San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: MadBum gets win in 7 innings of work; Where’s Bumgarner in trade talks?

sfgate photo: San Francisco Giant starter Madison Bumgarner who pitched seven innings Sunday at Oracle Park in San Francisco is rumored to be showcased and no doubt shopped by other clubs in the run at the trade deadline this month.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Kevin Pillar and Buster Posey provided the punch that got the San Francisco Giants over the top against their inner division team rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks with seven combined hits from Pillar and Posey. What got into them?

#2 Madison Bumgarner was on the mark in the Giants’ 10-4 win Sunday, pitching seven innings, surrendering one hit and four runs, striking out nine.

#3 Bumgarner has been working the count, picking his spots, keeping hitters of balance. It’s as almost if he’s showcasing with all the talk about going to be a rent a player, he’s always on, but teams are shopping. Here we are in July, the trade deadline is coming, will Bumgarner stay or will the Giants keep him?

#4 Since the subject of the trade deadline and the month of July is here, will the Giants be dealing this month who stays and who’s getting shopped?

#5 The Giants are at Petco Park tonight to take on the San Diego Padres. The Giants will start Jeff Samardzija (4-7, 4.52 ERA) going up against the San Diego Padres’ Logan Allen (2-0, 1.38 ERA).

Listen for the San Francisco Giants podcasts each Monday with Morris Phillips at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Pillar and Posey help Bumgarner get fifth win defeat Diamondbacks 10-4

photo by sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants’ Kevin Pillar, right, celebrates with Evan Longoria (10) after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 30, 2019, in San Francisco.

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Kevin Pillar and Buster Posey helped out Madison Bumgarner with their bats in the series finale.

Pillar and Posey combined for seven hits, while Bumgarner went seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits, walking no one and striking out nine and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 before 31,778 at Oracle Park.

With the victory, the Giants ended the month of June with a record of 14-13, their first winning month since going 18-10 in June of 2018.

It was a Pillar two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning that got the Giants going, as he hit his 11th home run of the season.

Pillar added a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning that helped the Giants to the victory and split the four-game series.

Posey doubled in the bottom of the first inning, and then singled in the third and fifth innings, before walking to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning for Evan Longoria with nobody out.

The three hits by Posey match his season-high and marked his second three-hit game in three appearances. During the span, Posey is hitting .750 (6-for-8) with two doubles, two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Pillar hit a solo home run, singled twice and hit a double, as it was his first four-hit since July 13, 2018 for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

It was the fifth four-hit game of Pillars career, who picked up two during the 2017 season and one during the 2015 season.

The five runs batted in by Pillar are a career-high, to go along with his career-high tying four hits.

Longoria then singled in Brandon Belt, who walked to lead off the inning against reliever Matt Andriese. Pillar then followed it up with his fourth hit of the game, as he singled to left to score pinch hitter Alex Dickerson, who singled while pinch hitting for Tyler Austin, who walked and struck out twice before leaving the game.

Mike Yastrzemski got in on the act, as he hit a two-run double to left field to score Longoria and Pillar.

The sixth and final run of the inning came when pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval singled off of T.J. McFarland that scored Yastrzemski.

In all, the Giants sent 10 men to the plate, scored six runs on five hits, as they blew the game wide open.

The Diamondbacks attempted to get back into the game in the top of the eighth inning, as they scored three runs off of reliever Derek Rodriguez.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ejected in the top of the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate Mike Muchlinski, and it was fourth all-time ejection for Lovullo in his managerial career.

It was not a good day for Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray, who went just four innings, allowing four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out five and saw his record fall to 5-6 on the season.

NOTES: With the nine strikeouts on the afternoon, Bumgarner tied Tim Lincecum for second place all-time in San Francisco Giants lore with 1,704.

Juan Marichal is the all-time San Francisco Giants leader in strikeouts with 2,281

Will Smith was named as the lone All-Star for the Giants, as he is 1-0 with a 2.16 earned run average with 21 saves in 21 chances this season for the Giants.

