The Giants were up on the Rockies 4-3 in the top of ninth. Sergio Romo was on the hill and he retired the first two batters he faced. Then he gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon. OK, you can weather that sort of thing. Then Brandon Barnes came to the plate. And all he did was hit an inside-the-park two-run homer to put the Rockies up 5-4, which ended up as the final score.
You can watch his inside-the-parker here. It’s like a lot of these beasts: more a function of an outfielder’s mistake — in this case Angel Pagan’s less-than-optimal route to cut off Barnes’ gapper — than some amazing feat by the hitter. But maybe Barnes does have some sort of skill in this regard. It’s the second time in ten days he’s hit an inside-the-parker.
Sergio Romo blew the save for the second game in a row. It was the first time he had ever blown saves in back-to-back games.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.