The San Francisco Giants got the eight-game road trip started off right with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants did all their damage in the fifth inning scoring all three runs.
Outfielder Steven Duggar hit his first home run of the season to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead. It was Duggar’s first home run in almost two years. The Giants scored two more runs in the fifth; Mike Tauchman scored from third base on a low pickoff attempt by the Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings. Mike Yastrzemski hit a run-scoring triple to score the Giants third and last run.
Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitched well in the game, pitching five scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and five strikeouts. It was alarming when he was pinched-hit for, and taken out of the game after only 76 pitches. After the Game, DeSclafani said he was not feeling his best.
“Today the body felt super sluggish,” he said. “I completely understand as a pitcher that you’re not going to feel 100% every day. Today was just a grind, trying to make pitches, trying to get outs. I’m just happy I was able to keep the team in the ballgame and all that.”
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said the team prides itself only listening to the pitchers. “We pride ourselves that we’re going to listen when our pitchers are talking to us about the way they’re feeling, and I really, really respect the honesty, because it allows us to respond,” Kapler said.
Kapler handed the game over to the Giants bullpen, who pitched well. Camilo Doval did give up a run, but Tyler Rogers, who has been lights out, closed the game for his third save.
It was a great way to start the road trip; hopefully, the Giants can keep it up and win at least 6 of 8 on this trip.