LOS ANGELES -- The dual eight-inning, no-walk, 10-strikeout efforts Monday night by San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner and Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw would have blown plenty of dust off the record books in the pre-digital era.According to the Elias Sports Bureau and statistician Dan Peterson, it marked the first time in baseball's modern era (since 1900) that both starters in a Giants-Dodgers game met or exceeded those three standards. Bumgarner has pitched three games with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks. Elias found that no other modern-era Giants pitcher has recorded three such games in one season. Including the relievers' totals, the teams combined for 24 strikeouts and no walks, making this the fourth modern-era game to earn this distinction, Elias discovered. The others, with starting pitchers cited, were Mets-Pirates, Sept. 12, 1984 (Dwight Gooden, John Tudor); Mets-Braves, July 14, 1989 (Sid Fernandez, John Smoltz); and Cubs-Expos, April 9, 2003 (Mark Prior, Javier Vazquez). Starters for both teams reached double-figure strikeouts while walking none on only two other occasions: the aforementioned Cubs-Expos game (Prior 12, Vazquez 14) and in a Blue Jays-Red Sox game on July 12, 1997 (Roger Clemens 16, Aaron Sele 11).
Looking to contribute, Theriot gives outfield a try
LOS ANGELES -- Ryan Theriot, who at least temporarily has lost his second-base job to Marco Scutaro, has begun sharpening his skills in the outfield in an effort to find a way to contribute for the Giants."From a team standpoint, you want to be able to try everything you can to help," said Theriot, who has made 853 Major League appearances as an infielder and six as an outfielder -- including a two-inning stint in left field on April 11 at Colorado. "I've always been one of those guys who enjoys doing different things," Theriot said Tuesday. " ... The key is being able to play it effectively." Theriot seemed to sense that he might not leave the bench much for the rest of the season, especially considering he's hitting .265 while Scutaro entered Tuesday batting .330 in 23 games with the Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy, who has scrambled for a left fielder since Melky Cabrera's suspension Aug. 15, indicated that he'll keep all options open for that spot -- except for Brandon Belt, who started 30 games in left last year but hasn't played there at all this season.
Bochy's son goes on seven-day DL at Double-A
LOS ANGELES -- Double-A Richmond reliever Brett Bochy, son of the Giants manager, has gone on the Minor League seven-day disabled list to allow discomfort in his right (throwing) arm to ebb.Bochy, ranked No. 20 on MLB.com's list of Giants prospects, owns a 7-3 record with a 2.53 ERA and 14 saves in 41 appearances for the Flying Squirrels. He also has struck out 69 batters in 56 1/3 innings. "He has an extremely tired arm," Bruce Bochy said of his 24-year-old son, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery after San Francisco selected him in the 20th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Bochy said that the Giants' braintrust has not considered promoting his son to the Majors when rosters expand in September.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.