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."

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