Kenta Maeda held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in a win Friday.
Maeda struck out eight and walked one in what easily qualifies as his best start of the year to date. His ERA dropped from 8.05 to 6.58. He seems likely to turn in another fine performance with the struggling Giants next on the schedule.
Jerad Eickhoff gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.
Eickhoff entered this once with a nice 25/9 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings, but he struck out three and walked three in this one. Fortunately, just one of the nine hits he allowed went for extra bases, or the game could have gotten out of hand. Eickhoff is now 0-2 with a 3.56 ERA.
Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Phillies on Friday.
Bellinger needs to quickly make a case to stick around once Joc Pederson comes off the disabled list. The nice game tonight makes him 3-for-13 with three walks in four games.
Tommy Joseph finished 0-for-4 in Friday's loss, dropping his average to .190.
Joseph has just three extra-base hits and an 18/4 K/BB ratio in his 63 at-bats, opening the door for Brock Stassi to claim more time at first base. Stassi doesn't match Joseph's offensive upside, but he does offer the superior glove.
Christian Arroyo homered off Ryan Buchter in the bottom of the eighth Friday to propel the Giants past the Padres.
Arroyo had just three homers in Double-A last year, but here he is with two in his first five games in the majors. The nice start should ensure that he's a lineup fixture for at least the next couple of weeks. The Giants would be just fine with him running away with the starting job at third base. Still, we don't see any mixed-league value here.
Jeff Samardzija pitched seven innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- in a no-decision versus the Padres on Friday.
Samardzija remained winless, but this rates as his best outing to date. While he's sporting a 6.32 ERA after five starts, his 35/10 K/BB ratio suggests that better days are on the way.
Luis Perdomo allowed three runs -- one earned -- over six innings against the Giants on Friday.
Perdomo did solid work in the no-decision, finishing with five strikeouts and no walks. An Erick Aybar error led to two runs in the first. Perdomo, who missed a couple of outings with shoulder inflamation, has a 4.96 ERA in his three starts.
Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Padres.
Belt has been the Giants' best hitter so far, coming in at .265/.390/.506 in 83 at-bats. Since the entire lineup has been down, that's gotten him a modest nine RBI and 14 runs scored through 23 games. He's second on the team in RBI and first in runs, though.