The Giants took the series from the Padres in game three today with another quality start from Tim Lincecum (8-5, 3.91 ERA), beating San Diego 5-3.
Lincecum pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and one ER (home run) in 105 pitches at Petco Park on a hot and humid day. The offense for the Giants stepped up once again, with eight hits and five runs in the three hour series finale at Petco Park on Sunday.
Hunter Pence went 3/4, bring his average to a .304 and making the National League All-star team. Joe Panik also had two hits today, improving his average to a .257 and showing the team he can be their every day second baseman. Both scored the runs today for the Giants – Pence (3) Panik (2) and were impressive to the half of the Giants fans in attendance at AT&T Park South.
Sergio Romo came in the eighth inning in a double-switch with Tyler Colvin, who took Juan Perez‘s spot in left field. But Romo gave up a two-run home run to the Padres’ catcher Yasmani Grandal (his seventh of the year) and was replaced with Santiago Casilla who earned his third save of the year and brought his ERA down to a 1.08.
The Giants currently sit a 1/2 game under the Dodgers who are currently in first place in the National League West. They will look to extend their winning streak against the Athletics tomorrow at 7:05pm PT at Oakland Coliseum.