Chad Gaudin held a tough Baltimore offense to one unearned run and San Francisco’s bats came through on Saturday as the Giants beat the Orioles 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Gaudin held the Orioles to just two hits and one unearned run through five innings of work. Gaudin walked three and struck out six, and has now allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts. 92 pitches limited today’s outing, but what he did was effective.
“I don’t think leaving in five is exactly what I planned, but we got in some situations,” said Gaudin. “At the end of the day we got that W in the column and that’s all that matters.”
Guillermo Moscoso was a great source of relief for the Giants, allowing just two hits through two innings. Sergio Romo acknowledged the impact Moscoso’s outing had on the game.
“He didn’t really give them any room to separate themselves,” said Romo. “These are the kind of games we play, and it’s nice to be on the winning side.”
Brandon Belt led the offensive charge – yes, there was one – for the Giants on Saturday. He had the first hit of the game and scored one of San Francisco’s three runs after his ground-rule double to center field. Belt is now hitting .464 with three home runs and six RBI in the month of August.
“He’s playing with confidence and making those little adjustments,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
Hunter Pence knocked Belt and Marco Scutaro in with another double to center. Giants batters went 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and Pence went 2-for-3 on the night.
“It’s nice when the balls fall in the right situation…it’s a step in the right direction and you always want to believe it’s going to turn around,” he said.
No turning around is necessary for Chris Davis, although it did take almost two games to hit his first home run of the series at AT&T Park. His 466 foot blast of Santiago Casilla landed over the head of center fielder Andres Torres in the eighth inning.
“That was as quick as I’ve seen the ball leave the park in that area,” said Bochy. “That ball was crushed. He’s got great power and is having an unbelievable year.”
Davis has gone 2-for-7 so far, with those two hits resulting in last night’s game winning runs and today’s homer. When it came to the ninth inning, though, Romo got Davis to ground out and end the game.
“I trust myself,” said Romo. “You know their abilities. I respect everyone with a bat…that ball he hit earlier is very impressive.”
“Sometimes you just have to get the best outs to win ballgames.”
Tomorrow the Giants will finish their weekend series against the Orioles, as Bud Norris takes on Matt Cain at AT&T Park. Norris has allowed just three earned runs through twelve innings in his first two starts with Baltimore. Cain has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and allowed just one home run in his last seven outings after being troubled by the long ball earlier this season.
FIrst pitch at 1:05pm.