The San Francisco Giants are back folks, as they swept the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon. The team is finally getting healthy at the right time and looks to become a threat in the National League West.
Powered by the bat of Andrew McCutchen, the Giants were able to bring across six runs against the Phillies. It was not all fun and games in the beginning of the first few innings against Phillies pitcher, Jake Arrieta, but the Giants were able to bounce back and get the win.
Arrieta, who tormented the Giants with his bat in the 2016 National League division series when he was with the Cubs, added another home run to his resume on Sunday.
It looked like the Giants were dead offensively until the bottom of the sixth, when the bats came alive. McCutchen led the way with his three-run home run that just snuck between the foul pole in right field.
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The pitching was another storyline in this ballgame as the young, Dereck Rodriguez was able to win his first Major League start. He looks to be a key piece going forward for the rest of the season.
Mark Melancon was another notable name that Giants fans have not seen in awhile and he made his 2018 debut by striking out the side in the seventh inning. Melancon looked very sharp on the mound and did not seem to show any effects from his elbow injury that shut him down last season.
If the Giants keep healthy for the rest of the year they surely look like a team that can compete for a playoff spot in the National League.
Madison Bumgarner will make his much anticipated 2018 debut on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and if he can return to his ace form it will be a huge boost to the team.
But, this Giants team has a lot of depth and it would not be a surprise if they are in a pennant race come October.