San Francisco Giants: Belt Homers Again, Giants Win Fifth Straight
Brandon Belt homered for the fourth time in six games, Ty Blach picked up his first win of the season, and the San Francisco Giants would go on to win their fifth straight game.
The bats may have cooled off a bit in comparison to Monday night’s game, but stellar pitching by Ty Blach, and timely hitting proved to be the difference on Tuesday night, as the San Francisco Giants would beat the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 2-1.
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Blach struggled a little bit with control in the beginning, walking Chris Taylor to lead off the game, but bounced back by forcing Franklin Gutierrez into a double play. Blach would walk one more batter in the inning, but that would lead to no harm.
Blach would settle down from there and the game would remain scoreless until the fourth inning. Brandon Belt led the bottom of the fourth with a home run, his fourth in six games. The Dodgers would challenge the ruling on the field, which was upheld upon further review.
The Giants had a chance to do more damage in the inning — Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford followed Belt’s bomb with back-to-back singles. Unfortunately, the Giants were unable to capitalize as Justin Ruggiano would strike out looking, and Eduardo Nunez would hit into a double play to end the inning.
It was not until the sixth inning when Blach ran into some trouble. After cruising through the first five innings, Blach gave up a lead off home run to Chris Taylor to tie the game 1-1. Gutierrez followed with a single and Enrique Hernandez would single as well after Blach struck out Justin Turner for the first out of the inning. After a mound visit, Blach composed himself and got the next two hitters to fly out, ending the inning.
The Giants would waste no time regaining the lead. Belt led the bottom of the sixth off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, with one out in the inning, Brandon Crawford would knock Belt in, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead.
That run would prove the difference maker in this one, as the San Francisco Giants would beat the Dodgers 2-1 for their fifth win in a row.
Ty Blach earned the victory with a line of 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 4 K’s. Hunter Strickland pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Derek Law picked up his fourth save of the year.
1.) Blach was stellar: Aside from one disastrous start against the Reds, Blach has filled Madison Bumgarner‘s void quite nicely. In his four starts so far this season, he has given up more than two runs only once. In addition to earning his first victory in 2017, he accumulated his first career sacrifice bunt.
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2.) The offense has some life: Despite only scoring two runs, the Giants offense pounded out 11 hits, which is an incredible sign. If they can keep this up, they can continue to put together some competitive games. Either Buster Posey or Brandon Belt have hit a home run in the last nine games, which is quite impressive.
3.) Streaking: The Giants have won their fifth game in a row, ascended from the depths of the NL West, and have a chance to sweep the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.
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The San Francisco Giants will be back in action, looking for the series sweep against the Dodgers, Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. First, they will have to go through Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw. The Giants will counter with Johnny Cueto.