Last year, what we call the Irregular Season, the Giants had a game – granted it was in Colorado with altitude – when we scored 23 runs. Today’s performance of 19 runs in more down to earth Cincinnati was another high-water mark for The Farhan Zaidi Era: these Giants can score.
A four game sweep to end a road trip 6-2 is right in the wheelhouse of our expectations.
Our plan is to beat the teams we should beat – like the Pirates, Reds, D’Backs and Rox and so on – and to take as many games as we can from the high-rolling HUGE spenders in our division. Let them beat each other up, we’re the tortoise. We’re the moneyball playin’ tortoise.
These four games in Cincinnati were almost perfect.
Logan Webb pitched six shutout innings in game one! Flores, Yaz and Dubon homered and we managed not to blow the ninth, barely. Giants 6, Reds 3.
DeSclafani was razor-sharp in game two against his old squad, giving up just the leadoff home run – to league-leading batter Jesse Winkler – over seven innings. B-Craw’s sustained leadership, this time from his team-leading 10th home run, gave the Giants the lead. Zach Littel gave up a homer in the 8th, but Jake McGee picked up his 11th save. Giants 4, Reds 2.
This was the night, as per ESPN/STATS that: “The Giants have been in first place in the NL West for 22 straight days, that’s their longest run of consecutive days at the top of the division since a 93-day streak in 2016. San Francisco spent only three days in first place from 2017-2020”
Kevin Gausman was sparklingly brilliant through six in game three. Gerald Dempsey “Buster” Posey’s three run-double in the ninth was CRITICAL insurance. The Giants led 1-0 til then on a Tauchman RBI single in the fifth. The Reds were all over the bags in the ninth for Tyler Rogers who got out of the jam to save the shutout. Giants 4, Reds 0.
Today’s final game of the series versus Mahle was the one I was most worried about. This kid had been on fire in recent outings. Ha! The Giants, on YouTube to a global audience of arguably BILLIONS, exploded in the third inning and destroyed Mahle and Reds’ pitching for 9 runs. It was 10 to 1 after three. Johnny Cueto got his comeback win and had plenty of innings to work out kinks from his recent time on the injured list. This was GREAT. Giants 19, Reds 4.
We are perfectly positioned to face the Bums this weekend: Wood, Gausman and DeSclafani. The Padres and Bums have been winning and are within reach. We need to maintain our home dominance.
I said it …
let’s SWEEP LA!
Let’s Go Giants!!!
beat the bums.