Longoria wins it on home run in seventh SF wins 1-0

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Wotus (23) after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 7, 2019.

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Evan Longoria ended two things against Jack Flaherty with one swing of the bat.

Longoria hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking up both a shutout and a no-hitter and it helped the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a crowd of 33,841 at Oracle Park.

This was only the third shutout of the season for the Giants and the first since April 24 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

On the afternoon, the Giants only got two hits, and this was the fewest hits in a game where they won since a two-hit over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018.

Flaherty was throwing a perfect game until he walked Alex Dickerson to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning.

After the Longoria home run, Dickerson singled to left, but then Flaherty got Stephen Vogt to fly out to Dexter Fowler and then Kevin Pillar lined out to Paul DeJong to end the inning.

It was the 12th home run of the season for Longoria, and his fifth in his last six games. During the six-game stretch, Longoria is hitting .429 (9-for-21) with seven extra base hits (two doubles and five home runs), 10 RBI and eight runs scored.

Longoria is no stranger to breaking up no-hitter, as it was the fourth time in his career that he broke up a no-hitter in the 7th inning or later.

With DeJong on first base in the top of the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive into the right-center gap; however, Pillar flew through into the air and made a fantastic catch that kept the game scoreless.

The Longoria home run made a winner out of Jeff Samardzija, who pitched a tremendous game, as he went seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out two on his way to picking up his sixth win of the season.

This was the first time since August 28 and September 2, 2017 that Samardzija went seven innings with two or fewer runs. That was also the last time he pitched at seven innings in consecutive starts.

It was a tough loss for Flaherty, who also went seven innings, allowing one run on just two hits, walking one and striking out six and saw his record fall to 4-6 on the season.

Sam Dyson pitched one inning, allowing one hit and struck out three. Closer Will Smith came on in the top of the ninth inning and despite giving up a single to Goldschmidt, he picked up his 23rd save in 23 chances, as Fowler grounded into a double play to end the game.

Over his last 19 outings, Smith has not allowed a run in 17 of those games and is possessing a 0.96 earned run average (two earned runs in 18.2 ip) with 30 strikeouts and opposing hitters are hitting .156 against him.

NOTES: Pillar also drove in the only run of the game on April 11, when he homered against the Colorado Rockies in a 1-0 Giants victory that made a winner out of Samardzija.

The Giants are now 18-9 in one-run games and 4-7 in final games of the series.

This was the seventh time this season that the Cardinals have been shutout, and it was the first time that the Cardinals have lost a series to the Giant since May 19-21, 2017 at Busch Stadium.

UP NEXT: Following the All-Star break, the Giants begin a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Shaun Anderson will open the series against the Brewers at Miller Park on Friday night, followed by Madison Bumgarner and Tyler Beede. The Brewers starter has yet to be determined.

Cardinals stop Giants’ 4-game winning streak with 9-4 win

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — On the night where there was shaking in Southern California, the San Francisco Giants’ pitching got all shook up.

Jose Martinez and Paul Goldschmidt each hit home runs in the top of the first inning, and despite a comeback, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Giants 9-4 before a crowd of 37,603 at Oracle Park.

Martinez hit a solo home run, and then two batter later Goldschmidt launched a two-run blast into the Garden beyond the left-center field wall to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Once again, it was a tough first inning for Drew Pomeranz, as he saw his earned run average increase to 11.25 (20 ER/16 IP) and batters are hitting .365 with eight home runs in the first inning, this according to Bill Arnold of the Sports Features Group.

The Giants wasted little time to get back into the game, as they loaded the bases with nobody out and despite the fact that Dakota Hudson got two straight outs, Brandon Crawford walked on a 3-2 pitch to get the Giants on the board to score Brandon Belt and then Kevin Pillar singled to left field that scored Buster Posey.

Alex Dickerson continues his hot hitting, as he hit his fourth home run of the season to tie up the game in the bottom of the third inning.

Unfortunately, Pomeranz gave the lead right back to the Cardinals, as Kolten Wong doubled and former Stanford infielder Tommy Edman tripled to right-center field to give the Cardinals the lead for good.

