Let’s start in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The San Francisco Giants trailed the Arizona Diamondbacks 1–0.
He sent 15 batters to the plate and experienced 15 outs. No, they were not getting a no-hit, but they did not have a runner on base as Mike Yastrzemski led off the first inning with a weak single, and immediately retired on a double play.
Zac Gallen – who had yet to start allowing more than 3 earned runs in any of his 23 career starts – was outscored by 6, and essentially no tough contact allowed.
And so in the sixth innings you did nothing. It was the back third of the lineup, with a struggling Pablo Sandoval followed by two nights, and you were already appearing in the seventh inning.
And then there was a rally. Oh, the rally was done. And it was a great rally.
A day after the Giants hit three homers, which accounted for all of their runs, they took out a rally like this:
Just like he had scored four runs, and was loaded with no outside base. Never mind that they will not come out of those places which are in a filled condition; There was a loss.
And it would be all they needed, as they won 4–2 for the second night in a row.
It was one of a kind for the Giants. He gave up 4 hits and 3 runs to start the sixth inning. Eliminate that short run and they had 2 hits, 0 walks, and 24 outs.
It was a masterclass in effective sequencing. Getting 4 runs on 6 hits, just one extra base hit (a double by Roof) is rather sensational, and a touch silly.
A big hit came from Darin Roof, who broke a tie with a two-run single. Regarding Wright, Roof did not have many opportunities, but he replaced Alex Dickerson in the fourth inning after Dickingson dropped the ball from his leg and left the game. And that came through Ruf when it mattered the most.
One of the lesser parts of the legendary home run renaissance is that it makes these silly rallies even more enjoyable. In past years it must have been a game where you thought, “I don’t know how the Giants won, but it’s not sustainable.” But now, as they have more weapons at their disposal, it is durable, and these strange victories are a strange thing rather than an occasional prayer.
Kevin Gossman had to throw more pitchers than he likes, especially given how bad Arizona’s offense is. And he certainly supported himself in the corners as much as he liked.
But it worked, and he was sensational most of the time. Gausman played 6 innings, and earned 2 hits, 3 walks and 1, while striking out 9, all out through a swing and a miss.
He was supposed to throw 100 pitches, but 20 of them – 20 of them – Hammers were swinging. He loaded the bases one by one in the third inning, and then did not bowl two with any outs in the fourth inning, and only gave the same run during both pickles.
The Giants are now 21-21, and certainly look smart to keep Gausman at the trade deadline.
San Francisco opened the series on Friday by losing a game’s demorizing clunker. It is not easy to win a four-match series when you lose the opener. For those of you who do not have a mathematics PhD, you have to win three games in a row. You can do that for a free.
The veterans were up to the task. A 4–2 win gave them a third straight win, and another series win. It also means he won the season series 8–2, while he gave up just 2.7 runs per game.
Stay warm my clit-wearing friend.