When Buster posey approached the plate to take his first at-bat for the Giants from San Francisco In more than two weeks, he received his usual round of boos from Los Angeles Dodgers fans at Dodger Stadium. However, it didn’t take long to silence the blue crowd in the first series between the two in the second half of the season. 2021 of the MLB.
In his first at-bat since returning from the disabled list, Buster posey hit a two-run home run that helped ignite the victory for the Giants from San Francisco in the first game of the 7-2 series over the Dodgers on Monday night.
“I was wondering how that first at-bat was going to go with that long break. Obviously we couldn’t get him into any simulation games or anything like that. Just watching him come out, get on the plate and hit a great home run for us was unbelievably impressive, ”manager Gabe Kapler said of Buster posey, who missed seven games with a left thumb contusion.
Buster posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back home runs off Tony Gonsolin to hit the Giants from San Francisco to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Dodgers edged closer to one after Max Muncy and Justin Turner hit All-Star right-hander Kevin Gausman back to back in closing the inning.
The Giants from San Francisco They opened the game with a four-run seventh that was highlighted by a two-run double by Thairo Estrada, who replaces shortstop with the injured Brandon Crawford.
Monday’s victory served as a microcosm for two main themes that have helped drive much of the success of the Giants from San Francisco on 2021: resurgent campaigns of veterans such as Buster posey and key contributions from bench players like Thairo Estrada, who have stepped in to fill gaps when necessary.
With victory, the Giants from San Francisco they improved to 59-34 overall and 4-6 against the Dodgers, who fell two games out of first place in the disputed National League West. The archrivals are currently in the middle of a stretch where they will meet seven times in 11 days, raising the stakes on these July clashes.
“It is a really well balanced team. They can pitch, catch baseball, take professional at-bats, and have played great all year. They have earned the right to have the best record in baseball. We have our hands full. It’s going to be a fun series, ”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the Giants from San Francisco.
Gausman, who was pitching for the first time in eight days, had three grueling innings in his shortest start to the season, but relievers Zack Littell, Jarlin Garcia, Dominic Leone, Jay Jackson and Jake McGee combined to deliver six scoreless innings for to block. for the victory of the Giants.
“Obviously, it is a brave victory for us. We joked there, but we probably get the most bang for the buck in the bullpen in the entire league, ”Littell said.
Gausman allowed two runs and three hits while walking three and striking out five, but the Dodgers forced him to throw 80 pitches and got only eight of their offers. While his pitch was out of sync and he struggled to replicate his devastating slider’s normal form, Gausman managed to limit the damage by keeping the Dodgers 5-0 with running backs in scoring position.
Initially, Gausman was scheduled to launch Friday in St. Louis, but the Giants from San Francisco He was placed on the family medical emergency list after his wife, Taylor, was hospitalized due to complications with her pregnancy over the weekend.
“It’s obviously unexpected when you have Gausman on the mound, although he’s been dealing with a lot between the trip, the firing, the family that needs his support. I think it was quite a difficult task. We always expect Kevin to dig into the game, but we understood that he was dealing with some things, ”Kapler said.
Still, the bullpen of the Giants he carried the load the rest of the way, walking only one walk and allowing only one hit: a ninth-inning single by AJ Pollock off McGee. The relievers of San Francisco now have a 3.27 team ERA this season, the third-lowest mark in MLB 2021 only behind the Padres and the Rays.
“Oh man, they have been amazing. I mean, they’ve been around all year, but they really picked me up right there. Going in and closing that lineup, especially the way they were hitting him against me, going in and just hitting the strike zone, that was the most important thing. I think they only walked maybe one or two guys. Doing that against that lineup was really impressive. That was the reason we won the game, ”Gausman said.
With some of the information from MLB.com (María Guarded).