Pomeranzs night was done after four innings, as he gave up four runs on six hits, walking four and striking out three, as his record fell to 2-9 on the season.

The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth inning off of Trevor Gott, Matt Wieters singled to score Tyler ONeill and then Wong drove in a run, as he reached on a Fielders Choice that scored Fowler.

Mark Melancon gave up a run in the top of the seventh inning, as he gave up a single to ONeill and then Fowler tripled to right-center field.

Wong then followed up with a single that scored Fowler to give the Cardinals a five-run lead.

Fowler finished off the scoring for the Cardinals the top of the ninth inning, as he took a Ray Black pitch and put It on the arcade. It was the third hit of the night for Fowler, who came up a double short of the cycle.

Stephen Vogt drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to ONeill to score Brandon Crawford.

NOTES: Donovan Solanos 10-game hitting streak came to an end, as he went 0-for-2 after replacing Joe Panik at second base in the top of the seventh inning.

UP NEXT: Madison Bumgarner takes the mound on Saturday night, as he looks for his sixth win of the season, while the Cardinals will send Miles Mikolas to the hill and he also looks for his sixth win of the season.

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.

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

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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.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants end win streak at four as they drop final game to Brewers 5-3

Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar, right, celebrates with third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 For the Milwaukee Brewers, it was two hits each for Christian Yelich, Yasmani Grandal, Marcus Thames and Travis Shaw, whose contributions helped the Brewers get a two-run win over their hosts, the San Francisco Giants, at Oracle Park on Sunday to avoid getting swept in three games.

#2 The Giants, on the other hand, snapped a four-game winning streak with the 5-3 loss. The Giants beat the San Diego Padres in two games and took the first two games from the Brewers to start the series.

#3 Jeff Samardzija struggled to hold back the Brewers, who scored four runs in five innings and nine hits off Samardzija, and got the loss.

#4 Samardzija hit for a single to score Kevin Pillar that tied up the game, but later it would be for not, as the Brewers would come back and win it by two runs.

#5 The Giants head for Los Angeles and will start Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA) who will be matched up against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89 ERA).

Morris does the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Pillar goes 3-for-3 in Giants’ 5-3 win over Brewers

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Pillar did everything for the San Francisco Giants from getting hits to becoming the groundskeeper.

Pillar went 3-for-3, including a tie-breaking solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, helping the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in front of 35,106 on Fireworks Night at Oracle Park.

This was the third straight win for the Giants, marking the fourth time this season that they have reached that number of wins in a row.

Drew Pomeranz went the first five innings, as he went the first five innings, allowing two (none earned), allowing five hits, walking three and striking out five and raised his record to 2-6 on the season.

The last two games he has been a different guy, said Bruce Bochy.

All of the Giants runs on the evening came via home runs, as Pablo Sandoval gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit an opposite field two-run home run off of Brewers starter Zach Davies, who entered the game with a 7-0 record.

Sandovals home run also scored Brandon Belt, who led off the inning with a walk against Davies, who like Pomeranz also pitched five innings.

It was also a nice night at the plate for Sandoval, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, as the Giants make it three wins in a row.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, as Orlando Arcia scored on a passed ball by Buster Posey.

Things got weird with Arcia at the plate, as it looked like he struck out on a pitch in the ground; however, home plate umpire Paul Emmel said that Arcia tipped the ball, much to the chagrin of both Posey and Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Lorenzo Cain then singled to center field that sent Arcia over to third, and with Christian Yelich at the plate, Posey was unable to hold onto the Pomeranz pitch and the Brewers took a 1-0 lead.

Throw strikes when I needed to, said Pomeranz.

After Sandoval gave the Giants the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Yelich tied up the game in the top of the fifth inning, as he singled to left to score Cain.

Pillar then gave the Giants the lead for good, as he hit his eighth home run of the season into the left field seats.

Things got a little strange in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Pillar stole second, the base popped out of the ground after he arrived on the bag. Brewers manager Craig Counsell came out to see if Pillar was out, since his foot came off the base; however, after a review, it was determined that Pillar was safe.

Instead of having the grounds crew fix the base, Pillar conveniently put the base back into the ground and play was resumed.

Definitely a first for me, said Pillar. Umpire (Chad Fairchild) said he had never seen it either, Pillar added.

