On night full of comebacks, Jarrett Parker walks it off for Giants

On night full of comebacks, Jarrett Parker walks it off for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Stratton waited nearly two weeks for this night. When it came, he opened the festivities by loading the bases ahead of Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first inning. 

The Giants still won. 

This was a day unlike most of the rest this season, and it started early. The Giants added Pablo Sandoval to the roster in the morning and put him right in the cleanup spot. Comeback day turned into comeback night, as Jarrett Parker — fresh off a rehab assignment — played hero, knocking in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks. 

There is no coming back from the hole the Giants are in, but for a night, they were able to enjoy individual revivals. Stratton’s came first. The Giants are going to take a look at their former first-round pick, and Stratton managed to five-and-dive after limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs in the first. Parker’s great catch in the second kept Stratton from teetering even more. 

“What a great job of keeping his poise, making pitches, limiting the damage and keeping us in the game,” Bruce Bochy said. “They had him in a couple tough places. For a guy who hasn’t pitched in 12 days, he had good stuff and command and on top of that the composure. Him keeping us in the game gave us a chance to come back.”

Sandoval picked up the rally baton next. Playing his first game for the Giants in three years, he got off to a rough start, with two groundouts and a costly error. But in the seventh, with the Giants trailing 4-0, Sandoval blistered a 92 mph Taijuan Walker fastball into the left-center gap. Parker’s ensuing double got the park rocking, and in the dugout, the Giants finally felt alive. 

“He did a nice job of waking up the club and getting us going,” Bochy said of Sandoval. “We looked dead in the water … that’s a nice piece of hitting to go the other way, and he smoked it. And then (Hunter) Pence hit that homer. At that point, it’s a different feel in the dugout.”

Parker made sure it didn’t go to waste. Hours earlier, he had slid near the left field wall to make a tremendous catch and prevent a run. Parker has told himself to be more careful on the field and not risk another season-altering injury. But instincts take over. 

“I’m trying to be cognizant of where the wall is right there, but I was able to make it,” Parker said. “I could see the ball tailing a little bit but I was able to get a good jump on it. I was trying to be aware. It was tough but I was able to come out unscathed, so that was nice.”

The Giants are hoping Parker’s August comeback turns into something more. He showed good signs in the seventh with his double, and in the 10th he benefited from a little luck. It was there all night — perhaps because Kirk Rueter was in the house — and Parker’s grounder with a runner on third and two outs played into a shift-busting infield single. 

As the Giants stormed their left fielder, Sandoval tried to get right back into the fray. Later, he walked into Bochy’s office and the two smiled as they recounted the game. Bochy said it was like old times. 

“He hasn’t changed,” Bochy said. 

The Giants have, and not for the better. But for a few hours, they were able to forget about what this season has become.

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.