Giants strangely un-clutch in loss to Pirates


Giants strangely un-clutch in loss to Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy watched his team ekeout one run on a ground out, go hitless in 11 at-bats with runners in scoringposition and waste four late chances to parry with the Pittsburgh Pirates in a4-1 loss Sunday afternoon.

And this was his reaction:

Strange day, he said. We just never had it going there.

Yes, its true. The Giants believe days like this will bethe exception, not the norm. They scored the fewest runs in the NL last season.Clearly, they expect more this time.

Nine games into 2012, this was the first time they were heldto fewer than four runs.

Weve been swinging the bats so well, Bochy said. Thatsthe difference between winning or losing getting those big hits.

The Giants took two of three despite Sundays loss, butBochy was in a myopic mood. He didnt like the fact that Angel Pagan failed toscore from third on a ground out in the eighth, even though the Pirates alreadyled by three. On an otherwise solid defensive day behind Ryan Vogelsong, Bochycriticized Pablo Sandovals errant throw on Neil Walkers surprising bunt thatallowed the Pirates to open up a 2-1 game.

Its going to be vital that we play well, Bochy said. Wehave to catch the ball, make the plays and tighten it up here. Its frustratingbecause I know were better than this.

Perhaps Bochy is on edge for good reason. The PhiladelphiaPhillies arrive Monday to begin a three-game series, and the pitching matchupswill include Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum (on Monday) and Cliff Lee vs. MattCain (on Wednesday) the kind of duels that are usually decided by one pitchor one mistake in the field.

As hitters you want to face the best of the best, and weknow Philly is tough, Buster Posey said. So its going to be a good series.

Bochy said his hitters looked out of sorts against KevinCorreia and three relievers, and none were as thrown off as Posey. Thecleanup-hitting catcher had a day off Saturday but looked worn down anduncomfortable as he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts including a big one on acalled breaking ball with two on in the eighth.

Posey, who was diagnosed with shingles last week and is playing on a reconstructedleft ankle, said he was fine.

Correia did a good job mixing it up, Posey said. Hedidnt repeat pitches too much and he stayed out of the middle of the plate.

So did Vogelsong, who lost his 2012 debut but gave theGiants a glimpse that hell be an effective cog in the rotation yet again. Hewas treated to a standing ovation as he walked off the mound trailing 2-1 inthe seventh.

A battle, said Vogelsong, who might give the same answereven if he pitched a perfect game. I was fighting myself the whole day, tryingto find a rhythm. I was kind of in and out all day.

Even the stretch in which he retired 12 consecutive?

Some of those were really lucky, though, he said,crediting Emmanuel Burriss, Nate Schierholtz and Sandoval with making plays. Ifelt they played great defense when I was on the mound.

Vogelsong didnt get over to cover first base quickly enoughon Alex Presleys bases-loaded dribbler in the second inning, saying he frozeand momentarily went for the ball before first baseman Brandon Belt fielded it.But Vogelsong said the focal point of that inning was when he issued a one-outwalk to No.8 hitter Michael McKenry.

I wouldve been in a perfect spot, two outs and Correiacoming up, Vogelsong said. That walk changed the whole inning.

The Giants drewtwo walks off closer Joel Hanrahan to make a late rally in the ninth, but Paganflied out to end it.

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

Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'


Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened. 

Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco. 

"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on." 

While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.

When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.

"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."

Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles.