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Instant Replay: Giants 5, Phillies 4

Instant Replay: Giants 5, Phillies 4

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants ended Aaron Nola's recent run of success in hanging a 5-4 loss on the Phillies at AT&T Park on Thursday night.
 
The loss was the Phillies' fifth in a row as they sunk to a season-worst 33 games under .500. They are a majors-worst 43-76.
 
The Phils are 6-20 against the NL West. They are 19-45 on the road.

The Giants have the second-worst record in the National League at 49-74.

Starting pitching report
Nola entered the game riding a streak in which he had pitched at least six innings and given up two or fewer runs in 10 straight starts. His ERA over that span was a majors-best 1.71.

The righty's outstanding run ended in this one as he was tagged for seven hits and five runs over five innings. He walked three. One of those walks extended the third inning and led to a run, and another ended up turning into a run.

Nola is 9-8.

San Francisco right-hander Jeff Samardzija gave up eight hits and four runs over six innings. He walked one, struck out five and gave up two homers. He is 8-12.
 
Bullpen report
Lefty Hoby Milner shined for the Phillies. He got five big outs to keep it a one-run game.
 
Mark Melancon, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson closed it out for the Giants.
 
At the plate
Cameron Rupp got the Phillies on the board with a long homer to right in the fifth. The Phils rallied for three runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Nick Williams led off the inning with a solo homer, Rhys Hoskins singled, Maikel Franco doubled and Hyun Soo Kim had an RBI single. The rally stalled when Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play with a run scoring on the play.
 
Hoskins had two hits. Freddy Galvis doubled and tripled. He was stranded on base both times.
 
Jarrett Parker doubled twice against Nola. His double in the fifth drove home two runs. Hunter Pence reached base three times and scored two runs.
 
In the field
Williams, playing center field in place of Odubel Herrera, made a nice diving catch in the first inning, and Hoskins, learning on the job in left field, ran down a ball in the gap in the third. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez made an eye-popper, as well.
 
Health check
Herrera missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. He appears to be headed to the disabled list (see story).
 
Transaction
The Phillies added utility man Pedro Florimon from Triple A and designated reliever Pedro Beato for assignment.
 
Up next
Zach Eflin (1-4, 5.76) pitches against Giants lefty Matt Moore (3-12, 5.71) on Friday night.

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.