Quick Hits: McGowan, Marlins, Giambi

Guillermo Moscoso held the Royals hitless until the eighth inning this afternoon, but Salvador Perez singled, ending Moscoso's bid for a no-hitter. Though the A’s right-hander didn’t make history, Tim Wakefield may do so later tonight if he picks up career win #200. Here are this evening’s links…

  • Dustin McGowan, who returned to the Major Leagues after three years of rehab last night, told Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star that the most emotional moment of his comeback came when he jogged in from the bullpen to the mound with many Blue Jays fans on their feet.
  • The Marlins aim to develop more homegrown arms, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
  • Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that there's a good chance Jason Giambi will return to the Rockies next season, regardless of the state of Todd Helton's back (Twitter link).

19 Responses to Quick Hits: McGowan, Marlins, Giambi Leave a Reply

  1. grownice 4 years ago

    Unreal moment , made me forget that pathetic loss. So stoked for Dustin and his family!

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      You could tell he was amped up at first …but ya unreal, high light of my season so far .

    • Sniderlover 4 years ago

      So happy for him. I mean I still can’t believe it he’s up here pitching now. Most players would have given it up.

      Not to mention his stuff looked good. Really good.

  2. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    there’s a decent chance wakefield never wins 200. he isn’t even an okay pitcher anymore, he’s just bad. and his manager is really stupid sometimes

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

      very sure if srs

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        I thought today was 200 for sure …

      even if he sticks as a reliever next year, he’ll eventually get a win I think.. he’ll just keep going until he gets it.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      As a Yankee fan, I remember this happening to Clemens numerous times on his quest for 300. He was stuck at 299 for a long time. Although I don’t know how many starts he had in between.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        roger could actually pitch, though. which helps. wakefield shouldn’t even be in the rotation

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      Was it just me or should Pap have been up and warming as soon as it was obvious that Bard wasn’t on his game (and it was really obvious)?  I’d have had Pap in there before they scored the first run, even with just one out.  Then if you needed you could have put Aceves/Albers/whoever in there for a clean start in the 9th.  Sometimes I think Francona doesn’t get that the 9th inning isn’t always the most important.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        it was wrong on so many levels. i don’t usually get mad watching baseball, even when it’s a blowout or an ugly ending. but that was infuriating. he got it wrong at every step of the way, and just made a total mess

        there is no reasonable excuse for how he managed it. he screwed bard over, screwed papelbon, screwed albers, screwed wakefield, and screwed the team. i like tito, but i really wish he would cop to it after a game like that. every pitcher pitched poorly, but he is just as responsible as all of them in this case

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        “I actually thought it was the right thing to do.” — Terry Francona
        on staying away from Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth inning Wednesday

        holy. crap.

        papelbon has faced 7 batters with the bases loaded in 2011. those batters are 0-for-7 with 7 strikeouts. bautista is 1-for-8 against papelbon

        oh, and daniel bard had already thrown 31 pitches (walking 2 and giving up a hit) as the bases were loaded with the best hitter in baseball coming to the plate


        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          You missed the best part (in my opinion anyway) which was his reason why it was the right thing to do.  You know what it was? “(Bard) had handled Bautista so well (in past).”  What was this awesome past you might ask?  0-6… 0-6. 6 ABs, six.  And 2 of those ABs came almost three frigging years ago.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            and how many of those 6 at-bats came after 31 pitches when bard couldn’t command anything and wanted to shoot himself. it’s one thing to make a terrible decision, and another to insist it wasn’t terrible after the fact

            on a lighter note, the new MLB WAR leader after last night is jacoby ellsbury at 8.1. pedroia sits third at 7.0. a lot of it is UZR noise, but ellsbury has hit as well as upton this season. can’t get my head around that

  3. bomberj11 4 years ago

    I can imagine how angry Wakefield has to be right now…

  4. MB923 4 years ago

    Watch Wakefield get his 200th win against the Yankees and watch Mo they very next night get save #602

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      i was kinda disappointed jeter didn’t hit #3000 against boston. after all it seems about 2000 of them came against the red sox

      • MB923 4 years ago

        Actually amongst all AL teams, both Sox teams are the only teams Jeter does not have a .300 lifetime BA against. The Red Sox are the team that he has his lowest average against (.287), White Sox is .296. Every other AL team is he .300 or better. And I guess it’s fair to include the MEts since they play 6 times a year, .381 lifetime average, pretty good.

  5. Jason Giambi should be brought back and if he proves he can hit in spring training and the early part of the season, then he’s a solid backup, like he’s been this year. We know the power is still there.

    Todd Helton needs a break at times and at other times injury will necessitate it with him.

    The Rockies have some very interesting and talented prospects that could be playing first base in the majors but none of them are quite ready yet so Giambi, it appears, is a smart choice to have on the roster, as things stand now, in 2012.

    He also appears to be good in the club house, something not to be overlooked.

    Colorado Rockies Analyst (google)
    Colorado Rockies Prospects Report

  6. Moscoso did indeed make history. He set the Oakland Athletic record for retiring the most consecutive batters in a row (going back to his previous start) at 30, beating Catfish Hunter and Dallas Braden who share the old record of 29. Not quite as special as a perfect game or no-hitter, but history none-the-less.

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