San Francisco Giants’ Ryan Walker (74) throws against the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, May 21, 2023. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO – Patrick Bailey had an unforgettable first weekend in Major League Baseball.
Bailey hit his first career big-league home run and later added another RBI on a sacrifice bunt as part of a two-run sixth inning as the Giants earned a 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday to end a strong week-long homestand with a 5-1 record.
J.D. Davis also homered, a two-run shot to left in the third inning, and later added a double to left to lead off the sixth. He scored on a Mitch Haniger single, as the Giants took a 5-4 lead over Marlins starter and former Oakland Athletic Jesús Luzardo.
Casey Schmitt had an RBI single in the eighth inning and now has hit safely in 10 of 12 games since he was selected from Triple-A Sacramento on May 9.
Thairo Estrada also had an RBI and relievers John Brebbia, Ryan Walker, Jakob Junis and Camilo Doval threw a combined 4 2/3 innings for the Giants, who improved to 15-11 at home and 11-8 this month.
Doval picked up his 12th save.
Walker, selected by the Giants on Friday, made his MLB debut in the sixth inning and allowed three hits but no runs in one-plus inning of work. He got the win.
San Francisco now begins a seven-game road trip, starting with a three-game set with the American League-leading Minnesota Twins.
One day after he recorded his first big league base hit, Bailey on Sunday connected on his first big league home run.
Bailey, making his second career MLB start, pounded a belt-high fastball from Luzardo in the bottom of the second inning as the Giants tied their game with the Marlins 1-1.
Bailey, a switch hitter batting from the right side, had seen four four-seam fastballs from Luzardo in the at-bat before he took the fifth one 423 feet over the left field wall. Per StatCast, the exit velocity was measured at 107.4 mph.
Saturday, Bailey singled in the eighth inning for his first big league hit, one of three hits the Giants had in what became a 1-0 Marlins win. He made his MLB debut on Friday, catching the final three innings of San Francisco’s 4-3 victory over Miami.
Giants right-hander Alex Wood still hasn’t thrown five or more innings in any of his six starts this season, as he was pulled after 4 1/3 innings. Wood was charged with four earned runs as he allowed six hits and collected five strikeouts.