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Former Giants slugger still hates Dodgers: 'This is where their a-- should be'

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Former Giants slugger still hates Dodgers: 'This is where their a-- should be'

Jack Clark played 10 seasons with the Giants from 1975 to 1984. And he still doesn't like the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It's been a tough season to watch for all San Francisco fans with the last-place Giants nearly 40 games behind the first-place Dodgers, Maybe more so for Clark. 

"The other team in Southern California -- I hate to see them anywhere -- this is where they're ass should be instead," Clark joked on KNBR with Murph & Mac Wednesday morning.

Clark offered his thoughts on what went wrong on the field this year. 

"At certain times you just gotta refresh a little bit," he said. "It's time to move on. You need some fresh blood in there, some new young stars. You need pitching. You need bullpen. You need closer. ... A lot of things haven't really turned out well for them."

But Clark is confident fans won't be subject to last-place seasons for long. 

"The Giants, usually when that happens, they come and bounce back. But it really should drive them, this offseason, to go ahead and fill in the blanks."

Clark was the Giants first receipient of the Willie Mac Award in 1980. He arrived in the Bay Area on Tuesday to be present for this year's ceremony. 

Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off

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Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO — The Cardinals made four errors Saturday and had trouble with several other balls. The Giants couldn’t take advantage.

Cardinals right fielder Tyler O’Neill hit a walk-off homer off reliever Mark Melancon in the bottom of the 10th at Busch Stadium, handing the Giants a 5-4 loss. They’ve lost three straight after a good start to their final trip. 

The Giants had runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 10th, but second baseman Alen Hanson struck out. After an intentional walk of catcher Nick Hundley, Right fielder Austin Slater struck out to end the threat. 

—- The Cardinals butchered a couple of bloops in the seventh and the Giants took full advantage. With a runner on first, Hanson and starting catcher Aramís Garcia hit bloops that Cardinals outfielders didn’t handle cleanly. Starter Dereck Rodriguez followed with a single and outfielder Gregor Blanco made it 4-2 when he beat out a double-play ball. 

—- Rodriguez was cruising but he walked the lead off batter in the bottom of the seventh and then gave up a two-run shot to catcher Yadier Molina. It was the first non-solo homer allowed by Rodriguez this season. The rookie was charged with four runs in what could have been the final start of his season. 

—- Joe Panik isn’t a thumper, but his first career start at first base had plenty of positives. Panik  had three hits and looked fine defensively. 

—- Garcia bounced back nicely from a four-strikeout night. He had four hits, including a big one in the seventh inning rally.

Joe Panik playing first base for first time in Giants career

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Joe Panik playing first base for first time in Giants career

For the first 519 games of his major league career, Joe Panik has taken the field at second base.

On Saturday in St. Louis, that will all change. Giants manager Bruce Bochy put out his lineup and the Gold Glove second baseman is playing first base.

Even in the minor leagues, Panik only played second base and shortstop.

So who's playing second base for the Giants against the Cardinals? Alen Hanson.

With Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval done for the season, Bochy has been giving several guys a shot at first base. Austin Slater, Aramis Garcia, Chase d'Arnaud and Ryder Jones have all started at least one game at first base.