SF blanks and caresses the West title

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants can’t celebrate the division title just yet, not with their rival, the Dodgers, racking up career victories in the NL West.

San Francisco secured at least one draw in their bid for their first title since 2012 and equaled the franchise’s best all-time record with 106 wins after shutting out the San Diego Padres 3-0. After the last out, attention turned to the game in Los Angeles.

“They are possibly more frustrated with us because we are ahead and we keep winning,” said pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.

Darin Ruf homered in the first inning and Mike Yastrzemski hit an RBI single to lead San Francisco’s seventh straight win. The Dodgers outscored the Brewers 8-6 in their game. A loss to the defending World Series champion, who is aiming for his ninth consecutive title, would have raised the Giants, who are dependent on themselves. If they finish the regular season with the same record, the title will be decided in a tiebreaker.

The Giants celebrated the result with a row of quick handshakes on the diamond. Then the big screen began airing the game between the Brewers and Dodgers and fans were invited to stay in the stands.

DeSclafani (13-7) fanned three and walked without a five-inning effort on four-hit ball that earned him his second win in eight starts since Aug. 13. Camilo Doval, San Francisco’s fourth reliever, made his third save.

The defeat went to the end of the Venezuelan Pedro Ávila (0-1) in his second game in the majors, the first since 2019.

For the Padres, the Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr. 4-2. Puerto Rican Victor Caratini 3-1. Venezuelan Pedro Avila 1-0. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 1-0.

For the Giants, the Venezuelan Wilmer Flores 2-1. Colombian Donovan Solano 4-1, with one scored.