The Giants started the game with a rally in the first inning that put two runs on the board. A single followed by smart baserunning had Angel Pagan in scoring position for a sacrifice fly hit by Melky Cabrera then Pablo Sandoval went deep into the left field bleachers. The Giants went onto to score two more runs in the sixth, but it’s always nice to be on the board early.
Melky Cabrera knocks Angel Pagan in from third base.
Angel Pagan crosses home plate.
Pablo Sandoval watches his homer sail into the bleachers.
Pablo Sandoval celebrates after the Giants get the W
Angel Pagan leads off the game with a single.
TODAY’S GAME… The San Francisco Giants host the San Diego Padres in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 2.96) will face Padres’ left-hander Clayton Richard (1-2, 5.11).
RACKING UP THE WINS...Since July 14, 2011, Bumgarner has won 12 of his last 17 decisions, while posting a 2.61 ERA (36er, 124.1ip) in that span...the only 3 pitchers with more wins than Bumgarner during this stretch are Arizona’s Ian Kennedy (15), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (14) and Detroit’s Justin Verlander (14).
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NATE SCHIERHOLTZ... Snapped his 15 at-bat hitless streak with a single in the 7th inning last night...went on to score
the game-winning run on Belt’s 2B.
ONE STREAK DONE, ANOTHER KEEPS GOING...OF Angel Pagan has hit safely in a career-high 13 games, which is now tied for the longest active streak in the Majors... Pagan is batting .311 (19-for-61) with 1 2B, 3 3Bs, 4 HRs and 6 RBI during the stretch.
HAPPENED AGAIN...Last night Padres pitcher Anthony Bass retired his 1st 17 Giants batters before Tim Lincecum beat out an infield single with 2 outs in the 6th to ruin Bass’ perfect game...it was the 2nd time this season in which a perfect-game bid was lost after 5.2 innings on a hit by the opposing pitcher...the other happened here on April 13 as Matt Cain retired his 1st 17 batters before Pirates pitcher James McDonald single
SANTIAGO CASILLA... Is holding righties to a .133 avg. (2-for-15) this season...since the start of the 2011 season is holding right-handed batters to a .153 clip (20-for-131), which is the 6th-lowest among relievers (min. 100 batters faced).