The GIANTS had a busy day Saturday. Friday, too, come to think of it. 2 very busy days. And that’s a good thing. Lord Byron once wrote: “the busy have no time for tears.” Hopefully, in the days ahead, there will be no need for tears. And then again, maybe I’m the only one who feels like crying.
On Friday, the GIANTS welcomed 2 new teammates: Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu. They placed 2 players on the DL: Marco Scutaro and Ehire Adrianza. And they played game 1 in the series against the Dodgers. The game we talked about in Saturday’s blog post. It doesn’t bear repeating.
On Saturday, Hector Sanchez was placed on the 7-day concussion DL. He took a ball to his face mask during Friday night’s game and suffered a mild concussion. 2 more new teammates–Jake Peavy and Andrew Susac–arrived. George Kontos was sent back to AAA Fresno. Jose DePaula (LHP) and Nick Noonan (INF) were designated for assignment. And then the GIANTS played the game I don’t want to talk about.
Here’s summary of game 2 of the series: Suffice it to say that Kershaw performed as advertised–and pitched a complete game to boot–while allowing only 2 GIANTS hits and no runs. The final score was: GIANTS 0, LA 5 and that’s all I have to say about that.
Instead, here’s just a tiny bit of info about the 2 newest GIANTS and more about some of the other guys:
Jake Peavy is a right-handed veteran starter. He was traded from Boston in a transaction that involved 3 players. Boston got Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar, 2 GIANTS’ pitching prospects. The GIANTS got Peavy, along with 1/2 his salary. He pitched Sunday night’s game against the Dodgers. Prior to Sunday’s game he had some history with the Dodgers going 14-2, with a 2.21 ERA lifetime. He has a history with his new manager too. He was drafted in 1999 by the San Diego Padres and made his major league debut in 2002. Bruce Bochy was his manager. Peavy said he considers Bochy to be like a father to him, because Bochy raised him in baseball. He was clearly excited about the opportunity to play for Bochy again. One thing to note: Peavy has worn #44 his entire career. That number is not available in San Francisco because it’s Willie Mac’s number and it’s been retired. Peavy settled for #43.
Andrew Susac is a catcher and is ranked by MLB.com to be the GIANTS #3 overall prospect. He made his big league debut Friday night and is going to be Buster’s back-up. Susac is from Roseville, CA, and he attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA. He was selected by the Phillies in the 2009 draft, but he opted to go to college instead and attended Oregon State University. He was drafted by the GIANTS in the 2011 draft.
Welcome to the bigs, Andrew Susac!
Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu both provide much-needed infield depth. Uggla will fill the role of everyday 2nd baseman. Both were promoted from AAA Fresno, but Uggla was just picked up by the GIANTS last week after being released by Atlanta. Speaking of 2nd base–I think there is a curse on the GIANTS 2nd base. Or a whammy. Or somebody stuck a GIANTS logo on a base labelled “2nd base” and started sticking voodoo pins in it. Think about it: Freddy Sanchez and his shoulder, Marco Scutaro and his back, Ehire Adrianza and his hamstring, Joe Panik sprained his ankle. Ryan Theriot played 2nd base, and came out unscathed, but didn’t get picked up for 2013. He’s from Louisiana. I’m just sayin’. Just a word of warning to Uggla and Abreu–be very, very careful because no matter how you look at it, 2nd base is snakebit.
Matt Cain is still on the DL and will remain so indefinitely. He was placed on the 15-day DL earlier this week for elbow inflammation and has not improved during rehab.
Angel Pagan has been running and taking live batting practice. He is expected to start his rehab assignment early this week.
Brandon Belt was eligible to return to the line-up Sunday, but he was not cleared to resume baseball activities. He is improving, but Bochy said it’s going to be a few days.
Marco Scutaro is back on the DL with lower back strain.
Ehire Adrianza was placed on the DL due to a hamstring strain.
Joe Panik is available to pinch hit off the bench, but he is nursing that sprained ankle.
And back to the Dodgers series–here is the rest of the story:
The GIANTS played the Dodgers again Sunday–game 3 of the 3 game series. The Dodgers’ fans brought their brooms to the yard and those ^@+#€*£¥(%€*$ got to use them. GIANTS fans should have made them sweep the yard. Brooms!! To our yard!!! Oh well. Our new pitcher did a pretty good job. I’m not gonna lie though, he threw a couple of wild pitches and that didn’t help.
Our new 2nd baseman, Uggla, led-off in the 3rd and drew a walk. He advanced to 3rd on Blanco’s base hit and Pence scored him with an RBI single. The Dodgers scored 1 run in the 4th. Game tied. But not for long. Morse got a base hit in the bottom of the 4th, moved to 2nd on Duvall’s single and came home on Crawford’s base hit. GIANTS take the lead. But not for long. Are you sensing a theme here? The Dodgers scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th with the help of a couple of fielding errors and a couple of wild pitches. It gave them a 2 run lead. But not for long. Buster came to the plate in the bottom of the 5th and with 2 outs sent a solo dinger over the left field wall, narrowing the Dodgers’ lead to 1 run. And that’s all she wrote. The final score was:
GIANTS 3, Dodgers 4
And that’s all I have to say about that.