SAN FRANCISCO – – The San Francisco Giants couldn’t yet celebrate a division title – not with the rival Dodgers always going to win to win in the NL West race.
San Francisco clinched at least one tie as it chased its first title in the West since 2012 by tying the franchise record with its 106th victory, beating the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Friday night before focusing on the home game. of Los Angeles vs. Milwaukee.
“They’re probably more frustrated with us because we’re ahead and we keep winning,” said Giants winning pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.
Darin Ruf hit a home run in the first inning and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI single to send San Francisco down the path to a seventh straight win, then the Giants waited for the Dodgers’ 8-6 victory over the champion Brewers. from NL Central. A loss to the Dodgers would have secured San Francisco the division crown over the reigning eight West winners and defending World Series champions. If the teams finish with the same record, they will play a tiebreaker match.
“Honestly, it was about not trying to push them away,” Yastrzemski said.
Now San Francisco can fix this on its own.
“We expect to play a meaningful game tomorrow,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s pretty simple, straightforward for us. It was our expectation from the start and we will be prepared for it.
San Francisco gave a quick congratulatory handshake on the diamond. Then the big screen scoreboard began to broadcast the Brewers-Dodgers game and fans were urged to stay put. Many did so for a short time – while some of those who stayed cheered the Brewers and chanted, “Beat LA! Beat LA! “
LaMonte Wade Jr. added a sacrificial fly as these surprising Giants (106-54) continue to make their mark in franchise history – for a regular season special, anyway. The one San Francisco was barely picked to win in the talented West with the Dodgers and Padres considered the favorites.
After being 29-31 in the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season in Gabe Kapler’s first year as manager to finally become contenders again, the group have achieved a stunning turnaround. The Giants have been through the injuries of many key players for long stretches. Brandon Belt, now sidelined by a broken left thumb, hit 29 home runs and shone alongside fellow World Series veterans Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey.
Now they believe they’re ready for another deep run in October like these 2010, ’12, and ’14 Giants champion teams.
“We’re a pretty professional group, we’ve demonstrated that consistently,” Kapler said. “We’re not going too high or too low, just focus on walking right in front of us. “
Posey played his fourth straight game behind plate, to which Kapler said, “Buster wants to be there every day at this point.”
The bullpen has delivered again and newcomers like Wade have always succeeded.
“It’s pretty simple doing what we’ve been doing all year, getting quality hitters from everyone on the roster, getting some really quality outings from our starters and our field. relievers was amazing and playing good defense outside of that first inning yesterday, ”said Ruf. “It’s just the recipe we’ve been using all year.”
DeSclafani (13-7) struck out three strikes and missed a walk, allowing four hits in five scoreless innings. The right-hander has won for just the second time in eight starts since Aug. 13. Camilo Doval, the Giants’ fourth reliever, finished for his third save.
“We won all year,” DeSclafani said. “We can win and control the outcome ourselves. “
Fernando Tatis Jr. was sent off at home to finish the sixth and San Diego couldn’t capitalize on nine hits for Pedro Avila (0-1) in his second major league appearance and the first since 2019.
“The first inning, obviously his pitching count went up to 35, an inning extended a bit,” said manager Jayce Tingler. “But after that I thought he’d settled in and really made some big shots with guys in scoring position.”
WILLIE MAC AWARD
Wade received the “Willie Mac” award named after the late Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. The honor is voted on by players, coaches and coaching staff to recognize the team’s most inspiring player on the pitch and in the clubhouse.
Traded to the Twins in early February, Wade produced a career season while spreading goodwill throughout the community. His proud mother, Emily, threw a ceremonial first throw at her son.
“I feel truly blessed and honored to receive this award,” said Wade. “… And of course I want to thank Willie, who I know is watching from above.” “
Kris Bryant, 3 for 25 in his last seven games with six strikeouts, sat down for this one.
Padres: 3B Manny Machado had a day off. “We’re going to have a few guys who have a day or two,” Tingler said. “I just got Manny up today.”
Giants: LHP Scott Kazmir entered the 10-day injured list with grade 1 right hamstring strain that he injured while running to cover the first in the first leg of his start on Thursday night, this who forced him out. … Closer Jake McGee could come back this weekend from a right oblique strain. “It’s all about putting your health first,” Kapler said. … RHP Johnny Cueto rested after pitching 2 1/3 innings in his first career relief outing on Thursday.
The Giants recalled LHP Sammy Long from Triple-A Sacramento.
RHP Joe Musgrove (11-9, 3.22 ERA) kicks off Saturday after two consecutive absences, but after winning his final decision on September 15 in San Francisco. The Giants counter with RHP Kevin Gausman (14-6, 2.87) looking to break a three-game winless streak in which he is 0-1.