Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 5-3 loss to Cubs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 5-3 loss to Cubs


SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Moore and Carlos Moncrief both played six innings Monday night. It wasn’t a good sign that the right fielder’s throws were more encouraging. 

Moore, facing the team he dominated here last October, was knocked around before being lifted. The Giants wasted several good opportunities to get to Jake Arrieta early and they didn’t recover, losing 5-3. The loss kept the Giants from picking up their first three-game winning streak of the second half. Here are five other things to know … 

—- Moore took a step back. He was charged with five earned and eight hits in his six innings. Moore didn’t help his own cause; he failed to cover the plate on a wild pitch in the fifth and Jon Jay raced home. 

—- Moncrief spent a lot of time last week fielding balls off the bricks and archways in right field. Naturally, his tough play Monday didn’t involve either part of the park. Javier Baez hit a deep fly ball that took a weird bounce off the pad in right-center and headed back toward the infield. Moncrief made an absurd throw to the plate, but Baez slid in safely for an inside-the-park homer. 

—- Baez became the 10th player to hit an inside-the-park homer at AT&T Park. He’s just the fourth visiting player, joining Fernando Vina, Ichiro Suzuki and Brandon Barnes. 

—- Ryder Jones picked a pretty good name to put on the first page of his book. He took Arrieta deep in the sixth to pick up his first career homer, and it was no cheapie. Jones hit a two-run shot into the arcade in right-center. He has the power to play at this park, which is why he needs to play every day the rest of the year, no matter what the average looks like.

—- Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 4 in his second start with the Giants. He doubled in the sixth inning. In the eighth, he got his first right-handed at-bat since coming back and it didn’t go well. Sandoval topped a Brian Duensing pitch about two feet in front of the plate.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.