San Francisco Giants 8, San Diego Padres 3: Guess we can’t rag on Ryan Theriot anymore

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I have to admit that MoreSplashHits was not very excited when the Giants signed Ryan Theriot to a one-year deal in the offseasn.

We weren’t anymore excited when the Giants kept him after a poor spring.

Even less excited when Bruce Bochy kept running Theriot out at second base earlier in the season when he was hitting well below the Mendoza Line.

When the Giants sent Theriot to the disabled list on May 10 with an inflamed elbow, MoreSplashHits speculated that the injury could have been fabricated to give Theriot some time off to work on things.

That may very well have been the case, or he may have actually had an inflamed elbow. But whatever Theriot did over those 15 days on the DL, it certainly work.

Theriot was hitting .179 with one double, 2 runs, and 2 RBI when he went on the DL. Since coming off the DL on May 25, he’s hitting .413 (19 for 46) with three doubles, eight runs and six RBI.

Theriot went 4 for 5 with a double, run and RBI in the Giants’ 8-3 win over the Padres Thursday, raising his season average to .284.

Not only that, but he’s also played a solid second base defensively.

And the Giants are 9-4 since Theriot came off the DL.

Theriot’s recent surge led Giants manager Bruce Bochy to declare that Theriot will be his second baseman when Pablo Sandoval comes off the DL next week. Four week ago, that wasn’t the case with Bochy saying that Joaquin Arias would see most of the starts at second when the Panda returned.

We doubt others will do so, but MoreSplashHits is not above admitting we were wrong about The Riot.

OTHER NOTES

  • We noted Wednesday that the Giants have hit as many home runs as errors they have committed in the previous nine games — one of each. Well, that almost held true on Thursday. The Giants kicked the ball around for four errors Thursday, sending them back into the MLB lead. But they also belted three home runs — one each by Buster Posey, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco.
  • The Giants stole three bases on Thursday (Theriot, Melky Cabrera and Pagan) on three attempts, making them six for seven on steal attempts in the series.
  • Because of two errors in the inning, all three runs the Padres scored off Matt Cain in the third were unearned. Cain went seven strong innings for the win, dropping his ERA to 2.41.
  • Santiago Casilla made his first appearance his bruising his tibia last Friday. Wearing a knee brace, Casilla earned a four-out save, although he wasn’t his usual overpowering self. He walked two, gave up one hit and did not strike out a batter.

UP NEXT

Barry Zito goes to the hill Friday as the Texas Rangers make their first visit to AT&T Park since Game 2 of the 2010 World Series. Matt Harrison will start for Texas, which is 0-11 in games at AT&T Park. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

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