Giants focus on selves amid Dodgers blockbuster


Giants focus on selves amid Dodgers blockbuster

SAN FRANCISCO As the Dodgers closed in on a blockbuster trade, a popular themearound Giants Nation was the idea that chemistry cant be bought or acquiredin a trade. The Giants, the fans and players reasoned, were better off for theircontinuity.Bruce Bochy knows its not that simple. In fact, hes got a World Series ringthat reminds him of that.Sometimes the changes work for the best and sometimes it doesnt happenlike youd think, the Giants manager said Saturday morning, as the Dodgers mega-deal was close to becoming official. I know weve had some changes here thatdidnt quite work out and sometimes theyve worked out great, like (Pat) Burrelland (Cody) Ross.You remember those guys, right? They were nowhere near the Giants radar when theseason began. Burrell in fact, was disgruntled and slumping when the Rays lethim go.The point is that the Dodgers may be better off for the rest of this season withAdrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto, and they may not. Either way, theGiants are doing what they can to not worry about it.EXTRA BAGGS: Dodgers willing to take on toxic assets
What we can control is coming out here and trying to win every game, Bochysaid. They made a blockbuster deal. They are a better club. But at the sametime it's not something we need to think about. And this club does a great jobnot getting distracted by things you cant control.--A decision is looming on Guillermo Mota. The 100-game suspension for the Giantsreliever will end after Sundays game. By the time the Giants play again onTuesday, Mota will either have to be activated or designated for assignment.The Giants would have a much easier decision if they could wait until rostersexpand next Saturday, but they cant do that.It is possible, and perhaps likely, that the Giants could designate Mota forassignment. If he then accepted an outright to Triple-A, he could finish theseason with Fresno and then be added to the roster in September.Bochy said Mota has thrown the ball well at Fresno. He has allowed two runs in 513 innings in three games with the Grizzlies.--Sergio Romo is unavailable to pitch today, but its not because of the hamstringtweak Bochy reported after Fridays game. Romo and Bochy both said the pitchershamstring is fine, but Bochy said Romo needs a day to rest his arm.Losing one pitcher for one day doesnt seem like such a big deal the way theGiants bullpen is organized these days. Loosely organized, to be accurate.Its not ideal, but everyone has grown accustomed to the situations and that wecould be out there in the seventh, eighth or ninth, said Javier Lopez, who gotfour outs for the save on Friday night.Conventional wisdom is that closer by committee doesnt work because, althoughits a wonderful idea in principle, the human beings in the bullpen aregenerally more comfortable when they can predict when theyll be used.For now, though, Lopez said its not been an issue.Its something we're kind of rallying around a little bit, Lopez said. Likethe hitters who have a new guy stepping up every night, its the same with thepitching staff. Its a new guy getting the save every night.Bochy said hes not necessarily waiting for one of the relievers to step up andassume the closer role.I think we can juggle it the (rest of the season), Bochy said. Ideally, youdhave one (closer), but I think they enjoy knowing that really any of them couldbe out there in the eighth or ninth. It keeps them on their toes a little bit.Whether we change and go to one guy I cant say, but for the near future weregoing to continue to match it up.--As expected, Francisco Peguero was in the lineup for his Major League debut.Bochys scouting report on the 24-year-old: Hes athletic, runs pretty good,has a good arm, plays with good energy. Hes really improved with the hittingpart. Hes grown as a hitter using the whole field. Hes got some pop. Hes anaggressive hitter. Hes getting better and better the last couple years.Hes opened up some eyes with his play down in Fresno.--It was Americas Cup Day at the AT&T Park, with Jimmy Spithill, skipper ofOracle Team USA, throwing out the first pitch. Bochy recently took a spin in oneof the racing boats, and he said it was an exhilarating experience--Just a reminder that Sundays game starts at 5:05 pm. The time was changed toaccommodate ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he couldn't get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey's comments were brought to Neris after the game.

"It's stupid because nobody who watched that said, 'Oh he hit him on purpose in that situation,'" Neris told reporters, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention


SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings in one of his best starts this season, took a line drive off his left shin and hit an RBI single that temporarily gave the Giants an early lead.

The reward? A heaping of praise from manager Bruce Bochy, handshakes from his teammates and another no-decision - Bumgarner's third in eight starts since coming off the disabled list.

Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again, Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, and the Phillies scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

In what has been a theme for San Francisco much of the season, Bumgarner's efforts were overshadowed by another meltdown from the Giants' bullpen.

"I thought it was a good day for Madison," Bochy said. "We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen. (Hunter Strickland) just had an off day making some mistakes."

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

"I tried to do a kick save but I wasn't very good at soccer," Bumgarner said. "It almost worked out."

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

"I got to better counts, I think this week, and the results show," Hoskins said.

Florimon hit a two-run single off Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom of the inning.

It was Florimon's first major league game in left field.

"I just try to catch the ball and throw the ball to home plate and see what happens," Florimon said. "I made a good throw."

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters for the win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Maikel Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

Posey had a rough afternoon physically. In addition to taking a 95 mph fastball in the back, Posey also appeared to get hurt while tagging out a sliding Cameron Perkins at the plate in the second.

Afterward, the Giants' All-Star catcher voiced his displeasure about Neris.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Giants 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game and RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91) faces Milwaukee on Monday.