On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about Joey Bart being promoted to the Giants. Bart, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, is considered by many to be the top prospect in the Giants’ minor league system and one of the top 15 prospects in all of baseball. Many fans were hoping to see Bart earlier this season, but the wait is finally over. Bart, a catcher with prodigious power who also plays strong defense, is in the lineup tonight. He joins a group that has been hitting well for the most part all season, and an offense that has been red hot against the Angels. The Giants won last night’s game, 7-2.
Johnny Cueto was on the mound last night, and once against he put the Giants in position to win. He held the Angels to zero runs over the first five innings, but he did end up surrendering two earned runs in the 6th. Gabe Kapler allowed Cueto to face Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon the third time through the order, something they talked about on the mound during a mound visit in the frame. Cueto threw 112 pitches on the night and said after the game that he and Kapler share mutual respect for one another.
The offense led the Giants to victory just as much as Cueto. Austin Slater stayed red hot out of the leadoff spot against left-handed pitching. He crushed a long home run and also singled and walked. After the game, he credited the new hitting coaches for his and the team’s success at the plate. Wilmer Flores got the start at first base, and he crushed a three-run home run that put the Giants ahead in the early innings. Flores, signed to a cheap two-year deal with a third year club option in the winter, has been a consistent offense performer for the Giants this year, especially against left-handed pitching. The Giants’ platoon-heavy offense has worked so far, and now Bart adds to a mix that has been surprisingly effective all year.