Watch: Marlon Byrd homers in first at-bat for Giants
Newest San Francisco Giant Marlon Byrd went deep in his first at-bat for the team.
Batting fifth and playing rightfield against the Pirates Friday night, Byrd took pitcher Jeff Locke deep to left with a 1–2 count in the first inning for a two-run shot. It was his 20th homer of the year.
The Giants acquired Byrd this week in wake of outfielder Hunter Pence's recent oblique injury, in exchange for Double A pitcher Stephen Johnson. Outfielder Angel Pagan is also on the disabled list with patellar tendonitis. The 37-year-old entered the game hitting .237 on the year with 19 home runs, 31 RBIs and a .743 OPS in his 96 games with the Reds.
San Francisco went on to defeat the Pirates 6–4 to even the teams’ series at 1–1. Byrd finished 3 for 5. Bumgarner went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out six. He earned his 15th win, tying him with the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta for most in the majors.
- Jeremy Woo