Five Giants Relievers Blank Phillies in 1–0, 10-inning Victory

Five Giants Relievers Blank Phillies in 1–0, 10-inning Victory
Luis Matos is mobbed by San Francisco Giants teammates after delivering the game's only run with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies in San Francisco on May 28, 2024. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP Photo)
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—Luis Matos hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Spencer Howard pitched four scoreless innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the major league-leading Philadelphia Phillies 1–0 on Tuesday night.

After the Phillies failed to score in the top of the 10th off Sean Hjelle (2–1), automatic runner Tyler Fitzgerald advanced to third on a flyball by Wilmer Flores before Matos knocked him in with a flyball to left off Matt Strahm (3–1).

Five San Francisco pitchers combined to blank the Phillies. The Giants used opener Erik Miller and then Taylor Rogers, followed by Howard as the primary pitcher. Hjelle, who threw the final two innings, said the pitchers knew early on that everyone was locked in. He described a contagious feeling of passing on shutout innings from one pitcher to the next.

“I don’t want to be that guy that breaks it up,” Hjelle said.

The Giants have won 10 of their past 12 games, taking the first two games of the three-game series against the Phillies after being swept in a four-game set in Philadelphia earlier this month.

“We’re doing a lot of our best work late in the game,” San Francisco Manager Bob Melvin said. “So as long as we have a chance, we feel like we’re going to win the game if it’s late.”

Philadelphia has lost three straight games for the first time this season, but still has the best record in the majors at 38–18.

Howard, who began his career with the Phillies, held his former team to four scoreless innings in his first appearance of the season. He followed three shutout innings by Miller and Rogers to start the game. Once a top prospect, Howard has bounced around the past few seasons and signed a minor-league contract with the Giants last year.

Howard said he tried not to be spiteful, and that it was nice to pitch against familiar batters.

“Just trying to make them hit the ball,” Howard said. “The most value I could provide is to eat the most amount of innings and save the pen—however it may be.”

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler threw 101 pitches over six innings, striking out nine and allowing just two hits. Once a highly-touted prospect in the Giants’ organization, Wheeler has held San Francisco to one unearned run in two starts this season. He struck out 11 in seven innings in a 1–0 win in Philadelphia on May 6.

The Giants received official word before the game that they would be without one of their best hitters this season, LaMonte Wade Jr., for an extended stretch. Wade suffered a grade 2 hamstring strain while running the bases on Monday and will miss at least four weeks.

Philles third baseman Alec Bohm had a scheduled day off after committing two errors in Monday’s loss, according to Manager Rob Thomson. Bohm was dealing with “general aches and pains,” but pinch-hit in the 10th inning.

Mr. Thomson said before the game that he trusts the team’s defense and that Bohm sitting was not due to the defensive miscues. Bohm has four errors in his past seven games at third base.

“That was just a weird game yesterday,” Mr. Thomson said. “He’s played really consistent. He’s really improved. I have no problems with him.”

The Giants' Tyler Fitzgerald reacts after scoring the winning run against the Phillies in San Francisco on May 28, 2024. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP Photo)
The Giants' Tyler Fitzgerald reacts after scoring the winning run against the Phillies in San Francisco on May 28, 2024. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP Photo)

Trainer’s Room

Phillies: Shortstop Trea Turner, who has a strained left hamstring, hit off a tee for the first time since the injury on Tuesday and hopes to play catch on Wednesday.
Giants: Howard and Trenton Brooks were called up from Triple-A Sacramento, Calif., with Brooks filling in for Wade at first base. … Fitzgerald was recalled from Sacramento. … Outfielder Ryan McKenna and left-hander Drew Pomeranz were designated for assignment. … Right-hander Keaton Winn threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday and is close to returning, according to Mr. Melvin.

Up Next

Left-hander Kyle Harrison (4–1, 3.90 earned-run average) is scheduled to pitch for the Giants against Phillies lefty Cristopher Sanchez (2–3, 3.15 in Wednesday’s series finale.
By Eric He