Cueto to undergo Tommy John surgery

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By Jeremy Kahn

Since the season began back in April, there was a possibility that San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto could be lost for the injury-marred season and more due to right elbow surgery.

Well, tomorrow in Los Angeles, Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery and will be lost for the remainder of the 2018 season. Cueto could be back on the mound late during the 2019 season.

“If there’s anything we know about Johnny, it’s that he’s a hard worker,” said Giants general manager Bobby Evans.

Cueto is the second Giants pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery in two seasons, as closer Will Smith also underwent the surgical procedure on March 30, 2017 and did not pitch in his first Major League game this season until May 2.

Giants pitcher Chris Stratton will take Cueto’s spot in the starting rotation. Stratton is 8-6 with a 4.93 ERA in 18 starts this season, before he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on July 7.

Cueto ended the 2018 season with a 3-2 record with a 3.23 ERA. He was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a right elbow sprain.

Bye to Chi: Exhausting series with Cubs ends in the 13th inning with a Giants’ 5-4 win

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time in three days, the Giants emptied their tank–along with their bullpen–to get past the Cubs.

The 452nd pitch of the afternoon thrown by James Norwood was treated to Buster Posey’s classic inside out swing which sent the ball carooming off the padded advertisement at the base of the right field arcade, scoring Brandon Belt.

Posey’s signature All-Star moment ended four and half hours of baseball in the 13th inning with the Giants prevailing 5-4 at AT&T Park on Wednesday. And then it got Posey’s manager and teammates talking about the catcher’s grit and determination.

“For him to drive the ball like that with two strikes, that’s what’s impressive,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey’s final swing.

“For Buster to feel something the majority of the season, his hip, and still go out every day and hit the ball like he does, he’s just a different animal,” said Dereck Rodriguez, who as the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, might understand what Posey deals with shouldering so much responsibility on daily basis despite the constant injuries and nicks earned behind the plate.

A different animal? Yeah, what else would explain catching 225 pitches over 13 innings, then delivering the game-winning hit on your seventh at-bat two days after announcing that an expedited, pain-relieving procedure is needed in a few days just for your season to continue after the All-Star break.

“He’s a future Hall of Famer,” Rodriguez said.

Posey, always in character and in a different tone than Rodriguez, wasn’t in need of All-Star treatment.

“Everybody’s got stuff they’re dealing with. I try not to make more of it than what it is,” Posey said.

Whether business or usual, or Herculean feat, Posey’s big hit kept the Giants trending in the right direction, moving within three games of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. Ultimately, being three games behind–and just three games over .500–won’t get the Giants much. But they continue to hang around, for 95 games now, just in case they’re capable of a whole lot more down the stretch of the season.

The Giants will kick off the Battle of the Bay versus the A’s on Friday night at 7:15 pm PDT.

Dodged a bullet?: Giants either crafty or overmatched in season-opening weekend

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By Morris Phillips

If the Giants’ bats come around, they’ll laugh heartily about it.

If they don’t, the entire club will be visibly upset for the next six months.

It’s that serious–and that inconsequential–the Giants scored just two runs in four games to start the season in Dodger Stadium. Ultimately, what matters is what’s yet to come. But if the offense tanks, we’ll all remember the Giants started a subpar season with the most inept opening weekend in terms of offense in the last 30 seasons…

Of any team since the 1988 Orioles lost 12-0 on Opening Day–and 12-1 four days later on the way to 107 defeats–and after the two major upgrades in Longoria and McCutchen, all the faith invested in the holdovers, and the similarity to the last two campaigns, a collapse would be a mouthful to swallow.

Of course, this is a sobering juxtaposition. Could the Giants provide more of the same for a third straight year?

With the increasing ominous signs, it bears watching.

If not, the Giants may have shown that given their tenacity and level of engagement, they may have what it takes to compete. After all, the Giants assumed the most arduous opening of any team in the National League–on the road, against the penant winners with four different start times–and scraped together two, memorable, hard fought wins.

Without a couple of major pieces, that’s an accomplishment.  The precedent set by Joe Panik with his pair of solo shots says it best.

But if the Dodgers can claim the distinction of being the first team in baseball history to allow two or fewer runs in a season-opening four game series than that’s not good. Only one of the two runs were earned? That’s the Giants sending the competition off on their merry way brimming with confidence.

“They’ll get clicking,” Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s a matter of time. … They’re too good. We know that. Hopefully [during] this day off, they’ll get a chance to relax.”

Here’s a snapshot of the numbers from the weekend:

Evan Longoria started the National League portion of his career hitless. The former Tampa Bay Ray went 0 for 15, despite saying he saw some good pitches to hit.

