8/21/20 San Francisco, Ca - The California Wildfires could not slow down the intensity of the NL West Division matchup between the San Francisco Giants (11-16) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-13). The Giants came tonight on a 3-game winning streak and averaging 7 runs per game over their last 7 contests.
The Diamondbacks entered 4.5 games behind the division-leading Dodgers and sought to rebound from 2 consecutive losses to the Oakland A’s.
Arizona was led by second baseman Ketel Marte (.343) who finished 4th in the MVP voting for 2019. The Giants are ecstatic about their top prospect and catcher Joey Bart who made his second appearance. The Giants are also fortunate to be led by Designated Hitter Austin Slater (.347) who continues to play at an MVP level.
MLB has done a good job simulating energy with the added crowd noise and seat fillers. The Giants ran onto the field playing a Bay Area Rap Anthem “I’m feeling myself” by local rap legend Mac Dre. It was a pleasant surprise to actually feel the tense moments of the game without having warm bodies in the stands. You can now hear the pitcher grunting as he releases the ball.
Tonight was decided by the hot hitting of the Giants and the steady pitching of Logan Webb who entered the contest averaging 8 strikeouts per 9 innings. At first, it looked like the Giants were jinxed because they squandered early scoring opportunities. In the first inning, the bases were loaded with no outs. In the second inning, the bases were loaded with only 1 out. Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray got the necessary strikeouts and ground balls to prevent the Giants from scoring in either inning.
In the 3rd inning, Giants' Evan Longoria ended the drought with a 2-run bomb over the left-field wall to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Longoria became the 150th player in MLB history to hit 300 home runs. However, the Diamondbacks responded in the bottom of the 4th inning with a double by David Peralta that knocked in Mike Yastrzemski and a single by Eduardo Escobar knocked in Peralta tying the game 2-2.
The Giants regained a 4-2 lead in the 5th when Wilmer Flores hit a 389 ft home run over the left-field wall.
With 1 out in the 7th inning, Arizona decided to intentionally walk Longoria to load the bases. Joey Bart faced his 1st loaded bases in the majors and drew a walk. Crawford followed with a sacrifice grounder to the right side and the Giants took a 6-2 lead for the final score.
The Giants remained in control throughout the evening. Webb kept the Diamondbacks relatively in check for 7 innings by recording 8 strikeouts and only giving up 2 runs and 5 hits.
After the game, Giant’s Manager Gabe Kapler commended Webb for being efficient and allowing the bullpen to rest. When asked what advice does he have for the team as it nears the trade deadline, Kapler said, “we need to keep grinding…we don’t need to do anything different.”
For more photos from this game, click on the link at the bottom. All of the photos are by Denisha DeLane. #mlb #giants #dbacks #Sanfrancisco #baseball #sports #evanlongoria #loganwebb #tgsportstv1 #arizonadbacks