SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Phillies Series
2. Lineup depth continues to pay dividends
On the surface, the SF Giants and Philadelphia Phillies present an interesting contrast in terms of roster construction. The Phillies have the high-end talent such as Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, but the Giants arguably have better depth.
The importance of this depth becomes apparent when the Giants fall into an early deficit, but they have the bats to make a major comeback. On Tuesday for example, the Phillies nabbed an early 4-0 lead, but the Giants staged a late comeback with a six-run eighth inning.
Alex Dickerson drove in three of those runs in the eighth with a three-run homer to right field, but Wilmer Flores came off of the bench to seal the victory with a three-run blast of his own.
San Francisco nearly made another comeback on Wednesday. The Giants were down by a score of 4-1 until the seventh inning when Darin Ruf came off of the bench to slam a two-strike, three-run homer. The Giants would then take a brief 5-4 lead, but the Phillies sealed the victory with a late rally.
Nevertheless, the Giants are getting big hits from nearly every one of their position players and it is quickly becoming a strength on this 2021 team.