Bochy: Giants starters end season on high note
For the first time since 2006, Matt Cain did not surpass 200 innngs pitched. Cain finished with a 4.00 ERA in 184.1 innings this season. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO – Jeremy Affeldt underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, which might have contributed to the groin discomfort that derailed his season in July.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Affeldt will spend the next six to eight weeks rehabbing from the surgery. Much more is expected next year of Affeldt, who will make $6 million in each of the next two seasons.
In other news, Bochy said the coaching staff decided to scratch Matt Cain on Sunday and start Guillermo Moscoso in what will amount to a bullpen game for the regular-season finale.
Bochy said there was nothing wrong with Cain, but there was no reason to pitch him after he’s logged so many innings over the years. He finishes the season at 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 184.1 innings – the first time since 2006 that he didn’t reach 200 innings.
Expect Barry Zito to make a relief appearance after Moscoso so he can get a proper sendoff from the fans. One more Moscozito kind of day to warm you up before a long winter.
The pinch homer that the Padres’ Logan Forsythe hit in the Giants’ 7-3 victory Friday night was just the second off Javier Lopez in three-plus seasons as a Giant.
I told Lopez that he’d faced 605 batters – essentially, a full season of at-bats for a big league regular – and given up just two homers. So that means he’s pretty much turned every big league hitter he’s faced into Juan Pierre.
“Or Ryan Theriot,” he said, smiling.
You win, Javy. Line of the night.
Gregor Blanco came within a dropped throw at the plate of his first inside-the-park home run – something that’s been at the top of his baseball bucket list.
“That was funny,” he said. “I got thrown out at first, at second and at home.”
Andres Torres’ black suit perfectly matched his walking boot. He said surgery on his heel went well and he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to make a full recovery.
Also, Marco Scutaro was back in the clubhouse after having the pin inserted in his left pinkie finger. He was conscious and upright, so I’m assuming we can call that surgery a success, too.