Three takeaways from the SF Giants sweep of the Guardians
2. The defense has simproved
Given that spring training was only three weeks, there were going to be some growing pains in early part of the season. The Giants experienced that after committing the type of errors or mistakes that are a product of limited repetitions.
The Giants did not commit any errors against the Guardians. On the other hand, the Guardians had some defensive miscues, especially at first base. On Saturday, Guardians first baseman Owen Miller could not get to first base in time to complete a double play on a ground ball hit by Wilmer Flores.
This allowed the Giants to score their third run of the game, which gave them the lead. They added another run in that inning due to a wild pitch. If Miller had been able to complete that double play, the Guardians would have been out of the inning. That play proved to be the difference in the game.
Similarly, on Sunday, the Guardians were not able to complete yet another double play due to an errant throw this time by Miller, who was at second base. This error allowed two more runs to score to give the Giants the 4-0 lead.
San Francisco scored 16 runs in the series with the defense being the difference. The Giants capitalized on these miscues and did not have any of their own. That is what good teams tend to do.