In the span of 30 minutes late in Tuesday’s game, outfielder Joc Pederson made sure the San Francisco Giants saved themselves from snatching soul-crushing defeat from the jaws of victory on two occasions, all on his way to putting together one of the greatest offensive performances in the franchise history in a game as crazy as any played in 140 seasons of Giants baseball.
Pederson’s heroics may also prove to be the jumpstart the Giants’ season, which has gone south for most of May, needed to recapture the magic from 2021.
Pederson smacked three home runs, including a game-tying three-run shot in the eighth and another game-tying hit, an RBI single with two outs in the ninth, during San Francisco’s wild 13-12 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday evening. Brandon Crawford followed Pederson’s single in the ninth with a walk-off RBI single to left as the Giants let an 8-2 lead slip away, then came back from an 11-8 deficit in the eighth inning to snap a five-game losing streak.
Pederson’s eight-RBI night tied a San Francisco-era club record for most runs batted in during a single game, tying Wille Mays, Orlando Cepeda and Crawford.
The Giants looked headed for a season-defining defeat after Tommy La Stella grounded into a double play to bring the Giants down to their final out, with closer Edwin Diaz on the mound for New York — this coming after the Mets scored a run in the top of the ninth to take a 12-11 lead. Mike Yastrzemski and Darin Ruf followed La Stella with back-to-back singles before Pederson, with three home runs already in the bag, slapped a single to center field that scored Yastrzemski to tie the score at 12-12. With the Oracle crowd still buzzing, Crawford ended the game immediately after Pederson’s heroics with a single to left that scored Ruf, who slid into home just ahead of the throw from Mark Canha to put a bow on one of the wildest games in Oracle Park history.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Tuesday evening’s game, with all photos taken by Bay Area-based photographer Chris Tuite. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the gallery. There are 37 pictures in total.