Some time in the minors seems to have worked wonders for San Francisco starter Brad Hennessey.
Hennessey will look to turn in another strong outing when the Giants wrap up their four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 25-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to start against St. Louis on July 9 and allowed just three hits over seven impressive innings in a 2-0 win. The victory snapped a two-start losing streak and was his first since May 12.
Hennessey had allowed a combined 10 earned runs over 4 1-3 innings in his previous two starts.
“So, what about Hennessey, the mystery starter?” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He looked like a different guy on the mound, more relaxed. We owe it to that guy to give him a little more credit, more than a guy used for emergency.”
Hennessey, who went 3-0 in five June starts in the minors, worked on compacting his windup at Fresno.
“Before, I tried to do too much,” he said. “Now, I have the mentality that whatever happens, happens. I didn’t worry that if I made the wrong pitch, I would be sent back to Triple-A.”
The Dodgers beat the Giants 5-4 on Saturday, sending San Francisco to just its third loss in nine games. Jason Phillips hit a two-out, RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning for Los Angeles, which won for the first time since July 6.
The Dodgers lost four straight heading into the All-Star break and their first two of the second half. They have won just eight of their last 29 games.
Deivi Cruz had two doubles, two runs and an RBI for the Giants.