SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Padres Series
2. The offense had its blowout game
The Giants’ offense has not fully clicked yet, but it did put together its first blowout game of the season. Before Monday’s game, San Francisco often played with very little margin of error and that was due in part to the lack of offense.
At least for one night, that narrative changed. The Giants crossed home plate 12 times on Monday and received notable performances from a handful of key contributors:
- Buster Posey: 4-5, 1 HR, 3 runs, and 3 RBI
- Austin Slater: 2-5, 1 run
- Wilmer Flores: 2-5, 2 runs
- Evan Longoria: 2-2, 1 run, and 3 RBI
- Mauricio Dubón: 1-2, 4 RBI
Posey and Longoria have been the most consistent hitters and they continued that trend with strong performances on Monday. Posey is looking like the hitter fans remember and his renaissance is changing the dynamic of the lineup.
Similarly, the SF Giants expect Slater, Flores, and Dubón to be reliable role players and none of them have truly got it going. Slater and Flores have had their moment in 2021, but Dubón has struggled mightily at the plate.
Dubón might need a couple more good games to rebuild his confidence, and hopefully, his clutch performance on Monday was a start. It bears mentioning that his baserunning leaves a lot to be desired.
Sometimes, teams need a game like this to really get going and the Giants scored a total of 24 runs in the Rockies series. The offense has looked better and more consistent in recent games and a 12-run outburst could help the bats get going.