The Joey Bart Era is off to a smashing start.
Bart had just one hit in his debut, but the Giants didn't even need that one. They scored eight runs in the first three innings, putting up three crooked numbers, en route to a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Oracle Park on Thursday night.
Because the Giants bullpen is the Giants bullpen, this one wasn't totally comfortable. But the Giants held on, winning for the third consecutive time after losing five straight. They are 11-16. Here are three things to know from the first night with Bart in the lineup ...
Bart at the Plate
The blowout got Bart plenty of opportunities, but he had to wait until his fourth plate appearance to get his first hit. Bart was hit on the foot his first time up, struck out with the bases loaded an inning later, and then popped up.
But in the sixth he came up with a runner on and smacked a double down the left field line. At 109.5 mph, it was the fourth hardest-hit ball of the season by a Giant. According to Sarah Langs of MLB, Bart is the youngest Giants player with an extra-base hit in his MLB debut since 23-year-old Yorvit Torrealba in 2001. Bart is also 23.
Bart grounded out to third in the eighth. He finished 1-for-4.
Bart Behind the Plate
It'll take some time to get metrics on Bart's pitch-framing, but the eye test was encouraging Thursday, and he did a nice job of blocking pitches for Kevin Gausman, who gave up four earned in 5 1/3 innings but struck out eight.
Gausman got one of the easier wins of his career. The Giants gave him nine runs of support in the first four innings, although that seemed to mess with Gausman's rhythm a bit as he sat for so long.
Brandon Crawford tacked on with an easy oppo shot in the fourth inning, his second of the season and 100th as a big leaguer. Crawford and Brandon Belt are starting to sneak up franchise leaderboards after so many years, and Crawford became the third Giants shortstop to hit 100 homers.
Rich Aurilia has the franchise record with 143. Travis Jackson of the New York Giants hit 135.