All eyes were supposed to be on Pablo Sandoval Friday night in Stockton.
Well, for the most part, that remained the case. The stands were practically filled to capacity at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton for Friday night’s Single-A matchup between the Stockton Ports and San Jose Giants as Sandoval began his rehab assignment.
And although Sandoval homered in his second at-bat, the Giants No.1 prospect Kyle Crick took the mound for the first time since April 18 and completely stole the show.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff began his second rehab stint with Class A San Jose late Saturday afternoon. Huff’s presence brought crowds but no victory to Municipal Stadium as Visalia defeated San Jose 8-3 to start the three-game series.
Shawn Sanford started for the first time since June 25 when he gave up eight runs against Stockton in four-plus innings. Sanford kept Visalia relatively in check for most of Saturday’s outing, giving up two runs on four hits in four and a third, striking out three. He was pulled in the fifth for submariner Phil McCormick who, along with fellow reliever Edward Concepcion, allowed four more runs in just 2/3 of an inning.
23-year old Josh Osich says he only has time for baseball and fishing. Thankfully for him, when he is playing baseball, he’s throwing mid-90s fastballs from the left side with ease. I sat down with the Oregon State alum to talk about playing again with Beaver teammate Andrew Susac, locating his fastballs better, and staying loose in the clubhouse. And fishing, of course.
So Josh you just finished lifting. Describe what that’s like for you and if you can, compare or contrast it to how hitters workout.
Everybody has their own program. No one is really the same. Pitchers? They’re on the same schedule with lifting and stuff but each lift is different for each person.
You’ve been all over the place when it comes to being in the rotation and going back to the pen. You started a little bit at Oregon State. What’s it like going back and forth like that and what’s more comfortable for you?