Instant Replay: Giants 3, Padres 2


Instant Replay: Giants 3, Padres 2


SAN FRANCISCO The Giants were held hitless for six innings between the first and eighth, but broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth on Brandon Crawfords line-drive single to center for their sixth walk-off win of the season.Starting pitching report: Madison Bumgarner started and ended a 1-2-3 first inning with strikeouts, then watched as his offense staked him to a 2-0 lead. But Bumgarner gave it right back in an ugly second inning that included two doubles and a bloop hit from San Diegos starter Edinson Volquez.After his 26-pitch second inning, Bumgarner benefited from a spectacular double play in the third, then worked around a leadoff double with two strikeouts for a scoreless fourth.Bumgarner kept the Padres off the board in the fifth and sixth innings as well, but racked up 100 total pitches in the process, putting him on a short leash entering the seventh.The Giants 22-year-old leftys best inning was his last, as he cruised through the seventh with two strikeouts and a slick fielding job on a comebacker to end the inning.Despite the quality start, Bumgarner actually raised his home ERA this season from 1.81 to 1.90.Bumgarners final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K (111 pitches, 69 for strikes)Bullpen report: Sergio Romo entered a tie game in the eighth inning and wouldve been on the hook for a loss if not for Angel Pagans spectacular catch and throw double play to end the inning.Santiago Casilla got the call in the ninth and issued a one-out walk to former Giant Jesus Guzman. But the fill-in closer got Everth Cabrera to strike out to end the inning At the plate: The Giants wasted no time getting on the board, just as they did in Mondays 7-1 win. It wasnt a four-run first inning like in the series opener, but the Giants managed two runs to give Madison Bumgarner an early cushion.Nate Schierholtz, leading off for a fourth straight game, roped a double into the rightfield corner, advanced to third on Ryan Theriots infield single, and scored on a Melky Cabrera groundout. Pablo Sandoval just missed a home run with a deep drive into triples alley. Though he only ended up on second, it was more than enough to bring in Theriot for a 2-0 lead.After the Padres tied the game, the Giants went down in order in the second and wasted back-to-back leadoff walks in the third thanks to back-to-back strikeouts from Buster Posey and Brandon Belt.In the fourth through seventh innings, the Giants mustered just one walk and struck out six times against Edinson Volquez. When Luke Gregerson entered the game in relief of Volquez in the eighth, the Giants struck out two more times before collecting their first hit since the first inning, an infield single from Cabrera. He was stranded, though, when Buster Posey grounded into a fielders choice.Belt led off the ninth with a full-count walk against Joe Thatcher and advanced to second when Angel Pagan poked a ball through the hole between shortstop and third. With Brandon Crawford attempting to lay down a bunt, both runners advanced on a passed ball, changing Crawfords approach at the plate. Crawford came through with a clean line-drive single back up the middle to score Belt and end the game in style.In the field: Ryan Theriot, Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval teamed up for a very high-degree-of-difficulty double play to end the top of the third inning. Theriot fielded Carlos Quentins sharp ground ball while on his knees, then fed Brandon Crawford, who leaped to avoid the baserunner and get off a throw. Crawfords relay was low, but Sandoval dug it out while stretching to do the splits. Unfortunately, the highlight-reel play cost Sandoval, as he left the game immediately after with a left hamstring injury.With the go-ahead run at first, Angel Pagan brought back memories of Gregor Blancos catch in Matt Cains perfect game when he covered a lot of ground in the left-centerfield gap and dove to make an amazing grab to rob Carlos Quentin. Pagan wasnt done yet, as he threw the ball back toward the infield as his momentum carried him closer to the outfield wall. Brandon Crawford caught Pagans throw and relayed the ball to Brandon Belt at first to complete the rare 8-6-3 double play.On the bases:In the third inning, Nate Schierholtz and Melky Cabrera contributed their third and eleventh stolen bases of the season, respectively. Neither came around to score, though.Attendance: The Giants announced their 131st consecutive sellout crowd with a paid attendance of 42,559.Up next: The Giants will go for the three-game sweep in a Wednesday matinee game at 12:45 p.m. The Padres will start right-hander Jason Marquis (3-5, 3.79 ERA) to oppose fellow right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-10, 5.72 ERA). Lincecum dominated the Padres on April 28, allowing just an unearned run in eight innings; hes also 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA against San Diego in his career. Your current Jeopardy! champion, Insider Andrew Baggarly, will be back on the beat for the series finale.

Regulars in lineup continue to scuffle, Giants end up with series split

Regulars in lineup continue to scuffle, Giants end up with series split

SAN FRANCISCO — The momentum generated by Christian Arroyo and Michael Morse late Wednesday night lasted just a few hours. By the end of this four-game series, the Giants were left with a harsh reality: Even with two injections of new blood, they are not hitting. 

Arroyo drove in another run Thursday, but that was it for a lineup that couldn’t support Matt Moore’s effort. The bullpen, which had kept Bruce Bochy’s guys in close games all series, finally broke in the 10th. The Dodgers walked away with a 5-1 win and a split of a series that was rather uninspiring for both sides. 

