The SF Giants staff gives the bounce to snatch a winning streak over the Cubs

CHICAGO – When the rain didn’t seem to stop all Sunday morning and all afternoon, and after the Giants announced their plans to make Sunday a ballpark, it was almost like all the other gods were mocking the baseball gods for a sub-team game .500 Two Teams is this week’s national televised game on ESPN.

But the clouds are gone. The game started on time. With only the occasional mist falling, there was no delay.

Once the game began, the time-trapped Giants turned back in time and rallied to limit the Cubs to two consecutive games when they were the best group in the major tournaments last season and routinely beat matches without a conventional start.

With two RBIs each from Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada – including creepers from both – the Giants prevailed this time too, 4-2, to claim two of three games in the series, booking a marathon road trip with a win at each end. It was the first time the team had won at least three away matches since mid-June.

“I thought our bulls did a really great job,” said manager Gabe Kapler, who swiveled between six shorts in the third bulls game for the Giants in this seven-game swing across three cities. “It was really fun. …Tomorrow will be tough, but as soon as we finish tomorrow, it will start to feel normal again.”

When the Giants touch down in San Francisco sometime in the early morning hours on Monday, they’ll still be six games under 0.500 but maybe energetic enough from winning streak here, maybe, they’ll stand a chance against the world defender. Series champion Atlanta Braves, who are visiting for three games and must make it to San Francisco before the Giants arrive.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Keegan Thompson #71 plays the Chicago Cubs in the second half against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jimmy Sabo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 11: Keegan Thompson #71 plays the Chicago Cubs in the second half against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jimmy Sabo/Getty Images)

Right-hander John Pribbia threw a goalless first half in his opening fifth appearance of the season and more goalless games followed by Tyler Rogers, Zach Little and Camilo Duvall. A double shot by RBI against Junior Marty in the fifth and a single shot by Seiya Suzuki from Scott Alexander in the eighth minute doubled all the damage done to the Cubs from the San Francisco Zoo.

Duvall had to score his third of four titles of the season — 22 overall — entering with runners in first and second, and two naysayers in eighth after Alexander was bitten by a ground and walking helicopter.

The two runs that Alexander issued to Franmel Reyes were the only free passes allowed by the six giants bowlers.

Just like the Six Removers, catcher Joy Bart was integral to their Sunday success.

Besides managing the six bowlers, a task Bart described as “mentally exhausting,” he took control of the game by calling in time, walking to the hill and waving to Whalmer Flores as well, after Duvall hit the first hit in the ninth.

Everyone in the dugout was, in their minds, like, ‘Take a ride, Joe; Kapler said. “You could have a coach on the field, but that was a strong moment in the game and in his development.”

“I just told him I wanted him to pick up the pace a little bit and let it go. Just throw everything for the hit. I want it all to come out of your hand in the area,” said Bart, who smacked Duvall in the backside as he headed back to his home plate. This is his summary. This is an opportunity to improve yourself. I told him after the game, like, he saves a lot of money, man. You want that ball and you want to save it. Never forget that.”

The Giants started the season by winning two of their first three and four of their first six games, but lost six of their past seven games without entering a traditional player on Sunday night. They limited competitors to two or fewer rounds in the first three rounds – all in April – but have only done so twice since then.

Having led the Majors with 2.99 ERAs last season, they earned a mark of 4.24 in Sunday night’s game, the fifth-worst in the Majors. With Sunday night’s win, they’ve improved to 6-8 in 14 Bullpen games this season (“We’ll get more Bullpen games”), Kapler said afterwards.

With one RBI in the fourth and a single shot in the seventh, Estrada captured nearly all the runs the Giants would need, even Homer Suzuki’s eighth. Flores provided some much-needed insurance with his 18th home run of the season – a two-round shot in the left-field stands – putting him 4-2 into eighth place.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: JD Davis #7 of the San Francisco Giants scored from second base in the fourth inning as catcher Yan Gomes #7 of the Chicago Cubs throws a throw at Wrigley Field on September 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jimmy Sabo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 11: JD Davis #7 of the San Francisco Giants scored from second base in the fourth inning as catcher Yan Gomes #7 of the Chicago Cubs throws a throw at Wrigley Field on September 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jimmy Sabo/Getty Images)

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