Nats score early and often take three game series in 11-5 win at Oracle

Washington Nationals’ Yadiel Hernandez, left who connected for a three run double is congratulated by first base coach Eric Young Jr. (12) against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun May 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

Washington. 11. 12. 0

San Francisco. 5. 6. 1

Sunday, May 1, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Veteran pitcher Alex Cobb came off the injured list to start the rubber game of this weekend’s three game series for the San Francisco Giants (14-8) against the Washington Nationals (8-16). Cobb, who strained his right abductor muscle while pitching in New York against the Mets on April 19, brought a season record of 1-0 ERA 4.82.

A repertoire of two- and four-seam fastballs, along with curves and changeups, with him to the mound. Kervin Castro was optioned to Sacramento to make room for him. San Francisco’s starting pitcher should have, as Dizzy Dean once eloquently put it, “stood in bed.”

Cobb´s mound rival wasl 24 year old Josiah Gray, who came in at (2-2 ERA 4.05). The promising righty throws four seamers about half the time, followed, in descending order by curves and sliders with an occasional change of pace thrown in to keep things interesting.

The Nationals took an early and significant lead. César Hernández led off the game with a clean single to left, thanks to the infield playing in the shift. Next, Juan Soto lashed a vicious line drive up the middle that almost hit Cobb before landing in center field, moving Hernández up to center.

Nelson Cruz followed with a bouncing ball that looked as though it would result in an around the horn double play. But the pellet took a bad bounce over Jason Vosler for what originally was called a run-producing double that put Soto 90 feet from home.

The scorer later changed that to an error on SF’s third sacker. Josh Bell made the first out, grounding to first, the runners holding Yadier Hernández then singled to center, scoring both runners. After Maikel Franco flew out to left, Cobb walked Kaibert Ruíz and Víctor Robles, loading the bases.

Number nine hitter With Lucius Fox at bat, everyone moved up a base on a balk called by home plate umpire Ben May, which meant that Yadiel Hernández scored. Fox then got his first major league hit and RBI, beating out a ground ball to short and driving in Ruíz. and moving Robles over to third.

With César Hernández, at bat for the second time in the opening frame, walked, Cobb was done for the day. His line was 2-1/3 innings pitched, five runs allowed, only one of which was earned, four hits, and three walks. He threw 40 pitches, 18 of which were balls, and his ERA rose to 5.40. He would be saddled with the loss.

Southpaw Sam Long took over and struck Soto out swinging and stayed in the game until fellow lefty Jarlín García relieved him to start the DC fourth. In his 2-1/3 innings on the hump, Long allowed a hit and two walks but no runs. His lone K was the inning ending one that ended the Giants’ horrendous first episode.

García retired the first five Nationals he faced. He surrendered a single to the sixth, Ruíz, with two out in top of the fifth and gave way to the right handed Yunior Marte, who got Robles out on a called third strike.

Meanwhile, Gray just kept cruising along. He didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the fifth, when with two outs, Krizan got his first major league safety, a hard line drive to right. Bart followed that with a walk, Gray’s third of the afternoon. It was the first time that the home team had a runner in scoring position all game.

Gray issued a free pass to González, and suddenly the bases were fog, full of Giants. Then, the count, too, was full And Gray delivered a slider … swung on and missed. The score remained 5-0 in favor of the visitors after five.

Then Marte suffered a fate similar to that of Cobb a couple of hours earlier. Fox led off with his second leg single, beating out a grounder to second. After César Hernández lined out to center, Soto singled up the middle, past a diving Estrada, who just missed snaring the ball, while the speedy Fox made it to third.

With Cruz at the plate, Marte uncorked a wild pitch that brought Fox home and Soto to reach third. He came home when Cruz lifted a sacrifice fly to right center.

Marte finished out his inning, getting Bell to fly out, but it was Tyler Beede who started the top of the seventh on the mound for the home team, yielding a lead off double off the left center field fence to Yadier Hernández..

