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The San Francisco Giants hit six home runs in the team’s wild 10-9 extra-inning victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, leading manager Bruce Bochy to deem the game a “home run derby.”
“It looked like we were playing with a Top Flite the way it was flying,” Bochy told reporters after the game. “They’re getting out quickly, too. They’re no-doubters when it gets up there. In this park you’re going to give up homers, but you don’t think you’ll see 12. It’s been flying everywhere.”
The Giants and Diamondbacks combined to hit 12 home runs — one shy of the MLB record set by the Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year. Rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit three of them, and said he’s never experienced a back-and-forth game like the one Friday.
“I’ve been a part of some roller coasters, but nothing like that,” he said.
When asked if he’s hit three home runs before, even in a Little League game, the rookie responded with, “Not even in a video game.”
The other three homers came from outfielder Kevin Pillar, who had two, and first baseman Brandon Belt, who had one.
The Giants had a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Diamondbacks hit three home runs off of relievers Tony Watson and Sam Coonrod. The dinger-fest continued in extra innings, when Pillar’s two-run shot put the Giants up 9-7 in the top of the 10th inning, but the Diamondbacks hit two solo shots in the bottom of the 10th.
Yastrzemski’s third and final home run in the 11th put the Giants up for good.
“It was one of those games,” Bochy said. “No question, it was entertaining. We had a little home run derby going on tonight.”
The Giants and Diamondbacks play again at 5:10 p.m. Saturday.
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