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Hunter Strickland recorded his first career save during the Giants' 5-2 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night.

Strickland was claimed off waivers in 2013 and was pitching in Single-A as recently as four months ago. Monday, he looked a big-league closer, chucking fastballs consistently in the upper nineties with good control. He's a candidate to be the Giants' long-term solution at closer and could be an interesting late-round flier if he makes the team out of camp next spring. He's got a special arm.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 02:53 AM

Gregor Blanco went 2-for-7 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI during the Giants' 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday night.

Blanco took Dodgers' starter Dan Haren deep to leadoff the game. He later doubled off reliever Kevin Correia in the 13th inning, driving in two insurance runs -- only one of them was an RBI, however.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 02:52 AM

Jake Peavy allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one over seven innings during the Giants 13-inning win over the Dodgers Monday night.

The outing was Peavy's eight in a row allowing two or fewer runs. He's been on a roll since joining the Giants, making him one of baseball's cheapest and best trade-deadline acquisitions. His excellent late season push should net him some solid figures on the free agent market this offseason.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 02:43 AM

Dan Haren allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit, striking out seven and walking none over seven innings during the Dodgers' 13-inning loss to the Giants.

The outing lowered his season ERA to 4.03, which means he'll have a shot at bringing it below 4.00 for the season when he takes on the beleaguered Rockies at Chavez Ravine this Saturday. His vesting option was triggered with tonight's performance which means he's likely to be back in Dodger blue in 2015.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 02:40 AM

Carl Crawford went 1-for-5 with a home run, an RBI and run scored during the Dodgers' 2-5 loss to the Giants on Monday night.

Although the Crawford provided the Dodgers' only real pop, his lack of arm strength was his calling card Monday night. Crawford's poor throw to the plate in the 13th inning allowed the go-ahead run to score. "Crawford does a lot of things exceptionally well but the one thing he cannot do is throw as a big leaguer," said Vin Scully during the telecast. Crawford has been good over the last few months and could be a late round pick in 2015, although he's a virtual lock to spend at least a month on the DL.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 02:37 AM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored during the A's 8-4 win over the Angels on Monday night.

Donaldson also made an incredible play at third base when he deflected a would-be base-hit into the air with his glove, and then caught it with his barehand and rifled a strike to first-base in one fluid motion. His offensive numbers aren't as robust as last season when he hit .301/.384/.499, but his current .254/.341/.457 with 28 home runs is still 28-percent above league average. He's an elite third-baseman and should be treated as such in drafts next spring.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 01:50 AM

Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI during the Angels' 4-8 loss to the Athletics on Monday night.

In football parlance, it was a "garbage time" home run as the Angels were down seven runs when Pujols blasted off. He now has 28 home runs with 88 runs scored and 104 RBI. It's been a rebound season for the future hall-of-famer.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 01:48 AM

C.J. Wilson allowed four earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning, walking four and striking out one during the Angels' 4-8 loss to the A's on Monday night.

Not a promising playoff tune-up for the beleaguered lefty. The Angels will have a difficult decision whether or not to put CJ Wilson in the bullpen or the rotation come playoffs. His season ERA now sits at 4.61.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 01:46 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed one run (zero earned) on five hits while walking none and striking out three over seven innings during the A's 8-4 win over the Angels on Monday night.

Samardizja has been lights out of late -- he hasn't allowed an earned run in three straight outings. Given how well he's pitching, he could be a major boon for the A's in making a playoff push into October. The stellar outing lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 2.88.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 01:42 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the Padres 1-0 win over the Rockies on Monday.

Rivera drove in the game's only run. With Yonder Alonso sidelined of late with an injury, Rivera has seen regular reps behind the plate. He's one of the game's best defensive catchers but has little upside with the stick.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

23 Sep, 01:12 AM

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