McCarthy lit up for seven; Angels top A's again

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McCarthy lit up for seven; Angels top A's again

April 26, 2011BOXSCORE A'SVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARDPaul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

ANAHEIM - The A's had two players hurt on the same third-inning play, losing the red-hot Coco Crisp to a tight left quad, and then lost the game, 8-3 to the Los Angeles Angels and a rookie pitcher Tuesday night.The A's (11-13) have now dropped the first two games of a series for the fifth time in eight series this season.The Angels (14-10) pounded out five extra-base hits off Brandon McCarthy, 14 hits total, in his season-low 5 13 innings. In his previous four starts, the right-hander had given up a total of 27 hits.The 14 hits McCarthy surrendered were the most allowed by an A's starter since Barry Zito gave up 15 hits to Tampa Bay on July 8, 2003 in Oakland.McCarthy (1-2) was charged with seven runs while striking out three, walking one and uncorking two wild pitches."Too many hits, too many runs," McCarthy said. "A lot of infield singles, just some things that were tough to work throughI just kind of compounded the problems there."A lot of it with two outs, a lot of it with two strikes. That's just unacceptablea lack of sharpness for the most part."Angels right-hander Tyler Chatwood (2-1) also went 5 13 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, one strikeout and four walks.The Angels got to McCarthy with two runs in the second inning.With two out, Howie Kendrick at third base and Peter Bourjos at first, Alexi Amarista, making his big league debut, doubled into the left-field corner. Bourjos, running on the pitch, scored standing up and the Angels had a two-run lead.But the A's answered in the third.David DeJesus' fielder's choice scored Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had walked to lead off the inning. One batter later, Conor Jackson turned on a Chatwood fastball and drove it into the left-field seats for a two-out, two-run homer. It was Jackson's first home run of the season, and it gave the A's a 3-2 lead.McCarthy, though, gave it all back immediately.
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"Seems like like we were right there putting it on them," Jackson said. "Then they came back and scored a couple of runs and it's kind of deflatingwe just couldn't match them tonight."A lead-off single by Bobby Abreu was followed by a double from Torii Hunter and then a McCarthy wild pitch that allowed Abreu to scamper home to tie the score.A Vernon Wells single off McCarthy's hand scored Hunter and Hank Conger's flare single to right brought in Kendrick, who had again doubled.The Angels added two more with two out in the fifth.Kendrick singled to left and came around on Conger's double off the right-field wall. A's second baseman Mark Ellis might have had a play on Kendrick at the plate, but right fielder Ryan Sweeney did not throw to the cut-off man, instead throwing to second in trying unsuccessfully to get Conger.One pitch later, Bourjos hit a stand-up triple to right-center and the Angels led 7-3 and aedd another run in the eighth after Bourjos' second triple was followed by an Amarista sac fly to center.For the A's, clean-up hitter Josh Willingham did not play after leaving Monday night's series opener with back stiffness.
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Crisp pulled up lame in his second at-bat, beating out an attempted 6-4-3 double-play, but Cliff Pennington has his left hand stepped on by Angels second baseman Alexi Amarista sliding into second on the play. Pennington played on, with the hand heavily taped."Same thing happened to the other hand last year, diving back to first on a pick-off play," Pennington said. "I guess I just have to keep my hands away from people's feet."It wasn't feeling super-great, but it didn't affect me (in the game).A's manager Bob Geren said Crisp was "day-to-day but probably doubtful for tomorrow."

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

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Madison Bumgarner was back on the bump Sunday night in a Giants jersey for the first time since being placed on the DL due to a dirt bike accident on April 21.

Bumgarner took the mound for the Arizona Rookie League Giants against the Arizona Rookie League Angels and did not allow a hit in three innings pitched. The Giants' ace also struck out two and walked one. 

In both the first and third innings, Bumgarner pitched a perfect three up and three down frame. 

Bumgarner was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left throwing shoulder and sustained bruised ribs from his dirt bike accident on an off day in Colorado. Pitching in a game for the first time in over two months, Bumgarner was throwing between 88-91 miles per hour, according to Tommy Stokke of FanRagSports. 

