Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 6-3 win over Cubs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 6-3 win over Cubs


SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants completely swapped their lineup from Monday to Tuesday, going heavy on right-handed bats with a lefty on the mound. The Cubs, with so much depth, have the ability to do that whenever they want, and that’s allowed them to beat up on left-handed pitching all season long. 

The Cubs entered the second game of this series with an MLB-best 19-7 record against left-handed starters. Ty Blach didn’t care. He continued his second-half surge, cruising after an early three-run homer by Buster Posey. The Giants beat the Cubs 6-3. 

Here are five things to know from a windy night at the yard … 

—- Blach, the man who wasn’t given a rotation spot out of spring training, out-pitched Jose Quintana, the man who brought back a blockbuster return last month. Blach was charged with two earned in his seven innings. The Giants hung four runs — three earned — on Quintana in his six innings. 

—- Blach has thrown at least seven innings in five consecutive starts for the second time this season. Only one other Giants starter (Johnny Cueto) has had a five-start run like that over the past two seasons. This was Blach's 11th start this season of at least seven innings, tying him with Jeff Samardzija for the team lead.

—- It’s almost as if Jason Heyward took all the Carlos Moncrief’s Arm hype personally. He put on a show with four throws in the fourth inning, but the final one couldn’t keep Brandon Crawford from scoring. Crawford raced around third on Ty Blach’s single to right and slid headfirst, beating Heyward’s throw by an inch. 

—- Pablo Sandoval got a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh and lined the first pitch into center for a single. 

—- Miguel Gomez was removed with an undisclosed injury in the second inning. Gomez looked uncomfortable while running to first in the bottom of the first, and Joe Panik took his place on defense.

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park


Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2


Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P