Drew Storen danced around trouble to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers on Friday for his second save of the season.
Storen got the nod over Roberto Osuna, who was unavailable for unspecified reasons. He walked Yasmani Grandal to begin the inning before giving up a one-out single to Joc Pederson. Chase Utley reached on a bunt single with two outs to load the bases, but Storen got Corey Seager to fly out to left field to end it. Storen has three straight scoreless appearances under his belt, but still owns an ugly 7.36 ERA on the year.
Salvador Perez had another rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Indians, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
While he has hit for decent power early in the 2016 season, he is now hitting just .231 and owns a very troublesome .268 on-base percentage. One of the top offensive performers at his position last season, Perez should be expected to rebound soon, but the early results don't inspire much confidence.
Marcus Stroman yielded two runs in seven innings Friday against the Dodgers.
While Stroman took a no-decision, it was his second straight impressive outing. He struck out eight and walked a pair. The young right-hander held the Dodgers scoreless over the first six innings before giving up two runs in his final inning of work. The seventh inning has been a trouble spot for him this season. Stroman has a 3.60 ERA through seven starts and will face the Giants on the road in his next outing.
Kenta Maeda was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over six innings against the Blue Jays.
Maeda struck out seven and walked four. He had walked just six batters in 32 innings over his previous five starts, but it’s not a bad thing to be careful facing this lineup in this stadium. The Blue Jays could only muster two hits off him and the only damage was a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the sixth inning. Maeda will bring a 1.66 ERA into a start against the Mets at home next week.
Jose Bautista socked a two-run homer Friday against the Dodgers.
The blast broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and landed in the second deck in left field. Bautista has shown his standard patience and power while amassing six home runs and 22 RBI, but he’s hitting just .217 so far. His strikeouts are up a bit in the early going, but we’re not worried about the veteran slugger.
Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Blue Jays.
The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going against Marcus Stroman until Joc Pederson and Crawford delivered back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning. The veteran outfielder was just 2-for-17 (.118) over his first six games off the disabled list, so this was nice to see. Still, with the various moving parts in the Dodgers’ lineup, he’s going to have to perform to find significant playing time.
Yordano Ventura was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits in just four innings of work.
Ventura struggled badly with his command, issuing five free passes while striking out three in the outing. The Indians scratched out a run in the first against him, then broke the game open with a four-spot in the third. He'll look to improve upon a disappointing 4.65 ERA and 1.58 WHIP when he takes on the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.
Giants designated RHP Vin Mazzaro for assignment.
The 29-year-old right-hander had a night that will haunt him forever on Thursday, surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on six hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning. Provided he passes through waivers unclaimed, he'll continue to serve as organizational bullpen dept at Triple-A.