It’s a sweep, and a historic one at that.
It had nothing to with a lack of faith in the Giants.
It had nothing to do with San Francisco mustering a paltry three runs in their previous four games.
It had everything to do with the Diamondbacks being unsustainably bad.
It’s not that I thought the Diamondbacks would break out of their awful slump, which saw them enter Oracle Park on a 10-game losing streak, with 27 losses in their last 30 games, and 19 consecutive defeats on the road. I didn’t think that at all. I promise, there was not pessimism coursing through my veins.
It’s just that in a four-game series you really expect the bad team to win at least one game. Even when that bad team is as bad as the Diamondbacks are, which is really bad. And even when the good team is as good as the Giants are, which, apparently, is really good.
You just don’t expect a sweep in baseball, especially when a quartet of games are being played. But when the Giants are facing a team so tragically futile, any loss feels like a gigantic disappointment.
Ergo, I didn’t expect the Giants to get through the series without feeling disappointment, even if going 3-1 is a perfectly lovely result, no matter the opponent.
My fears turned to arrogance after that hilariously disrespectful comeback victory on Tuesday. I no longer expected the Giants to lose a game in the series.
And indeed, the Giants grabbed their brooms and got to sweeping. And with another series in the rearview mirror, the Diamondbacks have now lost 14 straight games, 31 of their last 34, and a modern-era MLB record 23 in a row on the road.
It’s OK if you feel sorry for them. It doesn’t make you a bad Giants fan.
But enough about the awful team. Let’s focus on the good team. Exactly one series after scoring three runs in four games, the Giants scored 37 runs in four games.
That’s exactly one Kelby Tomlinson worth of runs (that’s a jersey joke: it’s actually more than two Kelby Tomlinsons if you count the runs he scored in his career).
Anyway, 10 of those came during Thursday’s series finale, and they came from some bats that you love to see get hot.
Namely, Curt Casali, who got the Giants on the board with his first homer of the year.
Casali followed it up with not just his first triple of the year, but his first triple of his career.
Bless you, Triple’s Alley. And bless you, bad defense by opposing teams.
This series in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/6UzPX2oB2K
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) June 17, 2021
And he followed that up with quite the quote.
Curt Casali, asked about smiling as he legged out his triple: “Nah, I’m just a mouth breather. That’s the way my respiratory system works, I guess.”
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) June 17, 2021
Casali entered the series with 7 hits all season, totaling 8 bases.
He had 3 hits on Thursday, totaling 8 bases.
He had 6 hits in the series, totaling 11 bases.
Isn’t that nice to see.
Remarkably, he wasn’t the only back-of-the-lineup hitter who finished a hit shy of the cycle, as Steven Duggar was a third homer in as many days away from the mark.
That means it was a double-triple game for the Giants. And as fun as it is to watch a slow player like Casali lumber around the bases for a three-bagger, there are few things in baseball as aesthetically pleasing as watching a gifted runner fly around three-quarters of the diamond like a race car driver through a hairpin.
Which I’d show you, but apparently no one deemed that play worthy of a highlight video.
There were other offensive highlights, such as Mauricio Dubón having two hits, including a double, and Mike Yastrzemski having his 19th two-bagger of the year.
And there were defensive highlights, as Kevin Guasman didn’t seem to bring his best stuff, but didn’t need it, as he allowed just 2 runs in 8 innings, with a mere 5 baserunners allowed. It was only the third time all season he allowed more than 1 earned run.
Splitter so nice he threw it twice.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) June 17, 2021
But the heroes were Casali and Duggar, leading the Giants to a 10-3 win and their MLB-leading 44th win.
Just as we all predicted.