SAN FRANCISCO -- Sunday marked the first time in the modern era that the Giants accumulated four or more home runs and four or more triples in a game. The last team to total four home runs and four triples in a game was the Yankees, on May 6, 1998.
That Yankees team would finish the regular season with 114 wins while totaling 207 home runs. The Giants seemed like an unlikely candidate to match that feat, considering they entered their series finale with the Braves averaging just 3.8 runs per game since the All-Star break and ranked 29th in the Majors in homers.
But, as Joe Panik said, the club stepped on the gas pedal and didn't take its foot off in a decisive 13-4 win highlighted by an eight-run seventh inning.
The rally in the seventh saw the Giants send 14 batters to the plate in an inning that lasted over 35 minutes.
"Any time you can add runs on late, Crawford's triple, that was huge," said Panik, who recorded the first multihomer game of his career. "Just to get that extra run, and then just kind of keep adding on, not letting off the gas."
Jarrett Parker and Conor Gillaspie would add triples in the seventh, marking the first time the franchise compiled three triples in one inning since moving to San Francisco. It was also the first time a Major League team recorded three triples in an inning since the Indians on June 24.
"It's good to see a big inning; we haven't had one of those in a long time," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "It's in them. The guys swung the bats well; it's good for them to break out. It's good for their psyche, their confidence. The ball was flying today."
Bochy added that it was nice to get some home runs, too.
"We don't hit a lot of them," Bochy said.
Panik hit two of the home runs into AT&T Park's right-field arcade. Span added his ninth home run in the fourth to set a career-high. And Eduardo Nunez, who entered Sunday hitless in his last 13-at bats, regained his rhythm and launched a solo homer 396 feet, according to Statcast™, over the left-field fence. It was just the third time this season the club hit four home runs in a game.
And adding everything together, the Giants formulated perhaps their best offensive performance of the season.
"That's a good win for us, offense really came to life, it's fun to watch," said Madison Bumgarner, who allowed three earned runs in seven innings pitched.
Gillaspie added that the club "needed" a game like this one. Entering Sunday, the club had won just one series since the All-Star break and continued to be plagued by inconsistency at the plate. They got the timely hitting they needed Sunday, and the end result was a historic performance.
Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.