When was the last time Bruce Bochy got booed in this ballpark? Has it ever happened?
I don’t think it’s happened in my four years on the beat, but the crowd really let him hear it when he went out to pull his son with two down in the ninth. The manager was just trying to get Yusmeiro Petit some work. Petit hasn’t pitched since the first game of the Dodgers series on August 31.
“That was pretty emotional for me,” Bruce Bochy said. “I was kind of caught there. I’m not going to lie to you, the crowd influenced me. I needed to get Petey some work. I got a battalion down there (in the bullpen). I could hear the crowd. I told Brett: I need to give Petey some work, but you’ve got this hitter.”
The crowd cheered when Bruce walked back to the dugout, then showered Brett with “Bo-chy! Bo-chy!” chants. It was a pretty cool moment, and Brett made his dad look good. He ended the night with a strikeout.
--- Cory Gearrin is intriguing. He has big league experience (and pitched really well at times out of the Braves bullpen), he’s throwing harder (93-94 on a good day) than he did before a 2014 Tommy John surgery, and he held righties to a .151 average in Triple-A this season with that sidearm delivery. Intriguing.
Gearrin went to a small Georgia college as a middle infielder, but his coach said he wouldn’t make it as a hitter. He let Gearrin try to pitch, and he stuck by using the same delivery he would use to turn double plays at second base. He had Tommy John early in 2014 and the Braves released him in the offseason. Why come to San Francisco?
“I wanted to be with the best organization that I could be with, and the best coaching staff I could be with,” he said. “How a manager uses a bullpen is a huge deal. If I asked someone who the best in the game was with a bullpen, Bochy was always mentioned at the top.”
--- Ehire Adrianza had a career night, getting two hits and drawing two walks. Look, Adrianza hasn't been good since becoming a full-time guy because of Brandon Crawford's injuries. But he's still pretty young and still has a lot of talent. There's a reason the Giants haven't given up on him, and despite what many on Twitter say, Adrianza IS the best backup option in the organization right now. He showed his skills at shortstop on Friday. The plate appearances were a nice bonus.
"Good for A.D. -- I know he's had his struggles," Bochy said. "He played a very nice shortstop, too. He's a better hitter than he's shown."
Adrianza looked jumpy the last couple of weeks. Maybe this night will settle him down.