The two game “series” is total bullshit. We need better terminology. It’s not a series of two. The British use “brace,” we use “couple,” or “pair,” but we need some better name for these two-game encounters in MLB. Further we need to “sweep” (for lack of yet another term) both of these against the D-Backs and other subpar teams … and we did! Barely.
Giants 8, Diamondbacks 0
The Giants rebounded from the home sweep in a big way behind our ace Kevin Gausman. Evan Longoria exploded for three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in four runs. The dirtbag has ownage of the stadium in Arizona: Longoria is hitting .391 with six homers and 20 RBI in 18 games at Chase Field since joining the Giants in 2018, says ESPN), to whom Longo replied:
“I love hitting here. It’s reminiscent of my days in Tampa. I love the dome atmosphere, As a hitter, when the conditions are static, when you don’t have to worry about wind or sun, it makes it one less thing you have to worry about.
“Obviously the ball flies well. The gaps are big. There are a lot of ways to get hits in this ballpark, not just hitting ir over the fence. It is pretty comforting for the hitters to have that in back of their minds.” Note to Staff: Longo plays in Arizona and the Texas two-fer on the 8th and 9th of June.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4
What a game! In this one, Johnny Cueto fell behind early. He gave up eight hits and four earned runs over five and left down 0 – 4.
The Giants offense could do nothing until the top of the eighth, but to their credit, the much maligned Caleb Baragar and the unknown quotient Nick Tropeano, held. Then in the top of the eighth, Wow! Back to Back homers from Austin Slater and Jason Vosler put the Giants ahead 5-4! It was Vosler’s first major league big fly!
McGee and Rogers closed out but not without drama – the end was precarious. The Snakes had bases loaded when we got the final out – again. Still, the bullpen pitched four shutout innings in relief of Johnny Cueto, and that was great!
I am proud of the guys for bouncing back after the sound defeat at home to the Bums last week. Better still it means we go into the four game series with the Nemesis this weekend at Chavez Ravine tied in the division!
That’s right, the NL team in LA and the Giants are both (30-19) and a game and a half back of the Padres in the NL West going into a four game series starting tonight. I’d love it if we could split in L.A. Let’s just aim to take two.
Alex Wood (5-1, 1.93ERA, 42 Ks) goes for the Giants, looking to avenge the loss he took at Oracle last week facing Trevor Bauer. We don’t yet know whom the Giants lineup will be facing.
Let’s Go Giants!