The San Francisco Giants have not been contenders for a playoff berth for quite some time this season. With that being said, that does not mean certain players have given up on making a name for themselves. San Francisco’s rookies are coming out in full force and making contributions to the team. It was against the New York Yankees on Sunday when several of them really shined.
Shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who is someone Giants manager Bruce Bochy is very high on, recorded his first home run of his Major League career. What makes it even better is that it came against veteran Andy Pettitte, which is obviously something Adrianza will remember forever. The fact that the homer ended Pettitte’s shot at a no-hitter makes it that much better.
Meanwhile, third baseman Nick Noonan and left fielder Juan Perez made huge plays on defense. Both players threw out a runner at home, with Perez’s occurring during the eighth inning of a one-run game.
“I couldn’t be prouder of those guys and how they handled themselves,” Bochy said, according to SFGiants.com.
Bochy had already decided to give Adrianza some decent playing time down the stretch prior to the 24-year-old scoring the winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 8. Adrianza has spent eight years in San Francisco’s farm system, which means he has paid his dues and deserves a shot in a losing season. He has recorded a hit in three straight games, all of which he has seen consistent at-bats.
It is awesome to see the Giants have so many talented players in the farm system who are capable of making a difference in the big leagues. With only six games left, it will be interesting to see how each young player handles himself.