San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws the final pitch in a complete game, 10-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws the final pitch in a complete game, 10-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Ty Blach throws complete game in 10-0 drubbing of Phils

PHILADELPHIA — At the end of April, the Giants called up Christian Arroyo from triple-A Sacramento, and the third baseman has played in 33 games this season. Orlando Calixte made his major league debut earlier in the week, hitting a 2-run double in Wednesday’s series-ending loss to the Nationals.  And late yesterday the club selected the contract of left-fielder and No. 17 prospect Austin Slater.

Asked whether the recent infusion of new blood signaled a change in direction for the Giants, manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t say. “We want to take a look at these young guys and see what we’ve got,” offered Bochy, lounging in the dugout before Friday night’s game against the Phillies. “They’ve been on our radar for a while now.”

Both Calixte and Slater were in the line-up for the series opener at Citizens Bank Park, a 10-0 rout in which the players combined for two singles and an RBI. But it wasn’t the young cats who brought the noise against right-handed starter Jared Eickhoff. It was – as they say in Philly – the “old heads.”

Denard Span, who at 33 is the team’s third-oldest player, paced the Giants with three singles, two doubles, and an RBI, marking the fifth time in his career that the center-fielder has recorded five hits in a game. While 30-year-old Eduardo Nunez, who missed a game last week with concussion-like symptoms, went 3-5 with a single, two doubles, and three RBIs.

“It was good to see Span and Nunez break out,” said Bochy following the game. “They’re not going to do it every night, but if you can get the top two guys to consistently get on base for you, the offense is going to click.”

The Giants chased Eickhoff after just 2 2/3 innings, tagging him for four runs on six hits.

Ending his night a touch later than Eickhoff was Giants’ right-hander Ty Blach. He threw the first complete game of his career as well as his first shut-out, striking out four batters and walking none.

“This kid has stepped in and done a terrific job,” said Bochy of his starter. “He’s commanding the ball so well, and inducing ground balls when he needs them.”

Blach, the first Giants’ rookie to win four-or-more consecutive starts since Madison Bumgarner did it in July of 2010, was reflective talking to reporters . “As a kid growing up, you always dream about being able to throw a complete game in the big leagues. Buster called a great game, and it makes it a lot of fun to pitch when you have a big lead.”

That “big lead” was something to behold. Granted, the Phillies pitching corps is the worst in baseball, with a combined ERA of 4.95, but it was refreshing to see the offense come alive after being held to just four runs against the Nationals.

“I can’t tell you when we’ve had a game like this,” smiled Bochy, “where you can just sit back and relax. It’s a good way to start the road trip.”

In celebration of the win, Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance” was playing in the locker room. Though Slater, Arroyo, and Calixte weren’t even alive when the song came out, they were nodding their heads nonetheless. And so were Span and Nunez.

After not hearing it for a while, that old song still sounds pretty damn good.MLBPhiladelphia PhilliesSan Francisco Giants

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SFPD makes the case for more officers, citing Walgreens video

Most of us have seen the video. It shows a man filling… Continue reading

A 14-Mission Muni bus heads down Mission Street near Yerba Buena Gardens. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Pandemic experiments morph into long-term solutions for SF transit agency

The streets of San Francisco became real-time laboratories for The City’s public… Continue reading

Unable to connect to GPS server ‘’
Debate reignites over San Francisco’s first public bank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to… Continue reading

Apprenticeship instructor Mike Miller, center, demonstrates how to set up a theodolite, a hyper-sensitive angle measuring device, for apprentices Daniel Rivas, left, Ivan Aguilar, right, and Quetzalcoatl Orta, far right, at the Ironworkers Local Union 377 training center in Benicia on June 10, 2021. (Courtesy Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
California’s affordable housing crisis: Are labor union requirements in the way?

By Manuela Tobias CalMatters California lawmakers introduced several bills this year that… Continue reading

Mayor London Breed spoke at the reopening of the San Francisco Public Library main branch on April 20. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to The Examiner)
SF reopening more libraries through the summer

After a handful of San Francisco public libraries reopened last month for… Continue reading

Most Read