PHOENIX -- Clayton Blackburn signed a lease in Sacramento last month only to see his two roommates, Derek Law and Mac Williamson, immediately get called up. On Friday, that lease achieved a clean sweep.
Blackburn became the latest to get called up (Williamson has since been optioned back to Sacramento) when the Giants optioned Jarrett Parker back to Triple-A. Blackburn, 23, was off to a slow start this season but the Giants sent Dick Tidrow to Sacramento for a week to straighten out some of their pitching prospects. Blackburn led the PCL with a 2.85 ERA last year but was at 5.68 through seven starts this season.
"It's been a little up and down," Blackburn said. "It's one or two innings each game that would get away from me."
Manager Bruce Bochy said he needed a fresh arm and Blackburn, who was scheduled to start for Sacramento on Friday, can throw 100 pitches if needed out of the bullpen. Albert Suarez and Law, in particular, could use a short rest. Parker was optioned out because Angel Pagan (hamstring) has been cleared to start Friday.
It was general manager Bobby Evans who called Blackburn at 10 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours after a second 13-inning game in five days. Blackburn said he knew he was getting his first call to the big leagues because Evans only calls that late to promote you or release you.
"My heart was racing and I didn't know what to say," Blackburn said. "I called my mom and dad and they didn't know what to say. I think the only one who knew what to say was my girlfriend."
Blackburn's girlfriend, Ashton, will fly in Friday. His parents, Brian and Kerry, arrived Thursday from Oklahoma City and other relatives will be in Arizona, too.
Blackburn was here two years ago for Joe Panik's debut, and as he rehabbed an injury he used to come to Chase Field with Law and Williamson, who were rehabbing from Tommy John.
Law and Blackburn are now in the same big league bullpen, but Blackburn was already having a good week. He's from Edmond, Oklahoma and is a huge Thunder fan.
"It's been great," he said. "They need to win (Game 6) at home, though."