In their 7-4 sunny afternoon win over the Philadelphia Phillies the Giants swept a team that had been somewhat hot entering the series. The Giants won a Ross Stripling start! The Giants won by making contact with men on base and getting runs home on singles the other way our up the middle. It was a good day yesterday, all things considered.
After racing out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, with all the runs scoring on two outs, and Ross Stripling, the Phillies would tie the game with three runs in the top of the fourth inning and one in the top of the fifth. The big first inning by the Giants chased Philadelphia starter Taijuan Walker, who was none-too-pleased about being yanked so early in the game by Phillie Manager Rob Thomson. I am sure he and his pitcher had a few words after the game.
Stripling would end up pitching 3 1/3 innings after cruising nicely in the first three frames. He was pulled in the fourth with some medical issue which at press time was not disclosed. Trainer Rob Groeschner was beckoned and Stripling walked off the mound with a lead and with some loathing in his face.
After Bryson Stott’s homer to right in the fifth tied the game the Giants rallied in the bottom of the eight inning with three runs, the first coming off a single up the middle by Thairo Estrada.
Los Gigantes for the lead 🙌 pic.twitter.com/WNO1p0GO1m
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 17, 2023
Wilmer Flores added on with a line drive single to left with two outs. That plated two more and gave the Giants breathing room.
Camilo Doval earned his 11th save of the year with an adventurous save in which the bases were loaded when he struck out the final Phillie, Trea Turner. Doval hit a batter, allowed a single and walked a batter prior to Turner’s at bat. It got a bit hairy but ultimately Doval did the job.
In addition to his two-run first inning single Casey Schmitt made a great play at third:
It took just one inning for Casey Schmitt to put his stamp on the ballgame
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With the win the Giants are now 20-23, 7.5 games behind the division-leading Dodgers.