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The Giants Run to a Win

In their 7-1 win yesterday afternoon over the Washington Nationals The Giants morphed into the 1982 Cardinals, a team that swiped 200 bags in that year, by stealing a ton of bases (okay it was only 3 but that’s a ton for this team) and taking the extra base, forcing the issue on numerous plays and manufacturing runs with aggressive base-running. It was quite a metamorphosis. Tyler Fitzgerald lead the way with two steals in the same inning. His steal of third allowed him to score on an infield single by Austin Slater. Fitzgerald was the player of the game in fact with his three hits, two runs and an RBI.

Matt Chapman also stole a base and then tagged up on a medium fly ball to center, just beating the throw. That aggressive base running meant he would score on an Ahmed single. Speaking of Nick Ahmed, he had a big day too, with three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. He had been slumping prior to this game.

All these runs came off Washington starting pitcher Patrick Corbin who allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings and actually pitched better than his line but the Washington defense did not help him much and the aggressiveness of the Giants at the plate and on the bases was the difference. As I watched the replay of this game I was scratching my head wondering, what team is this? I saw no evidence of any kind of aggressiveness, speed or daring play in the prior two weeks of play thus far this season, apart from Jung Hoo Lee, my favorite Giant so far this year.

Jordan Hicks Is on Fire

Jordan Hicks earned his second win of the season against zero losses by pitching six excellent innings and allowing only Joey Gallow’s solo homer in the first. Hicks had excellent movement on all of his pitches and looked very poised, very calm on the mound. He gave up four hits against two walks and two strikeouts. He induced many lazy fly ball outs, which may be the easiest way to get through a game quickly. You will recall Matt Cain or Greg Maddux, two pitchers who were helped with getting many early count easy outs in the form of fly balls. Those types of outs keep a pitcher’s pitch count low and extend his ability to go deeper in a game. Hicks has been dynamite so far this year, the best Giants starting hurler by far.

The win pushes the Giants record to 5-8. They are off today as they are traveling to play a three-game series against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, beginning tomorrow. From there the Giants will travel to Miami.