Saturday, February 24, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 2/24/2018: Giants 9 Dodgers 3

I had my heart set on watching a delayed broadcast of this game on MLB TV.  It was blacked out in SoCal.  $%&# the Dodgers!  Anyway.....Chris Stratton, Mac Williamson and Hector Sanchez had big game to lead the Giants to a runaway win over the Bad Guys.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco CF- 2 for 4, 3B, SB(1).  BA= .500.  Blanco led off the game with a triple.  The Giants, true to form, left him stranded.  He also singled and stole a base.  No runs or RBI's.  As Vin Scully would say, "go figure!"

Kyle Jensen 1B- 1 for 1, HR(1).  BA= .500.  Kyle Jenson has an approximately zero chance of making this team, but the Pride of St Mary's has serious toonder in his bat, when he makes contact.

Hector Sanchez C- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .667.  Buster Posey is the starting catcher and Nick Hundley will be his backup.  Sanchez is here for injury insurance.

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 2.  BA= .667.  Miguel Gomez can hit.

Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .400.  Mac his holding his hands lower and looked like he was all over the pitches he hit for a single up the middle and a long tater to LF.  He's trying to create a positive impression for a callup later in the season.

Chase d'Arnaud SS- 2 for 3, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .400.  d'Arnaud had a rough day in the field yesterday, but came back with a solid day at the plate today.

Orlando Calixte 3B- 2 for 3, SB(1).  BA= .600.  Calixte is a depth piece.

Chris Stratton RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 2/0.  ERA= 0.00.  Stratton was facing the Dodgers (mostly) "A" lineup including 5 of the first 6 batters hitting from the left side with Yasiel Puig hitting cleanup.  Stratton had his struggles, but kept his composure and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 2'nd with a beautiful called strike 3 curveball to Chase Utley.  So, 3 of the 4 pitchers competing for the #4 and #5 SP slots have had successful spring debuts.

Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Okert gave up a 1-out double to Cody Bellinger but got Puig and the switch-hitting older brother of Heliot Ramos for a scoreless frame.

Roberto Gomez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Gomez has a distant shot at the long-relief/swingman role.


Fantasy Alert:

Colin McHugh struck out 5 batters in 2 IP, for the Astros today.  Jharel Cotton, who had a very rough first full MLB season last year did the same for the Oakland A's.


  1. Doc, I was able to watch live on my laptop yesterday. I was a little surprised I wasn’t blacked out.

  2. From Friday's game:
    Dusten Knight struck out 2 facing (nameless?) batters and giving up a hit.
    He's managed to stay below the radar from the AZ rookie league in 2013, through S-K, SJ, and jumped to the 'Cats last year (after a dominating start with SJ) and mentioned many times in your game summaries last year.
    He was an HM in your 2016 prospect list but not in '17 or '18. You cryptically said early last year "Dusten Knight my be a darkhorse for a MLB callup."
    You also commented later in the year after a game (I believe you saw), "Knight was similar to Forjet. FB 88-90 MPH with a sharp breaking ball."
    He gets TONS of Ks but sometimes has some location problems.
    Giants are now shining a light on this "dark horse'!

  3. Have 3 of 4 or 3 of 5 potential SPs pitched?
    Doesn't Holland make 5 with Blach and Stratton, Beede and Suarez (double BS there)?
    Beede and Holland against KC, aren't there 5 potentially?