Mike Yastrzemski then stretched the lead up to 5-2 following the Pillar swipe of second base, as he hit second major league home run and first at home over the center field wall.

Davies went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two and lost for the first time this season.

Things got a little dicey in the top of the eighth inning, as Mark Melancon threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded that scored Jesus Aguilar from third base.

Melancon was able to get out of the jam, as he got Cain to fly out to end the inning.

Melancon had some tough luck, said Bochy.

Mike Moustakas got the inning going, as he singled and was then retired on a double play ground ball by Hernan Perez; however, Aguilar walked and then Arcia hit a single off of Joe Paniks glove that sent Aguilar to third. Travis Shaw then walked, and Melancon uncorked a wild pitch that scored Aguilar.

The single by Moustakas extended his hitting streak up to eight games, as he went 2-for-5 on the evening.

Will Smith came on to close it out for the Giants, as he picked up his 17th save of the season. Smith walked Yasmani Grandal with two outs, but re-grouped to get Moustakas strikeout to end the game.

NOTES: This was the most home runs in a game for the Giants since they hit four home runs in a game on June 4, 2018 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a 10-4 victory at what was known as AT&T Park.

Belt extended his on-base streak up to 17 games, dating back to May 23 and is 17-for-54 during the streak.

UP NEXT: Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants on Saturday afternoon, while Jimmy Nelson takes the hill for the Brewers.

Longoria’s double wins it for the Giants 6-5

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria came up with the biggest hit of the night at the most opportune time.

Longoria hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, propelling the San Francisco Giants to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres before a crowd of 28,535 at Oracle Park.

Longo came thru in a big way, said Bruce Bochy.

The seventh inning got underway, as Brandon Belt came off the bench to pinch hit for Mark Melancon and walked against Trey Wingenter. Joe Panik then singled Belt to third, and after Mike Yastrzemski flew out to Hunter Renfroe in right field, Longoria smashed a double off the left field wall to score both Belt and Panik and on the throw home, Longoria went to third.

Joe did a great job running, and I thought the base running was very good tonight, said third base coach Ron Wotus.

Pablo Sandoval then drove in Longoria with an insurance run, as he hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Fernando Tatis, Jr., took the first pitch he saw from Tyler Beede and put it into the Garden over the centerfield wall in the top of the first inning to give the Padres an early 1-0 lead.

Following the Tatis, Jr., home run, Josh Naylor and Eric Hosmer both singled and it looked like it was going to be a short night for Beede.

That would be on the contrary, as following the Hosmer single with one out in the inning, Beede began to settle and retired the next 11 batters until Wil Myers led off that fateful fifth inning with a walk against Beede.

After Myers walked, Beede was able to get Austin Hedges to fly out for the first out of the inning, Myers then stole second and then pitcher Chris Paddack picked up his first major league hit, as Brandon Crawford cut the ball from going into the outfield.

Tatis, Jr., then picked up his second hit of the game, as Joe Panik made a great play to knock the ball down; however, his flip to Crawford went awry and Myers scored easily from third base.

Beede then got Josh Naylor for the second out of the inning, but was lifted for Trevor Gott after he walked Manny Machado.

Then came the play that epitomized the Giants season in a nutshell, as Hosmers comebacker to Gott knocked his glove off his hand and threw it to first, where Hosmer was called safe; however, with the runners going on anything, both Paddack and Tatis, Jr., scored to give the Padres the lead.

Looked like we were taking infield there, said Bochy.

Crawford would have made the play had I let the ball go through, said Gott.

Gott was able to get out of the inning, as he struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the inning.

The Giants took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Pablo Sandoval led off the inning with a single and then went to third on a Stephen Vogt single. Vogt was thrown out at second base, and then it looked like Paddack would get out of the jam, when he got Crawford to ground out back to him; however, Tyler Austin tied up the game with a single that scored Sandoval and then Steven Duggar got involved in the game.

Duggar launched a two-run home run onto the Levis Landing to give the Giants a two-run lead.

Paddack, who went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out six; however, he did not fare in the decision.

On the other side of things, Beede is still looking for that elusive first major league win, as he went four and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out a career-high seven.

