Giants ace Madison Bumgarner led the way to the victory against veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon and the Mets with a final score of 9-0.
Bumgarner was tremendous, throwing the second complete game of the series against New York after Ryan Vogelsong had his bid on Friday. This also marked Bumagarner’s second shutout of his young career. Bumgarner’s final line was pretty impressive, throwing only 94 pitches and silencing the Mets bats: 9.0 IP, two hits, one walk, and 10 strikeouts.
Bumgarner’s stellar pitching was the perfect complement to the Giants bats. The Giants offense, which has sputtered the majority of the dog days of summer, came alive with a healthy combination of home runs and extra base hits to score more runs today than they did the entire last series against the Pirates.
The offense kicked off in the third when Brandon Crawford (1-for-4) laced a single to Curtis Granderson in right. Hunter Pence (3-for-5) drove in two RBIs shortly thereafter with a line drive home run over the left field rail to put the Giants up 2-0.
In the top of the fourth Brandon Belt, recently reactivated from the disabled list due to a fairly serious concussion, joined the Pence in the home run tally putting one over the wall in right field to tack another run to the scoreboard, 3-0.
The fifth inning brought more runs for the Giants as Bumgarner helped his own cause with a single to center field and taking advantage of a passed ball off the glove of Anthony Recker to advance him to second. Pence stayed hot with a flat line drive double, driving in Bumgarner to put the Giants up 4-0. Buster Posey (4-for-5), doubled to bring in Pence and eventually scored on a single off the bat of Pablo Sandoval (1-for-4) giving the Giants a wider lead of 6-0. Colon was knocked out of the game and replaced with Buddy Carlyle, who was able to end the inning when Belt popped out to right field.
In the seventh, Madison Bumgarner drew a walk and was driven in by battery-mate Buster Posey who whacked his 13th home run of the season, adding to the Giants lead, 8-0.
The ninth inning continued to excite when Pence hit his second home run of the game, his 15th home run this year his 10th multi-homer game of the season. Pence is now tied with Michael Morse for the most home runs on the Giants. Posey finished his game strong with a single, coming one triple short of the cycle.
The Giants send Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71 ERA) to the mound tomorrow to face off against Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA). First pitch at 9:10am PST.