Johnny Cueto was lights out on Friday night, allowing one hit over seven innings, no walks, with four strikeouts. So far no mention of reoccurring issues with blisters. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts astutely pointed that Cueto is especially tough with no baserunners pitching out of the stretch.

Joe Panik’s feat of solo homers in consecutive 1-0 wins is a once in the history of the sport achievement. Forget the distinction of Opening Day, no player has ever solo homered in consecutive games with that game result, period.

Opening the season with a pair of 1-0 wins? That’s been done before. 76 years ago by the Reds in wins over the Cardinals with a huge assist to Johnny VanderMeer. The Reds’ pitching staff one-upped the Giants by winning in extra innings both days, 21 innings total.

The Giants are hitting .192 as a team, ranking them 27th, just in case you mistakenly thought they generated a decent share of traffic on the basepaths, but couldn’t summon any big hits.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: A’s in the City to close out spring schedule; Cueto has good outing against Oakland; plus more

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On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 Giants and A’s kicked off the 2018 Bay Bridge series at the Coliseum on Sunday, which could only mean the beginning of the regular season is just round the corner.

#2 It was an satisfying outing for Giants starter Johnny Cueto, who pitched the first Bay Bridge series game, going 5.1 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts in a 5-1 win over the A’s Sunday.

#3 Giants pitcher Ty Blach gets the start for opening day on Thursday in Los Angeles. In 2017, Blach had a 4.78 ERA and was 8-12.

#4 The Giants offense do present some pop in the line up for 2018 with hitters such as Buster Posey, Evan Longoria, and Andrew McCutchen.

#5 On an A’s note: The A’s played it safe and purchased land from the city of Oakland in order to secure the Oakland Coliseum area so no future developers might buy the land in the event the Howard Terminal idea falls through.

Morris Phillips is the San Francisco Giants beat writer at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Baseball is back in the Bay; Giants down the A’s 5-1 on Sunday

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by Charlie O. Mallonee

Baseball returned to the Bay Area on Sunday afternoon as the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics played the first of three annual Bay Bridge Exhibition Series games at the Coliseum in Oakland. The G-Men came out on top in game of one as they downed the A’s 5-1 before 21,229 fans on very chilly day.

Johnny Cueto made the start for the Giants and Daniel Gossett took the hill for the A’s. If you are a Giants fan you are very happy with the way Cueto pitched especially with the loss of Bumgarner. The big righthander pitched 5.2-innings giving up just one run (earned) on five hits. He struck out six and walked just one batter. Cueto threw 82 pitches (57 strikes). He looks ready to go for the regular season.

The Athletics  Daniel Gossett looked good for the first two innings and then ran into some real trouble in the top of the third inning. Gossett gave up three runs off three three hits with the real damage coming from a Buster Posey two-run double that slammed off the center field wall. He would give up a solo run in the fourth inning.

Gossett worked 3.2 innings giving up those four runs (all earned) on five hits. He struck out two and walked one. Gossett threw 78 pitches (47 strikes).

“I thought his stuff was good. Similar to what we saw during regular Spring Training. He just did’t throw enough strikes,”said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “He got himself in a jam and Posey got a big hit … they scored some runs off of it. He has to be a little more efficient with his strikes and get ahead in the count.”

The A’s used six pitchers in the contest:

  • Yusmeiro Petit worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up no hits.
  • Daniel Coulombe struck one and walked one but did not give up a hit in his one inning on the mound.
  • Liam Hendricks posted all zeros in his inning on the hill. Melvin said it was his best outing of the training season.
  • Raul Alcantara struggled in his one inning giving up one run on one hit. The hit was a home run to the Panda – Pablo Sandoval. Melvin indicated Alcantara has to start throwing his breaking ball for strikes.
  • Simon Castro closed out the game by giving up no runs on no hits while striking out two and walking one.

There were not the many highlights on offense. The A’s only run came in the bottom of third inning when Dustin Fowler led off the inning with base hit. After Joyce came close to hitting one of out the park to deep center field, Semien grounded out to short and that moved Fowler into scoring position at second base. Jed Lowrie then hit a single up the middle and the speedy Fowler raced home to score the only run of the game for the Athletics.

The totals in game for the Giants were five runs, seven hits and no errors while the A’s posted one run, six hits and two errors. San Francisco is now 14-15 for the spring and Oakland falls to 13-15.

The two meet in San Francisco on Monday night.

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The A’s have 17 pitchers, seven infielders, seven outfielders and three catchers for a total of 34 players. That number must be cut to 25 by Thursday. Look for Oakland to keep 13 pitchers, 10 position players and 2 catchers.

