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What we learned as Giants sweep D-backs for brutal MLB record originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
With apologies to Kevin Gausman, Curt Casali and Steven Duggar, the most incredible story Thursday at Oracle Park was the opposition.
The Arizona Diamondbacks once again looked flat at the plate, saw their ace get roughed up in his return from the IL, and butchered a ball in the outfield. The Giants' 10-3 win doubled as the 14th consecutive loss for the Diamondbacks and their 23rd straight loss on the road, breaking the MLB record.
The Diamondbacks haven't won a road game since Madison Bumgarner's seven-inning no-hitter in Atlanta on April 25. They should probably be relegated, but since that doesn't exist in MLB, they instead will serve as very helpful to the Giants.
The Giants swept this four-game series and have taken all six from the Diamondbacks this year -- and the teams still have 13 meetings to go. That's a nice bit of scheduling for a Giants team that already has 44 wins in the bank, and is pushing hard for a postseason berth.
The final game of the series was a complete mismatch, with Gausman allowing just one hit through the first six innings as the Giants built a six-run lead. He ended up going eight, allowing two earned to earn his eighth win.
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Casali was hitting .100 when this week started, but tied a career-high with three hits on Monday and then provided what might have been an even bigger contribution Tuesday. Mike Yastrzemski got all the pub, but Casali's pinch-hit walk ahead of that at-bat loaded the bases and set the stage for Yastrzemski.
With a runner on in the second inning, Casali got a center-cut fastball from Zac Gallen and crushed it 415 feet to left-center. That's the kind of power the Giants were expecting from Casali, who signed in the offseason but did have wrist surgery that set him back a bit. Casali had six homers in 76 at-bats for the Reds last season.
In his third at-bat, Casali hit his first career triple. He became the first Giants catcher to homer and triple in the same game since Bengie Molina in 2009, according to Sarah Langs of MLB. He had an RBI single in the seventh and needed just a double for the cycle at that point, but he flied out to right in his final at-bat.
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Duggar doesn't totally count as a depth option these days, as he has played his way into an everyday job in center field in June. That has taken playing time away from Mauricio Dubon, who right now is primarily just a late-innings defensive replacement and a backup at three infield spots. Dubon started Thursday for just the fourth time in June, getting the call at shortstop with Brandon Crawford in need of a day off.
In the second inning, Duggar tripled and scored on Dubon's single. Two innings later, it was a Duggar single and Dubon double that led to the fifth run of the day for the Giants. Duggar ended up reaching base four times, raising his OPS to .979.
Who Are These Guys?
Casali's homer in the second inning was the 100th of the season by the Giants, making them the second MLB club -- after the Blue Jays -- to hit that mark this year. Every position player who has gotten multiple at-bats for them this season has at least one homer.
The Giants reached 100 homers in just 69 games, the third-fastest pace in franchise history. The 1947 Giants did it in 67 games and the 2000 club did it in 68.