Wed Apr 28 12:00pm EDT
The right arm of Nate Schierholtz may not have had a high-profile reputation entering the Giants' 6-2 win over the Phillies on Tuesday, but you can bet that advance scouts are slapping a big ol' yellow warning sticker on his San Francisco slingshot today.
Flashing the most powerful weaponry the Bay Area has seen since Ed Harris left the reservation, the Giants rightfielder ran down balls in AT&T Park's funky right field and nailed two Phillie All-Stars as they tried to take second base. Falling prey to the long-distance strikes were Ryan Howard in the second inning and Chase Utley in the ninth.
Howard likely would have been safe had he just hustled and slid — the new $125 million man called his play a "brain fart" after the game — but Utley did both and still got thrown out by a few feet. The tandem of tosses probably don't supplant Rick Ankiel's efforts in 2008, but they're certainly in the same neighborhood of great throws from the outfield.
Schierholtz was humble after the game, only saying that the Giants "take a lot of pride" in their throwing. But pitcher Jeremy Affeldt told Schierholtz his new nickhame was "Cannon" and first baseman Aubrey Huff did a little bit of chest-beating for the 26-year-old outfielder:
"I knew he had a good arm, but he threw that one that Utley tried to stretch to a double at the end there-that was a line from 200 feet away, it wasn't even close, really. He has one of the better arms I've seen in right field."
Schierholtz hasn't been too bad at the plate over his first 19 games, either, hitting .300/.364/.450. Combine that line with his rocket right arm and it would appear the Giants can at least feel good about one of their outfield spots for now.