Smith is the first Giants left-handed reliever to go to the All-Star Game since Gary Lavelle made the All-Star team in 1983

The 21 saves to start the season are the second most by a Giants reliever to start a season, trailing only Rod Beck who saved 28 in a row to begin the 1994 season.

In his Giants career, Smith is tied for second place with Craig Lefferts with 35 saves by a left-hander, Lavelle is currently the all-time leader in saves for a left-hander with 127.

UP NEXT: Jeff Samardzija takes the mound on Monday night, as the Giants open a brief three-game road trip against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Padres will counter with Logan Allen.

Greinke remains undefeated at Oracle Park in Diamondbacks win 4-3

photo from sfgate.com: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in San Francisco

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Eduardo Escobar came up with the biggest hit of the night when the Arizona Diamondbacks needed it the most.

Escobar singled to center field off of Sam Dyson in the top of the seventh inning, as the Diamondbacks hung on to defeat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 before a crowd of 31,600 at Oracle Park.

Drew Pomeranz pitched well for the second straight game, as he went five innings, walking just two and striking out seven.

If you remember in his last outing against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night, Pomeranz gave up two runs in five innings and matched his career-high in strikeouts with 11. The 11 strikeouts by Pomeranz were the most by a Giants pitcher since the pitchers mound was moved back to its current distance of 60 feet six inches in 1893.

Pomeranzs 10.94 strikeouts per nine innings is sixth-best in the National League, amongst pitchers with a minimum of 60 innings pitched.

Kevin Pillar dropped a fly ball off the bat of Adam Jones for an error that led the Diamondbacks breaking the 0-0 tie in the top of the seventh inning, and the ball glanced off his glove that allowed Tim Locastro to move up an additional 90 feet.

Dyson came up with the defensive play of the game, as he snared a Ketel Marte comebacker and ran LoCastro back towards third base, where he tagged him out.

After the Marte fielders choice, Escobar lashed his base hit to right-center field that proved to be the only run that Zack Greinke would need on the evening.

Greinke went seven innings, allowing zero runs, on five hits, walking no one and striking out six on his way to his ninth win of the season for the Diamondbacks.

in his career, Greinke is 6-0 with a 1.19 earned run average at Oracle Park and has not allowed a run in his last two starts, 15.0 consecutive scoreless innings.

Mark Melancon replaced Dyson in the top of the eighth inning and immediately found him in trouble, as he walked Christian Walker, then Nick Ahmed singled and then Alex Avila singled to load the bases. Melancon then regrouped to strike out LoCastro; however, then Brandon Crawford committed a throwing error on a single by pinch hitter Ilemaro Vargas that got by Pablo Sandoval for an error that allowed both Walker and Ahmed to score.

Jones lengthened the Diamondbacks up to 4-0, as his single just got by a diving Brandon Belt at first base that allowed Avila to score.

The Giants got out of the inning, as Belt made a great play at first base, as he snared the Marte hit, threw to Crawford for the second out, who in turn, threw to Belt, to turn the double play and end the inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Pillar walked to lead off the inning, and after a Joe Panik ground out to Yoan Lopez, pinch hitter Tyler Austin to put runners on first and second base; however, Belt struck out and then pinch-hitter Buster Posey popped out to end the inning.

Austin made the defensive play of the game in the top of the ninth inning, as he got turned around on the warning track on an Escobar hit and dove to make a great catch on the warning track.

Down to their last at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning, Sandoval led off the inning with a single off of Andrew Chafin. That would be the end of the line for Chafin, who turned the ball over to Yoshihisa Hirano, who committed a throwing error on an Alex Dickerson dribbler up the first base line. That would be the only batter that Hirano would face.

Stephen Vogt provided the crowd with instant gratification, as he parked a three-run home run onto the arcade.

This was the second home run of the season for Vogt, and both of them have come in the ninth inning. His previous home run came on May 3 against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark that tied up the game, in a game that the Giants would eventually win 12-11 in 11 innings.