Due to injuries, the A’s are down to five starting pitchers by default. It appears the bullpen will receive maximum usage this season. The team did work at upgrading the relief corps in the off-season and now it appears it is a good thing they did with the injuries to the starters.

Who will play center field?

The battle is between Dustin Fowler, Boog Powell and Jeff Smolinski. Powell saw action with the A’s in 2017 playing in 29 games and hitting .282 including three home runs. He also played in 23 games for the Seattle Mariners before being traded to Oakland. Smolinski appeared in 16 games for the Athletics batting .259 with an OPS .607.

The Athletics acquired Fowler from the New York Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade. Fowler appeared in one game for the Yankees which is the total of his MLB experience. When Fowler was traded, he was on the disabled list with a ruptured right patellar tendon. He came off the DL last November.

Powell is hitting .250 for the spring with an OPS of .665. He has hit two home runs and two stolen bases. Fowler is batting .195 in 41 trips to the plate this spring. He has not hit a home run but has recorded four RBI and has three stolen bases. His OPS is .471.

Smolinski has hit .289 this spring with an OPS of 1.003. He has hit four home runs and recorded 13 RBI. Those are some numbers that may be hard to ignore

This appears to be a battle between power and speed. The advantage that Fowler possesses is his speed which can be a real asset on defense and could be a real help on offense if he could use that speed to get into scoring position. The problem is the on-base-percentage of .227. If that OBP is over .350, now that speed becomes a weapon.

The fact is the experience and offensive production of Powell and Smolinski gives them a real advantage in staying with the “big club” on Thursday and beyond. The A’s need Fowler to develop into a leadoff hitter who can get on base by the base hit, bunt or base-on-balls. He probably needs some time at Triple-A to work on those skills.

After the game on Sunday, Bob Melvin had this to say about Fowler, “He’s doing a nice job and he’s starting to swing the bat better. He’s starting to hit the ball the other way which means he’s getting on top of the ball and more on track. Early in the spring that wasn’t the case. His bats are getting better and better.”

Sandoval ends season with a walk-off home run Giants win 5-4

San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval celebrates after hitting a walk off home run against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-What a great way to end a nightmare season than with a walk-off home run from Pablo Sandoval.

Johnny Cueto went five innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits, while striking out two; however, it was a Sandoval walk-off home run that gave the Giants a come-from-behind victory to give the Giants a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

This was the first walk-off for Sandoval since May 21, 2013 against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park.

The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Giants even came to the plate, as Erick Aybar doubled in Travis Jankowski, who led off the game with a double of his own. After a Carlos Asuaje single, Yangervis Solarte drove in Aybar.

Sandoval got the Giants within one run, as he grounded out to Solarte at first to score Buster Posey, who doubled to lead-off the bottom of the second inning.

Hunter Renfroe extended the lead back up to two runs in the top of the third inning, as he belted his 26th home run of the season.

Jankowski gave the Padres 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning, as he singled in Luis Perdomo, who hit his fourth triple of the season to lead-off the inning.

The Giants began to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Brandon Crawford doubled to score Denard Span. Following an out from Sandoval, Jarrett Parker singled to score Posey.

Nick Hundley then tied up the game with a force out to score Crawford, and that would be the score until Sandoval’s heroics in the bottom of the ninth inning.

A quartet of relievers that included Ty Blach, Stephen Okert, Cory Gearrin and Hunter Strickland did not allow a hit and just two walks.

Luis Perdomo pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four and ended the season with a record of 8-11.

With the four triples, Perdomo became the first pitcher since Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955 to have four triples in a season.

NOTES: Once again, the Giants went over the three million mark in attendance, as they accomplished it for the eighth consecutive season and for the 16th time in the 18 years since moving to AT&T Park.

The 2018 season will open at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 29.

On this date in Giants history, Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning, as the Giants would go on to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 behind Madison Bumgarner in the National League Wild Card Game. Bumgarner went the distance, and allowed just four hits.

Giant’s year-long swoon now has the post-All Star break in San Diego as bookends

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 08: San Francisco Giants Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws a pitch during the Major League Baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Morris Phillips

The disappointing baseball being played by the Giants in 2017, actually commenced in 2016, in San Diego against the Padres immediately after the All-star break.

The Giants open the second half–on Thursday in San Diego–again under far different circumstances.

Same Giants’ team visiting the same opponent a year apart with now a full season of baseball games in between. The equation isn’t a pretty one, as the Giants have gone 64-98 after starting 2016 with a MLB-best 57-33 record that disappeared as quickly as it materialized.