Two outs later, Robles sent a grounder past a sprawling Vosler and into left field to bring Hernández and put the capitol crew up, eight-zip.

Victor Arano took over for Washington after the seventh inning stretch. Gray had thrown 93 pitches, 50 counting as strikes, over six innings of one hit ball in which he walked four, delivered one wild pitch, and struck out three opposing batters. He would be the winning pitcher

Arano lasted a third of an inning, leaving with the bases loaded and a run in, thanks to singles by Estrada, Vosler, and González who hit drove in the run, and a walk to Bart. Kyle Finnegan was brought in to keep the Giants from further reducing their deficit.

He walked Ruf, forcing in Vosler. Flores forced Ruf out at second on a grounder to short but, in a bang-bang play, beat out the relay to first, which enabled Bart to score from third.

Crawford walked on a full count, reloading the bases and putting the potential tying run at the plate in the person of the powerful recent addition to the roster, Mike Ford, who faced Steve Cishek, who was brought into the game to stop the hemorrhaging.

Ford drove in González and Ruf with a hard single to left that put Crawford on third. After Cishek got Estrada to fly out to left for the final out, the Giants were trailing by only 8-5. The first four runs of the Giants rally were charged to Arano; only the last was charged to Finnegan.

Jake McGee, who took over for San Francisco in the eighth, ran into trouble early. He walked César Hernández, who went to third on Soto’s single to right. Soto advanced to second on Cruz’s broken bat ground out to Crawford, but Hernández didn’t try to advance.

The Giants decided to grant Bell an intentional walk, which set up Yadíél Hernández’s bases-clearing triple to right center. McGee had no trouble retiring Franco and Ruíz, but the Nats now had a comfortable 11-5 advantage over their hosts.

Camilo Doval was the Giants’ seventh and final pitcher of the distressing afternoon, having been given the task of mopping up the mess the Nats had made of the orange and black bullpen. He struck out the side. Although what Doval accomplished wasn’t too little, it sure was too late.

Tanner Rainey took care of the Giants in the ninth, allowing only a single to Ruf, and fanning González to put an end to the misery It took three hours and 37 minutes to happen.

There was no save for the Nationals, and no salvation for the Giants.

The team will have a day off tomorrow to recover before facing the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine for a quickie two game set and returning to the windy confines of Oracle Park for a four game series against the Cardinals. The Giants will start Carlos Rodon (3-0 ERA 1.17) and for Dodgers Julio Urias (1-1 ERA 2.50) a 7:10 pm PDT first pitch.

Nats sloppy errors gets Giants 9-3 win; Rubber game at Oracle Sunday

San Francisco Giants’ Jason Vosler (32) runs the bases past Washington Nationals shortstop Alcides Escobar (3) in bottom of the sixth after hitting a solo shot at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat Apr 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

Washington. 3. 11. 3

San Francisco. 9. 11. 1

Saturday April 30, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Friday night’s shellacking of the mighty Giants by the woeful Nationals 14-4 reminded us that there are no foregone conclusions in baseball, especially not in our current covid menaced environment. But one of Farhan Zaida, Gabe Kapler, and Company’s corporate strengths is to play the hand that’s been dealt them.

They did that today by buying Mike Ford’s contract from Seattle, who had DFA’d him five days ago, with an eye to replace the covid listed Brandon Belt with another powerful left handed hitting first baseman.

Ford doesn’t have an impressive lifetime MLB record; his BA is a mere .199. But in his longest stint in the big leagues, he hit .259 in 50 games for the Yankees in 2019, with an outstanding OPS of .909, to which his 12 round trippers made a hefty contribution.

San Francisco’s ace right hander, Logan Webb, brought a 2-1, 2.96 record to the mound when he opened the game by striking out the Nats switch hitting second baseman, César Hernánez on an 85mph change up and getting Juan Soto to ground out to Darin Ruf at first but Josh Bell doubled off the right field wall.

