Stat of the Day: Giants set home run record

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Giants this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Sept. 25: Giants 7, Rockies 2 -- Giants set franchise HR mark
Brandon Belt homered twice to give the Giants 236 home runs on the year, setting a single-season franchise record with seven games left to play. Belt launched a first-inning solo shot to tie the previous mark set by the 2001 club before breaking the record with a go-ahead, three-run shot in the fifth. Belt leads the Giants with a career-high 29 homers this year.

Sept. 24: Giants 7, Rockies 2 -- Century mark
With the series-opening win at Coors Field, the Giants became only the eighth team in franchise history to win 100 games and the first since 2003. They were the first team in the Majors to reach 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 wins this year.

Sept. 23: Padres 7, Giants 6 (10) -- Pinch-hitting stars
Austin Slater came off the bench to crush a three-run home run off lefty reliever Tim Hill in the sixth inning. It was the 17th pinch-hit homer of the year for the Giants, tying the 2016 Cardinals for the single-season Major League record.

Sept. 22: Giants 8, Padres 6 -- Bryant stays hot
Kris Bryant, who put the Giants on the board with a bases-clearing double off Vince Velasquez in the first inning, has reached base safely in each of his last 20 games, his longest stretch since a 23-game on-base streak from June 2-26, 2019, with the Cubs. Bryant's streak is the third-longest active on-base streak in MLB, behind the Rays' Wander Franco (39) and the Royals' Nicky Lopez (31).

Sept. 21: Giants 6, Padres 5 -- Late Night LaMonte
LaMonte Wade Jr. is 12-for-19 (.632) with a 1.597 OPS and 11 RBIs in the ninth inning this year, earning the nickname "Late Night" LaMonte from his Giants teammates.

Sept. 19: Braves 3, Giants 0 -- SF's bats go quiet
The Giants were shut out for the first time since their 9-0 loss at Atlanta on Aug. 29. Braves left-hander Max Fried became the fourth opposing starter to toss at least seven scoreless innings at Oracle Park this season, joining Walker Buehler, Cole Irvin and Kwang Hyun Kim.

Sept. 18: Giants 2, Braves 0 -- Casali guides another shutout
Backup catcher Curt Casali has caught nine of the Giants' 16 shutouts this season and entered Saturday with a 2.67 catcher's ERA, the best figure among backstops who have started at least 50 games in the Majors.

Sept. 17: Giants 6, Braves 5 (11 innings) -- Solano in a pinch
Donovan Solano blasted a game-tying, pinch-hit home run off Braves closer Will Smith with two outs in the ninth inning to force extras in the series opener. It was the 16th pinch-hit homer of the year for the Giants, leaving them one shy of matching the Major League record set by the 2016 Cardinals. After another four-homer night, the Giants now rank second in the Majors with 227 home runs, the second most in a single season in franchise history.

Sept. 16: Padres 7, Giants 4 -- Belt stays hot
Brandon Belt finished 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Over his last 18 contests, Belt is hitting .347 with five doubles, eight homers and 15 RBIs. His 14 homers since Aug. 1 are the fifth most in the Majors behind Salvador Perez, Bryce Harper, Marcus Semien and Jorge Polanco.

Sept. 15: Padres 9, Giants 6 -- Pinch-hitting stars
Thairo Estrada kicked off a four-homer night for the Giants in the third inning, when he launched a pinch-hit blast off Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove for his seventh homer of the year. It was the 15th pinch-hit homer for the Giants this season, setting a franchise record. San Francisco is only two shy of matching the single-season Major League record set by the Cardinals in 2016.

Sept. 14: Giants 6, Padres 1 -- Posey's prowess
Buster Posey hit his 18th home run of the year on an inside sinker from Jake Arrieta that was 1.37 feet from the center of the plate, making it the furthest inside pitch any Giants right-handed hitter has homered off since the pitch-tracking era began in 2008.

