Giants notes: Ryder Jones makes most of pinch-hit opportunity

Giants notes: Ryder Jones makes most of pinch-hit opportunity

MILWAUKEE — Ryder Jones made the most of a one-day cameo in Oakland earlier this season, hitting an impressive homer to right field. He appears ready to try to do the same with a September call-up. 

On a night that looked like so many others this season, Jones gave the Giants a brief jolt by crushing a two-run shot to right-center off Joakim Soria. He got the Giants within one in the eighth, but the comeback fell short. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Brewers, dropping a seventh straight. 

Manager Bruce Bochy would like his hitters to be more aggressive. Too many, he said, are going down looking. Jones put a ride into the first pitch he saw. 

“He and [Chris] Shaw, they’ve got plus power,” Bochy said. “If they get ahold of it and it’s in the air, it’s going to go.”

Shaw hit a 468-foot homer at Coors Field. Jones is the king of exit velocity right now. Both of his home runs this season have left the yard at 112 mph, and he has two of the seven hardest-hit balls by a Giant this year despite playing just four games. 

Bochy sent both Jones and Shaw up to pinch-hit late against a good Brewers bullpen. He said he wants to learn something about his young players, and not just in starting roles. Jones is blocked at first and third, but he’s still young and plenty talented enough to grab a significant bench role next season. 

“Everybody here wants to be on the opening day roster next year,” he said. “You’re just trying to go out and do what you can and show your ability, be aggressive and help the team.”

--- Bochy had a choice to make in the eighth. With right-hander Jeremy Jeffress on the mound and the tying run in scoring position, he let Hunter Pence hit with two outs. Brandon Belt could have replaced Pence, but he was on deck to hit for Aramis Garcia. Pence struck out. 

“If you look at Hunter he’s gotten some big hits in that situation,” Bochy said. “He’s got a knack for finding a way to come through. He had a nice hit earlier in the game and is in the flow of the game. He’s a veteran that wants to be in that situation and that’s part of it.”

To be fair, when Belt did hit in the ninth, he struck out. 

--- The Giants are still looking for a pitcher with 10 wins. Chris Stratton gave up four runs in five innings, falling to 9-9. 

--- Abiatal Avelino struck out twice in his big league debut, although one was a Phil Cuzzi Special. He also showed off a weird pre-at-bat routine.

How Giants rookie Logan Webb impressed Mike Krukow in his MLB debut

How Giants rookie Logan Webb impressed Mike Krukow in his MLB debut

Giants rookie Logan Webb stepped on the mound at Chase Field in his MLB debut Saturday night and threw three straight balls before allowing a leadoff single to Jarrod Dyson. 

That was the start to an inning that could have spiraled out of control for San Francisco's top pitching prospect. Instead, he allowed just one earned run -- another scored on an Evan Longoria error -- but Webb refused to show any signs of frustration. 

“He had an opportunity to completely let that go awry in the first inning and he didn’t, he pitched through an error, he minimized the damage," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said Monday on KNBR. "... He came out in the bottom half of the second inning and just goes bang, bang, bang. Shutdown inning. Gets his team back in the dugout and he had two or three times he could have peed down his leg and he didn’t.”

Krukow also noted that Webb had to battle a tight strike zone in his first taste of the big leagues. The rookie only showed one instance where it affected him -- that harrowing first inning -- but didn't let it snowball. 

Webb struck out seven batters and didn't give up another run after the first inning, earning the win in his first major league start. The Giants have shuffled through multiple young pitchers this season, but none have impressed Krukow like Webb did. 

"I thought that this guy showed better than Beede has in his last four or five starts. I thought he showed better than Menez showed in his starts," Krukow said. "I didn’t think that this guy let the situation get out of hand, and again this was his first big league start.”

The Giants designated Travis Bergen for assignment Sunday, keeping Webb on the big league roster. His next start should come sometime this week against the A's with the Bay Bridge Series moving to Oakland. 

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"I really can't wait for it," Krukow said on Webb's next start. "I think he's that type of guy. He's got a football background. He was a quarterback. And he has that mentality where he just charges. And I love the fact that he handled the adrenaline." 

Webb, who actually grew up an A's fan in Rocklin, will feel plenty of adrenaline in his next start as well. If Sunday was any indication, however, he knows exactly how to find his groove.

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's never a bad time to hit five homers in two games, but Jaylin Davis might wish he had been around the Giants organization in April or May. A tear like that would get any player a look back then, and Mike Gerber and Mac Williamson were among the outfielders who got a call to the big leagues after getting hot in Triple-A. 

But the Giants are in a much different place a few months later, with no vacancy in the outfield. Kevin Pillar starts every day, Mike Yastrzemski is the new leadoff hitter, Alex Dickerson hits in the middle of the order when his health allows it and Austin Slater has done a good job filling in the gaps. 

That has left little space for a new outfielder, although Davis' absurd numbers since coming over at the trade deadline have certainly opened eyes. 

"We definitely see what Davis is going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. "It's exciting seeing how he's playing and how he's driving the ball, but the guys (here) are doing a pretty good job right now."

Under Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have made decisions and roster moves quickly. But there were no plans as of Sunday for Davis to get added to the big league roster anytime soon, even though a 40-man spot opened up when Travis Bergen was designated for assignment. 

The Giants feel like they're just fine in the outfield and need the depth in their bullpen and infield for now. But if Davis keeps hitting like this, he'll get his promotion soon enough. 

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The 25-year-old, picked up from the Twins in the Sam Dyson trade, homered six times in three games in Reno, which is admittedly a launching pad for Triple-A hitters. He's batting .404 in 14 games for the River Cats with a .500 on-base percentage, eight homers and five doubles. In 113 games for three different affiliates this season, Davis has 33 homers. 

A few more homers, or a change in thinking regarding the big league roster, could get him his shot. But for now Davis looks like more of a September addition. The Giants are preparing to add a significant number of players to the clubhouse when rosters expand in 13 days.