Over the past 12 months, SF Giants hurler Logan Webb has quietly become one of the better pitchers in the National League and he continued that trend on Wednesday. Webb's dominant start against the San Diego Padres helped the Giants nab a 2-1 victory and take the series.
SF Giants nab 2-1 victory behind dominant Logan Webb start
It would be swell if baseball teams decided to just win every game, but the good teams strive for winning the series. The Giants were very successful at that last season as they went on to win 107 games and they have taken the first two series of the 2022 season.
Webb's start on Wednesday is exactly the type of performance that Giants fans have come to expect. He was electric. He was dominant. And, the Giants mustered up just enough offense to give Webb the win.
The 25-year-old pitcher yielded an early run as he was settling in but ran into little trouble after the first inning. Aside from Webb, third baseman Luke Williams made a nice play by throwing a strike to catcher Curt Casali to tag Jake Cronenworth out at home. This would have given the Padres a second run in that inning, but one run is all the were able to score.
In total, Webb allowed just one earned run on four hits, zero walks, seven strikeouts, and 10 groundouts in eight innings. His 2022 campaign is off to a strong start with a 1.29 ERA through his first two starts. It is a small sample and very early in the season, but the former fourth-round pick is picking up where he left off last season.
Camilo Doval came in to close out the game. The hard-throwing reliever recorded two quick outs and then loaded the bases before striking out Matt Beaty to secure the win. The Giants seem to be using Doval as the team's closer so far this year.
It is an interesting contrast between Doval and Jake McGee. Doval flashes a high-90's fastball with good spin that gets plenty of swinging strikes, whereas McGee pounds the strikezone with his fastball that he uses over 90 percent of the time. Doval has the higher upside with some erratic control at times, but McGee is the more predictable option.
Of course, the Giants do not win the game without a little offense. Their only rally took place in the second inning. Heliot Ramos walked followed by a Mauricio Dubón single. Luke Williams slashed a double to left field, plating Ramos and Dubón to give the Giants the 2-1 edge.
That was all the offense that they needed. It was a quiet day at the plate as Giants hitters registered just four hits against the Padres. The Giants have a day off on Thursday while they travel to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Guardians. Carlos Rodón is slated to take the hill for his second start in a Giants uniform.