When Phillies second baseman Jean Segura hustled into second base for his 200th career double in the fourth inning, he received a rousing ovation from the fans in attendance and tipped his helmet to the crowd as his feat was acknowledged on the Citizens Bank Park scoreboard.
San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler did not receive as warm of a reception when he was featured on PhanaVision shortly before first pitch. Back in town for the first time since he was dismissed in October 2019 following two underwhelming seasons at the helm of the Phillies, Kapler was booed by fans and mocked by the Phillie Phanatic when he emerged from the visiting dugout for the lineup card exchange. The Phanatic poked fun at Kapler’s famously toned physique, lifting up his jersey to show off his “abs” and doing sit-ups on the field.
In the end, though, Kapler got the last laugh. Behind six scoreless innings from right-hander Kevin Gausman, and a timely home run from Brandon Belt, the Giants defeated the Phillies, 2-0, in Monday night’s series opener to improve to 10-6, their best start since 2014.
With the win, Kapler became the first manager to go 200-200 over his first 400 games, according to Stats, LLC.
After blanking the Marlins and Phillies in back-to-back games, the Giants now have four shutout victories this year, all of which have been caught by backup Curt Casali. Though Gausman didn’t have his sharpest command and grinded through several stressful innings in the 108-pitch effort, the Phillies went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners stranded against him on Monday.
Gausman induced 14 swinging strikes, including nine on his devastating splitter. The 30-year-old veteran used his best pitch to escape a treacherous jam in the fourth, when the Phillies put runners on second and third with no outs. Gausman struck out Mickey Moniak and Nick Maton on splitters, then used the same pitch to coax an inning-ending groundout from pinch-hitter Brad Miller.
Belt helped back Gausman with his third home run of the year, a two-run shot off Phillies right-hander Chase Anderson in the third. After hitting .154 over his first 13 games of the season, Belt has finally begun to heat up, going 4-for-12 with two doubles and two home runs over his last three games.