Someday, when Matt Duffy admires the framed box score from his major-league debut, his gaze will shift from his hit and RBI to the bottom of the page and he will say, "Really, I played in a game that was over in 2 hours, 6 minutes?"
A rat-a-tat 5-1 victory against the Mets on Friday night ended one of the more fascinating, stunning and ultimately satisfying days for the Giants in a whacked-out 2014 season.
They started by promoting two players from Double-A Richmond, Va., an extreme rarity in this organization. Duffy, 23, started at second base and singled to left in the seventh inning for his first hit and RBI.
Watching from the bench was Jarrett Parker, a 25-year-old outfielder who joined Duffy from Richmond. Together they replaced Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin, both designated for assignment, in a move partly designed to infuse some youth and energy into a team that looked old and lethargic on a 1-5 homestand.
Yet it was the third-oldest active Giant, Ryan Vogelsong, who did the...