Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: Sox edge A’s 3-2: Tim Anderson is not talking suspension

Chicago White Sox Gavin Sheets (right) scores at home after hitting a seventh inning two run homer off Oakland A’s pitcher Austin Pruitt is congratulated by teammate Andrew Vaughn (left) at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago on Sat Jul 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie during the Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox first game on Friday shortstop Tim Anderson let plate umpire Nick Mahrley got an earful after arguing ball and strikes in the bottom of the seventh inning. Anderson was suspended for three games when the bill of his helmet made contact with Mahrley and Sox manager Tony LaRussa said Mahrley moved forward to get beaked by Anderson.

#2 Charlie, Anderson did play in Saturday’s game in Chicago and got two hits. Anderson has protested the suspension by MLB and said to the media after the game that he was not talking about the suspension after Saturday’s game.

#3 Meanwhile Gavin Sheets was the key player in Saturday’s game after hitting a two run homer in the bottom of the seventh that tied up the game and later Sheets scored the game winning run.

#4 The A’s who had the lead just couldn’t shut the door as reliever Zach Jackson gave up a double to Sheets and advanced to third when teammate Josh Harrison laid down a bunt and Jackson threw a ball that took a bounce with Anderson at the plate.

#5 The A’s will try and see if they can win another series again if they can pull it off with a win at Guarantee Rate on Sunday the A’s will be starting Adam Oller (1-3, 8.07, 4.15) he’ll be matched up against the White Sox Dillion Cease (10-4, 2.03) first pitch 11:10 am PDT

Join Charlie O for the A’s podcasts every other Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Ninth Inning Letdown Gives Chicago a Walk Off Win Over A’s 3-2

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn deals in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago on Sat Jul 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

Ninth Inning Letdown Gives Chicago a Walk Off Win Over A’s 3-2

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Oakland A’s (39-64) won game one in their series with the Chicago White Sox (50-50) 7-3. Home runs came raining down for Oakland in the first game of the series and they kept on coming in game two.

Saturday game recap: In the first inning Sean Murphy had a solo home run and Seth Brown had another in the third inning. Saturday Brown had two home runs and did not disappoint in game two. Oakland held the 2-0 lead into the seventh inning.

The White Sox tied up this game in the seventh off a Gavin Sheets home run with Andrew Vaughn aboard. The 2-2 score would persist into the ninth inning.

Oakland played a very good baseball game that ended on a very sour note in the bottom of the ninth. Closer Zach Jackson threw a wild pitch with Adam Engel on third and that was the ball game in a Chicago walk off 3-2.

It was a good ball game for Paul Blackburn who went five innings giving up five hits, with four strikeouts and no runs. The A’s had eight hits and Chicago had nine which was the difference maker. It was a tough decision for the A’s after playing so well.

Seth Brown continued on the same pace that we have seen since the All-Star game. He is hitting .440 since that game, an amazing stat. Seven A’s had hits in this game and really did play well enough to come away with a win. It was the letdown in the ninth inning that was the difference.

The rubber game will be played tomorrow at 11:10 AM PT. Adam Oller (1-3, 8.07) will take the mound for the A’s. Oakland offense will be facing Dylan Cease who comes in with a 10-4 win loss record and an 2.03 ERA.

Oakland Continues Their Winning Ways Beating Chicago 7-3

Oakland A’s pitcher Lou Trivino (left) and teammate Seth Brown (right) shares congratulations after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago on Fri Jul 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Oakland Continues Their Winning Ways Beating Chicago 7-3

By Barbara Mason

After sweeping the Houston Astros earlier this week, the Oakland A’s (39-63) took on the Chicago White Sox (49-50) Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field for a three game series. Oakland has been a far improved team since the All-Star break and despite their record they have been playing some winning baseball.

The White Sox got up on the scoreboard in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Jose Abreu singled driving AJ Pollock home and Chicago had a nice start in this game. Although unable to get anything going in the first inning, Oakland did have an exceptional second inning. Stephen Piscotty homered with Ramon Laureano and Elvis Andrus on base and the A’s had taken the lead 3-1.

