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Greek Giant

The Giants beat the Braves 4-2 on the Fourth of July yesterday in Atlanta. It was quite a win in a memorable game indeed. Logan Webb pitched seven strong innings, allowing only two first inning runs and the Giant offense put together bloops and blasts to top Charlie Morton and the Braves.

I mentioned it was a memorable game and it was. There were several interesting and even weird moments. Three Giants were hit by pitches. The Giants had two check swing doubles (down the first base line by Matt Chapman and down the third base line by LaMonte Wade Jr.). There were runners picked off (Brett Wisely). There was a sensational play at the plate where the Giants threw out Matt Olson trying to score from first base on a double down the line in left field. Michael Conforto made a clean play and an accurate, strong throw to the relay man, Matt Chapman, who made a strong and accurate throw to Patrick Bailey that nailed the fearless Brave with ease. It was a key play in the game and it took place in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Giants were leading 3-2. It was also the first out of the inning and Logan Webb would escape the jam.

This was a well-pitched game by both teams with only 14 hits total in the contest. The Giants had six of them and two left the ballpark. First, after a bloop single by LaMonte Wade Jr to start the top of the fourth with the Giants trailing 2-0, Heliot Ramos hit a home run over the wall in dead center. He hit a slider that did not slide and he hit it off balance with bottom sticking out and still managed to send it at least 415 feet. It was another impressive display of power from Ramos and it came at a huge time in the game, tying the score at 2 runs for each club. After Patrick Bailey was called out on strikes Matt Chapman hit a laser beam to left that Dave Fleming thought might be a double. Only, the ball nearly broke the sound barrier and a sonic boom of joy could be heard in the Giants dugout and by Giants fans across the world because that ball cleared the left field wall and gave the Giants a 3-2 lead. It was quite a shot. Chapman has been nearly as hot as Austin Riley.

Speaking of Austin Riley, I proclaim the Giants should never pitch to him again. He is destroying the Giants and hitting every pitch and everywhere in the zone. Just walk him for Mays’s sake!

Back to the game, the Giants added a key insurance run in the top of the sixth inning thanks to one of those check swing doubles. This one from Chapman down first base that scored Patrick Bailey from second. It was quite a contrast to Chapman’s homer but it did the trick as well.

Now let’s talk about Logan Webb. What a gamer! After a spot of trouble in that aforementioned first inning (two runs via a hit and a sac fly) Webb was downright awesome. Imagine giving up two runs to start the game against a team as loaded as the Braves, on the road, in July with the hometown fans screaming for blood and the sweat dripping on every part of your body. Things did not look good for the Giants at that point but Logan Webb is the Ace and he demonstrated tremendous poise and mettle the rest of game, allowing only five more hits in his seven innings of work that saw him strike out six Atlantas and walk only one. In the process he picked up the well-deserved win to put his record at 7-6 and lower his ERA to 3.09. That was his seventh start this year of pitching through the seventh inning. In each of those starts he has pitched a zero. That’s mighty impressive in this day and age. Logan Webb says “You can take that third time through the order BS and stick it where the analytics don’t shine!”

YEAH!

Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval wrapped up the win with shutouts in the eighth and ninth innings. This was the Giants’ third straight series win, each against very good teams (Cubs (Ok, ther just an “OK” team), the Dodgers and Atlanta.

The Highlights

Tonight’s Game

The Giants travel to Cleveland to face what may be the hottest team in baseball in the Indians. Game time is 7:10 PM Eastern. The pitching matchup is listed as TBD for San Francisco and Tanner Bibbee (7-2, 3.47) for Cleveland.