EXTRA BAGGS: Casilla likely to avoid DL, Posey moseys, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Casilla likely to avoid DL, Posey moseys, etc.


SAN FRANCISCO The Giants are off to San Diego and theyhope to have a full complement in their bullpen.

Closer Santiago Casilla was unavailable for a thirdconsecutive day because of a bone bruise in his knee, but Giants manager BruceBochy said the right-hander was improved. There was no discussion of placinghim on the disabled list.

Actually, hes doing pretty good, Bochy said.

The Giants also stayed away from using Sergio Romo, who hashis own issues after aggravating his subluxed knee during the Cubs series.Bochy was hopeful Romo would be ready to go as well when the Padres seriesbegins Tuesday night.

Not only did Buster Posey become the first catcher in 36years to draw four walks in a game, but he also did it while running the countto 3-2 each time. He saw a total of 27 pitches, which came in very handy to getJeff Samardzija and his nasty arsenal out of the game after five innings.

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The Giants made Samardzija throw 110 pitches. (No wonderStarlin Castro lost track of the outs in the fifth inning. He was listening tothe five-inning, 110-pitch lullabye.)

Posey became the third catcher in the Giants San Franciscoera to draw four walks in a game. The others were Dave Rader (in 1975) and DickDietz (in 1969). But put an asterisk on Raders game, since wily Cardinals managerRed Schoendienst intentionally walked him three times.

Posey also joined Juan Uribe and Dustan Mohr in a veryunique club. They are the only Giants other than Barry Bonds to have afour-walk game since 2000. (Bonds had 16 of them over those years, includingthree five-walk games.)

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Yes, Uribe. I still can't figure out what happened that dayat Citi Field in 2000. He saw 19 pitches and didnt let the bat leave hisshoulder once.

Well, it was New York, so that explains it, a wisecrackerin uniform told me. He was out all night.

I'm sitting in the press box awaiting the Giants' first-round draft pick.

Every draft is important, even if you don't have a top-10 choice. So this one is no different, especially because, even if the minor league standings don't leave this impression, it hasn't been a great year for the farm system thus far.

Gary Brown is not going to fly through the minors the way everyone thought and it looks like he'll need to overhaul his unorthodox swing. Kyle Crick is not the same kind of strike thrower that Madison Bumgarner was as a teenager and Matt Cain became in short order. And Heath Hembree, after a great start, is not being used on consecutive days at Triple-A Fresno. It sounds as if he's being coaxed along, possibly because of arm tenderness.

I always expect the Giants to take a pitcher, since they evaluate and develop them so well. But I will only make one prediction as the time nears for the Giants to be on the clock: They will describe their choice as "the best player available" and "someone we had at the top of our board" and they will be "very excited that he was available."

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. 

Instant Replay: Rockies crush Moore, Giants lose Span in third straight loss

Instant Replay: Rockies crush Moore, Giants lose Span in third straight loss


DENVER — Near the end of last season’s collapse, the Giants spent a couple of days sitting eight games out of first place. Less than three weeks into this season, they’re already six out, and there are no signs that this is going to get better anytime soon.

The Giants managed just four hits against rookie Antonio Senzatela and went on to lose 12-3 at Coors Field. They also lost another starter to injury. 

A week to the day after Jarrett Parker broke his clavicle, Denard Span was removed after a similar collision with an outfield wall. Span has a mild right shoulder sprain and will go for X-rays. Throw in Hunter Pence’s left knee bruise and the Giants played most of this game without all three of their projected starting outfielders. 

To hang in a game like this one, the Giants needed a one-man show on the mound. Matt Moore wasn’t up to it. The lefty gave up six runs in four innings, including three homers. Mark Reynolds hit a deep blast in a three-run first and Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon went deep in a three-run fourth. 

The Giants threatened in the eighth, getting two runs back and sending the tying run to the plate. That rally seemed a lifetime away by the top of the ninth. The Rockies scored six runs off Neil Ramirez in their half of the eighth. 

Starting pitching report: No pitcher likes this place, but Moore has a real beef. In three career starts at Coors Field he has thrown just 11 2/3 innings and allowed 16 earned runs. 

Bullpen report: Chris Stratton, called up for the Madison Bumgarner roster spot, made his season debut in the fifth. He was outstanding. Stratton allowed just a walk in three innings and he topped out at 95 mph, a significant tick up from where he was last year. Stratton struck out three and broke Nolan Arenado’s bat on a grounder. 

At the plate: Joe Panik went deep in the sixth for his first homer of the year. 

In the field: Eduardo Nuñez made a great stop in the second and threw Stephen Cardullo out as he rolled over. An inning later, he was in right field. The Span injury forced Nuñez to right for just the seventh time in his career. He wasn't tested until the eighth, when he was late getting over to a deep pop-up that Panik dropped. 

Attendance: The Rockies announced a crowd of 39,239 human beings. They’re excited about this team, and for good reason. 

Up next: Save them, Jeff.