San Francisco Giants first in MLB to succeed in 100 wins
Mike Yastrzemski hit a triple homer, one of four long balls from San Francisco to help the National League West top Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Friday night and become the first 100-win team to become of the season.
The Giants have achieved 100 wins in 154 games in their fewest games in the live ball era (since 1920). It’s the first time they’ve been the first team in the MLB to win 100 since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
San Francisco leads the Los Angeles Dodgers by 1 game. The Giants won 16 out of 21.
Kervin Castro (1-0) threw two innings for his first major league win, and the Giants hit 100 for the first time since 100-62 in 2003.
“It’s a great achievement, but we’re looking for more,” said San Francisco pitcher Alex Wood.
The Giants haven’t won NL West since 2012 when they won the second of three World Series titles in five years. They were lightly viewed at the start of the season, with the Dodgers and San Diego Padres getting the most attention but surprising many.
“It’s a big deal,” said manager Gabe Kapler of winning 100 games. “We know our division is exceptionally talented, but we also know that we are talented. Our goal was to win the division, not just sneak into the playoffs.”
San Francisco blew the game in seventh place. Yastrzemski was followed individually by Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria with his 25th homer off reliever Ashton Goudeau (1-1). The Giants put another run on Buster Posey’s RBI single.
Tommy La Stella, Crawford and Brandon Belt had solo home runs to take San Francisco 3-2 ahead after six. La Stella and Crawford had three hits each and Belt ended with two.
San Francisco has 234 home runs, one less than the club’s record in 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73. The Giants lead the NL in the homers and are second in the majors after Toronto’s 241, although no player has scored more than 27 this season.
Three players – Belt, Crawford and Yastrzemski – have 22 or more players, and seven other players have made double-digit home runs.
“So many of the home runs have been meaningful,” said Kapler. “I can’t help but think of those who changed a game for us. We get contributions from everyone in our squad.”
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.