On Monday, Aug. 10, Aaron Davidson of Bryant pitched an inning of shutout relief for the Class A half-season Arizona League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. He walked the first batter he faced ending a 20-inning stretch in which he had not issued a free pass. But he went on to retire the next three batters he faced in the seventh inning of the game in which the Giants defeated the Cubs entry in the league, 10-3. [more]
Davidson, who earlier in the season threw 16 consecutive shutout innings, followed up Monday's effort with two more stellar innings of relief for the Giants on Thursday night in a 1-0 win over the Athletics. The right-hander entered the game when it was scoreless in the top of the seventh and proceeded to retire six in a row. In the seventh, he induced a grounder to short then struck out the next two batters. In the eighth, a lineout, a flyout and a third strikeout completed his stint on the mound.
The Giants scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to gain the victory in a contest that featured Oakland A's All-Star Justin Duchscherer making a re-hab start. Duchsherer pitched five shutout innings to start the game.
Davidson lowered his earned run average to 4.11. He's given up just one earned run in his last eight appearances, covering 19 innings. In his last nine appearances covering 22 2/3 innings, his earned run average is just 0.79.
So far this season, Davidson has made five starts and worked in relief in seven games.