Giants vs. Braves – Game Recap – June 21, 2022


Giants vs. Braves - Game Recap - June 21, 2022

ATLANTA — Giants manager Gabe Kapler knew Mike Yastrzemski was about to step out and end his frustration at the plate.

“He understands that there is turbulence during a major league baseball season,” Kapler said. “He just doesn’t let himself be overwhelmed, so it wasn’t at all surprising that he slapped the ball down the right field line today.”

Yastrzemski broke out of the bottom with a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, Joc Pederson and Austin Wynns hit a homer and San Francisco beat the Atlanta Braves 12-10 Tuesday night.

Yastrzemski was 1 for his last 19 when he drove a pitch right from Collin McHugh that gave the Giants a final 8-7 lead. Pederson hit for his 15th homer in the seventh in front of McHugh, and Wynns went deep in the second in front of Spencer Strider as San Francisco went for a two-game sled.

Kapler has seen the Giants get closer to lining up good bats as a team. Everything went wonderfully on Tuesday.

“I’m not sure which one to point to,” he said. “I thought we had quality bats in our lineup and throughout the game and it turns out we needed every one of them.”

Matt Olson hit two homers and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Marcell Ozuna went deep for Atlanta, which leads the NL with 105 homers.

Defending World Series champion Braves, runners-up in the NL East, had won back-to-back and 16-of-18 on June 1. Atlanta tried to take their best 11 games of the season over .500 but snagged an eighth game home winning streak instead.

“We kept bringing it up,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We just couldn’t stop the bleeding a couple of times. When we were 7-6 up, I knew we had to keep scoring. It did not work. “

San Francisco, in third place in the NL West, has won eight of 11 and 14 of 22. The Giants scored three runs in the ninth with Thairo Estrada’s RBI single and Wilmer Flores’ two-run single.

Darren O’Day (1-1) accepted the loss after conceding two hits and two runs and unable to retire any of the three batters he faced in the sixth time.

Tyler Rogers (1-3) pitched two innings to claim the win.

Acuña’s seventh homer was a 409-foot shot by Zack Littell, which bounced into the second deck of left field to make it 7-6 in the fourth. Michael Harris II was hit by a pitch before Acuña, who finished 3 for 5, connected.

San Francisco scored two goals in the top of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. Back-to-back singles from Tommy La Stella and Brandon Crawford led to Wynn’s RBI single tying it, and Crawford scored with Luis González’s victim fly on a call that was overturned after Crawford was originally ruled out.

That chased Strider, who tussled with six carries and six shots allowed in 3 2/3 innings. Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani, who was back on the roster after nearly two months due to a right ankle infection, didn’t fare much better as he was burdened with six hits and five runs in three innings.

Ozuna’s 13th homer cut the lead to 4-2 by the end of the second. Travis d’Arnaud reached with a broken racquet bloop single and scored when Ozuna connected with a 427-foot left center shot.

Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley cut out with an out in the third. Olson followed up with his ninth homer, a 432-foot shot that gave the Braves a short 5-4 lead. Olson’s 10th homer cut the lead to 12-10 in the ninth.

Crawford’s sacrificial fly and Wynns’ first homer, a three-run shot to the left, made it 4-0 in the second. Wynn went 3 for 4.

“I just did my part, man,” Wynns said. “That’s all I wanted to do. It was a fight today. We needed our entire team, pitching, defending, hitting, so it was huge. I’m glad I did my part.”

He hit the Giants’ first homer that wasn’t a solo shot in their last 12 long balls, a two-week span.

“Turn the heater down and he threw it right in,” Wynns said. “He’s a good shooter, man. Elite fastball.”


Crawford left the game after d’Arnaud fell on his left leg at home as he safely slipped in on González’s sacrificial fly. Wilmer Flores came on second and Estrada switched to shortstop to replace Crawford, who sustained a bruised left knee. … Giants LHP José Álvarez was put on the 15-day injured list with lower back strains.


Poor fielding hurt the Giants in the seventh. A passed ball from Wynns allowed Acuña, who was running on play, to move up from first to third. Acuña then hit with two outs to cut the lead to 9-8 when Estrada, in second place for the potential forceout, bobbed third baseman Evan Longoria’s soft throw to Olson’s grounder. Estrada redeemed himself with an RBI single in the ninth that made it 10-8.


San Francisco helper Camilo Doval angrily threw his glove onto the turf after recording the second from the ninth. Kapler said Doval, who had just given up Olson’s second homer, thought it was the third and was frustrated.


Giants LHP Carlos Rodón (6-4, 2.84 ERA) will take the mound against Braves RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.08) as the teams play the third game of a four-game series. Rodón meets Atlanta for the first time. Morton is 4-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 14 career starts against San Francisco.


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