Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the Major League Leaders in Home Runs: Your San Francisco Giants. In last night’s smashing 7-2 victory of the lowly Diamondbacks of Phoenix, the Bay Bombers launched four long balls, one of which ended up in the Bay. The dingers were hit by LaMonte Wade Jr, (a two-run job) Buster Posey (an opposite field laserbeam), Brandon Crawford (off the glove of Ketel Marte in center) and Alex Dickerson (Mr. Splash).
Crawford would have three hits on the night and in the process raise his batting average to a cool .292. He would also score a run. Wade Jr. Had two knocks and Buster had two hits. Buster is now batting .336. Kevin Gausman, yes, the pitcher, had two hits and drove in a run, I kid you not.
Buster’s shot came with one out in the bottom of the third and the Giants leading 2-1. You may remember that a week ago Arizona starter Merrill Kelly handcuffed the Giants while shutting them out for eight innings before our boys rallied to win an incredible game in the ninth. On this night the Giants had a more patient approach picking their swings and choosing their pitches with a bit more refinement.
Kevin Gausman also pitched five innings to get the win, his 11th on the year. While he had issues in the second and third innings with commanding his splitter he still kept the Arizonans to two runs on four hits. He did allow, however four walks and the control issue is something the Giant ace has admitted he is working on.
Here is the BCraw long ball:
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The Giants won their fourth straight and and are 73-41, their second-best record through 114 games in the San Francisco era. The 1993 team that won 103 games overall was 76-38 through 114 (according to ESPN).
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The 1993 Giants hit 168 home runs, 46 coming from Barry Bonds. This year’s team has 174 with 48 games remaining. As a skeptic about bringing in the fences now might be the right time to say I was wrong and Farhan knew what he was doing. BCraw spoke about having the fences moved in a bit gives him and other lefties a bit more confidence to make Willie Mays Field play a bit more judiciously.
There was one roster move yesterday with Thairo Estrada returning back to the big club after a short visit to the California capital. Johnny Cueto is headed to the IL for “a minor injury” in what is likely a ploy to give the Dominican Daddy a bit of rest at this stage of the season. It is a very LA-esque move that is designed to ease the stress on the starting staff.