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Uribe hits grand slam in Giants win; Velez beaned by foul ball

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Their teammate lying on the dugout floor, barely conscious and surrounded by trainers, the San Francisco Giants weren't thinking about moving runners, getting outs, even winning the game.

They were praying Eugenio Velez would be OK.

The outfielder should be after a scary head injury and that's all that really matters to the Giants, even after their impressive 10-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night.

"A scary moment because it hit him good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were concerned about him."

Velez was injured in the fourth inning when a sharp liner by teammate Pat Burrell shot into the dugout. Unable to see the ball coming through the teammates standing in front of him, Velez couldn't react in time and was hit on the left side of the head.

Some teammates immediately gathered around, while others couldn't look. The trainers rushed over. Burrell took a few moments before returning to the batter's box. Even the opposing team cringed at seeing the fluke injury.

"It made me sick," said first baseman Adam LaRoche, the closest Arizona player to San Francisco's dugout. "I heard it hit and it sounded like it hit the back wall. Apparently, it hit him right in the face and he went down so fast you couldn't even tell it was him. I will say a prayer for him."

The prognosis is good.

Bochy said Velez never lost consciousness, though wasn't real responsive after first being struck, and CT scans were negative. Velez was talking at the hospital, where he's expected to spend the night for further tests.

The news sent a wave of relief through San Francisco's clubhouse.

"It's too bad when you see your friend, your teammate like that," Giants second baseman Juan Uribe said. "On the other team, too. Nobody wants to see a player get hit like that. We're glad he's going to be OK."

The Giants kept focus after seeing their teammate carried off on a stretcher.

Uribe hit a grand slam off Sam Demel in the seventh inning. Aubrey Huff and Edgar Renteria drove in two runs each. Madison Bumgarner (4-2) was effective before and after the scary scene, pitching seven effective innings for his fourth consecutive win.

Buster Posey had two hits and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, matching Orlando Cepeda's 1958 streak for second-longest by a Giants rookie and leaving him five short of the record set by Willie McCovey in 1959.

The Giants also pounded out 11 hits, giving them 15 wins in 19 games and wins in four straight road series for the first time since 2004.

Considering the injury to Velez, this may have been one of San Francisco's best games of the season.

"It's a distraction. There's a lot of concern for Eugenio," Bochy said. "We were praying at that time, but the guys did a good job of keeping their focus in a well-played game. We did a lot of good things today."

Arizona can't say the same.

The Diamondbacks wasted Mark Reynolds' 23rd homer and a two-run shot by LaRoche with ineffective pitching and another lackluster day at the plate.

Starter Ian Kennedy (5-8) had a shaky-at-times outing coming off consecutive wins, allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings that included two wild pitches in the first. The bullpen was brutal after showing signs of improvement over the past couple of weeks, four relievers combining to allow six runs over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Arizona's offense had four other hits beside the two long balls by LaRoche and Reynolds, and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks also struck out 11 times, giving them 51 in four games and 907 on the season -- well ahead of the pace for baseball's all-time record.

"There is no question they are pressing," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "It is a brutal game sometimes and we have to push through it."

Notes

  • A scoring change from Friday night's game took away an error from Diamondbacks RF Justin Upton in the ninth inning and awarded a double to Andres Torres.
  • Arizona C Miguel Montero was given his second straight day off and will rest again on Sunday before going back in the lineup.
  • LaRoche made an over-the-rail grab at first for the second time in three games, snaring Burrell's pop-up while leaning over in the first inning.
 
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Juan Uribe hits his fourth career grand slam to help the Giants pound the Diamondbacks.  (US Presswire)
Juan Uribe hits his fourth career grand slam to help the Giants pound the Diamondbacks. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, RF-LF5221010 .278
Edgar Renteria, SS4222100 .301
Aubrey Huff, 1B5132001 .309
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Denny Bautista, P00000001.000
Buster Posey, C3121212 .358
Juan Uribe, 2B4114115 .256
Pat Burrell, LF3000002 .238
    Nate Schierholtz, RF2000010 .244
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4100120 .263
Aaron Rowand, CF5110020 .237
Madison Bumgarner, P2100100 .167
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .329
Totals3710111068  
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (30, Kennedy), Edgar Renteria (9, Kennedy)
HR - Juan Uribe (13, Demel)
SH - Madison Bumgarner (1)
RBI - Andres Torres (38), Edgar Renteria 2 (17), Aubrey Huff 2 (59), Buster Posey (32), Juan Uribe 4 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (15), Buster Posey (9), Juan Uribe 4 (22)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,4-2) 7522371 2.43
Guillermo Mota 1122111 3.44
Denny Bautista 1000030 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 103-66, Guillermo Mota 23-14, Denny Bautista 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 3-11
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 29, Guillermo Mota 5, Denny Bautista 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4020110 .267
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000013 .280
Justin Upton, RF4010001 .275
Mark Reynolds, 3B3211122 .214
Adam LaRoche, 1B4112021 .258
Chris Snyder, C2000210 .231
Stephen Drew, SS4110003 .265
Cole Gillespie, LF4000012 .224
Ian Kennedy, P2000020 .121
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Abreu, PH0001000 .234
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Gerardo Parra, PH1000010 .265
Totals32464411  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Demel in the 7th
b-struck out for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (21, Bumgarner), Justin Upton (20, Bumgarner), Stephen Drew (19, Bumgarner)
HR - Mark Reynolds (23, Bumgarner), Adam LaRoche (14, Mota)
SF - Tony Abreu (2)
RBI - Mark Reynolds (62), Adam LaRoche 2 (61), Tony Abreu (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Cole Gillespie (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (L,5-8) 6.2644360 4.10
Jordan Norberto0111000 8.59
Sam Demel 0.1122111 4.41
Chad Qualls 0.2333200 8.49
Aaron Heilman 1.1000010 3.68
WP - Ian Kennedy 2 (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 101-70, Jordan Norberto 2-1, Sam Demel 13-8, Chad Qualls 29-17, Aaron Heilman 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 6-8, Chad Qualls 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-2
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 29, Jordan Norberto 1, Sam Demel 3, Chad Qualls 7, Aaron Heilman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32774
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jeff Nelson