The San Francisco Giant bats awoke as the team erupted in four straight games against the Brewers, outscoring them 36-7 in a series sweep capped off by a 9-3 daytime win on Thursday.
The Giants rode a homerun and four RBI by Aubrey Huff (17) to an early 6-0 lead off Manny Parra (3-6). Starter Barry Zito was wild, however, walking in a run in the fourth innings and walking the bases loaded in the fifth. Overall, the lefty surrendered six free passes while leaving before being eligible for the win. The bullpen took over with Dan Runzler (3-0) pitching out of a jam in the sixth for the victory. The win was bittersweet for the rookie as he dislocated his left knee on a swing while batting in the seventh. It popped back into place, but he left the game and will be tested before his next outing. Buster Posey (6) and Andres Torres (6) each homered late for the Giants.
In the opener, Jonathan Sanchez (7-6) pitched around trouble all day, walking six and striking out six through six innings and leaving with the score tied 1-1. However, the Giants put up four runs, all off Kameron Loe (0-1) in the top of the seventh inning, to prevail 6-1. Aubrey Huff spearheaded the charge with a two run RBI single. The scoring began with a bases-loaded, one-out error by Alcides Escobar, who misplayed a potential double-play grounder off the bat off Freddy Sanchez into a run scoring error. Huff followed with the single. The Giants tacked on another in the next inning with a solo homerun by rookie Buster Posey (3).
In the second game, rookie Madison Bumgarner (1-2) pitched eight shutout innings to earn his first career victory as the Giants won 6-1. The lefty struck out five and walked three, surrendering a scant three singles, as the San Francisco won their second straight. Randy Wolf (6-8) matched zeros for five innings before the Giants touched him up for five runs in the sixth inning behind a two run RBI single by Travis Ishikawa and run scoring single by Bumgarner.
In the third game, the Giants scored early and often, tallying four runs in the first inning on three homeruns as San Francisco won, 15-2. Andres Torres (5), Aubrey Huff (16), and Buster Posey (4) each lifted off in the opening frame, against Chris Narveson (7-6). Posey added a second homerun (5) in a seven run fourth inning, stepping up with the bases loaded against Chris Capuano and launching his first career grand slam. Not to be outdone by the offense, Tim Lincecum (9-4) went seven dominating innings, striking out ten and stingily only giving up four hits and a run in the victory.
Well, the team looked awesome. They needed this sweep. Period. Didn’t hurt that the rest of the division stumbled this week, either. The offense appears to have waken. Huff is mashing. Ditto the kid, Posey. Now, if they could just get Pablo Sandoval hammering the ball, we’d be in business. They need to keep this momentum going as they draw Stephen Strasburg tomorrow evening. Let’s keep going, Giants. On a side note, Jeremy Affeldt looked very good pitching in the 15-2 affair. Great. The team needs him to return to form in order to compete.
The Giants will next play on the road, Friday night, against the Washington Nationals. The Brewers will host the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday.