Instant Replay: Giants dropped by D'backs after losing early lead

Instant Replay: Giants dropped by D'backs after losing early lead


PHOENIX — Some Giants gathered around the dugout before batting practice Wednesday and joked about how nice it will be to finally leave Arizona after nearly two consecutive months here. The hard infield dirt is among the things that won’t be missed, and on Wednesday it proved costly. 

Brandon Belt’s error on a grounder helped kickstart a run of seven unanswered runs by the Diamondbacks, who held on for an 8-6 win. 

This was a Chase Field classic, with extra-base hits ricocheting all over the field as the runs piled up. The Giants jumped ahead 3-1, with the first run coming when Eduardo Nuñez singled, stole second, and slid in safely at the plate on Joe Panik’s infield single. Belt’s long homer extended the lead in the top of the fifth, but his error in the bottom of the frame kept Matt Moore on the mound. 

Moore was cruising, but with two outs in the fifth he gave up a single and then issued a walk. Jake Lamb hit a hard chopper down the first base line that took an odd final hop on Belt. Two runs scored on the misplay. Lamb scored the tying run when Yasmany Tomas doubled. The Diamondbacks jumped ahead an inning later with two more runs and then scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh.

The Giants loaded the bases and scored two in the top of the eighth, but a year after going 0-for-62 when trailing after eight, they couldn’t complete the comeback.

Starting pitching report: Moore ended up with an uneven line, but he did something that would have Tim Lincecum scratching his head. Moore struck out Paul Goldschmidt in their first two matchups and did so on six pitches.

Bullpen report: Neil Ramirez made his Giants debut in the sixth and got Cory Gearrin out of a jam by freezing Lamb with a 95 mph heater. His seventh inning was a bizarre one: Strikeout (reached on wild pitch), passed ball, RBI single, strikeout, RBI double, strikeout, caught stealing. 

At the plate: Jarrett Parker’s first season as a regular is off to a rough start. He’s 0-for-7 in the series with five strikeouts. 

In the field: Aaron Hill, in his 13th season, played left field for the first time in a regular season game. Naturally, the first two balls were hit his way. He could do nothing but chase a leadoff double, but he caught Chris Owings’ liner a batter later. 

Attendance: The Diamondbacks announced a crowd of 14,675 human beings who did not know the Warriors were playing next door. 

Up next: Jeff Samardzija hit the facing of the second deck with a BP homer on Tuesday. He’ll get a shot at matching Bumgarner on Thursday, with Robbie Ray going for the home team. 

Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.