As another season winds down, the Giants will look to make the most of their final games at AT&T Park. Today they welcome the Colorado Rockies to San Francisco in a series that means nothing in the standings, but much to the rookies, soon-to-be free agents and players trying to return from injury.
Jeremy Affeldt and Chad Gaudin both threw in simulated games, ahead of schedule, according to manager Bruce Bochy. He’ll talk to trainer Dave Groeschner about the two and make a decision on both tomorrow.
He said they could both see some time by the end of the season, but as far as Gaudin goes, the rotation will likely stay the same. When asked about a start for Gaudin, Bochy was hesitant in saying it was possible.
Buster Posey is back behind the plate tonight, “as long as he felt fine, which he came in and said he did,” said Bochy. He’ll be wearing some sort of protective gear around his finger, but it can’t be too much since he’ll have to throw.
Bochy said he’d like to find some spots for Ehire Adrianza, who made his major league debut as a pinch runner scoring the winning run in the Giants’ walk off win yesterday afternoon.
“He had to be really excited yesterday, not to often you debut is scoring the winning run in the game,” said Bochy. “He’s got good range, he’s really athletic and he’s made so much improvement. ”
Bochy’s pregame presser was extremely light hearted today. He ended the conversation by explaining how he calls Joaquin Arias “The Somalian Pirate” because of his similarity in appearance to the actor portraying the character opposite Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, due out in October.
“Why they didn’t ask him to be an extra in that movie, I don’t know,” said Bochy. “If he’d let me pull one tooth, he’d look just like him.”
Tonight, Tim Lincecum will face the Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin. Lincecum has a chance to pull his record to an even 6-6 at home, while Chacin will look to come back strong from a loss against the Dodgers last Tuesday.
First pitch at 7:15.