I felt great, but there was some tough luck, said Beede.

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect seventh inning, as he struck out two and picked up his third win of the season.

Ian Kinsler made it a one-run game in the top of the eighth inning, as he hit his eighth home run of the season off of Tony Watson.

Will Smith came on in the top of the ninth inning, and nailed down his 15th save of the season in 15 opportunities to even the home stand at two games apiece with four to go. Smith struck out two, including Tatis, Jr., to end the game.

NOTES: Smith tied Craig Lefferts for the longest save streak to start a season with those 15 saves, Lefferts held the record of 15 from 1989 until Rod Beck broke it in 1994, when he saved 28 in a row.

Beedes previous career high of six was set also against the Padres on April 15, 2018 at Petco Park.

This was the teams 15th win of the season by one run, and the 15-6 record in one-run games is the best in the major leagues.

It was the 16th come-from-behind win for the Giants this season.

The 85-degree temperature at first pitch was the hottest at first pitch since June 14, 2001 against the Anaheim Angels.

It just the third time since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 that they were three straight games of 80 degrees or higher. It also occurred on June 29, 30 and July 1 of 1996, and also August 31, September 1 and 2 of 2017.

That was the first lead-off home run of Tatis, Jrs. career and the second lead-off home run of the season for the Padres, Manuel Margot led off the April 14 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a home run at Chase Field.

Over their last six games, the Giants are 5-for-37 with runners in scoring position and have left 36 runners on base in that span.

UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson will take the mound in the finale of this brief two-game series on Wednesday night for the Giants, while Joey Lucchesi takes the mound for the Padres

Muncy makes Bumgarner go swimming for the ball in Dodgers’ 1-0 win over the Giants

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner made only one mistake on the afternoon, and Max Muncy took advantage.

Muncy launched a Bumgarner offering 426 feet into McCovey Cove, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 1-0 before a crowd of 34,098 at Oracle Park.

Following the home run, Bumgarner and Muncy began to jaw at one another and home plate umpire Will Little got between the two as Muncy rounded the bases.

He took exception to me watching the ball, I guess. Muncy said, ‘You don’t watch the ball. You run.’ That’s what he told me. Truth of it is, it’s just a guy out there competing. He was upset he made a bad pitch and that’s really all there was to it. I told him ‘If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can go in the ocean and get it, Muncy added.

Little came out to give Bumgarner a new ball, and nothing was said in regards to the incident.

“They want to let everyone be themselves, then let me by myself. That’s me. You do your thing, Ill do mine. Everybody is different. That’s how I want to play, that’s how I’m going to,” said Bumgarner.

The Splash Hit by Muncy was only the second one that Bumgarner gave up in his major league career, and first since Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies did it on April 11, 2014

This was only the third time since 1900 that the Dodgers have defeated the Giants 1-0 and the only run came on a solo home run.

Trent Hubbard hit a home run off of Shawn Estes on September 20, 1998 and Dioner Navarro did it off of Tim Lincecum on July 20, 2011

In his next at-bat, Muncy grounded out to Joe Panik at second in the top of the fourth inning and then walked in the top of the sixth inning.

Panik led off the bottom of the first inning with a sharp double off of Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, but he was stranded at second base.

The Giants managed to get runners to first and second in the bottom of the third inning, but Buehler struck out Bumgarner swinging to end the inning.

Things looked promising for the Giants in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Mike Yastrzemski single and then Evan Longoria followed up with a single of his own that sent Yastrzemski to third base. Unfortunately, Pablo Sandoval grounded to Justin Turner at third base and Yastrzemski broke for home, he was eventually tagged out by catcher Austin Barnes as he attempted to get back to third base.

Buehler then got Stephen Vogt to fly out to Kyle Garlick in left field, and then got out of the jam, as Kevin Pillar out flew to Chris Taylor in center field.

It was a great day for Buehler, who went seven innings, allowing zero runs on five hits, walking just one and striking out nine on his way to seventh win of the season against just one loss.

On the other side of things, Bumgarner went seven strong innings, giving up just one run, while scattering four hits, walking just one and striking out five.

