The Giants did not score in the first inning Saturday, but as roster architects Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris watched that inning, they were likely smiling. It was exactly what they expected when they put this lineup together.
Tommy La Stella led off with a seven-pitch at-bat, lining an outside cutter for a single. Mike Yastrzemski followed with a seven-pitch walk, setting the table for the heart of the order. The Giants missed their best opportunity to score when Alex Dickerson’s 100 mph liner found a glove, but La Stella’s double in his next at-bat would lead to a run, and the left-handed bats came alive again in the sixth, with Brandon Crawford lining a three-run homer that was the difference in a 4-3 win over the Rockies.
The Giants felt they would have a dangerous lineup against right-handed pitchers, in part because La Stella now is leading off in those matchups. He showed off the full package Saturday, getting the leadoff single, doubling on a pitch at his eyes, and later drawing a walk. In four plate appearances, La Stella saw 25 pitches, leading manager Gabe Kapler to call it “Tommy La Stella as advertised.”
“It makes you want to see a whole lot more of that,” Kapler said. “It’s such a controlled, competitive at-bat. He spoils pitches that are on the edges and hammers pitches that are in the zone. He’s kinda like Donnie Solano in that he…