SAN FRANCISCO — The night that Joc Pederson had on Tuesday would be the best of just about any player’s career, and it certainly stands as Pederson’s best in a regular-season game. But when he sits back with his kids one day and looks back at his most important homers, none of the three he hit in a thrilling 13-12 win over the New York Mets will stand out.
Pederson has 12 career postseason home runs, including five in the World Series. On the biggest stage, he seems to be at his best, repeatedly coming through with game-changing blasts. There’s a reason he won rings each of the last two seasons. There’s a reason they refer to it as “Joctober” when he gets going.
The Giants knew all about Pederson’s reputation when they signed him, and not just because he spent so many years hitting homers off of them with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler worked for the Dodgers in 2017 when Pederson, 25 at the time, hit three homers in a World Series that they likely would have won if not for foul play by the Houston Astros.
Kapler has seen Pederson come through in huge spots for years. It’s shocking when any player gets a three-homer game, but it was not particularly surprising to Kapler when Pederson kept his heartbeat in check and blasted a game-tying shot into McCovey Cove.
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