Unfortunately, the Giants could not muster that tying run, as closer Greg Holland, who surrendered the three-run home run to Vogt was able to re-group to get Crawford to strikeout, Pillar to fly out to LoCastro in center and then Panik struck out to end the game.

NOTES: Prior to the game, it was announced that the Giants have signed first-round selection Hunter Bishop, along with second-round pick Logan Wyatt, fourth-round pick Tyler Fitzgerald and eighth-round pick Caleb Kilian.

Giants President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer will return to the organization on Tuesday.

Board Member Rob Dean will take the role as chairman of the team, and will continue to as the designated control person with Major League Baseball.

Baer released a statement earlier this afternoon.

I write this today after four months away from the Giants, the team I have loved since childhood and the organization I have served most of my adult life. Our hundreds of Giants employees, millions of Giants fans and the community-at-large have been on my mind every day, and I am truly sorry for letting you down.

While my time away has been difficult on many levels, it has allowed me opportunities for introspection and, with the help of some wonderful people, growth. Ive been able to step back and take stock of myself as a person and as a leader. I am wiser for it, and the work continues. The journey of self-discovery, like so much in life, is ongoing and never-ending.
The overwhelming emotion I feel right now is gratitude. I am appreciative beyond words for the hard work and professionalism of the Giants staff and executive team during this difficult period, and Im looking forward to thanking each of them in person.

The Giants are in a major transition on and off the
field. This includes some structural changes, which I fully embrace. Major League Baseball is a complex and ever-changing industry, now more than ever. Success requires leadership that listens to and learns from all voices, that leverages the ideas and talent of every person in every department, along with tapping the resources and energy of our fans and the Bay Area community. I am looking forward to spending the next weeks and months listening, learning and discovering how, together, we can best serve this great organization and community.

UP NEXT: Madison Bumgarner will look for his fifth win of the season, as he takes the mound in the series and home stand finale on Sunday afternoon for the Giants, while Robbie Ray will toe the rubber for the Diamondbacks.

Crawford reaches milestone in Giants’ 6-3 win over D-Backs

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Since coming to the San Francisco Giants, Alex Dickerson has been a spark plug for the team.

Dickerson hit a mammoth solo home run, and Buster Posey added two runs batted in, as the Giants evened up this four-game series with a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 35,391 at Oracle Park.

In all eight games while in a Giants uniform, Dickerson has reached safely and is hitting .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles, a triple and two home runs and 12 RBIs during that stretch.

With the victory, the Giants stopped a five-game losing streak against the Diamondbacks at Oracle Park.

This was the 5th time this season that the Giants have gotten at least 12 hits, and their first since getting 15 on June 15 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Dickerson home run was measured at 412 feet, and bounced into McCovey Cove, as the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

Posey nearly got in the act in the bottom of the third inning, as he hit a ball high off the 24-foot wall in right field that was initially called a home run by first base umpire Rob Drake; however, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovell challenged the ruling and after a 2:00 minute delay, the call was reversed.

Brandon Belt, who walked with one out in the inning, easily scored from first base to lengthen the Giants lead.

Jake Lamb cut the Giants lead in half in the top of the fourth inning, as he singled to center field to score Jarrod Dyson, who singled to lead off the inning. On the Lamb single, David Peralta advanced to third after he walked two batters prior to Lambs base hit.

Once again it was Posey to drive in another run, as he singled to right field to score Joe Panik and on the play, Mike Yastrzemski went to third and Posey advanced to second on a throwing error by Jones.

Nick Ahmed narrowed the Giants lead down to one for the second time on the evening, as he singled in the top of the sixth inning to Eduardo Escobar, who doubled with one out in the inning and then went to third on a Lamb fly out to Yastrzemski in right field.

Tyler Austin added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he grounded out to Lamb at first base with the bases loaded that allowed Crawford to score from third.

