When you're in the kind of slump Mike Morse has been in for the San Francisco Giants, a home run feels great. But when you're in that kind of slump, a ninth-inning, game-tying homer, like Morse hit Saturday against the San Diego Padres, feels like Charlie getting the keys to the chocolate factory.
Morse, whose early success helped make the Giants one of MLB's early-season successes, had been wretched for the past month. He hadn't homered in 24 games. His last homer, in fact, came a month earlier, on June 5, and since that game, he'd only driven in three runs. Considering he had 20 RBIs in April and 18 in May, that's a sharp and painful decline.
So Saturday's homer — which sent the game into extra innings, where the Giants won 5-3 after a Brandon Belt 10th inning homer — was cause for Morse to get really, really, really excited. He seemed as psyched as a Little Leaguer who just hit his first home run. Just look at these pictures.
As anybody who has watched the Giants over the past month can tell you, they're a team in need of a spark. They blew a 9 1/2 game lead in the NL West and manager Bruce Bochy had to call another meeting this week to rally the team's veterans.
A moment like this? Then a two-run, go-ahead homer from a fresh-off-the-DL Brandon Belt? It could be the type of momentum-creating game that sets the Giants back on their winning course.
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