Gabe Kapler and the Giants needed a win Tuesday. But more than that, they needed a stress-free win.
After blowing three ninth-inning leads in four games, the Giants had a relatively calm day in Anaheim, defeating the Angels 8-2 to snap a five-game losing streak.
The lineup once again did its job, with Pablo Sandoval providing some unexpected punch with his first homer of the year and a late RBI double. This time the bullpen was asked to get through five innings, and it was a walk in the park. Here's what you need to know:
A Different Way
Coming off four straight games that included bullpen implosions, Kapler was shorthanded. He said before the game that he likely would be without Tony Watson, Tyler Rogers and Trevor Gott, all of whom had pitched three times in those four games.
So, it was up to the next wave, and it went well. Caleb Baragar pitched the fifth, Sam Selman the sixth and Wandy Peralta the seventh. Peralta put two on to start his frame but got out of the jam. Jarlin Garcia, who should be a part of the late-innings mix regardless, pitched a perfect eighth. Shaun Anderson broke up the string of lefties and he came with some drama, giving up a run and twice buzzing Mike Trout, but he didn't melt down.
Trevor Cahill Revenge Game
Cahill spent last season with the Angels, and he certainly had his old teammates off balance. He went four innings in his second Giants start, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. Cahill struck out four.
The effort was helped by Mike Yastrzemski, who made a diving catch in right field to save a couple of runs early on. Regardless of how it happened, the Giants might have something here in Cahill. He had a strong spring, and he looks like a solid option in the rotation for the rest of the season.
No Slowing Down
Yastrzemski led off the game with a homer to right off Dylan Bundy, who had been one of the American League's best pitchers through the first three weeks. It was his first leadoff homer in the big leagues.
Overall, Yastrzemski has 27 homers in 131 big league games. At long last, the Giants have a 30-homer type back in their lineup.