SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s been 5 years since Brandon Belt bought to toast a playoff berth, so the Giants first baseman was admittedly off form when the champagne began to move in San Francisco’s clubhouse.
“I forgot how a lot this burns to get in your eyes, nevertheless it burns so good,” a beaming Belt stated. “We completely like it.”
The shocking Giants grew to become the primary staff to clinch a playoff spot this season, hitting 4 house 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 through the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Giants have turned issues round in supervisor Gabe Kapler’s second yr. They’ve one of the best file in baseball (94-50) with 18 video games remaining — guaranteeing them at the very least a wild card as they attempt to maintain off the rival Dodgers for the NL West title.
“It is a fairly centered and even-keeled staff,” stated Kapler, who received a World Sequence ring as a participant with the Boston Purple Sox in 2004. “You will have fairly a couple of World Sequence champions in that room and individuals who perceive that that is one step within the course that we wish to go, however not the final word purpose.”
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 robust innings.
Tommy La Stella homered on the fourth pitch from Padres starter Yu Darvish and Evan Longoria hit a three-run drive 5 batters later. Mike Yastrzemski added a solo shot within the fourth, when Belt additionally went deep as San Francisco secured a postseason berth for the primary time since 2016.
This one was sudden for a staff that received the World Sequence in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
“It took us perhaps half the season to get the popularity nationally, however now we perceive we have now a goal on our again,” Longoria stated. “It doesn’t get any simpler from right here.”
All 4 homers got here off Darvish (8-10), struggling in his first season with the Padres after beginning 6-1. The five-time All-Star lasted 4 innings, permitting eight runs and 6 hits.
San Diego fell a sport behind idle Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.
“The story of the evening, we bought beat early on with the lengthy ball,” Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler stated. “(Darvish) simply didn’t have the general command. Didn’t have the end to what he often has with the slider and cutter. Well being-wise, he’s good.”
After the ultimate out, Giants gamers hugged on the sphere and coaches did the identical within the dugout earlier than heading contained in the clubhouse for a bubbly celebration.
It’s the earliest date the franchise has ever clinched a visit to the postseason.
“Identical to most years that we received it or went to the playoffs, I don’t suppose most individuals believed that we’d be on this place,” Belt stated. “It’s fairly satisfying to get again right here after some time of not being superb. Individuals simply stored stepping up.”
The Padres scored on back-to-back doubles by Trent Grisham and Fernando Tatis Jr. off Jarlin García within the third.
Zack Littell (3-0) retired 5 batters to get the win. José Álvarez, Camilo Doval and Kervin Castro adopted and mixed for 4 scoreless innings.
Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers had two hits apiece for San Diego.
Padres: RHP Chris Paddack was positioned on the 10-day injured listing with proper elbow irritation, an damage he apparently aggravated enjoying catch earlier than the sport. That’s 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 José Quintana was reinstated from the paternity listing. 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 over the past 14 2/3 innings.
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