July 7, 2022

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Joc's clutch HR, 'pen push Giants past Crew

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MILWAUKEE — Bullpen games are the new norm for the Giants. With injuries to Alex Cobb and Anthony DeSclafani early in the season, San Francisco has leaned on the nontraditional bullpen game to get through outings. 

Opener Sammy Long logged one scoreless frame as he and seven other Giants relievers combined for nine strikeouts while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and just one walk.

Offensively, it was none other than Joc Pederson, who got the Giants on the board with a two-run 435-foot home run to provide a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. It came off the bat at 109 mph, according to Statcast.

That home run was his sixth of the season, tied for third-most in franchise history in a team’s first 14 games of a season, joining Barry Bonds (2000, ’01, ’02, ’04) and Jarrett Parker (’15).

With a Willy Adames home run in the eighth inning off of veteran Jake McGee, the Giants answered with Luis González’s first career home run — a two-run go-ahead jack in the ninth.

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