Instant Replay: Giants 9, D'backs 8 (10)

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Instant Replay: Giants 9, D'backs 8 (10)

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SAN FRANCISCO After blowing an early four-run lead, the Giants put together another come-from-behind victory, walking off against the Diamondbacks on Marco Scutaros single in the 10th inning.Starting pitching reportBarry Zito finished a 1-2-3 first inning with back-to-back strikeouts, the first swinging and the second looking, and struck out the side in the second to work around Paul Goldschmidts one-out double. Zito didnt have his strikeout pitch working in the third and fourth innings, but still held the Diamondbacks scoreless as he worked with a 4-0 lead.The Diamondbacks got to Zito in the fifth inning, though, as Miguel Montero led off the inning with a single and trotted home on Chris Johnsons no-doubt home run to left. Zito stranded Chris Young on second base after his two-out double to keep Arizona from getting within a run of tying the game.Justin Upton and Jason Kubel put together back-to-back singles to open the sixth and knock Zito from the game. Guillermo Mota, a frequent follow-up to short Zito starts, allowed both of his inherited runners to score.Zitos final line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. He threw 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes.Zito was 36-3 in his Giants career when receiving at least four runs of support while in a game. The Giants offense gave him that magic number in the first, but Zito uncharacteristically didnt return the favor.Bullpen reportBruce Bochy turned to Guillermo Mota with two men on and no outs in the sixth inning and the veteran right-hander had an outing to forget. He got lucky when Paul Goldschmidts drive to left-centerfield hopped over the wall for a ground-rule double, keeping the tying run at third. That run would come across anyway, when Chris Johnson tallied his third RBI on a sacrifice fly. But the Diamondbacks werent done beating up on Mota. Former Giant Cody Ransom worked a walk and pinch-hitter Willie Bloomquist followed with a single to drive in Goldschmidt.With Arizona now leading 5-4, Bochy turned the ball over to George Kontos, coming off his first career win in Houston. Kontos, who has admitted putting more pressure on himself when he inherits another pitchers baserunners, didnt do Mota or the Giants any favors, as he allowed back-to-back singles. Kontos got Justin Upton to fly out to right to end the inning, but not before Arizona batted around for a five-run inning and a 7-4 lead.Brad Penny got the call in the seventh and was in immediate trouble after a leadoff double followed by a walk. But Penny danced out of danger by getting Miguel Montero to fly out and ended the inning with a blind-luck grab of a screaming comebacker for a double play.Shane Loux allowed an Arizona insurance run in the eighth, but was hit hard in what couldve been a much uglier inning if not for the defensive efforts of Pablo Sandoval and Angel Pagan.Recent call-up Jean Machi, a right-hander who saved 15 games for the Fresno Grizzlies this season, made his major-league debut in a one-run game and held his own. He put sure-handed shortstop Brandon Crawford to work, inducing back-to-back infield pop ups before Jason Kubel hit a routine ground ball to short to end the inning.El Mechon blared over the AT&T Park speakers as Sergio Romo ran in from the bullpen to pitch the 10th inning. He struck out the first two Diamondbacks he faced before inducing a weak ground ball to third from Gerardo Parra to end the inning.At the plateThe Giants came into Mondays game averaging just 3.45 runs per home game, ahead of only the Seattle Mariners. They raised that average with their first inning output alone.Angel Pagan lined out on the first pitch, but the Giants strung four consecutive hits together to score first. Marco Scutaro started the rally with a single and Pablo Sandoval kept the line moving with another single. Buster Posey followed with a drive to deep right that Arizonas Justin Upton appeared to have a beat on. But Upton watched as the ball sail over his head and bounced off the wall past him and towards the infield, allowing Scutaro to score easily. Upton had to hustle again when Hunter Pence one-upped Posey with a two-RBI triple into the right-centerfield alleyway. Sanchez drove in Pence with an infield single for a 4-0 San Francisco lead.After the four-run first, the Giants were held scoreless until the seventh inning, when Aubrey Huff led off with a pinch-hit single. Pagan grounded into a fielders choice and the baserunner swap paid off, as the faster Pagan advanced to second on Scutaros grounder to third and came around to score on Sandovals single up the middle.The Giants added two more runs in the eighth with a two-out rally to cut the Diamondbacks lead to one. Pence struck out looking to open the frame and Xavier Nady grounded out to second, but Hector Sanchez and Brandon Crawford hit back-to-back doubles and pinch-hitter Brandon Belt drove in the other Brandon with a single to right. Pinch-runner Gregor Blanco, in for Belt, represented the tying run, but Pagan lined out to right to end the threat.The Diamondbacks turned to J.J. Putz in the ninth, fresh off a blown save in Los Angeles on Sunday, and Scutaro greeted him with a leadoff double to left. Sandoval hit a weak ground ball to second to advance Scutaro and set the stage for Posey. With the tying run 90 feet away and the Arizona infield playing in, Posey laced a ground ball past diving third baseman Chris Johnson for a double and a brand new ballgame. Posey was left stranded to keep the game tied, however, after Putz intentionally walked Pence and struck out Nady and Sanchez. The double was Poseys first career game-tying hit in the 9th inning or later.Crawford led off the 10th inning with a towering chopper behind the pitchers mound that he beat out for an infield single. Big Brett Pill followed with his first career sacrifice bunt to advance the game-winning run into scoring position. Pagan pushed Crawford 90 feet closer to ending the game with a groundout to first base, and Scutaro came through with his 11th career walk-off hit, which was nearly identical to Poseys grounder past diving third baseman Johnson.The Giants finished 9-for-15 with runners in scoring position, including three doubles, a triple and all nine of their RBIs.In fieldBrad Penny made the play of the day, even if it required more instinct than skill, when he snagged Chris Johnsons comebacker in the heel of his glove for one out, then lobbed the ball back to first for a double play.Pablo Sandoval made a pair of nice plays in the eighth to keep the Diamondbacks from putting up a crooked number. With Cody Ransom on third, Sandoval fielded a sharp ground ball off the bat of Chris Young and threw home to Hector Sanchez, who chased Ransom back to third, where Sandoval got the ball back and applied the tag. The next batter, Aaron Hill, ripped a liner right at Sandoval, who stood his ground and hit the dirt to complete the catch.Angel Pagan also helped limit Arizona to one run in the eighth, as he ended the inning with a leaping catch on the warning track just in front of the avocado tree past the centerfield wall.On the basesGregor Blanco took off for second base in the eighth after coming in as a pinch-runner, but Angel Pagan hit the pitch foul. No other Giant attempted a stolen base against Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero.AttendanceThe Giants announced a crowd of 42,045 for their 150th consecutive regular season sellout.Up nextThe Giants continue their series with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night with right-hander Ian Kennedy (12-11, 4.27 ERA) starting opposite fellow right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (12-7, 3.02 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Giants Pregame Live kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Programming note: Padres-Giants coverage starts today at 6:00pm with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Andy Green and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:

