- Eric Martinez
Logan Webb in total control for a Giants victory
The Wednesday matinee game in San Francisco is always a fun time for patrons. If you have ever been to Oracle Park during a day game, then you know how unpredictable the winds can be for the entire 9 innings. The winds were a contributor to a low scoring game, but the major factor was San Francisco Giants Ace, Logan Webb. Last year’s postseason run allowed Giants manager, Gabe Kapler, to solidify their Ace. Opposing teams now know who the number 1 starter is for the San Francisco Giants. San Diego Padres’ manager, Bob Melvin, emphasized, “He was fantastic. He’s a No. 1 starter for a reason on a really good team. He’s got a really good sinker, really good changeup off that and a good breaking ball. Once he got past the first inning he really got into a rhythm.”
Besides the double given to Manny Machado, and the triple by Jake Cronenworth to score Machado, Logan Webb did not give up another run the rest of the game. Twenty-two of twenty-four batters were retired and seven of those struck out with zero walks allowed. Logan was in total control as he achieved a milestone by pitching a career high 8 innings. Webb recorded an ERA of 1.29 on Wednesday and looks to have the tools to contend for a potential Cy Young Award in 2022.
The Giants are a very resilient ball club. In several games this year the Giants have allowed a run by an opponent early in the game. It does not seem to faze this team, as they know the strengths of the lineup. Heading into the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Giants were trailing 1-0. A walk drawn by Wilmer Flores led off the inning. With one out recorded, Mauricio Dubon singled to center advancing Flores to second base and scoring position. The roar of the crowd came alive for rookie Luke Williams. With two outs and two men on base, Williams roped a sinker to left field scoring Dubon and Ramos. A clutch moment for a rookie that is showing tremendous poise and potential was evident by this at bat. Luke Williams ended the game with a .600 slugging percentage and 2 RBIs and more importantly drove in the tying and winning runs.
The one run lead is all that was needed for Logan Webb. The Giants bullpen excelled at a save opportunity for relief pitcher Camilo
Doval. In the top of the 9th inning, Doval allowed 1 hit, but recorded two strikeouts to propel the Giants to a 4-2 record and earn his first save of the year. The next 11 games will be on the road and starts in Cleveland on Friday. Thursday is a much-needed rest and travel day, but the Giants ended the home stand winning 4 out of 6. The final score for Wednesday’s game was San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 1. Winning pitcher for San Francisco Giants: Logan Webb (1-0), Losing Pitcher for San Diego Padres: Sean Manaea (1-1), Save (SF): Camilo Doval (1).