The Giants see Kevin Gaussman as their ace. But it was a name he reluctantly used. After he was named a starter for the launch day, Gaussman said his main goal as the man who led the turnover was to get the bulls alive a bit every five days.
“Be the one to stop on the night when the cow has to rest,” he said in March.
Gausman has helped the Deliverer through two starts. Now he needs a little help from them.
It is popular to compare the 30-year-old right-hander to Jason Schmidt, another pitcher who is a late wade with the Giants. But until now, Gaussman is more like Matt Cain. He is allowed to run twice in 13 2/3 innings of a road trip. But ended up not making two decisions.
On Wednesday, at least the Giants secured a 3-2 victory over the Padres after Tyler Rogers took the lead in the 8th period, the Giants scored half of the 10th and Wandy. Peralta then brought out the best of him to save his first career.
Rogers gave up a single bomb for Will Myers, the now dominant Giant Killer at Nolan Arenado, traded from NL West – on the eighth and second in six days. Gausman’s win did not win him 6 2/3 strong innings on the opening day. But the Bison is allowed to run six times in the eighth. This time it was seven innings of four strikes, with Gaussman defeating Blakesnell, one of the Dresses’ big close-season additions.
Gausman said the match was what he had been waiting for. He knew that running would be costly and he thought they were off to a good start. Snell gave up two bombs to Darin Roof. But the pitch count limited him to five innings.
“Any time you face a guy who wins Cy Young, you definitely want to beat him,” Gausman said.
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Gausman was sharp early. But he couldn’t fully raise until Snell left. That’s when Gausman did his best. When two errors jammed him into the sixth, he pumped a splitter to lead 22-year-old rookie catcher Luis Campusano, then escorted him to 97 mph in fastball.
On day seven, Gaussman returned with a fine fastball and had a 1-2-3 chance, putting Jorge Mateo on his knees with his 96th and final throw. That last came out at the field splitter Gausman threw 24 times, resulting in eight swings and four out of five hits. It’s one of the best off-speed tracks in the game right now, and Gausman uses it every time he’s in the prime.
“I felt really good for it early in the game and I lost about half of the feeling about it about the fourth inning and then I found it,” said Gaussman. “I think the last one (to Mateo) was probably the best game I threw today, yes, that’s a big pitch for me and it played really well for my fastball and mine. Throwing it for the right and the winger, I always felt Just as when the pitch is going well, I can face anyone. “
Now he looks talented and the Giants need it. Turnover was doing well early. But the numbers will be their weakness over 162 games, however, in Gaussman, they have people who can stand up to the best that other teams have to offer and give the Giants a chance. So far he has done better than Marco Gonzales and Snell, and it’s not easy.
Gausman is due to face Reds ace Luis Castillo on Tuesday at Oracle Park, but the Giants have every reason to think he will be available for testing.
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