Dickerson drove in his second run of the night in the bottom of the seventh, as he singled to right field to score Yastrzemski.

The Giants final run of the evening came when Matt AdRise uncorked a wild pitch that scored Posey from third base.

Jarrod Dyson drove in the final run of the game for the Diamondbacks in the top of the ninth inning, as he singled off of closer Will Smith that easily scored Carson Kelly from third base. Kelly led off the inning with a single off of Smith.

It was a huge night for Crawford, as the veteran shortstop picked up three hits and his third hit of the night was the 1,000th of his career.

After being mired an 0-for-13 slump since Monday against the Colorado Rockies, Posey broke to 3-for-4 on the night.

The two runs batted in for Posey gave him his first multi-RBI game since May 5 against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark, and his first at home since April 26 against the New York Yankees.

Posey also picked up his first three-hit game since August 10, 2018 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shawn Anderson went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking just one and striking out three on his way to his third win of the season.

Merrill Kelly went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking just one and striking out two, as his record fell to 7-8 on the season.

NOTES: Crawford joined some elusive company in the 1,000-hit club for the Giants, as he is just the fifth left-handed batter to get at 1,000 hits for the team since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. He joins Willie McCovey (1,974), Barry Bonds (1,951), Will Clark (1,278) and J.T. Snow (1,007).

Rich Aurilia is the only other shortstop to get at 1,000 hits for the Giants, as he picked up 1,226 hits in his Giants career.

Two of the Giants minor leaguers have been picked for the SiriusXM Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 7. Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos of the Single-A San Jose Giants will be heading to Cleveland, and will play for the National League in the new format that begins this season.

This is the first selection for Bart, and it is the second for Ramos, who played in the game last season at Nationals Park in Washington. Ramos went 1-for-1 in his only at-bat in a 10-6 loss to the United States team.

Steven Duggar, who is currently on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain is expected to join the Triple-A Sacramento Rivercats on Saturday, as he will begin his rehabilitation assignment for the Rivercats, as they face the Albuquerque Isotopes at Raley Field.

UP NEXT: Drew Pomeranz will take the mound for the Giants in the third game of this four-game series, while the Diamondbacks will counter with Zack Greinke.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants’ climb to get out of the cellar a long way off

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On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 The San Francisco Giants’ loss last night represented their fifth loss in six games and they have not been out of the NL West cellar since May.

#2 They faced some solid pitching from the Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Alex Young (1-0, 1.80 ERA) who pitched five innings against the Giants for three hits and five strikeouts holding the Giants to just one run.

#3 Michael talks about putting on a finger on what’s wrong with the Giants hitters. Everyone in the lineup on Thursday night are hitting below .300.

#4 The Giants starter Tyler Beede pitched 5 1/3 for four hits, two earned runs and three strikeouts — a good outing, but the relievers gave up three more runs in the 5-1 loss.

#5 Starting pitchers for Friday night at Oracle Park. For the Diamondbacks, Merrill Kelly (7-7, 3.93 ERA), and for the San Francisco Giants, Shaun Anderson (2-2, 3.94 ERA).

Catch Michael for the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants’ bats go to sleep again in 5-1 loss to D-Backs

Photo credit: @KNBR

By Jeremy Harness

SAN FRANCISCO – Arizona’s Alex Young looked like an All-Star in his major-league debut Thursday night. But then again, he was pitching against the Giants, who aren’t going to remind anybody of the 1927 Yankees any time soon.

As it was, he started his big-league career with a win, as his Diamondbacks cruised to a 5-1 win over the Giants at Oracle Park. The Giants have now lost four of their last five games, and they have been in last place with no interruption since May 9.

With the exception of one exceptionally-long fly ball in the fourth inning, Young did not run into much difficulty navigating through a punchless Giants lineup that struggled to get the ball out of the infield for most of the night.

“The guy threw a lot of cutters, mixed it up,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We couldn’t do much with him.

“(But) we’ve got to swing the bats. Three hits, very little action out there, it’s hard to win a game like that.”