Webb got Nelson Cruz out with an easy bouncer to the mound, but Bell had shown that this afternoon’s contest might not be a walk in the park. This became even more evident when the Giants committed a costly baserunning mistake in the bottom of the first. Wilmer Flores walked with two outs.

Brandon Crawford, battting clean up, dropped a bunt that Washington’s starting pitcher, righty Joan Adón (1-3,6.98) fielded and threw into right field,. Flores tried to score but was thrown out at home by third baseman Maikel Franco, playing in the shift.

Sloppy fielding cost the Giants dearly in the top of the third. Víctor Hernández led off with a walk. Alcides Escobar´s double to right fieldsent the runner to third, and both batter anñd runner advanced a base when Luis González couldn’t come up with the ball.

Escobar wasn’t credited with an RBI, but the run earned because of what happened next. Hernández doubled to left center, driving in Escobar. After Soto flew out to center, Josh Bell singled to right, bringing Hernández home, where umpire Adam Beck called him safe.

The Giants protested the call, which was overturned on review. Cruz singled, putting Bell in scoring position at second. But Yadiel Hernández grounded out to Crawford, and the Giants were lucky to get out of the frame trailing by only two runs.

But the Giants got over their early difficulties and ultimately prevailed by the comfortable margin of 9-3 in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 33,341 paying customers.

San Francisco evened the score in the bottom half of the inning after Adón hit Flores with a pitch with the count at 3-1. Crawford drew a walk, and Tairo Estrada’s double to left center drove in both of them.

The pesky Nats responded in their next turn at bat. After Ruf robbed Franco of a possible double by a leaping grab of his liner as was about to pass into right field, they loaded the bases on two infield singles, interrupted by Robles’s solid single to left center. The pitcher’s best friend came to Webb’s in the form of an inning ending twin killing, Crawford unassisted to Ruff.

The Giants load the bases with no outs in the home fifth, driving Adón from themound with singles by González and Ruf, followed by a walk to Flores. Southpaw Josh Rogers came on to retire Crawford on a pop up to short.

He almost wiggled out of the jam, but Estrada beat out the relay to first on what almost had been a 6-4-3 double play Mauricio Dubón pinch hit for Jason Krizan and singled to left, driving in Ruf and sending Rogers to the showers, replaced by the right handed Erasmo Ramírez.

He closed the frame by inducing a 6-4 force out of Dubón at second by Slater. San Fancisco now led, 4-2, the first lead they´d held since last Monday against Oakland.

Adón had pitched four innings and thrown 86 pitches, 50 for strikes. The four Giant runs were charged to him, and they were earned. He gave up four hits and three walks and also hit one batter. He notched five strikeouts. He ended up taking the loss.

Washington got one back in the top of the sixth on Hernández’s lead off double, followed two outs later by a drive down the left field line that just barely got by a diving Vosler at third.

Vosler got that run back for the home team two pitches into the bottom of the inning. On a 1-0 count, he took Ramírez deep, 376 feet deep into Leví’s Landing. Curt Casali followed that with a single to left that ended Ramírez´s brief tenure on the hill, where Kyle Finnegan replaced him, facing the top of the Giants´ batting order.

Soon he was facing the meat of the order with the bases loaded with no outs and another run in, having walked Gonzále and allowed a single to Ruf.

He almost pulled out of the situation with minimal damage by getting Flores to ground into a 6-4-3 DP. But a single to right by Crawford and a throwing error by Escobar on a grounder by Estrada cost him another run.

Lefty José Alvarez relieved Webb at the start of the visitors´seventh. The Giants´starter had hurled six complete innings and allowed three runs, all earned, on 11 hits and one free pass. The threw 95 pitches, 34 of which were balls. He ended up as the winning pitcher improving his won-lost record to 3-1, although his ERA rose to 3.26.

