Buster Posey was in the original lineup, good thing. Buster Posey not in the game time lineup, very bad thing. Posey was taken out of the lineup before today’s game because of a tight hamstring. It was just a precaution and Bochy feels that he’ll be ready to go for tomorrow’s game. That said, having our number four hitter out of the lineup is a big deal especially when trying to distance yourselves from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hunter Pence moved into the number four spot and Joaquin Arias into the fifth. San Fransico Giants fans immediately groaned in displeasure at the thought of Arias batting fifth.
In the first inning, Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly scored one run, but then Arias suprised everyone with a two-run shot to right center field to make the score 3-0 before the Dodger hitters had even faced Matt Cain. The Dodgers definitely did not enjoy facing Matt Cain who pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run and seven hits while striking out five.
Joaquin Arias went 3-4 with a homerun and two doubles, which gave him a five RBI night. Pablo Sandoval and Justin Christian got the other three RBI’s.
Things got tense in the bottom of the eighth inning when Los Angeles made the score 8-4, but the Giants bullpen held on to complete the sweep and give the Giants a 2.5 game lead on the Dodgers in the National League West.