What you might have missed as Giants end skid, beat Mariners originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Giants entered Wednesday night's game averaging about 5.7 runs per game at Oracle Park this season. A night as the "road" team in their own park didn't change that.
The Giants scored in each of the first four innings while batting first, twice scoring three runs, and cruised to a 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in a game that was pushed back a day and down the coast.
There was little drama in this one outside of an eighth-inning 99 mph fastball that got away from Sam Coonrod and drilled Dylan Moore in the helmet. Moore appeared to be okay, and he went down to first before being wiped out on a fielder's choice. The Mariners did not retaliate.
The Giants snapped a three-game skid and got back to .500 at 24-24. They're tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for the seventh NL postseason spot, and half a game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are currently third in the NL Central.
Here are three things to know about the Giants' second-ever "road" game at Oracle Park ...
In his first start in six weeks, Drew Smyly struck out eight in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs, all in his final frame, when his pitch count caught up to him and he was pulled for Caleb Baragar, who walked all three batters he faced.
Smyly has made two appearances since coming back from the IL, one in relief and one as a starter. He has faced 32 batters and struck out half of them.
Brandon Belt scorched one to right-center in the third inning for a two-run shot that set the blowout in motion. The homer was his eighth of the year, and while Statcast said it went 423 feet, it certainly looked like one that would have been a double off the Triples Alley wall a year ago. Perhaps Belt knew that ...
When that ball is no longer a double off the wall: pic.twitter.com/2zNKY9vQ3f— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 17, 2020
Two batters later, Evan Longoria followed with a solo shot. Brandon Crawford later hit his own homer, and also doubled twice. The Giants are where they are in large part because of the bounceback years from their veterans.
Donnie Batting Champ?
Donovan Solano got the Giants on the board with an RBI single in the first and was 2-for-5, raising his batting average to .351. That put him a close second in the race for the batting title, just behind Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (.352). Trea Turner (.344), Juan Soto (.342) and Michael Conforto (.341) are also right in the hunt.
Solano is trying to become the first Giant to win a batting title since Buster Posey in 2012.