What we learned as Giants complete two-game sweep of D-backs


SAN FRANCISCO -- This was not the sharpest 48-hour stretch of the season for the Giants, but with their lineup and the team in the other dugout, it didn't matter.

The Giants had a sloppy defensive night and watched ace Kevin Gausman labor, but they also hit four more homers to pull away from the Diamondbacks. The 7-2 win was their 14th in 16 games against the Diamondbacks this season and pushed them to 73 wins, matching their 2018 total. 

Buster Posey homered early as part of one of the hottest stretches of his career, LaMonte Wade Jr. tacked on a two-run shot, and Brandon Crawford hit his team-leading 19th in the seventh inning. Alex Dickerson capped the latest outburst and the night's scoring with Oracle Park's 90th Splash Hit. The Giants moved back ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for the MLB lead in homers.

Here are three more fun facts from yet another win over the D-Backs:

Helping His Own Case

Gausman twice bounced singles into the outfield, including one that brought home the second run of the night for the Giants. The RBI was just the second of Gausman's career, and the multi-hit game was his first in the big leagues. 

Gausman spent most of his career in the American League and entered this season with just two hits in 56 at-bats, but he's 8-for-37 (.216) this season. Gausman is currently tied for fourth among MLB pitchers in hits, trailing just Jacob deGrom (12), Max Fried (12) and Julio Urias (9). 

The other side of his game wasn't quite as sharp. Gausman struck out the side in the first but then struggled to get through five. He walked four and gave up a pair of runs, although just one was earned. In five second-half starts, Gausman has pitched into the sixth just once. 

Help From The Other Side

It's been a strange week for the Giants, who watched Avisail Garcia drop a game-ending fly ball in Milwaukee and then benefited from two misplays at first in the ninth inning Tuesday. The trend continued in the fourth, when Wade hit a liner to deep center that Ketel Marte thought he had. 

Marte got back to the track and timed his jump -- and then reacted in horror after the ball ticked off his glove and over the fence for a two-run homer:

It counts all the same, and Wade got to 14 homers for the year. He's the sixth Giant to hit the two-touchdown mark, which gives the team a hell of a shot at having a bunch of 20-homer bats. 

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Visiting The Arcade

It's very rare for a right-handed hitter to go oppo at Oracle Park, especially in a night game, but Posey muscled one out in the third inning to pick up his 15th homer of the year and second in as many nights. 

At that point, Posey had reached in all seven plate appearances in this series and nine straight dating back to Sunday's game in Milwaukee. That topped his previous best of eight, set on June 13-14 of 2016. Posey popped up to first in his third at-bat of the night. 

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