Instant Replay: Giants' bullpen breaks down in loss to A's


Instant Replay: Giants' bullpen breaks down in loss to A's


SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy let Chris Stratton bat with the bases loaded Monday night in large part because the rest of the bullpen needed a break. That extra rest didn't help.

Every reliever but Stratton pitched in a 13-11 loss to the A’s and four of the seven were charged with runs. The Giants gave back two late leads and the bullpen allowed 10 runs, eight of them earned. The situation got so dire that Stratton, who threw 57 pitches a night before, actually warmed up in the ninth as Santiago Casilla struggled to get the Giants off the field. 

This game ended up being a shootout, but early on there was plenty of quick work from Albert Suarez. The right-hander continued to shine in place of Matt Cain, who won’t return until after the All-Star break. Suarez gave up a laser shot of a homer to Kris Davis in the fourth, but he entered the sixth with a 4-1 lead thanks to a pair of two-run knocks from Crawford and Angel Pagan.

That lead, and Suarez’s bid for a fourth win, wouldn’t hold up. The A’s sent nine to the plate for the second time in the first 15 innings of this series, scoring four off Suarez and George Kontos to take a one-run lead. Suarez was pulled after putting two on with two outs in the sixth, and Kontos gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Stephen Vogt. Conor Gillaspie’s error extended the inning, allowing the A’s to add two more on Billy Butler’s single. 

The Giants then hit around in their half of the inning. With two on, the A’s intentionally walked Buster Posey to face Brandon Crawford. He made them pay, lining a triple into the left-center gap to give the Giants an 8-5 lead. The five-RBI game was the fourth of Crawford’s career and second in the last six weeks. 

Two innings later, the bullpen once again started spinning. Cory Gearrin faced three batters in the eighth, walking two and giving up a single. Javier Lopez entered and pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski blasted off. As his three-run homer settled into the seats, Smolinski joyously flipped his bat. 

The A’s would score three more runs against Casilla in the top of the ninth. The Giants got back-to-back homers in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't claw all the way back.

Starting pitching report: Cain (hamstring) will make at least two rehab starts, so Suarez’s run in the rotation isn’t near an end. He had another solid night, giving up three earned on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Bullpen report: Right-handed hitters were 0-for-10 against Lopez before Smolinski’s blast into the seats. 

At the plate: Gillaspie had his third career four-hit night. Two of them have come in the last eight days.

In the field: Backup catcher Trevor Brown played third base in the top of the ninth.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,740 human beings, including Festus Ezeli, who sat in the owner’s box.

Up next: Jake Peavy will look to keep cutting into that ERA. The red-hot right-hander takes on left-handed rookie Sean Manaea at the Coliseum Formerly Known as

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.