Kevin Gausman was given leave. Logan Webb was given the start. Mike Tauchman was brought back up. Jay Jackson, who hadn’t pitched in the majors in two years, was called up for his Giants debut. He was used in intensely high pressure situations – his first pitch was with the bases juiced – and he got the win!
It was a start filled with unknowns that the Giants turned into a solid victory with still more home runs – two by Yaz, another by LaMonte Wade, Jr. The Giants were two for ten with runners in scoring position, but made key hits to extend their lead.
The bullpen: Littell had a scoreless fifth. Then Brebbia got in trouble in the sixth, giving up two hits, but Jaylin Garcia was great and ended the inning for him with a strikeout. Dominic Leone struck out the first two batters he saw, and was cruising. Then he fell apart, loading em up, which led to Jackson’s high pressure debut. Finally, Tyler Rogers was clean for the save.
But the star was Jay Jackson, called up today to pitch for the first time since 2019, pitching in the majors for the first time in a San Francisco Giants uniform, and now a winner (1-0).
Called upon with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, Jackson showed good command. His delivery is great – he hides the ball behind his raised left leg and glove. Very difficult to read or get a jump on. He struggled putting the curve right where he wanted, but the action on some of his deliveries was very pretty – he worked the box. And his fastballs hit 94 and 93! Welcome aboard, Jay Jackson! Way to go!
Tauchman, also brought back up today, had a pinch hit single which must have felt great. Curt Casali continues to see the ball well, after his two homers in the Nats series last week, he had a two-hit night tonight to start the second half. As did Donnie Barrels. It sure would be nice to start seeing the Donavon Solano of last year again.
Tomorrow it’s DeSclafani vs Kwang Hyun Kim. This is going to be a duel. Kim three-hit us at home in that 3-5 loss to the Cards a couple of weeks ago. This guy is good.
Let’s Go Giants!