The San Francisco Giants were able to carry over their offense from Coors Field on as they took Game 1 over the Cleveland Indians with a 5-1 win.
The Angel Pagan-Hunter Pence 1-2 spot worked well for the orange and black, as the duo scored the first three runs in front of AT&T Park’s 256th sellout crowd on Friday night. Pagan led off the game with a single and was knocked in by Pence’s triple off the right field wall, then his third inning single and a steal allowed Pence to knock in another run.
“When your top two guys get on like they did early in the game, it makes life easier,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
Pagan has continued to be the spark at the top of the Giants lineup, batting .337 after going 2-for-4 on the night. Pence has been heating up recently; the right fielder raised his average to .250, and has gone 9-for-16 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in his last four games. His two runs batted in were just his fifth and sixth of the season, but was an improvement after knocking in just two of 50 runners on base before tonight.
Michael Morse hit his sixth home run of the season, a fourth-inning shot into the center field bleachers.
“I guess that’s why he’s got the nickname The Beast There’s not a ballpark that can hold him,” said Bochy..
Pablo Sandoval also showed some spark at the plate. His triple off the wall led to another run for the Giants, and some support to Sandoval’s psyche.
“I think it gave him a little peace of mind,” said Bochy. “I think he’s taken it too hard…I hope this gives a little relief.”
In spite of not having his best stuff in front of the Orange Friday crowd, Tim Hudson was able to keep the Cleveland offense to just one run in his seven innings of work. Tonight marked his fifth straight start of seven innings or more this season, the first Giants pitcher to do so since Livan Hernandez to begin the season this way.
Hudson made another mark in the record books tonight, as his two walks were his first of the season. They also ended his streak of 30.2 innings pitched without a single walk, the longest streak to start a season in franchise history.
Although he enjoyed the streak, Hudson didn’t think too much of it, mentioning “that’s not typically the kind of pitcher I am.” He did say that he thought more of the seven-inning start streak to help the bullpen. Lefties Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez each completed scoreless innings to finish out the win for San Francisco.
Tomorrow the Giants will face the Indians for game two of this interleague weekend series. Tim Lincecum (1-1. 6.43) will take on Zach McAllister (2-0, 2.04) at AT&T Park. The Giants’ righty will look to continue his success from his first win of the season last Sunday, where he allowed three runs and three walks through seven hits to mark his first quality start of the year. McAllister has been solid for Cleveland, giving up just three runs on 15 hits over his last three starts.
First pitch at 7:15pm.