SAN FRANCISCO – It was a good day for the Brandons.
Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt each had their seventh homerun of the year to propel the Giants to a 7-1 victory over the Padres, claiming a series victory on Saturday afternoon at Oracle Park.
Crawford put the Giants on the board with a three-point shot at San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove in the second inning, and Belt bolstered San Francisco’s lead with a solo shot in the fifth. Newly mustached Austin Slater topped the scoring with a gigantic two-point shot from center field straight away in the eighth.
The home run trio backed up another strong start from right-hander Kevin Gausman, who held the Padres to one point on three hits in six innings to lower his ERA to 1.97 this season. Gausman, who was activated on Saturday after spending three days on the injured list due to vaccine side effects, allowed three earned runs in 19 innings (1.42 ERA) in his first three starts of the year against the Padres, each of which the Giants won.
The first-place Giants improved to 12-3 at Oracle Park and 20-13 overall, spending 2 1/2 games ahead of the Padres in the NHL.
The 2021 season had been seen as a potential swan song for Crawford, Belt and Buster Posey, each of them in the middle of the guaranteed final year of their contract with the Giants. But the longtime Giants – the three remaining players from the Championship era – are proving there is still plenty left in the tank.
Posey, who was given a day off Saturday, is batting .397 with a 1.231 OPS and a team-high eight home runs in 21 games. Belt, 33, has an 0.858 OPS in 32 games this year. Crawford, 34, is not far behind, posting an 0.855 OPS in 28 games.