SAN FRANCISCO – Suddenly, the Giants are back on a winning streak. It happened in a flash — er, a splash.
The Giants used a pair of home runs—including a tie-breaking shot from Mike Yastrzemski at McCove Cove—to get a solid start from Jacob Junis and win their second straight game over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 -3, with a team expected to contend for the NL Central title in enough four-game series to earn a division.
After losing five games, during which the Giants scored a total of 10, they have responded with 17 runs – and two wins – in the past two days. His fourth and final run on Sunday came in the sixth inning off Yastrzemsky’s bat, who scored two runs, and fell down the wall of the right field to give the Giants a decisive lead.
“It feels like the last few days, we’ve become more like ourselves,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We are a team that looks at the pitches, goes deep into the count and we are selective offensive. Sometimes it leads to walks and sometimes it can and should be a loss.”
The Giants made seven walks on Sunday – four issued by erratic St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson – after taking the last eight games. But on Sunday, they went 0-for-9 with the runners in the scoring position. It was the long ball that proved crucial.
“We are really committed to not giving any bats away,” said Yastrzemsky, who drove into his second run of the third innings with a sacrificial fly for the Giants. “It’s a choice to keep that mindset.”
In the home run, which especially came against left-hander Genesis Cabrera throwing hard to Yastrzemsky, the left-hander said, “I knew he was probably going to challenge me at some point. I Was really just concentrating on taking a good swing and hitting the ball hard. It was going to go where it was going to go.”
And where it went was the waters off McCove Cove for the fifth splash hit of Yastrzemsky’s career, raising the counter on the right field wall to 93. Lamonte Wade Jr provided the Giants’ first home run on Sunday with a 436-foot shot in center field. The second innings that leveled the game at 2-2.
Juan Yepez’s two-run home run in the second innings saw St. Louis the only loss to Junis and he scored the first run of all season, breaking an 11-innings scoreless streak.
“His slider is bad,” said Kapler. “Right now we don’t see Jake as a spot starter. We see him as a member of our rotation.”
Making his debut with the Giants after two impressive displays of long relief, Junis restricted the Cardinals to two runs off three hits and five runs in five innings.
Junis, a free-agent takeover this offseason, having previously made two five-inning outings in relief without allowing a run, has a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings, the lowest number of points on staff with at least 10 innings. Is.
“I’ve had a good start to the season,” Junis said. “Hopefully I get some consistent action and we can keep that up.”
Luis González fouled a fly ball in left field, which turned into a ground-rule double, allowing Yepez to move to third, then St. Louis placed his third run into Dominic Lyon’s sixth off reliever. Score on the groundball in the next game.
But Yastrzemski responded with a splash hit at the bottom of the innings that would prove decisive.
With seven hits and seven walks, the Giants put the runners in the scoring position with two outs less than four times, but failed to score in any innings that did not feature a home run. By the time Jock Pedersen whispered in the final bat of the Giants’ game, they were well on their way to becoming the first MLB team since 2017 to finish the game without being struck out even once.
“The at-bat quality was excellent up and down the lineup,” Kapler said. “Obviously Yaz and Lamonte Wade had big hits, but there was a lot of piece-y at-bat around them backing them up.”
All runs from the Giants came on the long ball.
Wade’s two-run shot in the second innings leveled the score at 2–2 and was his first home run of the season after spending the first 25 games on the injured list (left knee). Due to foggy conditions, Wade’s ball traveled 436 feet, the second longest home run by a Giants player this season, but required no help leaving the yard, except with the bat at 107 mph. Wasn’t.
Yastrzemski’s go-forward homer McCove went overboard at Cove, his second home run and fifth career splash hit this season, extending the counter by Giants players to 93 in right field. On their way to lead MLB in home runs last season, the Giants sprinted more times than any other year since Oracle Park opened.
It’s no coincidence that their offense has woken up with 17 runs in their final two games against the Cardinals, coming on long-ball power, with two more on Sunday after a trio of dingers on Saturday.
Kapler said, “When Yaz’s swing is on point…
“Nice to see Lamonte still high today,” Kapler continued. “A big boost to our offense and a big boost to our dugout. … Some combination of outings and home running usually leads to success for us.”
Next, the Giants host the team that features the home run leader of MLB, with CJ Cron and the Colorado Rockies coming on for a three-game series starting Monday. It will also mark the return of Kris Bryant, who departed free agency and started off cold this season.
San Francisco’s own marquee free-agent acquisition, Carlos Rodone (3-1, 1.55), will be up the hill.