10 extra-base hits
THAT is the kind of record I can get behind.
With 6 straight wins, Dare I say that these guys are playing like the team that went 42-21 at the start of the season? Yes.
John Shea's report for the Chron. --
It started with another strong start by Madison Bumgarner and ended with new long reliever Tim Lincecum pitching two innings. Through it all, the Giants, young and not-so-young, collected 16 hits, including 10 for extra bases, their most in the 15-year history of their ballpark.
Hunter Pence had four hits, including a triple and two doubles. Pablo Sandoval missed by a double hitting for a cycle. A day before September callups are eligible for duty, rookie Andrew Susac had three hits and three RBIs, and fellow rookie Joe Panik hit a double and two-run triple.
During the 6-1 homestand, the rotation posted a 1.06 ERA. Bumgarner gave up one run on five hits in six innings, not quite as good as his previous start, a one-hit shutout, but it followed a pattern.
Tuesday, Bumgarner pitched seven perfect innings en route to a one-hit shutout.
Wednesday, Tim Hudson opened with four hitless innings and lasted eight, giving up one run on four hits.
Thursday, Yusmeiro Petit retired his first seven men to break a major-league record for consecutive batters retired (46) and gave up one run on four hits in six innings.
Friday, Ryan Vogelsong went seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits.
Saturday, Jake Peavy carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and wound up giving up one hit over 7 2/3.
Sunday, it was Bumgarner’s turn again. He gave up a run in the first tinning on two singles and a double-play grounder, and the Brewers didn’t score again until Martin Maldanado homered off George Kontos in the seventh.
Lincecum gave up a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth and two runs in the ninth.
Sandoval hit a stand-up triple in the second and scored on Susac’s double, hit an RBI single in a three-run third and hit a two-run homer that one-hopped into McCovey Cove. He then walked and flied out.
Sandoval is hitting .413 in his past 12 games and is taking advantage of his contract drive. With his well-chronicled weight loss and improved conditioning, he remains solid in all facets of the game, including defense. The third baseman has one error in 83 games.
Let September begin.