Greek Giant

The Giants reached .500 for the first since they were 5-5 earlier in the season. They reached the mediocrity line by beating the Diamondbacks 4-2 yesterday to take three games of four from the suddenly reeling Arizonans. The win was a kind of old-school Giants home victory with a tight pitcher’s duel till the bottom of the sixth when our boys pushed across four runs to give Zach Gallen his first loss of the season. Sam Coonrod earned his second save despite allowing a solo homer in the ninth.

The fateful sixth inning began with a walk by Pablo Sandoval, who was making his first start at third base this year. Darrin Ruf went 2-2 and had a two-run single in that sixth to go along with an RBI knock by Yaz. Brandon Belt drove in the other run by walking with the bases load.

Kevin Gausman was stellar and the other story of the game, going six innings and allowing only two hits and one run on three walks and nine strikeouts. Gausman has publicly proclaimed his love of all things San Francisco Giant during and after the trade deadline since he was rumored to be one of the biggest trade chips in Farhan Zaidi’s poker game. Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make, as Plato once said…

Alex Dickerson fouled a ball of his knee and had to leave the game. He later reported he was moving around much better despite the pain.

Here is a nice view of a fine play by BCraw. Note the limber athleticism and effortless cannon of an arm. Don’t try this at home:

The Giants are now 21-21 and in the final Wild Card Spot, tied with the Marlins. This is getting interesting. The Giants continue their hot streak and appear more and more to be a team that likes sniffing the postseason. The Giants, if nothing else, I think have defied all our expectations and continue to play exciting and aggressive baseball.

The Box

Today the Giants host the Mariners. Logan Webb is the scheduled starter for the San Franciscans.