Padres (9-15)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Jabari Blash (R) RF
9. Luis Perdomo (R) P

Giants (8-15) 

1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Down on the Farm: Q&A with San Jose Giants 1B/3B Jonah Arenado

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Down on the Farm: Q&A with San Jose Giants 1B/3B Jonah Arenado

The Giants know Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado all too well. In 76 games, Arenado has a .308 batting average against the Giants with 20 home runs, his most off any team in all of the majors. 

Playing in Advanced Single-A, the Giants have their own Arenado. Brother Jonah Arenado plays first and third base for the San Jose Giants and hit 19 home runs in 2016. 

Before the younger brother went 2-for-4 against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night, NBC Sports Bay Area spoke over the phone with Arenado. Below is the full transcript where we talk his hitting approach, frustrations with the Lakers, trash talk with Nolan in ping pong and much more. 

Dalton Johnson: “You guys are now three weeks in, but I want to actually go back to Opening Day real quick. I know you guys ultimately lost, but it was a 16-inning game. Was that the longest game you’ve ever played in?” 

Jonah Arenado: “No, the longest game I ever played in was 17 innings.” 

DJ: “Really?! Wow! When was that?” 

JA: “I played 17 innings in Lakewood. I was playing for Augusta at the time. We were playing in New Jersey. So we went 17 innings, but we didn’t even get to finish the game. The fog got so extreme that we had to just cancel the game.” 

DJ: “The fog? That’s just crazy. So you were out in Augusta for the GreenJackets?” 

JA: “Yeah.”

