Gaudin: 'It's a little sore, but no breaks'
Chad Gaudin had to leave in the fifth inning Thursday, but is confident he will be able to make his next start. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO – The news wasn’t all devastating after the Giants’ 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins Thursday night.
X-rays on Chad Gaudin’s right forearm ruled out a fracture and the right-hander was hopeful he could make his next start Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Gaudin was cruising in the fifth inning before a line drive off the bat of Derek Dietrich struck him on the muscle at the top of his forearm.
“It squared me up and it immediately started hurting,” said Gaudin, who tried to make two warmup pitches before leaving the mound. “I’ll know a lot more tomorrow. I’m sure it’ll be sore. It’s all muscle and tissue so you take care of it, work it out and hopefully get back out there. “
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said Gaudin’s arm was “already turning black and blue” moments after he was struck.
If Gaudin cannot take his turn, left-hander Mike Kickham also pitched Thursday night and had a terrific start for Triple-A Fresno in the launching pad that passes for a baseball park in Reno. Kickham held the Aces to one run on six hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and threw 102 pitches.
Right-hander George Kontos got the win with 2 1/3 hitless innings.
Until Gaudin got hit, he had held the Marlins to two singles and had thrown just 49 pitches. It was his first start at AT&T Park as a Giant.
“I felt good,” he said. “In control.”
Until the line drive came his way. You can never control for those.
Jeremy Affeldt blew a lead for the third time in his last four outings, and he is a bit mystified by it. This time, in the eighth inning, Marcell Ozuna hit his 0-2 fastball exactly where the left-hander wanted it.
“Sometimes you need to adjust,” Affeldt said. “Right now, I don’t think I do. Hopefully things start to go my way a little bit. I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and that’s frustrating.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy can’t pair Affeldt with Santiago Casilla, who is on the DL. So until Casilla returns, Affeldt is facing more right-handed hitters. That shouldn’t have been a problem for him. Even though he’s given up his share of damaging hits to right-handers lately (Paul Goldschmidt, Jesus Guzman), it’s not like they’ve been crushing him all year. Entering the game, Affeldt had held lefties to a .190 average and right-handers to a .245 average.
Affeldt definitely looked like a guy who was mesmerized that the pitch he wanted to throw got hit. Maybe that’s why he didn’t back up home plate, which allowed Ozuna to take third base when right fielder Hunter Pence airmailed his throw home.
The biggest problem, Bochy said, was the fact that Affeldt hit the first batter he faced in the eighth. It was similar to the Goldschmidt game in that respect. That time, the home run was preceded by a walk to Willie Bloomquist that came back to hurt him.
Affeldt will be in Modesto on Friday as the Giants unveil their latest Junior Giants field, which was built with contributions from the left-hander.
As a reminder, if you donate $50 to jrgiants.com by Sunday, you can receive a Matt Cain Perfect Game bobblehead. And you will make Willie McCovey very happy. The Junior Giants Stretch Drive is very near and dear to the Hall of Famer's heart.
Bochy was asked about Giants’ inability to turn on the faucet against Tom Koehler, who was winless in seven career starts with a fat ERA. Were they too aggressive?
“I’ll be honest. I didn’t think we were aggressive enough,” the manager said. “We were behind the ball a lot. He had good stuff but it seemed we were late quite a bit. If I had my preference, I want guys to be aggressive when it’s in the strike zone. Overall, we were a little too passive tonight.”
It’s easy to overlook what Sandy Rosario has done in his last two outings, since the Giants ended up losing both games. But he’s a strike thrower who throws 94 mph and he’s been very impressive.
Rosario also got his first big league plate appearance, and came within a couple feet of breaking up Koehler’s no-hitter in the sixth inning. He swung at a 3-1 pitch and it bounced barely foul in the left field corner.
Rosario said he had one at-bat at Triple-A, so this was the second one of his life. And not just his professional life.
“I hated baseball,” he said. “I didn’t touch a baseball till I was 16. The first time, I put the glove on the wrong hand.”
The Marlins have won eight consecutive at AT&T Park dating to 2010, which ranks as the second longest opponent’s winning streak here. The Dodgers won 11 consecutive in 2006-07.
The Marlins (23-49) have the worst record in the majors, but they are 9-8 in June. The Giants are 8-10.
Ricky Nolasco awaits the Giants on Friday, and as you’ve probably heard, he’s 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in four starts at AT&T Park. No wonder, when approached by reporters, he said he’d be comfortable with a trade here.
The Marlins are laying the groundwork for a Nolasco deal, according to Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel. As Juan writes, if the Marlins get what they want, they’re ready to pull the trigger.
They’ll get less and less for Nolasco the closer they get to the trade deadline, so I wouldn’t expect any team to meet their price now. But hey, Freddy Sanchez and Mike Fontenot switched clubhouses at AT&T Park when they were traded in the middle of a series here. You never know.