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SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Gausman listened to the boos when he stepped into the batter’s box, knowing proper away the followers experienced no concept the Giants have been down to their very last possibilities with no position gamers still left.
So the pinch-hitting pitcher stood in and shipped, lofting a whole-depend, bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th inning that sent San Francisco previous the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Friday night to maximize their NL West lead.
“Oh gentleman, that was the coolest matter I’ve ever accomplished in my total profession,” Gausman claimed. “When it was 3-2 and every person stood up, it was possibly one particular of the coolest times of my daily life. … Just mad.”
The Giants, saved when Donovan Solano came off the COVID-19 wounded checklist and related for a tying, pinch-strike property operate with two outs in the ninth, moved two online games in advance of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division race.
Atlanta experienced its NL East lead trimmed to two video games above Philadelphia.
The Giants had only pitchers left on the bench when Gausman, with a .184 common this time, strike for reliever Camilo Doval, who experienced in no way batted in his professional profession.
“Much more than anything I was making an attempt to not glance preposterous, just just take good swings, swing at strikes,” a giddy Gausman recounted. “Naturally I never ever would have considered I would have acquired in that condition coming to the ballpark nowadays.”
Barely preposterous. Not even close.
Braves manager Brian Snitker bought caught off guard by it.
“I truthfully considered he’d probably just take that 3-2 pitch so he failed to extend the strike zone and maybe swing at one about his head or a thing,” Snitker said.
Alternatively, Gausman hit a flyball to shallow ideal subject and Brandon Crawford conquer the throw dwelling with a head-initially slide. Gausman’s teammates upper body bumped him and cheered in close proximity to initial base a day just after the suitable-hander took his initially defeat due to the fact July 30.
The pitcher noted “that’s the first time I have pulled a ball in the massive leagues, so I failed to actually know how to gauge it” or know whether or not he had done his occupation. Soon, the celebration gave him his response.
“I was shocked when I turned all-around and Craw was managing,” he stated. “… That was pretty awesome. I consider the supporters enjoyed it, observing a pitcher hit it in the 11th inning. … I received some boos when they declared my identify, I feel they imagined we experienced far more people today on the bench but we did not, we failed to have any person else.”
Crawford commenced the ultimate inning at next foundation and advanced on a wild pickoff toss by Jacob Webb (4-3), who then deliberately walked Evan Longoria. With a single out, Solano was walked to load the bases.
“He in fact does get his batting follow critically. That was just a hell of an at-bat – pitcher, placement player, it was a great at-bat,” manager Gabe Kapler said of Gausman. “Had a game program and was hunting to get a pitch in the air. Craw obtained a excellent leap and produced a great slide.”
Tyler Matzek had retired Crawford on a grounder with two outs in the 10th and the bases loaded.
Doval (3-1) pitched a ideal 11th for the acquire.
Down 4-2, the Braves rallied in the ninth when Travis d’Arnaud strike a go-forward, a few-run homer. Austin Riley and Adam Duvall strike consecutive singles to start out the inning in opposition to Tyler Rogers and d’Arnaud related a person out afterwards.
Solano homered off previous Giants reliever Will Smith, who blew his sixth save.
Brandon Belt strike a two-operate homer, Crawford also connected and LaMonte Wade Jr. experienced a splash homer for the Giants.
San Francisco starter Logan Webb struck out 9 and failed to wander a batter, letting two runs on six hits. He was in posture to acquire his 10th consecutive conclusion dating to a May well 5 loss at Colorado.
“This was what I’ve been waiting around for all yr. Of course I pitched now and Gaus receives it,” Webb stated. “That was pleasurable, that was authentic pleasurable, that was wonderful.”
The Braves experienced received six of the final 7 in San Francisco, where they played for the very first time considering the fact that May perhaps 2019.
Atlanta’s past 10 losses have been by two or much less runs.
The Giants have homered in a year-superior 12 straight video games relationship to Sept. 5 – 26 total for the duration of that span – for their longest these types of streak because executing so in 13 consecutive games from June 25-July 12, 2019.
Solano’s shot marked the franchise-record 16th pinch-homer by San Francisco this time.
Belt’s homer also gave him a 10-video game hitting streak.
Braves: Atlanta’s scheduled series finale with Colorado on Thursday was rained out, providing the Braves a head begin touring cross-country to the Bay Place. Snitker hoped that might gain all people but particularly his bullpen. “It can be not going to be a negative matter acquiring that day off,” he reported.
Giants: Reliever Jake McGee was positioned on the 10-working day wounded checklist with a strained proper oblique muscle. … OF Mike Yastrzemski skipped a 3rd straight start out right after becoming strike by a pitch on the appropriate elbow Tuesday versus San Diego. … RHP Johnny Cueto (strained pitching elbow) performed capture out to 90 toes with the hope he will toss live batting follow Sept. 27th or 28th and he could potentially pitch before the frequent time finishes. … OF Alex Dickerson (proper hamstring strain) nonetheless needs some minimal league rehab at-bats right before being activated.
The Giants recalled RHP Jay Jackson from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned INF Thairo Estrado to Sacramento.
LHP Alex Wood (10-4, 4.08) will pitch Saturday in his 1st commence for San Francisco given that Aug. 26 as he will make his return from a bout with COVID-19. He hopes to do the job deep into the recreation, stating “we’re just likely consider it inning by inning and see how it goes.”
“Get back in, have a few in advance of the playoffs and be ready to go,” Wood said. “Just pleased to be back and be in a position to give us a prospect to win.”
RHP Charlie Morton (13-5, 3.49) pitches for the Braves looking for his to start with earn towards the Giants considering that Aug. 20, 2015, with Pittsburgh.