The Giants avoided getting swept by the Marlins with a 6-3 win in 16 innings Thursday, but they couldn't avoid the injury bug bringing them down again.
Evan Longoria fractured his left hand in the fourth inning, Bruce Bochy announced to reporters after the win. Longoria fractured the fifth metacarpal.
"It's a downer with Longoria," Bochy said on the injury. "That's a tough break for us. We're just having a hard time keeping everybody out there... great win, but tough loss."
Longoria was hit by a pitch in fourth inning on a fastball from Marlins starting pitcher Dan Straily. He stayed in the game briefly before being replaced at third base by Alen Hanson. It was clear right away that Longoria's hand was significantly swelling from the hit by pitch.
The Giants will get another opinion on Longoria's injury once they return home from Miami.
Longoria went hitless in his one at-bat Thursday. In 67 games played, Longoria is hitting .246 with 10 home runs in his first season with the Giants.
San Francisco acquired the three-time All-Star in an offseason trade where they sent Denard Span, Christian Arroyo, Matt Krook, and Stephen Woods to Tampa Bay. Longoria is signed through 2022 as part of a 15-year, $145.5 million contract he signed with the Rays. He also has a team option for 2023.
The Giants re-instated reliever Hunter Strickland from the 60-day DL Saturday ahead of their game against the Reds.
In corresponding moves, Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day DL and Pablo Sandoval has been transferred to the 60-day DL.
Strickland missed the last two months with a fractured right hand after losing his temper in a blown save against the Marlins. After being taken out of a 5-4 loss at home, Strickland went into the dugout and punched a door with his throwing hand.
The Giants could certainly use Strickland out of the bullpen in the thick of a playoff race. Strickland is 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA and has 13 saves on the season.
On Friday night, the Giants lost in extra innings as Phillip Ervin took Ray Black deep in the 11th. The Giants (61-61) are seven games back in the NL West and 6.5 games back in the wild card race.
The first night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati wasn’t what you would expect. The Giants and Reds took a 1-1 tie deep into the night in one of the league’s best hitters parks before Phillip Ervin took Ray Black deep in the 11th.
The Giants lost their second straight after a hot start to this trip. They are 2-2 on what they felt would be a trip that could get them back into the NL West race. Here’s what else you need to know from a disappointing night...
—- The lineup did absolutely nothing against Anthony DeSclafini, who entered with a 4.46 ERA. He was finally knocked out in the eighth when the Giants put two on with two outs, but Buster Posey tapped out to short.
—- The Giants couldn’t have asked for much more from Casey Kelly, an emergency starter after Dereck Rodriguez strained his hamstring. Two days after pitching the 12th in Los Angeles, Kelly gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings. He allowed nine hits — eight singles — but repeatedly wiggled out of trouble. It helped that he picked Billy Hamilton off.
—- Kelly shared a cool moment with his dad, Pat, the bench coach for the Reds. The two made eye contact before the first pitch and saluted each other.