Gerardo Parra

Kevin Pillar, Tyler Austin make instant impact on Giants' offense in loss

Kevin Pillar, Tyler Austin make instant impact on Giants' offense in loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- This was the roster Farhan Zaidi wanted a few weeks ago.

He was after Kevin Pillar all offseason and sought a right-handed power bat to add to the roster, but Zaidi also was not willing to overpay to force other executives into trading players they planned to keep through Opening Day. 

"The availability of options sometimes doesn't line up with your schedule and what's convenient for you," Zaidi said Monday afternoon. 

Everything finally lined up over the past week, leading to a surprising set of moves for the Giants. When the Blue Jays decided they were ready to go young in their outfield, Zaidi was waiting. When the Twins needed to add a pitcher to the roster and DFA'd Tyler Austin, Zaidi quickly reached for his iPhone. 

The results on Monday night were promising -- well, at least for those two. 

Austin singled and walked in his first game with the Giants and scored the game's first run. He had barely gone through the handshake line in the dugout when Pillar blasted a grand slam that gave the Giants a 5-0 lead in the fourth.

It was the first grand slam by a Giant since April 7, 2017. 

That handed a 5-0 lead to Madison Bumgarner and a rested bullpen. They couldn't hold it. 

"Our pitching is good enough that we've got to win this game," Bumgarner said. 

The Giants are going to play Austin at first base until he can get comfortable in the outfield, which means he could have plenty of nights like this one. In the top of the sixth, Brandon Belt moved from left field to first and Gerardo Parra entered in left as the Bruce Bochy tried to hold a three-run lead. 

--- Parra went down during a very scary moment late in the game. It appeared he took a 93 mph fastball to the face, but the Brad Wieck pitch actually hit his shoulder first. Bochy said Parra has a pretty good cut on his lip but otherwise is fine, and he'll be available Tuesday. 

It'll be interesting to see if there's any carryover. Bumgarner hit Fernando Tatis Jr. twice and then Parra got drilled. None of it seemed on purpose, but there were some players grumbling during the game. 

--- Buster Posey's double left the bat at 107 mph. There wasn't much of that last year before hip surgery, so perhaps he's ready to produce a bit more. Through eight games, Posey is batting .207 with no homers or RBI. 

--- Brandon Belt's single in the first inning was just the second first-inning hit for the Giants all season. Yikes. 

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--- In his first appearance against the Padres, Reyes Moronta looked like one of the five best relievers in the National League. On Monday he gave up a monster homer to Franmil Reyes. This came just a few days after David Freese took him into the gap for a huge hit at Dodger Stadium. 

"It's just mistakes," Bochy said. "He elevated the breaking ball. He's not quite as sharp as we usually see him."

Gerardo Parra hit in face by pitch, leaves Giants-Padres game in seventh

Gerardo Parra hit in face by pitch, leaves Giants-Padres game in seventh

Giants outfielder Gerardo Parra was forced to leave Monday night’s 6-5 loss to the Padres because of a scary situation.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning at Oracle Park, he stepped into the batter's box against Padres left-handed Brad Wieck.

Wieck's first pitch, a 93-mph fastball, got away from him and hit Parra on the right side of his face.

Parra went down to the ground in immediate pain, where he stayed face-down for a few minutes.

The veteran outfielder was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he had a towel over his face, likely soaking up blood.

After the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that Parra suffered a cut on his lip, and that he would be available to play Tuesday night against the Padres.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner hit Padres rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. with a pitch in the top of the second inning and again in the top of the seventh.

Giants' Gerardo Parra was ready to make bases-loaded assist from right field

Giants' Gerardo Parra was ready to make bases-loaded assist from right field

SAN DIEGO -- When Jeff Samardzija was traded to the A's in 2014, new teammate Brandon Moss walked up with a reminder. Moss once had nearly thrown Samardzija out at first base when the pitcher was with the Chicago Cubs and the right fielder was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

"I didn't talk to him for a few days," Samardzija said after a 3-1 Giants loss to the Padres on Sunday.

There might be nothing more disrespectful during a game than cutting down a slow pitcher as he runs to first, thinking he had singled to right. Pitchers hate it when outfielders even try, but Samardzija wasn't offering any of that Sunday. Gerardo Parra saved him at least one run with the play of the Giants' season thus far.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Chris Paddack lined a pitch into right in his first big league at-bat. Samardzija turned on the mound and started cussing himself out for allowing the pitcher to get him. But as that was going on, Brandon Belt hustled back to the bag and Parra alertly threw a seed to first -- just missing second baseman Joe Panik's head -- for the out. First base umpire Ted Barrett, who was looking to make sure Paddack touched the base, was there for the call. 

This was instinct, but there also was planning involved. Before the play, Parra and Belt made eye contact. They both pointed to first. 

"I've probably been trying to do that for seven or eight years now," Belt said. "He knew what we were (thinking) about."

Parra already had done it twice in the big leagues. 

"If I have a chance to throw, I'm throwing," he said. 

The play kept it a scoreless game and kept Samardzija from having to face the top of the order with the bags still packed. The Petco Park crowd was stunned, and a Padres dugout that was bursting with energy all series was temporarily quieted. 

"I think about doing it every time," Parra said of that situation. "Sometimes the pitcher is not running fast. I prepare myself for that play."

The throw helped Parra reach a milestone in a remarkable way, as he became the fourth active outfielder to record 100 assists. This was his 39th from right field, along with 47 in left and 14 in center. Later, Parra got No. 101 when he caught a fly ball and the dugout noticed that Wil Myers, who had been on first, didn't touch second as he retreated. Parra's throw to the infield was received by shortstop Brandon Crawford, who shuffled it to Panik to end the inning. 

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The Giants ultimately lost, but there was no lack of effort or intellect in right field. 

"I've seen it tried before," Samardzija said, smiling. "I haven't seen it successfully done."