The San Francisco Giants are now in a rebuilding mode. Winners of 3 World Series championships this decade, the Giants are on the verge of missing the postseason altogether in 2015. With that in mind, they are starting to give some younger players a chance to prove themselves by giving them regular playing time and seeing what they can do. While they have a solid nucleus of a lineup already (Belt, Panik, Duffy, Crawford), they are looking to add from within.
One such young player is OF Jarrett Parker (Stafford/UVA). Parker got a cup of coffee with the big club earlier in the summer, and after going 1-9 in 4 games, was returned to Triple-A. He came back to the big club with the September roster expansion, and after a few appearances as a pinch-hitter, got a start on September 20. Parker was starting to show a lot of promise, batting .318, when he entered Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
If Parker was showing signs of promise beforehand, his game yesterday afternoon across the Bay made Giants brass take notice, BIG TIME!
Parker clubbed three homeruns and drove in 7 runs, including a grand-slam homerun in the 8th inning to put the Giants ahead for good, as San Francisco won the slugfest 14-10.
A few other tidbits about Parker’s career game:
- He became the first rookie to hit 3 HR in a game since Andrew McCutchen in 2009 for the Pirates.
- The last Giants player to club 3 HR and 7 RBIs in a single game? Willie Mays.
- Parker has 5 HRs in his last 3 games-in fact, his last 9 at-bats! The last Giants player to homer in 3 straight games, including a multi-hr game in that binge? Brandon Belt in 2011.
Parker is batting .500 with 8 runs scored, 6 HRs, and 12 RBIs since coming back to the big club on September 11.