Thairo Estrada hits game-winning homer in Giants’ extra-inning win

Thairo Estrada hits game-winning homer in Giants' extra-inning win

Thairo Estrada and David Villar got the big hits in the Giants’ extra-inning win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

In a season that’s now turned meaningless, those hits hold plenty of meaning.

Estrada’s three-run home run in the 10th inning secured the Giants 10-7 comeback win on Monday night. His double also began the ninth inning rally, the Giants down two runs, to set up Wilmer Flores’ RBI single.

Then David Villar’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning — scoring a recently activated Austin Slater from first base — tied the game and gave the Giants completed the comeback.

Estrada and Villar are two players the Giants want to get a good look at for next year’s roster. Is Villar ready for a full time role, or might the Giants opt into the final year of 37-year-old Evan Longoria’s contract? Can he and Estrada be cogs in a youth movement the Giants hope to supercharge next season? Their performances in Monday’s game could help find some answers as the remainder of this lost season ticks away.

Every one of the Giants’ remaining 15 games, win or lose, will serve as reminders of how far and hard this team has fallen in a year. But each is another step closer to one of the organization’s most important offseasons of the last decade. Where a proud organization will hope to salvage some spirit and find the next group of players that can take them to the postseason — and maybe get some butts in seats, too.

That offseason got a little more complicated hours before first pitch when the Detroit Tigers poached Giants general manager Scott Harris to be their president of baseball operations. Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations, hired Harris after the 2019 season for his experience helping build the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs. Replacing Harris will be on more hole Zaidi and the front office will address when the season ends on Oct. 5.

Most importantly, they’ll need to get creative in identifying a younger, more athletic and talented team for next year. And though these next 15 games mean nothing in the standings, they’re important for call-ups and veterans alike to show they deserve a spot on what should be an overhauled roster for 2023.

Mike Yastrzemski snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a solo home run to dead center field to cut the Rockies’ deficit to 4-2 in the fourth inning. After his worst year as a Giant, is Yastrzemski’s future in flux? The Giants have 9 players, including Yastrzemski, that are arbitration eligible. Do hints from Zaidi at a roster shuffle mean some (or most) of those players be non-tendered?

Jakob Junis, one of those 9 players, gave up six runs in four innings on Monday. Maybe Coors Fields’ pitcher un-friendly air did him little help; he’s had a consistent year at the back-end of the Giants’ rotation.

Cole Waites, the first player Zaidi and Harris drafted to make the big leagues, flashed his promising fastball in his scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen. Could the next years see some under-the-radar prospects make rapid ascents to the big league team?

These final 15 games don’t mean much for the Giants in the standings, but the team’s brass (now without a GM) will be watching closely.


Carlos Rodón will have his start pushed to Friday as he nurses a blister and ripped fingernail on his right throwing hand. The move should not decrease the amount of starts Rodón is scheduled to make for the remainder of the year, which should be around three more starts.

The Giants reinstated Slater from the injured list and optioned Heliot Ramos before Monday’s game in Colorado. Slater had been sidelined since Aug. 30 after dislocating his pinky finger sliding into second base. Ramos’ call-up was slated to be a short one. The one-time Giants’ top prospect has underwhelmed in a crucial development year, batting .223 in 123 games with Triple-A Sacramento this year and is 4-for-20 in nine big league games this year.

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