The Giants dominated the Cardinals, and Adam Wainwright especially, in their 9-4 win in Saint Louis. By the second inning, Wainwright had thrown 46 pitches and the Giants were leading 5-0. Five runs is more than the Giants have ever scored on Wainwright, who had the lowest ERA in the National League prior to the start of this game.
Most runs the #sfgiants have ever scored on Wainwright. Got him for four twice, in ’08 and ’09.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 31, 2014
The Giants had one run going into the second inning, when they scored four additional runs (again with two outs), including a Hunter Pence three-run home run, his 7th of the year, estimated at 447 feet.
Wainwright was taken out after 4 2/3 innings. A very rare occurrence for the former National League ERA leader. His ERA went from 1.67 to 2.32 after tonight’s game.
Giants knock Wainwright out after 4 1/3 … only the second time in past two seasons he has failed to get through 5 innings. — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2014
Gregor Blanco hit a two-out single in the fifth inning to score Morse and Sandoval. Giants scored all 7 runs on two-out hits.
Pence hit a single in the seventh inning (with 0-outs, shockingly) then Pablo hit a double that was an inch shy of being a home run that the RF couldn’t catch off the wall. With Pence on third and Pablo on second, Morse was walked to load the bases. Hector Sanchez hit a single to right field that scored Pence and Sandoval to make the score 9-0 with no outs in the top of the 7th.
David Huff came in and totally unraveled after hitting Kolten Wong. Huff walked two more batters, prompting Bochy to pick up the phone himself to call the bullpen. Huff then gave up a double to Jon Jay that scored three runs. J.C. Gutierrez came in and gave up a double to Allen Craig that scored an additional run, bringing the score to 9-4.
Bumgarner could not have pitched a better game tonight. He went seven innings, only allowing three hits, one walk, with 10 strikeouts. Truly amazing to see. In his last start, he also had 10 strikeouts which is the first time in his career he’s had double digit strikeout starts. He is now 7-3, with a 2.85 ERA.