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The San Francisco Giants ‘second base, Thairo Estrada, labels the Cleveland Guardians’ Jose Ramirez in the first game of a baseball game on Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Cleveland. Ramirez tried to stretch a single into a double. (AP Photo / David Dermer)

CLEVELAND – Alex Wood did not succumb to the cold or the Guardians.

Despite the almost low temperatures, Wood came out to the mound on Sunday wearing only his Giants jersey on top – as he does for every game.

“I never had a polo start,” he said. “There will not be one.”

Wood was not ready to change his routine or do anything to change the course of San Francisco’s steady beginnings.

Thairo Estrada jumped home and drove four runs and Wood continued the team’s strong start to open the season as the Giants completed a three-match clean-up of Cleveland with an 8-1 win over the Guardians on Sunday in football-like weather.

Estrada hit a two-run homer against Aaron Civale (0-1) in the second row and Brandon Belt added a two-run shot in the seventh as the Giants won their fifth in a row.

Wood (1-0) allowed just four shots without a run over five innings before turning it into the San Francisco ball.

It was the ninth consecutive game in which a Giants starter allowed two or fewer runs, the second longest series since 1901. Only the 1966 Chicago White Sox (11) had a greater reach to open a season.

“I just have to keep spinning,” said Wood. “It’s not how you start, but how you end. “Everyone is really happy with this start we had as a staff, and I think we have some competing juices and the guys want to support what the guy does the day before.”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler did not initially seem impressed by his team’s historic start.

“Oh, cool,” he said.

Kapler, however, is not even so surprised by what his shooters have done.

“We are aware that our starters are doing well.” he said. “We expected him to be a force of our club. They just go out and fill the hit area, which is exactly what we are asking them to do.

“They all left the games giving our wheel a chance to hold it and win games for us.”

It was a tough opening weekend at home for the Guardians.

In their first series in Progressive Field since the club’s name change, Cleveland achieved just six strokes and held on to four runs. The Guardians also had some defensive breakdowns that proved costly.

The temperature at game time was 35 degrees, the coldest for a first field in a Giants game since 1990. The Guardians may be more accustomed to it, but that does not make submission easier.

“Once you’re there, the weather becomes insignificant,” said Civale, who withdrew after four innings. “You can not use this as an excuse for anything. It’s part of the game. Temperature is all part of it. “It’s something you’ve done before and you know how to handle it.”

The weather conditions were not ideal for players or fans, but they did not affect Wood in his first appearance against Cleveland since 2013 with Atlanta. The left walked two and hit five.

“You can see from his handover, there are a lot of scams out there,” Said Guardian manager Terry Francona. “But with it, there is also a movement. When he is healthy, he has been very good. “There have simply been times when he has not been able to maintain his health, but he is a good pitcher.”

Estrada gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in the second with his second homer, a shot on the left field that barely cleared the 19-foot wall. Estrada Homer came after Wilmer Flores doubled the wall in the center left with two exits.

Estrada took on another RBI in the fourth game when the Guardians failed to turn a double play on his one-out ground to cut after the return of second base Owen Miller to throw in the first was thrown into the photographer’s pit for one mistake.

The Giants made it 6-0 in the sixth with double RBI Estrada and Steven Duggar’s scoring from Eli Morgan.

The belt followed a walk towards Austin Slater in the seventh with his third homer.

Cleveland’s Austin Hedges finished closing in seventh with an RBI song, his first hit since starting the season without a hit with 21 at-bats.

HOLD

Several storms rolled in the ball park as Kapler reached the pit for his pre-match media availability.

Winter hats and gloves were again needed with temperatures in the 1930s and a strong wind blowing.

Kapler was asked if he remembered the coolest game he played in and thought correctly that it came when he played for Colorado. What Kapler did not remember from the 2003 game was that he received three hits.

“I made?” he said, joking that he would dig up the video if his players complained about the cold.

NEXT

The Giants: Continue their journey to four cities in New York with RHP Alex Cobb (1-0) starting the first of four games against the Mets, who will face RHP Tyler Megill (2-0).

Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (0-0) begins the opening of a four-game home series against Chicago Dallas (1-0) and White Sox.

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