Yovani Gallardo had only surrendered as many as three homers in a game once before, that coming when he gave up four against St. Louis last Sept. 1. On Friday, he allowed three homers in an inning to the very same Cardinals team.
Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday took Gallardo deep consecutively, and David Freese followed with a two-run shot after a Lance Berkman walk, giving the Cardinals a 5-2 lead in the third inning against the Brewers.
Gallardo had already allowed a solo homer to Yadier Molina in the second, so he’s tied that career-high with four homers allowed for the game.
Update: Gallardo finally exited in the fourth with the score 6-2. He walked five and allowed three hits besides the four homers, making it a minor miracle that he gave up just the six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.