He went five innings and surrendered only a run on three hits, walking and striking out five, throwing only 74 pitches in the process. His only real hiccup was a home run off the bat of Brandon Belt. From that point on, the Giants only got only runner past second base.

Giants starter Tyler Beede (1-3, 6.96 ERA) held his own and even traded zeroes with Young for the first three innings.

“He threw well, he did a nice job out there,” Bochy said. “He threw more strikes, looked more in control. He probably could have kept going, but I had Reyes (Moronta) fresh (in the bullpen). He looked much better in commanding the strike zone and staying in his delivery, and hitting his spots a lot better.”

However, he ran into some trouble to start the fourth, as he walked Ketel Marte, who will be starting for the National League at second base in this year’s All-Star Game, and then watched as David Peralta’s hot grounder up the middle skip off shortstop Brandon Crawford’s glove and bounce into shallow left-center for a double.

With runners on second and third with only one out, Christian Walker’s grounder to second scored Ketel Marte and gave Arizona a 1-0 lead, but Beede escaped the inning without any further damage.

The lead didn’t last very long. Belt led off the bottom half and took Young deep, his solo homer sailing just over the reach of center fielder Jarrod Dyson and tying the game.

However, the Diamondbacks just as quickly found themselves back in the lead. Beede made a mistake in location, and Nick Ahmed made him pay with a solo shot that went screaming down the tunnel past the left-field wall.

Beede gave up only those two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out another three. Those numbers typically stand a good chance to translate to a win. However, with a lineup that the Giants trot out these days, that’s nowhere close to a sure thing.

“It’s going to be up to us to put some runs on the board,” Bochy said. “Our margin of error is so small because we just don’t score a lot of runs, and one little mistake, it seems like it cost us.”

Two innings later, the door was effectively slammed shut on the Giants’ evening, when Carson Kelly’s smashed one over the wall in left-center off reliever Trevor Gott to give Arizona a 4-1 lead.

Locastro’s RBI single in 10th helps Snakes sink Giants 3-2

sfgate.com: Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Phoenix.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, June 23, 2019

PHOENIX — After losing six games in a row, the Arizona Diamondbacks were ready to celebrate something.

Centerfielder Tim Locastro lit the fuse for the occasion with a 10th inning walk-off run-scoring single that gave the D-Backs a 3-2 NL West win over the San Francisco Giants Sunday before 25,071 at Chase Field.

As soon as Locastro’s drive shot past Giants third baseman Evan Longoria, the Diamondback dugout emptied onto the field.

“Those are the things you look for as a team, when you finally have something good happen,” Arizona Manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’ve been coming in here talking about losing baseball games, and that’s hard. It’s tough on the team and tough on everyone.

“But you have to find a way to keep grinding. That showed the personality of this team.”

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases against San Francisco reliever Mark Melancon (3-2) before Locastro delivered his game-winner. After Christian Walker led off the Arizona 10th with a single, he was erased at second when Nick Ahmed hit into a fielder’s choice. Pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson walked and Carson Kelly was intentionally walked.

Ahmed scored the winning run from third on Locastro’s drive over the third base bag.

‘With one out, I’m just trying to get the ball to the outfield,” Locastro said. “Actually, I knew that (Melancon’s) tendency is to come in a little bit, so I was looking in there and got one over the third baseman’s head.

“As soon as I hit it, I saw (Longoria) jump up for it. As soon as I saw it drop, I gave it a fist pump and knew we had the win. I was very excited.”

“It didn’t surprise me that (Dyson) drew that walk,’ Lovullo said. “He was fighting off pitches and that was a key moment of the game. It’s built because of Christian Walker having a good at-bat and getting on base.”

Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the third when Caleb Joseph drew a one-out walk and scored on Locastro’s base hit.

The Giants tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Evan Longoria led off with a single, moved to third on Brandon Belt’s double and scored on an infield groundout by Stephen Vogt.