DJ: “I was actually out in Savannah for college ball. I’m not sure if you guys ever played against the Sand Gnats.”

JA: “Yeah we were there the last year they had that stadium.” 

DJ: “Grayson Stadium. That was a really fun park. But a 16 or 17-inning game, I’m going to guess that the dugout has to get a little weird at some point, right?” 

JA: “Yeah you're just getting like... it gets kind of monotonous you know. It’s kind of like okay, when are we gonna score or when are they gonna score. And obviously you don’t want to lose the game, but you just want something to happen.” 

DJ: “What are you guys bringing out the rally caps or doing anything different?” 

JA: “No, no rally caps, but there’s times where a couple innings go by and someone will come into the dugout and try get jacked up or excite everyone. When it doesn’t work, it’s like alright here we go again.” 

DJ: “Off the field, I think you’re a Southern California guy and this is your second year out in Northern California in San Jose. Obviously you guys are always busy, but do you ever get to go out and check the Bay Area scenery at all?”

JA: “I’ve been to Santa Cruz and the beach over there. I’ve been to San Francisco. I went to San Francisco on an off day last year to watch the Giants-Rockies game. But besides that, no I rarely ever get to go out to San Francisco or anything like that.” 

DJ: “Off day, or you a golf guy or more of a relax guy? What are you trying to do on an off day?” 

JA: “I’m just trying to relax. Maybe hang out by the pool, just relax and hang out. Go to the beach. And if you do get to relax, I’m not trying to do anything that’s like a workout.” 

DJ: “Are there any places in San Jose where if someone’s coming from out town, you say, ‘Hey, this is where you need to go.’ San Jose, where would you go for one day?”

JA: “Oh, San Jose...” 

DJ: “Just go to a game? Tell them to go to a San Jose Giants game?” 

JA: “Yeah, yeah go to a San Jose Giants game and if not, Santa Cruz is 30 minutes down the road. I’d go to Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is nice.” 

DJ: “And then on the field, you’re someone who hits for power. You hit 19 bombs last year. With the way different people are starting to look at the swing now, are you someone that’s actually trying to swing for the fences a little bit? Are you trying to hit a home run? What’s your approach?”

JA: “No, I feel like the more I try to hit a home run, the more I don’t. When I go in thinking line drive to the middle or stay through the middle, I feel a lot better. I know last year I didn’t start off well, and I’m not starting off well this year either, but I know if I think like I have to drive this ball or I have to hit a home run then that never happens. Try to stay simple, try to stay short is usually when things start working out.” 

DJ: “Well there’s all these different advanced analytics and you can track everything now. Are you someone that actually looks into something like launch angle or exit velocity? Or is it more see ball, hit ball?” 

JA: “I don’t like thinking about those 40-degree angles. Hitting is hard enough. To think about all that stuff is too much. But I know that a lot of people, that’s the new thing. Launch angle and try to lift the ball, and that’s all great. It’s whatever works for that person. I know Donaldson preaches it and he loves talking about it, but that’s him. That’s what works for him. I know for me, trying to lift the ball doesn’t work. When I try to lift the ball, I usually pop up. So when I’m trying to hit a hard line drive, that’s when I usually can drive that ball.” 

DJ: “Yeah it seems like when you’re practicing, you’re on the tee or getting front toss or whatever, that’s when you can kind of work on those things. But I couldn’t really imagine taking that over to the game. Once it’s game time, it’s get a pitch, be aggressive, hit it hard. Are you just trying to make things, like you said, as simple as possible once it’s go time?” 

JA: “Yeah, when I’m in the game I’m just trying to be as ready as I can for that fastball. Just see it and hit it. There’s nothing more to it, honestly. Obviously, when you’re struggling you start trying to fix things. When I’m going well, it’s never thinking about what this guy is gonna throw or make sure your foot is doing this. No, I never think about that. I think about see the ball and hit it as hard as I can.” 

DJ: “In the minor leagues, are these tracking systems as prominent or is that more available the higher you go?” 

JA: “I think it’s more available for the big leaguers. It’s hard to watch our swings on video because sometimes our games aren’t taped. We watch our home games because they are streamed, but besides that it’s hard to get all that stuff done.” 

