Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Giants 2

Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Giants 2


SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally for a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants and close out their West Coast trip on a positive note Sunday.

It was an entertaining game.
Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams and Pedro Florimon strung together five straight one-out singles in the eighth to fuel the rally. Alfaro's hit tied the game and Florimon's two-run single put the Phillies ahead. Four of those players spent most of this season at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies finished the seven-game trip with two wins (in the last two games) and five losses. They went 2-11 in the state of California this season. They are 21-46 on the road.
Starting pitching report
Rookie Ben Lively came up from Triple A and scattered six hits and two runs over six innings. He benefited from three double plays.
San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner held the Phillies to four hits and a run over six innings. He left with a lead.
Bullpen report
Hector Neris struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and preserve a two-run lead. Neris plunked Buster Posey with a first-pitch fastball one batter earlier to load the bases. Posey was not happy and said something to Neris. Tempers quickly cooled.
Neris stayed on in the ninth and got the save.
Adam Morgan pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two. He has racked up seven straight scoreless appearances, striking out 12 in 8 1/3 innings.
Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants, but Hunter Strickland was tagged for five straight singles as the Phillies rallied for three runs in the eighth inning.
At the plate
Florimon drove in three runs.
Hoskins padded the lead with a solo homer in the ninth, his fifth in 11 games since being called up from Triple A. All five of his homers came on the trip to his home state.
The Phils were 5 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
Brandon Crawford and Bumgarner had hits to drive in the Giants' runs.
Posey singled and doubled. He has hit in 22 straight games against the Phillies, dating to 2014.
In the field
Giants leftfielder Jarrett Parker made a big play when he cut down Cameron Perkins at the plate for the second out in the top of the seventh. The play preserved the Giants' 2-1 lead.
Earlier in the game, Phillies leftfielder Florimon cut down a run at run at the plate in the second inning. The Giants tested Florimon's arm again in the fifth and won — the throw was off line and Ryder Jones scored on a single by Bumgarner as the Giants took a 2-1 lead.
Hot prospect tries hot corner
J.P. Crawford made his first professional start at third base Sunday (see story). He could be coming to a ballpark near you soon.
Up next
The Phillies are off on Monday. They play a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. Aaron Nola (9-8, 3.26) will pitch the first game against Miami right-hander Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80). Start time for that game is 4:05 p.m. The Phillies have not named a starter for the second game. It is likely to be Nick Pivetta. Right-hander Jose Urena will start the second game for Miami.

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.