San Francisco Giants hitter Wilmer Flores hits for a three run home run against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Connor Brogdon on Tue Apr 20, 2021 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
Buster Posey did something in the second game of the three-game series that was last accomplished nearly five years ago.
Posey picked up his first multi-home run for the first time since 2016, as the San Francisco Giants came back to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-7 at Citizens Bank Park.
Tommy La Stella hit a home run, but the big punches by the Giants came in the top of the eighth inning, as they scored six runs in the inning to take the lead for good.
Alex Dickerson slammed a three-run home run and then Wilmer Flores slammed a three-run pinch hit home run to secure the Giants third straight win.
All 10 runs came via the long ball, as the Giants have hit 25 home runs through 17 games during the 2021 season.
Dickersons three-run home run gave the Giants their first and only lead of the game, and then just four batters later, Flores picked up his first pinch-hit of the season that gave the Giants their final three runs of the game.
The six runs scored by the Giants were the first six runs allowed by Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon, who entered the game with a 0.00 earned run average and left with a 7.36 era.
It was the first multi-homer game for Posey since May 18, 2016 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Posey hit both of his home runs against former Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler, who was part of the Carlos Beltran trade with the New York Mets on July 11, 2011.
Logan Webb, who was activated off the injured list prior to the game after being placed on the list due to side effects from the Covid-19 vaccine went four innings, allowing four earned runs, seven hits, two walks and striking out four in just four innings of work.
To make room for Webb, Trevor Gott was designed for assignment, and closer Jake McGee was activated and pitched the ninth inning in the game. Sam Selman was sent to the alternate site after being called up to replace McGee.
Former Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarez pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn his first win of the season.
Brandon Belt was forced to leave the game with a right quad strain and will be re-evaluated by the team on Wednesday.
NOTES: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Curt Casali is the first Giants catcher to catch shutouts in four consecutive starts since Broadway Aleck Smith, May 6-24, 1901…the last Major Leaguer to catch shutouts in four consecutive starts was Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli (five straight) in June 2015.
The last time that the Giants threw back-to-back shutouts was against the Colorado Rockies on September 14 and 15, 2018 at Oracle Park.
UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani closes out the road trip on Wednesday afternoon, as he takes the mound versus the Phillies, who will send Zach Eflin to the hill.