After drafting the seventeen-year-old in 2017, Heliot Ramos made his major league debut for the San Francisco Giants in the third game of the 2022 season on Sunday.
Ramos, who was called up earlier than most expected when bullpen arm John Brebbia went on the Bereavement List, started in the left field and went 2 for 3 with two singles, a run scored and a strike out, in the Giants 3 -2 rubber match. win over the Miami Marlins.
His first hit came in the 2nd inning with two outs from a Trevor Rogers’ 0-1 change, which Ramos shot back up the middle with 107 mph, deflecting second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s glove to a single. Ramos showed his speed and scored on Mauricio Dubón’s subsequent double, which buried itself in the left corner.
Luke Williams, who was recently acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies, also flashed his new bat and sent a single to the right that brought Dubón in to score. The Giants scored their third and what would end up being the winning race on a sacrificial run by DH Wilmer Flores in 3.
Anthony DeSclafini, who got his first start in 2022, played the Frogger all afternoon with base track traffic allowing 8 hits, 1 BB and 1 HBP over 3.2 innings. DeSclafini’s reputation as a strike thrower preceded him with Miami bats swinging early and often all afternoon. By working out of the stretch, Disco was able to limit the damage to 2 runs with weak contact and 5 strikeouts.
After giving up back-to-back singles in the 1st inning, DeSclafini found the fire escape by luring Jesús Sánchez to swing over a curve in the dirt before freezing after bat Jesús Aguilar with a 95-cutter painting the outside of The plate for a called strike three. The next batsman Avisaíl García flared out to second place for the final.
Although the number of pitches pinched him early, Disco’s veteran performance out of the stretch was commendable, keeping the Giants in the lead before the bullpen stepped in to a pointless 5.1 innings.
After a base filled with HBP in the 4th, manager Gabe Kapler replaced DeSclafini with left-hander Jarlín García, who eliminated Jesús Sánchez on one lane and eventually went 2 innings and collected 2 strike outs. Zach Littell and Tyler Rogers worked their way through the eighth before Dominic Leone, who gave up a homerun to catcher Jacob Stallings last Friday, closed out a formidable Miami trio: K-ing both Chisholm and Stallings before appearing Jorge Soler for the battle of the battle. finally out.
After facing two right-handed starting pitchers from Miami, Gabe Kapler rolled the right division out on Sunday against left-hander Trevor Rogers. Ramos and Dubón and Slater covered the away field from left to right, while Luke Williams came in third, and Ruf showed off his glove at the start. Curt Casali got his first start behind the plate. The lone left wing fights came from SS Brandon Crawford and a pinch in the late inning to Mike Yastrzemski.
I personally like starting Williams in third place and having Wilmer Flores DH. Decorum would dictate that seniority would make the opening day nod in third place, but after a field error on Friday, followed by a Saturday in which he thwarted two chances to get Jon Berti (the final decisive race) out on Saturday, Flore played the role on this. team is more batman than glove.
Williams also turned a smooth 5 – 4 – 3 double play to get Littell out of a 7th inning 1st and 3rd jam.
Ruf, though not as graceful as an extended Jazz Chisholm, held on at first. A quick high throw, but one that was in Crawford’s universe, took Jesús Sánchez as second place in fourth; while an unassisted double play on a smart catch-and-tag that caught Avisaíl García diving back to first gave Tyler Rogers an easy eighth place finish.
I can see Ruf and Flores switching between first base and DH roles in match-ups similar to Sunday’s match.
In the end, Sunday’s match was not an offensive outburst, but we saw a meaningful production from the bottom third of the row. Ruf, who took a 1 for 4 home, was twice the AT&T (sounds better than Oracle’d) of colder air and wind conditions. Both Dubon and Flores hit balls that fell just below the wall in the left wing. Take heart! The spring bats germinate.
First – this first inning catch by Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm Jr. was amazing. Miller and Krukow talked about this in the broadcast, but the second basemen are not getting enough credit. For Chisholm to roll this in: a 105 MPH liner for the game’s first ball-in-game. Just incredible. And yes, he’s a little flashy, and we Bumgarner-ites do not like that, but if he was on the Giants, everyone’s dog in Mountain View would be called Jazz.
Secondly – I do not think this was an intentional result of using the new PitchCom system to call pitches with a runner in second place, but see this screenshot of Anthony DeSclafini here.
These are situations of high stress and high leverage with a runner at the base where Disco needs to make some crucial pitches to get out of trouble. This is where baseball mental games come in. That’s when the big, original moments of man-with-ball vs. man-with-bat takes place. But instead of Disco staring at daggers on the plate, snarling through saliva and tobacco juice and chewing sunflower seed shells while shaking pitch after pitch, we make him stop his ears with his glove and try to hear Casali’s call as if he were talking on the phone with his mother.