The Giants continued their dominance of the American League with a 8-1 series sweeping victory over the Twins this afternoon. The sweep of Minnesota gives the Giants 4 straight wins and a perfect 6-0 record against the AL.
At the rate they are going, fans of NL teams might want to vote all Giants players into the All-Star Game. Home field in the World Seires would be a lock.
Mike Morse was the offensive star today hitting 3 doubles and driving in 4 runs. Today was the first time Morse has hit 3 doubles in one game in his career.
Madison Bumgarner dominated from the first pitch on today. He was not letting that other start against the Twins derail him. Bumgarer pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, and striking out 10 Twins.
The 10 K’s for Bumgarner today tied his season high from April 5 in Los Angeles. It was his 15th start with 10 K’s or more in his career. His career high is 13 against the Padres in 2011. This was the 5th time he has struck out 10 or more without allowing a walk.
The Giants formula for winning has been get ahead early, and drive in runs with 2 outs. They did both to perfection against the Twins today.
Pablo Sandoval drove in Hunter Pence on a bloop single to get the scoring started in the 1st inning. Mike Morse then started his huge day with a sac fly that scored Buster Posey and the Giants led 2-0 after the 1st.
After the Twins got a run back in the top of the third inning, Hunter Pence took it right back. Pence hit his 6th home run of the season off Twins starter Ricky Nolasco to extend the lead back to 2 runs.
That was Hunter Pence’s 5th career home run off Nolasco. The most he has against any pitcher.
The bottom of the 5th was when this game was blown wide open. It started with a lead off walk to Bumgarner. Gregor Blanco followed with a single to right, and Pence singled to center field to load the bases.
Buster Posey struck out and Pablo Sandoval lifted a shallow fly ball to left the could not score Bumgarner. But the 2-out hit machine that is Mike Morse came through.
On a 2-2 pitch from Nolasco, Morse yanked a ground ball down the left field line. With everyone running at the crack of the bat it was easy to clear the bases and score all 3 runs to extend the lead to 7-1.
Morse was pumping his arms in excitement and grinning like a little kid as he pulled in to 2nd base.
Gregor Blanco, Hunter Pence, and Mike Morse all collected 3 hits against the Twins. They accounted for 9 of the Giants 12 total hits.
The Giants are now 32-18 after 50 games and lead the majors in both wins, and winning percentage. They continue this home stand with a 3-game series against the Chicago Cubs starting tomorrow afternoon at AT&T Park in a Memorial Day matinée.