The Giants’ “fun” streak continues as Lewis Brinson hits the Dodgers

Brinson, loose-playing Giants ‘having fun’ in win against Dodgers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins and have a 19-game lead in the National League West. A year after failing to chase down the Giants, they can clinch the division as early as this weekend. They are one of the best regular season teams in MLB history and every opponent that walks into Dodger Stadium knows how difficult the task is.

How do you combat this? Sometimes it’s better not to know too much.

Lewis Brinson has been a Giant for less than a week, meaning he hasn’t been part of an eight-game losing streak. In fact, he didn’t even know about the slide, and on Monday night, ignorance was bliss.

Brinson hit two of five Giants homers, sparking a 7-4 victory that was the fourth straight for a team that is starting to find its groove again. Afterward, Brinson shrugged when asked about the Dodgers’ long losing streak.

“I had no idea,” he said. “It’s over now, so it’s okay.”

It’s over in large part because of Brinson, who hit a leadoff hit Monday night and smoked a pair of homers. The five for the team tied a franchise record at Dodger Stadium.

“Obviously the home games were big,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “They add a lot of fun to the game.”

When Brinson appeared at Oracle Park last week, that was the word he mentioned. Asked what he would bring, he said he likes to have fun and the Giants could definitely use that. But they also need right-handed power, and Brinson certainly has the natural talent to be that guy.

The center fielder nearly homered in his first at-bat, but hit a hard foul. In the third, he straightened it out to dead center for a two-run shot. In the ninth, he hit another homer over the yard, padding the lead.

“(The foul ball) definitely helped me tell my body, this is the sweet spot,” Brinson said. “It was a great night, man. We got a win against a great Dodgers team. Obviously I hit two homers, which is awesome, but we got a win. We’ve got to keep that streak going.”

The big night featured a new-look, right-handed lineup that terrorized lefty Andrew Heaney. The Giants hit four homers in a 20-minute span in the middle of the game, with JD Davis, Thairo Estrada and David Villar joining Brinson. On one of the hottest nights of the year they cleverly got the ball in the air.

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The power led to a fourth straight win for a club that had previously lost seven straight, just 100 percent out of the playoff race. With nothing to lose, the Giants have righted the ship, although it is still almost underwater. They have 29 games left and a 1 percent chance to make the postseason, according to FanGraphs, but no one in the clubhouse is even talking about it anymore.

The focus is on finishing strong and having fun. Right now, the Giants are doing both.

“It’s been a really fun four games,” said Villar, who hit his second career home run. “It’s fun when you win, especially here in Los Angeles”

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