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Walloping SF Giants, Blue Jays send Logan Webb off to All-Star game on sour note


SAN FRANCISCO — A lot has changed since Logan Webb was a 22-year-old rookie in 2019.

The Giants’ roster has been churned to such a degree that Webb is one of only three players, along with Mike Yastrzemski and Tyler Rogers, who remain on the team. The personal growth Webb has accomplished over those four-plus years transformed him into the Giants’ ace in 2021 and into an All-Star for the first time this season.

But, in his final start before jetting off to Arlington, Texas, for the 94th midsummer classic, Webb provided a reason to think back to 2019.

Handed a 10-6 loss by the Blue Jays, Webb’s pitching line featured a seven in the run column for only the second time in his career. The only other time the right-handed sinkerballer had been hit around so hard was September 5, 2019, when he was tagged for eight (seven earned) in a 10-0 loss in St. Louis.

It was a difficult outcome to envision as Webb walked back to the dugout after a nine-pitch fourth inning, holding a 2-0 lead. He had exhausted only 42 total pitches and allowed one runner to reach base, while his offense had forced Toronto starter Chris Bassitt to labor through 30-plus pitches in each of the first two innings.

It started to go south when the second batter of the fifth inning, Davis Schneider, laced a single into right field that proved to be the beginning of the end for Webb. He would allow eight of the final 10 batters he faced to reach base, with a three-run homer from newly minted Giant killer Ernie Clement and a two-run double from George Springer responsible for the bulk of the damage on the scoreboard.

Clement, on his third team in four seasons, went about six inches below the strike zone to whack a two-strike changeup over the left-field wall in the fifth inning, flipping a 2-0 Giants advantage into a 3-2 deficit. Despite seven major-league home runs to his name entering the series, the 28-year-old journeyman has left the yard twice in two games, recorded three hits Wednesday and had the section of Blue Jays fans behind the first-base dugout chanting his first name.

The Giants evened the score at 3 in the bottom half, courtesy of Michael Conforto, who doubled home Patrick Bailey, but the wheels came off when Webb took the mound again to begin the sixth. The Blue Jays plated six more runs, all but two charged to Webb, to blow the game open.

Patrick Bailey and Matt Chapman clawed back two runs in the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back solo shots, but the Blue Jays’ big inning proved too much to overcome.

Ending his first half of the season with four games left on the Giants’ schedule, Webb extended his advantage atop the National League leaderboard of innings pitched, increasing his total to 124⅓ through 20 starts, but saw his ERA spike to 3.47, tied for 14th in the NL, from 3.09 entering his start.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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