There are so many good things happening with the Giants this month, it’s hard to list them all. In beating the Braves 4-2 for the second straight night on Orange Friday, the G-men have now:
- Taken over first place in the NL West for the first time since opening day
- Won five straight games and 14 of their last 16
- Reached 10 games over .500 at 30-20
- Won 21 games in the month of May, the most since 1968
- Won 12 of 14 since Hunter Pence returned, outscoring opponents 84-52
Buster Posey got the Giants on the board early, with a line drive, two-run homer to left in the first inning. Buster also added an RBI double for insurance in the eighth, to put the Giants ahead 3-1. After going 2 for 4, Posey is now batting .301, with eight home runs and 27 RBIs on the year. Brandon Crawford also went 2 for 4, adding his team-leading 33rd RBI in the eighth inning. With the effort, Craw also raised his average to .301. Both players are having All-Star caliber seasons, and the Giants’ starting offensive lineup now features four players hitting over .300, with three hitting in the .290’s.
The Giants’ pitching continues to dominate, as Tim Hudson (3-4, 4.62) shut down the Braves for seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits, allowing no walks and striking out four. Huddy’s fastball repeatedly hit 90 on the radar gun, and his sinker was in top form as the Braves pounded 14 outs into the ground. “He pitched well, had good movement, kept the ball down and got his ground balls…he really gave us a nice game,” Manager Bruce Bochy said.
The G-men will go for their sixth consecutive win when they take on the Braves again tonight for game three of this four game series at AT&T Park. Tim Lincecum (5-2, 2.56) will oppose Braves’ starter Williams Perez (0-0, 4.05). Perez will be making his third career start. Timmy gave up four runs in five innings, allowing three home runs in his last start against Milwaukee, but still got the win as the Giants scored eight runs. He has pitched well against the Braves over his last five starts covering three seasons, compiling a 1.99 ERA.
- Giants’ pitchers reached 39 consecutive innings of shutout ball at AT&T Park before the Braves finally broke through with a run in the third. They’ve only reached that milestone once before in franchise history, in 1912
- This was Huddy’s first win against his former team, the Braves. The only team in MLB that he hasn’t beaten, is his other former team, the Athletics. He might get the chance this season as the Giants have two series scheduled against the A’s this year, in June and September