The Diamondbacks regained the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Adam Jones reached on a strike three wild pitch, moved to third on Eduardo Escobar’s single and scored on a base hit by Christian Walker.

Kevin Pillar tied the game at 2-2 with his 10th home run of the season to lead off the Giants seventh, hastening Merrill Kelly’s departure. He worked six-plus innings, struck out nine, walked two, and gave up two earned runs on four hits.

The D-Backs bullpen — Andrew Chafin, Yoan Lopez, Greg Holland and winning pitcher Matt Andriese (4-4) held San Francisco scoreless in the final four innings, with a combined three strikeouts and no walks or hits.

“It was pretty bad to give up that leadoff homer to Pillar. It would have been liked getting out of there with a lead, but the guys did a great job of picking me up and getting a huge victory,” Merritt Kelly said. “Hopefully, we’ve got some good energy going.”

Giants starter Shaun Anderson threw a strong six innings, giving up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Relievers Reyes Moronta and Sam Dyson held the Snakes scoreless and hitless in their combined three innings.

“We just couldn’t get anything going with the bats,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said. ‘They got the big hit, we didn’t. That’s the difference in the game.”

Lovullo said that Ketel Marte was not available for today’s game, even going into extra innings. Marte had been listed as day-to-day after suffering a left groin cramp on Friday.

“There was a minimal risk, but we held him back today. (Marte) will be out there when we play the Dodgers.”

Locastro added, “Now we have to get on a streak and that’s the goal moving forward.”

The Giants return home to host Colorado Monday through Wednesday. Lefthander Drew Pomeranz (2-7, 7.09 ERA) faces the Rockies’ Jon Gray (7-5, 4.18 ERA) in Monday’s series opener. San Francisco’s probables for Tuesday and Wednesday are Madison Bumgarner (3-7, 4.28 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (4-6, 4.23 ERA).

TAGS: Tim Locastro, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, MLB

Dickerson continues hitting spree, Giants edge Snakes 7-4

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, June 22, 2019

PHOENIX — For the second night in a row, the kids are getting it done for the San Francisco Giants.

Outfielder Alex Dickerson picked up where he left off on Friday, and Mike Yastrzemski homered in the ninth, leading the Giants to their second win in the three-game NL West series against Arizona on Saturday, downing the Diamondbacks 7-4.

Dickerson drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, and Yastrzemski, grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth.

“I like his approach,’ Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said of Dickerson. “He doesn’t chase pitches, he’s disciplined up there. Sometimes, a guy just needs another chance, especially with him and what he’s dealt with.

“He’s always shown he can hit, but he’s always had to deal with the injuries. Hopefully he’ll stay healthy.”

After Giants starter Tyler Beede struggled through the first four innings,
Trevor Gott (4-0) picked up the win in relief. Gott, Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson, and Tony Watson combined to hold the D-backs scoreless over four innings, and Will Smith threw a perfect ninth to earn his 20th save.

“I’ve said it before, they’re so reliable and have so much confidence,” Beede said. ‘We needed them for five innings and that was huge. They picked me up in the fifth, then hand the ball to the next guy and let him do his job. It was a super impressive night for the bullpen and a great team win.”

Dickerson, Kevin Pillar and Brandon Crawford each had two hits in the Giants’ 10-hit attack.

Arizona jumped on Beede for three runs in the first inning. RBI singles by Adam Jones and Christian Walker drove in two; the third run came on a double steal — Walker took second while Edurardo Escobar (who walked) stole home from third.

The Giants bounced back with two runs in the top of the second off losing pitcher Zack Godley (3-5) on a run-scoring double by Dickerson, followed by an RBI single by Crawford.

San Francisco surged ahead to stay at 5-3 with a three-run rally in the third. A two-RBI double by Dickerson, again followed by a run-scoring single by Crawford, were the key blows.

David Peralta led off the Diamondbacks third with a base hit and scored when Escobar hit into a fielder’s choice, pulling Arizona to within 5-4.

