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SF Giants: Three Takeaways from the Colorado Rockies Series

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Johnny Cueto #47 of the San Francisco Giants tips his hat to the crowd after he was taken out of the game in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the Giants home opener at Oracle Park on April 09, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Johnny Cueto #47 of the San Francisco Giants tips his hat to the crowd after he was taken out of the game in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the Giants home opener at Oracle Park on April 09, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 10: Brandon Crawford #35 and Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants congratulate one another after they beat the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The SF Giants completed the sweep of the Colorado Rockies on Sunday by a score of 4-0. Anthony DeSclafani gave them what they needed on the mound with six scoreless innings and they got some timely hitting on offense.

SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Rockies Series

1. The left-handed bats began to hit

Before the start of the series, the Giants had struggled against right-handed pitching. That was due to the struggles of some of the key left-handed bats such as Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Tommy La Stella, and Alex Dickerson.

However, each hitter had a key moment in the series. In the case of Crawford, he had a couple of key moments with a two-run double and a three-run blast on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Without his bat in the lineup, the Giants might not have been able to complete the sweep.

Furthermore, Dickerson gave the Giants an early lead in Sunday’s game with a blast to right field, whereas Belt and La Stella strung together a bunch of gritty at-bats. Mike Yastrzemski has yet to get it going at the plate as he has four hits and 14 strikeouts in 32 at-bats, but he did crush a nice double at the end of Sunday’s game.

Lastly, LaMonte Wade Jr. had a nice 2021 debut after being recalled before the start of Sunday’s game. As a left-handed bat, Wade is in the lineup to hit right-handed pitching and he did just that in the final game of the series as he collected two hits in three at-bats with one walk. He made loud contact in each of his at-bats and could quickly make a push for more playing time if he proves that the Giants can leverage his platoon splits.

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