Giants Top Nationals 4-3 With Another Williamson HR

Giants Top Nationals 4-3 With Another Williamson HR

But with Williamson accelerating the Giants' resurgence in slugging that started this year by hitters such as Brandon Belt, who contributed a two-run homer Tuesday, San Francisco just might make the long ball an integral part of its offensive repertoire once again. "You look at Mac's career and I think he was ready to try something".

Williamson said he added a leg kick and lowered his hands in an attempt to create a shorter swing and be more direct to the ball.

Frustrations almost boiled over after Monday's 4-2 loss to the Giants when starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez stormed into manager Dave Martinez's office to complain about having been pulled in the sixth inning of a game the Nationals trailed just 2-1.

"We've talked about what a shot in the arm he's been and he's more than that", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It shows you just how strong this guy is".

Williamson, who forced his way to the big leagues with 19 hits, including six homers in 11 games with Triple-A Sacramento, came to the plate. "I got pretty lucky". He has had a history of elbow trouble and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. It wasn't as far as Monday's clout - this one went 423 feet - but was just as pivotal for the Giants. This clout wasn't as eye-popping as Monday's, when Williamson planted a 464-foot drive into the right-center-field seats - an area right-handed batters such as him rarely reach.

"That was crushed", Stratton said. "Once we have communication, everything is nice and calm and everything plays out the way it should play out". "He's provided a spark". He's 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts in San Francisco. Both offenses are struggling right now and the Giants have ranked among the MLBs worst offenses through the first month of the season.

Giants Top Nationals 4-3 With Another Williamson HR
Giants Top Nationals 4-3 With Another Williamson HR

Williamson followed with a grounder to third base that Kendrick threw home too late to get Longo, tying the score and allowing Williamson safe passage to first.

Buster Posey, moved from cleanup to the No. 3 spot, drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single and recent call-up Mac Williamson hit the Giants' longest home run of the season in a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals to open a 10-game homestand.

Samardzija (1-0, 0.00) was impressive in his delayed season debut last week, shutting out the Los Angeles Angels on two hits for five innings in an 8-1 Giants win.

Washington traded right-hander A.J. Cole to the New York Yankees for cash.

Nationals are 16-6 in their last 22 Tuesday games. Samardzija was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against Washington a year ago. Alas, the Giants bats awoke in the fifth and took a lead they never gave back.

Baker is now working in an advisory role to Giants CEO Larry Baer while getting to watch son, Darren, play his freshman college season at California in Berkeley. "I'm not complacent in where I am right now", he said. "We just can't get the big hit with people on base". OF Brian Goodwin remains in Florida with pain in his bruised left wrist.



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