The hometown crew tacked on another run after the seventh inning stretch. Escobar threw wildly to first on Slater´s grounder to short. Slater, now playing right field, went to second on a wild pitch by Andrés Machado, the Nats new pitcher, and advanced to third on Machado’s errant pick off throw.Vosler´s sac fly to left center brought Slater in with the Giants’ ninth tally.

John Brebbia set the Nats down in order in the eighth.

Francisco Pérez took over on the mound for the Giants’ half of the eighth, becoming Washington’s sixth pitcher of the afternoon.

Mauricio Llovera finished things off for the orange and black, setting the bottom third of the National’s lineup down. in order in the ninth. A brilliant diving catch by González of Escobar’s fading liner to left capped the victory.

The series will end Sunday with a first pitch at 1:05. The Nationals will start Josiah Gray (2-2 ERA 4.05) and for San Francisco Alex Cobb gets the nod (1-0 ERA 4.82) at Oracle Park.

No laughing matter; SF gets whipped by Washington in laugher 14-4

Washington Nationals hitter Juan Soto gives thanks to the Almighty after slugging a first inning home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri Apr 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Washington. 14. 22. 0

San Francisco. 4. 11. 2

By Lewis Rubman

Friday, April 29, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO–An old baseball quip went, “Washington, first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” That’s not quite true today. Washington no longer is in the American League, and its won-lost record is only the second worst in the senior circuit. The Nats came to town, however, at 6-15, last in the National League East.

The Giants, coming off Tuesday’s razor thin loss to the Athletics, brought a stellar mark of 13-6 with them to Oracle Park, tops in the NL West. Before tonight´s action started, they announced that Brandon Belt and Dominic Leone had been placed on the IL Jakob Junis had been optioned to Sacramento, and left handed pitcher Darién Núñez had been released.

On the relatively positive side, Joc Pederson still is day to day, and Jason Krizan, Mauricio Llovera, and Ka’ai Tom have been promoted from the RiverCats. Krizan made his big league debut tonight, starting in left and batting sixth. He went 0 for 3.

Gabe Kaper’s crew had well-travelled veteran lefty Alex Wood (2-0 ERA 2.51 at game time) on the mound to face the visitors from the District of Colombia. His opposite number was the superannuated (by baseball standards) with Washington starter Aarón Sánchez.

Sanchez the 40 year old right hander brought a lifetime record of 35-35 ERA 3.95 with him. About two-thirds of his deliveries are curves or sliders. Sánchez went 1-1 ERA 4.05 for the Giants last year, his only season with the team. San Francisco released him last August, and Washington signed him to a minor league contract this March.

They promoted him last Saturday to face his former teammates in Nationals Park. They shelled him in that, his lone appearance in the majors this year. He started and lasted in 4-1/3 innings, taking the loss, after allowing six hits and four earned runs. That left the Barstow native with a brutal basic record of 0-1 ERA 8.31

When the tumult and the shouting from the 38,256 fans in attendance had died down, the Nationals had massacred the Giants by a whopping 14-4.

Washington got off to an early lead. After Wood struck out César Hernández, Juan Soto parked a 94mph sinker 409 feet, into the center field bleachers in the top of the first.

They picked up two more runs in the second, when Maikel Franco led off with a solid double to left and, with two outs, Víctor Robles singled him home, taking second on the throw. He, too, crossed the plate, making it 3-0 on Alcides Escobar’s line drive single to right.

Only an outstanding play at third by Jason Vosler on González’s shot down the left field foul line kept the Nationals from widening their lead further.

Vosler wasn’t through. In the home half of the inning, with Austin Slater on base with a bunt single to third, the Giants’ third sacker laced into a 1-1, 78mph Sánchez curve and, like Soto, parked the ball over the center field fence, 409 feet from the plate. This narrowed DC’s lead to 3-2.

They lost no time in stretching it. With one down in the top of the third, Wood walked Cruz, who made it to third on Josh Bell’s single to right.

