I went into this Padres series thinking the Giants were the living dead about to get chewed up by a San Diego team of stars and superior potential. I was mistaken. Shaun Anderson propelled the Giants to a 4-2 victory with more of his sturdy and effective pitching. Not known for an explosive fastball, Mr. Anderson has one of the highest spin rates in the Major Leagues for his heater. That and his delivery make him a difficult at-bat and a tough as nails type of competitor for the Giants. Anderson has now lasted at least six innings or more in three consecutive starts. The only other Giant to do that this year is none other than Babe MadBum.
Last night Anderson pitched six strong. The Giants scored first on a Kevin Pillar blast. Will Smith had the very rare eventful save, a 25-pitch marathon inning that saw lots of stress but no runs score. Smith is now 16 for 16 in save opportunities and must now be considered among the best of baseball’s closers.
One hero of last night’s game is a relative newcomer, Donovan Solano. The Giant second baseman had two big hits and drove in two runs from the leadoff sport. Buster Posey returned to the line up and went 1for 4. The end results was a two-game sweep of the Padres at Willie Mays Field as the Giants improved their record to 28-38, ready to make a run at the Bums down south.
Shaun Anderson may have injected some life into this zombie season for the Giants…
Today is the seventh anniversary of Matt Cain’s Perfect Game. Do you remember where you were? Do you remember the last out?
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 13, 2019
Under Bruce Bochy the Giants have had their special place in pitching glory:
“You want to take as much luck out of it as possible.” The Giants have a perfect game and four no-hitters in the Bruce Bochy Era. A look at the moves he made to help those bids, the ones that got away, and the special moments he shared with his pitchers: https://t.co/g86esAK2PC pic.twitter.com/MpVWPkrX6H
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) June 13, 2019
The Giants are off today.