Mike Yastrzemski

New-look outfield does it all as Giants win for 11th time in 13 games


New-look outfield does it all as Giants win for 11th time in 13 games

DENVER -- After he finished his daily session with the media on Tuesday afternoon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat against the wall in the dugout and spent a silent moment looking out at the grass at Coors Field. 

"It's amazing how big the outfield here is," Bochy finally said.

The manager admitted that sometimes he stands on the top step, looks out at the alleys that go 375 feet and 390, and the center field wall 415 feet away, and marvels at how much space there is to cover. 

In down times, the Giants haven't been able to do it. Those alleys paved the way for one Rockies win after another the previous two seasons as the Giants' aging outfield looked overwhelmed. But this is a different time for Giants outfielders, defensively and at the plate.

Kevin Pillar had his second consecutive brilliant defensive effort in center and the two fellow newcomers flanking him, Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski, paced a lineup that made up for Will Smith's blown save and ran away from the Rockies in the 10th for an 8-4 win, the 11th in 13 games. 

Dickerson had a career-high four hits to raise his average to .342. Yastrzemski had three hits and a big homer in the ninth. But it was Pillar who made the biggest contributions. He has a half-dozen diving catches in this series, repeatedly halting Rockies rallies. Pillar made three tremendous plays in center on Tuesday night alone. 

"It's like nothing I've ever seen," Dickerson said. "Every ball, if there's even a question, he's diving and he's got it. It's like nothing I've ever seen."

Pillar backed Drew Pomeranz's strong effort, and once again the lineup came through. Dickerson and Yastrzemski were in the middle of a two-run rally in the second and Dickerson's single gave the Giants an insurance run in the eighth. Yastrzemski added another with a homer in the ninth, but Smith couldn't hold on. 

The All-Star closer allowed just eight runs in the first half but gave up three in the ninth inning, with Trevor Story and Ian Desmond going deep. But the Giants stormed right back for four in the 10th.

"A lot of character was shown there with what happened in the ninth," Bochy said. "Smitty has been so good but it can happen fast in this ballpark. The boys just kept battling. That's what you've got to do."

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Dickerson made it all sound so easy as he went over the rally, which started with walks from Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval and took off with three straight singles from Dickerson, Brandon Crawford and Yastrzemski. 

"We weren't going to shy away from it," Dickerson said. "We still had that game under control. I think you saw it, that's as focused an inning as you can have."

Watch Giants' Brandon Crawford, Mike Yastrzemski hit back-to-back homers

Watch Giants' Brandon Crawford, Mike Yastrzemski hit back-to-back homers

Clear your October plans, Giants fans. 

The Giants somehow are the hottest team in baseball, winning eight of their last 10 games. And they couldn't have started off their doubleheader against the Rockies at Coors Field any better Monday morning. 

Brandon Belt and Buster Posey each singled to start the top of the first inning before Pablo Sandoval surprisingly squared for a sacrifice bunt. The Alex Dickerson train continued with the left fielder scoring Belt on a line drive to right field. But that was just the beginning for the red-hot Giants. 

Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski hit back-to-back jacks to give the Giants a 5-0 lead in the first inning over the Rockies. Crawford went opposite field for a 366-foot three-run homer, his seventh dinger of the year. Yaz followed him with a 433-foot shot to right-center field for a solo shot, his sixth homer this season. 

The Giants wound up winning 19-2, as the bats stayed hot all game. While they still appear to be in sell mode before the July 31 trade deadline, anything could happen once a team catches fire.

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Five batters back in for doubleheader Game 2

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Five batters back in for doubleheader Game 2

The Giants' bats are scorching hot right now, so it's understandable if certain guys don't want to sit out a game.

After a historic eight-RBI effort in the Giants' 19-2 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Rockies, shortstop Brandon Crawford will start Game 2 on Monday night.

Rookie Mike Yaztrzemski is also back in the lineup after collecting four hits in the first game.

Brandon Belt, Kevin Pillar and Pablo Sandoval are the other three Giants hitters that will start both ends of the doubleheader.

Following Game 1, the Giants optioned Ray Black back to the minor leagues and recalled Dereck Rodriguez, who will start Game 2. In 17 major-league appearances this season, the 27-year-old is 3-5 with a 5.27 ERA.

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Giants-Rockies doubleheader on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. PT with pregame coverage beginning at 5 p.m. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (44-49)
1. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
2. Austin Slater (R) RF
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Stephen Vogt (L) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Mike Yastrzemski (L) LF
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
8. Donovan Solano (R) 2B
9. Dereck Rodriguez (R) P (3-5, 5.27 ERA)

Colorado Rockies (46-47)
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
2. Trevor Story (R) SS
3. David Dahl (L) CF
4. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
6. Raimel Tapia (L) LF
7. Chris Iannetta (R) C
8. Garrett Hampson (R) 2B
9. Chi Chi Gonzalez (R) P (0-1, 6.00 ERA)