Greek Giant

This year right handed batters are hitting .176 against Blake Snell. That’s the best mark against a left-handed starter in Major League history. Blake Snell may be this year’s National League Cy Young award winner. He is having a phenomenal season. Last night he was Cy Youngish as well. But Logan Webb was better. The Giants won 2-1 thanks to a complete game victory by Logan Webb who, after giving up a run in the first inning (It could have been much worse) pitched eight straight shutout innings. He was helped by solid infield play that saw the Giants throw two runners out at home and Marco Lucian turn a slick double play that recorded Fernando Tatis Jr. for the second out at first base. Luciano is looking like Brandon Crawford’s heir apparent. I hope he sticks because he’s fun to watch..

If the Giants had been a better defensive and offensive team behind Logan Webb it is quite possible he would be a front-runner for the Cy Young award. He leads the Major Leagues in innings pitched with 216 while recording 194 strike outs. He is a workhorse and a leader. He is also a pitcher who never complains about the lack of run support. in 22 of his 33 starts the Giants have scored less than three runs. That’s hard to do! Last week I wrote a few paragraphs about Webb’s season outlining other stats. The bottom line is this, on a better team with league-average defense and run support Webb likely has 17-7 or 18-6 instead of his 11-13 mark.

“This is a pretty significant statement game when you’re going up against another Cy Young Award candidate, He was totally efficient, totally in control. Never lost his delivery, never lost his stuff. There wasn’t a hint of struggle the entire game.”

-Gabe Kapler

But back to the game.. It was a beautiful pitcher’s duel, circa 2010. Too bad it meant diddly squat in the postseason picture but for one night we could dream of a Giants team with an ace on the mound beating a solid opponent and youth like Luis Matos, Marco Luciano, Patrick Bailey and Tyler Fitzgerald making plays and contributing to an exciting win at Willie Mays Field.

Logan Webb used his classic splitter, a sneaky fastball and a variety of cutters in and out to mostly throttle a talented San Diego team that had been making postseason waves of late. In fact entering the game the Padres were 77-79, about to leapfrong the Giants in the standings. Nope, not last night. He would end his night with seven strikeouts and nine hits allowed. Webb’s strikeout to walk ratio is better than 6-1, an astounding statistic!

The big inning for the Giants was the bottom of the eighth when Michael Conforto hit a pitnch-hit two-run double the opposite way. It came with two outs and the bases loaded and the Giants losing 1-0.

It was a fantastic piece of hitting and a great at bat. The inning started with a Yaz pop up then a Wade Jr. Walk. From there Luciano doubled and Joc Pederson was walked intentionally by Padre reliever Robert Suarez. Patrick Bailey then hit into a fielder’s choice to the first baseman who came home with the throw to get the out. Then came Conforto’s double which ultimately lead to Gabe Kapler’s decision to send Webb back out to pitch the ninth and finish his win. A complete game is such a rare site these days that it’s something to cherished, framed and then sealed behind glass.

Tonight’s Game

It will be Seth Lugo of the Padres facing Kyle Harrison at Willie Mays Field tonight in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 PM.