DJ: “Can that almost be an advantage at the same time though? When you’re younger I think if you look too far into then you might press or try to do too much. If you’re just figuring things out on your own, that might even be a little better. Am I right or wrong there?” 

JA: “I think you’re both wrong and right. There’s times when you think too much and sometimes you think it’s your swing and it’s really not your swing, it’s your approach. I think that’s when it can hurt you. When you’re looking at it on video, but that was never really the problem, so then you’re changing a swing that was actually working, but your approach was what’s messed up so now you’re changing your swing and your approach. So that can hurt you. But it can also help you because if there is something mechanically wrong, you can fix it. If you can’t watch it, then how are you gonna know? When you’re in the box, you feel completely different. You never feel like that’s your swing. When you’re in the box, everything is different. When you see it on film, you see I’m dropping my hands, but in the box I’m telling myself to stay on top of the ball so you don’t think you’re dropping your hands, but you’re still dropping your hands, you know what I mean?” 

DJ: “It’s almost like a best of two evils.” 

JA: “Yeah, yeah.” 

DJ: “Back on the field, clearly you’re obviously from a very athletic family. For you, was it just baseball all the time?” 

JA: “My older brother played soccer, my oldest brother played basketball too and Nolan just played baseball. He played soccer for a little, but then went with just baseball. For me, I played basketball also. Basketball is my favorite sport.” 

DJ: “Oh, really?” 

JA: “Yeah, it was. Basketball is just so much fun. You go out and shoot down the street by your house and technically that’s practicing, you know what I mean?” 

DJ: “Oh yeah. Baseball obviously you can go hit off the tee, but basketball, I mean I shot for 20 minutes at the gym today and you feel great.” 

JA: “Yeah, you can work on so many different things. If you’re hitting like crap that day, then it’s really hard to fix it that day. Basketball, if you’re shooting and keep shooting, eventually it’s going to go in.” 

DJ: “So, who’s your team?” 

JA: “Oh, the Lakers. Unfortunately, yeah.” 

DJ: “Are you feeling good about the rebuild or how are you feeling about all that?” 

JA: “I don’t know, man. Magic Johnson’s in there, so I hope he’s the answer. But they need to get a superstar. The Lakers are my team, they have always been my team, but the players on the team are bothering me lately.” 

DJ: “I’m sure you and your brother Nolan and all of your brothers competed against each other all the time growing up. Whether it be shooting hoops or playing video games or anything else, what was the one thing, especially with Nolan, where you knew you could beat him no matter what?” 

JA: “Oh man, that’s tough. It’s really hard to beat him. Him losing to me is like death, but he’ll do anything he can to not lose to me because he knows if I win I’ll talk. I’ll just keep talking about it. It’s hard to say. There’s days in ping pong, I’m not gonna say I’m a better ping pong player, but we’re both pretty competitive. If I beat him in ping pong, I mean, it’s over. He’s distraught and then he’ll just want to rematch me until he can beat me.” 

DJ: “If you beat him, you said you’re a talker. What’s your go-to angle when it comes to trash talk?” 

JA: “I just never let him forget it. If I beat him in ping pong that series or that day, you better believe all day I’m gonna wear it out.” 

DJ: “Were you guys video game guys at all or more outside?” 

JA: “We played video games here and there. Mostly it was outdoors. Wiffle ball was always big with me and my family. We still play to this day. We still play wiffle ball all the time.” 

DJ: “Wiffle ball, you’re in the backyard 1-on-1. Who wins between you and Nolan and if you have one pitch, what are you throwing him?” 

JA: “Throwing him? I’m throwing fastball at his face.”

DJ: “Fastball at his face?!?” 

JA: “I’m just kidding, just kidding.” 

DJ: “That might be the only way the Giants can slow him down.” 

JA: “I’ll throw some chin music and then try to throw a little changeup away.” 

DJ: “I got you there, I got you. One last question. Video game wise, if EA Sports could bring back college baseball or college football, what are you picking?” 

JA: “Baseball.” 

DJ: “That was the go-to right there.” 

JA: “I forgot, but there was a college baseball game. I forgot which one it was that we played all the time, but it was one of the best games we ever played.” 

DJ: “I remember they had Texas on the cover or something like that—”

JA: “Exactly! That’s exactly the one.” 

DJ: “They have to bring it back.” 

JA: “That game is the best.”