SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marco Scutaro stepped into the batter's box for the first time this year and was supported by a standing ovation.
It was a special moment, for sure, for the veteran second baseman. Scutaro played in his first game with San Francisco after missing the first half of the year because of a back problem.
"I'd say these are the best fans in the big leagues," Scutaro said Saturday after the Giants lost 2-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. "They give you so much support through the good times and the bad times. It's nice to play in this kind of atmosphere."
Scutaro, a postseason star for the Giants in their run to the 2012 championship, drew a walk in his first at bat and went 0 for 3 overall.
"It's nice to be on the field again," Scutaro said. "Unfortunately we didn't win the game."
The Giants are hoping his return is the start of getting a full lineup back. Angel Pagan is on the mend from back inflammation and could return soon after the All-Star break.
"I thought he looked fine," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looked like he saw the ball well."
His appearance still couldn't stop the Giants from being shut out for the fifth time in 13 games.
"It's almost impossible to play the way we've been playing for six months," Scutaro said. "It's not a sprint. It's a marathon. Our time is going to come sooner or later. We need to stay strong and keep fighting."
Wade Miley (5-6) allowed four hits and won his second straight start for the first time since early April. He has given up three runs over his past 22 2-3 innings.
Brad Ziegler worked the eighth, and Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances.
Ryan Vogelsong (5-7) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.