Women detail savage attack on Stow


Women detail savage attack on Stow

LOS ANGELES Three women who were in Dodger Stadium during a brutal attack on a Giants fan gave graphic accounts Thursday of the chaotic scene in a parking lot where the man was chased, punched, kicked and left with brain damage.Asked during a hearing if she saw anything that caused her alarm, Joann Cerda, who stood over victim Bryan Stow as he lay motionless, said, Yes. Blood gushing from his ears.She said she didnt think Stow was still alive.The testimony came at a preliminary hearing where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence for defendants Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez to stand trial on charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury.Both have pleaded not guilty, and their lawyers suggested on cross-examination that they might have been involved in some other incident, not the attack on Stow.Attorneys entered an agreement saying Stow lost a portion of his skull and suffered damage to his brain.He is now unable to walk, has lost motor skills in his arms and hands, cant carry on a normal conversation, and is unable to control his bodily functions or care for himself, the lawyers said.Cerda, Megan Duffy and Anna Maria Davila, who all attended the 2011 opening game separately, said they were returning to their cars when the atmosphere in the parking lot turned violent.Duffy, who called 911, said she was fearful when she heard the fight break out. She saw Stow being punched and heard his head hit the pavement, she said, and then she rushed to her car, opening it by remote control and jumping inside.I locked my car up because I was afraid, and then I saw Bryan being kicked in the head and I asked if he was OK.She said bystanders who were trying to help Stow answered no and she dialed 911.Was Brian defending himself at all? prosecutor Michele Hanisee asked.No, she said. He wasnt moving.Cerda said she thought Stow didnt see the first punch coming and stood stunned until he fell backward, hitting his head on the pavement with a loud smashing sound. She said he appeared unconscious as he fell.Then, she said, the man who had punched him kicked him in the head twice as he lay unconscious.She said she thought the assailant was leaving when he walked back and kicked Stow again in the rib cage.Then he walked away because the other suspect pulled him by the arm and pulled him away as if it was time to go, she said.None of the witnesses made positive identifications of Sanchez and Norwood as the assailants. But all three gave descriptions that suggested Sanchez was the attacker.Davila told a judge about encountering two men who matched the descriptions of defendants charged in the attack on the Santa Cruz paramedic.Davila said one of the men was taunting Giants fans earlier and punched a teenage boy who backed off.She described a generally troubling atmosphere.I was annoyed by their behavior, she said. There were a lot of fans coming by, and there were a lot of slurs being said (about) the Giants, a lot of profanity.Then, she said, the men turned their attention to a group of four Giants fans in their 30s. She didnt see a confrontation but said the men came running back a few minutes later, jumped into a car and shouted at a woman at the wheel, Drive, Drive! and they took off.The case is fraught with undercurrents for the city where Dodger Stadium has long been a baseball landmark. The beating prompted public outrage and led to increased security at Dodgers games.The judge scheduled an abbreviated session Friday afternoon before the case recesses until Wednesday.

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey's comments were brought to Neris after the game.

"It's stupid because nobody who watched that said, 'Oh he hit him on purpose in that situation,'" Neris told reporters, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention


SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings in one of his best starts this season, took a line drive off his left shin and hit an RBI single that temporarily gave the Giants an early lead.

The reward? A heaping of praise from manager Bruce Bochy, handshakes from his teammates and another no-decision - Bumgarner's third in eight starts since coming off the disabled list.

Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again, Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, and the Phillies scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

In what has been a theme for San Francisco much of the season, Bumgarner's efforts were overshadowed by another meltdown from the Giants' bullpen.

"I thought it was a good day for Madison," Bochy said. "We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen. (Hunter Strickland) just had an off day making some mistakes."

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

"I tried to do a kick save but I wasn't very good at soccer," Bumgarner said. "It almost worked out."

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

"I got to better counts, I think this week, and the results show," Hoskins said.

Florimon hit a two-run single off Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom of the inning.

It was Florimon's first major league game in left field.

"I just try to catch the ball and throw the ball to home plate and see what happens," Florimon said. "I made a good throw."

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters for the win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Maikel Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

Posey had a rough afternoon physically. In addition to taking a 95 mph fastball in the back, Posey also appeared to get hurt while tagging out a sliding Cameron Perkins at the plate in the second.

Afterward, the Giants' All-Star catcher voiced his displeasure about Neris.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Giants 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game and RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91) faces Milwaukee on Monday.