Is it time to start believing in the San Francisco Giants? After May, it seemed like the club was dead in the water and would ultimately become significant sellers ahead of the July 31 deadline. However, San Fran just continues to defy the odds, and they did so again Monday night against the Chicago Cubs. With the Giants down 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Mike Yastrzemski plated Joe Panik with an RBI single. Spoiler: it was the beginning of a special night in the Bay Area.
Fast forward to the bottom half of the eighth frame, and San Fran found themselves down 4-2 with Pedro Strop headed to the mound for Chicago.
And to say that the Giants made light work of the Cubbies reliever wouldn't even begin to describe his implosion.
After Brandon Crawford and Austin Slater both helped the cause with RBI hits, Panik plated the go-ahead run with a two-out double and Oracle Park erupted in sheer euphoria.
The Giants would subsequently bring in Sam Dyson to close things out and he got the job done, but not before making things interesting by issuing a two-out walk and surrendering single to Addison Russell.
The dub stood as San Francisco's ninth in their last 10 contests and a mind-boggling 16th in their last 19.
We'd be hard-pressed to find a club not terrified to square off against Bruce Bochy's men. They're quite simply the hottest team in all of baseball.