The San Francisco Giants swept a two-game set against the Texas Rangers with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday. The Giants were able to beat the Rangers with only four hits. One of the games biggest hits came from Mike Yastrzemski; a two-run RBI double in the first inning that gave the Giants the lead for good. But the story of the game was Giants pitcher Logan Webb.
Webb started the game shaky in the first inning, giving up a run, and pitched his way out of trouble. Webb came into the game 1-3 and needed a solid outing to get on track. The Giants starting pitcher pitched six innings, gave up two runs and three hits. Webb also struck a career-high ten strikeouts.
“I thought Webby did a fine job today,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I’m certainly satisfied with the results. I’m certainly satisfied with the line. Very impressive strikeout total. I’m just going to stay with this messaging: There’s even more in there. He can be around the plate a little bit more. He can attack the strike zone and get ahead in more counts. This is what excites us about Logan Webb. We’re not going to be satisfied until we see his best, and I don’t think we’ve seen it yet.”
After Webb struggled early in the game with his command, Giants catchers Buster Posey and Curt Casali pulled Webb aside and told him it would be good to pick up the pace. It was a huge adjustment that worked well for Webb.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be as fast as he is,” Webb said of Wood, who has the third-quickest pace in the Majors. “But I started picking up the tempo. I knew I threw over 20 pitches [in the first inning]. I was just like, ‘All right, let’s start getting some quick outs and start attacking these guys.’ When I did that, obviously, the strikeouts started to kind of pile up, so I was happy with that.”
Webb lowered his ERA to 4.74 and picked up his third quality start in his past four outings. Hopefully, Webb can use this start as a building block and start pitching better as the season goes on.