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The Giants just swept the Colorado Rockies in Denver in a four game series, beating them 11-8 in a thriller today. That has not happened since 2011 but it feels like it’s been since 1911 when the Giants last dominated their Rocky Mountain Baseball Brethren.
The Giants eeked out 18 hits and scored eleven runs today. Just another day at the ballpark for the Major League’s hottest team, the Major League’s leader in hard contact rate and home runs for the month of July….
The Giants have won five in a row for the first time this season and are now only two games under .500 at 47-49.
The Giants have won 12 of their past 14 and went 6-1 on this deadly road trip that easily could have derailed their season.
Raise your hand if you saw this coming.
Your third-place #SFGiants scored 11 more runs to complete a four-game sweep. They have scored 112 runs in their past 14 games, 12 of which they have won. Goodness. Now, they must face their toughest adversary: their own ballpark. The story: https://t.co/2SThegItn6
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 17, 2019
Today Shaun Anderson could only muster muster 4 1/3 innings and allow four runs. It did not matter because the Giants are now real offensive Giants. Donovan Solano went yard and had four hits. Steven Vogt went deep, Brandon Belt had three hits, Mike Yastrzemski had two hits and a ribeye, Pablo Sandoval drove in a pair… It’s getting hard to write these recaps because there is so much hitting going on.
It looks like Farhan Zaidi was just a bit rusty in March with the Conor Joe and Michael Reed experiments. He needed to get loose in April before acquiring Kevin PIllar, Yaz, Alex Dickerson, and calling up Steven Vogt.
I think Mr. Zaidi is warmed up now.
Suffice it to say the All Star Break did not hurt the Giants momentum as a team or as a hitting machine. In the first three games of the series against the Rockies the Giants never trailed. Today’s was a good old fashioned Denver slugfest. In the fifth inning the TWG commentariat was going back and forth on how many runs it would take to win this game.
My guess was 10.
Derek Holland pitched a very strong inning and 2/3 without allowing a run. Mark Melancon closed it out after Andrew Suarez had a nervy ninth with a six-run lead that vanished and ended up being a nail biter win.
Reyes Moronta pitched a shutout inning and the Giants went a measly 6-19 with runners in scoring position.
Unbelievable series for the boys!!! pic.twitter.com/paOqIeXfqo
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) July 17, 2019