On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the San Francisco Giants’ 10-5 thumping of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Joey Bart’s debut. Bart was a calming presence behind the plate, and he seemed to frame pitches well and made some nice blocks. He also collected his first major-league hit, a ringing double down the left field line that was hit 109.5 mph. It was the fastest extra-base hit for the Giants all season. As exciting as it was for Bart to make his debut, some of his teammates stole the show. The Giants continued to pound left-handed hitters with a right-handed-heavy lineup penciled in by manager Gabe Kapler, and put together by president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and general manager Scott Harris. Those three, along with the new hitting coaches, deserve a lot of the credit for the Giants’ offensive resurgence this season.
Wilmer Flores, signed by Zaidi and Harris in the offseason to the first multi-year deal handed out under the new regime, continued to stay red hot with a two-run home run in the first inning. It was a down and in mid-90s fastball and Flores hit it out to left-center. Austin Slater also stayed hot, collecting two hits including a leadoff double in the first inning. Brandon Crawford hit his 100th career home run in this game, and opposite field shot against right-hander Julio Teheran. Believe it or not, Crawford has now been an above-average hitter on the season by FanGraphs’ wRC+.
Kevin Gausman started on the mound for the Giants. He wasn’t as dominant as he’s been at times, allowing nine hits and four runs in 5.1 innings, but he did continue to show swing and miss stuff and collected eight strikeouts. Kapler let him pitch through the Angels’ order a third time, and Gausman allowed four hits including a home run that turn through the order. It was another example of a starting pitcher performing worse the deeper he pitches in a game, even when he was strong the first two times through. The Giants’ bullpen made things too interesting in the seventh inning. Shaun Anderson again threw up and in to Mike Trout, which caused the Angels dugout to erupt in anger. Both benches were warned by the umpires, and Trout ended up tripling to left field later in the at-bat. Anderson then walked two more batters, and Wandy Peralta was summoned and walked in a run. He ended up getting out of it and throwing a 1-2-3 8th, but Anderson and Peralta made things too interesting in the 7th. Jarlin Garcia pitched a clean inning to wrap things up in the 9th.