ST. LOUIS — Logan Webb was clearly still seeking to rediscover his top-line form, but that didn’t matter Friday night against the Cardinals — for the Giants, or for his pitching line.
Webb issued more walks (3) than he generated swings and misses. He put four men on via various free passes before surrendering a hit. But when it was over, an 8-2 Giants victory, Webb walked away with his MLB-leading fifth win and the Giants with their sixth straight victory, their longest win streak of the season.
As catcher Curt Casali, who hit his first home run of the season Friday night, said earlier this week, “He’s giving us a chance to win every time he goes out there,” even if for the fifth straight start this wasn’t the same Webb that was so dominant to end last year.
A wild Webb who wasn’t missing bats could have been much worse than his six innings, three hits and one run. And the Giants still would have been just fine, after piling on five runs off Cardinals relievers in the eighth inning.
Before the five-run rally, Mike Yastrzemski was responsible for all three Giants runs.
Yastrzemski drove in two with a double in the third inning and scored the Giants’ first run of the game after reaching on one of two hit-by-pitches from Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks. The five-run eighth inning featured Evan Longoria’s first hit of the season, a two-RBI double into the right-center field gap, and a 402-foot shot by Casali to left-center.
The Giants scored the final eight runs of the game.
The Cardinals’ lone run off Webb came before they had generated a hit.
Webb held St. Louis hitless until shortstop Brendan Donovan led off the fifth inning with an infield single.
For a brief moment, Webb was threatening to throw a very strange no-hitter, allowing a run, three walks and a hit batter before surrendering a hit.