The San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyler Anderson who pitched six innings and surrendered two runs in his start get picks up the win. Anderson seen here throwing in the second inning for the first game of the doubleheader (AP News Photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO-With the playoffs on the horizon, the San Francisco Giants needed to see good pitching from their starter in the first game of a doubleheader.
Tyler Anderson went six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out and the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 5-4 in the opener of the twin bill at Oracle Park.
Anderson got those runs from Brandon Crawford, who tied up the game in the bottom of the second inning, as he hit his seventh home run of the season.
Tommy Pham gave the Padres the lead in the top of the second inning, as he doubled off of Anderson to score Austin Nola to give the playoff bound Padres a 1-0 lead; however, that lead only lasted one-half inning until Crawfords home run to center field.
Wilmer Flores gave the Giants the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit his 10th home run of the season. The 10 home runs by Flores are one more than he hit during the 2019 season.
The bottom of the fourth inning is where the Giants broke the game wide open, as Joey Bart continues to improve at the plate, as he hit an opposite field single that scored Evan Longoria.
Bart then scored on a two-run home run by Mike Yastrzemski, who joined Flores in the double figure club, as Yastrzemski hit his 10th home run.
That four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth inning was huge, as the Padres began to peck away at the Giants lead in the top of the seventh inning.
Jurickson Profar led off the inning with a ground-rule double and that brought Gabe Kapler out of the dugout, and it was the end of the line for Anderson.
Tony Watson, who replaced Anderson on the mound then walked Trent Grisham, and then Fernando Tatis, Jr., singled in Profar and Grisham went to third on the throw.
Manny Machado then hit a comebacker that Watson fielded cleanly; however, his throw to Brandon Belt went into right field for an error that allowed Grisham to score from third base and cut the Giants lead down to 5-3.
Watson then got the first out of the inning, as he got Eric Hosmer to flyout to Mauricio Dubon in center field; however, Tatis, Jr., scored from third base to bring the Padres within one run.
Following the Hosmer sacrifice fly, Wil Myers hit a broken bat flyout to Steven Duggar in right field for the second out of the inning.
With the final chance to tie up the game, Austin Nola was unable to tie it up, as he flew out to Dubon in centerfield and the Giants escaped within their 29th win of the shortened-season.
In his only inning of work, Watson gave up two runs on one hits and walked one, as the Giants are trying to lockdown one of the two wild card spots in the National League.
Chris Paddack took the loss for the Padres, as he went 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three. With the loss, Paddack dropped to 4-5 on the season.
NOTES: There was one move, as he Giants made the following roster move prior to game one, as RHP Jeff Samardzija reinstated from the 10-day IL and appointed as the 29th man for today’s doubleheader.
IF Brandon Belt’s game-tying solo home run in the 8th inning yesterday was the 1,000th hit of his career…according to Elias, Belt became the fifth Giant to homer for his 1,000th hit, joining Fred Merkle (July 4, 1916 G2), Freddie Lindstrom (August 1, 1930), Bobby Bonds (May 19, 1974) & Buster Posey (September 27, 2016).
Prior to their win in the first game of the doubleheader, the Giants were 0-4 in their two doubleheaders this season…it’s the first time the Giants have been swept in two doubleheaders in the same season since 1984, when they were swept in five of their eight…the last time the Giants swept a DH against San Diego was June 16, 1985…the last time SF was swept in a DH by San Diego was September 24, 1984.
UP NEXT: Samardzija will make his return to the rotation, as he will take the mound in the second game, which is the makeup game from the Saturday September 12 game that was postponed at Petco Park, while the Padres will send Dinelson Lamet to the hill.