Sept. 13: Giants 9, Cubs 1 -- Earliest playoff clinch
The Giants' win over the Padres officially clinched San Francisco's first postseason berth since 2016. It was the earliest the Giants have clinched a playoff spot, by calendar date, in franchise history, and the first time they’ve been the first team to punch their ticket to October since 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Sept. 12: Giants 6, Cubs 5 -- Giants go 6-0 on road trip
San Francisco went 6-0 on a trip of at least six games for the first time since it went 7-0 on a seven-game trip from May 12-19, 2016. And just to make up for some lost time, the Giants' road sweep of the Cubs was the team's first sweep in a three-game series at Wrigley Field since Sept. 8-10, 1995.

Sept. 11: Giants 15, Cubs 4 -- Gausman notches 200th K
Kevin Gausman's strikeout of Patrick Wisdom in the sixth inning was his 200th punchout of the season, the first time in his nine-year career he's reached that mark. Gausman is the first Giants pitcher since Madison Bumgarner (203) in 2019, and the first San Francisco right-hander since Jeff Samardzija (205) in 2017, to hit 200 strikeouts in a season.

Sept. 10: Giants 6, Cubs 1 -- Littell's first hit
For someone who spent a majority of the first three seasons of his career as an American League reliever, it would've been more surprising if Zack Littell actually did have a base hit in the Majors. With the Giants pitching a bullpen game against the Cubs, though, Littell got his chance for a career milestone when he came up to the plate in the top of the fifth. Littell worked a 2-1 count and then he smoked a single to right field (97.2 mph off the bat, per Statcast) for his first base hit as a big leaguer.

Sept. 8: Giants 7, Rockies 4 -- It's Wade's world
LaMonte Wade Jr. is 9-for-15 (.600) with nine RBIs in the ninth inning this year, the second-highest ninth-frame batting average by a Giants player since Glenn Adams’ .615 in 1975.

Sept. 7: Giants 12, Rockies 3 -- Webb's streak
Logan Webb gave up three runs over seven innings, snapping his streak of 14 consecutive starts in which he'd allowed no more than two runs. It was the longest such streak by a Giants pitcher since Ferdie Schupp went 16 in a row between 1916-1917. Only seven players in the modern era have had a longer streak.

Sept. 6: Giants 10, Rockies 5 -- Historic home run pace
With a four-homer game, the Giants now have 206 home runs on the season, the fourth-most in franchise history behind only the 2001 (235), 2000 (226) and 1947 (221) clubs. The Giants have had 13 games in which they've hit at least four homers this year, matching the single-season franchise record set by the 1954 club.

Sept. 5: Dodgers 6, Giants 4 -- Relievers deliver in win
The Giants used nine relievers in a 6-4 win over the Dodgers, the fifth time in franchise history that the team has used at least nine pitchers in a nine-inning game. Interestingly enough, in the four other instances, the Giants lost the game.

Sept. 4: Dodgers 6, Giants 1 -- Posey breaks mini slump
Buster Posey had three hits in the loss to the Dodgers, his first multi-hit game since Aug. 11. Posey's batting average dipped below .300 for the first time since April 24 on Friday after going 0-for-5, but the All-Star got his batting average right back up to .304 with his three hits.

Sept. 3: Giants 3, Dodgers 2 (11 innings) -- NorCal, SoCal rivals remain neck and neck
Through 17 games against one another this season, the Giants have outscored the Dodgers by a thin margin of 71 to 70, a testament to how these two clubs have battled one another.

Sept. 2: Giants 5, Brewers 1 -- Webb spins career-best gem
Logan Webb not only tied his career high with 10 strikeouts, but he generated 21 whiffs, 38 called strikes and whiffs combined and a called strike and whiff rate of 41.3 percent, all of which are Webb's career bests for a single start.

Sept. 1: Brewers 5, Giants 2 -- Gausman's high in K's
Kevin Gausman had seven strikeouts in five innings, giving him a career-best 183 for the season. Gausman's previous career-high was 179 in 2017 when he was with the Orioles. This also marked the 15th time in 27 starts that Gausman has fanned seven or more.