Debuting Giants back stellar rookie Suarez
Garcia homers, hits run-scoring single; Shaw notches go-ahead RBI
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will get a good, long look at the future of their organization in the final month of the season.
The Chris Shaw era began Friday, but it was a collection of youngsters that carried the Giants to a 7-0 win over the Mets in the series opener at AT&T Park.
Andrew Suarez pitched one of the best games of his rookie campaign, striking out five in seven brilliant innings. The left-hander allowed two hits and walked none, dueling with Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitch for pitch.
Suarez was caught by a familiar face making his Major League debut, Aramis Garcia. The two have been batterymates since they played together on the Florida Legends summer league team as juniors in high school.
"I told [Garcia] nothing's changed and it's the same game plan," Suarez said. "I probably shook him off like twice but that's about it. I love the way he calls a game."
"We've been working together since high school," Garcia said. "To have my first start with him pitching, I think definitely put me at ease a little bit. It was awesome. He did an unbelievable job tonight."
Garcia caught all nine innings of the Giants' shutout and collected the first two hits of his Major League career. In the eighth inning, Garcia became the 18th player in franchise history to make a home run his first hit in his first career game.
"The way my first two at-bats were going, I was just hoping to put something in play," said Garcia, who struck out on a total of six pitches in his first two at-bats, "That was incredible, it was an incredible moment. I'm so thankful right now."
Garcia's home run added insurance after Shaw, also making his Major League debut, plated the game's first run with a sacrifice fly one inning prior.
"It's a situation you come up, less than two outs, runner on third, your job is to find a way to get him in," Shaw said.
Shaw's RBI proved to be the game-winner, while another rookie, Austin Slater, was a catalyst in a six-run eighth inning that put that game out of reach.
The Giants started four rookies Friday night; each of them responded with resounding contributions, providing the organization a glimpse of what the future may look like in San Francisco.
"Something like tonight can be a shot in the arm for you," manager Bruce Bochy said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
After Jeff McNeil doubled with one out in the first inning, Suarez retired a career-high 17 in a row before running into trouble in the seventh inning. With one out and runners on the corners, the lefty induced a 3-6-3 double play from Jay Bruce that was niftily started by Brandon Belt. It preserved a scoreless tie, and the Giants took the lead in the bottom half.
Garcia collected his first two Major League hits, a home run and an RBI single, in the eighth inning. Since they moved to San Francisco, the Giants had not had a player have his first two Major League hits come in the same inning.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Belt extended the Giants' lead in the eighth inning with a two-run triple off the facade in right field. It was just the second triple of the season for the first baseman, who cruised into third base standing up.
HE SAID IT
"It's everything. I'm here because of them and seeing their reaction on the board for a few seconds was awesome. My dad reacted like he thought I would. He's been doing that since I was in the Minor Leagues. To see the rest of my family in tears was emotional." -- Garcia, on what his family being at AT&T Park to see his debut means to him
The Giants will hand the ball to Derek Holland (7-8, 3.65 ERA) for the second installment of a three-game series against the Mets on Saturday. He's been consistent lately, amassing a 2.60 ERA across five starts in August. The Giants have been victorious in five of his last six outings, and the Mets counter with fellow left-hander Steven Matz (5-11, 4.36 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.