Warriors prevail in battle with Milwaukee

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Warriors prevail in battle with Milwaukee

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OAKLAND (AP) Monta Ellis wasn't picked for the All-Star game. If he was disappointed, it didn't show.He went out and had another terrific outing.Ellis, the league's sixth-leading scorer, and Stephen Curry combined for 15 points in the final 4:38 and the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 Thursday night.Ellis hit a jumper with 17.3 seconds left to put the Warriors up by four points. He scored 24 points to lead Golden State, which won its second straight after a four-game skid. Curry had 16 points."It's all right," Ellis said of the snub. "We still have a chance to make the playoffs so we're going to focus on that. It's just a situation you can't control. I had to get back to reality and focus on playing basketball."
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Dorrell Wright also scored 16 points, while David Lee added 15 and Reggie Williams 13 as the Warriors ended a four-game slide against Milwaukee."The guy has done everything he needs to and has played as hard as he can and did everything the right way," Warriors' coach Keith Smart said of Ellis. "It's a little disappointing."
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Corey Maggette scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks, who lost their third straight. Luc Mbah a Moute had a career-high 19 rebounds and a season-high 15 points. Ersan Ilyasova had 23 points, two off his career high, and 13 rebounds.
VIDEO: David Lee postgame"We had so many opportunities, so many open floor fast-break opportunities that we kind of kicked away," Bucks' coach Scott Skiles said. "We took some wide open shots and had a couple of three-on-ones and came up empty-handed."Maggette hit a driving layup to pull the Bucks to 96-94 with 10.3 seconds left but missed the ensuing free throw. Lee grabbed the rebound and Golden State's guards made their free throws down the stretch to help the Warriors retain their advantage.
"We played hard, there's no doubt about that," Skiles said. "But we were a little slow a couple of times."
VIDEO: Monta Ellis postgame
Carlos Delfino scored 20 points despite making just nine of 22 shots, including a 2-of-10 performance from 3-point range.Ilyasova reached a milestone, needing 12 rebounds to reach 1,000.Milwaukee took a 73-72 lead into the final quarter.The lead changed hands 12 times in the second quarter, including 11 of the final 13 made baskets, with the Bucks taking a 47-46 edge into the intermission.
VIDEO: Vladimir Radmanovic postgame
Notes: Warriors G Acie Law was inactive due to a sprained right wrist. ... Bucks C Andrew Bogut missed his second straight game with a sore right knee. ... Ilyasova scored 15 of the Bucks' 22 points in the first quarter on 6-of-7 shooting. ... The Warriors honored Al Attles as part of Hardwood Classic Night. Attles, in his 51st year with the team, coached the Warriors to their only NBA championship in 1975. ... Mbah a Moute is 23 of 43 from the field (53.4 percent) over his last 10 games. ... The game was tied nine times and there were 22 total lead changes.
VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Al Attles

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.”