Longo and Joc’s power show help Giants bash the Mets 9-3


There would be no wild comebacks Wednesday afternoon at Oracle Park. Just over 12 hours after New York erased a six run deficit with seven runs in the eighth inning before falling to San Francisco 13-12 in an early game of the year candidate, the Giants jumped out to a nine run lead before the second inning was over on the way to a 9-3 win over the Mets.

Joc Pederson watches his two run first inning home run against the Mets leave the park during the Giants 9-3 win Wednesday afternoon. Pederson is 5-8 with four homers and 10 RBI’s and two walks in his last two games.

Evan Longoria slammed his first two home runs of the season, a three run blast in the first and
a solo shot in the second, and Joc Pederson and Mike Yastrzemski also added two run homers as the Giants salvaged the final two games of their homestand after dropping the first four. All eight of the Giants hits were for extra bases.

Pederson’s first inning homer was his fourth in two games and gives him a team high 11 for the season. The power show made it easy for Giants starter Jakob Junis (2-1, 2.76) who pitched a season high tying six innings for the second game in a row, only allowing two runs while striking out four against a Mets team with the highest batting average in the Majors.

Complimenting Longoria after the game, who just returned to the lineup two weeks ago after missing the first 29 games of the season, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said “One of the reasons we were successful last year is because our veteran players had signature and career years. Longo was excellent when he was on the field for us. Obviously, he had some injuries and wasn’t able to complete a full season, but while he was there, he did very well.”

Mike Yastrzemski receives congratulations in the Giants dugout following his two run homer in the second inning of San Francisco’s 9-3 win over the Mets Wednesday afternoon.

“The game last night, those games can either catapult you forward or have a tendency to set you back,” Longoria said. “We were luckily on the winning end of that one last night, and today we came out excited, swung the bats well and won a series against a playoff team. That’s a good team. I think we’re all happy with the results.”

After the game the Giants departed for a ten game road trip that will take them to Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Miami. Carlos Rodón (4-3, 3.43) is scheduled to face the Reds in Friday night’s opener.


Pederson’s performance Tuesday night made him the first Giant to hit three home runs in a regular season game in Oracle Par history. The only other player to accomplish the feat was Pablo Sandoval in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. He also became the first Giants player to hit three multi-run homers in a game since Willie Mays in his four-homer game on April 30, 1961. Pederson is 5-for-8 with 10 RBI’s and two walks in his last two games.

Junis helped end the Giants streak of having allowed 10 or more runs in each of their last three games for the first time since visiting Coors Field in May 2000.

The game marked the end of the Mets franchise record streak of winning 14 straight games following a loss, just two games short of the Major League record set by the 1934 New York Giants.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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