Oakland continued on through the fifth inning with some excellent defense as did the White Sox. The A’s got some more offense going in the sixth inning. Seth Brown and Andrus both hit solo homers to extend their lead to 5-1.

Chicago would score two runs in the seventh inning. Josh Harrison hit a homer with Eloy Jimenez on base and the White Sox were challenging Oakland trailing 5-3.

In the eighth inning Brown would hit his second homer of the game to extend the Oakland lead 6-3. The A’s had seven hits in this game so far and were making the most of every hit.

James Kaprielian had a great game going six innings. He allowed four hits, the one run and had four strikeouts. Domingo Acevedo pitched one inning, the seventh and Zach Jackson pitched a three up three down eighth inning.

In the ninth inning Nick Allen executed a perfect bunt bringing Andrus home and giving the A’s a 7-3 lead. Chicago had their last chance in this game going into the bottom of the ninth. Lou Trivino closed out the game with a three up, three down and that was the ball game. The A’s have won seven of their last eight games with a season high four game winning streak.

Tomorrow in game two of this series first pitch will be at 4:15 PM PT. Paul Blackburn (6-6, 4.35) will take the mound for the A’s and Chicago will send veteran Johnny Cueto (4-4) who is doing a great job for the White Sox with a 2.89 ERA.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s getting help from bullpen and key hitting from offense

Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian throws against the New York Yankees in this Fri Jun 18, 2022 photo at Yankee Stadium. Kaprielian will be the starting pitcher against the Chicago White Sox on Fri Jul 29, 2022 (AP News file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, looks like the Oakland A’s are starting to settle down getting some key hitting and the bullpen has delivered and the A’s since Wednesday’s sweep over the Houston Astros are finding new ways to win ball games.

#2 The A’s on Wednesday got some help in the bottom of the second inning with back to back home runs by Stephen Vogt and Stephen Piscotty at the Oakland Coliseum.

#3 Earlier in the season the A’s had problems with getting hits but they’ve been managing to get clutch hits at the right time recently.

#4 The A’s bullpen has improved in July before Wednesday’s game they had an 4.03 ERA and have a 2.79 ERA over the last 22 games.

#5 The A’s open up a three game series with the Chicago White Sox Friday night at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago’s South Side with A’s starter James Kaprielian (1-5, 4.47) and for the White Sox starter Lance Lynn (1-3, ERA 6.43)

Join Jeremiah Thursdays for the Oakland A’s podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s-Chicago White Sox preview series starts Friday at Guarantee Rate Field

Chicago White Sox manager Tony LaRussa is in the rumor mill that he’s too old to manage and that he’s turned the players off as he will manage against his old team the Oakland A’s starting Fri Jul 29, 2022 at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago (AP News file photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s are in Chicago to start a three-game series with the White Sox starting Friday night at Guarantee Rate Field. The A’s and the White Sox have played each other since the American League’s first season in 1901.

Over the years, the A’s have appeared in 14 World Series and won nine. The White Sox have been to the World Series just four times and won the title in 1906 and again in 2005. Former A’s skipper Tony La Russa manages the 2022 team.

La Russa is in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Tony has won 2869 games in his career and is second place on the list of winningest managers. Only Connie Mack, with 3731 wins, is ahead of him. La Russa is 77 years old.

There are grumblings in Chicago that Tony is too old for the job. There are rumors that players have turned him off. The White Sox won the AL Central last year with a record of 93-69. Hopes were high for Chicago before the season started.

The White Sox are 49-49 and are in third place in their division. The Minnesota Twins have a three-game lead over the Sox. The Sox are four games back in the chase for the third slot in the Wild Card race. The grumbling will cease if the White Sox win the division and make the playoffs.

The A’s have been playing well since just before the All-Star break. Oakland has won 12 of the last 20 games played. The A’s are 38-63 and are in last place in the American League West Division. There is no question Oakland will not be in the playoffs this year. The A’s may be sellers at the trade deadline.

