SAN FRANCISCO — Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays featured Shaun Anderson, a rookie on the mound, as well as his Sacramento battery mate Aramis Garcia, behind the plate.
Following Anderson’s debut, Garcia discussed his pitcher’s composure on the bump and his ability to stay in control throughout his debut.
“He was pretty composed, which was good to see for sure,” Garcia said. “He’s one of those guys that gets pretty amped up for his starts, but he definitely stayed under control.”
Anderson recorded two hits in his first two at-bats of his major league career. His first was a booming double into triple’s alley and the second was a base hit to left field. Garcia attributes that to the ‘debut magic.’
“I’ll tell you what, there’s something special about making your debut. I don’t know what he said, but in the past, he hasn’t been the greatest hitter. We hit a little bit this offseason and he looked good out there. A little bit of ‘debut magic.'”
His aggressiveness on the mound can be compared to that of a closer. When asked about Anderson’s ‘closer mentality’, Garcia doubled down.
“Yeah absolutely, he’s a bulldog out there. He’s not afraid, he’ll challenge anybody. Honestly, that’s what I love about him, he’s not afraid to go after guys.”
Anderson was not the only rookie to have success at the plate Wednesday. Garcia himself launched a two-run homer to left-center in the second inning, which ultimately gave the Giants the lead after Anderson allowed a run in the first.
Anderson and Garcia are just two of the multiple young Giants who are looking to stick around and contribute at the major league level. Contributions from Anderson, Garcia, as well as Steven Duggar and Mac Williamson, have the Giants turning to their youth for key positions all around the diamond.