Giants' top prospect Logan Webb throws five strong innings in MLB debut


Giants' top prospect Logan Webb throws five strong innings in MLB debut

PHOENIX -- The Giants couldn't have asked for much more from their youngest starter in nearly a decade

Right-hander Logan Webb, 22, gave up two runs over five innings in his debut and left with a 6-2 lead at Chase Field. Webb struck out seven Diamondbacks, scattered five hits and walked just one. Only one of the runs was earned. 

Webb's first pitch as a big leaguer was a 94 mph fastball that was off the outside of the plate, and he struggled with his command a bit early on. He threw seven straight fastballs to start his night and the Diamondbacks took an early lead when Jarrod Dyson singled and Wilmer Flores doubled on a pitch down an in.

Webb threw a nasty changeup to strike out David Peralta but gave up a second run on an error by Evan Longoria. Brandon Belt got him out of the inning with a slick snag of a liner to first, and Webb locked in from there. 

He struck out two in the second and one more to end the third. The final pitch of that frame might have been Webb's best pitch of the night, a slider in the other batter's box that Adam Jones waved at weakly before tossing his helmet.

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Webb struck out three in the fourth, getting Nick Ahmed and Josh Rojas on good sliders. He had success with the pitch, which he calls a hard slurve, throwing it for a strike 12 of 18 times and getting four strikeouts. 

The bullpen was humming as Webb went out for the fifth, and he was near the end of the line as Flores picked up a third hit. But on his 93rd pitch, Webb got No. 3 hitter Eduardo Escobar to bounce into a 1-6-3 double play. He pumped his fist into his glove as he walked off the mound. 

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

The Giants' three-game series at Fenway Park was filled with so much history. 

Between a Yastrzemski reunion and San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career managerial win, there was much to be celebrated. That was until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner took the mound.

Across five frames in the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Giants, MadBum gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks. He struck out seven, but struggled in the second frame as he approached 200 innings on the season. 

The balls that were hit off of Bumgarner's in his ninth loss of the season weren't hit all that hard. Boston beat him by putting the bat on the ball with singles from Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few.

"This has probably been his worst year as far as luck," Bochy told reporters after the game. "I thought he threw better than what the numbers are going to show."

A pattern developed this year for Bumgarner on the road, and it wasn't a pretty one.

Away from Oracle Park this season, the four-time All-Star has a career-high 5.06 ERA with an opposing batting average of .280.

Call it tough luck, but as much as this sounds like a broken record, Bumgarner will be one of the top names in free agency this offseason, and it's no secret home/road splits are taken into account. 

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Bum talked about his outing after the loss, and couldn't explain some of the hits Boston got off him.

"Things don't always go your way," he said. "It's frustrating, you know. I feel really good about the way I threw."