SAN FRANCISCO — A decision that was already shaping up as a difficult one continues to get more complicated for Giants management.
A night after Matt Cain pitched well for Triple-A Sacramento, Jake Peavy nearly didn’t make it out of the first inning of a rehab start but then recovered and threw well, per reports given to manager Bruce Bochy. At the MLB level, Tim Hudson felt he threw well enough to lead the Giants to a shutout, yet he walked away with five earned runs on his line.
What comes next?
“We’re going to talk about it,” Bochy said after an 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. “We’ve got some calls to make. These are things we’re going to talk about tomorrow and see which way we’re going to go.”
The Giants had been leaning toward putting Hudson on the disabled list and they're lining Cain and Peavy up for the next road trip, but Friday’s start didn’t really clear things up one way or the other. Hudson had a shutout going into the sixth, but he gave up a three-run homer to Nolan Arenado on a sinker that stayed up.
“It was the one pitch I felt I wish I could have back,” Hudson said. “It was a weird night. I felt we were one pitch away from maybe shutting them out.”
Instead, Hudson left with the Giants again behind. He went after Troy Tulowitzki with a runner on, two outs and two guys warming up in the seventh inning, but went after him carefully. Tulowitzki drew a walk, ending Hudson’s night.
“Obviously I didn’t want to walk him, but you don’t want to give him anything over the plate, as well,” Hudson said.
The veteran pointed out that he was able to pitch Tulowitzki tough because Javier Lopez was warming up for Carlos Gonzalez. Lefties were 3-for-39 against Lopez when Gonzalez hit a double to right. A second hit by a lefty squeaked through the left side of the infield and gave the Rockies a three-run lead.
That lead would balloon to five before a nearly-epic comeback in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants thought they had tied it when Matt Duffy poked a ball down the right-field line, but it was ruled foul and a quick review upheld the call.
“I think it would have tied the game,” Bochy said. “It would have been nice to get that break. Unfortunately, we didn’t.”
Duffy struck out and Buster Posey did the same, ending the comeback attempt and handing Hudson his seventh loss. He’s 5-7, with a 4.68 ERA, but clearly still feels he can contribute to this rotation, even with Cain and Peavy due back next Thursday and Friday. Will the 39-year-old go on the DL to rest up and clear a spot?
“Who knows? That remains to be seen,” he said. “I haven’t been on the DL since I hurt my ankle (in 2013). It’s up to them. It’s a decision they need to make. We obviously have a crowded house right now.
“It’s out of my pay grade to make that decision.”
--- This was supposed to be Peavy’s final rehab start, but the line wasn’t pretty. Peavy gave up five runs in the first inning before settling down. He was charged with six total in six innings, on nine hits, one walk and five strikeouts. The Giants will have to trust the scouting reports and the Triple-A coaches on this one. Las Vegas is one of the most notorious hitter’s parks in the minors, and it was 110 degrees at first pitch. Hard to tell what actually happened out there.
--- The news on Angel Pagan seems to be good news. Further tests on that knee revealed just swelling, and Bochy said Pagan is “day to day” but doubtful to start Saturday afternoon. It sounds like he’ll avoid a DL trip, though. Pagan just walked out of the park and he was moving much better than he was this afternoon.
--- George Kontos has inherited 18 runners this season. None have scored.