Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 5-3 loss to Cubs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 5-3 loss to Cubs


SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Moore and Carlos Moncrief both played six innings Monday night. It wasn’t a good sign that the right fielder’s throws were more encouraging. 

Moore, facing the team he dominated here last October, was knocked around before being lifted. The Giants wasted several good opportunities to get to Jake Arrieta early and they didn’t recover, losing 5-3. The loss kept the Giants from picking up their first three-game winning streak of the second half. Here are five other things to know … 

—- Moore took a step back. He was charged with five earned and eight hits in his six innings. Moore didn’t help his own cause; he failed to cover the plate on a wild pitch in the fifth and Jon Jay raced home. 

—- Moncrief spent a lot of time last week fielding balls off the bricks and archways in right field. Naturally, his tough play Monday didn’t involve either part of the park. Javier Baez hit a deep fly ball that took a weird bounce off the pad in right-center and headed back toward the infield. Moncrief made an absurd throw to the plate, but Baez slid in safely for an inside-the-park homer. 

—- Baez became the 10th player to hit an inside-the-park homer at AT&T Park. He’s just the fourth visiting player, joining Fernando Vina, Ichiro Suzuki and Brandon Barnes. 

—- Ryder Jones picked a pretty good name to put on the first page of his book. He took Arrieta deep in the sixth to pick up his first career homer, and it was no cheapie. Jones hit a two-run shot into the arcade in right-center. He has the power to play at this park, which is why he needs to play every day the rest of the year, no matter what the average looks like.

—- Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 4 in his second start with the Giants. He doubled in the sixth inning. In the eighth, he got his first right-handed at-bat since coming back and it didn’t go well. Sandoval topped a Brian Duensing pitch about two feet in front of the plate.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”