Last year, the Giants traveled to San Diego with a nine-game win streak against the Padres, and promptly lost four straight to their division rivals, each loss in the most frustrating manner possible. It marked the first time that the team’s top three starters–Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija–had lost consecutively as teammates. Needless to say, that convergenge of poor luck has happened again since.

In the last 162 games, Cueto has gone 11-11, after starting his Giants’ career 13-1. Bumgarner opened 2016 with a 10-4 record, in the 162 games since, He’s 5-9 in 19 starts, and hasn’t thrown more than eight innings in any of the 19. Bumgarner also landed on the disabled list for the first time in his career following his April dirt biking incident and shoulder injury.

And Samardzija opened 2016 with a 9-5 record. In the 32 starts since, he’s 7-16, and has pitched more than seven innings in a start just three times.

In losing nearly 100 games, a lot more than the failings of the Giants’ top three starters has transpired. The offense has often disappeared, the bullpen has been faulty, starting with the struggles of Santiago Casilla last season, and Derek Law this season. And the left field position has been a revolving door with Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson, Michael Morse and Gorkys Hernandez among the candidates to struggle. Most recently, rookie Austin Slater made the most of his 29 games left, hitting .290 only to see his season derailed by hip and groin injuries.

But the struggles no doubt begin with Bumgarner, Cueto and Samardzija, who were an impressive 32-10 as a trio before last season’s break. Since then? The three are a combined 23-36.

 

Giants’ debut at SunTrust Park a dud, Braves cruise to a 9-0 shutout win

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo (17) scores on an Ender Inciarte double as the ball gets away from San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) in the third inning of a base ball game Monday, June 19, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By Morris Phillips

In the previous installment of the Giants’ 162-part docudrama, the curtain fell just as the team was being cut up at Coors Field. When the story resumed Monday, the Giants were again in peril, this time chopped up at the Chop House.

By no means pretty, and unquestionably hard to watch, those that ventured near the Giants were again treated to the athletic equivalent of a high-speed commuter train demolishing a tricycle, in an embarrassing 9-0 loss to the Braves.

R.A. Dickey, now 42 years old, and forever in search of a rhythm with his signature knuckleball, shut down the Giants, allowing just three hits in seven innings. In a miraculous turnabout, Dickey produced his best start of the season, one turn after his worst, when he allowed eight earned runs to the Nationals, the most runs Dickey had surrendered in a start in more than two years.

Afterwards, Dickey said the about face had been in the works for a couple of appearances, and he said so without snickering or referencing the arrival of the woeful Giants, losers of seven straight.

“You know it’s good when they’re swinging and missing,” Dickey said.

“[The knuckleball] was coming out consistent, especially after the first inning, when it looked like it could have gone either way,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He seemed to have a feel for it the whole night. ”

Bruce Bochy stubbornly penciled in his veteran-laden lineup with Gorkys Hernandez the only position player that did not project to start on Opening Day.  After a 44-minute rain delay, Denard Span led off with a double, and Eduardo Nunez singled to put runners at the corners. But Dickey recovered, retiring Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence to end the inning.

“We had our guys up there, and we couldn’t get a run in,” Bochy said. “It was downhill from there.”

Dickey would go on to retire 18 of the next 21 batters. Not among the 18, Brandon Belt would get thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.

The Giants have been quiet offensively quite a bit in June. The loss marked the sixth time in their previous 11 games that they scored two runs or less and lost.

Johnny Cueto pitched into the seventh inning but allowed Ender Inciarte’s RBI double in the third, and Matt Adams’ solo shot in the fourth. With the loss, Cueto fell to 5-7 on the season.

Matt Moore takes the mound on Tuesday in a matchup with the Braves’ Julio Teheran.

Runs scarce for the Giants again, Royals sweep brief two-game set

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June 14, 2017: Striking out in the sixth inning, San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) walks to the dugout, during a MLB baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO-The Giants banged out ten hits, got at least one from every starting position player except one, but scored only twice, and looked as lifeless offensively as a team can with double-digit knocks and three walks mixed in.

It’s not easy to do. But the Giants are doing it, with alarming regularity.

In a matchup of teams ranked 28th and 29th offensively in the MLB, the Royals appeared completely unbridled while the Giants remained completely restrained. On Wednesday afternoon, the Royals took advantage of Johnny Cueto and Derek Law, and cruised past the Giants for the second straight day, 7-2.

Back-to-back home runs by Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain off Cueto in the third put the Royals ahead 4-0, and took all the life out of the Giants, who had scored four or more runs only 28 times in 66 games this season coming in.

Cueto threw well in stretches, but was roughed up in others, allowing five runs on ten hits, and three walks in 5 2/3 innnings. Facing the club with which he won the 2015 World Series, Cueto allowed three home runs for only the second time in 14 starts this season.

