As expected, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford set the franchise record for games played at his position on Tuesday, in San Francisco’s first of two games against the Rangers in Arlington.
But it was hard to anticipate he’d play a central role in a 9-4 victory, hitting two home runs, playing elite defense and dazzling an impressed road crowd.
Crawford’s first home run broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. It was Crawford’s 13th blast of the campaign.
After a grand slam by Mike Tauchman in the eighth, Crawford piled on further and hit his 14 bomb of the season.
It was a near perfect performance on such a monumental day for Crawford. He played his 1,326th game at shortstop for the Giants, a team record for the entirety of the franchise, dating back to its days in New York.
It’s quite a story, with Crawford growing up in the Bay Area, attending Foothill High School in Pleasanton. Now, he’s a living Giants legend with personal records and World Series championships. And it doesn’t appear he’s slowing down anytime soon.
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