AT&T PARK — On a night when Barry Bonds drew the praise of the crowd and Metallica rocked the national anthem and the seventh-inning stretch, Matt Moore’s unpleasant summer rolled on.
Facing the Chicago Cubs, the left-handed starter worked six innings of five-run ball, watching his ERA sail to 5.88 and taking the loss in the San Francisco Giants’ 5-3 defeat on Monday night.
Moore, who’s lugging around the highest ERA in the National League, is 1-8 in his last 14 starts and remains winless dating back to June 20.
“He’s really, really good at times, and then he just makes mistakes,” manager Bruce Bochy explained. “That’s what it’s coming down to.”
The first mistake came in the second when Javier Baez connected on his 16th home run, which never left the park.
Even as Baez stood at the plate to admire his drive, the Cubs shortstop managed to race all the way around the bases after the carom off the right-center field wall kicked past Carlos Moncrief. The rookie outfielder hit catcher Buster Posey on one bounce with the throw, but Baez narrowly beat the tag with his head-first slide.
“There wasn’t much he could do about it,” Bochy said. “He’s tracking the ball to the wall there. He’s not positive it’s going to hit the wall where it did. It just took a nice hop for them, but he showed the arm that he has with that throw. That was a bang-bang play.”
After the guests added another run in the third and tacked on another pair in the fifth, the Giants finally answered back in the bottom of the sixth.
Ryder Jones boomed a two-run homer to right-center field — the first of his career — after Pablo Sandoval had doubled to open the frame.
Joe Panik provided a third run off Jake Arrieta in the seventh — via a run-scoring single — but the Cubs bullpen would proceed to retire the final eighth outs without incident.
A pair of doubles for Parker
Jarrett Parker doubled in each of his first two at bats against Arrieta. The second of his two-base hits traveled some 415 feet, leaving his bat at an exit velocity of 106 mph.
The outfielder now has five doubles and a homer in his first four games back and is hitting .471 (8-for-17)
Moncrief also unleashed a nearly perfect throw in the fifth, firing a strike to third base, dissuading Jon Jay from tagging up.
“This guy just has a gun,” Bochy said. “He came in to pitch in [Triple-A] Sacramento. I think he said his first pitch was 97 [mph], somewhere in there.”
Bonds gets his due
Ten years to the day after Barry Bonds launched home run No. 756, the all-time home run king hung out in the dugout and behind the cage during batting practice and got an in-game tribute on the giant video board in center field.
Metallica plays the anthem, 7th-inning stretch
On Metallica night at AT&T Park, the eight-time Grammy award winning heavy-metal band played the national anthem and the seventh-inning stretch.
— Karl Buscheck (@KarlBuscheck) August 8, 2017