A week that started with another demoralizing bullpen collapse is going to end with the Giants right back in the NL Wild Card picture.
Tyler Anderson was brilliant against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park, throwing the first complete game of his career, and the lineup broke through in the seventh. The 5-1 win was the fifth straight for the Giants, who have worked their way back into the expanded postseason race. They finished the night one game out of the final postseason spot in the National League.
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Who They Thought He Was
Anderson had a 3.54 ERA as a rookie pitching at Coors Field, and he generally was a solid rotation piece for the Rockies for four seasons. The Giants hoped getting him to a more pitcher-friendly park would unlock success, and on Saturday, Anderson turned in a gem.
Anderson gave up a double to Ketel Marte in the first but didn't allow another hit until the seventh. Starling Marte -- no relation -- reached on an error by Brandon Crawford, stole second, and scored on David Peralta's single to right.
Anderson threw his first complete game in his 76th career start. He allowed just three hits, walked none, and struck out four. The outing lowered his ERA to 3.45.
Yaz On The Fence
Look, I could write a bunch of words about Mike Yastrzemski's incredible catch to save a run in the sixth. Instead, all I'll do is say it was one of the best catches a right fielder has made at Oracle Park and was reminiscent of Hunter Pence's famous postseason catch, and then I'll direct you to the video:
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Almost Had It
The Giants moved the fences in in center, but Joey Bart needed them to come in another three inches or so. Bart didn't get the start in his third big league game but came off the bench in the seventh and blasted a shot to dead center. He came about as close to a homer as you can possibly get:
The ball went 402 feet and ended up being Bart's third double in three games. According to Sarah Langs of MLB.com, Bart is the third Giant to get an extra-base hit in his first three games. Buster Maynard (1940) and John Bowker (2008) also did it.