EXTRA BAGGS: Posey stays out of harm's way, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Posey stays out of harm's way, etc.


SAN FRANCISCO The Giants knew in spring training thatBuster Posey would station himself well in front of the dish on plays at theplate.

They knew his ultra-conservative positioning would mean afew extra runs would score in 2012.

It was a bargain they were willing to make. As left-handerMadison Bumgarner said back in March, I agree with that 100 percent. One runsnot worth him missing the whole year again.

Posey has tried to stand out of harms way and execute swipetags all season. Hes had mixed success.

In the sixth inning on Saturday, he had no chance. Poseycaught the relay throw well before Hanley Ramirez arrived at the plate. ButPosey was stationed so deep in fair territory, there was no chance he couldreach back swiftly to record the out. The long arm of the law only extends sofar.

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It cost Barry Zito a fourth earned run, and the left-handerwas tight-lipped when asked whether he understood why Posey set up where hedid.

Yeah, its a tough situation, so said Zito, neverfinishing his thought.

This was just the second time that Posey and Zito havestarted together this season. The other time was in Zitos previous outing atPhiladelphia, in which he allowed three runs in seven innings and took a nodecision.

Well see if Zito works with Posey the next time. Probablynot, since Hector Sanchez is catching with no knee pain at Triple-A Fresno andcan come off the disabled list on Thursday when Zito is scheduled to face theNew York Mets.

As for Poseys positioning, we havent heard the last of thisissue. Its obviously not worth the risk when the reward is a 3-0 deficit insteadof a 4-0 deficit. Its a much different story if Ramirez represents the tyingrun, or the tiebreaking run.

And as games amplify in importance down the stretch, therewill be times when Posey will be required to be a wall at home plate.

Bruce Bochys view on how Posey handled the play in thesixth:

Its a tough play for a catcher when its coming down theright field line. Its tough to see where the runner is at. I thought we had agood shot at getting him, and he made it in there. Thats a play maybe withmore experience you know where youre at. Its a play weve been working on.

Pablo Sandoval told reporter Manolo Hernandez Douen that he began stretching his strained left hamstring onSaturday. Until then, hed only received massage and other treatment. He plansto start taking ground balls on Wednesday. Hes not eligible to come off the DLuntil Aug. 9, and as Matt Kemp could tell you, theres no guarantee hell beready by then.

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Marco Scutaro didnt need to ask for No.19, which he worewith the As, Blue Jays and Rockies. Pitching coach Dave Righetti walked up andoffered it to him.

He said, No big deal, Scutaro said. That was kind ofnice.

As you might recall, it was an emotional gesture a few yearsago when Righetti offered his number to Kevin Frandsen, whose late brother D.J.had idolized the former left-hander.

Righetti switched to 46 back then. Hes wearing 33 now. Thatseems fitting, since Righetti is the father of triplets.

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Kelly doesn't play much, but he's learned to make the most of his opportunities.

"He's my secret weapon," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Mackanin summoned him at the most opportune of times on Saturday night, and Kelly delivered.

Kelly had a pinch-hit grand slam, Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants 12-9.

"I take anything positive, but that was pretty amazing," Kelly said.

Down 12-4, the Giants scored five times in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris struck out Carlos Moncrief for his 14th save.

Adam Morgan (1-1) threw just one pitch and got the win.

Kelly batted for Morgan and hit a slam off Cory Gearrin that capped a seven-run burst in the sixth inning for an 11-4 lead. He has 14 RBIs on 14 hits this year.

"The one thing he does is he doesn't overswing," Mackanin said. "He doesn't try to do too much and he's got some quickness in his bat. If you make a mistake like they did tonight, he doesn't try to overpower, he just tries to put the head on it and that's what he did tonight."

Denard Span became the first Giants player to lead off with an inside-the-park home run in 72 years. The last Giant to do it was Johnny Rucker on June 20, 1945, when the team played in New York and was at the Polo Grounds against the Boston Braves, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ty Blach (8-9) took the loss.

Cameron Rupp homered and doubled, and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies.

Rupp doubled off Blach with one out to start the sixth, with Span losing the high flyball to center field. The ball landed in front of him.

"He lost it. He never saw it in the twilight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The ball is tough to pick up at that time of the night."

Giants star Buster Posey was 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 21 games going back to 2014.

Hoskins homered for the fourth time in seven games. Since going hitless in his first 12 at-bats after being called up from Triple-A, the rookie is 7 for 21 with four home runs in seven games.

His power surge has coincided with his team making a trip to the Bay Area, near where he grew up in the Sacramento area. He had about 35 to 40 friends and relatives at Saturday's game.

"I grew up a Giants fan, to play in this ballpark is pretty special," Hoskins said. "It's something that I dreamt of, especially to get a win the way we did tonight is pretty cool."

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin's status for his next turn in the rotation is uncertain after the 23-year-old reported tightness in right shoulder, Mackanin said. ... RHP Ben Lively is with the team and will be activated before Sunday's game to start the series finale, Mackanin said. Lively will take the roster spot of outfielder Odubel Herrera, who on Friday was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury (retroactive to Aug. 15). Lively will take RHP Mark Leiter's spot in the rotation in a move that sends Leiter to the bullpen.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto will pitch in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and likely make one more rehab start before being activated, manager Bruce Bochy said. Cueto has been on the disabled list since July 15 with blisters on his right hand. He will throw 50 to 60 pitches on Monday, Bochy said.

Phillies: Lively (1-4, 3.80 ERA) recorded his lone career win against the Giants on June 3, when he gave up one run in seven innings of four-hit ball. Lively was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on pitch in the majors for the first time since July 5.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99) is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies. He was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season.

Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys


Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys

The Giants scored early and often Friday night, giving Bruce Bochy no reason to switch anything up Saturday in San Francisco.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-77)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Jorge Alfaro (R) 1B
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Ty Blach (R) P