It all blows up


It all blows up

And so it all blows up . . . the dream season, the big contract, maybe the Giants' season. All because Melky Cabrera needed to be sure in his walk year that he could be all he could be.And it isn't like he didn't know, or couldn't have figured it out. Even his statement makes that clear. He knew it, and did it anyway. He rolled the dice and delivered three months of passes and one of snake-eyes.RELATED: Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games for positive PED test
Oddly, this was the Twitter rumor that CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly chased a few weeks ago, and back then was told no such positive test existed. That it turned out to be exactly that weeks later suggested that drug tests still aren't confidential, or that there are always leaks if one knows where the drip is coming from.But that's journalism stuff, and for Giants fans, this isn't anything but pure-on panic. The man who gave their lineup credibility and a linch-pin when other components weren't working is now gone for the rest of the regular season, and unless the Giants find someone to be the new three-hitter who doesn't punch a hole in spots four, five or six, they have a problem that may mean the regular season is the only season there is.This puts renewed pressure on Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence and yes, Brandon Belt, to deliver what Cabrera takes home with him. They will deliver the increased workload, or they will not.As for Cabrera, the big contract is gone, like that. The eight-figure, multi-year deal has evaporated, and so has his leverage. Even the Giants are unlikely to chase him in the off-season, even though they needed him more than any other team. And while this may take one thing off Brian Sabean's off-season to-do list, it means he's back in the market for another outfielder in the off-season, still with the minimal amount of minor league prospects to deal. Some things change, and some things remain maddeningly the same.But those who saw the Giants positioning themselves for another deep postseason run now know the location of the other dropped shoe. It wasn't dropped at all, but kicked, right into their stomachs. The season may not be over, but it has a new brackish taste.Ray Ratto is a columnist for

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 his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

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

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

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.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

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.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."


Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.


Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.


Phillies: 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.