San Francisco Giants push winning streak to double digits
Jun 22, 2023, 7:30 AM
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An overturned call in the fifth inning helped the San Francisco Giants Wednesday extend their winning streak to 10 games.
The bats didn’t come alive until the fifth inning when Luis Matos and Blake Sabol recorded back-to-back singles. Second baseman David Villar was walked next, setting up loaded bases for Brandon Crawford.
Crawford hit a sacrifice fly, getting the Giants on the board first. Then the controversy took place. After Padres pitcher Yu Darvish struck out Casey Schmitt, Joc Pederson hit a single to right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr., who appeared to throw Sabol out at the plate, ending the inning.
However, the play was challenged with the Giants arguing that Padres catcher Gary Sánchez blocked the path to the plate. The call was reversed, leading to two more runs that inning, enough to win the game 4-2. San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin was eventually tossed from the game after arguing against the challenge.
Bob Melvin was HEATED after an out at the plate was overturned 😳 pic.twitter.com/Gq1OiIGDcw
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) June 22, 2023
After the game, Giants manager Gabe Kapler explained what he saw and why they challenged the play.
“There wasn’t a clear lane to the plate. Essentially, the rule as we understand it is if the catcher’s left foot is on the outside of the line without the baseball, he’s not providing a clear lane to the plate for the baserunner. That’s what we saw on video. That’s what it looked like in real time.”
The Giants will look to extend their streak to 11 games and sweep the Padres Thursday night. Their 10-game winning streak is currently the second longest in the MLB, only behind the Cincinnati Reds’ 11-game winning streak.
May we have your a🔟tion, please? pic.twitter.com/207ZvgC5SX
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) June 22, 2023
Despite the win, there appeared to be some sour news. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski left the game in the fifth inning after appearing to hurt his leg advancing bases. According to the Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports, Yastrzemski had tightness in his left hamstring. He’s expected to get an MRI today.
Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule
- Monday, June 19th-Thursday, June 22nd – vs. San Diego Padres
- Friday, June 23rd-Sunday, June 25th – vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
- Tuesday, June 27th-Thursday, June 29th – @ Toronto Blue Jays
- Friday, June 30th-Sunday, July 2nd – @ New York Mets
- Monday, July 3rd-Wednesday, July 5th – vs. Seattle Mariners