Frankie Montas, under club control through 2023, is rumored to be on the trading block. The A’s are in rebuild mode, and any player that will be a free agent at the end of this year may be moved. The players would love to be spoilers as there are only two months left in the season.

Let’s take a look at the pitchers for the upcoming series. The A’s will send James Kapielian to the hill Friday Night. Kaprielian is 1-5 with an ERA of 4.74. Kaprielian did not pitch well earlier in the season. He was on the IL with a shoulder injury but has returned to form as he has pitched well in his last three or four starts.

Lance Lynn will go for Chicago. The 35-year-old righty is not having a good year. Lynn is 1-3, and his ERA is 6.43. Lyn was 11-6 with an ERA of 2.39 ERA last year. On Saturday, the A’s will send Paul Blackburn out to pitch. Blackburn started well and made the All-Star team. However, in his last start, he was tagged for ten runs.

His record stands at 6-6, and his ERA has risen to 4.35. Former San Francisco starter, Johnny Cueto, will go for the Chisox.

Cueto is 4-4 and has a respectable ERA of 2.89. The A’s have not announced their starter for Sunday’s game. Dylan Cease will be on the mound for Chicago. Cease is having an outstanding season. He is 10-4 and has an ERA of 2.03.

The Key position players for Chicago include first baseman Jose Abreu. Abreu was the American League’s MVP in 2020. Josh Harrison, who played with the A’s last year, will be at second base. Tim Anderson represented the White Sox at this year’s All-Star game.

Anderson has killed the A’s in past seasons. Yoan Moncada will be at third base. The White Sox will feature Eloy Jimenez in left field, either A.J.Pollock or Adam Engel in center. Luis Robert is out until August first. Gavin Shields, Andrew Vaughn, or Leury Garcia will be in right. Andrew Vaughn is the designated hitter.

Former A’s closer Liam Hendriks is the closer for Chicago. Hendriks is having another good year with 19 saves. Their setup man is another former A’s pitcher, Kendall Graveman. Graveman is 3-2 and has five saves.

Other players that will see action coming out of the bullpen are Joe Kelly, Reynaldo Lopez, Jose Ruiz, Matt Foster, Taner Banks, and Jimmy Lambert.

The A’s bullpen has done well recently. A’s manager Mark Kotsay has received outstanding performances from Domingo Acevedo, Sam Moll, Austin Pruitt, Zach Jackson, and A.J.Puk. Puk earned a save on Wednesday, setting the Astros down in order 1-2-3 to preserve the 4-2 victory.

The White Sox have not played well at home this year. Their home record is 21-27. The road record is 28-22. The A’s, like the Sox, have played better on the road, too. It should be a fun series. The A’s have won three in a row and would love to extend their streak.

The White Sox must win to stay in contention for the AL Central crown. The only way Chicago will get into the playoffs is to win the division. This series should be interesting.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: It was the Stephen and Stephen and Stephen show at the Oakland Coliseum

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha take turns at throwing out the first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum before Wed Jul 27, 2022 game against the Houston Astros (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 Jerry, back to back home runs in the bottom of the second inning from catcher Stephen Vogt and leftfielder Stephen Piscotty that got the A’s off to a 2-0 lead.

#2 The A’s have been showing consistency of late in improved offense including a Tony Kemp double for an RBI that scored Jonah Bride for a for a 3-1 bottom of the fifth inning lead.

#3 Sky Bolt struck again with a RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning and it was the A’s win for keeps and a sweep over the Houston Astros the second best team in baseball 4-2.

#4 The A’s starter Cole Irvin kept the Astros off balance who pitched seven innings four hits, two runs and struck out four hitters. Quite and accomplishment against one of baseball’s best teams.

