SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Alex Wood just wanted to find a good rhythm on his return from a fight with the coronavirus, to keep working to feel full power in playoff time.
Curt Casali hit a two-run single in the fourth that held up, Wood made an impressive three-innings comeback from COVID-19 and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Saturday night.
Wood struck out four and failed to step on a batter or give up a scoreless three-innings, throwing 37 pitches in his first start for San Francisco since Aug. 26 as he made his comeback. of a fight with COVID-19. Zack Littell (4-0) relieved and took out the batting side in the fourth.
“I could have come away for the fourth, but they look at the long-standing image as far as the rest of the season and the playoffs and make sure I’m back and good to stay,” said Wood. “It’s a decision he made. But grateful for three rounds, grateful for this team victory.
This marked a milestone for Wood, who faced a fever for seven consecutive days and was in bed for a full week while his wife was also very ill. He refused to share his vaccination status.
Manager Gabe Kapler hopes to increase Wood’s workload on his next outing as he continues to regain stamina and strength.
“This represents a light at the end of the tunnel without having to run multiple sets of lifters,” Kapler said.
This reliable bullpen continued to shine regardless of the scenario.
Dominic Leone, sixth San Francisco reliever who started Wednesday as the first game of a reliever box game, finished the 2 hour 40 minute game for his second save as the Giants, leaders of the NL West, maintained their two-game lead over rival Los Angeles. Dodgers in the division race.
Atlanta lost its fourth game in a row and saw its NL East lead reduced to one game after the Phillies beat the Mets.
“We were basically at a stalemate for four months of the season and playing behind,” said pitcher Charlie Morton. “I really don’t think the challenge is different in a bad way. If anything, I think we’re still in a good position. It will happen. We’re going to play some really good baseball, and we did and we put ourselves in a very good position. Now we just have to right the ship.
Morton (13-6) allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks in five innings, but lost for the first time in his last nine road starts since June 11 in Miami.
Looking for his first win against the Giants since August 20, 2015, with Pittsburgh, the right-hander entered his outing with a 2.48 ERA against the Giants for his lowest total against any club. that he had faced at least 10 times.
Brandon Belt went 0 for 3 and his 10-game hitting streak was cut short a day after connecting for his 26th career homer in San Francisco’s 6-5 11-innings win.
The Giants also failed to hit a home run for the first time in 13 games, dating back to September 5. They had scored 26 in total during that time. It was their longest such streak since making it in 13 straight games from June 25 to July 12, 2019.
Braves: Atlanta manager Brian Snitker expected RHP reliever Luke Jackson to return from the paternity list and join the team late Saturday and be available to make the series final on Sunday after the birth of her son in Atlanta.
Giants: RF Mike Yastrzemski returned to the lineup after missing three straight starts after being hit with a right elbow pitch Tuesday against San Diego. … RHP Johnny Cueto (outstretched elbow) wrestled for a second straight day and stretched to 120 feet after throwing 90 feet on Friday. The plan remains for him to kick off live batting practice on September 27 or 28, and he could potentially pitch before the end of the regular season.
WALL OF FAME
The Giants have inducted 92-year-old former owner Bob Lurie into their Wall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony outside the stadium. He was the second owner of the San Francisco-era club that began in 1958 and at the helm in the World Series interrupted by the 1989 earthquake and swept away by rival Oakland Athletics.
Left-hander Lurie threw a ceremonial first pitch.
The Giants selected LHP Sammy Long for Triple-A Sacramento and named C Chadwick Tromp for assignment.
LHP Max Fried (11-7, 3.47 ERA) is looking to move up to 3-0 for life against San Francisco in five career appearances, against Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (12-6, 3.24), who will try to win back-to-back starts for the first time since early July.
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