Webb was outstanding, Giants take the series over Miami

San Francisco – On a wet rainy day in the Bay Area, caused long delays in between innings for the grounds crew.  But that didn’t stop Logan Webb from adding some sunshine to the mound.  He rallied the Giants back for a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins in Sunday’s weekend series finale.  Webb recorded his first win of the season.

San Francisco improved to a 14-8, just a game-and-a-half behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the top spot in the National League West and for the best NL record.  The Giants won six of their last eight games after today’s win, adding huge momentum entering Monday’s series against the Colorado Rockies.

Webb tossed seven strong innings, allowing just three hits, three walks and struck out eight batters on a career-high 107 pitches. He also forced the Marlins into three double plays, two of which ended innings, including a key double play to end the seventh frame.

“It was definitely the best outcome of the season for Logan,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “Today was a definite step in the right direction.”

Webb’s strong outing wasn’t just on the mound. He lined a pitch into triple’s alley in right center at the bottom of the second, giving San Francisco an early 3-0 lead. Webb became the first pitcher since Tim Lincecum back in 2013 to hit a triple in a game, then also against Miami.

Sunday’s triple was also Webb’s first hit since 2019.

“The swing was awesome,” Kapler added. “I think that ball’s 108 or 109 miles an hour off the bat, one of the hardest hit balls of the year for us, couldn’t come at a better time. Really happy for him.”

“I’m not expecting that when I go up there. There’s no way I’m expecting that,” said Webb said of his hit. “Hitting’s fun. It’s fun to go up there and swing and all of that. I like going up there and swinging it for sure.”

“I couldn’t believe it,” catcher Curt Casali said of Webb’s hit.

Webb’s triple also ended a hitless streak by Giants pitchers who, collectively, were a combined 0-for-29 with 20 strikeouts before Webb’s first at-bat on Sunday. Webb came shy of hitting a home run to dead center in the sixth inning, but instead he flew out to Marlins center fielder Adam Duvall on the warning track.

“There were some jokes on the bench about when we took him out of the game we took the best bat out of the lineup,” Kapler added.

Webb was phenomenal today despite the weather conditions early on.  Kapler believes that today’s outing was only a glimpse of what’s to come for Webb.

“Surprisingly, I think there’s another gear, I’m sure you didn’t expect me to come out and say this about Logan,” Kapler explained. “But you know, there were some moments there where he fell behind in counts, there were some misses to the arm side and the glove side that were substantial. So I just think there’s an even better version of Logan. Overall great performance, I just can’t help but think that there’s even more in the tank here.”

San Francisco’s lineup wasn’t completely lights out against Miami, they did just enough to manufacture runs against a Marlins team pitching a bullpen game with veteran Ross Detweiler opening. 

Mauricio Dubon’s safety squeeze opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning before Webb’s highlighted two-RBI triple.  Brandon Belt hit a sacrifice fly to left field and scored in Mike Yastrzemski, who doubled to lead off the fifth inning. 

Jason Vosler was the defensive replacement for Wilmer Flores in the third.  Flores left the game due to illness and did not return.  Vosler earned his first career base hit, when he hit a single to right field and stole second base in the fifth frame. 

“That’s a moment you dream about since you were a kid,” Vosler said. “When I got to first base, Antoan [Richardson] was like, ‘Take it in, look around, this is a special moment.’ I kind of focused up and really appreciated the moment and appreciated where I was.”

Flores is just another casualty to the Giants current injured list. The team is already without Donovan Solano, Brandon Crawford, and Evan Longoria.

The Giants open a three game series against the Colorado Rockies Monday night at Oracle Park, the final series of their current seven-game homestand. Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 2.14 ERA) takes the mound against Rockies starter Austin Gomber (1-2, 3.38 ERA). 

First pitch is set for 6:45 pm. 

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