#5 The A’s are headed to Chicago for a three game series which opens up at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago with the Chicago White Sox. Starting pitcher for the A’s on Friday night right hander James Kaprielian (1-5, 4.74) and for the White Sox Lance Lynn (1-3, 6.43) a 5:10 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Former Giant Bumgarner shows good command in D-Backs 8-3 win over Giants at Chase? White Sox cancel fireworks show over shooting that killed six; plus more news

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner walks to the dugout before their game before the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field in Phoenix on Mon Jul 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Arizona Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner said that he was excited to pitch on July 4th and picked up a win going five innings, giving up three earned runs, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts defeating his former team the San Francisco Giants 8-3.

#2 The Diamondbacks did most of the damage in the later innings against the Giants scoring twice in the sixth and eighth innings. It was the Giants 11th loss in 14 games and fifth loss in row.

#3 In the Chicago suburb Highland a lone gunman shot and killed six and 31 wounded at a Fourth of July Parade. Many of the dead and injured were sitting in seats along the parade route. The White Sox canceled their fireworks show which was to conclude after their game against the game almost was canceled but after talking to MLB the game was played.

#4 The Chicago Cubs Wilson Contreras who slide into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning at Wrigley Field and sliced the thigh of Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts who required seven stitches when his cleats hit Bogaerts right outside thigh.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels promoted catcher’s coach Bill Haselman to interim interim manager. The Angels current manager is Phil Nevin and acting interim manager Ray Montgomery are serving ten and two game suspension respectively.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Lewis Rubman: White Sox were just too much for Giants; San Francisco will try to rebound in Arizona tonight

Chicago White Sox pitcher Luis Golitio leaves the dugout to pitch to the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Jul 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Lewis:

#1 The White Sox Luis Golito pitched six innings gave up six hits, one earned run, two walks, seven strike outs for his fifth win against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Sunday and it was quite a performance for him Golito was really keeping the Giants off balance.

#2 The White Sox got some hitting in their 13-4 victory over the Giants on Sunday the Sox Selby Zavala with three hits and three RBIs and Gavin Sheets somebody you were talking about during the game yesterday had an afternoon with three RBIs

#3 The White Sox kept pouring it on Luery Garcia with three hits as the White Sox chalked up a five run top of the eighth inning that pretty much put a fork in the ball game.

#4 The Giants Joc Pederson had the best offensive production with two hits and an RBI double but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox had already put it out of reach.

#5 The Giants try and shake off the previous three game sweep to the White Sox opening a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night at Chase Field with a 6:10 pm PDT first pitch.

Lewis Rubman filled in for Morris Phillips who does the Giants podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants are swept and clobbered by White Sox 13-4 at Oracle

Chicago White Sox’s Josh Harrison, right, gets into second base as San Francisco Giants second baseman Wilmer Flores reaches for the thrown ball for an error on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

Chicago (AL) (38-39). 13. 17. 0

San Francisco (40-37). 4. 7. 1

Sunday, July 3, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO-The Giants have played several bullpen games this season. Before today, the last time they used that now fairly commonplace tactic was June 11 against the Dodgers, here at Oracle Park.

They beat the Bums that afternoon, 3-2, using a mound line up of Sam Long, who surrendered both Los Angeles runs, Tyler Rogers, Dominic Leone, Zack Littell, Jarlín García, Camilo Doval, the winner, and José Alvare, who got the save.

They did it again today. Their firing squad consisted of John Brebbia (one inning), Jarlín García (1 IP), Sean Hjelle (2+ innings), recalled today from Sacramento, Sam Long (3 IP), Yúnior Marte (one dreadful inning), and their catcher, Austin Wynn (one inning).

They got massacred, losing a 13-4 Rocky Horror Show to the team from the other windy city.

For their part, the Chisox started with Lucas Giolito (4-4, 4.19 at game time), who didn’t allow a hit until Joc Pederson’s Texas Leaguer dropped into shallow center off the glove of shortstop Tim Anderson, who was trying to make a back to the plate catch in the fourth inning.

It was a fielding mistake that put Chicago up 2-0 in the top of the third, With Hjelle pitching and Josh Harrison, who had singled, on first with one out Anderson hit a grounder to Dalton Walton at short.

