Instant Replay: Giants shut down by Ray, come up short vs D'backs

Instant Replay: Giants shut down by Ray, come up short vs D'backs


SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Samardzija and Robbie Ray both had filthy stuff Tuesday night, one from the right side and one from the left. They each recorded 20 outs with similar lines, but there was one big difference. Ray caught the break he needed, Samardzija did not. 

In the end, Samardzija and the Giants were left with a 4-3 loss on a wet night at AT&T Park. Playing without Buster Posey for the first time, the lineup didn't get going until the ninth, when Nick Hundley and Eduardo Nuñez got the Giants within one. Brandon Crawford struck out with the tying run on second. 

The game turned on a couple of plays at the track involving Gorkys Hernandez. Starting in place of Denard Span against the lefty, Hernandez came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the second. His deep fly to left was caught a few feet in front of the wall. 

The Diamondbacks came right back and loaded the bases in the top of the third, starting with a single by Ray. Jake Lamb crushed a fastball to left-center and Hernandez seemed to have it in his sights. As he approached the wall, he stumbled a bit, and his reach came up a few inches short. The triple made it 3-0 Diamondbacks.

That was the only damage against Samardzija, who put plenty of traffic on the bases but limited the damage. Samardjiza allowed five hits and walked four in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven. Ray gave up four hits, walked five and struck out eight. 

Starting pitching report: On the day Posey went on the concussion DL, Samardzija drilled Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona’s best player. It didn’t seem to be an accident. The pitch was a 96 mph fastball that struck him on the backside, the desired spot for retaliatory throws. Goldschmidt walked to first without incident. 

Bullpen report: Ty Blach was in full LOOGY mode. He came on in the seventh with a runner on and Lamb up, getting a liner to right that ended the inning.

At the plate: Hundley will get most of the starts over the next week. He had a single and two doubles in five at-bats. 

In the field: Nuñez made his first start of the year at shortstop. He didn’t get a chance until the seventh, and he handled it easily. He’ll be Crawford’s backup this year. 

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,562 human beings. One of them wore an Aaron Roward jersey. Apparently on purpose. 

Up next: Matt Cain makes his second start of the year. Given the fact that the Giants can skip their No. 5 starter next week, it’s a big one for Cain.


Giancarlo Stanton: Barry Bonds' 73 not the home run record


Giancarlo Stanton: Barry Bonds' 73 not the home run record

In 1961, Roger Maris hit a record 61 home runs.

In 1998, Mark McGwire broke the record when he hit 70.

In 2001, Barry Bonds crushed 73.

So who is the single-season home run king?

"It doesn’t matter,’’ Giancarlo Stanton told Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel. “The record is the record. But, personally, I do (think 61 is the record)."


With 43 games remaining, Stanton has hit 44 home runs. He's on pace to hit 60.

Does Stanton really believe 61 is the legitimate number?

As Hyde writes:

After saying he considered Maris’ record the real one, after saying 61 home runs always was the number he knew as a kid, he thought about it for a while in the Marlins’ clubhouse following their 8-1 win against San Francisco.

He wanted to clarify his thoughts some more. So he did something he rarely does. He walked back over to the group of reporters who left him 10 minutes earlier and took another stab at the question.

He admitted he’s “at a crossroads” in an internal debate over what to think about all this. If PED users like Bonds, McGwire and Sosa need an asterisk by their name, he said, so does Babe Ruth since he only faced white pitchers.

Bonds was Stanton's hitting coach in 2016...

Bobby Evans non-committal: 'Hard to make clear on who Matt Moore is'


Bobby Evans non-committal: 'Hard to make clear on who Matt Moore is'

It's been a disastrous 2017 season for Matt Moore.

He's 3-12 with a 5.71 ERA through 24 starts.

Is he a lock to be in the 2018 rotation?

"We've got time to figure that out," GM Bobby Evans said on KNBR 680. "We have a lot invested from a trade standpoint. But ultimately, we have options on him for the next two years.

"We'd like for him to be. That's why we traded for him. But it's hard to make clear on who Matt Moore is given his struggles."

On Aug. 1, 2016, the Giants traded Matt Duffy, Lucius Fox and Michael Santos for Moore.

In 12 regular season starts last season, he went 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA.

In Game 4 against the Cubs, he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over eight dominant innings, while striking out 10.

The Giants have a $9 million option ($1 million buyout) on Moore in 2018 and a $10 million option ($750,000 buyout) in 2019.

"We see different Matt Moore's different outings," Evans said, "It's really an approach that he has to come to grips with, in terms of getting more out of his ability. He's got the stuff, but again when you don't get the results, it's hard for a club."

What has plagued him?

"We don't see it as a mental issue. We do see some of it mechanical and some of it in approach, and pitch selection," Evans answered. "Really a combination of things, but not so much on the mental side at all.

"His stuff is so good, it just comes and goes."