Joc's upper-deck shot helps Giants close May on high

2 years ago

PHILADELPHIA — Joc Pederson has been one of the Giants’ hottest hitters, but he was left out of the starting lineup on Tuesday since the Phillies sent a left-handed starter to the mound in Ranger Suárez. But that didn’t prevent Pederson from making a late impact.

After entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, Pederson remained in the lineup and delivered the biggest blast of the night, hammering a two-run shot into the upper deck in right field to cap a three-run 11th inning and lift the Giants to a 7-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Donovan Walton kicked off the decisive rally by smoking a double off Andrew Bellatti to knock in the automatic runner and give the Giants a 5-4 lead. Pederson followed by clobbering a low slider from Bellatti 428 feet out to right field for his team-high 12th home run of the year.

Lefty José Álvarez worked a scoreless 11th to end the back-and-forth affair and seal the win for the Giants, who have won five of their last seven games to end May with a 13-14 mark, their first losing month under manager Gabe Kapler since August 2020.

Rookie Luis González had a career-high four hits and two RBIs, though San Francisco’s lineup went only 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.