It’s somewhat ironic that when the Giants return home on Friday they will honor play-by-play man Duane Kuiper with a bobblehead give-away commemorating Kuiper’s lone big-league home run.
The link is obvious. Kuiper played the first eight of his 12 big-league seasons with the Indians before finishing his career with four seasons in San Francisco.
On Aug. 27, 1977, Kuiper hit his only home run as an Indian. So with the Indians in town for an interleague series, it’s a good time for a bobblehead.
The ironic part is while the Giants honor a light-hitting infielder they come off a road trip on which their offense was fueled by the long ball.
The Giants belted six home runs in a 12-10 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. It was the first time in the Giants’ San Francisco era that they scored as many as 12 runs in a game with home runs accounting for all the scoring. The previous high was nine runs, last done in 1987.
Giants color man Mike Krukow said he thinks Wednesday’s outburst will be the day the Giants will look back on as the day that got the offense going.
We’re not so sure. The Giants scored 12 runs in their previous seven games, then matched that output on Wednesday.
When the Giants were struggling to score runs on the road trip, manager Bruce Bochy said his hitters looked like they were trying to hit 9-run homers each time they came to the plate.
But of the 21 runs the Giants scored on the road trip, 17 were scored on home runs. Here’s how the Giants scored their four other runs.
- Two-run single by Angel Pagan in the 2nd inning Sunday vs. San Diego.
- Run-scoring double play ball by Buster Posey in 3rd inning Tuesday vs. Colorado.
- Run scores on error by pitcher in 9th inning Tuesday vs. Colorado.
The Giants rank third in the National League in home runs with 27. But 21 of those have been hit on the road. The Giants hit as many home runs in one game Wednesday in Colorado than they’ve hit in nine games this season at AT&T Park.
It’s a small sample size, but the Giants are 3-1 at home when they hit a home run — 2-3 when they don’t.
The Giants can’t depend on the long ball if they hope to win at AT&T. The Giants lead the NL is walks with 80, but they are 12th in the league in hitting (.234). But they have hit better at home (.243 to .227).