3 Big Things: Blach’s fortunes against Dodgers change dramatically in blowout loss

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants summoned pitcher Ty Blach to the big leagues on Monday with one goal in mind.

They wanted Blach to provide aid out of the bullpen against a Dodgers team with a slew of left-handed sluggers who have struggled against him in the past.

Blach received his chance against Los Angeles on Tuesday, but he turned in one of the worst outings of his major league career in a 10-3 blowout loss.

Dodgers hitters crushed the Giants reliever over 3 1/3 innings, recording seven hits and seven runs against Blach in his first appearance of the season. Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes each delivered two-run doubles while Kiké Hernández blasted a two-run home run in a six-run sixth inning that led to the Giants’ worst loss of the season.

We learned the Dodgers finally solved Blach on Tuesday, but we also gathered three other big things.

1. A roster move is coming

Blach’s stay in the big leagues was expected to be short as the Giants are strongly considering promoting right-hander Tyler Beede to start Friday’s game in Cincinnati.

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi watched Blach blow past the Dodgers in the past during his tenures as the Los Angeles general manager, so he likely wanted to see what Blach could offer in a small sample size this week. The move to promote Blach and place struggling starter Derek Holland on the injured list made sense on paper, but it didn’t pan out as Blach was off the mark Tuesday.

The Giants have the ability to wait until Friday to make a roster move if they choose, but adding another pitcher to the roster for Wednesday’s series-finale also makes sense. San Francisco has a handful of minor league arms including Pat Venditte and Williams Jerez who can provide bullpen depth on Wednesday, but …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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Blue Jackets’ Bobrovsky silences doubts about his playoff resume

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky has no time for your playoff narratives.

In their place, he offered up a “Choose Your Own Adventure” of jaw-dropping moments while helping the Columbus Blue Jackets push deeper into the spring than they ever have before. It was the kind of night that should once and for all eliminate questions about his ability to perform under the brightest lights.

“Awesome,” said Artemi Panarin, his teammate, good friend and fellow free-agent-to-be. “It’s the same every time. He’s the best. He’s the best goalie in the league.”

Not only did Tuesday’s 2-1 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Bruins give the long-suffering fans inside Nationwide Arena occasion to chant “Bob! Bob! Bob!” again and again, it left them with a debate for the Wednesday morning water cooler.

What was your favourite Bobrovsky save? The leading candidates:

A) The second-period snow angel when the Russian goaltender fought to lunge backwards while extending a blocker across to the post to keep the puck out.

Bobrovsky #CBJ pic.twitter.com/PHFTTRIQqR

— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 1, 2019

In Bobrovsky’s words: “Quite honestly, I didn’t think. I just fell. I didn’t see the puck, I was on my back and I felt that the puck might be there — maybe not — so I just tried to cover the low part of the ice. That’s it.”

B) The scorpion-like sequence in the third period when he placed his glove on top of his left pad to take away any opening Brad Marchand might want to shoot at, before sliding laterally across the crease to seal off the right post and deny David Pastrnak — all while maintaining complete control.

More Bobrovsky saves to help #CBJ maintain their lead pic.twitter.com/rpFjvkkAcs

— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy)

Source:: Sportsnet.ca


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