Ty Blach has been arguably the best starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants this season.
The lefty commands his pitches and competes despite lacking strikeout stuff. But as how everything has gone for this team in 2017, wins have been hard to come by.
On Saturday against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Blach lasted seven innings while allowing just two runs on eight hits.
The problem was, the Giants couldn’t generate enough scoring against Rich Hill — traded from the A’s around this time last year — and San Francisco lost, 2-1.
“[Blach] gave us a chance,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters, “just couldn’t do much offensively.”
All of Blach’s mistakes that turned into runs in the series opener involved Corey Seager. The Dodgers shortstop hit doubles in both the first and third innings. He scored both times.
Hill was pulled after 5.2 innings, despite throwing just 86 pitches, as manager Dave Roberts chose to play the long game with the 37-year old starter who’s had blister issues over the last two seasons.
The Giants might start considering taking similar protective measures with Blach as they enter August.
The rookie starter has plenty of time before he runs into his career high for innings pitched in a season (179 in 2016), but with the Giants 33.5 games behind Los Angeles, there’s no reason to overwork a young asset like Blach.