Blach needed 76 pitches to get through the first three innings, leading Bruce Bochy to dip into his bullpen early rather than push the rookie. Ranked the organization's No. 23 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Blach went 45-31 with a 3.84 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 3.29 K/BB across four minor league seasons. With San Francisco still battling for a wild card berth, the date of his next start is uncertain.
Sunday was a day of firsts for San Diego's top prospect, who recorded his first career double, triple, run, and stolen base in his first career multi-hit game. The 21-year-old callup flashed some of the power and speed that made him so highly regarded in the minor leagues, giving baseball fans a preview of what he can do. He'll look to make a good impression over the season's final week, with an eye on gaining a full-time role in 2017.
Richard notched his second straight quality start despite managing just one strikeout -- his lowest total in a start this year. The 33-year-old doesn't miss many bats with a career 5.6 K/9 entering Sunday, but that hasn't stopped him from posting a 2.01 ERA in 49.1 innings since signing with San Diego on August 6. Richard has succeeded in large part due to his elite ground ball rate, which has resulted in just one home run allowed over his previous seven starts. He'll finish out the season on the road against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Tasked with protecting a 3-2 lead, Ottavino struck out the first two batters he faced. He then fell behind 2-0 to Corey Seager, who swatted his next pitch over the right field wall for a game-tying homer, chasing Ottavino from the game. The blown save was the fifth of the year for Ottavino, who had not allowed an earned run in six September appearances prior to Sunday. He's still entrenched as Colorado's closer with a 2.55 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
Dahl delivered a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth, only to watch Adam Ottavino blow the save in the bottom half of the frame. The long ball was Dahl's seventh of the season but first since Sept. 7. The 22-year-old has cooled off from his hot start, batting .274 with four extra-base hits and six RBI in September. He still holds a strong .315/.357/.500 batting line in 200 at-bats this year.
The Giants are off Monday, so if Nunez returned Tuesday that would mean the hamstring strain didn't cost him any time. He doesn't believe the injury is serious, so it certainly sounds like a return before the end of the season is possible. Nunez suffered the injury while stealing his 40th base of the season Sunday.
The Dodgers were down to their last out when Seager, who'd tied the game with a run-scoring triple in his previous at-bat, smacked a game-tying homer off Adam Ottavino to send the game to extra innings. The long ball was his 26th of the year but first since Sept. 10. Seager finished the day a double short of the cycle, snapping an 0-for-13 skid at the plate and raising his slash line to .313/.371/.523.
McCarthy filled in for Rich Hill, who was scratched due to concerns over his recurring blister issue, and kept Colorado at bay in his first start since August 13. McCarthy was inconsistent prior to going on the DL with right hip stiffness, flashing a 9.9 K/9 rate but also struggling with his command (6.2 BB/9) over 34.2 innings. He was sharp in his return, however, throwing 57 of his 79 pitches for strikes. The date of his next start is uncertain.
Anderson notched his second straight quality start, but it wasn't pretty as he allowed double-digit hits for the first time in his career. He's now allowed 27 hits in 17.2 innings over his last three starts and appears to be fading a bit as he approaches the end of his rookie year. After going winless in four September starts, the 26-year-old southpaw will look to close out the season on a high note against the Brewers on Saturday at Coors Field, where he has a 3.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 3.78 K/BB in 12 starts this year.
He went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base, his 40th of the season, but suffered the hamstring injury while swiping that base in the seventh inning. Conor Gillaspie figures to get the bulk of the work at third base while Nunez is sidelined, which could consist of the remainder of the regular season.