Greek Giant

The Giants partied like it was 2021 in last night’s 13-0 destruction of the dreaded Arizona Snakes. It was a sight to behold, all those home runs, all those runs, all those shutout innings by Logan Webb and Co.

Logan Webb’s Eighth Win

I want to begin with Webb because lost in the ups and downs of the 2022 season is Logan Webb’s excellence. The Giants ace raised his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.82 after his six shutout innings. Marte pitched the 7th and 8th without allowing a run and Luis Gonzalez (God I hate that Kapler pulls this crap) pitched a shutout ninth. Webb fanned eight batters and was simply sterling against an Arizona team has given the Giants fits this year despite pitching around traffic in many innings.

In his last six starts Webb’s ERA is a miniscule 1.13. Yeah that’s what I call an ace.

-Logan Webb (courtesy of ESPN)

The Giant Lumber Comes Alive

One has to give credit to the Giants for waking up offensively after a desultory 4-3 loss on Monday night. Last night the boys hit four home runs, by Mercedes, two by Estrada and one by Joey Bart (I’ll get to him in a minute). The explosion included 14 hits by the gang with most of them coming against Dallas Keuchel, the former Astro trying to salvage his career. After his start last night his ERA inflated to a gaudy 8.53.

Mercedes and Slater each had three hits with Yermin knocking in four runs. It was the game of his life so far.

David Villar had two hits and two runs batted in while Joey Bart went 2-4 with a ribeye coming from his homer. Bart looks to be a different, much improved player after his stint in Sacramento. Since his return to the Show he is swinging the bat with more authority, striking out less and making harder contact. If this keeps up (crosses fingers) the Giants will have a major accomplishment in finding a steady solution to the catching void left by you know who.

The Giants scored first in the bottom of the opening frame when Yermis Mercedes hit a hustle double with runners on the corners. The hit went to right center and was a great example of going up the middle with a pitch out over the plate. The kid has real power and speed.

David Villar later followed with a two-run triple and scored on a bad throw in a Little League style homer that looked like a comedy of errors on behalf of the Arizona Defense. The play started innocently enough when Villar hit a liner right at McCarthy in right but because it was the first inning and the DBack right fielder was looking right into the sun he lost the ball and slipped, allowing Villar’s triple. It was nice to be on the receiving end of defensive gaffes for once.

Just like that the Giants had a four-run first inning.

Here is Estrada’s second homer of the game:

If he is benched against a righty again I am going to write an angry letter to Kapler.

Here is Thairo’s first dinger:

This homer by Mercedes was whipped down the left field line and left the park in a hurry:

Bart’s homer went to dead center. Notice the Slater-like quick strike stroke:

Carlos Rodon is an All Star

For the second straight year Carls the Magnificent is an All Star. Bravo Carlos. It’s well-deserved:

Tonight’s Game

It will be Zac Gallen of the Diamondbacks facing John Brebbia for the Giants in the rubber game of the series tonight. First pitch is at 12:45 PM at Willie Mays Field.