He threw to second for what looked like the start of a double play. The ball flew into right field, putting runners on second and third, just waiting for Luis Robert’s single to right with two out to bring them home which it did.

An inning later, with Hjelle still on the mound, a one out double by García, followed an out later by Zavala’s single, both to right center, made it 3-0.

Hjelle came out for the fifth and left with the bases loaded without getting an out. It happened on an infield hit by Andrew Vaughn and singles by Robert and Abreu. Sam Long didn’t help things, surrendering a base clearing two bagger to Gavin Sheets that put the visitors up by a half a dozen runs.

But, once the damage was done and in spite of a walk and a wild pitch, Long retired the side without any more Sox crossing the plate. He continued his good work by putting the Chisox down in order in the sixth and seventh frames

The first solid hit off Giolito came in the bottom of the sixth with Austin Slater’s lead off base knock to right. Pederson followed that with a drive just to the right of the 415 foot marker in Triples Alley, which drove Slater in with the orange and black’s initial tally.

Wilmer Flores’s fly to right, ending the frame also ended Giolito’s stint. He pitched six innings, allowing that one run, which was earned, on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven, all of them against the first eight hitters he faced. He served up 102 pitches, 36 of them balls. He would get the win, bringing his record to 5-4, 4.90.

Matt Foster relieved him, pitching a perfect seventh.

Yúnior Marte replaced Long for the top of the eighth and prompted coughed up the run San Francisco had recuperated in the sixth and more.

Chicago linked consecutive singles by their first three batters, García, Harrison, and Zavala, a walk to Anderson, Vaughn’s single, Robert’s fielders’ choice, and pinch hitter Adam Haseley’s single to add five runs to their total, leaving San Francisco in the dust, looking at an 11-1 deficit when they faced Vince Velásquez, who replaced Foster for the eighth and retired them in order.

Austin Wynn moved from the catcher´s to the pitcher´s box in the top of the ninth for his second stint as a PPP (Position Player Pitching). He got through it with only two runs half heartedly scored against him.

Velásquez stayed in the game to complete the formalities of ending the slaughter, and the Giants bats came alive against him. With one out, back to back to back to back doubles by Yermín Mercedes, hitting for Belt, Flores, and Yastrzemski, and Ruf cut Chicago’s lead to 13-4 and drove Velásquez from the game and brought in José Ruiz to quell the uprising. He accomplished this by fanning Walton and his opposite number, Wynn.

The crestfallen Giants will fly to Phoenix to play the Diamondbacks and won’t return until July 11, when they’ll face Arizona once more.

The Monday night starters for the Giants Carlos Rodon (7-4, 2.62) and for the Arizona Diamondbacks Madison Bumgarner (3-8, 3.63) a 6:10 pm PDT first pitch at Chase Field.

Giants try to recover in late innings fall short to White Sox 5-3

San Francisco Giants catcher Curt Casali (2) puts the tag on Chicago White Sox right fielder Gavin Sheets (32) as he tried to advance on a ground ball hit by the Sox AJ Pollock but is called out by plate umpire Chris Guccione (68), in the top of the fourth at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Saturday, July 2, 2022, in San Francisco.

Chicago (AL) (36-39). 5. 8. 0

San Francisco (40-36). 3. 8. 2

Saturday, July 2, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO-The Giants, in Friday night’s bitter loss to the White Sox, wasted a fine performance by the first half of their Cobb-Webb combo. In this Saturday’s encounter, they pinned their hopes on the second half of that duo, sending Logan Webb (7-2, 3.04 at game time) and his wicked slider to the mound.

But starting pitching hasn’t been San Francisco’s main problem. To stop their slump, they needed to get a jump on the opposition’s mound staff and then hold on to their lead . Saturday it was Dylan Cease, bringing a 6-3, 2.56 record with him, they needed to hit early and often.

The home team did, indeed, get its much needed jump start. LaMonte Wade, Jr. ,leaned into Cease’s second delivery of the game, a 96 mph four seamer, and sent it over the right field wall, 424 feet from home, for his second home run of the year and third career leadoff round tripper.

