19 hits and 13 runs later, the G-men defeated San Diego at AT&T Park yesterday, taking the three game series, two games to one. It was the Giants first home series win since sweeping the Dodgers May 19-21.
Giants’ starter Chris Heston (8-5, 3.73) pitched well, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. Heston threw just 96 pitches.
The offensive outburst for the Giants at home was unusual as they came into yesterday’s game averaging only 3.05 runs per game, as the lowest scoring home team in MLB. Yesterday was a different story as they accumulated four triples, becoming only the sixth team to do so since 2008. Their eight extra base hits were the most for the Giants this season, as was their 19 hits and 13 runs.
Brandon Belt rapped two triples, going 3 for 5 with a run scored and RBI. “When I sniff a triple, I’m going to turn it on and use those big giraffe strides,” Belt said, referencing his “Baby Giraffe” nickname.
The hot-hitting Buster Posey led the team offensively, going 3 for 5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs. Buster has 21 RBIs this month and leads the team with 48 RBIs overall.
Credit the Padres for not giving up. They trailed 9-2 after seven innings, before erupting for six runs in the eighth to close the gap to 9-8. Fortunately, the G-men answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.
A concern for the Giants right now is Jeremy Affeldt. He continues to struggle, as he faced four batters to start the eighth inning, and failed to record an out, giving up two doubles, a home run and a walk, and was charged with four runs. Affeldt’s ERA now stands at 5.96. Sergio Romo also continues to look very hittable, giving up three hits and a run in the eighth. He was able to get out of the inning with the tying run on third base when he coaxed Clint Barnes into popping out to Belt at first base to end the threat.
With their second straight win and fifth in seven games, the Giants remain one game back of the Dodgers at 40-34. The home stand continues tonight with the Colorado Rockies coming to town for a three game series. Tim Hudson (5-6, 4.52) will oppose Chad Bettis (3-2, 3.44).
The last time these two matched up on a May 24 at Coors Field, the Rockies prevailed 11-2 as Huddy struggled, allowing eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings. Bettis, on the other hand, gave up just two runs in 8 1/3 innings that day. However, in six appearances against the Giants in his career, Bettis is 1-2, with a 4.66 ERA. Don’t be surprised to see at least 10 runs scored tonight. Orange Friday!