Kevin Pillar, recently traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the San Francisco Giants, has been scorching hot since the Giants began a long, ten-game home stand last Friday. In those games, Pillar has hit a double, three bombs, and collected a team leading 10 RBI.
In Thursday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, Pillar’s solo blast to left-center field accounted for the only run of the ballgame, and allowed starter Jeff Samardzija to capture his first win since April 2018.
“I was pretty excited,” starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija said of Pillar’s homer. “He’s been great for us… He loves to play baseball, and it’s really infectious, and I love playing with him out there. He’s a great addition to this squad.”
While Pillar’s career numbers indicate that this recent surge isn’t likely to last a whole season, his early contributions have been an important key in keeping the Giants afloat.
“He’s an elite center fielder, and a guy with some pop,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Pillar. “This park is more of a pitcher’s park, but [Pillar] showed that if you square up, and hit it well, it’ll go out. Where he hit that ball, on a cold night, that’s pretty impressive… We needed [help] and he’s provided that for us.”