Alex Wood played seven strong innings of a three-hit ball, and the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2
SAN FRANCISCO – Alex Wood made seven strong three-hitting balls as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Darin Roof built the home for San Francisco. Mike Yastrzemsky and Donovan Solano both doubled in the runs as the Giants avoided a three-game sweep.
San Francisco had lost six of nine, but still owns the best record in the Majors at 54–32, with three games left before the All-Star break.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said, “(Wood) takes the responsibility of pitching well when we’re not at our best.” “What was different in tonight’s game was that all his pitches were working well. He had good command and control over all three of his pitches and mixed it well. It was quite a gritty and tough outing on his part. It was what we needed. “
Dylan Carson had two hits for St. Louis.
Wood (8-3) set up 19 of 22 after allowing a two-out RBI double from Nolan Arenado in the first. The Giants lefty made six strikeouts and two walks and won for the first time in four careers against the Cardinals.
“I thought we had a good plan,” Wood said. “I felt like I commanded my fastball really well and affixed the slider. Good night, that’s for sure. Games like these are important. I’m glad to come out tonight and do my job.”
Tyler Rogers retired three batsmen. Jake McGee finished ninth to defend his 17th.
St. Louis starter Johan Oviedo (0-5) could not recover from a poor start. Oviedo’s first nine pitches were eight balls and the Giants’ first run came when the right-hander struck Jason Vosler with a base load.
Oviedo, who was devoid of victory in his first 16 career starts, allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.
“You’re looking at a guy who’s still working on his craft at the big league level,” Cardinals manager Mike Schildt said. “I think he is really close. Patience is required but the payoff is going to be big.”
Oviedo thought the Giants were stealing the sign and got into an exchange with Yastrzemski, who was at second base with Wilmer Flores batting.
“I thought they were robbing the signs,” Oviedo said. “The way (Flores) was taking my pitches, I was like, ‘Okay, he’ll have (a sign). That’s exactly what I thought.'”
Yastrzemsky called it sportsmanship but denied signs of theft.
“Part of the game is the mental side,” Yastrzemsky said. “Whether the teams are crazy or think we are doing things we are not doing, it is a distraction. They changed their signs four or five times. I had no clue.”
Cardinals reliever John Gant almost bowled a ball over the protective net behind home plate after home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz was given a late timeout. As Gantt began his delivery, Wood was at the plate and out of the batter box, allowing the St. Louis pitcher to sail the ball near the top of the netting.
Giants mourn EXEC
A moment of silence was held before the game for Pablo Peguero, the Dominican Republic’s veteran director of operations, who died at his home in Santo Domingo on Wednesday morning. Peguero, 68, was in his 18th season with the club. He previously worked with the Dodgers and was general manager of the Dominican Republic Olympic team for the 1999 PANAM Games.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez was placed on a 10-day injured list after Scheldt called a torn ligament in Martinez’s right thumb, an injury the pitcher suffered while batting during Sunday’s loss in Colorado. “It’s not great,” said Schildt. “It’s definitely going to be something that’s going to affect him for a while. I don’t expect him to be back in our rotation in the near future.” Off Lars Knutbar was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Giants: Leadoff hitter Lamonte Wade Jr. is out of the game with a left arm strain. … Buster Posey played his third game in a row with an injury to his left thumb.
Cardinals: After a day off, LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 4.24 ERA) faces the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. LeBlanc is making his first debut against Chicago since 2013 when he was with the Marlins.
Giants: RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.86) will come out of IL to start against Washington on Friday. Webb has been out since June 3 with a right shoulder strain.
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