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Giants' Bruce Bochy, Brandon Belt frustrated by calls behind the plate

Giants' Bruce Bochy, Brandon Belt frustrated by calls behind the plate

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Patrick Corbin worked his way into the Cy Young Award race last season in part because he got to face the Giants so often. Corbin started against a bad Giants lineup six times in his final season with the Diamondbacks, posting a 2.27 ERA.

Corbin is one of the last guys who needs a bit of help when facing the Giants. They felt he got plenty of it, anyway.

Bruce Bochy and Brandon Belt were ejected after separate plate appearances in the middle innings, both of which ended with Belt striking out looking on pitches off the outer edge. Belt was calm and diplomatic after a 4-2 loss, saying all he wanted was a fair chance, and for home plate umpire Ryan Additon to make an adjustment. Additon is relatively new to the big leagues. 

"As big leaguers, we make adjustments. He's got to do the same," Belt said. "We put too much into this game to go out there and have at-bats taken away. Everybody out here is human, everybody makes mistakes, but when you do it time and time again, something has to be done."

Corbin can live on that outer edge against lefties like Belt. He stands on the first base side of the rubber and can provide a hellacious angle when he runs the ball across the plate like that. Belt has nine hits in 39 at-bats against Corbin and was quick to compliment him, but said the issue was that the called strikes were at no point actual strikes. The first one was particularly egregious.

Bochy came out right away and was tossed right away, apparently having used the magic word quickly. 

"That was too big. Belt had no chance," he said of the strike zone. "Come on, that's just too big."

Bochy said he had seen enough. Two innings later, Belt felt the same, spiking his helmet and saying a few words that got him sent back to the clubhouse, too. 

At the time of the second ejection, the Giants trailed 4-0 and had one hit. But Belt said he was frustrated because a game can change with a big hit here or there. The Giants did end up scoring a pair late and putting the tying run on first in the ninth inning. 

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"We didn't lose in particular because of (the calls) but you hate to see stuff taken away," Belt said. "You never know what's going to happen."

Shaun Anderson's first-inning problems are a head-scratcher for Giants

Shaun Anderson's first-inning problems are a head-scratcher for Giants

LOS ANGELES -- Giants rookie right-hander Shaun Anderson has a problem, but it isn't what you would expect. 

Anderson is a young starter who was a closer in college, so it wouldn't be a surprise or at all concerning if he had issues getting deep into games. The head-scratcher thus far, though, has been that Anderson is struggling mightily with the first inning. After that, he tends to cruise. 

Joc Pederson hit a leadoff homer on Tuesday night and the Dodgers followed with two more hits and another run, kicking off what would become a 9-0 win behind Clayton Kershaw. 

The homer was the second leadoff blast Anderson has allowed in seven starts and the fourth he has allowed in the first inning. Opponents are hitting .438 off him in the first with four homers, four doubles and seven runs. In all of his other innings, Anderson has allowed just one homer and posted a 2.56 ERA. 

"I do need to bear down a little in those first innings," Anderson said. "This isn't the first time it has happened. I'll look into it."

Anderson said it was simply a lack of execution to start, and manager Bruce Bochy wasn't all that concerned. There's a trend, and he said the Giants will discuss potential changes to Anderson's pre-start routine, but they won't make too big a deal of it. 

"You know what, the kid is throwing well," Bochy said. "So it's not like we want to do a lot."

Anderson is not alone in this issue. The Giants as a team have had serious first-inning woes all season long, but Anderson has shown an ability to get past any early wobbles. He pitched into the sixth Tuesday, allowing just one more run. 

The problem was that the Giants had no margin for error. Kershaw did what he always does to them, and while Anderson kept it close for a while, this one turned into a blowout in the seventh. Enrique Hernandez's grand slam off Trevor Gott capped a six-run inning. 

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With the blowout, the Giants have now been outscored by 90 runs this season, the third-worst differential in the Majors and worst in the National League. Anderson might be having an issue with the first inning, but for the team, the problems go much deeper. 

Giants vs. Dodgers lineups: Shaun Anderson opposes Clayton Kershaw

Giants vs. Dodgers lineups: Shaun Anderson opposes Clayton Kershaw

On Monday, Tyler Beede got a win in his first-ever start against the Dodgers. On Tuesday, Giants rookie right-hander Shaun Anderson will attempt to do the same.

Anderson (2-1, 3.97 ERA) enters Tuesday's start at Dodger Stadium on a roll. He's coming off three consecutive outings in which he went at least six innings and gave up no more than three runs, and he's picked up two victories over that span.

Anderson will face a significant challenge in his first-ever start at Chavez Ravine, not just in the formidable Dodgers' lineup, but in Giants' nemesis Clayton Kershaw. While Kershaw (6-1, 3.13 ERA) took his first loss of the season on June 7 against the Giants, he has dominated San Francisco throughout his career, and enters Tuesday's start with a 22-11 record against the Giants with a 1.72 ERA over 330 1/3 innings.

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First pitch for Dodgers vs. Giants is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (31-39)
Donovan Solano, 2B
Brandon Belt, LF
Tyler Austin, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Steven Duggar, CF
Shaun Anderson, RHP (2-1, 3.97 ERA)

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-25)
Joc Pederson. LF
Alex Verdugo, CF
Justin Turner, 3B
Cody Bellinger, RF
Max Muncy, 2B
Matt Beaty, 1B
Chris Taylor, SS
Austin Barnes, C
Clayton Kershaw, LHP (6-1, 3.13 ERA)