The weekend series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a pitching matchup of righthanders — Shaun Anderson (2-2, 4.08) for the Giants and Merrill Kelly (7-7, 3.99) for the D-Backs.

GIANTS JOTTINGS: Arizona INF Domingo Leyba made his MLB debut Saturday and got a pinch-hit single in his first at-bat. Leyba came to the D-Backs in 2014 along with P Robbie Ray for SS Didi Gregorius. Diamondbacks P Zach Grienke made his seventh career pinch-hitting appearance in the fourth inning, striking out for Arizona starter Zack Godley. … Eduardo Escobar’s steal of home was the first for a Diamondback since Paul Goldschmidt did it in 2017. … On Friday, San Francisco OF Alex Dickerson joined an elite group who, in the last 30 years, picked up six runs batted in playing in their first game with their new team. Elias Sports Bureau reports the others are Sam Horn (Baltimore, 1990), Darrin Jackson (Minnesota, 1997), Calvin Pikering (Kansas City, 2004), and Starlin Castro (Chi. Cubs, 2010). … Dickerson is also the third Giant ever to hit a grand slam in his first game with the club in New York or San Francisco, joining Bobby Bonds (1968) and Brandon Crawford (2011). … The Giants are in the midst of playing 20 games in 20 days; their next day off is July 4. … Saturday’s attendance — 32,082.

TAGS: San Francisco Giants,Alex Dickerson,Arizona Diamondbacks,Mike Yastrzemski,Brandon Crawford

Dickerson makes smashing Giants debut in 11-5 rout of Diamondbacks

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Friday, June 21, 2019

PHOENIX — Just up from Triple-A Sacramento, outfielder Alex Dickerson had little sleep, but wasted little time making an impact on the San Francisco Giants lineup.

In his first game as a Giant, Dickerson cranked a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple, leading San Francisco to an 11-5 NL West win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday at Chase Field.

“It was a good feeling,” Dickerson said. “I didn’t get the barrel on the ball the whole time I was there (with San Diego). It’s good to come back, get a good pitch to hit.”

“It’s a long day. I got more sleep for this one than I did in my callups back when I was a rookie. I felt real good the whole day, very well rested. Just added a little travel to it to try and play a baseball game.”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, “Wasn’t that impressive? What a day, and what a lift for us. We’re coming off some tough games and looking for some offense early, and he and Pillar, what a show those two put on.”

“(Dickerson) is strong. He’s got a quick bat and it’s good to have him up here to give him a chance.”

“You can’t have a better debut than that.”

Dickerson started the season with San Diego, which designated him for assignment earlier this month after he hit .158 in 12 games. The Padres traded him to San Francisco for prospect Franklin Van Gurp.

“This means a lot, but at the same time, it’s back to business,” Dickerson said. “I want to show that this is the level I want to be at, and it really is business at this point. There’s a little bit of emotion there, but in time, you put that behind you and just be a baseball player.”

The hitting exploits of Dickerson and Kevin Pillar (two-run home run, four RBIs) helped Jeff Samardzija (4-6) grind through six innings to get the win. Samardzija gave up five earned runs on nine hits, struck out five and walked one, but never surrendered the lead.

“There’s mixed emotions about tonight as a whole, but when your teammates pick you up and give you 11 runs, it makes it a whole lot easier to swallow,” Samardzija said. “There was some good and some bad. I was just a little more upset in general with being a little erratic and not very consistent, but I battled and we move on to the next one.”

Dickerson was 3-for-5 with six runs batted in, and fell a double short of hitting for the cycle.

“Pillar set me up great with good a-b’s in front of me, which gave me good pitches to hit,” Dickerson said. “He always had the pitchers on the ropes, and I told myself ‘It’s time to do some damage.'”

“That was impressive,” Samardzija said of Dickerson. “He came in off the bus and went out there and almost hit for the cycle! He had a lot to do with the run support, and he was fun to watch.”

