The Giants scored 14 runs against the Marlins in their largest offensive output of the 2013 season.
Both teams combined for 31 hits, 24 runs, seven doubles, three triples and three home runs. Much of the Giant’s offense came from the heart of the order. Brandon Belt extended his 10-game hitting streak with a 4-6 night to go along with four runs and one RBI. Hunter Pence had three hits, three runs and five RBI. Pablo Sandoval was a perfect 4-4 with two walks and three RBI. Hector Sanchez, had only one hit in six AB’s but made it count for a three run, 390 ft. blast 0n a 95 mph fastball.
The Giants pounded Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi early for seven runs in the first and second innings.
Chad Gaudin looked sharp in the first and second frames, but struggled out of the stretch in the third. Unable to find the strike zone, the Giants reliever turned starter needed 29 pitches to get out of the inning while giving up four runs in the process.
Gaudin lasted just four innings after racking up 101 pitches and five earned runs. Manager Bruce Bochy was forced to pull Gaudin from the game after starting the 5th inning with a walk, a single and a walk to the bottom of the Marlins batting order. Jose Mijares came in, but would eventually let those runs score as the Marlins struck back with four runs in the 5th.
The Giants scored their final two runs in the 7th inning with back-to-back triples to center field from Pence and Belt. Barry Zito pitched in the 9th and gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced; Justin Rugianno, his second HR in the game. Zito eventually settled down to end the game with a strikeout, fly out and a ground out to first base.
The Giants struck first in this three-game series between two teams struggling to climb out of the bottom of their respective divisions. Matt Cain will look to get back on the win column after losing despite a quality start in his last game. The Marlins will have a young arm in former Toronto Blue Jays starter, Henderson Alvarez on the mound.