If youve been following along as I scribe the vital historical document that is the San Francisco Giants four-game series with the Chicago Cubs Brandon Crawford Pet Jersey, youve noticed a theme: an ominous start followed by misdirection, a plot twist, and a happy ending.Its the most simplistic narrative arc in storytelling history. Find a new slant, Giants.Or dont, because thisis working fine.So lets start with the ominous start. On Thursday it was Joc Pederson nearly smashing a ball out of the yard Buster Posey Face Mask, only for Steven Duggar to do his best Mike Tauchman impression and retrieve it, only for Pederson to putwhere nocould catch it in the next at bat.On Friday it was Kris Bryant hitting a two-run home run on the third pitch of the game.And on Saturday it was Patrick Wisdom, a name you totally had heard of prior to this series, doing something that had only happened once all season: knocking in multiple runs against Kevin Gausman.Yes, entering the game, Gausman had given up 0 or 1 runs in 10 of his 11 starts. And if you want to add the nearned disclaimer to the runs, then its now 11 out of 12, because a Brandon Crawford error meant that neither of the runs scored on Wisdoms homer were charged to Gausman.Earned or otherwise, Guasman had given up multiple runs for the first time since mid-April, and the Giants were in a 2-0 hole. Gausman then allowed a leadoff single to start the third inning. If you were searching through your cupboards trying to find the Tupperware where you store your pessimism, you might just chalk this up asof those idnt have it?days, or, to borrow the parlance of Alex Wood,of those eel like shit and then you are shit days.After that leadoff single to start the third, Gausman would face 15 more batters. Heres how they went:Strike outStrike outStrike outStrike outGround outGround outStrike outLine outGround outFly outStrike outStrike outGround outFly out Strike outThat ominous start to his game ended with Gausman pitching 7 innings while allowing 2 hits and 0 walks Kevin Gausman T-Shirt. He struck out 10 batters, all swinging, all with his slider. He had 21 swings and misses, and save forpitch to Wisdom madeof baseballs best teams look utterly foolish.Which leads me to the next portion of this article, which Ill present with formatting such as headlines, a dek, and a pew paragraphs. Extend himThe Giants should extend him.The Giants should extend the hell out of Kevin Gausman.Thus concludes that portion of this article.While Gausman was securing his All-Star spot, making a Cy Young bid , and lowering his ERA to 1.27, the Giants were chipping away, turning a 2-0 deficit into a lead.First it was Alex Dickerson, who is perhaps busting out of his long slump, and homered for the second day in a row.
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