The San Francisco Giants’ season-long hot streak continued in Cincinnati on Thursday, with the Giants drubbing the Reds, 19-4, to cap a four-game sweep and a 6-2 road trip. The win gave San Francisco the best record in Major League Baseball, one game ahead of the Padres in the NL West.
All the success has been incredible, mostly due to its surprising nature. Very few expected the Giants to be in first place at any point in the season. After his squad dominated the Reds, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters that his team has the mixture of humility and motivation needed to keep the good times rolling.
“We’re staying humble and we’re staying hungry, because we’ve got a long way to go,” Kapler said. “We’re not going to ever be disappointed with a 6-2 road trip to the East Coast, it’s very encouraging, but we know that we have a lot of work ahead of us.”San Francisco Chronicle
It’s likely easier for the Giants to find that perfect mixture than other clubs. Expectations for the team were low, and with the high-powered Padres and Dodgers in their division, it’s easy to stay humble. Still, the Giants have played well and have every reason to be hungry for more.
As Kapler said, however, there’s a long way to go. But thus far, the Giants’ season has been a welcome surprise and there’s no reason to believe it can’t have a storybook ending.
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