Giants postseason hopes technically alive after win against Arizona

Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News on

Published in Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO — The odds are slimmer than slim, but the San Francisco Giants have not been eliminated from playoff contention yet.

The Giants’ 10-4 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night — along with a Milwaukee Brewers win and Philadelphia Phillies loss — kept alive their season. That the second game of the Phillies’ double-header on Friday was rained out helped a bit, too.

But the Giants will need to win out their remaining five games and the Phillies and Brewers must lose all of their games for the Giants to make the postseason.

Unlikely, sure, but adds some spice to the remainder of the season. The Giants will play two more against the Diamondbacks before a final road trip to face the San Diego Padres, who are clinging onto a second NL wild card spot.

To keep their season alive, the Giants turned the tables on Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly, a pitcher who had them in a chokehold entering Friday’s game.


By the third inning, the Giants had scored more runs (7) against Kelly than he’d allowed over his previous five starts against them (6). And the Giants weren’t subtle about it.

Evan Longoria hit two home runs — his 21st career multi-homer game and second this year. Mike Yastrzemski homered, too. Joc Pederson tripled off the brick wall and scored on the same trip around the bases with some defensive ineptitude from the Diamondbacks.

The Giants scored eight runs against Kelly, who came out of the game just two outs into the fifth inning.

Alex Cobb gave up four runs and struck out five in his five innings. Thomas Szapucki and Alex Young pitched three scoreless out of the bullpen.

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