What We Learned When Thairo’s Homer Took A Wild Comeback Win originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The last thing you want when you have a losing season is extra innings, but for the second night in a row, the Giants had to finish past the 27th. Thairo Estrada made sure the late night was worth it.
Estrada hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th, leading the Giants to a 10-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Monday-evening. Estrada appeared to walk, but didn’t get the call, and he crushed a 3-2 pitch deep into the left seats, opening the game. The homer was the 14th for Estrada, who also has 19 stolen bases and leads the position of Giants players in Wins Above Replacement.
This one was Coors Field through and through. The Rockies scored in each of the first four innings, but the Giants came back within a run with a fifth of three runs.
The pitching ended until the ninth, when Estrada hit a leadoff double with the Giants trailing by pair. Wilmer Flores lined a single down the middle and David Villar tied it up with a double to the right. That set the tone for Estrada’s exploits.
Can’t turn it around
Jakob Junis was a revelation early on and it looked like there would be no drop off when he took over from the injured Anthony DeSclafani. But the second half was not nice for Junis, who marked the bottom of the rotation in March.
After posting a 3.06 ERA in the first half, Junis went into the evening with a 5.29 ERA in 10 appearances since the All-Star break, with opponents beating .284 from him. The Rockies got those numbers going in the wrong direction.
Junis was charged with six runs – five of which were earned – in 4 1/3 innings. He faced 27 batters and gave up 12 hits, a career-high.
Every batter loves Coors Field, but few embrace it like Mike Yastrzemski. His career started in 2019 when he had a massive run in Denver and he hasn’t stopped crushing Rockies pitchers since that run.
Yastrzemski entered this series with an 1,104 OPS at Coors Field, his highest in all baseball fields in which he has played more than three times. In Monday’s fourth inning, he crushed a solo shot to the middle, his ninth in just 25 games at Coors Field.
Oops, they did it again
The Giants committed four errors. This was their first four-error game since… August 30.
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This was their third four-error game of the season. No other team has more than two. Only 15 games with four errors have been played in baseball this season and the Giants have three.
They have to fix that.
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