Joe Smith worked a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to earn the save against the Blue Jays.
The acquisition of Jason Grilli has done nothing to Smith's role as the team's closer, as he's now gone seven straight appearances without allowing a hit. On Wednesday, Smith set down the Blue Jays in order, striking out two. The right-hander has 12 saves on the year, and he owns a 2.50 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings.
Marcus Stroman was knocked around by the Angels on Wednesday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Seven of the eight hits were singles, with Kole Calhoun's two-run home run the only extra-base hit of the bunch. The right-hander also walked one while striking out four. Stroman was coming off a string of good starts, so Wednesday's outing was simply a misstep for the 23-year-old. He'll carry a 4.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 47/13 K/BB ratio into the season's second half.
C.J. Wilson lasted just 3 2/3 innings in Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays, giving up six runs -- three earned -- in a no-decision.
That three of the runs were unearned is simply good fortune for Wilson, as the Jays had their fair share of baserunners without the Angels' help. Along with the eight hits, Wilson also walked three on the afternoon. It's been an up and down first half of the season for the 33-year-old, who will head into the second half 8-6 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
The Giants are aiming to activate Marco Scutaro (back) from the disabled list on Friday.
The tentative plan is for Scutaro to play a full nine innings with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, with the team activating him before Friday's game if all goes well. Scutaro hasn't played a game yet this season due to chronic back problems, but he could be a big boost to the Giants in the second half.
Paul Goldschmidt smacked a walkoff two-run double in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Marlins.
Arizona entered the bottom of the 10th inning trailing by two runs with Marlins closer Steve Cishek on the mound, but Aaron Hill singled, Ender Inciarte drew a walk, David Peralta hit an RBI single, and then Goldschmidt ended it with a two-run double to left-center field. Goldy is batting .312/.404/.558 with 61 RBI in 92 games this season.
Steve Cishek blew his third save of the season Wednesday in the Marlins' loss to the Diamondbacks.
It was an ugly one. The Marlins took a 3-1 lead over Arizona in the top of the 10th inning, but Cishek gave up a walk, two singles, and a game-winning double to Paul Goldschmidt while failing to record an out in the bottom of the 10th. He's already blown two saves this month, but the right-hander's job is probably safe for now.
Josh Collmenter limited the Marlins to one run over seven innings Wednesday in a Diamondbacks victory.
Collmenter was left with a no-decision because the Arizona offense didn't break through until extra innings. He gave up seven Miami hits, but walked only one and struck out six in the impressive start. The right-hander will carry a solid 3.80 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next scheduled outing at home against the Cubs.
Nathan Eovaldi tossed seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.
Eovaldi was fantastic, yielding only four hits and one walk, but the Miami offense didn't provide much support and Steve Cishek blew a save in extra innings. Eovaldi owns a cool 3.61 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 119 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Giants next.