The San Francisco Giants clinched their first postseason berth since 2016 and currently have the best record in Major League baseball at 94-50.
It’s the earliest a Giants team has ever clinched a playoff spot in the 139-year history of the franchise, with 18 games and 20 days now remaining in the regular season. Entering Monday, the Giants’ 93 wins through 143 games were fourth-most for any NL team since 1969.
The Giants hit four home runs, with Tommy La Stella and Evan Longoria both taking Padres starter Yu Darvish deep in the first inning, and Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt doing the same in the fourth. Longoria’s three-run blast gave San Francisco a 5-0 lead, and Belt’s two-run shot put the Giants up 9-1.
They remain two and a half games ahead of their rival the Los Angeles Dodgers, and face the Padres again on their home turf for two more games this week until the Atlanta Braves come to town for the weekend.