Trailing by six in the bottom of the ninth, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases on Carson Kelly’s double, a walk to Jarrod Dyson and Ildemaro Vargas reached on an infield error.

That prompted a pitching change for the Giants, as closer Will Smith entered the contest. Smith struck out David Peralta and Adam Jones to kill the rally in a non-save situation.

Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke (1-3) gave up six earned runs on seven hits in three-plus innings.

San Francisco started the scoring in the top of the second on Kevin Pillar’s ninth home run of the season. Pillar’s drive to left-center drove in Stephen Vogt, who led off the inning with a double.

The Giants extended their lead to 6-0 when Dickerson delivered his first home run of the season, and his second career grand slam.

Arizona found the scoreboard in the third on Ketel Marte’s RBI single, driving in Jerrod Dyson, who reached on a one-out single. Marte limped into first and left the game, replaced by pinch-runner Ildemaro Vargas.

San Francisco loaded the bases when Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch, and Clarke issued walks to Brandon Belt and Pillar. Dickerson’s slam landed above the 413-foot mark in right-center.

The Diamondbacks cut San Francisco’s lead to 6-3 in the fourth on Nick Ahmed’s two-run home run, his sixth of the season. Christian Walker led off the inning with a base hit and scored on Ahmed’s opposite-field shot to right-center.

Carson Kelly followed with a double, was sacrificed to third by Clarke, and scored on a base hit by Vargas, cutting the Snakes’ deficit to 6-4. Peralta singled to right, and Adam Jones followed with an RBI single, making it 6-5.

Jones was initially ruled thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double. After a video review, the call on the field was upheld.

San Francisco used a four-run rally in the seventh to build a 10-5 lead. The big hit was Dickerson’s bases-clearing triple. The Giants scored once more in the ninth on Vogt’s RBI double, his second two-bagger of the night, scoring Belt from first.

In the Diamondbacks first, Samardzija allowed a one-out triple to Ketel Marte, followed by a walk to David Peralta. But he struck out Adam Jones and retired Eduardo Escobar on a comebacker to work out of trouble.

“I thought Shark pitched without his best stuff,” Bochy said. “He had tough luck early with some ground balls that got through. But really, the one inning (the fourth) is where he had a hiccup. They got back in the game, but he went back out there and gave us two solid innings, which you want to see.”

On Saturday night, right-hander Tyler Beede (1-2, 6.67 ERA) starts for the Giants. The Diamondbacks have yet to name their starter.

GIANTS JOTTINGS: Diamondbacks 2B Ketel Marte left the game with a left groin cramp and is listed as day-to-day. … The video review on Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones’ RBI single and throw out was 1:57. … Before the game, the Giants announced they claimed OF Joey Rickard off waivers from Baltimore. To make room for Rickard on the 40-man roster, San Francisco RHP Nick Vincent was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list, and will be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. … Attendance was announced at 29,312.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants nearly come back on Dodgers on Thursday night

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On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 The Dodgers nearly did what they did on Wednesday night and run away with a ballgame as the Dodgers started out the game with a 6-0 lead.

#2 The Giants rallied back in the last three innings of the game and nearly tied up the ball game against Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen.

#3 On a Giant bunt by Tyler Austin up the first base side, Dodger first baseman Cody Bellinger’s throw to third base that Giants baserunner Stephen Vogt was called out. The play was reviewed and it look like Vogt’s foot hit the bag about the same time the ball hit Dodger third baseman Justin Turner’s glove how did Michael see it.

#4 When the Dodgers’ Max Muncy came up to the plate to face Giants starter Madison Bumgarner the Dodger’s scoreboard showed a replay of the home run that Muncy hit off Bumgarner last time the Dodgers were in San Francisco plus the Dodgers played “Under the Sea” and “Smoke on the Water” during the replay.

#5 The Giants are in Arizona for a three-game battle with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants will start Jeff Samardzija (3-6) going against the Diamondbacks’ Taylor Clark (1-2).

Michael does the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com