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Jose Mijares needed only eight pitches to record three outs with bases loaded in the sixth inning. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN DIEGO – Chad Gaudin wins the odd news trophy of the week. Being charged with groping a woman on a hospital gurney will get you hundreds of thousands of page views, whether you want them or not.
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Gaudin’s return to the mound was an odd news kind of night. For starters, the Giants offense had one whale of an outlier while matching a season high with 17 hits in a 10-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Giants have a winning streak for the first time since June 18-19, too, which counts as a deviation from the norm around here.
There was an attempt at the hidden-ball trick, an obstruction call on the basepaths, a manager getting ejected and a five-RBI night from Buster Posey.
OK, so that last one doesn’t seem so odd.
On such a zany night at Petco Park, a middle reliever getting three outs in the sixth inning probably would be the last thing anyone would notice. But for the assembly in the visiting clubhouse, there was no mistaking it.
The night belonged to Jose Mijares.
“Player of the game right there,” said Gaudin, who left a no-out, bases-loaded situation for the left-hander. “He was absolutely huge. That’s so clutch, so key.”
Mijares threw eight pitches. Yonder Alonso popped up. Jedd Gyorko chased high heat. Then came pinch hitter Chris Denorfia. Giants manager Bruce Bochy had right-hander Jake Dunning warm in the bullpen to face the right-handed hitting Denorfia.
“But I just liked the way he was throwing,” Bochy said of Mijares. “And he got it done.”
Mijares struck out Denorfia on a slider to preserve every bit of a 5-1 lead. The left-hander received a full reception as he approached the dugout, too.
Mijares was asked: Could he ever remember inheriting a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the big leagues and getting out of it
“I’ll remember today,” he said, smiling.
“I look for the lefty,” he said to a reporter. “(But) I’m ready for anything, you know? Righty, lefty … I’m ready for you.”
Gaudin appeared mentally ready despite Wednesday’s breaking news that police had charged him with gross lewdness, a misdemeanor, stemming from an arrest in January at a Las Vegas hospital. Gaudin’s lawyer issued a statement on Wednesday that his client was disoriented because he was being treated for a rare kidney condition.
There was never any question that he would make Friday’s start. And with Mijares’ help, he became the Giants’ first starting pitcher other than Madison Bumgarner to pick up a victory in 29 days.
“I just prepared like any other start,” Gaudin said. “Just stay focused on my job and what I have to do to help the team win the ballgame.”
Said Bochy: “You know, I’m sure it’s been a tough two or three days for him. But I thought he had great focus out there. He really wasn’t talking about it and he kept his mind on the game, which I’m sure wasn’t easy.”