Joc Pederson followed that with a double to right. But the Chisox starter got them to Cease and desist by retiring Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt, and Tommy LaStella, interspersed by a walk to Mike Yastrzemski to limit San Francisco’s early advantage to just one run.

That lead didn’t hold up, and the final score was 5-3 in favor of the visitors. Webb went six innings and yielded five runs, three of them earned, on six hits, one walk, and a hitter. Two thirds of his 101 pitches were considered strikes.

He took the loss, leaving his record at 7-3, 3.13. Cease lasted five episodes, during which he threw 104 pitches, 62 of which counted as strikes. He struck out four allowed four hits and three walks and hit one batter but he didn’t let San Francisco tack any runs on to its sole, initial tally. That earned him the win, making him 7-3, 2.51).

In the top of the fourth Webb got tangled up in a mess not of his own making. Tim Anderson led off by beating out a grounder to third. Then Andrew Vaughn hit a bouncing ball to the right side that Belt couldn’t handle.

Both runners might have been safe even if he had, but the scorer ruled it an error. Luis Robert’s little nubber in front of the plate moved Anderson and Vaughn up a notch each, and a 3-2 walk to cleanup hitter Abreu loaded the bases with only one out.

That brought up Gavin, who sent a line drive to left. Pederson came in for it, and the ball sailed over his head for a two run double that put Chicago ahead 2-1 and advanced Abreu to third. He crossed the plate on Yoan Moncada’s single to right.

Webb closed the inning with a nice play of his own, tossing Sheets out at home on a soft grounder towards the mound from Pollock’s bat and getting García to ground out to Belt, unassisted. But the damage had been done, and the pale hose were ahead, 3-1, after 4-1/2 innings of play.

Two of those three runs were earned, although Logan pitched well enough to have gotten out of the frame unscathed. He threw the same number of pitches total in that unlucky inning that Cease had in the first, 29.

Things went south again for Webb and the Giants in the top of the sixth. Abreu singled to left center and advanced to third on Sheets’ down the line double to right. Webb plunked Moncada with a pitch, clogging the base paths, and then fanned Pollock.

Disaster struck when Luery García hit what might have been a double play ball to Belt, who threw to second for the force on Moncada. Walton’s throw back to first went wild as Webb stumbled on his way to the base trying to cover.

Two runs scored, one on the error charged to Walton. It now was 5-1. Webb retired Seby Zavala and did not come out to pitch the seventh. He was relieved by Yúnior Marte, who, with a little help from a pitcher´s best friend, kept Chicago off the board.

Jarlín García took over for him in the eighth and allowed just a two out single to Adam Haseley, who had pinch run for Sheets in the fatidic sixth.

Tanner Banks pitched the scoreless sixth and seventh frames for the Chisox, giving way to Joe Kelly for the eighth. He fanned the first two Giants he faced but then walked Mike Yastrzemski on a full count. Yaz stole second with Darin Ruf, who had pinch hit for La Stellla in the sixth at bat.

Ruf rifled a shot down the line in right for a run producing double and shortening Chicago’s lead to 5-2. After Vosler walked, Walton grounded out to the mound.

That’s the way it stood after eight, when Jake McGee took over pitching duties for the orange and black, trying to keep the Sox within striking distance. Wade’s pretty jumping catch of Anderson’s two out fly ball at the right field fence enabled him to do it.

Kendall Graveman entered the game to bury the Giants’ hopes. He got Casali out on a grounder to third. Austin Slater pinch hit for Wade and singled to right and was forced out a second by Pederson’s grounder to García.

With two down, Longoria singled to left center, sending Pederson to third. He scored and Longoria moved to third on Belt´s base knock to center, making it 5-3. Yastrzemski worked a full count before grounding out to second to end a very frustrating loss. Graveman was credited with the save, his fifth in nine opportunities.

The Giants will try to save some face tomorrow at 1:05, when they’ll face Chicago’s Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5,19). Who will pitch for the Giants still is unannounced.