Greek Giant

There is much to say and write about yesterday’s weird 13-6 Giants victory over the Angels at Willie Mays Field so I will get right to it! First, the Giants desperately needed a win after losing the first two games of the series. And they got it. But, it comes with a few caveats. Kyle Harrison hurt himself in the weight room and was not only scratched from his schedule start in yesterday’s game, he was also placed on the 15-Day Injured List with a right ankle sprain retroactive to Thursday. We hope it’s not serious but really!? An injury in the weight room!? That simply cannot happen.

Second, the Giants were left to resort to using relievers throughout the game and there were quite a few interesting developments. Good interesting, and bad interesting but interesting nonetheless. Erik Miller started the game and promptly gave up a run on a homer by Nolan Schanuel and we were all thinking “Here we go again!” But it turned out a bit better on this day for the Giants. In the top of the second inning Spencer Bivens made his Major League debut after an impressive stint in Sacramento. He too gave up one run but he would pitch three innings and look impressive overall, recording four strikeouts and allowing only one hit with no walks. Oh, and he would also get the win on his Major League Debut!

Congratulations Spencer!

That win came courtesy of a big inning in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Giants. I mean really big! How big, you ask? Well, how about nine runs worth of big!

The inning went on too long for me to recapitulate fully but I want to write about a few key hits by players who had been struggling. Let me begin with the situation: The Giants were staring a series sweep by the woeful Angels in San Francisco right in the face after falling behind 2-0 and losing Kyle Harrison. This could have been the type of series sweep that derails a whole season and pretty much demolishes a team psychologically. Let’s not even address the repercussions for the fan base that still is not convinced this Giants team and this Giants organization is legit.

So, back to that bottom of the fourth inning. First Soler leads off with a walk against Angels starting pitcher Ben Joyce who routinely hits 102 MPH on the radar gun and was fairly convincing heading into the inning. Then Wilmer Flores hit a rope down the left field line to put runners on second and third before Austin Slater was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out.  Then Thairo Estrada would hit a two-run double also down the right field line and the game was tied with nobody out and the Giants smelling Angel blood in the water! Brett Wisely then doubled in two more runs after a pitching change to make it 4-2. After a Ramos strike out and a Bailey single Matt Chapman hit a laser beam down the third base line that scored Wisely to make it 5-2. That ball was hit so hard that Angels third baseman Luis Rengifo was only able to deflect it off his writs. But the contusion he took forced him to leave the game. It’s not something you see everyday: a third baseman leaving the game after a hot smash off the body but Chapman’s ball was hit over 95 MPH so you get the idea of the danger involved. Everyone was safe on the play and the Giants were not finished scoring. After a Conforto pop out Jorge Soler hit a booming three-run home run to left field to send the fans and the Giants into a frenzy. That blast made it 8-2 and came off a high fastball. Suddenly Jorge Soler looks like a competent slugger again. This was probably his best game so far as a Giant and let’s hope there are more coming. An Austin Slater single made it 9-2 and the Giants were in full on blowout mode.

But the game, as I said, was a weird one. It would end 13-6 because after the Giants scored four more runs with one coming in the bottom of the seventh inning and three in the bottom of the eighth, Bob Melvin called on Camilo Doval to pitch the ninth inning with a 13-2 lead to get his closer some work after he had not pitched in more than a few days. Well, that was not a good idea because Doval got knocked around, giving up four runs and Bob Melvin had to call on Ryan Walker to get the final two outs after Camilo was yanked. The Giants closer took his frustrations out on a poor innocent cooler in the Giants dugout. That made the game a bit weird and along with the Harrison injury, made the win a bit bittersweet for the Giants and their fans.
The Highlights

Giants and Cardinals Unveil Uniforms for Rickwood Field Game

This is pretty cool:

Tonight’s Game

The Giants travel to the Windy City to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Game time is 8:05 PM Eastern. It will be HIcks versus Assad.