Don’t tell A’s fans, because they’re pretty sensitive about this stuff, but the Giants found their own Eric Sogard this week. Kelby Tomlinson, the bespectacled infielder who was called up when Joe Panik went to the disabled list with back “inflammation,” collected his first major league hit on Monday and went 2-for-4 while driving in the first three runs in the Giants’ 6-1 victory on Wednesday night.
Who would’ve thought the Giants would win that series in Atlanta after they gave up a 2-1 lead on Tuesday night? Even nuttier, the guys who propelled the Giants to a 3-0 lead on Wednesday were Tomlinson (who picked up hits in his first three plate appearances in the big leagues) and Ehire Adrianza, who had four hits and a walk over his last two games.
Where the hell do they find these guys? One of them (Panik) goes down, and another pops up.
Adrianza raised his average to .229 after going 2-for-3 with a double last night, which shows just how little I know about this game (and sports in general).
RT if you’re ready for two weeks of regular starts for Kelby Tomlinson. Fav if you really miss Joaquin Arias.
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) August 5, 2015
I wrote that after Adrianza committed an error in the eighth inning that allowed A.J Pierzynski to reach base in the eighth inning, when the Giants were ahead by three runs. But that underscores just how much this team has changed over the past few years. As much as we tease the Giants for sticking with guys like Casey McGehee for a few weeks longer than they should, or keeping Angel Pagan as the leadoff-hitting center fielder even though it’s obvious that he isn’t cut out for either role at this point of his career, they’ve shown a willingness to let younger players streak or slump more often over the last few years than at any time throughout Brian Sabean’s tenure.
There’s got to be something about that clubhouse, too. Panik started so slowly, but someone was in his ear, telling him he has what it takes. And how many veteran Giants had even heard of Matt Duffy before he was called up? Now he’s a top contender for Rookie of the Year.
What does that mean for Tomlinson and Adrianza? Unfortunately for those two, they’re now in a head-to-head competition for one spot once Panik comes back, and Adrianza has a head start and no more options. But even though it was four hits over just a two-game stretch, I feel like I need to say sorry to Adrianza for tossing him aside prematurely.
Maybe I need to do the same with Pagan, who told John Shea that he wants to play “until the wheels fall off.” Bochy put him back in the leadoff spot tonight at Wrigley, so maybe he’ll take off now. Bochy knows best, right?
If you’re a true Bochy fan, you’ll want to come out to Amici’s in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 12. After the Giants play the Astros in the afternoon, Bruce and his wife Kim will head to the Amici’s on King Street for their third annual pizza party to benefit the SF Homeless Prenatal Program. We’ve taken part in this event since its inception, and it’s something we’re proud to do once again.
Bochy mingles with fans, takes photos with kids, and he helped get a bunch of raffle prizes that Giants fans will surely want to win, including a bat autographed by Hunter Pence, a 2015 San Francisco Giants autographed team ball, an All-Star Game ball autographed by every National League All-Star, and much more (including all kinds of tickets and wine prizes). You can see a list of the prizes here and buy raffle tickets here.
All proceeds go to SF HPP, including 100% of the sales at both Amici’s locations in San Francisco from 3-10 pm on Aug. 12. If the event goes like it did last year, Bruce and Kim will hang out at the Amici’s on King Street for a while after the game, then they’ll spend the last few hours at Amici’s on Lombard. My family will be attending — hope to see you there!