What we learned as the Giants blast five homers in wins vs. Dodgers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
LOS ANGELES — The eight-game losing streak against the Dodgers was one of the low points of the season for the Giants, but you’d be hard-pressed to explain that to many of the players in Monday’s lineup. The top hitter and No. 3 wasn’t even in the lineup when it started, and the new-look right-handed lineup proved to be the perfect fit on Monday.
The Giants hit five homers, including four by players who have just donned the orange and black this season, and beat the Dodgers 7-4. The win was their fourth straight and snapped an eight-game streak against Los Angeles, the franchise’s longest streak in a season since 1979.
Andrew Heaney has been a revelation for the Dodgers this season, but he’s been homer-prone in his career, and on a hot night in Los Angeles, the Giants sent out the souvenirs. They hadn’t hit four homers in a game since the first half, but they did in a 20-minute span in the third and fourth innings, taking a 6-2 lead.
Lewis Brinson’s second gave them five for the night, tying their record at Dodger Stadium. Their last five home game here was in 2004.
The first one is big
Brinson almost took Heaney deep while leading the play, but his effort to the left rolled the foul. Two innings later, he squared things up. Brinson hit a 429-foot shot into dead center to tie the game two batters after David Villar’s single. The homer was Brinson’s first as a Giant and first in the majors this season. He hit nine for the Marlins last year and has 25 previous major league hits.
Two batters after Brinson’s bomb, JD Davis hit a solo shot to center. It was his fifth in just over a month with the Giants after having just four in his first four months with the New York Mets.
Take the chance and run
Before the game, Gabe Kapler talked at length about how this month is a “catwalk” for Villar to establish himself as a major leaguer. Villar had back-to-back strong seasons in the high minors, but struggled during an earlier call-up this season. This time it’s off to a good start.
Three batters after Thairo Estrada hit his 12th homer of the year, Villar hit his second in the majors. He smashed a twelve-run fastball into the upper right field to give the Giants a 6-2 lead.
The Giants plan to play Villar often this month at first and third and have even talked about getting him opportunities at second base and left field. If he has a good month, he could put himself in position to make the Opening Day roster in 2023. There is uncertainty at both corners in the infield, and reliever Wilmer Flores will be a free agent.
Shades of October
Logan Webb threw 101 pitches, and after the final out, Kapler waited with an energetic handshake. It was very well earned. Webb was charged with two earned in six innings, striking out six without walking. He picked up his 12th win of the season.
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Webb gave up a two-run shot to Freddie Freeman in the first and had a lot of trouble in the middle innings, but he got big outs when he needed them. He moved two into scoring position in the fourth after Joey Gallo’s RBI double, and an inning later caught a break when Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel inexplicably sent Austin Barnes in on a Mookie Betts double with no outs. Brandon Crawford cut him off at the plate and Webb did the rest.
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