This was a game that the SF Giants should have won by a handful of runs as they had plenty of scoring opportunities, especially in the early going. Nonetheless, they squeaked by with a 7-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on the heels of a nice appearance from Jakob Junis.
Late blast by Joc Pederson helps SF Giants secure a 7-4 victory
The right-handed hurler has been fantastic through his first six appearances with San Francisco and continued that trend on Tuesday night. Across 4.1 innings, he yielded just one earned run on three hits and two walks against three strikeouts.
The lone run scored on a call that was originally ruled as slide interference by J.T. Realmuto but overturned after umpire review. His day was cut short after Gabe Kapler made an aggressive move to replace him with Jarlin García after the righty allowed a single to Johan Camargo.
García was followed by John Brebbia, who had an unusually rocky outing, allowing three hits and one run without recording an out. Jake McGee responded with a strong appearance where he quickly registered three outs while allowing just one inherited runner to score, tying the game at three.
Tyler Rogers and Dominic Leone combined to complete three scoreless innings before heading into extra innings. Camilo Doval had a nice outing that was ruined by a weak ground ball that deflected off of second base, allowing the ghost runner to score. Luckily, Joc Pederson blasted a two-run shot in the 11th inning to give the Giants a 7-4 advantage with José Álvarez closing it out for the victory.
Before Pederson's blast, the Giants had plenty of opportunities to score and it felt like that was going to be the story of the game. In the first inning, the Giants had a runner on second base and third base with no outs against Phillies starter Ranger Suárez before you had a chance to take a seat on the couch.
However, they were unable to get even one run to score in that inning. In the next inning, Heliot Ramos reached second base on an error. Again, the Giants had no outs. And, they were unable to score.
This trend continued throughout the game but the Giants were not the only ones who struggled with runners on base. The Phillies left 25 runners on baseball, but of course, the Giants eclipsed that total by one. In the end, the missed scoring opportunities are a moot point.
The Giants won the game and the series and they will look for a sweep on Wednesday. On a different note, it was an interesting contrast in the matchup between Junis and Suárez.
Suárez was tabbed as the Phillies' No. 3 pitcher before the season, whereas Junis was seen as a depth option.
Junis outperformed Suárez as he continues to excel in an extended look with San Francisco. The Giants move to 27-21 and are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.