EXTRAS: Bochy addresses team: 'We've got to get better'


EXTRAS: Bochy addresses team: 'We've got to get better'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy sat in his darkened office, his pensivecountenance illuminated by the sudden flash of a match. The end of his cigar glowedorange as he inhaledOK, enough purple prose. I was describing the introductory sceneto The Franchise, which got past the corny bits and delved into quite a fewinteresting vignettes about a team trying to defend its World Series title.The Showtime documentary cameras moved on to South Florida. Theyre probablyfollowing Ozzie Guillen around Bed Bath and Beyond right now. Bochy can lighthis cigars with the office fluorescents less dramatically switched on.And the Giants are better off for it.

Its something we talked about, said Bochy, who met withthe players for 20 minutes before they took the field for the first full-squadworkout of the spring. We had our distractions last year. They earned that.That goes with winning the World Series. I think we can do a better job withpregame preparation. That was a subject that we covered today.The rest of the meeting was mostly introductions for the new guys. But Bochyalso challenged the team to be better in all phases. Ready to run through a brickwall. All that stuff.We talked about things we wanted to accomplish, he said. Wevegot to get better. You look at last season, and I thought about it quite a bit Sure, you look at the offense, but there were other facets of the game wevegot to get better at. Weve got to get away from being too one-dimensional.--As mentioned earlier, Buster Posey worked with the firstbasemen during infield drills. They spent most of the time practicing pickoffplays. But Bochy reiterated that Posey wouldnt go through intensiveinstruction at the position.He may stand there for a fundamental (drill) when he has awindow, Bochy said. I want his focus to be on catching. He seems prettycomfortable over there (at first base). We do need to make sure he stayscomfortable.--Brian Wilson (right elbow) played long toss one day afterthrowing hard in a bullpen session, and told trainers that he was feeling noill effects.Wilson wont be among the pitchers facing hitters when livebatting practice begins on Sunday, though. Thats always a fun exercise.Nothing like Timmy vs. Pablo to make everyone stop and watch.--Aubrey Huff didnt need to be humbled last season to honehis self-deprecating humor. Thats always part of his game.He clanked a ground ball in infield drills and exclaimed,First one, had to be me. It couldnt be one of the young guys?Huff also added silly string to his daily torments for thefriendly neighborhood beat reporters. I hope those cans run out fast.--Jeremy Affeldt on Twitter, after a goalie for the OttawaSenators cut his hand while preparing a meal: Been there!

Giants lineup: Pence sits in series finale vs Phillies


Giants lineup: Pence sits in series finale vs Phillies

As the Giants look for a series win over the Phillies at home, Hunter Pence will be replaced by a rookie in right field.

Philadelphia Phillies (44-77)

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

San Francisco Giants (50-75)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
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. Carlos Moncrief (L) RF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

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.