On a beautiful Saturday night at AT&T Park, the Giants bats woke up. They beat the Pirates 6-3 to end a three game losing streak.
The bottom of the 1st inning was all the boys would need. The Giants sent all 9 men to the plate against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano. Marco Scutaro got it started with a leadoff single, and Joaquin Arias kept it going with a double down the right field line. Buster Posey was hitting 3rd today, and it paid off right away. He hit a broken bat single to LF and Scutaro trotted home.
The hits kept coming for the Giants. Brett Pill hit an “excuse me” grounder that barely made it to the 3rd baseman. Arias scored. Pablo Sandoval then grounded out and Posey scored. Hector Sanchez walked and Gregor Blanco came up with a huge 2 out single to left. The Giants led 4-0 and never looked back. Patience at the plate paid off.
This is the most patient I have seen the #SFGiants at the plate in a long, long, time.
— Eric Nathanson (@2outhits) August 25, 2013
Tim Lincecum had it working for most of the night. He struck out 8 in just 5 1/3 innings of work. Timmy walked 4 Pirates but only gave up 3 hits. One of which was an absolute bomb to the bleachers in left by Young Tony Sanchez. It was his first career HR and he got all of it. It was the one major mistake by Lincecum.
The Pirates held a mini rally in the 6th to force Timmy from the game. The bullpen let in 2 runs, but the Giants got out of it.
Javier Lopez was the bullpen stud tonight. He came in and struck out the dangerous Pedro Alvarez on 4 pitches with 2 runners on to end the 7th. Bochy said in the postgame presser that it was the key moment.
Sergio Romo came in and closed it in the 9th for his 31st save on the season.
Buster Posey had 3 hits by the 4th inning tonight. Two bats went to heaven for this.
I’ll be here again tomorrow, I may never leave.