ATLANTA – The Giants were excited to have Anthony Descalafoni back on the mound Tuesday for the first time since the third week of April. By the end of his back-and-forth 12-10 win over the Braves, however, he had a new injury to worry about – and that enthusiasm had somewhat dampened.
The win leveled this four-game series and may have been crucial in the wild-card race, but Descalafani’s return to the rotation was hardly what the Giants were hoping for: he allowed six hits in the third inning. By the end of his pitch reached the limit. , a walk and two home runs – a three-run jack by Matt Olsen and a two-run shot from Marcel Ozuna – accounted for all five of his earned runs.
The bright spots included a first inning of seven pitches and a strikeout by Ronald Acuna Jr., one of three punchouts in his final frame. Desclafani’s momentum was also sustained by his first three starts while he struggled with a swelling in his right ankle, which eventually led him to miss the last two months.
But more worrying than Descalafny’s stumbling block in his first start since April 21 was the loss of shortstop Brandon Crawford, who has never lost more than 24 games in a season. He left the game after hitting home plate with catcher Travis d’Arnaud while scoring on a sacrificial fly from Luis González – initially denied but overturned on replay review – however, his initial diagnosis was of a left knee. There was a wound, which appeared to prevent the worse. -case scenario.
Acuna will show why he is one of the most feared hitters in the game in fourth, which no doubt led to a home run by Jack Littel that gave Atlanta a 7-6 lead – one of five times he changed hands .
If the opponents draw, these last two games can begin writing their pledges.
Staff aces Logan Webb and Max Fried went head-to-head in a 2-1 loss on Monday night, with neither starter going past Tuesday night’s fourth inning. After coming in with only one hit from eight tries the previous night, the Giants went 4-for-7 with the runners in the scoring position.
Catcher Austin Wyns homeridden, scored a team-high four and came a third off the cycle, while Jock Pedersen delivered a late home run, which should have given home fans a flashback to the 12-run blast lead.
DeSclafani was ruled out because of the performance, but a lengthy absence also counted the pitch.
His five runs were the most allowed by a Giants starter since Alex Cobb on May 23, and he was only the fourth Giants starter in the entire season to allow that many home runs in a game. Cobb did it recently, also in his return to rotation from IL, but he was a single shot.
The 10 runs scored by Atlanta were the most allowed by the Giants since the Mets climbed to 12 on May 24. Since then, the Giants posted the second-lowest ERA in the Major (2.82) as of Tuesday. Atlanta (3.00) was also not far behind, but the Giants’ 10 runs were their highest since their 15–6 win in Miami on June 3.
Six runs off 23-year-old Spencer Strider of The Giants was the most mustache rookie allowed since reaching the big leagues. He took a 2.45 ERA this start, but when he left the game with two outs in the fourth, it nearly rose a full point to 3.40.
One thing remained the same: the two teams jockeying for the wild card position didn’t give an inch. They combined for 22 runs – second after a 13-12 win over the Mets in May – but the biggest lead by any club came after the Giants’ four-run second innings opened the scoring.
Wynns’ three-run home run – The Giants’ first foray with men at base since June 7 – gave them a 4-0 lead in the second, and it took another one from a backup catcher to tie the game at 5. RBI double took. Fourth. Wynns’ four RBIs matched a career high, and he was just shy of the triple. He added one in the sixth, then scored on a two-RBI double from Mike Yastrzemsky to give the Giants an 8-7 lead.
Pedersen’s home run proved crucial when Thyro Estrada ended an innings-ending force when he dropped a soft toss from seventh baseman Ivan Longoria. The error allowed Acuna to score and pull Atlanta to within 9-8, after Pedersen’s single homer came to the center in the top half of the innings.
Matt Olsson’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth would have been enough for the Braves’ second straight run against Camilo Doval, if not for the Giants’ three-run rally in the top half of the innings, capped by Wilmer Flores’ two. A single with a run, which ended the innings only after being dismissed in the second attempt.