Giants crush Graveman, secure Bay Bridge split

AT&T Park — Kendall Graveman’s first start in 76 games lasted all of 40 pitches as the San Francisco Giants blitzed the right-hander for seven run in two frames on Thursday night.

The Giants ambushed Graveman, who’d been on the 10-day disabled list since May 19 with a strained right shoulder, for four runs in the first. The latter two runs came courtesy of Jarrett Parker, just returned from a lengthy layoff of his own.

San Francisco Giants left fielder Jarrett Parker (6) blows bubbles in left field during an MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Parker, who was playing in his first game since breaking his right clavicle bashing into the left-field wall back on April 16, boomed a double the first of his two on the night to left.

“He brings an added dimension as far as power,” manager Bruce Bochy said. [It’s] something we’ve been missing. What I liked tonight was the double to left-center [field], he wasn’t trying to hit a ball out or anything. That’s something that’s going to have to be a big part of his game he can’t be all in on just trying to hit home runs.”

Brandon Belt buried Graveman an inning later, connecting on his second home run of the Bay Bridge Series and his team-high 18th on the year. Belt’s blast had been preceded by an RBI single from Ryder Jones, freshly recalled from the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

On a night when the Giants’ offense was uncharacteristically productive, Ty Blach also got in on the act amid the 11-2 beatdown.

Facing Chris Smith in the fifth, the starter put a three-run homer atop the net that hangs over the kale garden just beyond the center-field wall. Blach’s homer, the first of his big league career, traveled some 416 feet, leaving his bat at an exit velocity of 103 mph.

“He smoked it, didn’t he?” Bochy marveled.

For the fourth time in as many starts, Blach worked at least seven innings. The left-hander delivered eight innings of two-run ball, scattering six hits and one walk while striking out four.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach (50) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

“It was the Ty Blach show tonight,” Bochy said. “I mean, eight innings. Three-run homer. Sure, we did a lot of good things, scored runs, but what a good game he had and I think we were all just stunned by what happened there.”

Stratton to take Cain’s spot

For the second time this season, Matt Cain has lost his place in the starting rotation. This time, the longest-tenured Giant gives way to Chris Stratton, who’s set to return from the DL for a Saturday start.

Bochy would like to see Stratton pitch well enough to maintain a starting gig or the rest of the season.

“He’s a four-pitch guy. He’s got pretty good velo. He can be in the low 90s. His command is sharp. He works up and down very well. He’s got a good curve ball, slider, change[up]. He’s got the equipment to be a four or five starter.”

Giants say goodbye to an October hero

A day after the Giants designated Conor Gillaspie for assignment, Bochy offered his best wishes to the reserve, who famously hit the home run that won last fall’s wild-card game.

“As you well know, he did a lot for us last year especially down the stretch,” Bochy said.

A’s option Gossett

After Daniel Gossett produced his best start on Wednesday night, the A’s sent him to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to clear room for Graveman. With an off day Sunday, Oakland won’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 12.

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