San Francisco – The Giants continue to dominate and no team is unbeatable. The final series of this homestand is against the first place Chicago Cubs. Both teams came into the series with a winning streak. But it was San Francisco who rallied back for the lead and the 5-4 win.
The Giants are showing nothing but confidence throughout the lineup. They scored three in the eighth, played great defense in the ninth and have been unstoppable since the All-Star break. They are the best team since the break and have gone 10-2. For the first time, since August 14, 2018, they are one game above .500.
Pablo Sandoval led off the eight with a double. Brandon Crawford drove him in with a RBI single and cut the lead to one. Austin Slater and Joe Panik followed with back-to-back doubles to tie the game and take the lead for the first time tonight. Panik had a three-hit game.
Despite surrendering three runs and three hits, Shaun Anderson was a double threat on the mound. In the first frame, he forced the first two batters to hit to him for both outs. Then he struck out Kris Bryant to end the inning. Anderson got through five frames to set up the bullpen to take over.
“You always feel good about win,” said Anderson. “We were never out of it. I threw ups zero in the fifth and glad I could keep the team in the game.”
Robel Garcia and Kyle Schwarber got two home runs off Anderson in the second and third. Garcia was the 48th opponent to splash in McCovey Cove. The Cubs took an early lead. By the fourth Anderson got into a jam but worked his way out of it.
Anderson hit Anthony Rizzo then walked Jason Heyward. Albert Almora Jr. knocked a single to center field driving in Rizzo to make it a 3-0 game. Anderson also walked Martin Maldonado to load the bases with two outs. He struck out Mills to end the threat.
“They got big hits,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “And put three on the board against a good right hander. They believe and they gotta keep going here.
We’re keeping our focus on the field and we’ve made a lot of changes. We got guys who come up and help contribute to these wins. Don’t worry about what’s going on just do what you have to do.”
The Giants have done just that, staying focused is the number one priority. They got on the board in the fourth with a RBI single from Kevin Pillar who also hit into a double play to end the inning. 3-1. Brandon Belt’s fly ball dropped between three players in the outfield after Panik led off the frame with a single.
Mike Yastrzemski knocked a single to right field and drove in Panik to cut the lead to one. San Francisco got back in this game and knocked Mills off the mound in the process. The bullpen was phenomenal another night. Drew Pomeranz competed two innings allowing no hits and struck out four.
“That eighth inning, that’s October baseball,” said Panik. “The trade talks have stopped. It feels good to be on July 22nd, and making a playoff push.”