Logan Webb entered Sunday with just one official at-bat to his name this season: A swinging strikeout on three pitches.
Webb went from 0-for-1 with one strikeout to Silver Slugger candidate (kidding, mostly) with one swing in the bottom of the second inning in the Giants' 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. San Francisco's starting pitcher hammered a 2-1 92 mph fastball from right-handed reliever Paul Campbell to Triples Alley, scoring Tommy La Stella and Mauricio Dubon on a standup triple to give the Giants an early 3-0 lead.
After the win, Webb said he couldn't even remember the last time he tripled, guessing it was sometime in high school.
"It was cool. Now I know why hitters like hitting so much," Webb said to reporters. "When you hit it and it just feels good, it feels like nothing. That was fun, I had a lot of fun. That was a lot of fun doing that.
"I was definitely a little tired after I got to third."
Teammates were full of jokes once Webb came back into the dugout with a giant grin across his face. When he reached third base, he and coach Ron Wotus were amped up, to put it lightly.
"I don't know if I can say what I said to Wo when I got to third base," Webb said when I asked what he was yelling to Wotus and the dugout. "It was something then 'Yeah!' Wo was all fired up. He pointed at, I think it was [Curt] Casali and he's all smilin' at me. It was cool."
Webb's first career triple and first career RBI had a 109-mph exit velocity and traveled 390 feet. It was the second-hardest hit ball of the game behind Giants outfielder Darin Ruf (109.3 mph) and traveled the third-furthest distance. The three-bagger was the first by a Giants pitcher since Tim Lincecum on June 21, 2013.
In fact, he hit the ball so hard in all three of his at-bats, manager Gabe Kapler said he might have to consider Webb for a pinch-hit appearance down the road the if this offense keeps getting dinged up.
"He's certainly under consideration at this point," Kapler said with a laugh. "There were some jokes on the bench about when we took him out of the game we took the best bat out of the lineup.
"I think that's worth considering. We have some good hitters on our bench. As long as those guys are a healthy group, those guys will get the opportunity to hit first. But Logan certainly made a push to be under consideration when we think about hitting with a pitcher."
While Webb's two-run triple stole the show, his performance on the mound can't go unnoticed.
Webb came into Sunday 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA. He left 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA after striking out eight batters over seven scoreless innings. While he was effectively wild at times, walking three and hitting two batters, Webb only allowed three hits on the day.
He tied his career-high for his longest start and his eight strikeouts also tied a career-best for the 24-year-old.
The only thing that could have been added to the Logan Webb Show was his first career home run. He just missed one in his final at-bat, hitting a deep fly to center field 380 feet on what had a 104.3 mph exit velocity.
"I don't know what a home run feels like, so I couldn't tell you if it felt like a home run," Webb said.
He might not know what a homer feels like yet, but his feelings on the universal DH might have changed after his big day at the plate. Webb said before the season he was for the DH coming to the NL, due in large part because his last at-bat in 2019 was a hit before Giants pitchers no longer hit in 2020.
"Hitting's fun, it is. It's fun to go up there and swing and all that. I don't really have a huge opinion on it. You'd have to ask some of the older guys about that," Webb said.
"But for now, yeah. I like goin' up there and swingin' it."