Hello and happy Saturday.
On Friday night, Anthony DeSclafani wove a pitching masterpiece, which led the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 win in their series opener against the Washington Nationals.
DeSclafani gave up just two hits, one walk, and, crucially, no runs, while pitching all nine innings. It was his second shutout of the young season, and the broadcast crew was quick to point out that he only had one career shutout entering the season.
But that’s not the only fun tidbit. Here are a few others.
- DeSclafani is the first Giant to throw a shutout since ... wait for it ... Chris Stratton in 2018.
- His two shutouts mark the first time the Giants have had two shutouts in a season since 2017, when Jeff Samardzija and Ty Blach both recorded one.
- His two shutouts mark the first time the Giants have had a single pitcher record two shutouts since 2016, when Johnny Cueto did it.
- It’s just the sixth time in the Giants World Series era that the Giants have had a pitcher throw two shutouts in a season, joining Cueto’s 2016, Madison Bumgarner in 2014 and 2015, and Matt Cain in 2010 and 2012.
- If he’s able to throw a third one in the final 100 games of the season, it will be the first time a Giant has thrown three shutouts in a season since Jason Schmidt in 2004.
Good signing if you ask me.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Madison Bumgarner Called Up; Lincecum Injured (Sept. 8, 2009 — Grant Brisbee)
- Susan Slusser on how LaMonte Wade Jr. is helping the Giants on the field and in the clubhouse (SF Chronicle)
- Jacob Rudner on how the Giants patient approach at the plate is paying off with a lot of home runs and a lot of walks (Mercury News)
- Alex Pavlovic addresses the trade deadline in his latest mailbag (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jeff Young on why the Matt Wisler experiment was a risk worth taking (Around the Foghorn)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants play a doubleheader today against the Nationals. The first game is at 11:05 a.m. PT and the second game is at 4:15 p.m. PT.
Have a terrific Saturday. Enjoy the double dose of Giants baseball.