After two weeks of quiet bats, Giants break through offensive struggles

After two weeks of quiet bats, Giants break through offensive struggles

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy has spent nearly two weeks talking about his team's slow starts. He even met with the hitters last week to try and stress the importance of not falling behind every night. 

Well, it took some time, but the lineup finally broke through with an early rally, and this one lasted a while. 

The Giants sent 10 hitters to the plate in the second inning Tuesday, scoring six runs on six hits and a walk. That was more hits than they had in the first two innings of their previous 11 games combined. 

The lineup entered the night batting 2-for-35 in the first inning and 3-for-36 in the second inning. The Giants had not scored a run before the third inning all season.

But Buster Posey got things going Tuesday with a leadoff single off Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi and Brandon Crawford sent him to third with a single. Evan Longoria put the Giants ahead with a single and Yangervis Solarte tacked on a bloop double to right. After a walk of Gerardo Parra and a Derek Holland strikeout, Kevin Pillar came up with the bases loaded for a second straight night. 

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Pillar hit a grand slam Monday. On Tuesday he lined a hard shot to left that bounced in front of Hunter Renfroe and ricocheted off his body as all three runs scored. Tyler Austin capped the scoring with an RBI single.

The Giants would go on to beat the Padres 7-2 on Tuesday night.

MLB rumors: Phillies, Yankees scouted Giants' Madison Bumgarner recently


MLB rumors: Phillies, Yankees scouted Giants' Madison Bumgarner recently

Some interested teams reportedly got a good look at Madison Bumgarner recently.

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were among "several clubs" that scouted the Giants ace in his second-to-last start last Saturday, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday. Bumgarner pitched 6 1/3 innings that day, striking out six and allowing four earned runs in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies and Yankees both reportedly believe they could use a top-line starter, although both teams entered Friday in the top 10 in earned run average. Still, both teams are on Bumgarner's no-trade list.

What might be a bigger deal to the Giants, however, is the quality of both team's prospects.

Neither New York nor Philadelphia cracked MLB Pipeline's top 10 farm systems at the start of the season. Still, both teams boast two prospects in the top 100: The Phillies have third baseman Alec Bohm (No. 54) and right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina (No. 70), while the Yankees possess outfielder Estevan Florial (No. 52) and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 59).

Nightengale reported that the Giants have "hopes of seizing at least one top five prospect from a team, or perhaps two others of their top 15 prospects in return." Their best match, then, might be another team that already got an up-close look at Bumgarner this week in the Atlanta Braves.

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As NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic noted Thursday, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has history with the Braves’ front office. Plus, the Braves sat third on MLB Pipeline's farm-system rankings at the beginning of the season.

No matter which hypothetical Bumgarner destination you prefer, though, it seems increasingly certain he’ll no longer be wearing orange and black when the July 31 MLB trade deadline passes.

Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Brandon Crawford out for second straight gane

Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Brandon Crawford out for second straight gane

It was a long one on Thursday that ended in disappointment. The Giants fell to the Braves, 5-4, in 13 innings thanks to an Austin Riley homer -- he had his fifth long ball in nine games to set a modern-day franchise record.

That's cool.

But Friday is a new day and it's a new series for the Orange and Black as the team preps to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in an NL West matchup.

For the Giants, Drew Pomeranz will have starting pitching honors. His last start on the bump was also against the D-backs. He gave up two runs in 4 and 2/3 innings in his first start since returning from the injured list.

He's currently 0-3 with a 7.76 ERA in nine career appearances against Arizona.

On the other side, Robbie Ray will get the ball for his second straight start against the Giants. He tossed 87 pitches in four innings Sunday at Chase Field allowing four walks, three hits and two runs on six strikeouts. 

The Giants will be starting without Brandon Crawford Friday -- it's his second straight missed game as he battles pink eye.

Here are how the lineups look for the Giants and D-backs. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

Arizona Diamondbacks (25-25)

Ketel Marte, CF
Ildemaro Vargas, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Adam Jones, RF
Christian Walker, 1B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Carson Kelly, C
Tim Locastro, LF

Robby Ray, P (3-1, 3.25 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (21-28)

Joe Panik, 2B
Donovan Solano, SS
Tyler Austin, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Steven Duggar, CF
Mac Williamson, LF
Stephen Vogt, C

Drew Pomeranz, P (1-4, 5.66 ERA)