Thursday, October 1, 2015

Game Wrap 10/1/2015: Dodgers 3 Giants 2

The Giants lost a game to the Dodgers and nobody cared!  Think about THAT for a minute!  Tim Hudson, as expected, started what everybody understands will be the final game of his career.  What maybe wasn't expected was Jeremy Affeldt holding a pregame news conference to announce HIS retirement from the Giants and Major League Baseball.  Beyond that, the game was a bit of an afterthought.  Key Lines:

Kelby Tomlinson- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .297.  The Kelby Train just keeps on rolling.  Not much left to say about the season he's had.

Jarrett Parker- 1 for 3.  BA= .341.  To stick in this league, you need more than a huge game here and there.  You also need to not rack up a bunch of O'fers in a row.  Parker has managed avoid the big slump since his breakout weekend against the A's  and that just might be enough to give the Giants the confidence they need to commit to him for next season.

Angel Pagan- 1 for 1.  BA= .264.  Pagan's infield single drove in Jarrett Parker, who had also reached on an IF single, and set up Kelby Tomlinson's RBI double to complete the Giants scoring.

Tim Hudson- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.44.  Affeldt allowed a couple of his inherited runners to score, but the real deal here was Huddy making the final start of his career.  I don't know which team Huddy will come to identify with in retirement, but right now, he seems to be saying the Giants are the best organization he's ever played for, from management to the players to the fans.

Jeremy Affeldt- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.97.  I will try to put together a Thoughts on Jeremy Affeldt post, but in the meantime, the transcript of his press conference recorded by Baggs on Extra Baggs is must reading.  I was in tears several times while reading through it.  Pay special attention to his answer to the question about what he will tell his grandkids about playing for the Giants and how he came to SF with a judgmental attitude toward the city and how the Giants and the city of San Francisco changed him and helped him grow as a person.  Also check out the part about how Buster Posey talked him out of retiring mid-season.

Ryan Vogelsong- 4 IP, 1 H 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.67.  Vogey made his own statement today.  He said, "Heck no!  I'm not retiring!  If I'm not playing for the Giants next year, I will play with another team."  Those aren't his exact words, but that is what he said with his pitching.

Josh Osich- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.95.  Osich is Jeremy Affeldt's heir apparent.

Christ Heston will be trying to make his own statement tomorrow evening against the Rockies.

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