Instant Replay: Casilla crumbles, derails Kershaw-Cueto battle


Instant Replay: Casilla crumbles, derails Kershaw-Cueto battle


SAN FRANCISCO — An incredible duel between two of the game’s best starters was decided by a homer off a closer who is running out of time.

Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw took a tie game into the ninth and Justin Turner roped a solo shot off Santiago Casilla. Kenley Jansen closed it out for the Dodgers, stranding a runner on second to give them a 3-2 win in the first of three games at AT&T Park this weekend.

Cueto and Kershaw were magnificent, both getting through eight innings and allowing two runs. Cueto struck out eight and walked none; Kershaw whiffed 13 without walking a batter. 

Cueto gave up five runs in the first inning when he beat the Dodgers on April 10, and Friday’s game got off to a brutal start, too. Chase Utley was hit by a pitch and Corey Seager reached on a spinning infield single. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Cueto tried to use his trademark shimmy on Turner, but first base umpire Bill Welke called him for a balk.

Cueto immediately threw his hands up in confusion and a livid Bruce Bochy came out to argue, but the call stood, putting a run on the board. The Dodgers went up 2-0 when Adrian Gonzalez pulled a single to right. 

The Giants had a chance to pull even in the fifth after a couple of Dodgers blunders. Seager’s throwing error added a base to a Mac Williamson infield single, and runners ended up on the corners when Brandon Crawford hit a grounder to second a batter later. Utley tried to be cute and catch Williamson rounding third, but he ended up getting no outs on the play. It didn’t matter. Kershaw threw a perfect curveball to strike out Jarrett Parker and then got Cueto to ground out.

The Giants did end up tying the game an inning later. Joe Panik singled and raced all the way around when Buster Posey lined a ball to the left-center wall, giving Cueto a fresh slate. It was pure pitching dominance from both starters from that point on.

Starting pitching report: Cueto retired 23 of 24 after Trayce Thompson’s single in the first. The lone runner to reach was Utley, and he needed a review in the fifth to confirm that a pitch had grazed his pant leg.

Bullpen report: Casilla has allowed three runs in three appearances on this homestand, all coming in big spots.

At the plate: Duffy was just the fifth player to homer off Kershaw this season. It’s a strange and Giant-filled list: Duffy, Ehire Adrianza, Madison Bumgarner, Giancarlo Stanton, Asdrubal Cabrera. 

In the field: Cueto woke up Friday having not made an error since Sept. 23, 2014, but he ended up with two by the end of the fifth, in an odd way. The league changed a Brandon Belt error (the throw to first in St. Louis) to a Cueto error earlier in the day, and then in the fifth inning Cueto tried to pick Utley off first and threw the ball away. 

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,208 human beings. Half of them went nuts for a Duffy foul ball in the sixth inning. Apparently that’s when the Warriors notification hit their phones. 

Up next: Two free agent additions, Jeff Samardzija (7-4, 3.33) vs. Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.46).

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's 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.

[RELATED: Beede relieved to get first big league win against Dodgers]

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)

What can Giants get in Madison Bumgarner trade? Tim Kurkjian answers

What can Giants get in Madison Bumgarner trade? Tim Kurkjian answers

Every Madison Bumgarner start can be his last as a Giant. 

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is over a month away, but Bumgarner could be gone before we know it. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is sure to be taking and making calls regarding his team's ace. Those calls should start with the New York Yankees, ESPN MLB analyst Tim Kurkjian says. 

"The Yankees have to be at the top of that list," Kurkjian said Tuesday on KNBR. "Their lineup is ridiculously productive when it comes to hitting the ball out of the ballpark. But I still think they're one really good starting pitcher short of going into October as the team to beat. ... The question is, how much are they willing to give up?"

One Yankee the Giants should covet could be more available than ever. Clint Frazier, 24, was demoted to Triple-A on Sunday to make room for veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion, despite Frazier proving he clearly belongs in a major league lineup. Through 53 games this year, Frazier is batting .283 with 11 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. 

Frazier is the exact kind of player the Giants should be pursuing. He struggles on defense and has received ample criticism this year for his play in the outfield, but he's a young, right-handed power bat that can actually hit the ball over the wall at Oracle Park. Frazier would also be under team control through 2024.

It won't be that easy to acquire him, however.

"I had an executive tell me the other day, 'There's no way the Yankees would trade Frazier even straight up for Bumgarner.' I think the Giants would need Frazier and at least another top prospect before they're gonna move Bumgarner, even in a rental situation," Kurkjian said. 

The Yankees still value Frazier even though there might not be room for him on a star-studded roster. On the other hand, the Giants want to make sure they get the best return possible for a team legend despite the fact he'll be a free agent at the end of the season. 

"How many teams are going to be willing to give up a tremendous amount for a two-month rental who's not the best he's ever been?" Kurkjian said. 

Bumgarner is 3-6 with a 3.87 ERA this season. That doesn't tell the whole story, though. His ERA has lowered every month so far. In March/April he posted a 4.30 ERA in six starts; in May he had a 3.72 ERA in six more starts and he has a 3.32 ERA through three starts in June.

The big left-hander has seen his fastball velocity rise as well. Bumgarner's average fastball velocity of 92.2 mph also is his highest since 2015, according to Brooks Baseball.

Oh, and there's that whole playoffs thing, too. 

[RELATED: History shows teams shouldn't wait to trade for MadBum]

The Yankees need Bumgarner to win another ring. The Giants need Frazier for the ball to go over the wall.

Let's make a deal.