I’m not sure what Evan Longoria and Buster Posey have been drinking this week, but they are seeing the ball really well in T-Mobile Park. The two veterans have homered in consecutive games against the Seattle Mariners and are on pace for 162 home runs this season.
Two nights ago, Longoria and Posey took Marco Gonzales deep in the second inning to give the Giants an early lead. Last night, the two of them homered for the second time this season to tie the game on separate occasions.
Buster Posey jumps on a first-pitch fastball
In the top of the third inning, Buster Posey swung at the first pitch he saw in the ball game and hit Yusei Kikuchi’s 94 mph fastball over the center-field wall. Posey’s homer traveled 404 feet and had a 103.7 mph exit velocity.
Up to that point, Yusei Kikuchi looked great and he continued his outstanding day until Evan Longoria’s at-bat in the sixth inning.
Evan Longoria ties the game in the 6th
The Mariners had a 3-1 lead going into the sixth inning thanks to Evan White’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the third, but Evan Longoria tied the game in the sixth inning.
Yusei Kikuchi was dealing and after giving up a single to Donovan Solano, Longoria stepped up to the plate and hit a 0-1 fastball over the fence.
It’s pretty interesting because Evan Longoria doesn’t spray the ball too much in his career. Last year, he pulled the ball 42% of the time, hit the ball straight 36.3% of the time, and hit the ball the opposite way 21.7% of the time.
In both games, Longoria hit the ball where it was pitched and hit it over the right-field wall. Luis Torrens wanted the four-seam fastball on the upper inside corner, but Kikuchi missed his spot and threw it on the outside corner.
It honestly wasn’t a terrible pitch but he did leave it up in the zone which allowed the three-time Gold Glover winner to extend his hands.
Yusei Kikuchi had a good game overall and these two home runs were the only area of concern from his outing. Like I said, I don’t know what Longoria and Posey have been eating or drinking but it seems to be working.
The Mariners play the Giants one more time tonight to finish the Opening Day series. Chris Flexen is on the bump for us, and we will face Logan Webb.