The combination of Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence at the top of the lineup propelled the Giants to a 5-1 victory over the Indians in the first of 3 games at AT&T Park this weekend. Tim Hudson once again delivered a strong performance going 7 innings and gaining his 3rd win this season.
The Giants got rolling right away thanks to the hot bats of Pagan and Pence. First, Angel Pagan singled to center to start the inning. Hunter Pence then drove one into “Triples Alley” to drive in Pagan and make it 1-0. With 1 out Michael Morse drove Pence in from 3rd with a sac fly to make it 2-0 Giants.
After the Indians scored their only run in the top of the 3rd, Pagan and Pence went back to work. Angel Pagan led off with a single again and promptly stole second base. Hunter Pence then shot one through the right side for a base hit to drive in Pagan and stretch the lead back to 2 runs.
Michael Morse continues to crush the baseball. In the bottom of the 4th inning he hit a home run to deep right center field. It was where Barry Bonds used to hit them to make it 4-1 Giants. Morse is right-handed which makes this shot even more impressive. He has shown, as he terms it, “Beastmode” power as well as some clutch hitting already this season.
Pablo Sandoval‘s bat showed signs of life when he tripled off the right field wall to open the bottom of the 7th inning. Brandon Crawford then drove him in with a single. Josh Outman came in to start the 7th for the Indians and only threw 2 pitches, both hits, and was then removed for another reliever.
Tim Hudson’s streak of innings to start the season without issuing a walk (wow, that’s a mouthful) ended with 2 outs in the top of the 1st inning. As I mentioned in the pre-game notes, his 30.2 innings to start a season are the most since Tiny Bonham‘s 33 straight in 1944 for the Yankees.
For the 5th straight start Tim Hudson pitched through the 7th inning. He allowed 4 hits, walked 2, allowed the 1 run and struck out 5 Cleveland hitters. Hudson’s wife is very impressed with his start to 2014.