Sabean addresses Cabrera's suspension


Sabean addresses Cabrera's suspension

Editor's note: Giants general manager Brian Sabean addressed Melky Cabrera's 50-game suspension for the first time, speaking about a variety of topics on a conference call Thursday morning.
On how the Giants will fill their two open roster spaces:"As of right now, weve got Hacker on the way and Christian will be called up."
On whether Hunter Pence acquisition had anything to do with Melky Cabrera's suspension:"No, weve liked Pence. We tried to sign him last deadline. He was going to be a Giant if we found a way to do it this year."

On Cabrera's future with the franchise:

"I cant answer that now. There are a lot of blanks to be filled in, as a result of this."

On his reaction to Cabrera news:

"I mean, if anything I was taken back. I got emotional because this is one of those things that you get punched in the stomach with, but you have no choice but to figure out how to move on."
On how the team will get by without their three-hitter:

"I mean we have a survival instinct, seemingly right now its about winning series. Dodgers were 5 and 1 in the last 6 games, were 3 and 3. They won two series in a row and we are 1 and 1. We know how to cut up the games left and what we need to do."

On Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt:

"I think they have a lot to be proud of. You know, we stuck with them. We gave them as much playing time as they could handle. They are both very talented kids its just a matter of time and we hope that time is now. They are kids they really do want to do well and want to well for the team and it bodes well for us, into the future."
On chance of promoting Gary Brown:

"I dont see it in the short term, no. But you still learn in AA. If hes more proficient against left handed pitching and has struggled from time to time. We also know hes a center fielder, at this time. Its not enough for the front burner of our thinking."

On when they learned of Cabrera's suspension:

"We didnt find out until we were notified yesterday morning with Bruce."
On whether Cabrera's group was hesitant to discus an extention because they knew about impending suspension:

"I cant speak for them it was a conceptual conversation and it never really went anywhere. They more or less pushed it if they were interested in doing something at the end of the year. I dont know time range, in reference to the question."
On whether Cabrera and Guillermo Mota should know better:

"In our case, its two veteran major league players that should know the policy and should know the consequences better."

Giants lineup: Pence sits in series finale vs Phillies


Giants lineup: Pence sits in series finale vs Phillies

As the Giants look for a series win over the Phillies at home, Hunter Pence will be replaced by a rookie in right field.

Philadelphia Phillies (44-77)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
6. Nick Williams (L) CF
7. Pedro Florimon (S) LF
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Ben Lively (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-75)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Carlos Moncrief (L) RF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Kelly doesn't play much, but he's learned to make the most of his opportunities.

"He's my secret weapon," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Mackanin summoned him at the most opportune of times on Saturday night, and Kelly delivered.

Kelly had a pinch-hit grand slam, Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants 12-9.

"I take anything positive, but that was pretty amazing," Kelly said.

Down 12-4, the Giants scored five times in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris struck out Carlos Moncrief for his 14th save.

Adam Morgan (1-1) threw just one pitch and got the win.

Kelly batted for Morgan and hit a slam off Cory Gearrin that capped a seven-run burst in the sixth inning for an 11-4 lead. He has 14 RBIs on 14 hits this year.

"The one thing he does is he doesn't overswing," Mackanin said. "He doesn't try to do too much and he's got some quickness in his bat. If you make a mistake like they did tonight, he doesn't try to overpower, he just tries to put the head on it and that's what he did tonight."

Denard Span became the first Giants player to lead off with an inside-the-park home run in 72 years. The last Giant to do it was Johnny Rucker on June 20, 1945, when the team played in New York and was at the Polo Grounds against the Boston Braves, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ty Blach (8-9) took the loss.

Cameron Rupp homered and doubled, and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies.

Rupp doubled off Blach with one out to start the sixth, with Span losing the high flyball to center field. The ball landed in front of him.

"He lost it. He never saw it in the twilight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The ball is tough to pick up at that time of the night."

Giants star Buster Posey was 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 21 games going back to 2014.

Hoskins homered for the fourth time in seven games. Since going hitless in his first 12 at-bats after being called up from Triple-A, the rookie is 7 for 21 with four home runs in seven games.

His power surge has coincided with his team making a trip to the Bay Area, near where he grew up in the Sacramento area. He had about 35 to 40 friends and relatives at Saturday's game.

"I grew up a Giants fan, to play in this ballpark is pretty special," Hoskins said. "It's something that I dreamt of, especially to get a win the way we did tonight is pretty cool."

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin's status for his next turn in the rotation is uncertain after the 23-year-old reported tightness in right shoulder, Mackanin said. ... RHP Ben Lively is with the team and will be activated before Sunday's game to start the series finale, Mackanin said. Lively will take the roster spot of outfielder Odubel Herrera, who on Friday was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury (retroactive to Aug. 15). Lively will take RHP Mark Leiter's spot in the rotation in a move that sends Leiter to the bullpen.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto will pitch in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and likely make one more rehab start before being activated, manager Bruce Bochy said. Cueto has been on the disabled list since July 15 with blisters on his right hand. He will throw 50 to 60 pitches on Monday, Bochy said.

Phillies: Lively (1-4, 3.80 ERA) recorded his lone career win against the Giants on June 3, when he gave up one run in seven innings of four-hit ball. Lively was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on pitch in the majors for the first time since July 5.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99) is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies. He was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season.