LOS ANGELES -- The pitches that Giants right-hander Derek Law threw during his Major League debut Friday night were lively enough. So was his attitude.Freshly recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, Law struck out the side in the seventh inning of the Giants' 7-3 loss to the Dodgers and, as he left
LOS ANGELES -- The pitches that Giants right-hander Derek Law threw during his Major League debut Friday night were lively enough. So was his attitude.
Freshly recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, Law struck out the side in the seventh inning of the Giants' 7-3 loss to the Dodgers and, as he left the mound, exchanged a few quick, short, competitive words with Los Angeles' Justin Turner, who tripled with one out but was stranded on base.
"I got caught up in the Giant-Dodger rivalry a little bit," said Law, who replaced Sergio Romo on San Francisco's roster. Romo will be evaluated after refraining from throwing for two weeks, which the club hopes will determine the extent of the strained flexor tendon in his elbow that put him on the 15-day disabled list earlier Friday.
Like Romo, Law has thrived by sustaining excellent control. Entering this year, he amassed 249 strikeouts and 59 walks in 193 2/3 professional innings spanning five seasons.
Against the Dodgers, Law threw 13 strikes in 21 pitches. Facing mostly unfamiliar hitters, he didn't over-analyze how he would pitch each one. "I tried to treat them all the same," he said.
Law didn't mind being forced to escape his own jam. "That was probably the best part, honestly," he said. "Especially to do it on a strikeout."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was suitably impressed by Law, 25: "He's got the equipment to pitch here."
Law's father, Joe, also pitched professionally and received a late-season promotion to the Majors from the Oakland A's in 1988. But he was never summoned into a game. Law's parents flew in from Pittsburgh to see their son make his debut, along with his fiancee.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.