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FINAL SCORE: GIANTS WIN, 5-4 IN THE RECORD BOOKS, 7-4 IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED…UM…THIS.

Quality of Opposition (QoO) numbers per Baseball Reference

GIANTS PITCHERS (PROJECTIONS PER FanGraphs)

Logan Webb (1st-3rd innings): Triple-A starter
Jarlin Garcia (4th inning): MLB middle reliever
Wandy Peralta (5th inning): Triple-A reliever
Zack Littell (6th inning): Triple-A, likely a reliever, but also a possible starter
Dominic Leone (7th inning): Triple-A reliever, MLB experience including 12 games for the 2020 Indians
Reyes Moronta (8th inning): MLB late-inning reliever
Rico Garcia (9th inning): Triple-A starter

STARTERS

Bobby Bradley (1B): 1-2, 1 K, Picked Off 1 time – Bradley struck out in one of his plate appearances (not surprising). He hit a single (off of Garcia) in his other (somewhat more surprising as it’s his first of the spring).

Yu Chang (2B-1B): – 1-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI – Chang followed Bradley and hit an RBI triple that scored RF Josh Naylor (Bradley had been picked off at first – if you see a Caught Stealing for him in the boxscore, Gameday somehow listed it as both) for his sixth RBI and first non-homer extra-base hit of the preseason.

Bradley Zimmer (CF): 0-3, 3 K – Zimmer, who had a .929 OPS (largely the product of a ,429 batting average – 6-for-14) against 8.2 (Triple-A) pitching entering yesterday’s contest, picked up a hat trick on Saturday, with two of the strikeouts at the hands of Triple-A projectees (Webb and Littell).

RESERVES

Tyler Freeman (SS): 0-1 – Freeman’s OPS is still in four figures (1.194 – 5.9 QoO) following his groundout to end the seventh.

Tyler Krieger (PR-3B): 0-1, 1 R – Krieger scored his second run of the spring as a pinch runner for starting 3B Jose Ramirez in the fifth inning thanks to a wild pitch by Peralta.

Bo Naylor (PH-DH): 0-1, 1 K – Naylor struck out looking for only his second punchout in nine at-bats this season (compared to four hits – including a homer – against 6.3 pitching [a pretty typical QoO for most Indians batters at this point in Spring Training).

Steven Kwan (RF): 0-1 – Kwan has gone 0-for-1 in five of his last six games (defensive replacement on Wednesday versus the Angels in Goodyear).

Owen Miller (2B): 0-2, 1 K – Miller, a Triple-A Projectee (IBI Depth Charts), has struggled this spring (.388 OPS) against Single-A pitching (4.5 average QoO).

Harold Ramirez (LF): 0-1 – Ramirez is hitless in three at-bats for the Tribe as he continues to adjust to his new org.

PITCHERS

Nick Sandlin: 0.2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Sandlin struck out major leaguers Darin Ruf and Mauricio Dubon to end the third frame in his second outing of the preseason.

UMPIRES? UMPIRES? BUELLER?

Phil Maton: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 K – You may be asking why Phil Maton is in this column, A veteran like him doesn’t really fit the mold of ATF. Well, this story was too good to pass up. It all started when the Indians and Giants agreed to play the bottom of the ninth to get Maton some work despite the Giants having already won the game 5-4. One problem: The umpires, who had already walked off the field, had not been clued in to the plan. However, Maton still needed the work. The solution was to play the half-inning without umpires (the scoreboard operator determined balls and strikes). Needless to say, the unusual situation may have contributed to Maton’s struggles.

Kyle Nelson: 0.2 IP, perfect, 1 K – Nelson brought the three-ring circus that was the bottom of the ninth to a merciful end in his (unofficial – MLB didn’t count the stats) third outing of 2021 Cactusball.

2 Comments »

  1. There was a report the Indians catcher called the balls and strikes. Maybe he signaled the scoreboard operator. I wouldn’t let Maton off the hook that easily. By the time he pitched I doubt there were any major league players in the game for the Giants.

  2. Thanks for the clarification on the ball/strike calling. I was only going by what I heard on the radio.

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