Pederson homers twice in Giants’ 12-3 rout of Nationals

Apr 24, 2022, 2:07 AM | Updated: 3:18 pm
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) slides safely into home plate on an RBI single by Wilmer...

San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford (35) slides safely into home plate on an RBI single by Wilmer Flores as Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left, attempts the tag during the first inning of an MLB baseball game, Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joc Pederson homered twice, doubled and drove in three runs to help the San Francisco Giants rout the Washington Nationals 12-3 on Sunday for the series sweep.

Pederson moved to the leadoff spot after Mike Yastrzemski was placed on the COVID-19 list Sunday morning. He hit a home run to leadoff the game, a 441-foot blast that’s the longest leadoff HR by a Giants batter tracked by Statcast.

Pederson did it again leading off the seventh inning to go 3 for 3.

“I was feeling good, seeing the ball out of their hand and just swinging at some pitches that I was able to put on the barrel,” said Pederson, who is hitting .364 with five home runs and 10 runs scored in his first season with the Giants.

The Giants are 7-3 on this road trip, with a game left to go in Milwaukee on Monday. Wilmer Flores added three RBI singles for San Francisco, who swept a series of at least three games at Nationals Park for the first time June 6-9, 2008.

Starter Logan Webb (2-1) struggled early, but ended up allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out six over 6 2/3 innings. He retired eight of the last nine batters he faced.

“I just feel like I’m finding myself a little bit now. I don’t feel like I’ve got, honestly, my best stuff,” Webb said. “It’s weird, like I feel good but it’s just not there right now. We’ll look into some mechanical things”

In his previous start, Webb gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets.

Washington was swept for the first time this season and has lost five straight. Yadiel Hernandez homered, singled and drove in all of the Nationals’ three runs. Starter Joan Adon (1-3) pitched four-plus innings and was charged with five runs on six hits.

After Pederson’s homer, Flores later singled in another run to make it 2-0 in the first. Pederson hit a sacrifice fly in the second, and the Giants increased their lead to 4-1.

“I think he set the tone for the day,” manager Gabe Kapler said of Pederson, “I think he’s picking really good pitches to go after and even when he gets deeper into counts and pitchers have velocity, he’s able to catch up to that velocity.”

Hernandez pulled Washington within 4-3 with a two-run homer in the third, but Flores drove home Pederson in the fifth and Pederson made it 6-3 in the seventh before the Giants tacked on six runs in the ninth.

Washington’s bullpen, which had posted an 0.94 ERA over the past six games, gave up seven earned runs.

“Falling behind, not throwing strikes, walks,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Hopefully that’s out of them today and they come right back Tuesday doing what they’ve been doing in previous games.”

PEDERSTATS

Pederson hit the 24th leadoff home run of his career. It was his 18th career multi-homer game and first this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: Kapler said Yastrzemski is vaccinated and boosted. … OF LaMonte Wade Jr. (left knee inflammation) was 0 for 2 with a walk and run scored in a rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Nationals: 3B Lucius Fox vomited on the field and left the game in the top of the first inning. Martinez said after the game Fox had “a bit of a stomach flu.” … OF Victor Robles (tight groin) was out of the lineup. … 1B Josh Bell, who left Saturday’s game with right hamstring tightness, was not in the lineup. Martinez said an MRI was “pretty clean” and Bell was likely available to pinch hit.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Sam Long (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start San Francisco when they complete their road trip with a stop in Milwaukee. Long pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the season, Friday against the Nationals.

Nationals: Josiah Gray (2-1, 3.14 ERA) will start for Washington in the first game of a three-game series against the visiting Marlins on Tuesday. Gray is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against Miami.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Bump & Stacy Show

AP

A shot by Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby (5) is rejected by Washington Mystics forward Elena ...
Associated Press

Mystics knock off Aces in overtime 87-86

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alysha Clark scored 20 points, Elena Delle Donne added 19 and Natasha Cloud sank three free throws in the final 11.7 seconds of overtime to help the Washington Mystics hold on for an 87-86 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday night. Clark hit four 3-pointers for Washington (12-9), adding […]
22 hours ago
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after being hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres' Blake ...
Associated Press

Phillies’ Harper has broken thumb after being hit by pitch

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has a broken left thumb after being hit by a 97-mph fastball from Blake Snell in the fourth inning Saturday night against the San Diego Padres. The team announced the reigning NL MVP will be out indefinitely. He will undergo further evaluation in the next few […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Ogwumike scores 24 to lead Sparks past Storm 85-77

SEATTLE (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures and the Los Angeles Sparks clamped down in the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 85-77 on Saturday night. Ogwumike hit 12 of 18 shots from the floor for Los Angeles (7-10). Katie Lou Samuelson added 17 points for […]
22 hours ago
Mississippi's Tim Elko (25) celebrates as he runs toward home, as he was driven in by Kevin Graham ...
Associated Press

Pitching, power lift Ole Miss over OU in CWS finals opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jack Dougherty knew for 24 hours he would get the ball for Mississippi in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Saturday night, and he didn’t want to jinx himself. “I tried not to think about it too much,” he said. “I wanted to go out there and be myself. […]
22 hours ago
Atlanta Braves' Marcell Ozuna through on a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during ...
Associated Press

Ozuna’s 2-run homer in 8th powers Braves past Dodgers 5-3

ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna says he’s beginning to see evidence of his work to regain his timing at the plate after missing most of last season. The Braves outfielder backed up that claim with his biggest hit of the season. Ozuna hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Atlanta recovered after blowing […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Phoenix tops Dallas 83-72 in first game without Charles

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 26 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and Phoenix beat the Dallas Wings 83-72 on Saturday in the Mercury’s first game without Tina Charles. The Mercury announced earlier Saturday that they have parted ways with former MVP Tina Charles after just 18 games. “After discussions with Tina and her […]
22 hours ago
Pederson homers twice in Giants’ 12-3 rout of Nationals