Franco hit his second straight two bagger, a sizzling drive down the line to left that brought in Cruz with Washington’s fourth tally. The fifth came after the brief interval afforded by Wood’s strike out of Keibert Ruíz, when Lane Thomas´s swinging bunt drove–or, rather, dribbled–in Bell.

A slicing sacrifice fly by Luis González with runners on the corners and one down in the home fifth brought Austin Slater home with the Giant’s third run.

It came as no surprise that Wood didn’t come out to face the Nationals in the sixth. He’d thrown 86 pitches, 62 of which either were strikes or hit by his opponents, in his five innings of work, and the last was the only one in which he set the side down in order.

All of the five runs he allowed were earned, and he gave up a home run, seven other hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. His successor was Yunior Marte.

Marte started off well, getting Thomas to fly out to left center. But Robles followed with a grounder that bounced off the bag at third for an infield single.

He moved over to second when Marte plunked Escobar and scored on a single to right by Hernández also moved Escobar to second and brought Jarín García to the mound as the Giants’ third pitcher of the night.

Soto proceeded to sock a liner against the Levi’s landing that rebounded so hard that he was held to a single and, although Escobar scored, Hernández stopped at second. Then things got even. uglier. Cruz hit a grounder to first.

Ruf fielded it and threw to Crawford at second for the force, but Crawford´s relay to García, covering first, went awry, allowing Hernández to score and Cruz to advance to second. Bell then drove him home with a single to right. García then struck out Franco to end the carnage. Four runs had been scored, and San Francisco trailed, 9-3.

Austin Voth entered the game to relieve Sánchez after the fifth inning. The ex Giant hadn’t pitched particularly well, but he stood in line for the win when he made his exit.

His line showed three runs, all earned, on six hits, one of them for the distance, no walks, but one wild pitch, and four strikeouts. His 71 pitches included 51 that were counted as strikes. He reduced his ERA to a still hefty 6.75.

Voth did not have any easy time of it. Flores greeted him with a single to center. Crawford followed with a safety to right center that put runners on first and second. Voth got Estrada to strike out swinging but unleashed a wild pitch with the debutante Krizan, still hitless after two at bats, at the plate, putting two men in scoring position with but one down.

But Kerizan went down swinging for the second out, and Voth went to the showers, replaced by Steve Cishek, who put out the fire by coaxing a weak fly ball to medium right out of Slater to end the threat.

It was Mauricio Llovera who took on the task of keeping a bad situation from deteriorating into a disaster in the top of the seventh. He succeeded, but by the skin of his teeth, leaving two. men on before finishing a scoreless inning.

I won’t even try to describe the disaster that the top of the eighth represented for the Giants. It’s enough to say that the Nationals sent ten batters to the plate and that five of them crossed it, Crawford made his second throwing error of the game, Kervin Castro, who was charged with all five Washington runs–and all of them were earned– and Tyler Beede charged with no runs and four hits respectively in two-thirds and one-third of an inning, also respectively. Beede stayed in the game to mop up in the top of the ninth.

Sánchez was, needless to say, the winning pitcher, and there was no save for anyone to be credited with. In addition to Sánchez, Voth, and Ciskhek, Washington used Sam Clay, Francisco Pérez, and Paolo Espino to silence the Giants´ bats.

The second contest of this three game weekend series is scheduled to start at 1:05 Saturday afternoon. The Nats will try to get further under the Giants’ skin with rookie right hander Joan Adón (0-3 ERA 6.98) facing fellow righty Logan Webb (2-1 ERA 2.96).

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Wood gets the call tonight for Giants opposed by Nats Sanchez at Oracle Park

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood delivers in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field in Cleveland Sunday, April 17, 2022. Wood is the starting pitcher against the Washington Nationals Fri Apr 29, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, MLB clubs must cut two players by Tue May 3 going down from a 27 man roster to 25 and one of those players must be a pitcher. The Giants are looking for pitcher Alex Cobb to comeback from an strain injury and they’ll to cut someone to keep Cobb.

