Desclafani Solid, Giants Support Him, Slater Wins the Day, Bullpen Doesn’t Blow It, McGee Gets 8th Save

Game one of the three game series between the NL West division-leading San Francisco Giants and the half-game back and charging San Diego Padres at Oracle was a back and forth affair that ended with young Camilo Doval getting a win! Giants 6, Padres 5.

Anthony DeSclafani was again very good. He oudueled Blake Snell, and though he got tagged for a dinger by the vaunted Padres lineup, he otherwise pitched a great game, entering the sixth with a one-hitter before giving up the two-run homer to Trent Grisham that ended his day. Sam Selman gave up a two-run homer to Eric Hosmer to tie the game 4-4, and it looked like the Giants were on their way to another bullpen loss.

But Austin Slater had other plans! He rocketed the go-ahead homer off Keone Kela in the seventh and the Giants ‘pen held to preserve our dominance at home (11-3) and first place in the NL West (19-13). Jake McGee bounced back from recent terrible performances in Colorado to get his 8th save.

With a game and a half lead over the Padres, the Giants feature Kevin Gausman (2-0, 2.04, 40K) today at Oracle against the Padres Joe Musgrove (2-3, 2.38, 47K with a no-hitter). These two faced each other just four days ago, down in San Diego when the Giants chased Musgrove in the fifth on the way to a 7-1 win, Gausman’s second. Giants 7, Padres 1.

A win today would ensure the Giants are in first when the week ends. Tomorrow we will see Johnny Cueto (2-0) for the first time in several weeks. It would be good to get the pressure off him.

Let’s Go Giants!

Beat the Pads!

Stay on Top!

Let the pennant fly high!

karthik rajan

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