8/23/20 San Francisco, Ca - The San Francisco Giants (14-16) used timely home runs and steady pitching in a 6-1 victory and series sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-16). The Giants made some personnel changes before the game and decided to go with their younger talent.
The Giants designated their $3 million dollar outfielder Hunter Pence for an assignment because of poor hitting (5 for 52, .096) on the season. Pence won 2 World Series with the Giants and was an All-Star for the Texas Rangers in 2019, will now be traded or waived by the Giants.
Today, Giants’ pitcher Trevor Cahill (1.59 ERA) was true to form and held the Diamondbacks to 1 hit and no runs through 5 innings. Arizona’s pitcher Luke Weaver was equally impressive through 4 innings and held San Francisco to one hit and no runs.
The Giants got the party started in the bottom of the 5th inning after Evan Longoria’s double scored Brandon Belt to take a 1-0 lead. At the top of the 6th inning, the Diamondbacks tied the game 1-1 after David Peralta's sacrifice fly-ball scored Kole Calhoun.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Mike Yastrzemski hit his 7th home run of the year to give the Giants a 2-1 cushion.
Alex Dickerson gave the Giants a commanding 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th inning, with a 3 run bomb over the right-field wall.
The Giants closer Tyler Rogers and Jarlin Garcia sat down the Diamondbacks in the last 2 innings to seal the series sweep for the Giants.
After the game, Giant’s Manager Gabe Kapler stated that he felt his team could compete for a run at the title. He also stated that Longoria’s patience and assertiveness at the plate is a common trait among the great hitters in the game. Kapler’s focus is now on game 1 against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
For more photos from this game, click on the link at the bottom. All of the photos are by Denisha DeLane. #mlb #giants #dbacks #trevorcahill #davidperalta #mikeyastrzemski #baseball #sanfranciscogiants #tgsportstv1 #arizonadiamondbacks #sports