The Giants finally revived their passion for the long ball, hitting three home runs in 10 innings against the Padres on Saturday afternoon and beating them 5-3.
Tim Hudson pitched a gem and only allowed three hits in 6 innings including one earned run. There were a few balls that reached the warning track but were caught by the Giants’ outfielders. It was a fantastic start by our veteran pitcher.
Gregor Blanco homered on a line drive to right field in the top of the second inning, finally hitting his first long ball of 2014. In the top of the seveth inning, Joe Panik was out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Cameron Maybin which scored Blanco.
The Padres answered with a triple and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning, bringing the score 2-2.
In the top of the ninth inning, Michael Morse homered (his 14th) on a line drive to left field, tying the Giants with the Padres 3-3. I’ve never seen such a smile like Morse’s when he knew he hit the ball out of the park.
Jul 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse (38) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres couldn’t come back after that and the Giants won the second game of the series 5-3. Happy times at Petco Park (aka AT&T Park South). More tomorrow from San Diego.