#2 The two Giants that could get demoted are relief pitcher Zack Littell who should be coming off the Covid IL in a week, also pitchers Tyler Beede, Kevin Castro, and Yunior Marte are possible cuts, Beede has no more options.

#3 Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski need two negative Covid tests before he can be allowed to return from the Covid IL. Yastrzemski has provided the Giants a great bat hitting .267, 12 hits, 1 home run and 3 RBIs the Giants miss his glove too.

#4 LeMonte Wade Jr who suffered a knee injury in spring training could return by early next week. It took some time for Wade to return and feels he’s ready. Wade was helpful with his glove and the ability to play different positions last season.

#5 The Giants will open a three game series against the Washington Nationals tonight at Oracle Park a 7:15 pm PDT first pitch. Starting for the Nats right hander Aaron Sanchez (0-1 ERA 8.31) and for the Giants left hander left Alex Wood (2-0 ERA 2.51)

Join Daniel for the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants Good Again: Any drop-off from last season’s 107 wins? None yet

By Morris Phillips

A better win percentage than the Giants had in last season’s 107-win campaign? Weren’t they supposed to experience some measure of dropoff?

Yes, of course. A baseball team’s not supposed to better its best season in over 110 seasons. But so far, the Giants–purely by measure of wins and losses–are better.

And better despite two sidelined starting pitchers–Alex Cobb and Anthony DeSclafani–and fewer healthy outfielders than unhealthy ones. Yeah, they’ve taken advantage of a couple of downtrodden opponents but they’ve squeezed teams like the Nats and the Guardians for all they were worth.

The Giants led baseball in one significant category: fewest runs allowed, a real testament to the depth of quality arms, starting and relieving, they have. Offensively, they’ve been spotty, and overall good, but notably they don’t appear to be a threat to lead all teams in home runs like last season even if it’s just because they haven’t gotten off to a flying start.

The missing pieces–Mike Yastrzemski, Lamont Wade Jr., Austin Slater and now early pacesetter Joc Pedersen–are troubling, but none are expected to miss huge chunks of time. Other guys like Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf are on pace for better campaigns than last which really helps compensate for the absences.

Nothing speaks to the team’s success better than their different methods to win ballgames starting with their calling card: winning close games with big hits late. But they also score early, add on and frustrate opponents through the lopsided scores. They win low scoring ballgames with pitching and defense, and they concede the lead and rally soon there after to win.

The starting rotation isn’t among the National League’s best as some trumpeted, but three fifths of the rotation has been stellar with Logan Webb as the ace, Carlos Rodon and Alex Wood as the best supporting arms. Webb simply hasn’t shown much let up and that’s after factoring in that he finally dropped a home game at Oracle Park.

Rodon established a new franchise record for strikeouts to start a season, and his focus and success immediately after signing a hefty, two-year deal speaks of his professionalism.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: It’s falling into place Rodon lights out; Pederson and Slater turning on the ball

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rondon delivers against the Oakland A’s in the first inning at Oracle Park on Tue Apr 26, 2022 to open a brief two game series between the two teams (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael we can’t get the show started without asking you about the fine handy work of San Francisco Giant (13-5) starter Carlos Rodon. Rodon on Tuesday night against the Oakland A’s (9-9) struck out nine hitters and has 38 strikeouts in his first four starts.

#2 Rodon is getting to be in the Christy Matthewson league when he struck out 35 batter in those four starts he surpassed former Giant pitcher who was know as the franchise Tim Lincecum who had 35 strikeouts in four straight games in 2009.

#3 Joc Pederson on that last road trip is all the rage hitting his first six home runs in his first 14 games with the Giants. Pederson on Sunday hit two home runs against the Washington Nationals and hit a two run home run that tied up the game on Monday in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

#4 Austin Slater is hitting for average at .455 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last five games before Wednesday night’s game against the A’s will Slater and Pederson be platooning between right handed and left handed pitchers?

