Pence Homers, Panik Debuts and Giants Snap Six-Game Skid With 6-4 Win
Saturday night saw offensive life, a major blast and a rookie’s debut as the San Francisco Giants snapped a six-game losing streak and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.
The Giants’ offense jumped ahead early, as RBI singles from Pablo Sandoval and Tyler Colvin put three runs on the board in the first inning. Sandoval knocked in San Francisco’s fourth run of the night in the top of the second, and ended his night 3-for-5 with two runs batted in.
Ryan Vogelsong held the Diamondbacks enough to mark his fifth win of the season. A 25-pitch second inning resulted in two Arizona runs crossing the plate, then the Giants’ starter allowed two more in the fifth inning. Vogelsong was able to limit the damage on Saturday night, finishing his outing with five hits and four runs through five innings. He struck out three and walked three, and was able to limit the damage and leave the game with the lead.
Hunter Pence gave the Giants a bit more breathing room immediately after the Diamondbacks’ two-run fifth inning. The right fielder blasted a 440-foot home run into Chase Field’s upper deck past left field to log the sixth Giants run of the game, and increase their lead to two. It was Pence’s eleventh home run of the season, and he has gone 14-for-34 (.412) in his last eight games.
Other Giants have been picking up their game recently, including Buster Posey, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He has hit safely in 16 in his last 17 games this month, hitting .358 over that time. He’s rebounded nicely after missing five games with tightness in his lower back, but now other Giants are having similar issues.
Michael Morse left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after hurting his upper back. He’ll be out of the lineup tomorrow but the Giants say he’ll hopefully be back Monday. On the other hand, Angel Pagan doesn’t have any new good news, and it seems that a trip to the disabled list is more and more likely. Pagan was completely unavailable today and it’s not looking good tomorrow either.
The two injuries leave the Giants with just three outfielders tomorrow, after sending down Juan Perez and bringing up Joe Panik. With just Gregor Blanco, Pence and Colvin in the field, the Giants are likely to bring Perez or another outfielder back if Morse and Pagan’s conditions don’t seem too promising.
Panik made his big league debut, working out a walk from reliever Matt Stites, who made just the second major league appearance of his career. Panik’s family was in attendance for the rookie’s first game, and the 23-year old second baseman is slated to make his first start tomorrow afternoon as the Giants finish this weekend series against the Diamondbacks.
Madison Bumgarner will take on Mike Bolsinger, who allowed three runs over 6.1 innings in his first start back from Triple-A Reno. Bumgarner is coming off a seven inning, four run start against Colorado, but has logged quality starts in his five outings prior to that game.
First pitch at 1:10pm.by