At the very least, the SF Giants will split the series against the Chicago Cubs after securing an 8-5 victory on Friday night. Of course, there are two games remaining in the series, so they can get greedy as well.
SF Giants: Four Homers Lead Way to 8-5 Victory Against Cubs
Alex Dickerson, Steven Duggar, LaMonte Wade Jr., Jason Vosler boosted the offense with one home run apiece. Of course, Dickerson was the only starter from the bunch before the season began, so an offensive outburst involving Duggar, Wade, and Vosler was not necessarily the blueprint for a midseason victory back in spring training.
Nevertheless, the Giants continue to show off impressive depth as the injuries mount up. That being said, tonight’s victory did not begin with positive feelings.
Scott Kazmir started the game and he yielded a two-run homer before you could even sit down and get comfortable on the couch. The coaching staff began pacing around the dugout, but the veteran hurler regained his composure while completing two innings.
It was not the cleanest two innings, but he kept the Giants within striking distance in a game that could have quickly fallen off of the hinges. The Giants came to bat in the bottom of the second against Jake Arrieta and they did not wait around.
Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a double and Evan Longoria drove him in with a single to center field. Steven Duggar, who is in the midst of his best stretch at the plate, blasted a two-run home run to right field to give the Giants the 3-2 advantage.
Donovan Solano and Mike Tauchman began a second rally in that same inning with a hit and a walk, respectively. They were brought home by a huge blast off the bat of Alex Dickerson. When it was all said and done, the Giants had a 6-2 lead heading into the third inning.
Four runs would seem like a comfortable lead, but the bullpen was tasked with holding the lead for seven innings. That is not an easy challenge, especially for a bullpen that has been as shaky, as times, as the Giants bullpen.
The Cubs added a pair of runs off the bat of Joc Pederson in the fourth inning, but the Giants answered with consecutive solo shots from Jason Vosler and Lamonte Wade Jr. The Cubs scored one more run, but the Giants never looked back after that six-run second inning.
There were a lot of positives from this game. Most notably, the offense providing eight runs of support to go along with seven solid innings of relief from the bullpen. Kevin Gausman is slated to start tomorrow’s game, so the Giants must feel like they are in the driver’s seat after winning the first two games of the series.