After finishing his three innings of work, Bumgarner went down to the bullpen to increase his pitch count, reports Sande Charles of FanRagSports

Before sustaining the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. 

The Giants have gone 21-41 since Bumgarner's injury. They are 27-51 on the year and sit 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. 

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

SAN FRANCISCO — A few minutes after yet another missed opportunity at the plate Sunday, a voice came over a speaker in the press box at AT&T Park and announced a 524th consecutive sellout. It nicely summed up this current stretch of Giants baseball. 

The seats are emptier than they used to be at first pitch, and they were just about abandoned in the ninth inning of an 8-2 loss, but for the most part the fans are still showing up in droves. One woman brought a toaster by the dugout Sunday morning and asked players and coaches to sign it, hoping to recapture the magic from across the bridge. Another, Bryan Stow, made his first appearance of the season at AT&T Park, met with Bruce Bochy, and said he hoped to see a win. As Matt Moore started warming up, a band set up on top of the visiting dugout to play hits that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. 

For a while, AT&T Park was rocking. And then, as has happened so often this summer, the game started. 

The Giants turned in another epic clunker in a season full of them. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 21 of 26, but it’s worse than the raw numbers. On most nights, some in the organization have noted privately, they are simply boring. It’s one thing to lose, it’s quite another to do it in this way. 

“There’s no getting around it,” Bochy said after the sweep. “I’ve been through some tough stretches here and this is as tough as any stretch I’ve seen. For some reason the baseball gods are really testing us here and (testing) this group. It’s not that they’re not coming out ready or trying, but enough is enough.

“At some point, we’ve got to find a way to get this thing turned around.”

Even a slight pivot would be welcomed by the faithful. There were scattered boos Sunday, the latest in a growing trend. This is a fan base that has seen the highest highs, but rarely in franchise history have the lows been this low. 

The crowd no longer turns to the rally lights that were used so often in an awful April, but the noise still grows with each new rally. And then, every single time Sunday, the Giants killed off any hope. 

In the second inning, a Brandon Belt bunt single and Brandon Crawford bloop put two on, but a pair of rookies flied out. 

In the third, the bases were loaded ahead of Buster Posey. He flied out to bring one run across, and there were still runners on the corners for Belt, who leads the team in homers. On a 2-2 count, Hunter Pence inexplicably took off for second. He was caught, the inning was over, and the two-run Mets lead was intact. Bochy said he did not send Pence. 

In the sixth, there were two on with no outs for Posey. Both runners bolted to stay out of a double play. Posey popped up to first -- for a double play.

“He’s not a guy that strikes out, so I’m pretty confident sending runners with Buster,” Bochy said. “We can’t keep laying back. We’re trying to force the issue a bit and stay out of double plays.”

In the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases for Posey and Belt. Posey grounded out. Belt struck out for the third time. 

“We’re getting guys out there,” Bochy said. “We’re not doing enough damage.”

Matt Moore’s damage was self-inflicted. He twice gave up homers to the guy — Rene Rivera — hitting in front of the pitcher. Moore said he has stopped throwing his cutter the past three starts and tried to get his four-seamer going, but the Mets were teeing off. Moore gave up five runs on seven hits. He was pulled in the fifth, left to think about mechanics that still aren’t right. 

“The cutter is a little bit different of a pitch and at times it can take away from the four-seam fastball location-wise, and command of the four-seam was starting to go down the more I threw (the cutter),” Moore said. “I’m anxious to get back to it, but the foundation has got to be throwing the four-seam fastball. I need to execute where they’re carrying through the zone, not running or cutting.”

Moore said his confidence is fine and his problems are not physical. Others can no longer say that. Austin Slater, a rare bright spot in this five-win month, was pulled with a tight hip flexor. He was headed for an MRI. 

Slater is too young to be one of the players Bochy approached after the game. He said he talked to a few, though, passing along that “enough is enough” message. Moore, last in the National League in ERA (6.04), was not one who needed a reminder. 

“I’m sitting on a six right now with not a lot of wins and not enough team wins when I’m throwing,” he said. “It’s been 'enough' for me for the last couple of months.”