After scoring 10 runs on the last road trip, the Giants scored just eight during the four games against the Dodgers. Three of those RBI came from Arroyo, called up Monday. A fourth came from Morse, called up Wednesday.

“We’ve got to get this offense going,” Bochy said. “It’s a better offense than what we’re doing right now. You need to find a way to put a few runs on the board. We had our chances, we just couldn’t find ways to get the big hit.”

With Denard Span out for at least another week, Bochy moved Hunter Pence to the top of the lineup. His temporary No. 3 hitter against lefties, Eduardo Nuñez, has one hit in his last 20 at-bats. Buster Posey, the cleanup hitter, is batting .357, but he has driven in just three runs this month. With two on and one out in the eighth, he bounced into a double play. The production closer to the bottom of the order has been nonexistent, leading to constant shuffling that has moved Nuñez and Belt to left at times. Bochy said the staff will continue to search of a lineup that works. 

“You talk about it and do thing to adjust, and it will get better, but right now we’ve got some guys who aren’t swinging the bat well, to be honest,” he said. “You look at the order and we don’t have a lot of guys swinging well.”

The list does not include Arroyo, the rookie who will eventually have to deal with adjustments from pitchers. It doesn’t appear that’ll be a problem. Arroyo has been making adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. He did so against Sergio Romo for his first career homer and said he learned about the depth of Julio Urias’ curveball during their first two battles Thursday. In the sixth, the 21-year-old Arroyo drove in the game-tying run against the 20-year-old Urias. The lefty had walked Posey to face Arroyo, who singled up the middle. 

“He handles himself so well,” Bochy said. “They walked Buster and he smokes the ball. This kid has shown he’s not in awe. The upper deck, the bright lights, he comes to play.”

Arroyo’s effort briefly backed Moore, who was sharp in seven innings. Moore struck out eight, six of them looking, but he didn’t get much help and the bullpen fell apart in the 10th with a series of walks.

Bochy challenged his starters on Saturday at Coors Field and they responded with a strong series back home. The bullpen was tested during the first week but — Thursday’s result aside — it has settled down. The Giants are not as worried about their pitching as they were as they flew back from Denver. They know, however, that this team is going nowhere if two runs per game continues to be the nightly output. 

“We’ll tweak it again,” Bochy said of his lineup. “We'll see if we can get this thing right.”

Instant Replay: Moore tosses gem, but Giants lose to Dodgers in extras

Instant Replay: Moore tosses gem, but Giants lose to Dodgers in extras


SAN FRANCISCO — Quietly over the past couple of weeks, Bruce Bochy’s bullpen had started to settle. Bochy praised the group before Thursday’s game, noting that roles were being defined by pitchers who entered the series finale with the Dodgers with a 0.94 collective ERA this season. That changed in the 10th inning Thursday.

Three relievers combined to give up four runs on four walks and three singles. The implosion ended with a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers and a split of this four-game series. 

For most of the game, this was a day when youth shined. Corey Seager celebrated his 23rd birthday with a solo homer in the first on a two-strike pitch from Matt Moore that caught the heart of the plate. The Giants will be dealing with Seager for years, and if all goes according to plan, there will be years of Julio Urias vs. Christian Arroyo battles, too. 

The 21-year-old third baseman won the first matchup, lining a single to center. Arroyo flew out in his second at-bat against the 20-year-old Urias, but they faced off a third time in a big spot. Brandon Belt drew a one-out walk in the sixth and went to third when a pickoff throw skipped down the line. After an intentional walk of Buster Posey, Arroyo lined another one back up the middle. Urias stuck his glove up but it ticked off and into center for a game-tying single. 

Arroyo ended the young lefty’s day. Moore was done after seven sparkling innings. He struck out eight, six of them looking. 

The game went to extras, and Cory Gearrin walked pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez to lead off the 10th. Chase Utley was called up to bunt but he couldn’t get it down. Instead, he hit an infield single off Steven Okert that stayed true to the third-base line. After a walk of Yasmani Grandal, the third straight pinch-hitter, Andrew Toles lined a single to center to give the Dodgers a lead and the wheels soon came off. 

Utley alertly tagged up and scored on a pop-up to foul territory. Justin Turner’s single extended the lead to three and Hunter Strickland’s four-pitch walk of Chris Taylor pushed another across. 

Starting pitching report: Moore gave up 19 hits and 11 earned runs in his two previous starts, but the Dodgers had just two hits, the Seager homer and a Chris Taylor single. Taylor reached third with one out, but Moore got Scott Van Slyke and Cody Bellinger to go down looking. 

Bullpen report: Mark Melancon came on in a non-save situation for a second straight day and pitched a scoreless ninth. 

At the plate: Buster Posey’s hitting streak ended at 12 games. He twice bounced into double plays.

In the field: Posey chased a high pop-up down the right field line in the fourth, but he was going to come up short. Kelby Tomlinson came out of nowhere with the helping hand, making a running catch near the visiting bullpen. Posey smiled and shook his head as Tomlinson whipped the ball back to the infield. 

Attendance: The Giants said they sold out a 500th consecutive game.

Up next: The Giants have a three-city road trip coming up, so it’s time to take advantage of a weekend at home against the Padres. Jeff Samardzija and Luis Perdomo get the opener.