San Francisco Giants rookie left fielder Jarrett Parker became the first Giants player since Willie Mays to hit three homers and seven RBIs in a single game. He did it in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game with a grand slam to break the tie and give the Giants the win over the Oakland A’s. Besides being mentioned in the same company as Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Parker is the first Giants rookie to ever have this many homeruns in a single game and the first since Pablo Sandoval did it in 2013. Mays hit four homers with eight RBIs 54 years ago and is fifth on the all-time list of career homerun hitters behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Alex Rodriguez.
Having Parker on your daily fantasy baseball team would have been a huge night, but were there warning signs that he was about to have a night like this? Maybe a couple. He’s now had five homers in his last nine at bats. And despite the fact that his manager, Bruce Bochy, has commented that this was the best offensive performance he’s ever seen, it’s impossible to predict a night like this. Bochy has coached exceptional sluggers in the past, including Barry Bonds himself, but nights like this are an anomaly. He’s only been back up in the majors since September 11th, but he’s already hit 6 homeruns with 12 RBIs in the ten games since then. In other words, he’s played well, but there’s certainly not enough evidence to predict such a huge night.
The Giants don’t really have a chance of making the postseason this year as they are 7.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division standings and 9 games behind the Chicago Cubs for a Wild Card slot. There are simply not enough games in the season to make either of these happen, but they did postpone complete elimination for at least another day. There are still a few games left for the Giants, though, and Parker is a solid choice in your fantasy league for these. He hasn’t played enough that his daily fantasy price will be too high, and in a season long league (if you still can pick him up) he should be a great starter in the outfield. He does have a .370 batting average and a 1.488 OPS right now, after all. Even if he doesn’t perform well over the remaining eight games of the season, he’s shown enough of a spark to hold some promise for the next year. There’s a lot of room for improvement in San Francisco’s offense now that Pablo Sandoval is gone to Boston, but this could change with Parker if he can keep moving at anywhere close to this pace.
The Giants won 14-10 over the Oakland A’s. It was supposed to be a low key game as two Bay Area favorites faced off for the last time. Barry Zito started as pitcher for the A’s and Tim Hudson took the mound for the Giants. Both are planning on retiring this season after long and successful careers. They have been teammates in the past, even. The two played together in Oakland between 2000 and 2004. Hudson went to Atlanta after this and played there until 2014 when he joined San Francisco. Zito played in San Francisco from 2007 to 2013. He didn’t play at all last season and has only pitched in a few innings this season. This was supposed to be more of a goodbye ceremony than the slugging fest that Parker turned it into. Either way, fans got a treat.