EXTRA BAGGS: Schierholtz doesn't regret trade comments, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Schierholtz doesn't regret trade comments, etc.

PHILADELPHIA Nate Schierholtz hit two home runs, he camewithin a few feet of a third, he made a running, fence-crashing catch and henearly turned a single into a 9-3 forceout with a fine throw from right field.

Afterward, in a hushed clubhouse following a 4-3, 12-inningloss to the Phillies, Schierholtz pledged to put the team first and do myjob.

Does that mean he regretted his comments to the SanFrancisco Chronicle a week ago, when he said he would welcome a trade and anopportunity to wear another uniform as an everyday player?

No, not at all, to be honest, Schierholtz said. Its justpart of the business, I guess.

Schierholtz hit solo shots in the first and eighth inningsoff Joe Blanton, the second of which tied the game and helped the Giants forceextras. He nearly parked another in the 10th and was intentionallywalked in the 12th.

Hes the only Giant with a multi-homer game this season.Hes got two of them, actually. He hit two out April 11 at Coors Field. And hehad good at-bats while starting all three games in this series.

He said he didnt find it curious that he was gettingplaying time a few days after expressing a desire to go somewhere where hecould get an everyday chance.

Not really, to be honest, he said. Ive just been tryingto stay ready. Thats what Ive done the last four years. Just do my best forwhen the opportunity comes to start. Im just trying to put the team first anddo my job, get on base.

Weve got a great group of guys here. Thats all thats onmy mind and our minds is winning ballgames and getting back to the postseason.Its about the team, not me.

Schierholtzs comments couldnt have gone over well withinthe clubhouse or with management, so its no coincidence that he is taking ateam-first stance now. The bigger statement is what hes doing with hisat-bats.

Now Bochy has a decision to make. Hes likely to sit downGregor Blanco against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard on Monday. Does hestart Schierholtz over Justin Christians right-handed bat? Or could Bochy evenstart a quasi-platoon with Schierholtz and Angel Pagan, who has really beenstruggling from the left side?

Well talk about it, said Bochy, asked only if Schierholtzwould start Monday. He certainly did a great job today, didnt he? Hesthrowing out some pretty good at-bats.

The Giants failed to execute and missed a chance to sweeptheir first series in Philadelphia since 2004, when J.T. Snow memorably tickledthe flower beds with a three-homer game.

But Bochy wanted to make sure the casual-dress flight didntturn into a five-hour dirge. So he spoke to the club immediately after theloss.

These guys answered a pretty good test, said Bochy,answering a question about the improved pitching on the 4-2 road trip toAtlanta and Philadelphia. Really, the whole club did. A few guys arestruggling with the bat, but we found a way to win two series. A good job byeverybody, and I told them that after the game.

The Giants had a 2.78 ERA on the trip. Thats a hugeimprovement over the 4.85 road ERA third worst in the majors that theysported when it began.

Zito gave them seven solid innings in the series opener atAtlanta and he provided seven more on Sunday. For the trip, he held the Bravesand Phillies to eight hits, three runs, two walks and he struck out 11.

To be the guy who was able to get two starts on this tripand put up quality starts, thats good, Zito said. This team is obviouslybuilt on pitching and defense. The offense has been great. We just need to keepthe pressure off them and let them know if we can score three or four, wellcome out with a win.

Not to channel Charlie Manuel on you, Barry, but the Giantsoffense is good, not great. Actually, its a little less than good. Marginallysatisfactory? Thats more like it.

Either way, the Giants pitched extremely well on an EastCoast trip, and the Braves in particular were hot entering that series. So theydid what they needed to do.

Zitos next start will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers,and he was in a bit of a goofy mood while discussing it.

Theyve got their two guys back, Kemp and Ethier, right?he said. So itll be loads of fun -- loads of fun.

Speaking of goofballs, how about Jeremy Affeldt?

Since the All-Star break, hes thrown 6 23 scorelessinnings and allowed just one hit and one walk. Hes struck out four. Its thebest Ive seen him since 2009, when he was incredible all season long.

Brad Pennys bad outing in the 12th aside, thebullpen had a terrific trip as well.

Hector Sanchez began jogging and said his sprained kneeresponded well. He still expects to return when his 15 days are up Aug. 2.

The Giants are looking for right-handed power. So Im toldthey are not planning to express interest in Rick Ankiel, who was designatedlast week.

Presumably, the Giants also wouldnt be interested when andif the Colorado Rockies move Jason Giambi, who is also left-handed.

But I like Giambi for the Giants. Hes a threat regardless.

And plus, hes been known to wear a thong.

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