The Giants have knocked 37 hits and scored 23 runs in the past two games. That was not a typo. Yes, the Phillies arrived just in time to resurrect this struggling offense, and the G-men won their second straight over Philadelphia, winning 8-5 last night at AT&T Park.
The Giants managed just one run off of Phillies starter David Buchanan (who entered the game with an 0-5 record and 8.76 ERA), but scored seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings off of the Phillies’ bullpen, to take control.
The G-men had many opportunities through the first five innings, but failed to capitalize. That was until Angel Pagan hit a two out, two run double in the sixth to cut the Phillies lead to 4-3. For the second game in a row, Pagan had a multi-RBI game, which hadn’t happened since opening day.
After Joe Panik walked, Matt Duffy stroked a triple to score two runs, putting The Giants ahead 5-4. Buster Posey then singled in the fifth run of the inning, putting the G-men ahead for good 6-4.
Ryan Vogelsong pitched well through 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts, as it looked like he was headed for another quality start. Then a solo homerun by Ryan Howard, a walk by Carlos Ruiz, and a two-run homerun by Cody Asche chased Vogey from the game. “There’s some nights when it’s going to be our jobs to keep throwing zeros up there and give them a chance to score some runs,” Vogelsong said. “There’s going to be other nights where things don’t go right on the mound and the offense needs to pick you up. They did it tonight”
Josh Osich was summoned by Manager Bruce Bochy to get Domonic Brown for the final out, the only batter he would face in earning the win.
Hunter Strickland, George Kontos, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo followed Osich, before Santiago Casilla was summoned to get the final out in the ninth, recording his 22nd save on the year.
Sunday afternoon, Chris Heston (8-5, 3.51) will face Chad Billingsley (1-2, 6.67) as the Giants look to complete the sweep heading into the All-Star break. Billingsley, the former Dodger, is 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA against the Giants over his career. Heston looks to match Madison Bumgarner’s win total (nine) with a victory.
- With the Dodgers’ loss, the Giants moved to within 4 1/2 games of first place in the NL West