It seems that the Giants are not able to get that runner in while in scoring position, as in Saturdays 7-2 loss to the Dodgers, they went a collective 1-for-11, and in this loss, they went 0-for-7.

NOTES: With the loss, the Giants are now 11-20 on the season at home, the second-worst in the National League and have lost seven out of their last eight at home. To make matters even worse, the Giants have scored two or fewer in six of those eight games.

The last time that the Giants lost a game 1-0 at home came on June 12, 2015 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This was the first time that the Giants lost a game where the only came on a home run since July 27, 2013, when former Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz hit a solo home run to give the Chicago Cubs the 1-0 victory. Schierholtzs’ home run came in the top of the ninth inning off of Sergio Romo.

Travis Bergen, who is currently out with a left shoulder strain began his rehab assignment on Friday night with the San Jose Giants and threw one scoreless inning with a strikeout. In that one inning, Bergen threw 13 pitches, nine of them for strikes.

Buster Posey continues to get better, and could be activated from the injured list on Wednesday, prior to the game versus the San Diego Padres.

UP NEXT: Following an off-day on Monday, the Giants open a brief two-game series with the San Diego Padres beginning on Tuesday night. Tyler Beede still looks for that elusive first major league victory, as he will get the start in the opener and Chris Paddack looks to his raise his record to 5-4, as he takes the mound for the Padres.

Seager goes 4-for-5 in Dodgers’ 7-2 win over Giants

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — In what was a close game, evaporated rather quickly for the San Francisco Giants in the top of the eighth inning.

Dereck Rodriguez gave up four runs on just two hits, and walked two, as the Los Angeles Dodgers broke open a close game on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 37,784 at Oracle Park.

Corey Seager came up with the big blow in the inning, as he took a Mark Melancon pitch and put it into the right-center field alley to score both Max Muncy and Justin Turner.

It was the fourth hit of the day for Seager, marking the seventh time that the shortstop picked up four hits in the same game and the first time since April 18, 2018 against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Russell Martin got the marathon eighth inning started, as he singled off of Rodriguez, then David Freese doubled, and then Joc Pederson reached on a Fielders Choice that loaded the bases. Following the Pederson Fielders Choice, Muncy drove in a run, as he walked off of Rodriguez and then Turner did the same to score Freese.

That would be all for Rodriguez, as Melancon came on to replace and got Pederson at the plate, as he tried to advance on a throw that got by Aramis Garcia.

Bellinger was then intentionally walked for the third time on the afternoon, and then Seagers double broke the game wide open.

They are both really good hitters, said Bruce Bochy.

Rich Hill went five innings for the Dodgers, as he picked up his third win of the season. Hill allowed two runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out six.

The same cannot be said for Jeff Samardzija, who five and one-thirds innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five. Samardzija also uncorked two wild pitches, as he saw his record fall to 3-5 on the season.

Unfortunately, Samardzija was on the receiving end of a couple bad calls by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher that led to the departure of Samardzija, one call was the fact that it looked like Pederson did not get out of the way on a pitch that hit him. The play was reviewed by the umpires, and the play stood.

He did a hell of a job of not getting of the way, said Samardzija.

Seager gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, as he picked up his second hit in as many at-bats after Bellinger was intentionally just in front of him. Pederson scored, as he reached on a wild pitch after he was struck out by Samardzija and went to third on a Turner ground-rule double that bounced into the seats down the left field line.

Garcia tied it up in the bottom of the third inning, as he hit his third home run of the season, an opposite field shot that landed on the arcade in right field.

Donovan Solano gave the Giants the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he singled in Kevin Pillar and Brandon Crawford beat the Alex Verdugo throw to third base.

Seager tied up the game in the top of the fifth inning, as he picked up his third hit in as many at-bats, when his double scored Turner, who led off the inning with a single.

Turner gave the Dodgers the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, as his sacrifice fly scored Kyle Garlick from third base.

It was a huge day for Garlick, who picked up his first major league hit on a double down the left field line and then scored his first major league run on the Turner sacrifice fly to Mike Yastrzemski in right field.

Things started out rough for the Giants, as Tyler Austin banged his knee against the wall in foul territory in left field, but stayed in the game.

