What do San Francisco Giants Gorkys Hernandez, Brandon Belt, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford all have in common?
Well, two of them are current starters who have made the All Star Game before, while the other two are roughly replacement level bench starters.
So essentially not much, unless you’re counting the fact that they all hit homers against King Felix on Wednesday!
Yes, even Gorkys went long. a feat that he hasn’t accomplished since September 16th, 2016.
The team made consistently hard contact and worked the count, ultimately forcing Hernandez to throw 87 pitches by the time he left after four innings.
The way this game went, it really seemed like the Giants were saving all of their runs from the first five games of the season for today, which means we realistically shouldn’t expect them to score again until this time next week.
So appreciate it fans – at least we got to see some really entertaining baseball. I mean, they even batted around the order in the fifth!
On the pitching side of things, Johnny Cueto was solid once again. Despite allowing 10 baserunners on 8 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings, he spread them out to avoid a big inning and let his defense make plays behind him
The Giants will absolutely need him to continue to pitch like this as two of their other top starters recover from injury. But just one run allowed in 13 innings so far this season will do the job just fine.
Shoutout to the bullpen for being solid once again, but again it was the offense that stole the show, with every batter getting on base (Joe Panik and Andrew McCutchen via the walk) and never giving the Mariners staff a break.
Then consider the fact that the team’s starting lineup was without regulars Evan Longoria, Hunter Pence, and Austin Jackson and feel even better about the offense’s ceiling and bench depth – both of which were just plain disappointments last season.
Newcomers Longoria (.263 OPS), Jackson (.258 OPS) and McCutchen (.250 OPS) haven’t even performed well so far this year, so much of the damage done was by the Giants who have been on the team before.
Hopefully, the Giants can maintain the hot offense into this next series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, where their starters are projected to be Derek Holland, Chris Stratton and Ty Blach – who may need more help than Cueto has so far.