San Francisco Giants Stay Hot, Win Doubleheader Against Rockies
From April to about the end of June, the San Francisco Giants offense has been ugly to watch at times. The pitching has pitched fine, especially in the bullpen, and the defense has been spectacular. This team showed battle sometimes with the bats, but it was usually a few guys, and it happened late in games. For the most part, the offense didn’t show any consistent power or hitting for average. Then everything just clicked at once on June 30th.
That day, the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4. San Francisco went to San Diego and swept the Padres. From there, they took 2 of 3 from the St. Louis Cardinals. After the Allstar break, the Gigantes were able to take 2 of 3 from the Milwaukee Brewers. This team wasn’t winning that many head to head matchups and now they have 3 straight series wins. Now to get to Game 1 of their historic win against the Rockies.
In Game 1 of the doubleheader, Brandon Crawford literally had a game for the ages. Crawford had 5 hits and 8 RBIs. It was the third time in San Francisco Giants history that a player had 8 RBIs in a game. Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda were the other two Giants to do it. Crawford was also the first shortstop in Major League history to have 5 hits and 8 RBIs in a single game. Bcraw also hit 2 home runs and he wasn’t done hitting the long ball. Before we get to that, the Giants young outfielder Mike Yastrzemski had an amazing game as well, getting 4 hits, 3 RBIs, and 4 runs. The Giants won Game 1 19-2.
After the Giants won Game 1 in blowout Coors Field fashion, Game 2 was a complete nail biter. Both teams didn’t have many chances to score. Stephen Vogt and that guy Crawford hit back to back, solo home runs in the fourth inning, to make it 2-0. Now in his first start in a while, Giants pitcher Dereck Rodríguez had a solid outing, going 5 innings, gave up 4 hits, 1 run, and struck out 6. The bullpen did the rest, Will Smith got his 24 save, and the Giants won 2-1.
The team has now won 10 of their last 12 games and are only 3 games back of the second wild-card spot. July has been good to them and they also lead the majors in home runs for the month, something that absolutely no one saw coming. There is a 2010 vibe brewing in San Francisco and let’s hope they can at least give Bruce Bochy one last October run.
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