Greek Giant

Yes, Kyle Harrison earned his first Major League win in his second start by beating the Reds 4-1. Mr. Harrison, the lefty phenom of the Giants pitched 6 1/3 innings and was downright dominant striking out 11 reds and allowing only one run while walking only two and allowing only three hits. That’s pretty much what we had all been hoping for all these lonesome nights with bullpen starter after bullpen starter.

“It was about as an electric performance by a pitcher as we’ve seen since I’ve been here in San Francisco, right up there with any pitching performance.”

-Gabe Kapler

The Giants scored one run in the first and two in the third inning before plating a run in the bottom of the sixth frame. DeJong, Bailey, Meckler and Flores drove in a run each and J. D. Davis, had two hits. He had been slumping badly for the past two months. His average is now .249.

Gabe Kapler used Rogers, Walker and Doval to close out the game. Camilo earned his 35th save. The win meant the Giants are one half game behind Arizona for the final Wild Card in the National League. It’s a tight race between many mediocre teams that have run the gamut from streaky hot to frigid Alaska cold.

The Breweres have won nine straight. The Mariners are unstoppable and in first place in the NL West. The Dodgers and Braves could well win 100 games each. But the rest of the NL pack looks ordinary with the possible exception of the Phillies.

Tonight’s Game

It’s Williamson of the Reds against Alex Cobb in game two of the series. First pitch is at 6:45 PM.