Hwang Homer Helps San Francisco Giants Earn First Sweep of Season
By Jake Mastroianni
After arguably their worst series of the season getting swept by the struggling New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants gets their first sweep of the season with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have certainly been scuffling as of late, and the Giants took advantage of their demise.
After losing the first two games of the series, the Rockies jumped on Ty Blach early with two runs in the first inning to take the lead.
The Giants answered back in the fourth with 3 runs of their own. Joe Panik and Austin Slater started the inning with back-to-back singles. Jae-Gyun Hwang drove in Panik on an RBI groundout, and then Nick Hundley put the Giants on top with a 2-run homer.
The Rockies tied it up in the sixth thanks to Blach’s second throwing error of the game.
But then Hwang delivered in the bottom of the sixth with a go-ahead solo home run. It was also the first hit of his major league career.
They added another run in the eighth to make it 5-3. Then the bullpen, without Mark Melancon who went on the DL Wednesday, closed the door.
Blach finished the game giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks over 6.1 innings with 6 strikeouts.
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Here are some takeaways from the game:
- Blach battled through 6-plus innings today despite not having his best stuff. He hurt himself with two errors, which led to two unearned run. It was nice to see him get back to his old self. I still think he can be a solid middle of the rotation arm for the San Francisco Giants in the future.
- Hwang gave the San Francisco Giants exactly what they needed. After hitting 7 home runs in 254 at-bats in Triple-A, he provided some power for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon. Slotted at third base, I hope Hwang gets a lot of playing time to see how if he can help deliver more big home runs.
- This team has not quit. I was pretty hard on the San Francisco Giants after that embarrassing series against the New York Mets. But the youth movement seems to have put some life into that dugout. Everyone is on the top step cheering for these rookies to do well. Hopefully this is a trend that continues through the rest of the season, leading to better Giants baseball.
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The San Francisco Giants will have Thursday off before starting a 3-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. We’ll see if the Giants can keep up their winning ways.