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Giants’ Patrick Bailey ends special day with a big game against D-backs – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

SAN FRANCISCO – Patrick Bailey was assured of a good day even before he took his first swing Saturday.

The Giants honored their young catcher with a bobblehead likeness of himself – Bailey’s first in the majors – handed out to the first 15,000 fans at Oracle Park.

The 24-year-old then went out and made the afternoon much better, both for himself and the Giants.

Bailey homered, singled, doubled twice and drove in three runs while leading San Francisco to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“That guy is unbelievable, there’s nothing else to say,” Giants starting pitcher Kyle Harrison said. ‘That man is the truth. If you can do that on your bobblehead night, it will definitely be a day you will never forget.”

Bailey’s big afternoon provided a big spark for San Francisco’s uneven offense. A day after being limited to four hits in a 17-1 loss on Friday, the Giants broke out for a season-high 16 hits. They had multiple hits in five of the eight innings they batted and were ordered down only once.

It was the kind of offense Giants fans had been hoping to see all season, not just from the Giants but from Bailey himself. He has been held hitless in six games this year and has driven in just four runs in the team’s first 21 games.

Bailey was mired in a 6-for-27 (.222) funk with eight strikeouts on Saturday before bowing out against the Diamondbacks.

“He’s a good player and he’s playing well right now,” manager Bob Melvin told reporters at Oracle Park. “The baseball gods were probably shining down on him a little bit today. It was pretty cool. He gets a four-hit match, hits a ball into the bay and gets to contract a lot of bobbleheads before the match. In the end, it was a day he will probably never forget.”

For several reasons.

It’s the second four-hit game of Bailey’s career. His home run into McCovey Cove off Zac Gallen in the fifth inning broke a 3-3 tie and was the Giants’ first Splash Hit this season.

Bailey is only the third Giants switch-hitter to hit a ball into the water and the first to do so since Pablo Sandoval in 2018. The ball had an exit velocity of 107 mph, the heaviest hit of Bailey’s career.

Fittingly, it was as unique a home run in the Bay as ever. The ball sailed over the brick wall in right field, left the concourse and then landed perfectly in a kayak sailing through it.

“It’s all there for him,” Melvin said. “After the year he had last year, he gained a lot of confidence this season, a guy we really lean on and expect big things from. Doesn’t surprise me.”

Bailey narrowly missed becoming the first Giants player to score for the cycle since Sandoval did it on September 15, 2011 against the Colorado Rockies.

Facing Arizona pitcher Bryce Davis in the seventh inning, Bailey hit a 3-2 cutter to left-center. Bailey ran around the bases and looked like he might turn the hit into a triple before the ball bounced and jumped over the wall for a ground-rule double.

“Disappointed might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it would have been cool to get the chance,” Bailey said sheepishly.

Bailey’s big day increased his batting average from .283 to .340, second-best among Giants everyday players behind LaMonte Wade’s .388.

Equally important, Bailey is feeling quite comfortable working behind the plate while working with a slew of new pitchers.

“He’s taken the initiative to really study guys and know us better than we know ourselves sometimes,” said Harrison, who battled through a rough outing before Bailey saved the team with his offensive highlights. “A man who always talks to you off the field. He gets louder and gets to know the boys better and better. Can’t say enough good things about him. Who knows where he will be in the coming years.”

As for the bobblehead, Bailey gave it a passing grade. It’s a replica of Bailey, crouched with a catcher’s mask on his head. There are also small traces of a mustache and beard, similar to Bailey’s.

“I like it,” he said. “I think they did a pretty good job.”

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