Offense Breaks Out as San Francisco Giants Beat Padres 7-0
By Jake Mastroianni
The San Francisco Giants offense exploded for seven runs on 10 hits in the first game against the San Diego Padres.
They got on the board early with three runs in the first, capped off by a two-out, two RBI single by Hunter Pence.
In the second and third innings the Giants put on a pair of runners but couldn’t capitalize.
Pence got it started in the sixth with a lead off single, which was followed by a walk.
It looked like the Giants were going to pass up another great scoring opportunity after Brandon Belt popped up with the bases loaded for the second out.
But the Padres helped us out with a throwing error that allowed two runs to score.
Buster Posey kept the rally going with a 2 RBI double to make it 7-0.
Chris Stratton was masterful on the mound pitching seven shutout innings on one-hit baseball. He walked three and struck out four.
The freshly called up Derek Law came on to pitch the final two innings to finish off the 7-0 shutout.
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Takeaways from this game:
Longo Gets Going: I know it’s early, but everyone has been anxiously waiting for Evan Longoria to show what he can do in a Giants uniform. He was 2-5 at the plate, raising his average to .163 on the year, and he also scored a run and drove one in. Maybe most importantly, he didn’t strike out. Hopefully this is the beginning of a hot streak for Longo.
Stratton is Ready: With all of the injuries in the starting rotation, the Giants need someone to step, and Stratton looks ready to do his part. He ran into a little trouble in the fifth where most young pitchers would have fallen apart, but he got out of it and pitched two more innings. We’re not looking at a future ace, but we are looking at a dependable arm that will give you a chance to win every night out.
The Padres are Bad: With two of their best players out with injuries, this lineup is Triple-A. And the Padres don’t have the pitching to overcome those lineup issues. We better get our wins against the Pads now.
It was a great game for the San Francisco Giants, and hopefully they can continue to rack up the wins against the lowly Padres throughout the weekend.