The Giants won six in a row before losing to the Rockies last night. Gabe Kapler employed the Opener Strategy again. He started it last year for the benefit of Logan Webb. Without a fifth starter this year, Kapler has now tried the Opener three more times, with mixed results.
Last night he started rookie Sammy Long. (beat). Uh, yeah, the 75-win Giants with the second best record this late since the 1993 season, when we won 103, started a rookie last night. In mid-August. This Moneyball stuff is a trip.
Sammy Long went for two innings, striking out four, allowing two hits, a walk and a run, then Kapler backed him up with Zach Littell in the third, followed by Dominic Leone, Jose Alvarez and Jarlin Garcia.
Zach Littell was strong in the middle relief role, the role Caleb Baragar played last year when he vultured all those wins. Littell went three scoreless, hitless innings and struck out four. Sick.
Leone fell apart and had to be taken out after tallying just one out. He was responsible for two runs, the go-ahead. Alvarez came in and covered Leone’s inning and went another. He held the Rockies scoreless and hitless. Jarlin Garcia allowed a run on a fielder’s choice. It might have worked.
But a bigger issue was that the Giants bats went quiet last night. It has happened a few times this year: in Miami, in D.C., and in Colorado. There are nights when we just can’t get em across. Giants 1, Rockies 4.
The initial go-ahead runs in game one against the Rox were provided by Alex Dickerson who had an RBI single in the second, and Curt Casali who doubled in a run to start the fourth, but then Logan Webb smashed a three-run single that was about six feet from being a Grand Slam and helped himself, and a few minutes later, The Man, LaMonte Wade, Jr., added a three-run shot in a six-run fourth. Webb also struck out eight over six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits. This was his fifth straight victory (6-3) and Logan Webb looks like our most consistent starter. Giants 7, Rockies 0.
The Giants were cruising in the ninth in game two with a 5 -1 lead, until Jake McGee imploded again to give up a two-run homer and load the bases.
Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (11-5) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. Wilmer Flores had a three-run dinger in the first, and Thairo Estrada had an RBI single. DeSclafani was set to snap a four-start winless slump over which he had gone (0-2). He hadn’t won since June in DC. Then McGee fell apart. sigh. Fortunately, the rejuvenated Zach Littell came in to preserve DeSclafani’s win. He got the final out and save, with the bases loaded and the Rockies trailing by just one. Giants 5, Rockies 4.
“Giants SS Brandon Crawford agreed to a new two-year contract worth $32 million that takes him through the 2023 season.
“This is the only organization we’ve ever known and they’ve always taken such good care of me and my family,” Crawford said in the dugout before having a night off from starting in the second game of a four-game weekend set.
He waved and tipped his cap during a long ovation in the fourth inning.
The deal will pay the 34-year-old shortstop $16 million in base salary in both 2022 and ’23. He is in the final season of a $75 million, six-year contract signed in November 2015. He is earning $15 million this season.”
Some things are just right.
The Giants go for the Series win today with Alex Wood (9-3, 4.22ERA, 115K) going up against Colorado’s Jon Gray (7-8, 3.85, 110). We lead the division by four games.
2021 National League West Standings
Let’s get that series win!
Come on Giants!
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Pound the Rocks!