It was quite the Orange Friday celebration last night at AT&T Park. The G-men pounded out 22 hits, the most at home since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. The 15 runs were the most they’ve scored in a game this year, and the eight runs scored in the fourth inning were the most they’ve scored in an inning this year.
Hunter Pence hit the fifth grand slam of his career in the fourth inning, Madison Bumgarner pitched 5 2/3 innings for his ninth victory while going 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored, and three Giants (Joe Panik, Matt Duffy, and Justin Maxwell) tallied four hits each in the Giants’ offensive firework display.
“It was time for us to break out at some point,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “It looked like the day off helped the guys.”
The Giants’ offense had been extremely sluggish over the past seven games (losing six of seven), scoring just 13 runs total. Then they ran into Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels (5-7, 3.63). His 3 1/3 innings pitched were the fewest he’s thrown in a start in over four years.
In an encouraging turn of events, Angel Pagan totaled three hits, including a double, knocked in two runs, and scored three runs on the night. Pagan was hitting just .189 over his previous 24 games and hadn’t driven in two runs in a game since opening day. “I think everything is coming along,” Pagan said. “I’m feeling really good at the plate. I’m seeing the ball well.” Pagan neglected to mention that he’s been playing through injuries, something he’s been criticized for avoiding in the past.
The Giants (44-43) hope they can continue their winning ways tonight, with just two games remaining before the All-Star break. Ryan Vogelsong (6-6, 4.10) takes the mound against David Buchanan (0-5, 8.76). On paper, this matchup of starting pitchers looks like a huge mismatch, but that’s why they actually play the games.