A long, long time ago in a game seemingly far, far away … the Giants hit a two-run home run.
Actually, it was just July 6, and in San Francisco. But it seems like another galaxy.
It came off the bat of Nate Schierholtz, a two-run shot in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres. Schierholtz would hit another home run that day, a solo shot in the bottom of the 14th that gave the Giants.
Little did he know he would be starting a trend. With two more home runs in the Giants’ 6-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, San Francisco has hit 18 consecutive solo home runs.
One more and they tie the major-league record of 19 consecutive solo home runs sets by the 1914 Philadelphia Phillies.
Now the Giants are celebrating Star Wars Day at AT&T Park on Sept. 4 (in which fans will receive a collectible Brian Wilson Frozen in Carbonite statue), but More Splash Hits thinks we should get in the Star Wars mood now by giving the Giants hitters a new nickname “Clan Solo.”
After Schierholtz’s 14th inning solo home, he was followed by solo shots by Eli Whiteside (on July 7 vs. Padres), Schierholtz (July 8 vs. Mets), Aubrey Huff (July 14 at Padres), Cody Ross (July 15 at Padres), Miguel Tejada (July 16 at Padres), Pablo Sandoval (July 18 vs. Dodgers), Brandon Belt (July 19 vs. Dodgers), Aaron Rowand (July 22 vs. Brewers), Rowand (July 26 at Phillies), Sandoval (July 28 at Phillies), Sandoval (July 30 at Reds), Ross (Aug. 1 vs. Diamondbacks), Huff (Aug. 1 vs. Diamondbacks), Whiteside (Aug. 5 vs. Phillies), Sandoval (Aug. 6 vs. Phillies), Chris Stewart (Aug. 9 vs. Pirates), and Huff (Aug. 9 vs. Pirates).
Stewart’s home run was pretty cool. It was the first of his major league career. Stewart was greeted in the dugout by enthusiastic teammates, including reliever Guillermo Mota, who had to ask manager Bruce Bochy if that was Stewart’s first career home run.
And if you like solo numbers, Tuesday’s game was only the second game since July 28 that the Giants managed to put up a crooked number in an inning.
The Giants posted a pair of four-run innings in an 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Aug. 3. But other than that, the Giants had 17 one-run innings before plating three runs in the eighth inning Tuesday.
So with one-more solo home run, the Giants will share the record. Maybe they could commemorate the moment by having a special guest throw out the first pitch?
Might we suggest the goalkeeper of the U.S. women’s soccer team … Hope Solo?