After pounding out 16 hits on Friday in a 6-5 victory over Arizona, the Giants did it again yesterday, rapping 14 hits (13 singles) in beating the Diamondbacks for the second consecutive night, 8-4.
The win was the Giants’ fifth straight and keeps them 3 ½ games behind the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.
The Giants’ offense continues to be the story, and they currently have more hits and a higher team batting average (.273) than any other team in the National League, and are tied for second in batting average in all of MLB. Six players currently are batting over .300 (Buster Posey, Nori Aoki, Joe Panik, Gregor Blanco, Matt Duffy, and Hunter Pence). As I’ve written before, it does appear that this team has the offensive fireworks to make a deep playoff run. It’s the pitching that will determine whether or not the G-men get the chance to defend their World Championship title.
Buster Posey led the offensive barrage going 3 for 4, driving in four runs and scoring a run. Brandon Crawford knocked in a pair of runs, with timely hitting on his 1 for 5 evening. The Giants’ first four hitters (Angel Pagan, Panik, Duffy and Posey) were on base 12 times which set up lots of scoring opportunities. After going just 2 for 19 with runners in scoring position on Friday night, the G-men were 7 for 16 last night. “It was nice hitting at the top of the order,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “That’s a good thing. You’re usually going to put up runs when that happens.”
Matt Duffy went 3 for 5, scoring two runs as he continued his torrid hitting pace. The Duffman is hitting .400 over his last seven games, with four RBIs. Andrew Susac tripled in the fourth inning for the Giants only extra base hit of the night, and subsequently sprained his right thumb sliding head first into third base. He could be out for at least 7-10 days, which might precipitate a move to the disabled list and a call up from Triple-A Sacramento for Hector Sanchez. “We’ll know more tomorrow. We’ll wait to make a move,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. “We’ll have (Sanchez) ready if there is a move. More than likely that’s going to happen.”
Starting pitcher Jake Peavy (1-4, 4.94) pitched pretty well overall in his third start since returning from the DL. He lasted 6 ⅓ innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, walking one with four strikeouts. Peavey did allow two solo home runs, along with a double and triple. Peavy also picked up his first hit as a Giant. “It felt good to put a ball in play and start a rally,” Peavy said. “It takes all of us when you’re playing a National League game. You take every at-bat seriously.” Peavy got the win in this one, even though he pitched better in his previous two starts, both losses. “It’s nice to get that first win behind you,” Peavy said. “These last three outings are something to build on. It’s funny how life works. Tonight was probably the worst for me of these three games and I get the win. But that’s what we tried to do is find a way to win. I can promise you that getting into that win column feels a whole lot better at the end of the night.”
The G-men go for the sweep and six straight wins this afternoon in the final game of the series at Chase Field. Giants’ ace and All-Star Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 3.33) goes for his tenth win of the year. He’ll be opposed by D-Back starter Patrick Corbin (1-1, 5.40). This will be Corbin’s third start since being out for 14 months due to Tommy John surgery. With a win, the Giants will improve to 5-1 at Chase Field this season. However, they’re just 1-6 against Arizona at AT&T Park this year.