The Giants were on fire Monday and Madison Bumgarner was carrying the torch. It was an embarrassment of riches for the Giants and I think the Reds were left wondering if anyone got the license plate of the bus that hit them.
Madison threw seven complete innings against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing two runs–one was a home run–on four hits. Nobody took a walk and he struck out nine.
The Giants offense was hot too. They scored early and often. But the fourth inning was where the score really changed. It went like this:
The Giants scored two runs in the first inning–Denard Span drew a lead-off walk and scored on Brandon Crawford‘s single; Buster Posey reached first on a force out and scored on Aaron Hill‘s single. In the second inning Joe Panik was hit by a pitch and scored on Gorkys Hernandez‘s first double of the day. There were more to come.
The Giants batted around the lineup in the fourth. Hernandez delivered his second double, Span hit a single, scoring Hernandez, then he advanced to second base on Brandon Belt‘s single. Hunter Pence hit a two-RBI double, scoring Span and Belt. Crawford drew a walk and Hill hit a double plating Pence and Crawford. Jae-gyun Hwang added a couple more runs to the score with a two-run home run. Bumgarner had a nice base hit too, but was left standing when the inning ended.
Hernandez hit his third double for the day in the seventh, and scored on Span’s single. In the eighth, Buster hit a double–on his 30th birthday, Happy Birthday Buster!–Juan Ciriaco was brought in to pinch run for the old man. Kelby Tomlinson drew a walk, Hill was walked next and Hwang hit a single scoring Ciriaco and Tomlinson. Jarrett Parker plated Hill with a sac fly.
The final score was: Giants 14, Reds 2
It was a good day to be a Giant. And an even better day to be a Giants fan. Let’s play two!
And what a way to celebrate Buster’s birthday.
Tuesday the Giants take on the WS Champ Chicago Cubs for the last ST game in Arizona. The game starts at 1:05 pm with Matt Cain on the mound. You can watch on the MLB Network or listen through MLB.com. So they tell me.
The Giants return to the City this weekend to face the A’s at AT&T Thursday & Friday, and then to Oakland Saturday. Sunday, it’s back to Arizona where the Giants play the Diamondbacks on Opening Day. I believe it’s a national holiday. Act accordingly.
27 March 2017