild/reload is underway. 

Drafted in the second round in 2013 — one round after Arroyo — Jones can play third, first and left field. He has more power than most in the farm system, and he’s athletic enough to handle three spots. The Giants will live with the mistakes at third for now, hopeful that the big arm can stick there. 

Jones was batting .299 with 10 homers and 16 doubles in 53 games for the River Cats. The knock on him has always been a lack of patience at the plate, but he has upped his on-base percentage to .390, a jump of 99 points from his 2016 season in Double-A. In June, Jones had put together a .343/.450/.701 slash line. 

“Patience at the plate is the biggest thing for me,” he said. “If you look at all my years in the minors, I was a little aggressive and antsy. You learn as you get older that you have to pick a pitch you can drive.”

The new approach has Jones in a big league lineup -- the real thing, not the video game version. He went millennial with his preparation, but his promotion was as old-school as it gets. The River Cats have a doubleheader Saturday and when Jones reached third base in Friday night’s game, manager Dave Brundage told him he would get one of the two games off. 

“I told him I could play two,” Jones said. “I know we have some older guys there.”

Brundage called him in later and told him he would only be playing the night game on Saturday. 

“But you’ll be in San Francisco,” the manager added. 

Jones called his parents, who will be in attendance, along with his brother and girlfriend. Then he fired up the PlayStation, packed, and prepared for a short flight to San Francisco. He was still so fired up Saturday morning that he couldn’t handle more than a 30-minute nap. 

“I didn’t know what time I could come to the park,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep.”

Giants lineup: Ryder Jones hitting seventh in MLB debut vs Mets

Giants lineup: Ryder Jones hitting seventh in MLB debut vs Mets

Called up on Saturday morning, Ryder Jones will man the hot corner and bat seventh in his MLB debut against the Mets.

New York Mets:
1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Jose Reyes (S) SS
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Austin Slater (R) LF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P