Mike Yastrzemski hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls by San Francisco, to help the NL West-driving Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 Friday night and become the season’s initial 100-win group.
154 games is the quickest the Giants have arrived at 100 successes in the live-ball time (since 1920). It’s whenever they’ve initially been the primary group in MLB with 100 successes since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
San Francisco drives the Los Angeles Dodgers by a game. The Giants have won 16 of 20.
Kervin Castro (1-0) threw two innings for his first significant association triumph, and the Giants arrived at 100 successes interestingly since going 100-62 out of 2003.
“It’s a big accomplishment, but we’re looking for more,” San Francisco pitcher Alex Wood said.
The Giants haven’t won the NL West since 2012, when they caught the second of three World Series titles in a five-year range. Coming into the season, they were gently respected with the Dodgers and San Diego Padres getting the majority of the consideration, yet they’ve amazed many.
“It’s a big deal,” manager Gabe Kapler said of winning 100 games. “We know our division is extraordinarily talented, but we also know that we’re talented. Our goal was to win the division and not just sneak into the playoffs.”
San Francisco blew it open in the seventh. Yastrzemski followed singles by Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria with his 25th homer off reliever Ashton Goudeau (1-1). The Giants attached one more sudden spike in demand for Buster Posey’s RBI single.
Tommy La Stella, Crawford and Brandon Belt had solo grand slams to give San Francisco a 3-2 lead after six. La Stella and Crawford had three hits each and Belt wrapped up with two.
San Francisco has 234 grand slams, one less than the club record set in 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73. The Giants lead the NL in homers and are second in the majors to Toronto’s 241 regardless of not having a player hit in excess of 27 this season.
Three players – Belt, Crawford and Yastrzemski – have at least 22, and seven different players have arrived at twofold digits in homers.
“So many of the home runs have been meaningful,” Kapler said. “I can’t help but think of the ones that changed a game for us. We’re getting contributions from everyone on our roster.”