Fresh off Lennay Kakua night, Municipal Stadium was ready for another night — or late afternoon, in this case — of baseball.
Ty Blach took the mound for the San Jose Giants. Blach isn’t necessarily on the the radar for most top prospect lists, but he was impressive in this outing.
Going six innings, Blach threw 75, with 52 of those for strikes. He gave up three hits, two walks, and struck out five. His fastball velocity averaged 90 MPH, going as high as 93 at times. Blach was also able to get strikes using his offspeed pitches.
Bryce Bandilla came in on relief in the 7th, where he promptly retired the Rawhide with a 1-2-3 six pitch inning. His second inning of work wasn’t as easy, having to throw 32 pitches and loading the bases. Bandilla’s velocity was constant, with pitches averaging about 91 MPH, but control looked to be off at times. Eventually, he struck out the side. (Reminiscent of San Francisco Giants baseball, much?)
To close out the game, Hunter Strickland came on to pitch. Aside from one walk given up, he looked like he was able to command his pitches and get two batters out on the first pitch. His pitches averaged at 93 MPH, going as high as 95 on the last pitch of the game.
On the offensive front, there were a lot of runners in scoring position, and just as much left on base. The game’s only run came on a Myles Schroder home run in the 4th inning.
Shawn Payne impressed with his speed. In one instance, he went from first to third on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt. He was caught stealing home in the 5th to end the inning, after Elliott Blair was able to get to second base.
All of this is small sample size, of course. But it’s a good start to the little Giants’ season, I must say, especially with pitching looking like that so far.
The San Jose Giants finish off a four-game series against the Visalia Rawhide this afternoon at 1 p.m.