Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double, a walk and a HBP to lead the Giants to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.
Fortunately, Belt was able to stay in after getting hit in the hand in the seventh. Belt, whose OBP too often has gone to waste in the bottom half of the Giants order, hit second for the fifth time tonight. He has a .520 OBP, five runs scored and five RBI in those five games.
Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in a win over the Dodgers on Friday.
Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double against him, but there were no fireworks in this one. Bumgarner probably ends the regular season 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA. The probably is needed since the Giants could opt to try him in relief Sunday if they get desperate. With more run support, Bumgarner might have been in the Cy Young mix in the wide open race. Still, he probably needed at least another two or three wins to sway voters.
Rich Hill allowed two runs over five innings Friday in a his start against the Giants.
That's pretty much exactly the kind of tuneup the Dodgers wanted from Hill after he missed his previous turn with a blister. He'll be penciled in to start Game 2 of the NLDS after finishing the regular season with a 2.11 ERA in 20 starts.
Brandon McCarthy was charged with six runs without retiring a batter in relief Friday against the Giants.
Ouch. McCarthy did pretty well in a no-decision as a starter Sunday (two runs in 5 1/3 innings), but he gave up five hits and a walk while throwing just 27 pitches tonight. The poor outing would certainly seem to take him out of contention for a spot in the NLDS roster, though he was already a long shot anyway.
Carlos Rodon yielded three runs (two earned) in six innings in a 7-3 victory over the Twins on Friday.
After striking out 11 batters in his last start, Rodon fanned 10 in this one, including the first seven batters he faced. That ties the AL record, which was set by Joe Cowley of the White Sox on May 28, 1986. The 23-year-old finished the year on a high note and will wrap up 2016 with a 4.04 ERA and 168/54 K/BB ratio in 165 innings across 28 starts. He’s capable of taking another step forward next year.