SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants manager Gabe Kapler typically stays after games for about an hour “picking things apart” from his club’s performance.
This time, he really had nothing to scrutinize.
Anthony DeSclafani pitched a three-hitter, Evan Longoria had a two-run double and an RBI single after sitting out three games with a sore left hamstring, and the San Francisco Giants routed the Colorado Rockies 12-0 on Monday night.
“It was nice to have a very well-pitched game, a crisp game on defense and to score a bunch of runs,” Kapler said. “There’s not much to complain about tonight. … What’s there to pick apart? The guys did a great job.”
Mauricio Dubon drove in four runs and Buster Posey had a two-run homer among his four hits to give DeSclafani (2-0) all the run support he needed and then some. The right-hander struck out nine and walked one as the Giants took over the major league ERA lead at 2.81 in a game that ended in just 2 hours, 27 minutes.
“I think a lot of things in this game are contagious — hitting’s contagious, defense is contagious and I think pitching is, too,” Posey said. “Somebody goes out and has a good outing and the next guy wants to follow it up. I think we’re seeing some of that. Hopefully it’s a wave we can continue to ride. It’s been fun to be a part of.”
DeSclafani’s only other complete game in 130 major league starts was a four-hit shutout for Cincinnati at Arizona in August 2016.
“I’m just going to note, I had a bird poop on me earlier this week and I was like, ‘You know what? It’s got to be good luck,’ and I think it showed tonight,” DeSclafani said. “So I was happy.”
San Francisco jumped to a quick 4-0 lead, getting an RBI double by Posey and run-scoring singles from Longoria and Darin Ruf…