Mike Yastrzemski, Donovan Solano bring magic back to Oracle Park in walk-off win

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the Giants’ thrilling 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Donovan Solano hit a three-run home run with two outs in the 8th inning that tied the game, and Mike Yastrzemski hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 9th to walk off the Padres. In both at-bats, the pitcher had the platoon advantage. This was a big theme in this game, as manager Gabe Kapler elected not to go with his normal platoon-heavy lineup at a few positions to start the game. Austin Slater started in right field instead of Joe McCarthy, and Donovan Solano started at third base instead of having Mauricio Dubón or Jaylin Davis in the lineup. Those moves proved to be instrumental in the Giants’ comeback, as Slater and Solano had key performances in the win.

Johnny Cueto started on the mound for the Giants, and he wasn’t particularly sharp. He issued three walks and allowed four hits, and he wasn’t able to escape the 4th inning. Shaun Anderson allowed a three-run home after Cueto departed in the 4th, but Tyler Anderson tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief after that. Tyler Rogers pitched a scoreless top of the 9th against the heart of the Padres lineup before Yastrzemski hit his walkoff shot in the bottom of the inning. It was Yastrzemski’s second home run of the game. Left fielder Alex Dickerson also hit a triple and a home run earlier, and he drew a key walk in the 8th inning that helped set up the game-tying home run by Solano.

The Giants will get reinforcements today, as first baseman Brandon Belt and third baseman Evan Longoria are expected to be activated from the injured list. McCarthy will likely be sent back to the alternate site, and the Giants must take someone else off the active roster as well. Additionally, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, those around the Giants organization expect top catching prospect Joey Bart to be added to the major league roster in the near future, possibly as soon as Friday. The additions of Bart, Belt, and Longoria could give the Giants lineup a real boost, when paired with upstart performers like Yastrzemski, Dickerson, Solano, Slater, and Wilmer Flores.

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