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Giants vs. Brewers lineups: Mike Yastrzemski starts after first Oracle homer

Giants vs. Brewers lineups: Mike Yastrzemski starts after first Oracle homer

Hit a home run off the bench, get a start the next day. It should be a golden rule in baseball, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy is abiding by it Saturday. 

Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning of the Giants' 5-3 win over the Brewers on Friday night. The long ball was the rookie's first at Oracle Park

The next day, Bochy is rewarding Yastrzemski with a start in left field. Yastrzemski, 28, is batting .228 with two home runs in 17 games for the Giants this season.

On the hill, the Giants are sending out their ace. Madison Bumgarner is looking for his first win in nearly a month as he faces the Brewers for the first time this season. The left-hander is 3-6 with a 3.83 ERA this season.

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First pitch for Brewers vs. Giants is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT with pregame coverage beginning at noon. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

Milwaukee Brewers (39-30)
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Christian Yelich, RF
Ryan Braun, LF
Yasmani Grandal, 1B
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Hernan Perez, 2B
Orlando Arcia, SS
Manny Pina, C
Jimmy Nelson, RHP (0-1, 12.00 ERA)

San Francisco Giants(29-38)
Joe Panik, 2B
Mike Yastrzemski, LF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Stephen Vogt, C
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Steven Duggar, CF
Madison Bumgarner, LHP (3-6, 3.83 ERA)

Conner Menez, Zach Green reflect on making MLB debuts with Giants

Conner Menez, Zach Green reflect on making MLB debuts with Giants

Hollister is 94 miles from Oracle Park. Carmichael is 97 miles from the Giants' ballpark in San Francisco.

On Sunday, two players made their major league debuts for the team they grew up rooting for.

24-year-old pitcher Conner Menez, from Hollister, had about 60 friends and family in attendance. His dad used to bring him to Giants games when he was younger. He remembers watching Tim Lincecum pitch when "The Freak" was all the rage. His dad even bought him a Lincecum jersey.

Now, he's pitching on the same mound Lincecum used to dominate from.

After the Giants beat the Mets, 3-2, on Mike Yastrzemski's 12th-inning walk-off homer, Menez reflected on what the last 48 hours have been like for him.

"Honestly, they've been unreal," Menez told the media. "It's been such a huge blessing to be here. I still feel like I'm on cloud nine."

After allowing two solo home runs in the second inning, Menez settled down and made it through five innings. He allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out six.

Menez got to stand on the mound Lincecum used to climb, and he got to throw to another Giants icon, Buster Posey.

"It was awesome, especially growing up as a Giants fan and always watching Posey," Menez said. "It was a really, really cool moment. He's a great guy."

As for Zach Green, his family in the Sacramento area has been able to watch him all season while he's been playing at Triple-A. Green didn't have as many family members as Menez at Sunday's game (just eight), but it was still a special day for the third baseman.

"I had a little time to take it all in," Green told the media. "I found out yesterday right before [batting practice], got on a flight and got here last night."

In his first major league at-bat, Green roped a single to center field. In his second at-bat, he drove in Posey with a double to left. Some players need a couple games before they get their first hit in the big leagues. Green wasted no time getting his first two big-league hits.

"Talk about weight off the shoulders," Green said. "It was special, happened like that. Next thing I knew, I was on first base and [first base coach Jose Alguacil] was congratulating me."

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The Giants are in an interesting position. For the first few months of the season, they were expected to be sellers ahead of the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. But they've won 14 of 17 games to get back to the .500 mark and are 2.5 games out of an NL Wild Card spot. While they try to figure out if they are going to be buyers or sellers, they were able to make the dreams come true for two lifelong Giants fans.

Now, that's pretty special.

Watch Mike Yastrzemski's walk-off homer give Giants a 3-2 win over Mets

Watch Mike Yastrzemski's walk-off homer give Giants a 3-2 win over Mets

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On May 27, 1980, Carl Yastrzemski hit a walk-off homer to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays.

It was the last walk-off homer of his Hall of Fame career.

Thirty-nine years later, rookie Mike Yastrzemski followed in his grandfather's footsteps with his first-career walk-off homer to give the Giants a 3-2 win over the Mets in 12 innings at Oracle Park on Sunday.

With the win, the Giants took three out of four from the Mets and moved back to the .500 mark (50-50) as they welcome the NL Central-leading Cubs to town on Monday.

Yastrzemski's walk-off homer ended a year-long drought for the Giants, who hadn't hit one since Brandon Crawford on June 27, 2018.

The last time a Giant hit a walk-off homer in extra innings was Andrew McCutchen on April 7, 2018.

After being released by the Baltimore Orioles, Yastrzemski is having a breakout rookie season with the Giants. He now has nine homers, 27 RBI and is slashing .259/.303/.500 in 48 games.

After the game, Yastrzemski spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez and discussed what it says about the Giants that they've won in so many different ways recently.

"We proved something to ourselves, that we can win a game when we're down, that we can win a game when we go to extra innings," Yastrzemski said. "So to be able to come through in those situations, it gives you all the confidence in the world."

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Through 100 games, the Giants are 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the second NL Wild Card. If they keep playing like this, there's no doubt that they could sneak into the playoffs.