With the red hot Los Angeles Dodgers on the San Francisco Giants tail. San Francisco needed a win Saturday afternoon against the Oakland A’s. Instead, the A’s jumped out to an early lead, and the Giants started climbing back into the game. LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a big two-run homer to help the Giants win.
The Giants trailed 5-2, heading into the 7th inning when Brandon Belt and Darren Ruf hit back to back home runs to pull San Francisco within one run. The very next inning, the Giants had runners on first and second with no outs. At the plate was catcher Curt Casali. He tried to bunt, but it was popped up in the air for an easy out.
After that San Francisco tried a double steal right after that, but Brandon Crawford was thrown out trying to steal third. Instead, Crawford took off running just as Jake Diekman appeared to start his windup. Diekman stepped off and threw to Harrison, who chased Crawford down and tagged him out trying to get back to second. Things looked bleak out after the Giants ran themselves out of the inning.
But then came the ninth inning, Brandon Belt drew a walk, and LaMonte Wade Jr. pinched hit for Ruf. Then, Wade hit his 16th home run to give the Giants a 6-5 lead.
“Our offense was able to come from behind and put together some really strong at-bats and I just wanted to follow suit and do the same thing,” Wade said. “(Trivino’s) got a lot of good stuff that’s moving away from you and really coming into you, so just trying to push him out over the middle and get your best swing off. Luckily I was able to do that.”
Closer Jake McGee closed the door in the bottom ninth to give San Francisco a 6-5 win. The Giants needed this win because the Dodgers won their ninth straight game. The Giants remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles.
The San Francisco Giantsmade a big move before the trade deadline ended on Friday. San Francisco acquired outfielder/infielder Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs. In addition, the Giants sent prospects Alexander Canario and Caleb Killian to the Cubs.
So far this season, Bryant is hitting.267 with 18 home runs. Also, this season Bryant earned his fourth All-Star Game appearance. Trading for Bryant was critical for the Giants because of his ability to play many different positions. The former Cub can play first base, third base, and all three outfield positions. His versatility is crucial for the Giants team missing the third baseman Evan Longoria and first baseman Brandon Belt. Bryant is looking forward to playing for San Francisco; he was a huge Barry Bonds fan growing up, and he is excited to join the Giants.
Bryant will also give the Giants a good right-handed bat against left-handed pitching; San Francisco has struggled against left-handed pitching this season. Bryant is earning $19.5 million this year in the final year of his contract. The Giants will be on the hook for the last $7 million for this year.
This was an excellent move for the Giants, and they did not have to give up any top five prospects. Alexander Canario, the No.9 ranked prospect in the Giants system, according to MLB Pipeline. This season Canario is batting .235 with nine home runs. He does have some upside and has some tremendous bat speed.
Killian is the Giants’ 30th ranked prospect and is pitching outstanding this year. Killian posted a 2,.13 ERA with 96 strikeouts with 84 2/3 innings pitched. He started 15 games. So you can see Chicago will be getting two good prospects in return, but the Giants needed to make this move. Bryant is much-needed for their lineup.
The San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon. San Francisco put up ten runs on 14 hits, Washington scored four runs. The Giants scored three runs in the first inning, five in the third, and added one more in the sixth to jump to a 9-0 lead. The Nationals scored three runs in the seventh and one in the ninth. San Francisco tacked on one more run in the eighth inning to give them 10.
Brandon Crawford Was on Fire
Brandon Crawford went 3 for 3 with a home run; it was his 18th home run on the season. Also, Crawford drove in three runs and scored three runs. In addition, Crawford upped his batting average to .282. The shortstop leads the Giants in home runs and RBIs.
Joey Bart and Thairo Estrada Played Well
Joey Bart was called up recently, and he is one of the Giants’ top prospects. On Saturday, Bart went 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. Last year when playing for Giants, Bart struggled in the Majors, now he will need to play better with Buster Posey being on the IL.
Thairo Estrada is another player that was recently called up, and against the Nationals, he went 4 for, with three RBIs; Estrada is now batting .360 on the season. The utility player has been a massive lift for the Giants, who have battled many injuries.
Anthony DeSclafani Continues to Pitch Well
Anthony DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings and struck out six batters. DeSclafani has been magnificent this year for the Giants; he now has ten wins to go along with a 2.68 ERA. DeSclafani is one of the reasons why the Giants are 56-32.
The MLB announced their All-Star pitchers and reserves on Sunday. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman and shortstop Brandon Crawford both made the team. With those two being selected, that gives the Giants three All-Star players this year. Catcher Buster Posey was voted in by the fans.
Gausman is from Denver, where the All-Star Game will be played; he was selected for the first time. Gausman is scheduled to pitch the Sunday before the All-Star Game and will be ineligible to pitch. So far this season, Gausman is 8-2 with a 1.68 ERA. The starting pitcher is one of the main reasons why the Giants are in the first place. Gausman has struck out 116 batters in a 101.2 inning pitched.
At the age of 34, Crawford has had an outstanding season for San Francisco. Crawford leads the Giants with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs. He is batting .264 and is playing Gold Glove-caliber defense. Crawford made several adjustments at the plate this season, and it has paid off big time. He is also one of the reasons San Francisco is playing fantasy baseball this season. The key for Crawford is if he can sustain his first-half success. This is Crawford’s third All-Star team.
The MLB All-Star Futures Game takes place Sunday, July 11, at Coors Field in Colorado; the Futures Game will have two San Francisco Giants prospects playing in it. Those two players are Marco Luciano and Heliot Ramos.
Marco Luciano SS
San Francisco signed Marco Luciano back in 2018 during the International signing period. At the time, Luciano was the No.2 ranked international prospect. When the Giants signed him, he was just 16 years old; Luciano has star-level upside and excellent bat speed. The Shortstop has all the tools to be an impact hitter. With Luciano’s combination of raw power and bat speed, he could be a superstar in the making.
This season, Luciano is batting .278 with 12 home runs. He is currently playing in Low-A ball in San Jose. According to Baseball America, Luciano is the 7th best prospect. Luciano’s ETA to be in majors is 2023.
Heliot Ramos OF
Heliot Ramos is a corner outfielder that can hit with power. He has a flashed 30-homer potential, and in 2019, Ramos hit 16 homers in 102 games for San Jose and Richmond. The one thing Ramos needs to cut down on his strikeouts. He struck out 136 times and walking just 35 in Low-A. In Higher-A, Ramos struck out 85 times and walked 32 times.
Ramos got off to a good start this year in Double-A but has struggled in June. Ramos is hitting .136 this month, and for the season, he is batting .236, with five home runs. Ramos was on the fast track to the big leagues when the season started, but his June slump has slowed that down.