The Giants got tired of not scoring runs and went off Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park. Behind 6 home runs as a team, 3 of them by Pablo Sandoval, the Giants avoided a sweep by beating the Padres 13-5. The long road trip is over. Tim Lincecum (9-13, 4.50 ERA) got the win for the Giants and Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) was the lamb that took the loss for San Diego.
Today was all about Pablo and the home runs. Yes, I just wrote that sentence. In a year in which the Giants can’t seem to score runs or hit the ball out of the park, that’s all they did today.
It didn’t look like a blowout early on. Lincecum gave up runs in both the 1st and 2nd inning and the Giants trailed early by a 2-0 score. Then all the hits came.
Brandon Crawford led off the 3rd inning with a solo shot to right. His 9th this season and 3rd off a left handed pitcher.
The 4th was a breakout for the offense. Brandon Belt led off the inning with a single. Hunter Pence then drove him in on a 2 run HR to left field. His team leading 18th this season. With one out Brett Pill singled on a soft liner to right field. Hector Sanchez follwed with his 3rd home run this season and the hitting party was on.
With two outs in the top of the 5th inning Pablo Sandoval joined in. He hit a 2 run HR to right field to extend the Giants lead to 8-2. He was just getting started.
The Padres started to make a game of it again in the bottom of the 6th inning. Jose Mijares came in for Lincecum. He inherited 2 runners, both of them scored. It was the only sore spot in the game, the Padres had made it 8-5. Mijares is no Javier Lopez.
Javier Lopez – 52 runners inherited, 6 runs (11.5%). Jose Mijares – 46 runners inherited, 19 runs (41.3%). Best/Worst in NL. #SFGiants
— Eric Nathanson (@2outhits) September 5, 2013
From there Pablo Sandoval took over and all sorts of Petco records fell. He hit a solo home run to left field on the first pitch of the 8th inning. Then in the 9th Pablo did something we hadn’t seen since Game 1 of the World Seires last year. He hit a 3 run HR to left field for his 3rd HR of the game.
Pablo Sandoval’s 10 HR’s at Petco Park tie him with 2 other players for most all time by a visiting player.
This was Pablo’s 6th regular season multi HR game and first since September 20th of last year. Of course there was that one game against the Tigers in between.
The Giants hit 6 home runs as a team. The most for any team, ever, at Petco Park. The 6 home runs by the Giants was the most since a September 18, 2011 game at Coors Field.
I leave you with some tweets about Pablo and the Giants’ amazing day at the plate.
Pablo Sandoval hit 3 HRS in 3 plate appearances. Prior to that, he had hit 3 HRs in 303 plate appearances dating to May 21. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) September 5, 2013
This is the same group that hit nine homers in the entire month of July … — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 5, 2013
Pablo Sandoval is the 1st reigning World Series MVP in MLB History to hit 3 HR in a game the following season (WS MVP 1st awarded in 1955)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 5, 2013
Enjoy all the fun from this one. The Giants come back home tomorrow to start a 4 game series with Arizona. First pitch is 7:15pt.