Giants turn into first MLB group to clinch playoff berth with win over Padres

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants turned the primary main league group to clinch a playoff spot this season, hitting 4 dwelling runs to beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Monday evening for his or her season-high eighth consecutive victory.

After ending 29-31 within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Giants have turned it round in supervisor Gabe Kapler’s second 12 months. They’ve the most effective file in baseball (94-50) with 18 video games remaining — guaranteeing them at the least a wild card as they attempt to maintain off the rival Dodgers for the NL West title.

San Francisco prolonged its newest scorching streak by getting early energy on the plate and regular pitching from the bullpen after opener Dominic Leone threw two sturdy innings.

Tommy La Stella related on the fourth pitch from Padres starter Yu Darvish and Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer 5 batters later. Mike Yastrzemski added a solo shot within the fourth, when Brandon Belt additionally went deep as San Francisco secured a postseason berth for the primary time since 2016.

All 4 dwelling runs got here off Darvish (8-10).

The five-time All-Star continued to wrestle in his first season with San Diego after beginning 6-1. Darvish lasted 4 innings, permitting six hits and eight runs.

The Padres scored on back-to-back doubles by Trent Grisham and Fernando Tatis Jr. off Jarlin Garcia within the third.

Zack Littell (3-0) retired 5 batters to get the win. Jose Alvarez, Camilo Doval and Kervin Castro adopted and mixed for 4 scoreless innings.

Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers had two hits apiece for San Diego. The Padres fell one sport behind idle Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.


Padres: RHP Chris Paddack was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with proper elbow irritation, an harm he apparently aggravated taking part in catch earlier than the sport. That is a blow to the rotation, as Blake Snell is receiving remedy for groin tightness that restricted him to 11 pitches in opposition to the Dodgers on Sunday. RHP Shaun Anderson was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to fill Paddack’s roster spot.

Giants: LHP Jose Quintana was reinstated from the paternity checklist. OF Mauricio Dubon was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.


RHP Jake Arrieta (5-12, 7.04 ERA) makes his third begin for the Padres since signing as a minor league free agent Aug. 16. Arrieta allowed three runs in 5 innings throughout his final outing in opposition to the Astros.

Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (11-6, 3.33) is winless in his earlier 4 begins and has allowed six earned runs during the last 14 2/3 innings.


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