#5 The Washington Nationals (6-13) are up next for the Giants on Friday night. The last time these two teams met the Giants swept the Nats in three games and Washington were in a six game losing streak. How much are the Nationals a different team being two seasons removed since Bryce Harper left the team?

Join Michael Duca for the Giants podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Jeremy Harness: Giants face Brewers in one game match today at Miller Park after three game sweep of Nationals

San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) adds to the score on an RBI single by Wilmer Flores as Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left tries to apply the tag in vain at Nationals Park in DC on Sun Apr 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Jeremy:

#1 The Giants have had a lot of success in the early innings of games this season and they went right to work in the first two innings of Sunday’s game leading after two innings 4-1 in Washington. Joc Pederson hit a home run to lead off in the first inning and he did not look back.

#2 The Giants continued to extend their lead in the second inning when Joc Pederson hit a sacrifice and Thairo Estrada scored from third base. Pederson at the plate has been keeping the offense going and the Giants continuing to pile on in the three game series sweep of the Washington Nationals.

#3 Brandon Belt came to bat and tripled in the second driving Joey Bart home to extend the lead 4-1. Belt seeing the ball well and contributing in big ways towards Giant leads.

#4 The Giants added six more runs in the top of the ninth inning and ran away with an uncontested game 12-3 this was second in this three game sweep where the Giants have won by six or more runs.

#5 The Giants get right back at it again with a one game match up later today in Milwaukee’s Miller Park against the Brewers (10-6) starting for the Giants Sam Long (0-0 ERA 0.00) and for the Brewers Corbin Burnes (1-0 ERA 2.37) a 3:10 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Jeremy Harness filled for Morris Phillips for the San Francisco Giants podcasts heard Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Joc Pederson Slugs His Way To SF Win 12-3; Giants sweep Nats in three games

San Francisco Giants hitter Joc Pederson slugs a first inning home run a solo shot against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in DC on Sun Apr 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Joc Pederson Slugs His Way To SF Win 12-3

By Barbara Mason

In the past the Giants have had problems with the Washington Nationals. That was then and this is now and the San Francisco Giants (11-5) were playing today for a sweep of the Nationals (6-12). They beat Washington in the first two games of the series the first game a 7-1 beatdown Friday night.

The Giants have had a lot of success in the early innings of games this season and they went right to work in the first two innings of this game leading after two 4-1. Joc Pederson hit a home run to lead off in the first inning and he did not look back.

As this game progressed it became obvious that he was just getting warmed up. Wilmer Flores singled in the first innings driving Brandon Crawford home to lead 2-0.

The Giants continued to extend their lead in the second inning when Joc Pederson hit a sacrifice and Thairo Estrada scored from 3rd base. Brandon Belt came to bat and tripled in the second driving Joey Bart home to extend the lead 4-1

Yadiel Hernandez had a single for the Nationals in the 1st inning and hit a homer in the third inning pulling to within a single run of San Francisco 4-3. The Nationals would fail to score for the rest of the game.

San Francisco had a single in the fifth inning from Wilmer Flores driving Joc Pederson home. Joc Pederson had his second home run of the game in the seventh inning for a 6-3 lead.

The ninth inning of the game was a monster inning for the Giants scoring 6 runs. Brandon Belt scored on a single from Flores who had an incredible game. Luis Gonzalez would single and drive in Crawford and Mauricio Dubon.

Estrada hit a sacrifice and Flores would score. Next up at bat was Austin Slater who hit a single and Gonzalez and Jason Vosler scored for a final score of 12-3. This was one of the most productive innings from the Giants all season.

San Francisco had a great start in this game and an equally strong finish in the ninth inning. The Giants had swept the Nationals not an easy feat in today’s game. Joc Pederson was the heavy hitter in this game and kudos to Wilmer Flores who also contributed so much to this win.

