The San Francisco Giants scored five runs and Johnny Cueto pitched seven strong innings of two run ball as the Giants won a baseball game in 2017 5-3 against the San Diego Padres.
San Francisco began the day with a 5-0 lead as Chris Marrero drove in two runs in the 2nd inning and Hunter Pence hit a two run home run in the 3rd inning. Hunter Pence’s good friend Buster Posey followed up Pence’s home run with one of his own.
The Padres scoring started in the 6th inning with a two run home run from Wil Myers. It was the only runs allowed by Cueto.
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Mark Melancon, the Giants closer, did just that. It was only the second time Melancon has pitched this season. It was also only the second time the Giants entered the ninth inning with a possible save situation.
Seven different pitchers have blown a lead for the Giants in the first five games of the season, so for Cueto, Law, and Melancon to pitch without giving up the lead was no small thing.
After Bumgarner’s complete game yesterday and seven innings from Cueto, the Giants starting staff are starting to resemble the innings eating staff they were a year ago. With home runs today from Pence and Posey as well, it is clear that the best Giants are starting to play their best. For all the talk in the first week about left field, the 5th starter and the bullpen, the Giants fortunes in 2017 will rest on the shoulders of their best players.
In Other News: Hunter Strickland, who is not with the team while on paternity leave, welcomed the newest Giant, Kinsey, to the world.
The San Francisco Giants home opener is tomorrow at AT&T Park. The game’s expected start time is 1:35 PST.