The San Francisco Giants made a statement on Monday afternoon, hitting seven home runs in a 12-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Giants, who had been shut out twice in their opening series against the Yankees, showed no signs of offensive struggles as they launched one long ball after another against White Sox starter Michael Kopech and reliever Zack Burdi.
David Villar led the way with two homers, including his first career grand slam in the ninth inning. He was joined by Joc Pederson, Michael Conforto, Thairo Estrada, Mike Yastrzemski and Bryce Johnson, who also hit his first career homer.
The Giants hit their most home runs in a game since 2002, and tied their franchise record for most homers in an inning with four in the fifth.
The Giants’ manager Gabe Kapler said the team’s approach at the plate was key to their success. “I think it was just continuing to get our ‘A’ swings off,” he said.
“The important thing for us is continuing to get those really good swings off and not being hesitant about making them. If we’re going to make a swing, let’s make it with intent. I think that really showed today, one through nine.”
The Giants also got a stellar performance from their starter Anthony DeSclafani, who threw six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits. He struck out eight and walked none, lowering his ERA to 1.50.
He said he felt confident on the mound and was happy to get his first win as a Giant. “It sure feels good to throw a good game, especially after last year and dealing with what I did,” he said. “Good for Game 1.”
The White Sox, meanwhile, had a rough home opener under their new manager Pedro Grifol. Kopech, who was making his first start since 2018 after missing two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and opting out of 2020, gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
He tied a franchise record by allowing five home runs, including back-to-back shots by Conforto and Estrada, and by Yastrzemski and Villar.
Kopech said he was disappointed with his outing and took full responsibility for the loss. “I think with the way the team started in Houston, the fans can look at that and have some excitement,” he said. “But today was just not my day. I didn’t execute pitches when I needed to and I paid for it.”
The White Sox scored two runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Andrew Vaughn and a sacrifice fly by Tim Anderson, and added one more in the eighth on a solo homer by Luis Robert Jr., his second in as many days. But it was too little, too late for the home team, who fell to 2-3 on the season.
The Giants improved to 2-2 and will look to keep their bats hot in the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday night. They will send Logan Webb to the mound against Carlos Rodon.
Final Thoughts: Giants’ Offensive Intent Leads to Record-Breaking Performance Against White Sox
The San Francisco Giants made a powerful statement in their game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, hitting a franchise-record-tying seven home runs in a 12-3 victory.
After struggling to score runs in their opening series against the Yankees, the Giants showed no signs of offensive struggles as they launched one long ball after another against White Sox starter Michael Kopech and reliever Zack Burdi.
The Giants’ success was attributed to their approach at the plate, with manager Gabe Kapler emphasizing the importance of having “intent” with each swing.
This intentionality was on full display as the Giants hit their most home runs in a game since 2002 and tied their franchise record for most homers in an inning with four in the fifth.
In addition to the offensive outburst, the Giants received a stellar performance from starter Anthony DeSclafani, who threw six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits. His strong outing, coupled with the Giants’ offensive explosion, proved to be too much for the White Sox to overcome.
While the White Sox did manage to score a few runs, it was clear that they were outmatched by the Giants’ dominant performance. Kopech, in particular, struggled in his first start since 2018, giving up seven runs and eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
Overall, the Giants’ win showcased their offensive firepower and ability to bounce back from a slow start to the season. As they look to build on this momentum, the Giants will undoubtedly continue to rely on their intentional approach at the plate to keep their bats hot.