Saturday, September 26, 2015

Game Wrap 9/26/2015: Giants 14 A's 10

The nostalgia game between Tim Hudson and Barry Zito did not last long, but the slugfest it turned into did and a rookie named Jarrett Parker stole the show with the first 3-dinger game from a rookie in franchise history.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .267.  Pagan is slashing .305/.380/.488 since coming off the DL on September 1.

Kelby Tomlinson- 4 for 6.  BA= .292.  Just when you think Kelby is going to do the el foldo, he comes up with a game like this and boom!  His BA is back above .290!  Duffman may have a bit more power, but beyond that, the similarities between those two are just plain eerie.

Matt Duffy- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .299.  Duffy keeps dancing around the .300 BA mark.  After his first hit of the game, he was at .301.

Buster Posey- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .323.  Buster looks to me like he is running on fumes, but still managed to have himself a better than decent day.

Marlon Byrd- 2 for 4, 2 2B, SF.  BA= .252.  Byrd had been in a mini-slump batting just .217 in the 7 game prior to today, but he's 5 for 12 in his last 3 games including today.  Overall, he was hitting .289 coming before today's 2 hits are added in and he now has 30 RBI's as a Giant.

Jarrett Parker- 3 for 5, 3 HR(6).  BA= .370.  OK, where do we start?  We already mentioned the record he set becoming the first Giants rookie EVER to hit 3 dingers in one game.  Only the second player in Giants history to hit at least 3 HR's and drive in at least 7 runs in one game, the other being Willie Mays and his 4 homer game.  I will try to put together a Who Is Jarrett Parker post, but he is making a LOUD case for the Giants to tear up their offseason plans and pencil him into the expected 25 man active roster next April.  I mean, if anyone ever forced the issue, Jarrett Parker did that today!

One more point:  Jarrett Parker has always been a 3 true outcomes hitter with lots of walks, strikeouts and home runs but relatively low BA's.  In his cup of coffee in June, he showed that patience/selectivity and it resulted in an 0 for 9 with 5 K's.  This time, he resolved to hold nothing back, be aggressive and let it rip.  The grand slam today was on the first pitch of the AB and I believe several of his other big hits have been on first or second pitches.

Trevor Brown- 3 for 5.  BA= .263.  Just wondering.   If Susac is expected to be healthy next year, might the Giants consider trading Brandon Belt for something good?

Tim Hudson- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.30.  Huddy breezed through the first inning, but then could not throw a strike in the second inning.  He could have been out of the inning if Duffy had made a play on a bouncer to the 3B bag, but it seems that would have just delayed the inevitable as Huddy did not look physically right at all.  Whether it was the hip flaring up or a weak shoulder, he just could not keep his elbow up and the ball kept sailing.  Bochy finally got him on a  2-0 count after he had walked in 3 runs in a awkward exchange that I suspect neither man was comfortable with.  Huddy still got a standing O from the fans including a curtain call out of the dugout.  He says he wants to start against the Dodgers, but maybe he should let that curtain call and watching Jarrett Parker set a record be his final memory of his terrific career.

Ryan Vogelsong- 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.81.  Vogie was definitely snakebit in this appearance.  He got out of Huddy's jam with a GIDP, but then in the 3'rd inning, was victimized by a broken bat single through the left side, a bloop double into no-man's land down the RF line, a seeing-eye double over the 3B bag and a flyball double that Jarrett Parker, yes, that Jarrett Parker, lost in the sun.

Cody Hall- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.06.  Hall did not look like he was going to be around long when he walked to the first 2 batters he faced to load the bases in the 3'rd inning.  But then, he got out of the inning with a K and retired the side in order in the 4'th.  I'm sure Bochy made mental note of how he handled that adversity.

Josh Osich- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.75.  Jarrett Parker was not the only Giants rookie to make a statement in this game.  Osich dominated in his 2 inning stint.  With Jeremy Affeldt's continued struggles, Osich's future as a left reliever who can go more than one inning and face both left and right handed batters is becoming more secure.

Chris Heston tries for series win and tries to make a statement of his own tomorrow.


  1. It's been a great run for Parker since he was called up. And I really and truly hope he enjoyed yesterday because days like that (2 HRs & 1 Grand Slam HR) are rare for even the greatest of hitters. So it should be savored because, frankly, that's probably going to be one of the Top-3 days, if not Top Day, of his baseball career.

    1. yeah, if Willie Mays has only had a day better than that... it's going to be the best day of his career. There could be that SB that wins a World Series, or the Sac Fly for a Pennant, but in pure personal achievement he'll never match that.

      On the other hand, that it forces the issue for the Giants now, and next season is great for him. It probably also buys him a couple of seasons kicking 25-man rosters around even if he doesn't stick with the Giants.