Kelby Tomlinson. Kelby Tomlinson. Kelby Tomlinson. Following a most auspicious debut the other night with a 12th inning, first major league at bat pinch hit single, Kelby got a start at second tonight. He batted 8th and promptly drove in Adrianza and Belt. In his second at bat, he again singled and drove in Adriaza again for his 3rd rbi. Should he have gotten a hit in his next at bat, he would have tied a SF record for a rookie held by Willie McCovey. And that is pretty good company.
Kelby wears glasses. What if they found that his glasses were modified Google glasses outfitted with a sophisticated camera and data processing app and a transmitter that sends an brain wave impulse to swing at the optimal time? Would that be cheating?
Madison Bumgarner was on the mound, looking much more like an ace. He threw into the 8th inning and did not give up a run until the bottom of the 7th, and by then the Giants were up 6 - 0 thanks to rbi's from Matt Duffy and Hunter Pence in the top of that frame. Madison threw 116 pitches, 81 strikes, gave up 7 hits, walked no one and struck out 9. 6 - 1 was the final. The offense deserves credit here, for putting up 8 runs yesterday and 6 today and giving the pitchers a chance to pitch not fearing for the game with every pitch. Duffy was 4 for 5; Blanco, 2 for 3 with 2 walks; Adrianza, 2 for 4; and Buster, 1 for 2 with 2 walks.
Most importantly, the Giants had to only use 2 relievers, Strickland and Casilla and they threw 18 and 7 pitches, respectively and looked pretty good (although Hunter walked 1). That's huge, along with Jake Peavy's 6 innings, yesterday (followed by 4 relievers), the relief staff is able to catch a breather. Which is good because they have 4 in Chicago starting tomorrow. Mike Krukow yesterday was commenting on Peavy (who looked really good). They noted that, when he went on the DL, he could only give a couple of innings because he had to pitch with his arm. Once his back healed up, he could use his whole body, and is able to go much deeper into a game. I'm glad to see Kelby turn out to be a young stud. Giants must be doing something right in the minor leagues.