San Francisco Giant hitter Kris Bryant hits a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning one of two home runs in the game against the New York Mets. Mets catcher James McCann can only watch after Bryant hits the big fly on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)
By Morris Phillips
SAN FRANCISCO–Kris Bryant looks to be everything the San Francisco Giants (77-42) expected him to be when they picked him up during the trade deadline in July. Bryant hit two home runs and the Giants needed each of those homers to get a 7-5 two run win over the visiting New York Mets (59-59) on Monday night at Oracle Park.
The Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford continues to swing a hot bat with four hits. Crawford who signed a $32 million two year deal has now hit .427 in his last 28 games. Crawford also has had some key defensive play at shortstop that has supported some of the pitching in closing up some tight innings.
Brandon Belt who came in as a pinch hitter hit a home run. Belt has been on a tear since the Giants last road trip in Milwaukee last week where Belt hit multiple home runs in that series. The Giants with the best record in baseball have won 16 out of their last 21 ball games. The Giants are maintaining a good distance on the second place Los Angeles Dodgers with a four game lead in the National League West.
Bryant commented after the game the reason why he’s hitting so well it’s contagious and that the offense is not letting the opposing starters take them out of their game early the Giants on Monday night scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings and the Mets scored three times in the top of the fifth for a 4-3 lead the Giants picked up insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh and it was Bryant’s two home runs that stood up and made a difference.
The Giants also had to marvel at the fine pitching of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman who went five innings, five hits, three earned runs, two walks and the seven strike outs were key on keeping the Mets off the bases. “This was the best we’ve seen him in quite some time,” said San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler in the post game presser. “The fastball had a ton of life on it and the velocity was up. The split was much better. His mechanics were good.” The win was good enough for Gausman to improve his record to 12-5.
On Tuesday night the Mets will start right hander Marcus Stroman (8-11 ERA 2.79) and for the Giants Logan Webb (6-3 ERA 2.96) a 6:45 pm (PDT) first pitch at Oracle Park in San Francisco.