Giants' lefty woes continue in loss to Cubs

Giants' lefty woes continue in loss to Cubs


SAN FRANCISCO — Derek Holland packed more entertainment into a one-minute promo for Brandon Belt on Monday than the rest of the team did into Holland’s return to the rotation. The Giants lost 2-0, managing just three hits off Jose Quintana and three Cubs relievers. 

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—- Holland’s return to starting couldn’t have gone much better. He was charged with one earned in 6 1/3 innings and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. Holland got a season-high 18 swinging strikes, including 12 with his slider. 

He left with a runner on second and one out in the seventh, and the Cubs scored the night’s first run on an error. Addison Russell took third on a wild pitch and scored when Nick Hundley’s throw got away from Pablo Sandoval. The Cubs scored a second run when Victor Caratini smashed a double off Sam Dyson. 

—- Chase d’Arnaud picked up his first hit as a Giant, a broken-bat single to center field in the fifth inning. 

—- Ray Black made his second appearance since his promotion Sunday morning, and this one went much smoother. Black froze Willson Contreras with a 78 mph curveball to get his first strikeout and then threw 99 mph past Russell. A pop-up ended the perfect inning. Black maxed out at 99.2 mph. 

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally charged event for him.

Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto organization -- and they more than made him feel back at home.

The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the fans who stuck by him all of those years. 

Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:

"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."

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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior, and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Kevin Pillar never won any awards or championships during his seven years with the Blue Jays, but he definitely won over the hearts of Toronto fans with his highlight-reel catches.

So when the Giants center fielder went out to play defense in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night, Blue Jays fans showed their appreciation for the 30-year-old.

It was a pretty emotional moment. We're sure Pillar was choking back tears as he watched the tribute video and tipped his cap to the fans.

The love for Pillar didn't stop there. When he came up for his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, the Blue Jays fans once again gave him a standing ovation.

But the cheering ended quickly as Pillar singled to left field and drove in Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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Pillar and Crawford would later score on a Joe Panik double to right.

Not a bad homecoming for the Toronto fan favorite.