Mercedes, Estrada lead the way as SF Giants trounce Diamondbacks
By Codey Larsen
SF Giants ace Logan Webb did not make the 2022 All-Star game and Tuesday night he went to prove he was deserving of a spot. Webb threw 91 pitches, slinging together six strong innings against Arizona, giving up zero runs, and striking out 8 Diamondbacks. For the season, Webb lowered his season ERA to 2.82.
Mercedes leads the way as SF Giants trounce Diamondbacks
Coming off a 4-3 loss on Monday, the Giants were able to bounce back in a big way. In the bottom of the first Austin Slater doubled, which was followed by a Yermín Mercedes
' RBI-double. Later in the inning, a Darin Ruff walk preceded a three-run triple by David Villar. Before fans found their seat it was 4-0 Giants.
In the second inning, it was more of the same. Joey Bart smashed a solo home run (5). Slater singled, and then Mercedes hit one of the weirdest home runs ever. This made it a 7-0 tally after just two innings.
Diamondbacks pitcher Dallas Keuchel struggled from the first pitch onward, giving up 8 runs, 7 of them earned, in just 2.1 innings pitched. His season ERA rose to 8.53. The last run Keuchel gave up was a solo home run to Thairo Estrada (8), which made it 8-0 Giants after three.
All was quiet on both sides until the bottom of the seventh when, after a Mercedes infield single, Estrada smashed his second home run of the game and his ninth on the season, making 10-0 Giants.
Finally, as baseball tends to do in blowouts, the game got weird. Diamondbacks employed Carson Kelly - who started the game at catcher - to pitch the bottom of the eighth. It did not go well, as the Giants tacked on 3 more runs making it 13-0. That ended up being the final score, as Luis Gonzalez came in from right field and pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, securing the shutout over Arizona.
For the Giants, their season tally has improved to 44-42. With losses by both San Diego and Los Angeles tonight, San Francisco picked up a game on each of them in the division, and sit 2 full games back of the third and final wild card spot. Up next for the Giants, they host the series finale against Arizona on Wednesday, with TBD slated to pitch against Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen, with first pitch scheduled for 12:45 PST.
Pitching lines for the Giants today:
Webb 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 2.82 ERA.
Yunior Marte 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 5.40 ERA.
Gonzalez 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5.06 ERA.