Greek Giant

“I’ve been waiting my whole life for that. It’s really special. To be able to help the team win, to put us in a good position to help the bullpen, whatever they have me do, I’ll do it. I’m just happy I was able to help them out.”

Spencer Bivens

Spencer Givens, a 30 years-young pitcher for the Giants, who has a wandering journey for his path to the big Leagues, retired Shohei Ohtani three times and struck him out twice in yesterday’s 10-4 Giants win which was also his first career start. Read Bivens’s Wikipedia page to see what an unpredictable and incredible journey his story is. It’s nothing short of Hollywood movie material. Oh, and Spencer (I want to call him that now!) got the win in the process and pitched five innings to take some strain of the most (over-)used bullpen in baseball. That win, courtesy of a 10-4 score, gave the San Franciscans a series victory against the Dodgers, yes, those unbeatable, multibillion dollar-paying Los Angelinos! It was a glorious day at the Yard, as they bards of baseball say.

Yesterday, in front of 40,048 fans, many of which were dressed in Dodger Blue, the Giants line up put up a serious display of serious hitting. They hit homers, doubles and a homer (a bullet by Matt Chapman). They went opposite field and basically had their way with Los Angeles starting pitcher James Paxton who had been having what can only be said to be a pretty decent season until then. The Giants scored one run in the bottom of the first, two in the bottom of the second, a run in the bottom of the third and five in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away and take a 9-0 lead that started the celebration and made this glorious Sunday afternoon one to remember. Matt Chapman had three RBIs. Heliot Ramos had three hits, scored two runs and rove in a run. He is now batting a very cool .294 but has an OPS of .894. Patrick Bailey had two hits and drove in three runs. Jorge Soler had a big day and got the game going for the Giants with a first pitch line drive double down the left field line in the bottom of the first inning. I am not sure about batting Soler at lead off but he seams to be getting much warmer at that spot in the line up. Perhaps he is getting more fastballs? In all, there were six Giant hitters with two or more hits in the line up. Altogether the team raked and smacked around Paxton and other Dodger pitchers to the tune of sixteen hits, easily the most impressive offensive display this year.

I mentioned that Bivens retired Ohtani three times, He was also retired two more times to go 0-5 on this day. That’s not something he will do very often, if again, this season. It was an impressive display of well-located fastballs and curveballs by Bivens along with Taylor Rogers and Tyler Rogers. Tyler had to come in after Landon Roupp gave up two runs in the top of the ninth and could not seal the deal. He actually looked better than his numbers, Roup, that is. But Tyler recorded the final out to give the Giants five wins in their past seven games, all at home. That makes it a very successful homestand indeed.

“It feels really good to take a series from an elite team like the Dodgers. After winning the series, it kind of gives us more confidence to know that we can play to that level.”

-Jorge Soler

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