“I left those three pitches hanging, and they beat me,” Cueto said via translator Erwin Higueros. “I just had a bad day.”

The Royals won their third straight, and relied on a powerful offense that’s been absent for most of their season.  With the three homers on Wednesday, the Royals have 13 in the first five games of their unique San Diego, San Francisco, Anaheim road trip that concludes with four games against the Angels starting Thursday.

Mike Moustakas homered with a splash off Cueto leading off the second inning to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead. Moustakas leads the Royals with 18 home runs this season, and he’s hitting .391 in June.

Jason Hammel picked up the win, but needed 12 starts to finally beat the Giants for the first time, one of three MLB teams he had never beaten.  Hammel pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run on eight hits with four strikeouts.

Denard Span, Eduardo Nunez and Joe Panik had two hits apiece for the Giants, but only one of the Giants’ ten hits went for extra bases, and they finished two for ten with runners in scoring position. Brandon Belt was the only hitless starter for San Francisco, going 0 for 4 with a walk.

“If you don’t have a lot of power, you’re not a home run-hitting club, you need to get those timely hits,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Our guys aren’t having a good year with men on base.”

The Giants concluded a dismal homestand in which they finished 1-4, scoring 13 runs in their win on Sunday and only five runs total in their four losses.

The Giants open the first of two, consecutive four-game series in Denver on Thursday night against the Rockies. Matt Moore will face Jeff Hoffman (4-0, 2.33) in the opener at 5:40pm.

Not that guy, again: Kershaw beats the Giants for the 20th time in his career

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By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–When the pitcher of the decade, if not the pitcher of this generation, resides in your division, there’s nowhere to hide.  And trust me, if the Giants were to huddle like second graders on an expansive, tree-lined playground, hiding from Clayton Kershaw would be discussed.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner took his every fifth-day turn on Wednesday at AT&T Park, his favorite place to pitch, looking to beat the Giants for the 20th time in 38 career starts.  And while Kershaw didn’t have the Giants beat just by showing up, he did have all the help he would need after the game’s fifth batter, and before the Dodgers’ ace even threw his first pitch of the day.

“With Clayton, when you get four runs or more, the record speaks for itself,” manager Dave Roberts said of the Dodgers two-run first inning, on the way to an easy, 6-1 win. “He smells blood, and he’s such a competitor. And we talk about going for the jugular, and likes to put guys away.”

Kershaw’s career ERA at AT&T Park was a ridiculousy-microscopic 1.36 entering Wednesday’s matinee, and it got lower.  Yasmani Grandal doubled home a pair of runs off Giants’ starter Johnny Cueto in the first inning, and that’s all Kershaw would need after he didn’t disappoint, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks.

Leading 6-0 in the seventh, Kershaw called it a day, giving way to relievers Pedro Baez and Sergio Romo, who allowed the Giants an Edwin Nunez ninth-inning home run to breakup the shutout.   The Giants’ five-game win streak and opposing starter, Johnny Cueto’s unblemished record at home (1-0 in three starts, all Giants’ wins) disappeared in the process.

“It’s a fine line between winning and losing, and they got the key hits,” manager Bruce Bochy said.  “And you’re a pitch from getting out of inning a couple of times, and it didn’t happen.  But the bats were quiet. Kershaw was his usual good self, and we couldn’t mount any offense today.”

Grandal’s RBI double to open the scoring came on a second, 0-2 pitch with two outs, down and off the plate.  In the fifth, Yasiel Puig struck, knocking in a pair on a 1-2 pitch with two outs to make it 5-0.  Those two jabs, along with Kershaw’s stinginess, were enough to upset Cueto, but in addition, the Giants’ starter felt Grandal was stealing signs peering in from second base after his first inning double.

Chris Taylor struck out looking to end the first inning, with Grandal allegedly stealing signs.  But that didn’t matter much in the third, when Cueto brushed back Grandal with a high, hard one that wasn’t orchestrated in that it flew past catcher Buster Posey and to the backstop, allowing Chase Utley to race home from third for the Dodgers’ third run.

Both benches cleared after the run scored, but things didn’t get out of hand, nor did the umpires see fit to eject anyone.  When Grandal came to bat in the third, apologies were issued first hand, and Kershaw and the game moved on.

“He said, ‘Sorry for the misunderstanding. Let’s just move on,” Cueto recalled.  “I’m not going to use that as an excuse, but they were relaying signs.”

“Whether we were or we weren’t, obviously he was displeased and let us know,” Roberts said.

The Giants resume play on Friday in St. Louis with Matt Moore getting the ball for that one.