Belt crushes grand slam, Posey homers in SF Giants’ biggest inning since 2008


For as good as the Giants’ offense was last year, one of the lineup’s biggest weaknesses was producing runs in doubleheader games.

In their first doubleheader matchup of the 2021 season, the Giants wasted little time giving their pitching staff a little breathing room.

With help from a Brandon Belt grand slam and a Buster Posey home run, the Giants scored 10 first-inning runs at Coors Field on Tuesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rockies.

BELTED (Grand Slam Version)#SFGiants drop a 10 spot in the 1st. #ResilientSF

— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 4, 2021

The 10 runs the Giants scored in the top of the first inning marked their most in a single frame since scoring 10 in the bottom of the fourth inning at Oracle Park on September 7, 2008 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants won that game 11-6 as the color commentator for Tuesday’s game, Randy Winn, reached twice in the fourth inning that day including to lead off the inning.

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tuesday’s first inning against the Rockies marked the fifth time in Giants history the club has scored a double-digit run total in the opening frame as the club also accomplished the feat with an 11-run inning on June 29, 1967 against St. Louis, an 11-run inning on April 15, 1922 against Brooklyn, a 13-run inning on May 5, 1911 against St. Louis and an 11-run inning on June 11, 1887 against Washington.

Starter Germán Márquez allowed the first six Giants batters to reach base and exited with the bases loaded and Colorado already trailing 5-0. The Rockies’ first reliever, Jhoulys Chacin, was one strike away from limiting the damage, but he grooved a 3-2 fastball down the middle that Belt launched 452 feet for his third career grand slam.

Belt’s home run marked the fourth farthest he’s hit since Statcast began tracking home run distances in 2015 and was his longest since hitting a 456-foot home run off former Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood at Coors Field on April 21, 2017.

The next batter, Posey, hit his seventh home run of the season, matching …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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