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Logan Webb Is on Fire

The Giants won last night’s game against the New York Mets 5-1 after getting shut down completely through four innings by Luis Severino who retired the first twelve batters he faced. Fortunately for the boys from San Francisco Logan Webb matched and exceeded Severino’s effort pitching eight shutout innings, earning his third win of the year and lowering his ERA to 2.33 while throwing 106 pitches with 75 being strikes.

Webb’s performance was nothing less than exhilarating. His change-up was just downright unhittable, mirroring the motion and direction of his splitter. The Mets had no answer for it. Webb would strike out four Mets and walk only one. The keys to his outing were his ability to throw three different types of pitches for strikes (fastball, splitter, change-up) while keeping his arm motion exactly the same for all three pitches. He was also able to pitch up in the zone effectively so that the Met hitters could not focus on one location. Along with strikes inside and outside Logan Webb was able to retire seven of the first eight hitters he faced with ground balls. Some of those were sharply hit but the Giant infielders were there to make the plays. In fact the Giants had a great game defensively with Thairo Estrada saving a run on a diving stop, Nick Ahmed making two fine plays, Matt Chapman making great plays on slow rollers and Michael Conforto making a diving catch on a bloop to left.

Mike Krukow was right when he commented early in the game that the infielders better be ready to play.

The performance put Webb’s scoreless inning streak to 19, going back to his last two starts. That’s a mighty impressive stat. Webb is the rock of the rotation and also leads the Major Leagues in innings pitches so far this young season with 38 2/3 innings (My thanks to 12xU for citing this stat). Here are his last four starts: 7 innings, 2 runs 7 innings, 1 run 7 innings, 0 runs 8 innings, 0 runs.

The Giant Runs

The game was a beautiful pitcher’s duel with both starters absolutely dominating the batters until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Giants broke throw for three runs. The inning started with the Giants staring a perfect game in the face. But Michael Conforto blooped a single to left before Matt Chapman lined a hit to right. After Patrick Bailey lined to left Thairo Estrada drove home the first run of the game in the form of Conforto with a single through the infield between short and third. On the play Conforto ran through the stop sign of the third base coach to score ahead of the throw that was a bit offline. A good throw might get him but I like the aggressive base running. That play was huge in the game because both runners advanced on the throw home which meant the Giants had runners on second and third with one out. Yaz followed with a soft single to shallow center that both base runners read perfectly and then scampered home. That was Diamondbacks-style baserunning. It looks like the Giants took notes from their previous series. Good on them!

The Giants scored two important insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to a lead-off triple by Thairo Estrada off the wall. Again, that was not an obvious triple and Starling Marte played it perfectly but because Estrada hustled out of the box he decided to go for three and made it, just ahead of the throw. Again, that was aggressive base running that put the Giants in a position to score again, which they did when Yaz singled to right. Wade Jr Then hit a liner off the glove of Lindor at short that scored Yaz to make it 5-0. The Mets did not play perfect defense again on this night but the GIants did.

Despite only recording eight hits the Giants were able to make them count getting them in big spots and thanks to opportunistic and smart base-running. I like it!

The Mets scored one run in the ninth on a force play when the Giants could not quite turn two with Tyler Rogers pitching. Bob Melvin then summoned Camilo into the game after a McNeill single. Doval then shut the door to close out the game, earning his fourth save of the season, pitching on back-to-back nights. He is probably unavailable today for the series finale.

Enough With Killing the Lights!

The Giants nearly killed their bullpen catcher for that stupid lights out stunt when Camilo Doval comes into the game. The reliever was in the middle of a pitch when the stadium went dark but fortunately Alex Burg caught the pitch!

Today’s Game

The Giants and Mets complete their three-game series today at 12:45 PM. It will be Manea (remember him?) versus Snell (remember him?). Come on Blake! It’s time to get your first win as a Giant and win over some fans!