ATLANTA (AP) — Giants manager Gabe Kapler knew that Mike Yastrzemski was close to busting out and ending his frustration at the plate.
“He understands that turbulence happens during a major league baseball season,” Kapler said. “He just doesn’t let it get the best of him, so it wasn’t surprising at all to see him slap the ball down the right-field line today.”
Yastrzemski broke out of a slump with a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, Joc Pederson and Austin Wynns homered and San Francisco beat the Atlanta Braves 12-10 on Tuesday night.
Yastrzemski was 1 for his last 19 when he drove a pitch from Collin McHugh to right that put the Giants up for good at 8-7. Pederson connected for his 15th homer in the seventh off McHugh, and Wynns went deep in the second off Spencer Strider as San Francisco snapped a two-game skid.
Kapler has seen the Giants getting closer to stringing together good at-bats as a team. Everything worked out just fine on Tuesday.
“I’m not sure which one to point to,” he said. “I thought we did have quality at-bats up and down our lineup and throughout the game and it turned out that we needed every one of them.”
Matt Olson homered twice and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Marcell Ozuna went deep for Atlanta, which leads the NL with 105 homers.
The defending World Series champion Braves, in second place in the NL East, had won two straight and 16 of 18 dating to June 1. Atlanta was attempting to move a season-best 11 games over .500, but snapped an eight-game home winning streak instead.
“We kept bringing it around,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We just couldn’t stop the bleeding a couple of times. When we were up 7-6, I knew we needed to keep scoring. It didn’t work.”
San Francisco, in third place in the NL West, has won eight of 11 and 14 of 22….