Monday the Giants will take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Carlos Rodon will be on the mound to start tomorrows game for San Francisco and Corbin Burnes will start for the Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 PM PT.

Giants take game two from Nationals 5-2

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Camilo Doval, left, is congratulated by catcher Curt Casali after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in DC on Sat Apr 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

Giants Take Game Two In Nationals Series 5-2

By Barbara Mason

After stomping the Washington Nationals (6-11) yesterday in their series opener to the tune of 7-1 the San Francisco Giants (10-5) took on the Nationals in Game Two Saturday afternoon.

The Giants got on the board in the first inning when Brandon Crawford hit a single that drove in Darin Ruff for the early 1-0 lead.

San Francisco would take that lead into the fifth inning. That’s when the hits just kept on coming for the Giants. Wilmer Flores, Thairo Estrada, Curt Casali and Austin Slater all scored for a 5-0 San Francisco lead.

Tha Nationals would try to make a comeback in the same inning but fell short. Riley Adams and Victor Robles both scored runs making the score 5-2 which would turn out to be the final. Adams would hit a solo homer 385 feet. While the Nationals did make a bit of noise in the fifth inning it was not enough to catch San Francisco.

San Francisco’s starting pitcher Alex Wood pitched five very solid innings and the bullpen would close this game out. Wood allowed two runs and four hits. The lefty struck out five Nationals and walked one. He was relieved by Dominic Leone, John Brebbia, Tyler Rogera with Camilo Duval closing the game for his third save this season.

Sunday the Giants will send Logan Webb (1-1, 2.55 ERA) to the mound. He pitched in San Francisco’s loss to the Mets last Tuesday. He gave up three runs and six hits in the loss.

The Nationals rookie pitcher Joan Adon will get the nod for Washington. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks las Tuesday for his first major league win. First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 AM.

Slater’s big game with glove and bat lifts Giants past Nats 7-1

San Francisco Giants’ Austin Slater singles during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington on Fri Apr 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, April 22, 2022

Austin Slater had himself a night to remember on Friday in the nation’s capital.

The San Francisco outfielder saved a pair of runs with a sparkling catch in the field, then clubbed his first home run of the season, sparking the Giants to a 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

In the bottom of the first inning, Slater, batting .105 and making his third start of the season, made a diving catch on a sinking liner to left field off the bat of that likely prevented two runs from scoring.

Just minutes later, in the top of the second, Slater hit a three-run homer to right-center,
Slater’s blast sparked a seven-run rally that chased Nats starter Patrick Corbin (0-3).

San Francisco batted around in the second, with six hits and two walks, including a three-run double by Brandon Crawford. Mike Yastrzemski’s RBI single to center started the rally.

Crawford finished 3-for-5 with a run and three runs batted in. Slater, Yastrzemski, Darin Ruf and Thairo Estrada each collected two hits.

The Nationals’ lone run came in the bottom of the eighth, when Maikel Franco hit his second home run of the season to left field off Giants reliever Yunior Marte.

Corbin worked 1 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 11.20 through four starts. Washington owes him $70 million on a free agent contract he signed after the 2018 season.

With Alex Wood’s next start pushed back to Saturday, the Giants forged a bullpen game with Sam Long serving as the opening pitcher, throwing two scoreless innings. Jakob Junis (1-0) worked the next five innings, striking out four and giving up three hits and no walks, to get his first win of the season, Jarlin Garcia gave up one walk in s scoreless ninth.

Off the field, the Giants placed outfielder Steven Duggar on the 60-day injured list with a strained left oblique, and pitcher Anthony DeSclafani is on the 10-day IL to address right ankle inflammation.

On Saturday, Wood (1-0, 1.93) will face Washington starter Paolo Espino (0-0, 4.91) in a 10:05 a.m. PDT start.