After a huge 13-12 win on Tuesday night, the SF Giants responded with a convincing 9-3 victory against the New York Mets to take the series at home. They blasted four home runs on Wednesday, including two from a veteran third baseman.
Evan Longoria blasts two homers as SF Giants nab 9-3 victory against the Mets
It is fair to say that Evan Longoria has not gotten off to a good start in 2022. The longtime third baseman missed the first six weeks of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his index finger.
In a small sample of only 36 plate appearances, Longoria had posted a .444 OPS with only two doubles before Wednesday. He struggled to control the strike zone as he recorded 12 strikeouts against zero walks while swinging at too many pitches outside of the strike zone.
Hopefully, his performance on Wednesday is a sign of things to come. The Giants faced off against left-hander Thomas Szapucki, who had been rehabbing after undergoing nerve surgery midway through the 2021 campaign.
Szapucki had made seven starts with Triple-A before Wednesday's game but had not completed more than five innings in any of those outings. He was not going to pitch deep into the game, but the Giants managed to knock him out earlier than expected.
The action began quickly as Longoria stepped to the plate with two runners on and blasted a three-run shot to center field. Thairo Estrada followed with a walk and Joc Pederson swatted his fourth homer in the last two games.
Before you even had a chance to sit down and enjoy your avocado toast, the Giants already had a 5-0 lead. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
The Giants added four more runs in the second inning thanks in part to back-to-back homers from Longoria and Mike Yastrzemski.
There was very little drama in this game. After a five-game losing streak and blowing a huge lead on Tuesday night only to make a surprising comeback later in the game, I think less drama is what we all needed.
Jakob Junis authored yet another strong start, yielding just two earned runs through six innings on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. This included nine groundouts. The veteran starter has a 2.76 ERA through six appearances so far in 2022.
José Álvarez, Zack Littell, and Mauricio Llovera combined to allow just one earned run in the final three innings of the game. The bullpen has not been nearly as sharp recently, so that is a trend to continue monitoring.
The Giants are off on Thursday as they embark on a 10-game road trip, beginning in Cincinnati on Friday. The Giants faced off against some of the best teams in the National League in May, but they are approaching a soft spot in the schedule. It might be too early to look at the standings, but this is a good opportunity to gain some ground against the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.