scheduled tribe. LOUIS — Logan Webb was clearly still seeking to rediscover his top-line form, but it didn’t matter to the Giants, or his pitching line — on Friday night against the Cardinals.
Webb released more walks (3) than generated swings and misses. He put four people through various free passes before delivering one hit. But when it was over, 8-2, Webb walked away with his MLB-leading fifth win and the Giants with their sixth straight win, their longest winning streak of the season.
Catcher Kurt Casali, who hit his first home run of the season on Friday night, said earlier this week, “He’s giving us a chance to win every time we go out there,” even though it wasn’t for a fifth straight start. The same web that was so impressive to end last year.
A wild web, missing the bat, could have been worse than his six innings, three hits and one run. And the Giants would still have been fine, after scoring five off the Cardinals reliever in the eighth inning.
Before the five-run rally, Mike Yastrzemsky was responsible for all three Giants runs.
Yastrzemsky scored two runs with a double in the third inning and scored the Giants’ first run of the game after reaching one of two hit-by-pitches from Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks. Ivan Longoria’s first hit of the season, in the eighth inning of five, was a two-RBI double in the right-center field gap and a 402-foot shot to the left-centre by Casali.
The Giants scored the last eight runs of the game.
He was hit even before the Cardinals got the lone run out on the web.
Webb held St. Louis non-stop until Brendan Donovan led the fifth inning with an infield single.
For a brief moment, Webb was threatening to throw a very awkward no-hitter, allowing one run, three walks and one hit batsman before surrendering a hit.
It was the first walk to give the Cardinals a brief 1–0 lead.
Webb had made it to third base by the time the Cardinals’ first batsman in the game, second baseman Tommy Edman, and his No. 2 hitter, Paul Goldschmid, secured a swing. He stole second, finished third on a wild pitch, then scored at first base on a Goldschmidt dribbler.
Even though Webb was once again not in top form, the Cardinals could handle it. With one earned run in six innings, Webb reduced his ERA to 3.48.
Webb allowed the leadoff man to reach base in all but one of his six frames. He allowed runners in every innings but in the fourth. But he used two double-play balls to wipe out runners in two innings and, despite his not-so-swing-and-miss material, pitched around threats in every innings after the first.
Webb’s first strike of the game came on his 91st pitch, the second batsman of the sixth innings. When Nolan Arenado swung through the change of 2-2, he was just the second bat Webb missed on all of his pitches.
The Giants quickly responded to the Cardinals’ run by building their own in the next half inning.
The Cardinals’ scoring sequence turned out to be a walk-steel-wild pitch-ground. The Giants then went hit-by-pitch-ground out-wild pitch-single. Yastrzemski was the victim of a hit-by-pitch—at least spared Hicks’s 100-mph heater injuries with coming on a slider—then scored on base hit by Luis Gonzalez.
In the next inning, Yastrzemsky took matters into his own hands, tossed a 100-mph sinker to the other side and, out of reach of Harrison Bader’s extended glove, fell on the warning track and home Lamonte Wade Jr. and Brandon. Got the belt. ,
The win marked San Francisco’s sixth consecutive time, their longest winning streak of the season coming immediately on the heels of a five-game losing streak. The Giants had previously won five games in a row.
They will look to make it seven as they go for the series win on Saturday afternoon with Jacob Junis on the mound.