NEW YORK -- Among the more promising developments for the Giants over the weekend was Brandon Medders' performance Saturday. Medders relieved starter Todd Wellemeyer and contributed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, helping set up the Giants' comeback from a 4-2 deficit. It was Medders' first appearance since last Sunday, when he retired none of the four Colorado batters he faced. "You can see that he got more comfortable the longer he was out there and got in a good groove," manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. "He had better location on all his pitches."
With the bullpen still striving to establish overall consistency, the Giants would welcome seeing Medders regain the form he showed last year, when he was 5-1 with a 3.01 ERA in 61 games. Medders has endured an uneven season, posting an 8.44 ERA while allowing 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings spanning his first five outings. He followed that stretch by pitching scoreless innings in three consecutive outings, a streak broken by the Colorado game.