Daily Dose: Raising the Ante

Daily Dose: Raising the Ante
Dave Shovein recaps Jaime Garcia's increasing trade value, the Pirates' newfound winning ways and much more in Saturday's Dose.
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Matt Szczur came off the bench to go 4-for-5 with a triple and a double Friday as the Padres beat the Giants 12-9.

His fourth hit was an RBI single that gave the Padres the lead in the 11th. It made him the first player to get four hits off the bench since Paul Janish did so for the Reds on July 4, 2010. No Padre had ever accomplished the feat. Szczur entered the game in the fourth as part of a double-switch and doubled to lead off the following half-inning. He had two chances to become the first player ever to pick up a cycle off the bench, but he couldn't come up with the homer.
Jul 22 - 3:16 AM

Jose Pirela finished 4-for-6 with triple, a double and three RBI on Friday.

He also walked in the 11-inning victory. Pirela is batting .296 with 15 doubles and five homers in just 152 at-bats. Plate discipline is an issue, and he's miscast as a leadoff man for the Padres. Still, he's been the team's best hitter since his callup.
Jul 22 - 3:12 AM

Carlos Asuaje went 4-for-7 with three RBI against the Giants in Friday's 11-inning game.

Asuaje was a disappointment in Triple-A this year, posting a .741 OPS while playing in an extremely friendly hitting environment at El Paso. He's done quite a bit better in the majors thus far, coming in at .830 in 84 at-bats. If it keeps up, he should continue to start at second after Yangervis Solarte returns, with Solarte returning to his old position. Unfortunately, his lack of power and stolen base ability still leaves him with little fantasy upside.
Jul 22 - 3:09 AM

Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI before being removed from Friday's game against the Padres.

Pence was replaced in a double-switch, but he still had his best game of the month. In fact, his double tonight was his first since June 22.
Jul 22 - 3:06 AM

Brandon Maurer took his first blown save in two months after giving up three runs in the ninth Friday against the Giants.

Maurer could have closed this one out without a run scoring, but Jerry Meals wouldn't give him a borderline pitch against Brandon Crawford with two strikes and two outs. Crawford singled in a run, bringing pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie to the plate as the tying run. Meals again failed to call a strike on a close pitch to begin the at-bat, and Gillaspie hit the 1-0 offering out to right. Maurer hadn't given up a run since June 25 and he's 20-for-23 saving games this year, so his job is safe.
Jul 22 - 2:34 AM

Jeff Samardzija was lifted after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday versus the Padres.

Samardzija seemed to be trending in the right direction last month, but now he's gotten roughed up by one of the game's worst offenses in back-to-back starts, yielding 12 runs in 10 1/3 innings versus the Padres. His ERA is back over 5.00 (at 5.05) for the first time since mid-May.
Jul 22 - 2:20 AM

Trevor Cahill gave up six runs -- five earned -- in 3 2/3 innings Friday versus the Giants.

The Padres are looking to trade Cahill before the deadline, so this was a very disappointing result for them. Cahill ended up walking four and throwing exactly have of his 86 pitches for strikes. He's due to face the Mets next if he's still a member of the Padres organization.
Jul 22 - 2:17 AM

Ryon Healy (head) expects to return to the Athletics' lineup on Saturday.

Healy was removed from Friday's game after a rogue ground ball hopped up and hit him in the head, but he passed all of his concussion tests and anticipates getting right back in the lineup. Still, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him sit for a day just as a precautionary measure.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 22 - 2:09 AM
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