AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants third baseman Ryder Jones and outfielder Jarrett Parker played their first major league games in over a month Thursday in an 11-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Jones went 2-for-5. Parker went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Their production helped the Giants secure their largest margin of victory since June 2. “When you have gone through some struggles like us, and you get a couple of young guys come up and deliver,” manager Bruce Bochy said, “it’s a big lift.”
Parker is not in the lineup on Friday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Anthony Banda, but Jones earned a start despite limited experience against southpaws in the minor leagues this season.
Jones will attempt to turn Thursday’s outburst into a sustained stretch at the plate after going 1-for-19 in his first major league stint this season.
“He hangs in there [against left-handers] well,” Bochy said. “He doesn’t have a lot of at-bats … but his numbers are decent and he’s faced [Banda] before.”
–Closer Mark Melancon will make his third rehab appearance on Friday as he works to come back from a strained right pronator. Bochy said he’ll have a clearer view of Melancon’s timetable after the appearance but didn’t rule out a return during the team’s homestand, which runs through August 9.
–Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco is in uniform at AT&T Park for the first time since ending his five-year stint with the Giants. He isn’t in Friday’s lineup, but Bochy said he would attempt to talk to his former player before the game.MLB