WASHINTON D.C. -- The Giants believe they have the pieces to have a good bullpen next year. On Saturday, one of those relievers returned.
Mark Melancon was activated after spending about six weeks on the disabled list with a right pronator injury. To clear a roster spot, the Giants put Miguel Gomez on the disabled list with right knee inflammation that's been bothering him this week.
Melancon won't be the closer right away. That job currently belongs to Sam Dyson, who has a 2.22 ERA with the Giants, but over time the Giants see Dyson in the eighth (with Will Smith) and Melancon in the ninth. Melancon said the Giants "got a diamond in the rough" when they scooped Dyson off waivers. He hopes to get back to being his old self, as well.
"I would like to get back to what I've done the past three years," Melancon said. "Get back to a routine and get back to being capable of doing what I've been doing.
"It hasn't been easy (being on the DL). "It hasn't been fun. I'm excited to get out there and get going."
Melancon will join a group that's been red-hot. The bullpen enters play Saturday with a streak of 18 2/3 innings without an earned run.
--- The Giants will need a spot starter next week since Chris Stratton got pushed back to Sunday. Matt Cain and Albert Suarez are the candidates, so now it's up to bullpen usage the next two days. Stratton will go Game 1 on Sunday, Matt Moore pitches Game 2. Both games will be on NBC Sports Bay Area.
The Giants scored early and often Friday night, giving Bruce Bochy no reason to switch anything up Saturday in San Francisco.
Philadelphia Phillies (43-77)
1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Jorge Alfaro (R) 1B
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P
San Francisco Giants (50-74)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Ty Blach (R) P
While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened.
Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco.
"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on."
While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.
When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.
"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."
Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles.