The San Francisco Giants wrapped up a mini-sweep of the San Diego Padres with a win on Wednesday, taking both games of a quick two-game set.
That marks the second time this season the San Francisco Giants have completed a “mini-sweep,” with the other coming on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays back in April.
You have to go back considerably further to find the last time the team has pulled off a sweep in a series of three or more games.
All the way back to the first half of last season, in fact.
The Giants entered a three-game series on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 29 last season with a 42-40 record that left them 5.5 games back in the NL West standings.
Let’s take a quick look back at how the series sweep unfolded:
Game 1: San Francisco Giants 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
The Giants struck first in the game and the series when Austin Slater plated Buster Posey with a one-out double in the top of the second inning.
Starters Andrew Suarez (W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and Patrick Corbin (ND, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) traded zeroes from there until the D-backs tied it up in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Jake Lamb.
The Giants quickly regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Slater came through with another RBI double, this time scoring Brandon Crawford.
That put Suarez in line for the win and the trio of Reyes Moronta, Tony Watson and Will Smith closed things out with three perfect innings. It was the first save of the season for Smith.
Game 2: San Francisco Giants 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Rookie Dereck Rodriguez tossed a gem in the second game of the series, allowing six hits over 6.1 scoreless innings before departing with a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the Giants offense jumped all over D-backs starter Shelby Miller.
Brandon Crawford got things started with a solo home run in the second inning. Then the Giants had five straight batters reach base during a four-run third inning that essentially put things out of reach.
Andrew McCutchen and Joe Panik added solo home runs to round out the scoring.
Game 3: San Francisco Giants 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 6
Both starters were chased early in the series finale.
Derek Holland allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 3.2 innings while throwing 90 pitches, while Zack Godley served up nine hits and seven runs over four innings.
Leading 4-3 heading into the fifth inning, the Giants blew things open with a four-run inning. Joe Panik had an RBI single, Hunter Pence a two-run double and Brandon Belt an RBI single.
The D-backs countered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a home run from Paul Goldschmidt, but that was as close as things got the rest of the way.
So there you have it, a quick look back at the most recent three-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants.
Will we see another one before the 2019 season comes to a close?