What we learned as Giants blast four homers in Mets rout originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joc Pederson kept crushing on Wednesday, and this time he wasn't alone.
Young Mets lefty Thomas Szapucki threw just 49 pitches and four of them left the yard. The Giants put nine runs on him in 1 1/3 innings, with Evan Longoria homering twice, Pederson adding yet another one, and Mike Yastrzemski also blasting off. The Giants went on to win 9-3, getting a series win that looked improbable in the late innings on Tuesday night.
After the teams combined for 25 runs and 37 hits in the second game of the series, the finale was all Giants.
The power display was matched by Jakob Junis, who allowed just two earned on three hits in six innings. Junis has allowed two-or-fewer runs in five of his six appearances with the Giants.
That's one fun fact, here are three more:
Cannot Be Stopped
In the second inning, the Mets walked Pederson. In the fifth, they did it again. You can't blame them for never wanting to see him get off a swing again.
Pederson crushed a two-run shot to right in his first at-bat of the day, giving the Giants a five-run first and giving Pederson four homers in 18 hours. At that point he had homers in four of his last six plate appearances, and extremely hard exit velocities in five straight. Starting with his second homer on Tuesday, Pederson went 109.1 mph, 112.1, 109.2, 108 and 103.2. Because baseball is the weirdest, the 112.1 in there was the only out.
Pederson is now tied for third in the NL with 11 homers. He entered the day ranked fourth in the Majors in exit velocity, and he has some pretty impressive company:
Look Who's Heating Up ...
Pederson's career night overshadowed just about everything else that happened Tuesday night, from Logan Webb's solid start to Tyler Rogers' nightmare inning. Not a lot of attention was paid to Mike Yastrzemski, who reached base five times, including twice in the final two innings ahead of Pederson, who drove him in both times.
Yastrzemski was finding his swing before he got COVID-19 and he has stayed in a groove since returning. With a walk and a homer Wednesday, he raised his on-base percentage to .409.
Longoria had a hard double Monday, but he was out of the lineup a day later because of a jammed shoulder. He was hitting just .194 with no homers since returning from the IL, but in the first inning he hit a fly ball to center that just kept on carrying. The three-run blast was his first of the year, and in the second inning he added another one.
Longoria now has 20 career multi-homer games, but this was his first since 2019. The second homer followed one from Yastrzemski, which gave the Giants their second back-to-back string of the year. This one was a bit more impressive than the first, which came when Luis Gonzalez and Joey Bart took Albert Pujols deep earlier this month.