Then Pillar and Yastrzemski ran into each other on a ball that Muncy hit in the first, but Yastrzemski held onto it for the second out of the inning.

That was no mans land, and the crowd noise, said Bochy.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first inning for the second straight game, but like Drew Pomeranz on Friday night, Samardzija got out of it, unscathed.

NOTES: Evan Longoria committed his eighth error of the season, tying him with Josh Donaldson of the Atlanta Braves for the most by a third baseman in the National League.

The Giants went 1-for-11 with Runners in Scoring Position, and over their last four games, they are 2-for-20 with RISP.

UP NEXT: Madison Bumgarner takes the mound in the series finale, as he will make his 34th career start against the Dodgers and is 15-12 with a 2.56 ERA. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers, as he will make his second start of the season against the Giants and fifth appearance overall with two starts and is now 2-0 with a 4.38 ERA lifetime.

D-Backs break out broom on Giants

Photo credit: @carskelly

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — This will be a series that the San Francisco Giants will want to put behind them, and look forward to hitting the road.

Ketel Marte hit a solo home run off of Shaun Anderson in the top of the first, and then Eduardo Escobar scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Giants after a 6-2 victory before a crowd of 37,017 at Oracle Park.

This was the first sweep by the Diamondbacks over the Giants in San Francisco since June 12-14, 2015.

In the three-game series, the Giants were outscored by the Diamondbacks 34-8.

If you’re going to look now (on Memorial Day weekend), now’s the time. That’s the worst series of the year. I can’t remember one where we had three consecutive games with that kind of baseball we just played. Starters had a hard time getting the ball where they wanted. Anderson (pitch location) was up early, he finally made an adjustment. But along with the hits, the mistakes he made. Now you throw in bad defense and that’s a recipe for what happened today. You know that’s three games where we just played our worst ball, said Bruce Bochy.

Escobar singled following the Marte home run, advanced to second on an Anderson wild pitch and then scored on the Jones sacrifice fly.

Buster Posey got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he doubled in Joe Panik, who led off the inning with a double that came up feet short of Paniks third home run of the season.

Nick Ahmed started off the second inning by singling, stole second and went to third, when Andersons pitch got by Posey. After a Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt and Ahmed, when Anderson failed to look Ahmed back to third base.

Jarrod Dyson got in on the act, as he singled in Kelly. Following the Dyson single, Marte drove in his second run of the game, as he singled, went to second on the throw and when the throw hit the third base bag, Dyson scored easily from third base.

Weaver picked up his fourth win of the season, as he went five innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking two and striking out six, before leaving the game with tightness in his right arm.

Anderson went five innings, as he gave up six runs (four of them earned) on nine hits, walking one and striking out one and lost for the first time in his major-league career.

It was a huge day at the plate for rookie Mike Yastrzemski, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored; however, he will be best remembered for what happened on his first major league hit. Yastrzemski wandered too far off of first base, and as he attempted to get back to first base, he was thrown out by left fielder Blake Swihart.

In comparison, it took Yastrzemskis grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl, 10 games to notch his first three-hit game in the majors. The 21-year old Yastrzemski picked up his first three-hit game on April 29, 1961 for the Boston Red Sox against the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium.

Sam Coonrod made his major-league debut, as he pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

NOTES: With the 34 runs scored in the series, the Diamondbacks broke their team record of 32 for most runs in a three-game series on the road. The previous record was set from June 3-5, 2014 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The 34 runs tied a team record that was set at Chase Field from September 12-14, 2016 against the Rockies.

This was the second time this season that the Giants have been swept at home, as the New York Yankees swept the Giants from April 26-28.

Overall, the Giants have lost 14 out of their last 20 games at Oracle Park.

To make room for Coonrod on the roster, the Giants optioned Saturdays starter, Andrew Suarez to Triple-A Sacramento.

Posey picked up his 13th double of the season, giving him 259 in his career, which is fourth all-time in SF history. The late Willie McCovey is third all-time with 308 doubles during his two stints with the Giants.

UP NEXT: After an off-day on Monday, the Giants begin a three-city, nine-day road trip on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

Jeff Samardzija will take the mound for the Giants, while Trevor Richards will open the series for the Marlins.