The San Francisco Giants figured out the Los Angeles Angels and Shohei Ohtani after 13 innings of play. Here Ohtani rubs his neck between pitches in the first inning at Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Wed Jun 23, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jessica Kwong
The San Francisco Giants’ ace Kevin Gausman delivered again and Brandon Crawford drew a bases loaded walk firing up a seven-run 13th inning for a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
In seven innings at Angel Stadium, Gausman allowed one run – a home run in the fifth inning by Luis Rengifo. He allowed four hits and a walk and struck out nine batters.
The Giants and Angels each had a run in the 12th inning. But in the 13th inning, the Giants had a walk, a wild-pitch, a two-run single from Duggar and a three-run homer from Mike Tauchman to lead 9-2. The Angels only managed one run at the bottom of the 13th inning and got swept in the two-game series.
“It was a wild day for sure,” said outfield Steven Duggar, who was responsible for the two biggest hits after the ninth inning. “Wild, wild finish.”
Tauchman, who struck out five times before hitting the three-run homer, called himself a “jumped mess” and said his approach in the 13th inning was, “Please God, put something in play.” It appears his prayers were answered.
The Giants spoiled a dazzling performance by Angels superstar pitcher Shohei Ohtani. He allowed one run in six innings. Ohtani was not as impressive when he went to bat. Gausman got Ohtani to ground out in the first inning and then struck him out twice on splitters in the third and fifth innings.
Ohtani said Gausman is “a great pitcher, and his splitter was moving in a way that I haven’t really seen recently.” Ohtani admitted, “He got the best of us.”
San Francisco improved their record to 48-26, the best in the league.
The Giants return home to host the Oakland A’s for a three-game series starting on Friday. First pitch is at 6:45 p.m.