My concerns were for naught. I was being too negative. The Giants lined up behind Logan Webb and cranked three home runs (Wilmer Flores grand slam, Darin Ruf and Mauricio Dubón) in a nine-hit, 13-run performance in game three.
Giants 13, Cardinals 7
Mind you, they gave up 14 hits, but these were mostly with a comfortable lead. They played good defense and took advantage of three uncharacteristic Cardinals errors. Wilmer Flores had six RBI. He has found a groove. Mauricio Dubón, who has struggled this year at the plate, in the field and on the base paths, looked like he had shaken off the missing Spring training at last.
It was a day to honor Gerald Buster Posey III, and the crowd was thrilled the guys broke out of their hitting slump and exploded for runs.
Yaz Splash Hit Decider
The final game of the four game series was an excellent contest between two good National League teams. The Giants earned the win. They played good defense behind new starter Jakob Junis, who has been excellent in long relief in recent bullpen games. Junis was given a start and did not disappoint:
Heck of an afternoon for the young man.
It was a taut, defensive battle. The Giants preyed on the Cards’ one error. They led 3 – 2 until the sixth when St. Louis tied it up on a sacrifice grounder by Harrison Bader that scored Juan Yepez. It was Yepez’s second run of the night. In the first, the 24-year-old Cardinals left-fielder hit the first home run of his young career, a wind-assisted big-fly that just cleared the right field wall.
Then like magic, in the bottom half of the sixth, with the score tied 3 -3, Mike Yastrzesmski smashed the 93rd Splash Hit home run into McCovey Cove to give the Giants the lead they would not relinquish. McCovey Cove Dave was perfectly positioned and shwooped right in to pull the wet Yaz homer out with his bare left hand.
I was disappointed because in the twelve hours of the “sports news cycle” that splash hit occupied, ESPN had a headline that read “kayaker” gets splash hit, like he was just some guy. McCovey Cove Dave was an MLB Fan of the Year, he’s just too well known to be referred to as “kayaker” in my opinion. My interview with McCovey Cove Dave from 2014 starts at the one minute mark of this:
Dominic Leone, Zach Littell and John Brebbia each held the Cardinals scoreless for an inning, and Camilo Doval closed it out for his fifth save.
Giants 4, Cardinals 3
Good game. The Giants dug deep and played hard to prevent losing the home series to the Cards. I am proud of this team for the effort.