Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' walk-off win over D'backs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' walk-off win over D'backs


SAN FRANCISCO — Before the bottom of the seventh inning, Kirk Rueter joined some kids on the field and led a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” The Diamondbacks might as well have packed up their stuff and gone home right then and there. 

The Giants’ luck turned right away. They scored three in the seventh and one more in the eighth to tie it. Jarrett Parker's infield single drove in the game-winning run in the 10th as the Giants edged the Diamondbacks 5-4. 

The win snapped a five-game losing streak against National League West opponents. Here are five more things to know … 

—- Pablo Sandoval got a half-standing ovation when he walked up to the plate for the first time, but there were also some scattered boos. He worked a 3-0 count and then bounced a 3-2 pitch to second. The second at-bat included a classic Sandoval swing; he fouled back a pitch that was near eye level. That at-bat also ended with a grounder to second. Sandoval drove a fastball into the left-center gap in his third at-bat, picking up a double. He scored. With runners on the corners in the eighth, Buster Posey pinch-hit for Sandoval. 

—- Sandoval struggled on his only defensive test. He got a slow roller with a runner on third in the fifth and he threw it over Ryder Jones’ head. A run scored on the two-base error. 

—- Chris Stratton’s first start as a member of the rotation was shaky, but he survived. Stratton loaded the bases in the first for Paul Goldschmidt but ended up allowing just two runs in the frame. Over five innings, he struck out four, walked four, gave up five hits and three runs (one unearned). 

—- The George Kontos move opens up more time for Kyle Crick, and he continues to show big-time stuff. On a 3-2 count to Paul Goldschmidt, Crick threw a challenge fastball right over the heart of the plate. Goldschmidt swung through the 95 mph heater. 

—- Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the seventh, sending Taijuan Walker to the showers. The home run was Pence’s first this season at AT&T Park.

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.”