With the MLB season suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are no baseball games and limited baseball news. So I’m creating a hypothetical season — complete with news and recaps — until baseball resumes. All news and recaps will have the hypothetical tag, so you can at least know when you’re suspending reality. And you can click “hypothetical season” above the headline to see everything that has happened in this “season.”
Robbie Ray started the year on the injury list. And on Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander returned to the lineup for the first time this year, and ... well, it went exactly as you would expect.
When the San Francisco Giants face either debuting or returning pitchers, the result feels all but certain: They’ll get shut down.
That’s exactly what happened.
Still, it was a fun game, because Kevin Gausman was very nice in his third start with the Giants. When you allow 2 earned runs over 6 innings, you’re not supposed to record the loss, but perhaps Gausman is just highly passionate about informing the masses that pitcher wins and losses are stupid and should not be trusted. With a selfless soul that Kevin Gausman is.
Alas, while Gausman gave up just the pair of runs, Ray gave up but a single run in 6 innings of work. The Giants couldn’t find much of a rhythm, and whether you wish to see that as an indictment of the Giants or a compliment to Ray is your choice. All I’ll say is that there’s plenty of blame/credit to allocate in numerous spots.
The Giants managed just four hits against Ray — singles by Buster Posey, Mauricio Dubon, and Darin Ruf, and a home run by Hunter Pence that briefly tied the game. Briefly.
The DBacks got both of their runs (they won 2-1) on small ball rallies — the rarest of rare sites, a bunt, was even spotted — as they couldn’t get the big hit against Gausman, but got just enough small hits and productive outs. So it goes.
On to some notes:
- Brandon Belt sat after taking a fastball on the wrist on Tuesday. Gabe Kapler said pre-game that he wasn’t concerned about Belt, and resting him against a left-hander was just a smart way to be cautious.
- Trevor Oaks, Trevor Gott, and Jarlin Garcia combined for three perfect innings from the bullpen. The bullpen hasn’t been great so far this year, so this was good to see.
- Farhan Zaidi said the team would make a move tomorrow, as they need a fifth starter. He also noted that Pablo Sandoval’s rehab is coming along well, and that Sandoval will likely start playing rehab games in a few weeks.
- In minors news, Heliot Ramos had a two-home run game in the same game that Joey Bart hit a grand slam in. The kids are all right.
- The Giants fans seem to enjoy Kevin Gausman, so perhaps it won’t go over incredibly well when he’s traded in July, but what can you do.
- Stop hitting Brandon Belt with pitches, you nincompoops.
- The Giants are now 4-8, which is not a very good record to have, but also not a particularly surprising record to have.