Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' delayed loss to Nationals


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' delayed loss to Nationals


WASHINGTON D.C. — At 1:16 a.m. at Nationals Park, the Giants lost the game 3-1. The home team lost much more than that on this night. 

Nationals superstar right fielder Bryce Harper appeared to suffer a serious injury to his left knee in the first inning, putting another dark cloud over a long night. The Nationals scored two runs in that inning and that would be all they needed. 

A night after the teams were rained out, they waited three hours and one minute to get started because of an ugly storm that drenched the area. The crowd stayed engaged, but within minutes, a hush fell over Nationals Stadium. Harper slipped on first base while trying to beat out a grounder to Ryder Jones, and his knee went the wrong direction. He immediately grabbed at it as he rolled on the ground, and he was helped off the field without putting any pressure on his leg.

The Nationals did not have an update during the game. For now, here are five things to know from a wet night … 

—- Ryder Jones isn’t hitting much, but he sure plays a nice first base. His diving stop robbed Andrew Stevenson of a single in the fifth. Jones also showed his athleticism a couple of ways on the Harper play, first by stopping the hard shot and then by twisting his body to avoid a collision with Harper at the bag. 

—- The Giants are looking at 27 innings of baseball in about 24 hours, so every out from Jeff Samardzija was huge. He threw 120 pitches on a humid night while getting through six innings. He tied Matt Moore for the most pitches thrown by a Giants starter this season. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched the eighth, making his first appearance since June 27. He gave up a single and struck out one. His fastball topped out at 93 mph. That's a good sign on the first night back. 

—- Joe Panik opened the scoring with a long homer in the first. It was his seventh of the year. He has a chance to surpass his career-high of 10. 

—- Denard Span is in a funk. He rolled out to second three times in four plate appearances, and he has just five hits in his last 41 at-bats. 

Top prospect Logan Webb throws five strong innings in big league debut


Top prospect Logan Webb throws five strong innings in big league debut

PHOENIX -- The Giants couldn't have asked for much more from their youngest starter in nearly a decade. 

Right-hander Logan Webb, 22, gave up two runs over five innings in his debut and left with a 6-2 lead at Chase Field. Webb struck out seven Diamondbacks, scattered five hits and walked just one. Only one of the runs was earned. 

Webb's first pitch as a big leaguer was a 94 mph fastball that was off the outside of the plate, and he struggled with his command a bit early on. He threw seven straight fastballs to start his night and the Diamondbacks took an early lead when Jarrod Dyson singled and Wilmer Flores doubled on a pitch down an in.

Webb threw a nasty changeup to strike out David Peralta but gave up a second run on an error by Evan Longoria. Brandon Belt got him out of the inning with a slick snag of a liner to first, and Webb locked in from there. 

He struck out two in the second and one more to end the third. The final pitch of that frame might have been Webb's best pitch of the night, a slider in the other batter's box that Adam Jones waved at weakly before tossing his helmet. 

Webb struck out three in the fourth, getting Nick Ahmed and Josh Rojas on good sliders. He had success with the pitch, which he calls a hard slurve, throwing it for a strike 12 of 18 times and getting four strikeouts. 

The bullpen was humming as Webb went out for the fifth, and he was near the end of the line as Flores picked up a third hit. But on his 93rd pitch, Webb got No. 3 hitter Eduardo Escobar to bounce into a 1-6-3 double play. He pumped his fist into his glove as he walked off the mound. 

Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Logan Webb set to make big league debut


Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Logan Webb set to make big league debut

Saturday will be a big day for Logan Webb.

The young right-hander will make his big league debut for the Giants in Arizona as Bruce Bochy's club looks to continue their winning ways in the desert. 

After Dereck Rodriguez twirled a gem in the opener on Thursday, the Giants crushed six home runs in an extra-inning win Friday, and now have their eyes on a series win against their NL West rival.

Here are the full lineups for Saturday's game. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

San Francisco Giants (62-61)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Stephen Vogt, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Logan Webb, RHP (major league debut)

Arizona Diamondbacks (61-62)
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
David Peralta, LF
Adam Jones, RF
Jake Lamb, 1B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Alex Avila, C
Taylor Clarke, RHP (4-3, 5.46 ERA)