The San Francisco Giants put on an offensive show at Coors Field in Colorado Tuesday night, trouncing the Rockies 14-4. Madison Bumgarner picked up the win, holding Colorado's high-powered offense to three runs over six innings of work, striking out eight.
Evan Longoria got things started in the second inning, blasting a solo homer off of Colorado's Antonio Senzatela. In the fourth, fresh from AAA-Sacramento, Mac Williamson introduced himself to the 2019 MLB season with a three-run shot to left. Williamson had been on an absolute tear, down in the minors, heading into his eventual Tuesday call-up.
On Monday night, against the Reno Aces, Mac drilled three home runs in one game–his seventh, eighth, and ninth on the year. Williamson was crushing the competition for the Giants' minor league affiliate, hitting .378, posting a gaudy 1.215 OPS, including: nine home runs, four doubles, and 22 runs batted-in. All of this damage was done in 23 games and 82 official at-bats.
Williamson wasn't just a hero at the plate on Tuesday night, as he fielded a line-drive off the wall in the bottom of the second, wheeled and unleashed a rocket to short stop Brandon Crawford on the edge of the outfield grass, who pivoted and gunned-down the Rockies' Raimel Tapia at the plate.
There were other notable Giants contributions, outside of Mac, including a solid two-double game by Brandon Belt. Steven Duggar had a two-out, two-RBI single, his lone hit on the night. Crawford was 2-4 on the night, knocking in two runs. Kevin Pillar blasted another home run, which vaulted him into the team lead with six, one ahead of Belt.
The 14 runs that San Francisco scored is three more than their previous season-high (12), which came during last week's epic comeback win against the Reds, in Cincinnati, after being down by eight runs. Williamson is getting what could be his last shot to prove himself at the big league level, for San Francisco. Let's hope he makes the most of it and is able to carve out a roster spot for himself. He appears to have the potential to be a big right-handed power threat. Playing at the cavernous Oracle Park in San Francisco kills powerful lefties, but righties can reasonably take-on the left field wall and bleacher section.